What to Expect, Tips & Reminders
We officially start the 2020-2021 homeschool year next Tuesday, September 8, 2020, after Labor Day. Below is information on what to expect, tips, and reminders.
What to Expect
On September 8th, when students login, the Today’s Assignments page will show Day #1 assignments, and that page will change to the next days assignments according to the Calendar schedule under the Help menu. The Today’s Assignments page will change each day at approximately 5 PM Pacific Time. If your student misses a day, they can always access the missed day using the Daily Assignments page to do their lessons. Those going by their own schedule, may do so using the Daily Assignments page.
Tips & Reminders
ONE: It’s important to read through everything under the Help menu before starting.
TWO: The weekly spelling quiz for K-12 will have audio to hear the words. If your browser does not support the audio, you will need to call out the spelling words for your student to administer the quiz, and the words are in the SAME order as shown on the assignment pages.
THREE: Save ALL student work. While most states do not require you to save student work, we highly recommend saving all work for your files. You never know when someone may ask to see it and validate that work was done.
FOUR: Have students write their Name, Date, Day #, and Course on each assignment they give you. This makes it easier to document and organize the saved work.
FIVE: Have students give work to you regularly. Everyone has their own system that works for them. Some collect work hourly, daily, weekly, etc., but we recommend collecting and reviewing student work regularly.
SIX: Check your State Laws for any homeschool procedures you may need to follow. We are a curriculum and not a school, and parents/guardians need to handle any of the paperwork process to legally homeschool.
SEVEN: Essays & Presentations in Language Arts begin at the 2nd grade level. If your children have never done essays or presentations, they’ll be basic at first but will improve each year as students progress. Our Language Arts has a flow to it with students writing an opinion or argumentative essay on Mon, narrative essay on Tue, a digital presentation over Wed and Thur, and creative writing on Fri. Some people prefer to do one essay over Mon and Tues. Our Language Arts is designed to produce good writers and communicators, prepare for college, and/or the work environment.
EIGHT: Integrating research is an important aspect to the curriculum for grades 2nd and up. One of the goals of the program is to teach students how to learn. Students should spend time researching the topics presented and taking notes, especially for Science and History/Social Studies spending approximately 45 to 60 minutes on each course.
NINE: If you get locked out, email us at email@example.com. It will be very busy the next two weeks, so be sure to have reading books on hand or supplementary work available.
TEN: Keep it fun! We encourage you to create a positive, fun, and engaging learning environment. Mix it up when you need to, get outdoors, and let kids make some of the decisions too.