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Longer Literary Works to Read Before High School Graduation

Longer Literary Works to Read Before High School Graduation

Reading is imperative! Joseph Addison, a 17th century English poet and playwright, said that, “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” It is a truth that is universal, spanning time and space. Studying novels and longer pieces of work (like plays) is an...

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Why Should I Outsource History?

Why Should I Outsource History?

AS HOMESCHOOL PARENTS, WE HAVE A LOT OF DECISIONS TO MAKE REGARDING CURRICULUM AND CLASSES.   Do I teach a subject myself, or do I outsource it? This a big question to answer. There are a number of subjects that many parents find difficult to teach. Math and science,...

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How to Immerse Yourself in Foreign Language Using Technology

How to Immerse Yourself in Foreign Language Using Technology

We all agree that one of the best ways to learn a foreign language is to completely immerse yourself in the country where that language is spoken, right?  After all, the goal of an immersion program is that you eat, sleep, breath, and otherwise operate in the target...

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Bugs, Bugs, and MORE Bugs

Bugs, Bugs, and MORE Bugs

How do you feel about bugs? I have a confession… I HATE bugs.  Really.  I can’t stand them.  You might ask: how can a science teacher not like bugs?  I don’t know if I’ve always disliked creepy crawlies.  In fact, I’m not sure where it all started.  But I do love to...

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What’s in a Lab Report?

What’s in a Lab Report?

What Should be in a Lab Report? You’re a high school student and have just performed a lab at home.  You collected the equipment, read and followed the procedure, and jotted down the results.  Now what?  Well, it is important to learn how to master the typed lab...

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Literary Analysis is Not Just for Future English Majors

Literary Analysis is Not Just for Future English Majors

Every academic discipline has the inevitable, “Why do I need this?” topic.  For English classes, that topic is literary analysis.  It’s easy to dismiss the importance of literary analysis if you think you will never use it again outside of high school, but assuming...

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Selecting a Grammar Program

Selecting a Grammar Program

Studying grammar has many proven benefits, among them an increased ability to craft a variety of sentence types and to analyze the writing structures of others. So, in addition to improving students’ own writing, understanding English grammar will help those students...

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Why Microsoft Office is an important course to take.

Why Microsoft Office is an important course to take.

Microsoft Office is embedded in almost every business these days 83% of US businesses use Microsoft Office. (Tech Republic) Microsoft's Office 365 commercial monthly active users number is now at 120 million, up from 100 million in April 2017. (McAfee) Office 365 has...

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Mark It Up:  Tools for Annotating

Mark It Up: Tools for Annotating

I grew up in an educational environment where writing in books was discouraged; thankfully, my parents had a different mindset and allowed me to annotate in my books from an early age.  I credit this practice for instilling a love for reading and a fascination for...

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