Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses (Review Crew)

Standard Deviants Accelerate

Online and multimedia learning are essential parts of our school day.

They’re a great way for both my older and younger students to work independently, and they free me up to work one on one with another child. They also provide instruction that I can’t offer in some subjects (I’m thinking particularly of higher level maths and sciences), and give my kids an opportunity to experience different methods of learning and teaching styles. So, I was thrilled when we were given a subscription to the Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses to use this year.

Standard Deviants has long been known for their outstanding educational videos. The Standard Deviants Accelerate Homeschool Courses use these videos alongside complementary interactive activities to create online courses in core subjects for middle and high school students. There’s a large selection to choose from in a variety of subjects.

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Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide (Review Crew)

Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide is a substantive, student directed high school literature course that isn't afraid to tackle tough worldview issues.Literature has always been a critical component of our homeschool curriculum.

I’m a huge proponent of literature based, rather than textbook based learning, and that’s how I’ve structured our homeschool. That means we use books, books and more books for almost every subject. When my kids get into high school, I like them to have a course or two that focuses solely on literary analysis, even though there is some analysis integrated in with all the other reading we do for history, etc.

So, since I have two high schoolers this year (how did that happen?!) I jumped at the chance to review Illuminating Literature: When Worlds Collide from Writing With Sharon Watson. We’ve used and been impressed with her writing programs in the past, so I was eager to take a look at her literature course. [Read more…]

Classical Conversations: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education by Leigh A. Bortins (Review Crew)

The Conversation: Challenging Your Student with a Classical Education - Home With Purpose

Y’all. I have been such a slacker this summer.

August is here, and I haven’t done a lick of preparation for the new school year! It’s kind of a big year too – Kaitlyn’s senior year and Kyle’s freshmen year, with Kendall and Kade in 4th and 1st. I’m not totally unprepared…I do have a general idea of what we’ll be doing and I have most (not all) of the materials we need, but I haven’t done any organizing or preparing. So, now you know how I’ll be spending the next couple of weeks, lol. [Read more…]

In Our Classroom: High School Edition (March 2015)

In Our Classroom In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

The last several weeks have been a whirlwind of activity.

In addition to regular dance classes, drama, and schoolwork, Kaitlyn has had extra rehearsals for both her ballet company’s performance of Cinderella and their upcoming Regional Dance America trip at the end of the month. With performance week, a brief spring break, and several out of town trips, just the basics have been getting done in academics these last two or three weeks.

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In Our Classroom: High School Edition (February 2015)

In Our Classroom In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

It’s time for a long overdue update!

We’ve spent the last six weeks getting into a new routine for the new year, and I’ve neglected to update you! This week, I’ll catch you up on our junior high and high school classrooms, and next week, I’ll fill you in on kindergarten and elementary. Kaitlyn has been plenty busy since the holidays.

Here’s what our high school classroom has looked like recently:

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In Our Classroom: High School Edition (November 2014)

In Our Classroom In Our Classroom: Weekly updates on what days in our kindergarten, elementary, junior high, and high school homeschool classroom look like.

We’re heading into probably the busiest six weeks of our school year.

Nutcracker rehearsals are going full force, and between them, her academic work, and her other activities, Kaitlyn is staying super busy! Her schoolwork has been pretty routine. I’m not adding in any special projects or bells and whistles until we get through next month’s performance.

In Our Classroom: High School Ediiton - Nutcracker Photo Day! HomeWithPurpose.net

Nutcracker photo day!

Here’s what our high school classroom has looked like recently:

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