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A "reluctant reader" has the skills to read, he or she just doesn't enjoy it for very much. There are things you can do encourage a love of reading. Just follow these tips for teaching a reluctant learner

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As parents, we want to help our children to learn to have a more realistic and balanced point of view about the positive and negative aspects of life.  To do this, however, we need to look at our own attitudes and help our children build positive attitudes about their place in the world. 

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As a homeschooling parent, understanding multiple intelligences in children will better help you teach and choose curriculum that leans towards your children's strengths.

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A solid body of research supports the role of the senses in skill development and concept retention.  Multi sensory learning strategies make deliberate use of touch, hearing and sound to enhance the brain’s ability to relay information.  According to educational research, the more sensory pathways we involve, the more efficiently and effectively we learn.  Anyone who’s observed a baby or a toddler exploring the environment will understand the advantages of …

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What do you do if your child hates to read or just won’t sit still long enough for a story? You encourage her to read in small bites, the way everyone reads throughout a normal day. Whether you have a beginning reader or a 12-year-old who still stumbles over words, you can use these ideas to help your child improve reading skills. Cook together, and let your child give you …

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With each person comes a different personality, with each teacher comes a different prospective, and with each student comes a diverse way of thinking. Every one acts differently according to their beliefs. As a teacher, I have found that I need to teach with my beliefs and depict how I will use it in my classroom. Pragmatism is the philosophy known for change and experimentation. Learning does not need to …

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“Ugh! Math stinks; I only do it because I have to.”  Have you ever heard or said this yourself? Have you every wondered why kids hate math? Well, I feel your pain. I hated math too, and now I teach the stuff I once couldn’t stand. Not only that, now I like it, enjoy it, love to talk about it. Did I go nuts? No, though at some point …

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Whether you are new to homeschooling or a veteran homeschooler, there’s always something new to discover. Homeschooling is awesome and we want to help you make it an even better experience!

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Congratulation! You have decided to start homeschooling…now what? What do you do? HELP!! We know there can be a lot of fear and uncertainty when you start homeschooling especially in the middle of the year, but, it is often the perfect time to start homeschooling. You don’t want to ruin your child, but you know there has to be a better way. Here are some important points to get started: …

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There is an ebb and flow to life, and it shows up in homeschooling as well. So when the rhythm changes, don’t panic. Recognize it as normal and adjust for the madness!

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WINTER 2017 REGISTRATION DATES! Listed below are our registration dates, locations, and times. Please note: An email message will be out shortly that will have all the links needed to SIGN UP for your registration time slot! We wanted to give you the dates ahead of time so you can plan. Wednesday, November 30th Ortonville Current Families Only 9:30–11:30 and 12:30–2:30 Thursday, December 1st Troy Current Families Only 9:30–11:30 and …

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HC Winter 2017 Registration Information AND Meet the Teacher Night Open House! Tuesday, November 29, 2016 *** PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED DATE ***   Please join us for our WINTER OPEN HOUSE & MEET THE TEACHER NIGHT! Date: **** Tuesday, November 29, 2016 (NOT Monday the 28th) **** Time: 5:30 – 6:30 PM Special Event – Tarla speaking, see below! 6:30 – 8:30 PM Open House & Meet the Teacher! …

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Break out those crazy socks, your favorite sports team jerseys and bring your pep and spirit to Homeschool Connections! Homeschool Connections will be hosting Spirit Weeks (see the schedule below). Not only will it be a fun time to get a little wacky but everyone that participates will be entered into a drawing for FREE PIZZA on pizza day! Homeschool Connections Spirit Weeks November 28 – December 2: Crazy …

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On Friday, October 28, 2016 a group of 25 Homeschool Connections students, parents, grandparents and staff visited Hitsville USA, now known as the Motown Museum, in Detroit, MI. The museum is located on West Grand Blvd., which is also named Barry Gordy Blvd. to honor the owner of Hitsville USA. The trip was very educational and entertaining.  The tour guide first explained to the group how Barry Gordy started Hitsville …

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One of the most important skills we can develop in our children is helping them find their “voices” and become self-advocates. There are many situations where they must decide what they need and be able to voice it. Often, as parents, we plan what our children should learn, control their learning environments, plan their activities and events, and even influence their choices of friends. There are times, however, when we …

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One of our founding principles at Homeschool Connections was to provide an environment where homeschooling families felt included, welcomed and connected with each other and the resources available to them. Over 12 years later, “Connecting and Belonging” is still one of our top priorities and part  of our core values. As we have continued to grow and expand, we are also seeking new ways to bring people together. As …

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Our lives are filled with choices and options. If you go to a shoe store, you will find boots, sandals, athletic shoes, orthopedic shoes, loafers, heels, pumps, slippers, and more. Not every shoe works for every person or meets every person’s needs. The same is true in education. Education comes in many different forms: public school, charter school, private school, virtual and online school, and homeschool. Many people will say …

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What Do You Need to Teach Your Child? This is a question almost everyone asks, from people who are exploring the idea of homeschooling to those who have been homeschooling for a while. But stop for just a minute, and really let that question sink in…what do you need to teach your child? Maybe a better way to phrase it is,“What does your child REALLY need to know?” According to …

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As we look forward to the start of a new school year, there is usually much anticipation as well as a bit of anxiety. We all want to make sure we are using the “right” curriculum and doing this homeschooling thing the “right” way. The truth is that there is not ONE right way that works for everyone. Some people like to be very structured and lay out their coursework …

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The American Girl class is the perfect class for students who love to read, or want to improve their reading skills, while having loads of fun. During each American Girl class the students read 2 series of books, each about a different American Girl during a different decade of history. This past winter semester the students read books about Mary Ellen, from the 1950’s, and Julie, from the 1970’s. The …

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Here are the results of HC students after just one semester of taking Meg Navarro’s art class. Students learn to draw lifelike pictures while adding their own creative touch. Meg teaches using techniques she has learned from live classes she took from renown artists such as Ann Khulburg and Masters School of Art. Meg also pulls teaching methods from the Monart Method and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain as well as …

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There is a difference between a child who is smart or bright and one that is gifted. All gifted children can and are considered to be bright, but not all bright children can be considered gifted. The fact of the matter is there are many, many factors that come into play when defining the difference between these two children, but here’s a quick example of how fine the line between …

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What in life is without challenges? I’d argue that anything worth having has some challenges that go along with it, and homeschooling is no exception. While most of the homschoolers I interact with consider homeschooling among the most rewarding experiences of their lives, they all face challenges of some sort. This can range from such things as a lack of organization to a lack of an adequate support system. I …

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When it comes to scholarships, homeschooled students usually have the same opportunities as those who attend public or private schools. While some opponents of educational choice have raised concern in the past, particularly about socialization and the quality of the curriculum used in many homeschool settings, statistics show that many homeschooled students fall in the 85 percentile or higher when it comes to tests like the SATs or the California …

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For many who are new to the idea of homeschooling, home education seems to be the domain of the stay-at-home parent, often the mom. But the truth is that homeschool has many, many faces, and wanting or needing to earn a living doesn’t necessarily mean that you cannot homeschool your children. It just means that how you accomplish this very important, rewarding process may look a little different. Can I …

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This is a question that almost everyone askes, people who are exploring the idea of homeschooling to those who have been homeschooling for a while. But stop for just a minute and really let that question sink in…what do you need to teach your child? Maybe a better way to phrase it is,“What does your child REALLY need to know?” According to the Michigan Merit Curriculum, which Michigan public schools …

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While many homeschoolers have the goal of college in mind, it is not the only option for the home-educated student. In fact, in some cases, it may not even be the best option. Instead, it is reasonable to suggest that the best option is the one that matches the needs, skills, talents, interests and goals of the individual student. So what are the options if your student decides college isn’t …

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No parent approaches homeschooling a teen without at least a little bit of anxiety. After all, the preparation you give your adolescent now will greatly influence his future. The good news is you can relax a bit, safe in the knowledge that home-educated students can and do get into college, and once there, they tend to excel. Once you’ve taken a deep breath in relief over that, though, you run …

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Nearly 200 people voted at Homeschool Connection’s first annual art show on April 21, 2016, featuring the artwork of Meg Navarro’s students. Over 130 students participated in the competition, and there were 10 winners across the different age groups. These categories included photography and drawing in a variety of media such as watercolor pencils, ink, and color pencils. Parents, grandparents, siblings, fellow students, and friends chose their favorite pictures. Siblings …

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In 2013, I attended a lecture given by Dr. Kathy Koch at the Cincinnati Homeschool Convention. I thought the information she shared was incredibly valuable and wanted to share it with you too. You might have noticed it already, but there’s a bit of genius in your child. In fact, just about every child has characteristics of genius that parents can nurture and encourage. 12 Genius-Like Characteristics to Encourage In …

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As a parent, you have been teaching your child since the moment you brought him home (and possibly before) without even meaning to. Your child learned numerous important things about the way of living from you, so it’s natural for you to teach him. But what about academic subjects? Yes, you can teach your special needs child academics too. Is It Legal? Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. The …

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One thing that’s great about homeschooling is that fact that there are so many different options. There are many ways to home educate your child, and you can shape and mold them to fit your child’s needs and your family’s lifestyle. Here are just a few homeschool styles that parents across the country are making work for their families. Traditional or School-at-Home This homeschooling style takes more of a school-at-home …

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One of the most daunting parts of homeschooling a child through high school isn’t the teaching at all. It’s figuring out how to create that critical high school transcript. Whether you’re starting at the beginning of your child’s high school career (recommended) or you’ve waited until it’s time to start applying for college, there’s good news. As long as you’ve kept reasonably good records, this doesn’t have to be the …

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Though each gifted child is unique, the above learning characteristics are among those most commonly found in gifted children.

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You may hear many questions like these and will need to distinguish between those who are being critical and those who are just curious.

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The winter semester has covered 7 Natural Wonders of the World, 7 Industrial Wonders of the World, 7 Wonders of the Solar System, 7 Underwater Wonders of the World, and 7 Natural Wonders of the USA.  Middle/high school students are required to do a class presentation regarding one or more wonders. This means they can present more/deeper information on one particular wonder, or they can present on a group of wonders. Every …

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When you’re considering homeschooling, you’re likely to hear (or read) a number of myths mixed in with facts from a range of different sources. And it’s the myths that can make you question whether homeschooling is the best option for your family. After all, as a parent, your primary goal is to do the best you can for your family, including ensuring that your children receive a quality education and …

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There's nothing to be afraid of!

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Whether you homeschool or not, every parent wants the best possible future for his or her child. For homeschool parents, though, the question of their child’s future can sometimes feel overwhelming. After all, we feel like what we do now has a direct impact on what they do later. First, let me say that without having to meet you, I know that you have your child’s best interest at heart; …

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