Monthly Archives: April 2009

Homeschool English

There are national standards that you have to meet when setting up your homeschool curriculum. These standards are set for each individual subject. For homeschool English you are required to meet certain curriculum requirements in reading, spelling, and writing. If you are not familiar with these standards or are not sure where to get information on home school English curriculum, check out our new article that provides information on the first steps you need to take in setting up your homeschool English curriculum and tips on moving beyond the standards in your homeschool English.

Reign vs Rein

Most people are familiar with the more commonly used form of rain, referring to precipitation or April showers. A great way to remember how that rain is spelled is thinking of April showers, and it being the only “rain” spelled with an “a”. The other two forms are spelled with an ei. One refers to control or part of a bridle for a horse, and the other refers to royalty. But, do you know which is which? Rein and reign and more often confused. To find out more about the differences between rein, reign, and rain visit our recent grammar lesson article post, titled Reign vs. Rein.

Keep tuned for more great information on educationbug.org. With the school year coming to a close we will soon be posting more articles that will help prepare you for the summer and help you get ahead of the game for next year. Don’t find yourself putting off school registration, applying for student loans, or filling out applications. We already have a number of articles that can help you with choosing between a college vs. university, choosing a college major, and how to find scholarships.

Loath vs. Loathe

Loath vs. Loathe? hhhmmm…I have to admit that, I did not know there was a difference between loath and loathe. I even learned there is loth as well. Education is such a beautiful thing! I am very fortunate because I get to learn something new every single day in my job.

It does not matter if you are 9 years old or 90 years old, everyone should take an opportunity every day to stretch their minds. The grammar lessons at educationbug.org is a great way to do that. If you will do this you will not only feel smarter but it will help you feel good about yourself, and keep your mind sharp. Just like many other things, if you do not use your mind you just may lose it.

Even if you loath to read, there are many ways you can exercise your mind.

Homeschool Subjects

We have recently added a new category to our homeschool section of Educationbug.org. We are excited to bring you a series of articles on many homeschool subjects. We will have article that will give you tips and tricks on teaching different homeschool subjects and help you find great information on each of the subjects. We will have articles on homeschool math, homeschool art, homeschool English, homeschool history, homeschool social studies, and more.

Our very first article listed under Homeschool Subjects is Homeschool Art. This article contains great information on the first steps you should take when teaching homeschool art and how to use the National Standards for planning your homeschool art. There is really good information on where to find information on teaching beyond the standards in each discipline of art – music, visual arts, theatre, and dance

Spell Checking

Spell checking? Who would have ever dreamed we would have such a luxury? The students of today truly do not understand what a great tool this is in their life, but then they have never known life without it. Many of them may not even know what a typewriter looks like, let alone that a dictionary/thesaurus is a book that you used to keep next to your typewriter. I know they still make liquid paper, but I am pretty sure if you ask any teenager to run to the store and pick you up some liquid paper they would give you that “pick up what?” look. Asking a teenager to go to college today without computers and spell check would be like asking them to start a fire without a match.

Spell check is not a complete safeguard for students. You have to be careful and read through your documents and make sure you accept the words you really want. For instance, I was running a spell check earlier on a document and where I meant to type “but” I typed “bug”, both are real words and both worked in the situation so my spell check assumed I typed exactly what I had intended. Are you aware of all the things that spell check can do for you, besides check your spelling? Do you know how to add words to your dictionary? Many spell check programs can also assist you with your grammar. Check out our grammar lesson, Spell Checking, at educationbug.org to learn what your spell checker can and cannot do for you.

Hanger vs Hangar

There are two types of hangers and/or hangars. If you were not aware of this you are in for a great educational lesson. One of them refers to a building usually found at an airport in which airplanes are kept. The other can be used to hang your clothes on, or can refer to someone who hangs things. Do you know which one refers to which definition? Read our most recent grammar lesson article on hangar vs. hanger to learn how to distinguish the two, and tips on remembering when to use hanger with an e, or hangar with an a.

Christian Homeschool

Is Christian homeschooling a good thing, or a bad thing? There are many who debate this issue. Well, there are many who debate homeschool vs. public school being a good/bad thing too, but that is a whole other story.
People who choose to use a Christian homeschool curriculum usually choose to do so because they feel it is important to educate their children in religion as well as math, English, science etc…Public schools are not allowed to teach religion or to allow students to pray. The only other option open to parents who want their child to be taught Christianity is to send them to a private school. Private Christian schools are often very expensive and not always close enough to consider commuting to. By homeschooling the parents are also able to help shelter their children from negative influences, drugs, alcohol, and other religious beliefs.
These very things are part of the reason some people feel there are more cons to Christian homeschooling than pros to homeschooling. They feel if the students are never put in a position to stand up for their beliefs, or put in a position to say “No” to negative influences then they are going to have difficulty when as adults they enter a more mainstream society.
These are just a few of the issues regarding Christian Homeschool. For more information see our most recently posted article at educationbug.org.

Number Lines

Do you remember learning about number lines in elementary school, and think when will I ever use this? Then in jr. high and high school you learned about them again, and did you think when will I ever use this? Then when you got into college did you realize maybe you should have been paying attention all those years before because now you need to know what a number line is and how it works in order to do your college math lessons? OH, wait! Did you think you would never need a number line after college?
Ok, I have never been really good at math. I feel I am pretty good with numbers, memorizing numbers, remembering numbers, picking out random order, that sort of thing. But I have always done just ok when it comes to calculus or advanced algebra. But, I was recently having a problem with my vehicle and the mechanic (another adult) was trying to explain input and output of something to do with my vehicle which was creating a problem. It was not making any sense to me what-so-ever. I asked the same question in as many ways as I could think of, and the mechanic in return explained it in as many ways as he could think of. Both of us naturally getting frustrated, when my daughter spoke up and said, “Mom, think of it as a number line…” Hmmmmm, now that made sense.
If you ever think that you will never, ever in your entire life, use something that you are taught over and over again, maybe just maybe, you should consider that perhaps you are being taught that for a reason.
Education comes in all types and forms. We try to educate our children and eventually they teach us a thing or two.

Find Scholarships

Many adults who either drop out of high school, just get their GED, or have been out of high school for a number of years think it is too late to go to college. IT’S NOT! Many adults are returning to college for a number of reasons. Some have lost their long time jobs, some to better their position in their company, and others to expand their minds and to be able to say they finally did it. Just because you are an adult don’t think that you do not qualify or are not able to get any assistance in funding your education. Criteria is a little different than most kids right out of high school but it is not impossible.
Many high school students also think that unless they have a 4.0 GPA their entire school years they are not eligible for college scholarships either. 4.0 GPA will help obtain certain scholarships but it is not the only way. There are scholarships for leadership skills, your choice of college major, extracurricular activities (cheer, sports, debate, technical etc…), your cultural or ethnic background, you or your parents income level, your SAT or ACT scores, and much much more. Don’t give up on continuing your education just because you are not a straight A student.
Check out our most recent article on finding scholarships to learn more.

Discreet vs Discrete

Discreet vs discrete is one of the most difficult of similar words to distinguish. Not only are they pronounced the same, they contain the same letters only the last two letters are transposed. Many people do not even know they are two different words with two different meanings. In our most recent grammar lesson we discuss the definition of both discreet and discrete. We also give you tips on how to distinguish whether discrete or discreet would be more appropriate to use in a specific situation.