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Homeschoolers: How to celebrate the 4th of July?

Here’s an interesting question.  Should real or mythical American history be taught to K12 students? It’s a great discussion for the 4th because it turns the usual range of political questions on their head.  Here’s some ways of framing the question:

USA: Land of the Free

USA: Land of the Free

  1. In Russia, China, and maybe even in France, they teach their history in a way that makes them sound glorious and very heroic with no mistakes ever made.  It’s not history, it’s self-glorification and propaganda. I’m delighted to live in the Land of the Free where when I read a history book, I know it’s not controlled by bureaucrats and politicians, it’s by independent historical scholars writing it the way they see it. Wouldn’t you agree? Here’s a trivia question, what states in the US lead in terms of their legislature trying to legislate what should be taught in K12 history textbooks?
  2.   What information is commonly taught in K12 which you believe to be inaccurate and which has been inserted into American history for some political or other purpose?
  3. Who do you think is the biggest obstacle to telling real US History: The Federal or State Governments? (Hint, remember that states control curriculum, standards, and the schools in their state).
  4. Why do US history professors at universities all seem to think that the history taught in K12 is basically propoganda?

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Spelling Word List Enhance on SpellingCity

VocabularySpellingCity has just added pages with more complete spelling lists per grade.  These are available to both their premium (ie paid) and free users.

Here for example is the content for the first grade word lists:

In first grade spelling, students should demonstrate command of words with common spelling patterns and frequently used irregular words, as well as grade-level sight words. They should be able to apply grade-level phonics to decode one- and two-syllable words. They should understand standard grammar. They should be able to use verbs to convey past, present, and future, and frequently occurring nouns, adjectives, and prepositions.
The word lists include compound words, frequently confused words, lots of sight words, general purpose vocabulary, academic vocabulary, and domain vocabulary


For High School spelling and vocabulary, students should be able to analyze the cumulative impact of specific word choices on meaning and tone (such as how the language evokes a sense of time and place or how it sets a formal or informal tone); they should be able to use language that is particularly fresh and engaging. They should demonstrate command of grammar and usage, correctly use patterns of word changes that indicate different meanings or parts of speech (analyze, analysis, analytical; advocate, advocacy), and see how meaning of key terms are used and refined in texts. They should be able to use precise words, details, and sensory language, and understand how language functions in different contexts to make effective choices for meaning or style. They should be able to correctly use patterns of word changes to indicate different meanings or parts of speech (conceive, conception, conceivable) and interpret figures of speech such as hyperbole and paradox in context.


Home School High School Diploma Certificate

Homeschool-Diploma-Templates (1)It’s time for graduations. Have you thought about whether you are going to celebrate? Have a barbecue?  Take a trip?  Do some sort of ceremony?

And what about having a high school diploma printed up, suitable for framing.

The good folk over at LetsHomeschoolHighschool.com provide a variety of printable High School Home School Diplomas so click your way over there and pick on out for your special graduate. Yes, it’s free!