The fly was about to fly into the window.

Got to love those multiple meaning words like I used in the title.  These can sometimes be hard to teach.  Specially when your child has a hard time with spelling and reading to begin with.  We have been explaining to our son the importance of spelling. I love how spelling city.com has this great set of games to help my son out with these. Spellingcity.com explains those words like this…

Within these two main groups, multiple meaning words can have differences:

  • different capitalization — “You may see a rainbow in May.”
  • different punctuation — “I sent my résumé hoping to find a job and resume working.”
  • different parts of speech — “I like to run” (verb) vs. “I like to go for a run” (noun)
  • different tense — “I would like to read the book you just read.”
  • different degrees (literal or figurative) — “The general ranks above the corporal” vs. “The plane flies above the rooftops.”
We have been using the games on spellingcity.com to help my son improve on the use of these words.

Portfolio’s – Does your state insist on them?

In the state that I live in (FL) we have to keep a homeschool portfolio.

This consist of 3 major things things:

Log

Sample of Work

Book List

Each one is an easy and pretty self explanatory.  Log would be your lesson plan book or your child’s lesson plan book. Sample of work is just that samples of your child’s work from beginning, middle and end of the school year. The book list is just that a list of books you have used and read through out the year. Simple right?

I have seen people keep neat notebook, scrapbooks even a box with everything thrown in.  Portfolios are not scary, they take just a little extra work that is all. Remember this is not just a portfolio for your state but it is a memory of your child’s school year.

The best way to share what is needed for this portfolio is shared in this great video my friend made. (I tried to post the video on this blog but for some reason it will not let me, so click on the link. )

Homeschool Record Keeping

What does your state say you have to have?  Do you have to keep a portfolio? Do you have to attendance records? Please leave a comment and share how you follow what your state laws ask you to do.

SAT Prep

How many of you have a child, I mean teen, who will be needing to get ready for the Scholastic Assessment Test, SAT  for short, this year?  There are all kinds of places to get some extra prep for this test. Time4Writing has a great program to get the extra help you need for the SAT writing portion of the test that was added in 2005.  There are 6 areas that need to be learned to be able to write an essay that will get a high score.

  1. Good critical thinking
  2. Appropriate support
  3. Good organization
  4. Skillful use of language
  5. Sentence variety
  6. Good editing skills

Time4Writing covers all of them in their course.  There are other areas that your child/teen might need a little bit of help to improve on.  I found some fun SAT games. There are games that cover math vocabulary, pick a parts of speech, match it definitions and many more.

Dolch Words

What does Dolch words mean?

The Dolch List got it’s name from Edward William Dolch, PhD, who in 1948 went through common children’s books and found what he called the “problem” words, or words that where most common in children’s book’s and often did not follow the phonics rules. Most where words that you could not sound out.  They where words that need to be memorized, instead. Edward Dolch, PhD felt that if you memorized his list of words then it would be easier to learn to read.  There is approximatly 220 of these words to memorize.

You know me I am all about the electronic way to learn this list of words.  Spellingcity.com has a phonic and spelling sight word curriculum.   This curriculum then give you  list that give you games and practice to learn the Dolch list.  Not only can you take practice test, test and flashcards but they offer LOTS of games to play.