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On this page we hope that if you have a creative ideas for motivating inspiring or encouraging a child to seek out his or her potential that has been a success for you in your family and that you would share your ideas with the home school community.  Use the submit below to let everyone know your ideas...

Lesson plans for books and movies of literature 

Six Steps to Teaching

Teaching  Geography through Movies ages 2 and up

Eight Keys to High Powered Learning

The Right Start

HIGH SCHOOL TRANSCRIPT Template by Patti | Professional | Calculates GPA for you!

Awarding High School Credit  Home Educators of Virginia

Study Guides and Strategies

Brain Child On line Assessment

Grade Level Expectation | Typical Course Study | World Book


SAT  Registration   contact information phone time place date cost of testing.   It also has other  College related information.


Test Prep Review - Your online resource for test preparation


New SAT Preparation Center - SAT Practice Tests practice test and answer sheet


Record keeping       Home Educators of Virginia


Sample High School Programs  Home Educators of Virginia


Typical Course of Study in a 4 year high school program  Home Educators of Virginia

Improving Student Reading & Math: Reading Resources

Handwriting Without Tears   ( HWT) pre- printing, printing and cursive  


Left-handed bookmarks   Have You been looking for advice on the best way to teach left-handed children how to write and have found very little. There seems to have been almost no research on the subject, and what advice is out there seems to be very generic


Virtual Presentation Assistant - University of Kansas-Department of Communication Studies

The Virtual Presentation Assistant is an online tutorial for improving your public speaking skills. This site is designed to help you target your specific needs as a speaker by allowing you to access any or all of the contents listed below.


Free Sight Word Helpers   Sight word list phrase word list, noun list, word search puzzles and more


Theme Units, Lesson Plans, Worksheets and Teacher Tools!


Improve Reading Comprehension with Vision Therapy Irlen color over lays

Irlen Institute


Learning Styles  Auditory,  Visual,  or  Kinesthetic Learner:

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Learning    Chart

The Kinesthetic learner

Learning Styles

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Lesson plans for books and movies of literature 

 go to google search then type webquest and the movie or book your reading or watching and most the time you'll get search pages of lesson plans and teachers resources guides for that. You can also try putting a lesson plan or teachers resource guide for the book or movie if you have a hard time coming up with anything under webquest.  Turn fun time into learning time. You can usually find them for different ages and for the younger children, you can just ask them the questions and you'll be surprised at how well they are comprehending what they are watching and reading.  Tuesdi


Six Steps to Teaching

1 Explanation         First it is important to give a clear explanation for the task

2 Demonstration   Second to demonstrate the idea or concept

3 Practice                 Allow the person your teaching to then practice what you've shown them . This help to reinforce the ideas and concepts  and allows learning to be organized

4  Follow up            Follow up make any corrections  re explain and re demonstrate if necessary.

5 Feed back           It is important to allow for feed back from the person your teaching you can get a  sense of how well they under stand if you need to add anything and if there is a understanding between the two you you.

6 Teach                  Teaching what you have just learned  is  one of the best ways to reinforce what you have learned  this is great if you have siblings  my husband usually plays the roll of the student so my son can teach him.  Amazingly my son actually does teach my husband what he has been learning . This allows me to see the extent of his knowledge and the depth of his learning (he had taught my husband the  sign language we are learning)  Doing all the steps 1-6 is a great way to keep organized and being a step by step  process it  help to insure you haven't quickly glossed over a vital part of teaching.  Hope this is of help. Tuesdi


Teaching  Geography through Movies ages 2 and up

We  use the interactive globe ( Odyssey II ) ,  or one that  that plays music from different countries, and has capitals states countries and continent selections along with Oceans .

By watching  the child's favorites movie such as El' dorado , Mulan , Finding Nemo,  Emperors New Groove,  Lion King or just about any of your child's favorite movie and  using the globe or map you show your child where the characters of their favorite movies are from. Road to El dorado-  Miguel and Tulio are from Spain and they sail across the Atlantic ocean.  Miguel and Tulio end up on the  explorer Cortez's ship who is looking for lost city of gold they find them selves in the New world.  You can talk about what kind of Indians they were Mayan or Aztec Indians.    Emperors New Grove  takes place deep in south American continent where Machu Picchu and  takes place in the Andes mountains of Peru.  Machu  Picchu means old mountain in Quechua language which is spoken by the Inca and still spoken today.  Then listen to the music from that country talk about the country and what continent the country is from .  Mulan is from China listen to the music from China and show pictures of the Great Wall of China is the only man made structure that can be seen from space,  talk about the Forbidden City, Beijing.  Upon entering the city there is a courtyard with five bridges . Each bridge represents a Confucian virtue, humanity, sense of duty, reliability, wisdom, and ceremonial propriety.  Finding Nemo takes place off the coast where the Great barrier Reef is.  Is located off the continent Oceania of the country Australia.   Lion king take s place on the savanna in Africa . You can listen to different music from the countries in Africa.  This is a great way to bring maps, globes and geography to very young children.   Using  these and your other favorite movies and characters makes it easier for kids to make the connections and you can bring real history  to the fun movies your watching . Soon the kids will recognize the countries  by the shape and placement on the globe and maps.  Later,  you can start using the other functions of the interactive globe and play games like how many countries can you name in a certain amount of time and race game  to find all the oceans.  You can also spend time talking about the culture and differences of music.  This is a wonderful  easy fun way of learning Geography,  the kids really relate to what they are learning . Turn Fun Time into Learning Time.  Tuesdi



Ideas on this page collectively represent over 100 years of research and personal experience by the page's creators from the perspective of parent, classroom teacher and gifted child. The following principles are the basis of the ideas and are designed to not only enhance learning but make it the profoundly fulfilling and enriching activity it should be.

1) If it's not fun don't do it. Strong negative emotion is the enemy of learning.

2) More is learned through play than formal instruction. There's compelling evidence that play is not only a common activity in higher order animals but that it teaches critical survival skills. People are biologically designed to learn by playing.

3) Familiarity breeds learning. Research indicates everything a person is consciously aware of remains permanently stored in their brains . These form mediational units which facilitate future learning.

4) NEVER test a preschooler. Small children are veritable learning machines. They can learn about subjects even before they are developmentally able to master them. However, they often cannot verbalize what they've learned. Forcing them to do so can produce harmful negative emotions.

5) An environment by itself can be a powerful teacher. It can teach subjects you know nothing about.

6) Positive parental attitude and rewards for a child's learning activities multiply the effects of teaching tools. Children do emulate their role models and are motivated by positive reinforcement. These 2 items are powerful learning accelerants.

7) Humor along with fantasy and strong imagery is a powerful teaching combination. This is the basis of many memory improvement systems touted in  books and seminars.  It's also commonly proposed in teacher training courses as a useful classroom tool.

8) Tolerance for ambiguity is a gift. Ambiguity is a universal element at the beginning of any learning activity. It must be tolerated for learning to happen.

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Creating a High-Powered Learning Environment



Once a family makes the important decision is to homeschool, getting off to the right start can help ensure a positive academic experience for both the home teacher and student. Selecting the right curriculum that will inspire the best in your child is the critical first step. Creating the right academic environment is the next one. The following helpful suggestions have been compiled from communication with the experts, our experienced homeschooling families.

Setting up the Classroom

If possible, establish a specific area in your home that can be used for the daily lessons. This can be a spare room, the dining room or kitchen table, or a basement area. Ideally, this space can be used solely for homeschooling purposes so the students associate it as an area for academic instruction. The space should offer storage space, such as a bookcase, good lighting, and few distractions.

A comfortable desk, or other workspace, and chair are important. If homeschooling several children, study carrels are helpful. These can be created by using large cardboard boxes to create partitions that can be folded and put away when not in use. Your child can personalize his carrel by create artwork on the cardboard walls with markers, crayons, or stickers.     Having an easel, flip chart, or chalkboard available can enhance instruction, as well as available wall space for the display of student work, maps, and posters. Access to a globe, a dictionary, other reference materials, and a computer are helpful additions to the academic setting.

Establishing the Rules

In some homes, classroom rules come about naturally. In other homes, parents find they must establish rules. These might include what to wear for class to how to ask questions. If you establish rules, stick to them! For instance, if you are teaching more than one child and he is calling out answers all the time, you might consider having him raise his hand.

Staying Organized

Develop a system for compiling, evaluating, and filing the studentís work. Folders or notebooks are used by many experienced home teachers. These can be color coded if working with several children. Your students will quickly learn to look for their personal folder or notebook when an assignment is completed. Use your lesson manual to track your progress and to make notes concerning a need for review or other questions.

Keeping to Task

Let family and friends know when school is in session, keeping interruptions to a minimum and using the answering machine to handle unnecessary telephone calls. If possible, schedule appointments around the school day and resist the temptation to forego lessons for chores and errands. Remember that the decision to homeschool will provide you with more quality family time during, and after, the daily lessons!

For more information about homeschooling, contact Calvert School at 888-487-4652 or visit

Special thanks to Calvert for providing this information  to share  with  all our homeschool families.

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