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    5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers about Geometry

    The Morningstar Academy
    Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:35

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    Geometry is a subject that many students find very difficult, especially when they come in contact with 

    the various proofs. Teachers on their parts have tried many methods to make it easier for students 

    to comprehend, but some of these methods have failed to yield positive results. Approaching the 

    subject using the 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers about Geometry will greatly enhance the 

    understanding of those students who have found it very difficult.

     

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrNns2fsRKw&hd=1 

    Understanding Geometry. 

    A video with over 1000 online mathematics lessons, featuring expert tutors taking students 

    through the proofs, and other topics. This is a complete solution for all students who want to 

    master Geometry.

     

    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkvBI1xko38&hd=1 

    Basic Triangle Measures. 

    Basic but in-depth. A live interactive math session that completely tackle the aspects of 

    geometry students have considered very difficult. You can use this video to prepare for your 

    college admission, or other national exams like SAT, GMAT, GRE, etc.

     

    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5tVuUJAHyZA&hd=1 

    Geometry and Trigonometry. 

    A three part video that teaches geometry and trigonometry. Students can learn everything they 

    want to know from this very educative video series.

     

    4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lyB4J9FC1ck 

    Geometry – CPCTC (proofs). 

    This new concept called CPCTC is majorly packaged to help students who find proofing in 

    geometry very difficult. It is a new initiative.

     

    5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzhgsfaRZ2o&hd=1 

    Introduction to Geometry. 

    A video that focuses on explaining major terms in geometry like line, coplanar, angle, etc., with 

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    5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers How to Love One Another!

    The Morningstar Academy
    Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:07

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    The bible teaches us that we should love one another. This is only second to loving God as our creator.

    That will tell us how important this law is to God and to us His creatures.

    We cannot know how to love outside the instructions and guidance of God. He is love according to I

    John 4:8. He demonstrated this by giving His only begotten Son to be killed as propitiation for our sins,

    that is the highest form of love, He wants us to love that way too, hence He said love your neighbor as

    you love yourself. Where there is love towards others, we will never plan to do evil against them in any

    way, and the world will be a better place to live for all.

    You will need to teach your child about genuine love because it is not part of the human nature, our

    own kind of love is selfish in nature. Arrange for a Christian homeschooling for your child, make sure

    that the subject of love is included in the program’s Christian Curriculum so that your child can receive

    a deep teaching about the topic, and he can be given the opportunity of getting all his questions

    answered.

    Videos will also help in this area, use the 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers how to love listed

    below to further enhance his understanding.

    1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB8mSxapv_g How to experience the real love of Christ and

    share it with others.

    2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ealledf2dI A rock song that teaches kids about the love of

    God for others.

    3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2RqZXShfQo Love one another. The greatest

    commandment. An Acapella for Christian home schooling.

    4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tzswROt70 How to help other people through love.

    5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-HBl2TVtI love, a video that will completely transform

    your life. A Christian curriculum material.



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    The Benefits of Online Homeschooling

    The Morningstar Academy
    Friday, 12 September 2014 20:24

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    Homeschooling is an idea that’s becoming more and more acceptable to parents as they become less contented with their child’s formal education. As with all new ideas, it has a lot

    of detractors and critics. Most people still believe that children can only be educated in a conventional school. That however, is no longer true in this age of information. Never before

    has the idea of online homeschooling been more possible than today. But there are other reasons why parents are loving the idea of homeschooling even more.

    Here are some of the problems they wish to avoid through homeschooling.

     

    1) Schools have become dangerous places

     

    With the recent news of shootings in schools, parents can no longer be assured that their child is safe. Their child’s life may be in danger from lunatics who just felt like

    gunning everyone they see in that particular school or from schoolmates who suffer from the same lunacy.

     

    2) Bullying

     

    We’ve all heard stories about children being bullied in school. How much of an adult’s insecurities and emotional issues were caused by being exposed to bullies? School

    officials discourage this behavior but cannot fully monitor and stop this behavior among their students.

     

    3) School curriculum is not commensurate to their child’s learning capability

     

    Children learn at a different pace. Some are very gifted and some are rather slow. The fact is, in school, children are forced to take the curriculum along with all the other

    children – at the school’s pace. A slow learner who only needs more attention might even be labeled negatively by their own teachers and become stigmatized. Online

    homeschooling gives parents the option to educate their child at the level of their intelligence. They find that grade-level standards limited children’s capability to learn.

     

    4) Negative influence of peer groups

     

    Fitting in and belonging are requirements of a successful school life and a child will try to fit in even if it means doing things they don’t like to do. They will act and behave like

    their peers so as not to be labeled outcasts. This need to belong diverts a child from developing their own unique personalities and even encourages behaviors that are

    detrimental to their personal growth.

     

    5) Children are not being educated enough

     

    There’s more learning opportunities nowadays and children are not getting the education they need. The school curriculum limits what a child learns. Homeschooling

    parents feel that there is more to learn out there that can better prepare their children for adulthood and the real world.

    These are valid reasons that needs to be considered and researched thoroughly before coming up with an opinion on homeschooling. It’s a big decision to take on the education of a child and

    homeschooling parents should be admired for their commitment and determination to mold their children into the best person they can be.



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    5 Best Videos for Teaching Children to Use the Potty

    The Morningstar Academy
    Wednesday, 6 August 2014 20:36

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    Teaching children to use the potty is a task that many parents find very difficult to do because lots of

    children do not cooperate easily when it comes to that. The use of videos in teaching children on how

    to use the potty has helped many parents to overcome this problem. Listed below are 5 best videos for

    teaching children to use the potty.

     

    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hiMo7C8xSMHow to potty train a toddler

    - Fast and Easy! Some children are just stubborn and you cannot get them to learn to

    do potty on their own easily, but with this video, you can easily overcome that and make your

    child love doing it easily.

     

    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gcI6S4jzAcPotty Training Tips

    What your baby cannot refuse. Those tips that has helped many children in the past to easily

    master the art of using the potty. You will find this video very helpful as many of these tips are

    interesting to children.

     

    3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALPJNwLvtskHow to Potty Train Toddlers

    This video teaches how parents can use books to potty train their children. It is true

    that children cannot read but then, they can easily understand pictures, and whatever they see

    sticks to their subconscious mind. Use books to teach your children how to use the potty.

     

    4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-lzW22PUww I Have To Go Potty

    A video that tackles the challenges parents face in potty training children that have

     

    developmental challenges. It follows practical steps that any parent can easily follow.

     

    5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUssJK8vYPIWonkidos Going Potty FULL

    EPISODE.  An animation that gives detailed steps of how to go about potty training.

    Children love it so much because it is fun all the way from the beginning to the end.

     

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    The Importance of Written Goals for Yourself, Your Students, and Your School Year.

    The Morningstar Academy
    Friday, 25 July 2014 17:13

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    Most people understand that goals are important, but did you know that written goals are about 40% more likely to be achieved and those goals which are both written and discussed with a friend have a success rate of 76%. This is from a recent study by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews (http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-backs-up-strategies-for-achieving-goals).

    For the Christian homeschooling parent, this is exciting information. Someone who has put in the love and work it takes into successfully educating their child whether via standard written curriculum or the more modern online homeschooling method wants to believe that the work that they and their students have put into that education will be profitable and successful. To this end, writing goals seems a clear choice in that it will make attaining those goals more likely.

    What does a helpful written goal look like? It looks S.M.A.R.T.

    • Specific goals, rather than vague goals are more achievable, such as “I want to make good grades” versus “I want to get 100% on my math test Tuesday.”
    • Measurable goals are those that can be measured through a metric such; date, grade, or certain amount of something.
    • The A in the acronym can mean “attainable”, or “action-oriented. Both are valuable in helping you reach your outcome. Action oriented is obvious “I will choose the appropriate online homeschooling site for my student.” An attainable statement means that the goal is within.
    • R is for realistic or relevant, meaning “is this goal truly attainable given my circumstances and does this goal make sense in the plan I have for my life”. Each person much choose which will be more helpful to their situation.
    • T stands for time, timely, time-bound, or time sensitive. All mean the same thing basically; you put a date on your goal to make it concrete and give yourself some motivation.

    Whether you are creating objective goals for education, or you and your student are creating some personal goals, using the SMART system is sure to help you reach those goals more effectively.



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    5 Best Websites for Teaching Science

    The Morningstar Academy
    Tuesday, 24 June 2014 18:25

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    All students love science because it is a practical demonstration of things happening around us and it explains many things the student would not have been able to understand other ways. The best way to teach science is to make it interactive, this way; students will be able to follow steps easily and to ask questions when necessary.

    Highlighted below are the 5 best websites for teaching science. They have been selected based upon their relevance to the field of science, the content they provide, and how they are able to attract returning users.

    Edheads: This is a website where you will find great science content and many science related activities that you can be part of. These activities cover different areas so that you will never get lost no matter your area of interest in science.

    Science Kids: A website built for playing science games. The games are designed to be great interactive learning tool which will take users through various scientific processes and tasks. The resources here will help students to follow these processes and perform those things themselves.

    National Geographic Kids:  Teaches about nature in general to children. Some aspects of nature it covers include plants, animals, places and people. It also contains games, videos, and activities that will make the whole learning process really enriching.

    Wonderville: Students of all ages and classes will find this website very useful because it actually helps them to learn based upon their level of understanding and maturity. There are games that are tied to each activity that you will find on this site. The games show you science, while activities allow you to explore what you have learned earlier.

    Try Science: A website full of all kinds of adventures in games, field trips, and interactive activities. Many important scientific concepts are explained on the site also.

    Mimi Rothschild

    Mimi Rothschild is the Founder of Learning By Grace, the nation’s premier provider of online homeschooling Academies and Courses for Christian Homeschoolers since 2001. www.LearningByGrace.org

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    Give Your Child A Superior Education with Online Homeschooling

    The Morningstar Academy
    Thursday, 27 March 2014 13:08

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    Online homeschooling has become very popular with parents who want the best for their children. More and more parents are now choosing online education for their children instead of sending them to a traditional school or instead of just books and workbooks. 

    Families choose online homeschooling for a variety of reasons. First, many families want to ensure their children are taught from a Biblical perspective. Families homeschool because their children have learning disabilities that the local public school cannot accommodate or their children suffer from health issues. Some chose homeschooling because they want a better education or to avoid your child being bullied. Online homeschooling is a phenomenal way for your child to get the best education because it marries the best things about homeschooling with the best things about private school. 

    Many parents who would like their children to be schooled at home feel unequipped to give their children the best possible education. And private Christian school is simply unaffordable. 

    This is where The Morning Star Academy has changed the lives of tens of thousands of parents and children. 

    The Morning Star Academy is celebrating its 13th year of providing online home school services throughout the globe. It is respected as the institution to turn to when parents want to educate their children at home but also want teachers to guide their children. 

     This premiere online homeschooling provider has been providing outstanding results to PreK-12th grade students in over 50 states and 20 countries around the world. It is very popular because it gives families all the tools that they need to make their child’s education a fulfilling successful experience. 

    Among online home schooling’s many advantages, one is convenience and accessibility with its on demand learning. Unlike a traditional school where you have to attend wherever the school building is located, online homeschooling with The Morning Star Academy, your school is wherever you have an Internet connection. This means if you are a busy family with many different demands and activities, no child is left behind. Students have 24/7/365 access to their lessons as long as you have an internet connection. Have a baby or younger children that require more attention? No problem! Your child always has access to her lessons and teachers. 

    The best part of online homeschooling is the time it saves because all of the learning materials are given to you on a daily basis, freeing mom up to tend to her many other responsibilities. 

    Students will receive online and offline components which include • EBooks (electronic books with websites, photos, quizzes) • Videos • Workbooks • CD-ROMS • Assignments • Tests • Gradebook • Joy-Directed Activities 

    Online homeschooling is the way of the future, allowing children to receive a better education in the comfort of their own home instead of being disrupted in a large classroom. 

    Online homeschooling not only allows the child to receive an education with no distractions, inappropriate or unsafe behavior, it also allows the family the freedom of wonderful day trips to museums, art galleries and other venues to further their child’s education. 

    The Morning Star Academy allows parents to give their children an education that they probably wished they had. An education that every child in an ideal world should have! 

    For more information on The Morning Star Academy and home schooling, please visit http://www.themorningstaracademy.org

     

     



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    A Quick Reference List Of Homeschooling Tips

    The Morningstar Academy
    Friday, 21 February 2014 18:18

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    Author: Alethia Holmes

    In recent years, there have been millions of parents who have turned to homeschooling. The reasons vary, but homeschooling is a legitimate option that can actually offer a better education than a public school in some cases. If you have considered homeschooling, there are things you need to know. Check out these tips to help you make the most of homeschooling.

    You don’t have to homeschool for your child’s entire education. You can do it for one year to correct shortcomings and behavioral issues. You could do it until middle school or high school. If you wish, they can be homeschooled right until college. The best part is that it’s totally up to you!

    Sit down as a family each Sunday and discuss the upcoming week. This allows everyone to know what is expected of them during the week and how each person can help make the week more successful. Planning also gives everyone the opportunity to take part in field trips and projects.

    Keep a journal of your activities. You can track the techniques that you have used. You can then look back to find the techniques that had worked well for your children and what did not. It will help you come up with a homeschooling regimen that works well for your family without trying the same things over and over.

    Understanding your child’s learning style and educational needs is the key to creating a successful learning environment. For example, many children experience peak learning times in which they are more receptive to new information and more likely to remember it. Identifying this peak learning time allows you to develop an itinerary that is perfectly aligned with your student’s needs.

    It is crucial when homeschooling children not to underestimate the importance of socialization. Eventually, your children will need to go out and function in and with the general public. Enrolling them in local clubs, youth programs or summer sports is an easy way to ensure that they have an opportunity to build important social skills like sharing, teamwork and leadership.

    Learn how to recognize an impasse with your child. If you’re using one teaching method and it’s not successful, don’t keep doing it. Look for another method to teach them on that subject. Whether it is a game, movie, or even bringing in a tutor or another parent to help, you have options! If you push too hard on them learning a certain way, it will only frustrate you both.

    Think of yourself as a guide rather than a lecturer in the homeschooling environment. The truth is, you are probably going to come across topics that you don’t understand very well. Have fun learning with your little one and don’t be afraid to say, “I don’t know; let’s research it!” when a difficult question arises.

    Make no mistake, homeschooling is a serious decision that needs to be thought about carefully. It takes a lot of time and a real commitment from both the student and the teacher. Homeschooling has its rewards, though, and if you have what it takes, consider taking the plunge. You child’s education is vital to their success.



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    Vision for Your Child’s Childhood

    The Morningstar Academy
    Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:09

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    Author:Robin Chisholm 


    God’s Vision for your Child’s Life

    Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NIV)

    I sat down one day, prayed feverishly to God, and asked for wisdom. My children and I were going through the healing process from being victims to domestic violence. They were silent witnesses to domestic violence that I had tolerated too long. I wanted their childhood to be a complete reversal from the past so I visualized and set goals for what I wanted my children’s childhood to be.

    God spoke to me to envision what they would tell their kids about when their parents about their childhood. What stories would they have to share? Would they be good stories, traumatic stories, and sadness/fear stricken stories? Would they be grown adults that were emotionally healthy? On the other hand, would they carry deep scars from my parental choices and emotional roller coasters?

    I created a vision-to encourage and mentor-to allows them to make mistakes. God showed me to be their support to help back them up when they fell in life. God had blessed me with parents that provided that unconditional love and support. I have been able to flourish with their Godly support providing confidence in my adulthood. God instructed me to follow through with the vision by communicating to them via text and/or in person these words-I am proud of you, I am so proud to be your mom, and I love you.

    I want their childhood foundations built strong as the winds of change in adulthood come. Therefore, they would have emotional security inside to be able to endure and make healthy life choices. Without the negative inner self-talk dialect be hopeless, worthless, and your nothing or will not be anything. I want their inner dialect to be God driven; you are strong, you can figure out how to get through this obstacle with God’s direction, their loved, and help is only a phone call away.

    I encourage you to seek God’s wisdom to create your mental vision for your children. Envision them as adults telling the stories of their childhood. Think about your everyday life, what is the atmosphere is that surrounds them in the privacy of your home. Is it an environment that when they are grown they felt safe, protected, loved, and happy in or is it an unstable, walking on eggshells, fearful experience? My goal is that my children will not spend their adulthood erasing and reprogramming themselves from damage during their childhood that God has entrusted me trains them in.

     



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    10 Quick Tips for Teaching Your Child to Read

    The Morningstar Academy
    Monday, 10 February 2014 17:39

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    Author: Michael Levy

    A great deal of a child’s reading success depends on the level of support that she or he receives at home. Children who are given the tools and the opportunities to learn to read both at school and at home have a better chance of success. The following are ten tips that can help parents know when they are on track helping their children prepare for reading success.

    Tip #1: Read with and to Children Regularly

    Reading at home with children is one of the best ways to ensure that they are ready for reading. It also sends the message that reading is enjoyable and fun. Parents should read with their children at least five times a week.

    Tip #2: Let Children Explore Books Alone

    Many parents often make the mistake of strictly controlling the reading opportunities that their children have. They may let their child select the book, but then completely take over from there. All children should be given the time to explore a book before and/or after they read it with a parent or other adult. When the child reaches the point where he or she can read alone, it’s still a good idea to not rush into reading, but to encourage exploration first.

    Tip #3: Show Confidence in the Child’s Abilities

    Children need to believe that they can do something. And, when a child becomes discouraged, it is often a parent’s belief in his or her abilities that helps the child over a rough patch. Displaying a lack of confidence can make the child question his or her abilities.

    Tip #4: Avoid Expressing Worry About the Child’s Progress

    Parents who are worried about a child’s reading progress should avoid discussing this with the child. Discussing concerns with the child’s teacher or other homeschooling educator is a far better option than risking compounding any reading problems the child is having by bringing them to his or her attention.

    Tip #5: Encourage Children to Read to Others

    Parents are built-in audiences for young readers. Parents should encourage their children to read to them often. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and cousins, and neighbors are also great audiences.

    Tip #6: Have Realistic Expectations

    Parents have been reading for so long that they have understandably forgotten how long it took them to learn to read. Children learn to read at different paces and they begin to learn to read at different ages. Parents need to be sure to accommodate different learning styles to avoid rushing a child into reading or expecting too much from a struggling reader.

    Tip #7: Avoid Rushing a Reading Session

    Children should not feel rushed during a reading session. And, parents should avoid feeling conflicted between spending time reading with children and getting something else done. Schedule time for reading when nothing else will interfere.

    Tip #8: Provide Reading and Writing Opportunities

    Encourage children to read and write by putting them in charge of the shopping list and sharing letters from friends and relatives. Parents can also help teach children to learn to write by helping them write their own name on letters to friends and relatives. Opportunities for reading and writing development can be found in simple, everyday activities.

    Tip #9: Provide Appropriate Reading Materials

    Parents should make sure that their young readers have a wealth of age-appropriate reading material. Be sure to stock the home with books that interest the child. Take the child to the library as well. Encourage children to select their own library books and participate in the library’s story time.

    Tip #10: Nip Problems in the Bud

    A child who is having trouble reading might have issues that need attention. A child that has trouble might have a learning disorder, hearing problems, or poor vision. Parents should be aware enough to attend to problems as early as possible but not so concerned that they create problems where none exist.

     


    Michael Levy, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Florida, where his teaching and research focused on human cognitive functioning, particularly information processing, learning, memory, and writing. Dr. Levy was an innovator in the development of interactive tutorials for teaching complex concepts (such as those embodied in Reading Buddy 2.0) and has published 12 books and nearly 200 articles and book chapters.

     



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