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August 13, 2014, Edition 

What Grade Is Your Child In?             

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Hey Mama,


When you homeschool, grade levels are more of a guideline than anything else. That's what's so great about homeschooling--your kids can be studying based on what they understand and are ready to learn, not based upon their age.  It really doesn't matter if a kid is doing "third-grade" math and "fifth-grade" science. What matters is that he is learning at his own pace and ability.


As Dianne Craft says in her article, Repeating a Grade, "Homeschoolers do not have to follow the 'one size fits all' curriculum as in a school setting.'"


Here's something else to remember:


God's mercies are new every morning.

Where we are weak, He is strong.
Where we fail, He builds up.
Where we are confused or distressed ...

He. Is. On. The. Throne.

He sees all, Mama. And Daughter of the King, He loves you and has not forgotten. It's going to be OK because He is the AUTHOR of MORE than OK.

Walk, Mama. You are fulfilling a high commission. And He's walking right beside you all the way.


~ gena


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There are many things that homeschooling parents fear, but one of the greatest fears is the dreaded question by NON-homeschoolers: "So what grade is Josh in?"


As soon as the question is asked, the air passage becomes constricted. You're about to answer when, nightmare of nightmares, the child whose name was mentioned speaks first. "I don't know. Mom, what grade am I in?" Or better yet, the said child answers like he has never heard the phrase before, "What do you mean?"


When that happens, the parent laughs nervously and goes for the quick recovery. "Oh Josh, you're such a teaser. You know what grade you're in." Not waiting for the child to answer, the now embarrassed parent answers for him, "Fifth ... yeah that's it ... probably."


I remember when one of my kids answered this question while I was right beside him. "I'm in sixth grade," he said to the guy who asked him. I looked at him like he was a liar. There is no way you are in sixth grade, I thought. Later, I found out from my wife that he WAS in sixth grade.


Here's the deal: grade levels don't mean diddly, but for embarrassment purposes, pick a grade ... any grade, and tell your child at the beginning of the school year, "You're in the _______ grade." Have your kids role play a few minutes by taking turns asking each other what grade they are presently in.


That way when someone asks, your child has an answer, and you don't have to go through the embarrassment of looking like your children have been raised by wolves.


Be real, but pick a grade,



P.S. I still have one little, itty-bitty opening in my fall speaking loop. If you live in the Dallas/Houston area and want me to come and encourage your homeschool group, now is your chance! I still have Oct. 13-14th available. Anyone ... anyone? Contact me now.  



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 Schoolhouse Spelling offers seven different spelling lists every week. They're spread in categories we've labeled PreK/K; Lower Elementary 1, 2, and 3; Upper Elementary; Middle School; and High School. These equate to PreK/K, 1st grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th-5th grade, 6th -8th grade, and 9th-12th grade. But if you are using Lower Elementary list 3 and suddenly find the words have become too easy for your child, it's a simple and painless switch to begin using the Upper Elementary list instead. You don't have to purchase new curriculum mid-year.


What if, instead, you are looking for a course your high schooler needs to take for credit, such as Biology, Botany, or Writing? More than a dozen of our courses include recommended transcript weighting. Just look for the hyperlink in the gray and red box on the course introduction page.


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Homeschooled Kids 11 - 18 needed as beta testers for an online community where kids can meet new friends with the same interests.

Lifegroove is an online community where creative kids can meet like-minded friends in a safe social media environment and talk about their passions. Parents can have connected accounts if they choose, and help their kids learn how to socialize online.  The nature of the site is positive and supportive.


Please contact Kim Goodell at for a beta code. Codes will be issues to the first 1000 homeschoolers to respond.

Here are some examples of the groups:

Animal Lovers - Animation - Art - Book Lovers - Gamers - Kid Video Makers - Kids Who Cook - Minecraft - Photography - Photoshop for artists - Photoshop Battles - Programming For Kids - and MORE!

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