Free Application for Federal Student Aid Webinar 2/3/15

If you have children wanting to attend college this fall, “Mapping Your Future” will be offering a webinar on February 3rd, 2015.  See details below to get started.
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Here is information about a student and parent FAFSA webinar that Mapping Your Future will be doing next Tuesday night, 2/3 at 6:00 p.m. Central. Feel free to share.
Please register for Take the first step to pay for college – learn how to complete the 2015-16 FAFSA on Feb 3, 2015 7:00 PM EST at:

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2654434738197703682

Students and parents can attend Mapping Your Future’s line-by-line training for completing the 2015-16 FAFSA. Students planning on attending college in the fall of 2015 need to complete the FAFSA to apply for federal financial aid, as well as some state and institutional aid.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Switched on Schoolhouse and Alpha Omega Products and Common Core

With the new year approaching, some may be concerned about finding a curriculum  for their students that is not being altered to the new common core standards. I just found out that Alpha Omega Publications will NOT be changing their curriculum, the Language and Math subjects will stay the same!

Here is their statement on their website:

Alpha Omega Publications – Common Core Statement

“Alpha Omega Publications is committed to upholding Christian values in all of our curriculum. As it pertains to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Math, we want our customers to know that our curriculum has not changed. Our English Language Arts and Math courses within Monarch, Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons, and The Weaver Curriculum are available to you as they have always been, and we assure you that they have not been altered in any way to align to the Common Core standards.

No matter the developments related to the Common Core, Alpha Omega Publications is dedicated to providing our customers with quality Christian curriculum. We have and will remain true to our vision to change education for the glory of God.”

You can review this statement for yourself at: https://www.aophomeschooling.com/common-core-statement

Since I have used their curriculum mainly in Switched on Schoolhouse, our family has been very pleased with the academic standards.  From what I understand their subjects and content is college-level!

 

GED or High School Diploma

As my oldest is entering the final stage of high school the question has come up whether to give a High School Diploma or take a GED test.  In light of the new curriculum change (Common Core Standards) and the GED tests being being conformed to the new standards has made us review the right options for our child.  We have decided that at this time since our oldest child has completed the requirements for our school course that we are going to give a High School Diploma with the option to take the GED test at a later time if desired.

When I asked others on various homeschool groups that I am on, the response was in accordance to what we have decided.  Many stated that if you only give out a GED oftentimes employers and colleges tend to view your child as a dropout, even though he/she completed all their years of schooling.

If you are looking for a professional high school diploma, you can purchase one through Home School Legal Defense http://store.hslda.org/high-school-diploma–case—-personalized-certificate-p139.aspx

If you do decide to pursue the GED route, things to take into consideration:

1) Plan in advance when you are going to take the test – many times it is not a same day process, you may have to travel and some states only have tests either on paper or computer.

2). Tests can generally only be taken in the state you live, unless other arrangements are made.  You will want to contact the state you live in about their requirements.

3) After January 1st, 2014 all tests will be conformed to the new standards (Common Core)

4) You can purchase GED books, or check them out from the library.  One my child really liked and helped a lot was

I hope these suggestions help you on whatever path you choose!

 

Reminder Funnix download ends Friday December 20th!!!!

We’re once again giving our programs away for FREE. We’ve had more than 75,000 people sign up for our past giveaways and we want tens of thousands more to take advantage of this offer. This offer includes ALL COMPONENTS of BOTH PROGRAMS–THAT’S 220 BEGINNING READING LESSONS AND 100 BEGINNING MATH LESSONS. There are no hidden charges or strings attached to the giveaway. We are giving away the beginning reading and beginning math programs simultaneously and each program requires it’s own signup. After submission, you will receive an email with links to all the downloadable materials.

Why are we doing this? This giveaway is our way of “paying it forward” and doing something very helpful for a lot of children. Our mission is to show that all children can become proficient learners if the instruction is sound. Both Funnix Beginning Reading and Funnix Beginning Math will accelerate learning for all children.

The giveaway will begin December 2, 8 AM PST.No early sign-up. Visit Funnix.com for an in-depth look at our programs for young children.

About the Author

Siegfried (Zig) Engelmann, senior author, has designed more than 100 instructional programs, most of which are available through SRA McGraw/Hill. Zig developed a system of teaching called Direct Instruction, which consistently outperforms other methods in all subjects and with the full range of children. To find out more visit zigsite.com.

 

Mark your calendars —- Funnix offering free downloads

 

We’re once again giving our programs away for FREE. We’ve had more than 75,000 people sign up for our past giveaways and we want tens of thousands more to take advantage of this offer. This offer includes ALL COMPONENTS of BOTH PROGRAMS–THAT’S 220 BEGINNING READING LESSONS AND 100 BEGINNING MATH LESSONS. There are no hidden charges or strings attached to the giveaway. We are giving away the beginning reading and beginning math programs simultaneously and each program requires it’s own signup. After submission, you will receive an email with links to all the downloadable materials.

Why are we doing this? This giveaway is our way of “paying it forward” and doing something very helpful for a lot of children. Our mission is to show that all children can become proficient learners if the instruction is sound. Both Funnix Beginning Reading and Funnix Beginning Math will accelerate learning for all children.

The giveaway will begin December 2, 8 AM PST.No early sign-up. Visit Funnix.com for an in-depth look at our programs for young children.

About the Author

Siegfried (Zig) Engelmann, senior author, has designed more than 100 instructional programs, most of which are available through SRA McGraw/Hill. Zig developed a system of teaching called Direct Instruction, which consistently outperforms other methods in all subjects and with the full range of children. To find out more visit zigsite.com.

A high school student speaks out against Common Core

Check out “The Blaze” for more updates:

Speaking at a local school board meeting earlier this month, a Tennessee high school senior issued a brief and incredibly insightful address on the problems with Common Core standards.

Ethan Young, a student at Farragut High School in Knox County, Tenn., made his case as to why he believes the school district should drop the new national education standards, a set of guidelines that were never voted on by Congress, the Department of Education nor by local or state governments.

(Related: Parents Fed-Up With Failing Grades Under Common Core Take Matters Into Their Own Hands)

“The president essentially bribed states into implementation via ‘Race to the Top,’ offering $4.35 billion taxpayer dollars to participating states, $500 million of which went to Tennessee,” Young said. “And much like No Child Left Behind, the program promises national testing and a one-size-fits-all education, because hey, it worked so well the first time.”

“If nothing else, these standards are a glowing conflict of interest and they lack the research they allegedly received,” he added.

Young also argued that Common Core standards display a “mistrust of teachers,” a line that prompted applause from the audience.

Tenn. High School Student Ethan Young Delivers Anti Common Core Speech

“I stand before you because I care about education, but also because I want to support my teachers,” he said. “And just as they fought for my academic achievement, so I want to fight for their ability to teach. This relationship is at the heart of instruction, yet there will never be a system by which it is accurately measured.”

The high school senior went on to argue that “standards-based education is ruining the way we teach and learn.” He also revealed that legislators and administrators have told him “that’s just the way things work.”

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Now, he’s daring to ask: “Why?”

“I’m gonna answer that question: Bureaucratic convenience,” he added. “It works with nuclear reactors, it works with business models, why can’t it work with students? I mean how convenient, calculating exactly who knows what and who needs what. I mean, why don’t we just manufacture robots instead of students? They last longer and they always do what they’re told.”

“Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves.”

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The problem is, the extremely bright student continued, “education is unlike every other bureaucratic institute in our government” because the “task of teaching is never quantifiable.”

“If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything,” Young proclaimed. “I’d like to repeat that. If everything I learn in high school is a measurable objective, I have not learned anything.”

Government bureaucrats will never be able to measure “creativity, appreciation, inquisitiveness” but they are the “purpose of education,” he lectured.

“Somewhere our Founding Fathers are turning in their graves — pleading, screaming and trying to say to us that we teach to free minds. We teach to inspire. We teach to equip, the careers will come naturally.”

Watch Young’s entire inspiring, must-see speech below:

 

Great Resources at Reading Rainbow

If you are looking for more teaching videos to help you through the slump of teaching your children, check out this website.  They have a lot of videos for helping you educate your child in subjects such as: Foreign Language, getting through the concepts of Math, Art, Entering High School and many more topics.  Next to Home School Legal Defense’s site, this is a keeper.  You may find encouragement in reading the blogs where other mother’s share their experiences in homeschooling…….

http://ourhomeschoolforum.com/videos/workshops

Enjoy!