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Welcome to Homeschool Learning for 2016-2017

The biggest and best is yet to come! New unit studies some special guest articles on college readiness, life skills and homeschool and the special needs child.

Let's have a great year!

  • Website of the week: - A weekly resource that highlights an excellent homeschool site for education, arts and crafts, images or general interest. If you have a site to suggest send it to us!

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  • Welcome to our site! We are excited to announce a new FREE HOMESCHOOL COMMUNITY open to all homeschoolers and homeschooling groups. In our free environment, you can post your own blogs, collaborate with others, and even join in group projects.
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About Us


The Home School Learning Network...
...is an affordable, dynamic online K-12 curriculum service that allows home educators and teachers to access thousands of unit studies, lesson plans, and worksheets. In addition, our learning environment offers a collaborative environment where educators can communicate and interact. 


Our History 
The Home School Learning Network was conceived in 2001 by president and CEO, Patricia Carnabuci Inman. As an original founder of Education World she conceived of HLN as an affordable solution for home educators in their search for quality online resources to teach their children. Bringing together a passionate team of founders who had previously built Education World, HLN was released as a subscription-based collaborative community and curriculum center in the fall of 2001. Its first goal was to reach out to home educators. 

Since its release in 2001, the resurgence of homeschooling has continued to be the focus of interest for much of the country. In addition, HLN began to get the attention of the e-school community at large. Therefore, for the 2012-2013 academic year, HLN has launched a free homeschool community, where e-schools and homeschool members can interact and share projects and ideas.



Our Mission 

Our mission is to enhance the education experience for 1) homeschoolers and 2) educators as a whole by providing a safe, interactive community where learners of all ages can gain the knowledge, skills, and empowerment that will equip them for life in the 21st Century. 

What We're Doing to Meet Our Mission 

The Internet provides billions of opportunities for learning and skill-building, buried on remote servers throughout the world. The journey to and through the Internet can be overwhelming and even dangerous. Our experienced team of professionals have created a safe, nurturing, and creative learning environment where parents. teachers, and students are guided in their use of this vast resource. The Home School Learning Network provides a wealth of lessons and a complete set of homeschool learning essentials that will afford each homeschooler the opportunity to reach his or her fullest potential. 

About Our Founders 

Patricia Carnabuci Inman, President and Executive Producer
Patricia Carnabuci conceived the Home School Learning Network in the spring of 2001 through her deep knowledge of the K12 online education industry and her passion for creating educational resources. She saw the growing need of home educators to find and use the wealth of valuable tools available online. Ms. Carnabuci comes to us after her 6-year role as founder and Executive Producer of Education World (www.educationworld.com), a nationally renowned K12 education portal, and has been deeply involved in every aspect of online education since the Web's beginning. At Education World, Ms. Carnabuci was responsible for the production and integration of daily content as well as creating and supervising the conceptual design and implementation of over 20,000 pages of education-related resources. Currently, she is faculty at the University of Phoenix Online, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in technology, the Internet and the Web.

Ellen Peterson, Director of Library Services
Ellen Peterson brings a strong background in children's and young adult services from a diverse career in public, school, and digital libraries. As a public librarian, Ms. Peterson played an important role in the education of homeschoolers, a consistently large percentage of library patrons. She joined HLN in part to "give something more" to homeschoolers by creating a special online library, specifically geared to homeschool learners. Ms. Peterson also works with a small publishing company where she selects and disseminates personal growth and inspirational literature for young adults. 

Lois Lewis, Curriculum Development
Lois Lewis joins the HLN team with a background in online education, educational publishing and classroom teaching. Most recently, Ms. Lewis was the Lesson Plan Editor for the educational Web site Education World, where her responsibilities included creating practical learning activities, writing articles on current issues in education, and editing teacher-submitted materials. For nine years, Ms. Lewis was an editor and a writer for the Weekly Reader Corporation, publisher of numerous classroom periodicals. She also directed the company's partnership/outreach program to local schools and managed an annual national student video-production competition. As a classroom teacher, Ms. Lewis taught learning disabled students in self-contained and resource settings for nine years in Chicago, Illinois. She has presented workshops to teachers on Web literacy and on using the newspaper in the classroom, and has also served as a board member of a local Montessori school. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to help develop new learning resources for the homeschool community. Ms. Lewis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood Education from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia, and a Master of Arts degree in Learning Disabilities from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Dr. Marie Perri, Curriculum Development
Marie Perri joins the HLN Curriculum Development team with an extensive array of skills as a scientist, educator, and instructional design specialist. She received a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania and was awarded a fellowship to continue her research at Stanford University's Hopkins Marine Station in Monterey, California. Throughout, Marie has applied her own learning skills to development of educational programs for a wide variety of learning settings, from formal classroom teaching experience at the college, high school, and K-8 levels to experiential education programs for the public and private schools. As Subject Center Manager of the popular educational resource site, Education World, she applied her knowledge of scientific technology to research needs of teaching community for the development of resource tools for educators of all disciplines. Marie continues to use each teaching experience to further her skills as an educator and to guide her design of curricula that stimulate a diverse array of learning styles. She will be applying this background to the development of innovative and quality resources for the Homeschool Community.

Nancy Ooki, Curriculum Development
Nancy Ooki draws from a background of education and technology. During a 5-year period with Education World, she was responsible for research and production in many areas of the site including traditional education trends, alternative education development, and the role of technology in education. She combined this work with a position as a public elementary school computer lab leader, which gave her practical experience with technology in education. She has a degree in Technical Communication from Purdue University and a Master's in Educational Technology from Pepperdine University. Mrs. Ooki is enthusiastic about the opportunity to combine her two passions -- education and technology -- to provide an atmosphere for others to do the same, while empowering our children to succeed.

Laurie Furumoto, Curriculum Development
Laurie Furumoto has an extensive background in education and has taught both in the classroom and as a specialist teacher in a variety of settings in Hawaii, the West Coast, and Canada. Her extensive training in arts-based education includes a degree in Waldorf Education. Ms. Furumoto first became involved in homeschooling in the early 1980s. She believes very strongly in the advantages of homeschooling for families willing to make the commitment. Ms. Furumoto has been involved in Internet-based education since 1996, when she was hired by Education World as a researcher, writer, and developer. At Education World she developed a comprehensive set of resource sections on collaborative projects, homeschooling, parenting, early childhood education, counseling, and special education. Ms. Furumoto has helped to found alternative schools, and she is now excited to be involved with homeschooling as both a parent of a young child and as an educator.

Valerie Guarini, Curriculum Development
Valerie Guarini has been a school library information specialist for over 20 years. She has also taught middle and high school Language Arts and English in both public and private schools. Ms. Guarini is no stranger to public libraries: she has served as a reference librarian, adult and children's services coordinator, periodicals department manager and branch library manager for several Northwest libraries. Homeschoolers were regular patrons at the public libraries and were welcomed at her school libraries. She is currently the librarian at Kamalii Elementary in Kihei, Hawaii. Ms. Guarini was one of the developers of the Oregon School Library Information System, an online system that teaches students information literacy skills. She has taken a leadership role in establishing curriculum standards in her schools and has served on county and statewide reading, language arts and technology committees. Ms. Guarini graduated from Long Island University with a B.A. in English and Secondary Education. She received her Masters of Library Science from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and has continued her own education with credits beyond her graduate degree - primarily in information technology and education. She feels all children should be prepared to take full advantage of the Information Age. Her goal is help children become lifelong, discerning users of information.

Nancy Lynn Kleban, Curriculum Development
Nancy Lynn Kleban joins our staff with a background in publishing and a master's degree in library and information science, that included a focus on educational technology and teaching information technology literacy. She was a founding partner of Abracadabra Design & Typography in California, and has worked as a librarian at the Kihei Public Library and at Maui Community College Library. She teaches classes at Maui Community College designed to guide beginners to and through the vast ocean of online resources.

Tony Buczynski, Technology Development
Tony Buczynski holds a M.Ed. as a Media Specialist and has worked for a variety of media companies in management positions over the last 20 years. He recently served as the Online Publication Manager and then the Themes Channel Manager for the educational website Education World. In this position, he helped spearhead a number of projects including compiling a database of lesson plans, compiling National and States Educational Standards, and developing a Teaching Calendar for Educators. 

Kathleen McCarthy, Administrative Management
Kathleen McCarthy has many years of experience in office administration and management. She came to us via Education World where she was responsible for office management and administration, process control and regulation, and subscription services.

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Privacy Policy

What this Privacy Policy Covers 

  • This Privacy Policy covers HLN's treatment of personally identifiable information that HLN collects when you enroll in the HLN state or national programs. This policy also covers HLN's treatment of any payment information that is received via our secure servers.

     

  • This policy does not apply to the practices of companies that HLN may link to from HLN resources or articles that are outside of the www.homeschoollearning.com domain.

 

Information Collection and Use 

  • HLN collects personally identifiable information when you register for an HLN account, when you enter payment information via our secure servers, when you log in and enter the enrollment environment, and when you participate in any HLN surveys.

     

  • When you enroll with HLN, we ask for your name, email address, snail mail address, birth date, gender, occupation, and personal interests. Once you register with HLN and sign in to our services, you are not anonymous to us or other members of the subscription service.

     

  • HLN automatically receives and records information on our server logs from your browser including your IP address, HLN cookie information and the page you requested. This information is kept secure and confidential at all times.

     

  • HLN uses information for three general purposes: to customize your enrollment environment, to fulfill your requests for initial and monthly payments, and to contact you about your HLN enrollment and/or site enhancements.

 

Information Sharing and Disclosure 

  • HLN will not sell or rent your personally identifiable information to anyone.

     

  • HLN may send personally identifiable information about you to other companies or people only when:

     

  • We need to send the information to companies who work on behalf of HLN to provide services to you (such as online payment services). (These companies do not have any right to use the personally identifiable information we provide to them beyond what is necessary to assist us.);

     

  • We respond to subpoenas, court orders or legal process; or

     

  • We find that your actions on our web site violate the HLN Terms of Service or any of our usage guidelines for specific services.

 

Children Under the Age of 13 

  • Under the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, no web site operator can require, as a condition of participation in an activity, that a child under the age of 13 disclose more information than is reasonably necessary. HLN abides by this requirement.

     

  • HLN will not contact children under 13 about HLN enrollment account information or promotional offers without parental consent.

     

  • When someone under age 13 attempts to log on to HLN, we ask that he or she have a parent or guardian establish an HLN Family Account in order to obtain parental consent.

 

Cookies 

  • HLN may set and access HLN cookies on your computer.

     

  • HLN does not allow other companies to set and access cookies on your computer.

 

Editing or Deleting Account Information 

  • HLN gives you the ability to edit your HLN account information and preferences at any time.

     

  • You may cancel your enrollment at any time, however no partial month payments will be reimbursed.

 

Security 

  • Your HLN account information is password-protected for your privacy and security.

     

  • In certain areas HLN uses industry-standard SSL-encryption to protect data transmissions.

     

  • All payment transactions are protected with industry-standard SSL-encryption and carry an authentication certificate.

 

Questions or Suggestions 

  • If you have questions or suggestions, please use our Contact Us form or Forums.

     

  • HLN is certified with Equifax. If you feel that your inquiry has not been satisfactorily addressed, you should contact Equifax, an independent privacy organization.
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Terms of Service

  1. ACCEPTANCE OF TERMS 

    Welcome to the Homeschool Learning Network, Inc. ("HLN"). HLN provides its service to you, subject to the following Terms of Service ("TOS"), which may be updated by us from time to time without notice to you. You can review the most current version of the TOS at any time via the link in the footer of HLN pages. In addition, when using particular HLN services, you and HLN shall be subject to any posted guidelines or rules applicable to such services which may be posted from time to time. All such guidelines or rules are hereby incorporated by reference into the TOS. 
  2. DESCRIPTION OF SERVICE 

    HLN currently provides users with access to a rich collection of resources, including various communications tools, forums, personalized content and branded programming through its enrollment program (the "Service"). You also understand and agree that the Service will not include advertisements, but may include partnership tiles representing relationships with other homeschool organizations. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, any new features that augment or enhance the current Service, including the release of new HLN services, shall be subject to the TOS. You understand and agree that the Service is provided "AS-IS" and that HLN assumes no responsibility for the timeliness, deletion, mis-delivery or failure to store any user communications or personalization settings.

    You are responsible for obtaining access to the Service and that access may involve third party fees (such as Internet service provider or airtime charges). You are responsible for those fees. In addition, you must provide and are responsible for all equipment necessary to access the Service. 

  3. YOUR REGISTRATION OBLIGATIONS 

    In consideration of your use of the Service, you agree to: (a) provide true, accurate, current and complete information about yourself as prompted by the Service's registration form (such information being the "Registration Data") and (b) maintain and promptly update the Registration Data to keep it true, accurate, current and complete. If you provide any information that is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, or HLN has reasonable grounds to suspect that such information is untrue, inaccurate, not current or incomplete, HLN has the right to suspend or terminate your account and refuse any and all current or future use of the Service (or any portion thereof). HLN is concerned about the safety and privacy of all its users, particularly children. For this reason, parents of children under the age of 13 who wish to allow their children access to the Service must register their children personally and monitor all activity on the site. No additional fees will result from registering their children for the free community account. When you create a HLN Free Account for your children, you certify that you are at least 18 years old and that you are the legal guardian of the child/children listed. By adding a child to your HLN the Community Account, you also give your child permission to access all of the Services including, message boards, chats, projects (among others). As the legal guardian, it is your responsibility to determine whether any of the Services and/or Content (as defined in Section 6 below) are appropriate for your child. 
  4. HLN PRIVACY POLICY 

    Registration Data and certain other information about you is subject to our Privacy Policy. For more information, see our full privacy policy
  5. MEMBER ACCOUNT, PASSWORD AND SECURITY 

    You will receive a password and account designation upon completing the Service's registration process. You are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of the password and account, and are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your password or account. You agree to (a) immediately notify HLN of any unauthorized use of your password or account or any other breach of security, and (b) ensure that you exit from your account at the end of each session. HLN cannot and will not be liable for any loss or damage arising from your failure to comply with this Section 5. 
  6. MEMBER CONDUCT 

    You understand that all information, data, text, photographs, graphics, video, messages or other materials ("Content"), whether publicly posted or privately transmitted, are the sole responsibility of the person from which such Content originated. This means that you, and not HLN, are entirely responsible for all Content that you upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available via the Service. HLN monitors Content for inappropriate material, but does not guarantee the accuracy, integrity or quality of such Content. Under no circumstances will HLN be liable in any way for any Content, including, but not limited to, any errors or omissions in any Content, or for any loss or damage of any kind incurred as a result of the use of any Content posted, emailed, transmitted or otherwise made available via the Service.

    You agree to not use the Service to:

     

    1. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that is unlawful, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, tortious, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, libelous, invasive of another's privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically or otherwise objectionable;

       

    2. harm minors in any way;

       

    3. impersonate any person or entity, including, but not limited to, a HLN official, forum leader, guide or host, or falsely state or otherwise misrepresent your affiliation with a person or entity;

       

    4. forge headers or otherwise manipulate identifiers in order to disguise the origin of any Content transmitted through the Service;

       

    5. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that you do not have a right to make available under any law.

       

    6. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any Content that infringes any patent, trademark, copyright or other proprietary rights ("Rights") of any party;

       

    7. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, "junk mail," "spam," "chain letters," "pyramid schemes," or any other form of solicitation, except in those areas (such as shopping rooms) that are designated for such purpose;

       

    8. upload, post, email, transmit or otherwise make available any material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software or hardware or telecommunications equipment;

      vdisrupt the normal flow of dialogue, cause a screen to "scroll" faster than other users of the Service are able to type, or otherwise act in a manner that negatively affects other users' ability to engage in real time exchanges;

       

       

    9. interfere with or disrupt the Service or servers or networks connected to the Service, or disobey any requirements, procedures, policies or regulations of networks connected to the Service;

       

    10. "stalk" or otherwise harass another; or

       

    11. collect or store personal data about other users.

    You acknowledge that HLN does not pre-screen all Content, but that HLN and its designees shall have the right (but not the obligation) in their sole discretion to refuse or move any Content that is available via the Service. All photos must be approved before posting, and are part of an automated process which will notify moderators that photos are available to approve.  You will be notified when uploaded images have been approved. Without limiting the foregoing, HLN and its designees shall have the right to remove any Content that violates the TOS or is otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of any Content, including any reliance on the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of such Content. In this regard, you acknowledge that you may not rely on any Content created by HLN or submitted to HLN, including without limitation information in HLN Message Boards, HLN Chats, and in all other parts of the Service.

    You acknowledge and agree that HLN may preserve Content and may also disclose Content if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such preservation or disclosure is reasonably necessary to: (a) comply with legal process; (b) enforce the TOS; (c) respond to claims that any Content violates the rights of third-parties; or (d) protect the rights, property, or personal safety of HLN, its users and the public.

    You understand that the technical processing and transmission of the Service, including your Content, may involve (a) transmissions over various networks; and (b) changes to conform and adapt to technical requirements of connecting networks or devices. 

      

  7. SPECIAL ADMONITIONS FOR INTERNATIONAL USE 

    Recognizing the global nature of the Internet, you agree to comply with all local rules regarding online conduct and acceptable Content. Specifically, you agree to comply with all applicable laws regarding the transmission of technical data exported from the United States or the country in which you reside. 
  8. CONTENT SUBMITTED OR MADE AVAILABLE FOR INCLUSION ON THE SERVICE 

    HLN does not claim ownership of Content you submit or make available for inclusion on the Service. However, with respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on publicly accessible areas of the Service, you grant HLN the following world-wide, royalty free and non-exclusive license(s), as applicable:

     

    • With respect to Content you submit or make available for inclusion on enrollment areas (HLN Chats, HLN Message boards and HLN Projects), you grant license to post, reproduce, modify, adapt, and display such Content within the enrollment area of the Service solely for the purposes of providing and promoting the specific HLN Chat, HLN Message board or HLN Project to which such Content was submitted or made available. This license exists only for as long as you elect to continue to include such Content on the Service and will terminate at the time you remove or HLN removes such Content from the Service.

    "Enrollment" areas of the Service are those areas of HLN network of services that are intended by HLN to be available to enrolled and registered members of the HLN community.  

  9. INDEMNITY 

    You agree to indemnify and hold HLN, and its subsidiaries, affiliates, officers, agents, or other partners, and employees, harmless from any claim or demand, including reasonable attorneys' fees, made by any third party due to or arising out of Content you submit, post, transmit or make available through the Service, your use of the Service, your connection to the Service, your violation of the TOS, or your violation of any rights of another. 
  10. NO RESALE OF SERVICE 

    You agree not to reproduce, duplicate, copy, sell, resell or exploit for any commercial purposes, any portion of the Service, use of the Service, or access to the Service. 
  11. GENERAL PRACTICES REGARDING USE AND STORAGE 

    You acknowledge that HLN may establish general practices and limits concerning use of the Service, including without limitation the maximum number of days that message board postings or other uploaded Content will be retained by the Service or the maximum disk space that may be allotted on HLN's servers on your behalf. You agree that HLN has no responsibility or liability for the deletion or failure to store any communications or other Content maintained or transmitted by the Service. You further acknowledge that HLN reserves the right to change these general practices and limits at any time, in its sole discretion, with or without notice. 
  12. MODIFICATIONS TO SERVICE 

    HLN reserves the right at any time and from time to time to modify, temporarily or permanently, the Service (or any part thereof) with or without notice. You agree that HLN shall not be liable to you or to any third party for any modification of the Service. 
  13. TERMINATION 

    You agree that HLN, in its sole discretion, may terminate your password, account (or any part thereof) or use of the Service, and remove and discard any Content within the Service if HLN believes that you have violated or acted inconsistently with the letter or spirit of the TOS. HLN may also terminate your password and account if your enrollment fees are delinquint. HLN may also in its sole discretion and at any time discontinue providing the Service, or any part thereof, with or without notice. Under such conditions, you will not be responsible for enrollment fees beyond the current month. You agree that any termination of your access to the Service under any provision of this TOS may be affected without prior notice, and acknowledge and agree that HLN may immediately deactivate or delete your account and all related information and files in your account and/or bar any further access to such files or the Service for the above reasons. Further, you agree that HLN shall not be liable to you or any third-party for any termination of your access to the Service. 
  14. REFUNDS 

    Payment for the paid content services of HLN constitutes a monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual membership, with applicable discounts and special offers issued at the disgression of HLN. You agree that you are not entitled to reimbursement for any setup fee or monthly, quarterly, biannual or annual membership fee once you have paid the fees and gained access to HLN content services. You may elect at any time to discontinue subscription services for future periods by clicking "Subscription" from Your Profile.  For FREE Community Membership, you must abide by all above standards and regulations regardless of the status of holding a "free" membership.
  15. LINKS 

    The Service may provide, or third parties may provide, links to other World Wide Web sites or resources. Because HLN has no control over such sites and resources, you acknowledge and agree that HLN is not responsible for the availability of such external sites or resources, and does not endorse and is not responsible or liable for any Content, advertising, products, or other materials on or available from such sites or resources. You further acknowledge and agree that HLN shall not be responsible or liable, directly or indirectly, for any damage or loss caused or alleged to be caused by or in connection with use of or reliance on any such Content, goods or services available on or through any such site or resource. 
  16. HLN'S PROPRIETARY RIGHTS 

    You acknowledge and agree that the Service and any necessary software used in connection with the Service ("Software") contain proprietary and confidential information that is protected by applicable intellectual property and other laws. Except as expressly authorized by HLN, you agree not to modify, rent, lease, loan, sell, distribute or create derivative works based on the Service, in whole or in part. HLN grants you a personal, non-transferable and non-exclusive right and license to use the Service within a single household. 
  17. DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES 
    YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT: 

    1. YOUR USE OF THE SERVICE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK. THE SERVICE IS PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS.
    2. HLN MAKES NO WARRANTY THAT (i) THE SERVICE WILL MEET YOUR REQUIREMENTS, (ii) THE SERVICE WILL BE UNINTERRUPTED, TIMELY, OR ERROR-FREE, (iii) THE RESULTS THAT MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE USE OF THE SERVICE WILL BE ACCURATE OR RELIABLE
    3. ANY MATERIAL DOWNLOADED OR OTHERWISE OBTAINED THROUGH THE USE OF THE SERVICE IS DONE AT YOUR OWN DISCRETION AND RISK AND THAT YOU WILL BE SOLELY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE TO YOUR COMPUTER SYSTEM OR LOSS OF DATA THAT RESULTS FROM THE DOWNLOAD OF ANY SUCH MATERIAL.
    4. NO ADVICE OR INFORMATION, WHETHER ORAL OR WRITTEN, OBTAINED BY YOU FROM HLN OR THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE SHALL CREATE ANY WARRANTY NOT EXPRESSLY STATED IN THE TOS.

  18. LIMITATION OF LIABILITY 

    YOU EXPRESSLY UNDERSTAND AND AGREE THAT HLN SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, SPECIAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR EXEMPLARY DAMAGES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF PROFITS, GOODWILL, USE, DATA OR OTHER INTANGIBLE LOSSES RESULTING FROM: (i) THE USE OR THE INABILITY TO USE THE SERVICE; (ii) THE COST OF PROCUREMENT OF SUBSTITUTE GOODS AND SERVICES RESULTING FROM ANY DATA, INFORMATION OR SERVICES PURCHASED OR OBTAINED OR MESSAGES RECEIVED THROUGH OR FROM THE SERVICE; (iii) UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS TO OR ALTERATION OF YOUR TRANSMISSIONS OR DATA; (iv) STATEMENTS OR CONDUCT OF ANY THIRD PARTY ON THE SERVICE; OR (v) ANY OTHER MATTER RELATING TO THE SERVICE. 
  19. EXCLUSIONS AND LIMITATIONS 

    SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARRANTIES OR THE LIMITATION OR EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY FOR INCIDENTAL OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES. ACCORDINGLY, SOME OF THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS OF SECTIONS 16 AND 17 MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU. 
  20. PAYMENT FOR SERVICES 

    You agree to pay the subscription fees as described in the Enrollment Fees section of HLN. Such fees are subject to change at any time without notice. Furthermore, such fees are due on the monthly anniversary of your enrollment, or at the end of your subscription period, and are payable by check, the third party "PayPal", or secure online credit card payment. HLN will notify you of funds due via your login process. If monies are owed, access will be withheld until fees are received. You agree that failure to pay for thirty (30) days past your due date may result in the suspension and/or termination of your account usernames and passwords. 
  21. NOTICE 

    Notices to you may be made via either email or regular mail. The Service may also provide notices of changes to the TOS or other matters by displaying notices or links to notices to you generally on the Service. 
  22. TRADEMARK INFORMATION 

    HLN and its HLN logo are trademarks of Homeschool Learning Network, Inc. Without HLN's prior permission, you agree not to display or use in any manner, HLN trademarked images. 
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Join a Mars Project at HLN for Free!


In honor of the great accomplishment of humankind in landing the latest Mars Rover, Curiosity, the Homeschool Learning Network is running two Mars Projects for the 2012-2013 school year. One project will be geared to grades K-8, and one for grades 9-12.  Younger students will learn about Mars, and "imagine" their own community there, through a series of lesson plans.  Older students will form a team, and study data coming from the Red Planet.

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Mars and Rover Curiosity Resources and Lessons


All attention is on Mars with the latest landing of the Curiosity Rover!  On this page, you will find a myriad of links to websites dedicated to Mars, as well as Lesson Plan resources for all ages and grades!  Join the Homeschool Learning Network in exploring Mars through these fabulous and diverse resources!

 

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Mars Rover Curiosity Project - Gallery Images


 

The following images are for your use in the assignments and activities that you will be creating for the Alaskan Pioneer Project. These images are taken by NASA with HLN granted permission to share them for educational purposes.

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Watch and Learn About Rover Curiosity's Landing on Mars

With its rover named Curiosity, Mars Science Laboratory mission is part of NASA's Mars Exploration Program, a long-term effort of robotic exploration of the red planet. Curiosity was designed to assess whether Mars ever had an environment able to support small life forms called microbes. In other words, its mission is to determine the planet's "habitability."  The Homeschool Learning Network discusses Curiosity's landing, with diagrams and the very first Curiosity images!

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Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Method


Charlotte Mason, known as the founder of the homeschooling movement, wanted all children to develop a love for lifelong learning. As a child she was homeschooled by her parents in England. She made education her life's work after being orphaned at sixteen years of age. As an adult she wrote a six-volume set titled Home Education. She opened many schools for children throughout England and worked with homeschool families through correspondence.

The Mason method incorporates all core subjects, with a strong focal point on the humanities-classic literature, noble poetry, fine arts, crafts, and classical music. Charlotte Mason used the best books, the best music, and the best art possible. A variety of classical literature books are used--she called them "living books". Living books are books of high quality that often include stories of real-life characters a child can easily connect with. Mason spoke highly of the importance of poetry, the enforcing of good habits, the importance of nature diaries and the value of dictation and spelling. She believed that the development of good character and good habits was essential. As the parent models these integral traits and makes use of all teachable moments, the child will develop completely. This method is supports the child's own learning style and abilities.

The structured academic lessons are short and interesting, and last for about an hour a day. When lessons are complete, the child goes out into nature to draw what he observes in what Mason called a "nature diary". By interacting with nature, the child gains a sense of respect for the environment around him. Since the Mason method involves developing a passionate awareness of literature, the young child is read to daily. After reading short excerpts from living books, the child is asked to narrate or tell the adult what they have learned, giving back the information that was just read to them. Narration is casual and natural. It begins as early as age six and by age ten the child is expected be able to write her narrations in her nature notebooks. Narration puts the emphasis on what the child knows, not on what she might have missed. As soon as the child can rename or recite it, she observably knows it. After lessons are complete, the child is given the free time to pursue any and all interests.

This method was developed by a homeschooled student specifically for homeschool students. There is no curriculum to buy; books are available at the public library. It can be used on its own, or it can be used as a supplement to other educational methods.

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Classical Homeschooling Method


The classical educators firmly believe that the brain develops through three stages-grammar, logic and rhetoric.

The grammar stage starts at birth and generally continues until age twelve. In the grammar stage the child is taught through listening, reading, writing and observation. The child is taught the fundamental rules of science, are or the subject of study. Each child is given only the basic concrete information based on facts only. Since the child is unable to reason, only concrete and truthful knowledge is given. In this way the child will not be subjected to abstraction, but has been given only the facts and the truth to set his foundation. The grammar curriculum, also call the correct usage of language, includes: orthography-the study of the elementary sounds, letters, and syllables for our English language, phonics, etymology-the study of classification (parts of speech), derivation (suffixes and prefixes), and properties of words (nouns and verbs), syntax-the proper construction of sentences, and spelling.

The second stage of the trivium is called logic or the science of reasoning. The logical stage for the child generally begins in middle school and continues through high school. The child is now independent, abstract and analytical. In the logical stage the child is critically thinking. They are able to take the facts that were given in the grammar stage, and ask "Why?" The logical child will dissect everything that they have learned and examine it under natural and unalterable laws of reason. At this point the child is given all the tools needed to look for the truth in the information given and to arrive at valid and accurate conclusions. The child will gain a great understanding of the subject matter in this stage because the truth is now proven through this process.

The high school child is in the rhetoric stage in pre-adulthood. In this third and final stage, the child is able to combine the mechanics of study and his thinking skills into one. The child, becoming a persuasive adult has completely reached abstraction. He will take all the knowledge that he has learned and expressively, effectively and eloquently communicate the facts to others through the written and spoken word. It is also believed that because the child at this stage knows the facts so well and has tested them thoroughly, he can now begin to test the unknown. At that point the child can now move from being practical to theoretical.

Classical education has considerably grown within the homeschooling community. Textbooks are now available for purchase. There are also a number of websites that are available for your viewing.

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Eclectic Homeschooling Method


Eclectic Homeschooling, as the name implies, uses a variety of homeschool approaches. Eclectic parents are innovative and flexible. They trust their own judgment to pick out or piece together the best curriculum from various methods and philosophies to complement the academic and experiential learning of their child. They are more inquisitive about educational materials, books, programs and theories. Eclectic parents continually shop for good products that will meet the needs of their homeschoolers.

Most eclectic programs start with a curriculum foundation that corresponds to their own views of education and their child's learning style. The educational information used generally comes from diverse materials. Most eclectic homeschool households purchase a curriculum, then refine it and supplement it to meet the particular needs of each child. The curriculum is chosen to meet the child's temperament, gifts, interests, and learning style.

Although most eclectic homeschoolers teach academics, textbooks are not used alone. It is believed that each child needs the freedom to explore his interests and to take advantage of everything and anything that can be a learning experience. Many eclectic homeschoolers attend private or group music and dance lessons, or go to classes with other homeschoolers. Eclectic programs often include venturing out to museums, public libraries, or nature walks. Eclectic homeschoolers believe that their method provides them with an extremely effective and functional system of learning.

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Free Homeschool Resources


The Homeschool Learning Network's mission is to provide low-cost, organized resources, curriculum and community utilizing the power of the Internet.  Towards that goal, we have collected the following free resources available not only to free or upgraded HLN Community members, but also to the public.  We hope you find these resources helpful to you in relation to your homeschooling or education goals!

 

New to Homeschooling
Find answers to the most common questions about homeschooling here, along with related articles and links to learn more about each topic.

Homeschooling Newsletters
hether you would like to join our newsletter, or would like to find other related homeschooling newsletters, this is a growing list of what is available to you.

Homeschooling Links
What are the major homeschooling sites out there?  What are the major educational sites out there to aid in your homeschooling?  Find them on this page!

Homeschooling Methods
What homeschooling method is right for you?  Do you understand the difference?  Navigate here to read about the ten most popular ways to homeschool.

Homeschooling News and Articles
With so many great homeschool e-magazines out there and so many places to learn more about the culture of homeschooling, it is easy to get lost on the web!  HLN has compiled a list of top articles about homeschooling here, and we plan to grow this list of new articles as they become available.

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Homeschool Methods


The Home School Learning Network provides this Homeschool Approaches Center to help you learn about some of the most popular homeschool philosophies and learning approaches that are used today!

Every family finds their own use and adaptation of the approach (or approaches) they choose. By keeping your children's needs and learning styles in mind during your decision-making process, and by fully understanding the various homeschool approaches, you can make the most informed decision on what is right for your family.

Please browse the following pages for more information about each of the homeschooling methods:

 

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Homeschool News & Articles


Below you will find links to news articles and informational articles about many aspects of homeschooling. Currently, we are listing articles from three sources as noted below, howevr, if you would like your published article(s) listed here, we will be happy to review them for possible listing. You may use our Contact Us form to let us know about your article, and we will review it for appropriatness and relativity for listing.

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Homeschooling and the Power of Play

By Elizabeth Kanna 

The Cleavers were America's favorite TV family in the 1950s. Mrs. Cleaver was a stay-at-home housewife and Mr. Cleaver was the breadwinner. They lived with their two boys in a modest suburban home, and spent lots of quality time together as a family. My family's lifestyle is very different in almost every way. With three homeschooled kids, five pets, and two working parents, we have to be creative to get everything done – especially the homeschooling – and everyone has to pitch in. Due to my current work schedule, my husband does most of the cooking and shopping. Our three girls do a substantial number of household chores. We require quite a bit of technology to keep our lives and work running smoothly: multiple computers, printers, fax machines, extra phone lines, and cell phones.

My family may not look like the Cleavers, but like many other homeschooling families, we have a "Cleaveresque" – i.e., family-oriented-lifestyle. That's because homeschooling gives us more time and flexibility to focus on family, community involvement, and providing our children with one of the most important gifts we can give them – an old-fashioned childhood.

In his best-selling and highly respected book The Hurried Child, David Elkind writes:

 

The concept of childhood, so vital to the traditional American way of life, is threatened with extinction in the society we have created. Today's child has become the unwilling, unintended victim of overwhelming stress - the stress born of rapid, bewildering social change and constantly rising expectations.

…Unfortunately, both the value and the meaning of play are poorly understood in our hurried society. Indeed, what happened to adults in our society has now happened to children – play has been transformed into work. What was once recreation – sports, summer camps, musical training – is now professionalized and competitive. Perhaps the best evidence of the extent to which our children are hurried is the lack of opportunities for genuine play available to them.

Play, in its varied forms, helps children develop many of the skills vital for academic and life success. It stretches the muscles of creativity and imagination. It provides opportunities to cooperate as well as to try on the leader's hat. It's a way to both gain and dispel energy. Play is indeed a child's most important work. Homeschooling's one-on-one attention to a child's academics is so time-efficient that the homeschooled child has bonus hours for additional play. Homeschoolers just need to "keep the calendar clear" and resist the temptation to fill that free time with too many structured activities.

This summer, like the last, we didn't fill every minute of our girls' time with enrichment courses from surfing to college prep. Instead, our girls, ages eight, eleven, and fourteen, enjoyed a summer reminiscent of the typical life of an American child in the 1950s. Our girls participated in many community-based programs, including the swim team and our library's ice cream socials, bake sales, and summer reading clubs. But most of their time was devoted to unstructured play. They built impressive neighborhood forts, ran through the sprinklers, made money with a neighborhood lemonade stand, slurped ice cream, created a neighborhood all-girl rock'n roll band, and played made-up games with other kids in the neighborhood until well past dark each night.

When summer ended, the other children in our neighborhood returned to school, keeping schedules similar to those of working adults. Our girls began spending a few more hours on homeschooling each day, but their lives aren't much different than they were during the summer. They continue to build forts (including indoor ones, when the weather is bad), participate in community projects that interest them, and play made-up games with the kids in our homeschooling support group each week.

As homeschooling families, we can choose to utilize any of the modern conveniences that work for us, but homeschooling also gives us the time and flexibility to rekindle a family lifestyle from America's past. And by doing so, we give our children something very rare today – an old-fashioned childhood.

 

 


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Homeschooling Links


The Home School Learning Network provides you with this guide to homeschool resources on the Internet to help you find out what you need to know about homeschooling.



General Homeschool Guides



General Education Guides




Lesson Plan Resources




Resource Lists




Tutors and Consultants


  • Education Early Start
  • Florida Homeschooling provides legal and practical information and support for new and experienced homeschoolers in Florida. Only site to offer county-specific listings of evaluators, tutors, non-traditional schools, and support groups. All welcome.


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Montessori Homeschooling Method


The Montessori method and philosophy began almost a century ago, on January 6, 1907, in a San Larenzo apartment building in Rome, Italy. Maria Montessori, a scientist, physician, anthropologist and philosopher, developed this method of education for children as the result of continuous scientific observations of the children of San Larenzo.

Maria Montessori noticed that the children had sensitive periods. During these sensitive periods the child works within one area of the environment at a time. Sensitive periods bring on intense concentration, so intense that the child will be almost unaware of the rest of his surroundings. The child during sensitive periods will also continuously repeat an activity until an inner satisfaction is met. The Montessori method calls this process of repetition normalization.

Montessori explained the accomplishments of the child's highly developed cognitive skills with a description of what she called the absorbent mind. Montessori often said, "Impressions do not merely enter his mind; they form it" (Absorbent Mind, 1995). The absorbent mind first prepares the unconscious. The mind then slowly awakens to the conscious level, establishing memory, and the power to understand and reason. The knowledge that the child is internally seeking is then absorbed.

The Montessori method was created so that Maria Montessori's philosophy could be implemented. Montessori believed the environment was second to life itself. She said, "it can modify in that it can help or hinder, but it can never create" (The Montessori Method, 1912). The Montessori environment is called the prepared environment. There are six essential components to the prepared environment: freedom, structure and order, reality and nature, beauty and atmosphere, the didactic materials, and the development of community life.

A child having freedom in a prepared environment will be able to develop physically, mentally, and emotionally to his or her full potential. The child uses this freedom to work with the educational materials and to socialize with others. All the materials are designed to fulfill the inner desire for self-construction and spiritual development of the child. The materials indirectly prepare the child for future learning by capturing the child's attention and initiating concentration. The materials at first are concrete and gradually become abstract. Each set of materials progresses from simple to complex. The prepared environment and its atmosphere must be pleasant to encourage positive growth and spontaneity. The environment must be cheerful, relaxing and warm, inviting the child to participate so he can fulfill his inner will.

Implementation of the Montessori method can be expensive, especially if you are planning to purchase Montessori materials. Fortunately there are many books, retailers, and Web sites that can help. A wonderful book for Montessori homeschool implementation is Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth Hainstock. Hainstock has also written books for Montessori homeschool implementation by age or grade. These books give detailed instructions on how to build or make your own materials and how to use them. The books are available in most bookstores and public libraries.

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New to Homeschooling?


Whether you are just beginning or are still in the planning stages, the resources in this section will help you get started down the road to homeschooling! They will provide you with resources that will answer your most basic questions, and guide you in your decision-making process. 



Why should I homeschool?

There are as many reasons for homeschooling as there are homeschool families! Everyone who chooses homeschooling has their own unique reasons and family situation that informs their decision to homeschool. Some families live in a remote or rural area that is not easily accessible to a school. Others have religious beliefs that they wish to nurture in the home environment. School violence and learning difficulties have also influenced the growing homeschool population. In a world full of divorce and family separation, homeschooling provides families a way to reconnect.

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Am I qualified to homeschool?

Yes! You have credentials that you probably have not even thought of. You have already been your children's teacher for the first years of their lives. You love your children, and know them better than anyone else. Because you are considering homeschooling, you show the desire to do whatever it takes to obtain the best possible education for your child. With online resources, support groups and a little research, you are not only qualified, but you are most likely the best teacher for your child!

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What are the legal requirements for homeschooling in my state?

Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Each state has set its own laws and regulations, so it is important to research what the laws are in your state.

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What exactly do I need to teach my children? What materials will be useful?

There is a wealth of information online on homeschooling materials. Once you have researched and chosen a homeschool approach, you will have another level of understanding of the types of materials that you will need.

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Where can I find other homeschoolers in my area? Is there support?

Today, homeschoolers have the opportunity to choose or combine online support groups and local support groups. Choose the mode of support that best suits your needs!

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How can I provide an environment where my child can interact with other children?

Is school the agent for socialization? Or is social development built on the self esteem of a positive learning environment, whether that is school or home learning? Homeschooled children can participate in extra-curricular activities, sports, and homeschool learning groups. Socialization is one of the most hotly debated and defended homeschool issue.

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Can I find out more about my child's learning style and choose a curriculum to match?

Understanding your children's learning styles is an important part of finding a homeschool approach and curriculum that will best suit their needs.

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Structured Learning Homeschool Method


The structured approach, sometimes called the traditional approach, or the scope and sequence approach, is the homeschooling approach that most resembles education in institutional schools. It's called scope and sequence to emphasize the scope is the body of knowledge to be taught and the sequence--the way it is divided up, usually into grade levels. It is the "school model".

In this approach to homeschooling, the child works on each subject separately every day. All learning is planned and followed by grade level. Schooling does not get off track and everything is covered, with no worrying about learning gaps. Many homeschool programs that use the structured approach provide textbooks for each subject, along with a teacher's manual. Tests often follow each lesson, to be sure that the child is learning. Most structured homeschools have a daily schedule. Some structured homeschoolers run their programs Monday through Friday, from June through September; others run a year-round program.

Most structured homeschools enjoy the curriculum since the units and textbooks can be purchased (no need to create them). With a purchased structured curriculum the schedules, lessons, scope and sequence are planned for you. Some parents purchase a preplanned, structured curriculum so they have something to fall back on, diminishing the worries of homeschooling. Many parents that are new to home education start with this type of program.

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The Moore Formula Homeschool Method


Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore, known as the grandparents of Christian homeschool education, created their own education system through years of research, and have written countless books and videos. In the 1980s they were one of the very few voices heard on homeschooling and its benefits, methods and advantages.

The Moores believe in a homeschool method that allows the child to develop at his own pace through informal education until the age of eight. Between the ages of eight and ten years (depending on developmental readiness) the child begins formal education. Following the Moore formula, the child trains in good habits and obedience, and cultivates a sense of togetherness within her family, as well as at church and in society at large.

The Moore formula is based on a balanced approach that includes study, work and service. The child's interest is the focal point for learning. Depending on the child's developmental level, she studies each day for a few minutes to a few hours. Work, called entrepreneurship by the Moores, is considered key to the curriculum. Whether in the family home or in a home-based business, work should be incorporated within any unit of study. Service, either in the home, the church, or out in the community, is also a key component of the curriculum. By providing service to others, the child is learning patience and the moral value of helping others. The Moore Formula is a Christian-based program, so Bible study and memorization is essential and should be done daily. It is believed that through this curriculum, and the guidance and examples set by parents, children will become practical, productive, disciplined, responsible, mature leaders and have excellent character.

The Moore curriculum was specifically formulated for the homeschooled student. It is considered to be a low-cost and low-stress curriculum that provides the homeschool community with a highly successful work-study and behavior program.

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The Reggio Emelia Homeschool Method


In 1963, the people of Reggio Emilia, Italy, wanted to insure that their children attended a school system that provided opportunities to develop their intelligence and to prepare for the successes of life. So, over three decades ago, a municipality-sponsored preschool began. Loris Malaguzzi and the parents and community of this close and communal town headed the new program. By 1967 there were 20 municipality preschools for young children between the ages of three and six years. The first municipal infant-toddler program also began in that year. 

The people of Reggio Emilia view the child as strong, rich in potential, powerful, competent, resourceful, curious, and loving. They see the child as having a tremendous desire to learn and the capability of constructing his own education. The child, in Reggio Emilia, is a researcher and is allowed to take a lead in his education. The child is encouraged to wonder, take notice, and make new relationships that allow him to reach a new level of understanding and development. 

The Reggio Approach is often called "the education based on relationships." Since the Reggio community believed the child had the appropriate capabilities, they created a program rich in research, learning, reconsideration, communication and reflection in a sociable environment. Parents, teachers and children have strong communication networks. They focus on each child in relation to other children, family, teachers, the environment of the school and community as well as the child's relation to society at large. 

The Reggio curriculum is founded on projects. Projects emerge from the children's expressed interests. They are not planned out in advance, but rather build upon the continued experiences of the child in the process of constructing his knowledge. Projects can be short term, lasting a few days, or long term, lasting a few months to a year. Projects usually require little money and lots of fantasy. There is usually more than one project happening at one time, so each project may not be worked on daily. The children often revisit and refine a project, constantly moving from theory to practice until their inner knowledge is reached. 

Art is the staple to all projects. In Reggio Emilia preschools, art is not considered just "art" but symbolic expressions. These symbolic expressions are called "the hundred languages" of children. Loris Malaguzzi explains the child's hundred languages the best in the beginning of a poem he wrote (The Hundred Languages of Children, 1998): 

The child is made of one hundred.
The child has a hundred languages, a hundred hands, a hundred thoughts.
A hundred ways of thinking, of playing, of speaking.
A hundred, always a hundred ways of listening, of marveling, of loving.
A hundred joys for singing and understanding.
A hundred worlds to discover.
A hundred worlds to invent.
A hundred worlds to dream. 

Another key element to the Reggio approach is documentation. The children's work is documented by transcribing conversations and discussions with peers and teachers which is placed next to photographs, sculptures, drawings and paintings. Documentation is considered part of the curriculum and has several functions. Parents become aware of the children's experiences and stay involved with the children's learning process. Documentation helps the teachers to grow professionally by evaluating their work and facilitating the exchange of ideas between each other, as well as to gain a better understanding of the children. 

Implementation of the Reggio Approach is not extremely costly. However, to fully implement the approach to the best of our abilities in America, a group homeschool setting with children of differing ages that meets often (more than once or twice a week) is the ideal. 

The Reggio approach is fairly new to America, so unfortunately much of the information available is in Italian--although information published in English is rapidly growing. At this time, there are a number of articles, Web sites, and a few books published in English. 

Books or Periodicals for Reference:

Edwards, C., Gandini L., & Forman, G. (1998). The Hundred Languages of Children. Connecticut: Ablex Publishing Corporation.

Young Children. (1993). Washington: NAEYC (A number of articles available in this issue.)

Municipal Infant-Toddler Centers and Preschools of Reggio Emilia. (1996). Municipal of Reggio Emilia. (This is available on the CDACouncil website for a fee.)

Innovation in Early Education. Michigan:The Merrill-Palmer Institute, Wayne State University. (This is available on the Merrill-Palmer Institute website for a fee.)

Additional Resources:

  • Reggio Emilia Approach - This section of the ECAP/ITG Web site contains information and resources related to the approach to early childhood education developed in the preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. 
  • Reggio Emelia Approach - This is a link farm to in-depth information, white papers, and articles regarding the Reggio Emelia approach. 
  • Reggio Emilia: Some Lessons for U.S. Educators. ERIC Digest - This is an article for professionals that explains the Reggio Emilia approach in terms of its value to US educators. 
  • The Project Approach - This site focuses on the principles of Reggio Emilia by focusing on in-depth descriptions of the project-based approach to learning for early childhood and elementary school children. 
  • Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy - This site provides a general overview of the philosophy. 
  • Reggio Emilia Links - Web sites about The Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education follow.
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Unit Studies (Thematic) Homeschool Method


The unit studies approach is designed to give both in-depth and broad understandings of subjects revolving around some entire theme that interests the child. This integrated approach includes science, math, geography, art, music, history, language, literature, drama, and creative movement. It is often referred to as a multi-disciplinary or a thematic approach. It is an experiential, hands-on approach to learning. It is believed that when children go into such depth, and spend a generous amount of time on each theme, their retention of the subject is higher than in traditional methods.

Since the central focus is on one theme, all core subjects are integrated together based on that particular theme. The primary advantage, of course, is that the subjects are blended together and not learned separately. There are many other advantages with the unit study approach:

  1. Children of all ages and different levels can learn together.
  2. Unit studies are relatively low in cost, especially if you create your own unit.
  3. Because the studies are learner-generated, the child gets an in-depth understanding of each topic, and in turn develops mastery and retention of the material.
  4. Since there are no time restraints, the child is given ample time to think, experiment and discover each topic through his own natural way of learning.
  5. Since unit studies are multi-aged, the younger child learns immeasurably from and through the older child.
  6. The creative hands-on projects and activities are great fun.
  7. Anything can spark an interest: television, radio, books, and common conversations. This makes unit planning fairly easy.

If you are new to homeschooling, or planning on using the unit study approach, there are many Web sites, books and preplanned units available free or for purchase.

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Unschooling Homeschool Method


The term unschooling originated in the 1960s in the teachings of a Boston public educator named John Holt. He did not agree with the way children were being forced to learn through teacher dictation. Holt believed that children learn best through free or child-led education, where the child is free to learn at his own pace, in his own unique way, guided by his interests. Holt often lectured on his view of free education, hoping to change the public education methods. After becoming disillusioned with the public schools' resistance to change, Holt began to encourage disheartened parents to try unschooling or schooling in the home. His basic message was to "unschool" their children, a parent only needs to allow the child to direct his own learning through his interests and provide the child with educational experiences and materials. If the child asks questions, simply answer him; if you don't know the answer, show the child the direction needed to discover the answer.

The philosophy behind the unschooling approach is that the child learns and retains much more when allowed to follow interests, share in real life experiences and exploration. The adults within this approach recognize how imperative it is for children to have access to the things that interest them. Because of this, the unschooled parent is always seeking materials, classes, and other teachers that can take the child to deeper depths and broader horizons. The parent understands that learning can occur anytime and anywhere, so she is constantly facilitating, and mentoring this collaborative process. In this independent, natural and experiential philosophy, it is important for the child to feel comfortable so that he can perceive the interconnectedness of everything.

The unschooled method is a hands-on approach. The adult takes learning cues from the child and introduces all education subjects through the child's interests. There is no set curriculum, materials or schedules. The days flow to the child's changing needs and experiences. Topics or interests come from rich experiences or experimentation in a conducive environment or are sparked from books, television, radio, computers and conversations. Learning experiences can last for a short period of time or a long period of time. Learning experiences are based on the child's timetable, interest and readiness.

The unschooling method is the most unstructured of all of the homeschooling methods and philosophies. This less formal approach to education has been often said to be a good transition for children coming from institutional experiences. Many parents have reported that they used the unschooling method until finding an approach that worked best for them. Others have started the unschooling method and never left it.

Additional Resources:

  • What is Unschooling? - An article by Earl Stevens that was published in "At Home In New England" 
  • Family Unschoolers Network - The Family Unschoolers Network provides support for unschooling, homeschooling, and self-directed learning. You will find newsletter articles, reviews, resources, websites, books and lots of other information to help your homeschooling or unschooling efforts. 
  • Resources for Unschooling - Newsletters, legal issues, articles, resources, link and book reviews. 
  • Unschooling Fallacies - Teri Brown enlightens people on the misconceptions and stereotypes or unschooled homeschoolers. 
  • Radical Unschooling - This is the "office" of Sandra Dodd, who thinks and writes and speaks about unschooling, and whose children were always unschooled. 
  • Homeschool Zone Unschooling Support Center - A Support group, FAQ's, and articles. 
  • Unschooling or Homeschooling? - What is the difference between unschooling and homeschooling? At one time they were just two terms for the same thing, 
  • A to Z Home's Cool Homeschooling - A wealth of information on child-led learning, creating alternatives to education, deschooling, unschooling and natural learning, five steps to unschooling and much much more.
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Virtual Schools Provide the Power of Choice

by Elizabeth Kanna

When Russian-born Wimbledon Champion Maria Sharapova was asked by the press how she continued to impress everyone she met with her literacy and ability to speak fluently and intelligently, she promptly told them she was a student at a virtual high school in the United States. The ability to continue her academic education while she swept tennis tournaments across the U.S., culminating in a stunning victory at Wimbledon in July, is a testament to the power and inherent flexibility of virtual schools. Virtual schools provide parents and children, from Oregon to New York and across the globe to Russia and other countries, with access to world-class curricula, myriad teachers, and support, just about anytime and anyplace. Most importantly, virtual schools provide the power of choice.

The "common school movement" that Horace Mann, Henry Barnard and other reformers created in 1852 did not provide families with many choices. These new public schools were for the training or educating of future factory workers. One hundred and fifty years later, parents have more options available to them for their child's education: public schools, homeschooling, charter schools, homeschool charter schools, magnet schools, private schools, and virtual schools.

Today's virtual school movement has its roots in distance-learning programs and correspondence schools dating as far back as 1929, when the University of Nebraska started distance-learning high-school courses. The new "virtual school" movement underway in the United States is fueled by a technology-rich society, a motivated and literate population of parents, and visionaries in education, technology, and business. Today there are very few paper-based and snail-mail correspondence programs in virtual education; children everywhere can attend a virtual public school at home. Virtual access gives children online curriculum opportunities like "traveling" with Robert Ballard, the scientist who found the R.M.S Titanic, and "visiting" remote locations around the world via the latest satellite and streaming media capabilities.

Like most technology-based products and services in use today, virtual schools, courses, and supplemental programs will continue to improve in usability, power, and speed. For now, the power of technology-delivered, virtual educational programs adds to the options parents can investigate as they make a difficult decision with life-long implications: how their child will be educated.

Are Virtual Schools a Type of Homeschooling? 
The answer to this question depends on the virtual school. While most of the learning happens in the home with virtual schools, many of them are public schools without doors. Students who register with a public virtual school are counted as public-school students, not homeschoolers, in their state. These public virtual schools collect ADA (average daily attendance), just like the neighborhood brick-and-mortar school. They offer a standards-based curriculum; require attendance keeping, frequent assessments, and progress reports; and comply with mandated state testing. Some virtual schools or programs are tuition-based, and a parent can choose to use an entire grade's work or supplement in math, driver's education, foreign language, history, and other subjects. A high-school student can participate in make-up and credit programs to enhance their high-school experience.

In the homeschooling world, children who attend conventional schools, either public or private, are considered to be receiving a "traditional" education. "Traditional homeschooling," on the other hand, has typically indicated a family using varied approaches and curricula to have their children learn at home (outside the auspices of a public school). Many traditionally homeschooled children use private distance-learning or a tuition-based virtual school for all or part of their homeschooling career.

Is a Virtual-based Education for Everyone? 
Like any school, curriculum, or program, virtual schools work for some families and not for others. Public virtual schools have the same requirements and regulations that brick-and-mortal schools do, along with the support of a credentialed teacher; detailed, standards-based rich lessons; continual assessment; and supplemental learning resources. Some families choose a virtual school because they believe it combines the best of both worlds: the flexibility and individualized instruction inherent in traditional homeschooling, joined with the support and accountability of a public school.

Families facing educational choices need to research all options thoroughly. They must examine their educational priorities in order to determine which features best support their goals. Most importantly, they must decide which method best serves their child's unique needs and talents.

Maria Sharapova's passion is tennis, so her academic training needed to be adjusted to work within the confines of her intense tennis training and playing schedule. A virtual school has helped her continue to learn while she reaches for her dream.

 


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Waldorf Homeschool Method


Waldorf education was developed by the Austria philosopher and metaphysicist Rudolf Steiner in the 1920 and is based around his views on Child development. Steiner believed that the development of children paralleled world history and the development of mankind and tailored the Waldorf school curriculum to compliment that. A good example of this aspect of Waldorf education can be seen in the Waldorf social studies curriculum:

  • Grades K-1 - Fairytales and folktales
  • Grade 2 - Fables and stories of the saints
  • Grade 3 - Old testament of the bible stories
  • Grade 4 - Norse & Native American legends and sagas
  • Grades 5 & 6 - The Indus Valley cultures, Egypt, Greece, & Rome
  • Grade 7 & 8 - The Middle Ages, Renaissance, Age of Enlightenment and Revolutions
  • High school - The modern world and their future.

Lessons consist of in 2-3 week long Blocks or thematic units in which all subjects - Math, science, history, language arts - are related back to the main theme.

Steiner also believed in educating the "whole" child and integrated a strong arts and movement based teaching style into Waldorf Education. Each morning is begun with movement and recitation exercises designed to stimulate the child's mental functioning and alertness. This is followed by the main lesson - an intensive 1-2 hr lesson on the main topic being studied. The Waldorf curriculum also includes regular weekly lessons in geometric form drawing, water color painting, crafts, and movement arts.

An important aspect of the Waldorf philosophy is that if the curriculum is properly laid out that the children will learn the main concepts on their own. Students are not told the main concepts, but guided to discover them on their own thus stimulating their creativity and higher thinking skills.

Steiner also believed in the importance of the child having a strong and long lasting relationship with their teacher. In the Waldorf lower school teachers stay with the same class, often for eight years (Grades 1-8). The belief being that a child can develop a trust for that teacher and the teacher will know on a much deeper level what is best for that child. This depth of understanding goes one step further in the homeschooling parent.

Waldorf Education in a school setting is often expensive, depending on the social philosophy embraced by the individual school. Steiner himself believed strongly that schools should implement a sliding scale based on ability to pay, but few schools have been able to make that work today.

Additional Resources:

  • Steiner Schools in Australia - This site contains lots of information on Waldorf Education in Australia, and beyond. 
  • Waldorf World - This is a great site to come learn about Waldorf Education. Included are school directories, articles, teacher training and employment links, plus links to other sites. 
  • Live Education! - Here you'll find commercial homeschooling supplies for families inspired by a Waldorf perspective. 
  • An Introduction to Waldorf Education - by Rudolf Steiner, 1919 (translated from German)
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Foundations for Algebra
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Foundations for Algebra
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Week 3 Chapter 1
Foundations for Algebra
  • 1-7: The Distributive Property
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Foundations for Algebra
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Week 5 Chapter 2
Solving Equations
  • 2-1: Solving One-Step Equations
  • 2-2: Solving Two-Step Equations
  • 2-3: Solving Multi-Step Equations
Week 6 Chapter 2
Solving Equations
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  • 2-5: Literal Equations and Formulas
  • 2-6: Ratios, Rates, and Conversions
Week 7 Chapter 2
Solving Equations
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Week 8 Chapter 2
Solving Equations
  • 2-10: Change Expressed as a Percent
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Solving Inequalities
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  • 3-2: Solving Inequalities Using Addition or Subtraction
  • 3-3: Solving Inequalities Using Multiplication or Division
Week 10 Chapter 3
Solving Inequalities
  • 3-4: Solving Multi-Step Inequalities
  • 3-5: Working with Sets
  • 3-6: Compound Inequalities
Week 11 Chapter 3
Solving Inequalities
  • 3-4: Solving Multi-Step Inequalities
  • 3-5: Working with Sets
  • 3-6: Compound Inequalities
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An Introduction to Functions
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  • 4-3: Patterns and Nonlinear Functions
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An Introduction to Functions
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  • 4-5: Writing a Function Rule
  • 4-6: Formalizing Relations and Functions
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An Introduction to Functions
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  • Chapter 4 End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
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Linear Functions
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Linear Functions
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  • 5-5: Standard Form
  • 5-6: Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
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Linear Functions
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Week 18 Chapter 6
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
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  • 6-3: Solving Systems Using Elimination
Week 19 Chapter 6
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
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  • 6-6: Systems of Linear Inequalities
Week 20 Chapter 6
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
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Week 21 Chapter 7
Exponents and Exponential Functions
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Week 22 Chapter 7
Exponents and Exponential Functions
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Week 23 Chapter 7
Exponents and Exponential Functions
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Polynomials and Factoring
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  • 8-3: Multiplying Binomials
Week 25 Chapter 8
Polynomials and Factoring
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  • 8-6: Factoring ax2 + bx + c
Week 26 Chapter 8
Polynomials and Factoring
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  • End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
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Quadratic Functions and Equations
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Week 28 Chapter 9
Quadratic Functions and Equations
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Week 35 Chapter 11
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Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities
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Week 7 Chapter 3
Linear Systems
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Linear Systems
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Linear Systems
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Quadratic Functions and Equations
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  • 4-2: Standard Form of a Quadratic Function
  • 4-3: Modeling With Quadratic Functions
  • 4-4: Factoring Quadratic Expressions
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Quadratic Functions and Equations
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  • 4-6: Completing the Square
  • 4-7: The Quadratic Formula
  • 4-8: Complex Numbers
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Quadratic Functions and Equations
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  • Chapter Test
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  • 5-1: Polynomial Functions
  • 5-2: Polynomials, Linear Factors, and Zeros
  • 5-3: Solving Polynomial Equations
  • 5-4: Dividing Polynomial
Week 14 Chapter 5
Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
  • 5-5: Theorems About Roots of Polynomial Equations
  • 5-6: The Fundamental Theorem of Algebra
  • 5-7: The Binomial Theorem
  • 5-8: Polynomial Models in the Real World
Week 15 Chapter 5
Polynomials and Polynomial Functions
  • 5-9: Transforming Polynomial Function
  • Chapter 5 MathXL: End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
  • Chapter Test
Week 16 Chapter 6
Radical Functions and Rational Exponents
  • 6-1: Roots and Radical Expressions
  • 6-2: Multiplying and Dividing Radical Expressions
  • 6-3: Binomial Radical Expressions
Week 17 Chapter 6
Radical Functions and Rational Exponents
  • 6-4: Rational Exponents
  • 6-5 Solving Square Root and Other Radical Equations
  • 6-6: Function Operations
Week 18 Chapter 6
Radical Functions and Rational Exponents
  • 6-7: Inverse Relations and Functions
  • 6-8 Graphing Radical Functions
  • End-of-Chapter MathXL
  • Chapter Test
Week 19 Chapter 7
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • 7-1: Exploring Exponential Models
  • 7-2: Properties of Exponential Functions
  • 7-3: Logarithmic Functions as Inverses
Week 20 Chapter 7
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • 7-4: Properties of Logarithms
  • 7-5: Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • 7-6: Natural Logarithms
Week 21 Chapter 7
Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
  • Chapter 7 MathXL: End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
  • Chapter Test
Week 22 Chapter 8
Rational Functions
  • 8-1: Inverse Variation
  • 8-2: The Reciprocal Function Family
  • 8-3: Rational Functions and Their Graphs
Week 23 Chapter 8
Rational Functions
  • 8-4: Rational Expressions
  • 8-5: Adding and Subtracting Rational Expressions
  • 8-6: Solving Rational Equations
Week 24 Chapter 8
Rational Functions
  • Chapter 8 MathXL: End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
  • Chapter Test
Week 25 Chapter 9
Sequences and Series
  • 9-1: Mathematical Patterns
  • 9-2: Arithmetic Sequences
  • 9-3: Geometric Sequences
Week 26 Chapter 9
Sequences and Series
  • 9-4: Arithmetic Series
  • 9-5: Geometric Series
Week 27 Chapter 9
Sequences and Series
  • Chapter 9 MathXL: End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
  • Chapter Test
Week 28 Chapter 10
Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections
  • 10-1: Exploring Conic Sections
  • 10-2: Parabolas
  • 10-3: Circles
Week 29 Chapter 10
Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections
  • 10-4: Ellipses
  • 10-5: Hyperbolas
  • 10-6: Translating Conic Sections
Week 30 Chapter 10
Quadratic Relations and Conic Sections
  • Chapter 10 MathXL: End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
  • Chapter Test
Week 31 Chapter 11
Probability and Statistics
  • 11-1: Permutations and Combinations
  • 11-2: Probability
  • 11-3: Probability of Multiple Events
Week 32 Chapter 11
Probability and Statistics
  • 11-4: Conditional Probability
  • 11-5: Analyzing Data
  • 11-6: Standard Deviation
Week 33 Chapter 11
Probability and Statistics
  • 11-7 Samples and Surveys
  • 11-8: Binomial Distributions
  • 11-9: Normal Distributions
Week 34 Chapter 11
Probability and Statistics
  • Chapter 11 MathXL: End-of-Chapter Practice and Review
  • Chapter Test
Week 35 Chapter 12
Matrices
  • 12-1: Adding and Subtracting Matrices
  • 12-2: Matrix Multiplication
  • 12-3: Determinants and Inverses
Week 36 Chapter 12
Matrices
  • 12-4: Inverse Matrices and Systems
  • 12-5: Geometric Transformations
  • 12-6: Vectors
  • End-of-Chapter MathXL
  • Chapter Test
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36- Week Courses

Over the last year, HLN has released 36-Week Courses for Middle School and High School Math.  This year (2012-2013) we are releasing Middle School Science Courses in August, 2012.  Future plans include releasing a full curriculum of Courses in all subject areas for grades 6-12, as well as core courses for Elementary grades.

HLN utilizes e-book course content using Pearson Education Materials.  In order to have e-book access, each course requires a small book fee to access the e-book, and subscribers then have access to that content for a full year.  Use the link below to explore all courses that are currently available, including specific learning objectives for each week.

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Geometry

For many students, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections.

HLN's Geometry Course, using Pearson Online Books and Learning Materials, teaches for understanding by incorporating an interwoven strand of thinking and reasoning into problem solving. This connects the math that students learn, from the first lesson to the last. By focusing on thinking, reasoning, and problem solving, students will become more prepared for success in school, in their careers, and in life.

Requirements: You must be an  HLN Curriculum Upgrade Member to take HLN Courses. To have access to your online book resources to complete this course, there is also a one-time fee of $34.95. Once a member, if you wish to take a Course, you will be guided to a page to pay your E-Book Resource Fee. Once you have purchased the book resources, HLN will send you an email within one business day with your Book Access login via the Pearson website.

Each Course has its own Course Access Fee.

Outline of HLN's Geometry Course

Week

Chapter

Topics

Week 1 Chapter 1
Tools of Geometry
  • 1-1 Nets and Drawings for Visualizing Geometry
  • 1-2 Points, Lines and Planes
  • 1-3 Measuring Segments
Week 2 Chapter 1
Tools of Geometry
  • 1-4 Measuring Angles
  • 1-5 Exploring Angle Pairs
  • 1-6 Basic Construction
Week 3 Chapter 1
Tools of Geometry
  • 1-7 Midpoint and Distance in the Coordinate Plane
  • 1-8 Perimeter, Circumference and Area
Week 4 Chapter 1
Tools of Geometry
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 5 Chapter 2
Reasoning and Proof
  • 2-1 Patterns and Inductive Reasoning
  • 2-2 Conditional Statements
  • 2-3 Biconditionals and Definitions
Week 6 Chapter 2
Reasoning and Proof
  • 2-4 Deductive Reasoning
  • 2-5 Reasoning in Algebra and Geometry
  • 2-6 Proving Angles Congruent
Week 7 Chapter 2
Reasoning and Proof
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 8 Chapter 3
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • 3-1 Lines and Angles
  • 3-2 Properties of Parallel Lines
  • 3-3 Proving Lines Parallel
Week 9 Chapter 3
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • 3-4 Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • 3-5 Parallel Lines and Triangles
  • 3-6 Constructing Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
Week 10 Chapter 3
Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • 3-7 Equations of Lines in the Coordinate Plane
  • 3-8 Slope of Parallel and Perpendicular Lines
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 11 Chapter 4
Congruent Triangles
  • 4-1 Congruent Figures
  • 4-2 Triangle Congruence by SSS and SAS
  • 4-3 Triangle Congruence by ASA and AAS
Week 12 Chapter 4
Congruent Triangles
  • 4-4 Using Corresponding Parts of Congruent Triangles
  • 4-5 Isosceles and Equilateral Triangles
  • 4-6 Congruence in Right Triangles
Week 13 Chapter 4
Congruent Triangles
  • 4-7 Congruence in Overlapping Triangles
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 14 Chapter 5
Relationships within Triangles
  • 5-1 Midsegments of Triangles
  • 5-2 Perpendicular and Angle Bisectors
  • 5-3 Bisectors in Triangles
Week 15 Chapter 5
Relationships within Triangles
  • 5-4 Medians and Altitudes
  • 5-5 Indirect Proof
  • 5-6 Inequalities in One Triangle
Week 16 Chapter 5
Relationships within Triangles
  • 5-7 Inequalities in Two Triangles
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 17 Chapter 6
Polygons and Quadrilaterals
  • 6-1 The Polygon-Angle Sum Theorems
  • 6-2 Properties of Parallelgrams
  • 6-3 Proving that a Quadrilateral is a Parallelgram
Week 18 Chapter 6
Polygons and Quadrilaterals
  • 6-4 Properties of Rhombuses, Rectangles and Squares
  • 6-5 Conditions of Rhombuses, Rectangles and Squares
  • 6-6 Trapezoids and Kites
  • 6-7 Polygons in the Coordinate Plane
Week 19 Chapter 6
Polygons and Quadrilaterals
  • 6-8 Applying Coordinate Geometry
  • 6-9 Proofs Uning Coordinate Geometry
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 20 Chapter 7
Similarity
  • 7-1 Ratios and Proportions
  • 7-2 Similar Polygons
  • 7-3 Proving Triangles Similar
Week 21 Chapter 7
Similarity
  • 7-4 Similarity in Right Triangles
  • 7-5 Proportions in Triangles
Week 22 Chapter 7
Similarity
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 23 Chapter 8
Right Triangles and Trigonometry
  • 8-1 The Pythagorean Theorem and its Converse
  • 8-2 Special Right Triangles
  • 8-3 Trigonometry
Week 24 Chapter 8
Right Triangles and Trigonometry
  • 8-4 Angles of Elevation and Depression
  • 8-5 Vectors
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 25 Chapter 9
Transformations
  • 9-1 Translations
  • 9-2 Reflections
  • 9-3 Rotations
Week 26 Chapter 9
Transformations
  • 9-4 Symmetry
  • 9-5 Dilations
  • 9-6 Comositions of Reflections
Week 27 Chapter 9
Transformations
  • 9-7 Tessellations
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 28 Chapter 10
Area
  • 10-1 Areas of Parallelgrams and Triangles
  • 10-2 Areas of Trapezoids, Rhombuses and Kites
  • 10-3 Areas of Regular Polygons
Week 29 Chapter 10
Area
  • 10-4 Perimeters and Areas of Similar Figures
  • 10-5 Trigonometry and Area
  • 10-6 Circles and Arcs
  • 10-7 Areas of Circles and Sectors
Week 30 Chapter 10
Area
  • 10-8 Geometric Probability
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 31 Chapter 11
Surface Area and Volume
  • 11-1 Space Figures and Cross Sections
  • 11-2 Surface Areas of Prisms and Cylinders
  • 11-3 Surface Areas of Pyramids and Cones
Week 32 Chapter 11
Surface Area and Volume
  • 11-4 Volumes of Prisms Cylinders
  • 11-5 Volumes of Pyramids and Cones
  • 11-6 Surface Areas and Volumes of Spheres
Week 33 Chapter 11
Surface Area and Volume
  • 11-7 Areas and Volumes of Similar Solids
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 34 Chapter 12
Circles
  • 12-1 Tangent Lines
  • 12-2 Chords and Arcs
  • 12-3 Inscribed Angles
Week 35 Chapter 12
Circles
  • 12-4 Angle Measures and Segment Lengths
  • 12-5 Circles in the Coordinate Plane
  • 12-6 Locus: A Set of Points
Week 36 Chapter 12
Circles
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
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Grade 6 Math

For many students, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections.

HLN's Grade 06 Math Course includes a combination of rational numbers, patterns, geometry and integers in preparation for one- and two-step equations and inequalities.

Guided Problem Solving strategies throughout the text provide students with the tools they need to be effective and independent learners. An emphasis on fractions solidifies student understanding of rational number operations in preparation for applying these skills to algebraic equations. Activity Labs throughout the text provide hands-on, minds-on experiences to reach all types of learners.

Requirements: You must be an HLN Curriculum Upgrade Member  to take HLN Courses. To have access to your online book resources to complete this course, there is also a one-time fee of $24.95. Once a member, if you wish to take a Course, you will be guided to a page to pay your E-Book Resource Fee. Once you have purchased the book resources, HLN will send you an email within one business day with your Book Access login via the Pearson website.

Each Course has its own Course Access Fee.

Outline of HLN's Grade 06 Math Course

Week

Chapter

Topics

Week 1 Chapter 1
Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • 1-1: Understanding Whole Numbers
  • 1-2: Estimating with Whole Numbers
  • 1-3: Properties of Numbers
Week 2 Chapter 1
Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • 1-4: Order of Operations
  • 1-5: Understanding Decimals
  • 1-6: Comparing and Ordering Decimals
  • 1-7: Adding and Subtracting Decimals
Week 3 Chapter 1
Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • 1-8: Multiplying Decimals
  • 1-9: Dividing Decimals
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 4 Chapter 1
Whole Numbers and Decimals
  • 2-1: Finding the Mean
  • 2-2: Median and Mode
  • 2-3: Frequency Tables and Line Plots
Week 5 Chapter 2
Data and Graphs
  • 2-4: Bar Graphs and Line Graphs
  • 2-5: Using Spreadsheets to Organize Data
  • 2-6: Stem and Leaf Plots
Week 6 Chapter 2
Data and Graphs
  • 2-7: Misleading Graphs and Statistics
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 7 Chapter 2
Data and Graphs
  • 3-1: Describing a Pattern
  • 3-2: Variables and Expressions
  • 3-3: Writing Algebraic Expressions
  • 3-4: Using Number Sense to Solve One-Step Equations
Week 8 Chapter 2
Data and Graphs
  • 3-5: Solving Addition Equations
  • 3-6: Solving Subtraction Equations
  • 3-7: Solving Multiplication and Division Equations
Week 9 Chapter 3
Patterns and Variables
  • 3-8: The Distributive Property
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 10 Chapter 3
Patterns and Variables
  • 4-1: Divisibility and Mental Math
  • 4-2: Exponents
  • 4-3: Prime Numbers and Prime Factorization
  • 4-4: Greatest Common Factor
Week 11 Chapter 3
Patterns and Variables
  • 4-5: Equivalent Fractions
  • 4-6: Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
  • 4-7: Least Common Multiple
  • 4-8: Comparing and Ordering Fractions
Week 12 Chapter 4
Number Theory and Fractions
  • 4-9: Fractions and Decimals
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 13 Chapter 4
Number Theory and Fractions
  • 5-1: Estimating Sums and Differences
  • 5-2: Fractions with Like Denominators
  • 5-3: Fractions with Unlike Denominators
Week 14 Chapter 4
Number Theory and Fractions
  • 5-4: Adding Mixed Numbers
  • 5-5: Subtracting Mixed Numbers
  • 5-6: Equations with Fractions
Week 15 Chapter 5
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • 5-7: Measuring Elapsed Time
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 16 Chapter 5
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • 6-1: Multiplying Fractions
  • 6-2: Multiplying Mixed Numbers
  • 6-3: Dividing Fractions
Week 17 Chapter 5
Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • 6-4: Dividing Mixed Numbers
  • 6-5: Solving Fraction Equations by Multiplying
  • 6-6: Changing Units in the Customary System
Week 18 Chapter 6
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 19 Chapter 6
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
  • 7-1: Ratios
  • 7-2: Unit Rates
  • 7-3: Understanding Proportions
Week 20 Chapter 6
Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
  • 7-4: Solving Proportions
  • 7-5: Scale Drawings
  • 7-6: Percents, Fractions and Decimals
  • 7-7: Finding the Percent of a Number
Week 21 Chapter 7
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 7-8: Circle Graphs
  • 7-9: Estimating with Percents
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 22 Chapter 7
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 8-1: Points, Lines, Segments and Rays
  • 8-2: Angles
  • 8-3: Special Pairs of Angles
Week 23 Chapter 7
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 8-4: Classifying Triangles
  • 8-5: Exploring and Classifying Polygons
  • 8-6: Congruent and Similar Figures
Week 24 Chapter 8
Tools for Geometry
  • 8-7: Line Symmetry
  • 8-8: Transformation
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 25 Chapter 8
Tools for Geometry
  • 9-1: Metric Units of Length, Mass and Capacity
  • 9-2: Converting Units in the Metric System
  • 9-3: Perimeters and Areas of Rectangles
Week 26 Chapter 8
Tools for Geometry
  • 9-4: Areas of Parallelograms and Triangles
  • 9-5: Circles and Circumferences
  • 9-6: Area of a Circle
Week 27 Chapter 9
Geometry and Measurement
  • 9-7: Three-Dimensional figures and Spatial Reasoning
  • 9-8: Surface Areas and Prisms
  • 9-9: Volumes of Rectangular Prisms
Week 28 Chapter 9
Geometry and Measurement
  • 9-10: Surface Areas and Volumes of Cylinders
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 29 Chapter 9
Geometry and Measurement
  • 10-1: Tree Diagrams and the Counting Principles
  • 10-2: Probability
  • 10-3: Experimental Probability
Week 30 Chapter 9
Geometry and Measurement
  • 10-4: Making Predictions from Data
  • 10-5: Independent Events
Week 31 Chapter 10
Exploring Probability
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 32 Chapter 10
Exploring Probability
  • 11-1: Exploring Integers
  • 11-2: Comparing and Ordering Integers
Week 33 Chapter 10
Exploring Probability
  • 11-3: Adding Integers
  • 11-4: Subtracting Integers
Week 34 Chapter 11
Intergers
  • 11-5: Multiplying Integers
  • 11-6: Dividing Integers
Week 35 Chapter 11
Intergers
  • 11-7: Solving Equations with Integers
  • 11-8: Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
  • 11-9: Application of Integers
Week 36 Chapter 11
Intergers
  • 11-10: Graphing Functions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
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Grade 7 Math

For many students, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections.

HLN's Grade 07 Math Course includes a combination of rational numbers, patterns, geometry and integers in preparation for one- and two-step equations and inequalities.

This course consists of a structured approach to a variety of topics such as ratios, percents, equations, inequalities, geometry, graphing and probability.

Requirements: You must be an HLN Curriculum Upgrade Member to take HLN Courses. To have access to your online book resources to complete this course, there is also a one-time fee of $24.95. Once a member, if you wish to take a Course, you will be guided to a page to pay your E-Book Resource Fee. Once you have purchased the book resources, HLN will send you an email within one business day with your Book Access login via the Pearson website.

Each Course has its own Course Access Fee.

Outline of HLN's Grade 07 Math Course

Week

Chapter

Topics

Week 1 Chapter 1
Decimals and Integers
  • 1-1 Using Estimation Strategies
  • 1-2 Adding and Subtracting Decimals
  • 1-3 Multiplying Decimals
  • 1-4 Dividing Decimals
Week 2 Chapter 1
Decimals and Integers
  • 1-5 Measuring in Metric Units
  • 1-6 Comparing and Ordering Integers
  • 1-7 Adding and Subtracting Integers
  • 1-8 Multiplying and Dividing Integers
Week 3 Chapter 1
Decimals and Integers
  • 1-9 Order of Operation and the Distributive Property
  • 1-10 Mean, Median, Mode and Range
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 4 Chapter 2
Exponents, Factors and Fractions
  • 2-1 Exponents and Order of Operations
  • 2-2 Prime Factorization
  • 2-3 Simplifying Fractions
Week 5 Chapter 2
Exponents, Factors and Fractions
  • 2-4 Comparing and Ordering Fractions
  • 2-5 Mixed Numbers and Improper Fractions
  • 2-6 Fractions and Decimals
  • 2-7 Rational Numbers
Week 6 Chapter 2
Exponents, Factors and Fractions
  • 2-8 Scientific Notation
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 7 Chapter 3
Operations with Fractions
  • 3-1 Estimating with Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • 3-2 Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • 3-3 Adding and Subtracting Mixed Numbers
  • 3-4 Multiplying Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Week 8 Chapter 3
Operations with Fractions
  • 3-5 Dividing Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • 3-6 Changing Units in the Customary System
  • 3-7 Precision
Week 9 Chapter 3
Operations with Fractions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 10 Chapter 4
Equations and Inequalities
  • 4-1 Evaluating and Writing Algebraic Expressions
  • 4-2 Using Number Series to Solve Equations
  • 4-3 Solving Equations by Adding or Subtracting
  • 4-4 Solving Equations by Multiplying or Dividing
Week 11 Chapter 4
Equations and Inequalities
  • 4-5 Exploring Two-Step Problems
  • 4-6 Solving Two-Step Equations
  • 4-7 Graphing and Writing Inequalities
  • 4-8 Solving Inequalities by Adding or Subtracting
Week 12 Chapter 4
Equations and Inequalities
  • 4-9 Solving Inequalities by Multiplying or Dividing
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 13 Chapter 5
Ratios, Rate and Proportions
  • 5-1 Ratios
  • 5-2 Unit Rates and Proportional Reasoning
  • 5-3 Proportions
Week 14 Chapter 5
Ratios, Rate and Proportions
  • 5-4 Solving Proportions
  • 5-5 Using Similar Figures
  • 5-6 Maps and Scale
Week 15 Chapter 5
Ratios, Rate and Proportions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 16 Chapter 6
Percents
  • 6-1 Understanding Percents
  • 6-2 Percents, Fractions and Decimals
  • 6-3 Percents Greater the 100% or Less Than 1%
  • 6-4 Finding a Percent of a Number
Week 17 Chapter 6
Percents
  • 6-5 Solving Percent Problems Using Proportions
  • 6-6 Solving Percent Problems Using Equations
  • 6-7 Applications of Percent
Week 18 Chapter 6
Percents
  • 6-8 Finding Percent of Change
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 19 Chapter 7
Geometry
  • 7-1 Lines and Planes
  • 7-2 Identifying and Classifying Angles
  • 7-3 Triangles
Week 20 Chapter 7
Geometry
  • 7-4 Quadrilaterals and Other Polygons
  • 7-5 Congruent Figures
  • 7-6 Circles
  • 7-7 Circle Graphs
Week 21 Chapter 7
Geometry
  • 7-8 Constructions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 22 Chapter 8
Measurement
  • 8-1 Estimating Perimeter and Areas
  • 8-2 Area of a Parallelogram
  • 8-3 Perimeter and Area of a Triangle
  • 8-4 Areas of Other Figures
Week 23 Chapter 8
Measurement
  • 8-5 Circumference and Area of a Circle
  • 8-6 Square Roots and Irrational Numbers
  • 8-7 The Pythagorean Theorem
  • 8-8 Three-Dimensional Figures
Week 24 Chapter 8
Measurement
  • 8-9 Surface Areas of Prisms and Cylinders
  • 8-10 Volumes of Prisms and Cylinders
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 25 Chapter 9
Patterns and Rules
  • 9-1 Patterns and Graphs
  • 9-2 Numbers Sequences
Week 26 Chapter 9
Patterns and Rules
  • 9-3 Patterns and Tables
  • 9-4 Function Rules
Week 27 Chapter 9
Patterns and Rules
  • 9-5 Using Tables, Rules and Graphs
  • 9-6 Interpreting Graphs
  • 9-7 Simple and Compound Interest
Week 28 Chapter 9
Patterns and Rules
  • 9-8 Transforming Formulas
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 29 Chapter 10
Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
  • 10-1 Graphing Points in Four Quadrants
  • 10-2 Graphing Linear Equations
Week 30 Chapter 10
Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
  • 10-3 Finding the Slope of a Line
  • 10-4 Graphing Nonlinear Relationships
Week 31 Chapter 10
Graphing in the Coordinate Plane
  • 10-5 Translations
  • 10-6 Line Symmetry and Reflections
Week 32 Chapter 10
Displaying and Analyzing Data
  • 10-7 Rotational Symmetry and Rotations
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 33 Chapter 11
Displaying and Analyzing Data
  • 11-1 Reporting Frequency
  • 11-2 Spreadsheets and Data Displays
Week 34 Chapter 11
Displaying and Analyzing Data
  • 11-3 Stern and Leaf Plots
  • 11-4 Random Samples and Surveys
Week 35 Chapter 11
Displaying and Analyzing Data
  • 11-5 Estimating Population Size
  • 11-6 Using Data to Persuade
Week 36 Chapter 11
Intergers
  • 11-7 Exploring Scatter Plots
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
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Grade 8 Pre-Algebra

For many students, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections.

HLN's Grade 08 Pre-Algebra covers algebraic expressions and integers, solving one-step equations and inequalities, area and volume, and linear functions.

Students of all levels benefit from the structured leveled set of exercises in the homework sections. First, students practice by example. Next, they apply the skills they have learned, and finally, students are challenged with problems that require them to apply concepts on an accelerated level. The Go For Help icon refers students back to examples for help on similar problems previously introduced in the chapter.

Requirements: You must be an  HLN Curriculum Upgrade Member to take HLN Courses. To have access to your online book resources to complete this course, there is also a one-time fee of $24.95. Once a member, if you wish to take a Course, you will be guided to a page to pay your E-Book Resource Fee. Once you have purchased the book resources, HLN will send you an email within one business day with your Book Access login via the Pearson website.

Each Course has its own Course Access Fee.

Outline of HLN's Grade 08 Math Course

Week

Chapter

Topics

Week 1 Chapter 1
Algebraic Expressions and Integers
  • 1-1 Variables and Expressions
  • 1-2 The Order of Operations
  • 1-3 Writing and Evaluating Expressions
Week 2 Chapter 1
Algebraic Expressions and Integers
  • 1-4 Integers and Absolute Value
  • 1-5 Adding Integers
  • 1-6 Subtracting Integers
Week 3 Chapter 1
Algebraic Expressions and Integers
  • 1-7 Inductive Reasoning
  • 1-8 Reasoning Strategy: Look for a Pattern
  • 1-9 Multiplying and Dividing Integers
Week 4 Chapter 1
Algebraic Expressions and Integers
  • 1-10 The Coordinate Plane
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 5 Chapter 2
Data and Graphs
  • 2-1 Properties of Numbers
  • 2-2 The Distributive Property
  • 2-3 Simplifying Algebraic Expressions
Week 6 Chapter 2
Solving One-Step Equations and Inequalities
  • 2-4 Variables and Equations
  • 2-5 Solving Equations by Adding or Subtracting
  • 2-6 Solving Equations by Multiplying or Dividing
Week 7 Chapter 2
Solving One-Step Equations and Inequalities
  • 2-7 Reasoning Strategy: Try, Test, Revise
  • 2-8 Inequalities and Their Graphs
  • 2-9 Solving One-Step Inequalities by Adding or Subtracting
Week 8 Chapter 2
Solving One-Step Equations and Inequalities
  • 2-10 Solving One-Step Inequalities by Multiplying or Dividing
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 9 Chapter 3
Decimals and Equations
  • 3-1 Rounding and Estimating
  • 3-2 Estimating Decimal Products and Quotients
  • 3-3 Using Formulas
Week 10 Chapter 3
Decimals and Equations
  • 3-4 Solving Equations by Adding or Subtracting Decimals
  • 3-5 Solving Equations by Multiplying or Dividing
  • 3-6 Using the Metric System
Week 11 Chapter 3
Decimals and Equations
  • 3-7 Reasoning Strategy: Act It Out
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 12 Chapter 4
Factors, Fractions and Exponents
  • 4-1 Divisibility and Factors
  • 4-2 Exponents
  • 4-3 Prime Factorization and Greatest Common Divisor
  • 4-4 Simplifying Fractions
Week 13 Chapter 4
Factors, Fractions and Exponents
  • 4-5 Reasoning Strategy: Solve a Simpler Problem
  • 4-6 Rational Numbers
  • 4-7 Exponents and Multiplication
Week 14 Chapter 4
Factors, Fractions and Exponents
  • 4-8 Exponents and Division
  • 4-9 Scientific Notation
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 15 Chapter 5
Operations with Fractions
  • 5-1 Comparing and Ordering Rational Numbers
  • 5-2 Fractions and Decimals
  • 5-3 Adding and Subtracting Fractions
Week 16 Chapter 5
Operations with Fractions
  • 5-4 Multiplying and Dividing Fractions
  • 5-5 Using Customary Units of Measurement
  • 5-6 Reasoning Strategy: Work Backward
Week 17 Chapter 5
Operations with Fractions
  • 5-7 Solving Equations by Adding or Subtracting Fractions
  • 5-8 Solving Equations by Multiplying Fractions
  • 5-9 Powers of Products and Quotients
Week 18 Chapter 5
Operations with Fractions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 19 Chapter 6
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 6-1 Ratios and Unit Rates
  • 6-2 Proportions
  • 6-3 Similar Figures and Scale Drawings
Week 20 Chapter 6
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 6-4 Fractions, Decimals and Percents
  • 6-5 Proportions and Percents
  • 6-6 Percents and Equations
Week 21 Chapter 6
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 6-7 Percent of Change
  • 6-8 Markup and Discount
  • 6-9 Applications of Rational Numbers
Week 22 Chapter 6
Ratios, Proportions and Percents
  • 6-10 Reasoning Strategy: Make a Table
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 23 Chapter 7
Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • 7-1 Solving Two-Step Equations
  • 7-2 Solving Multi-Step Equations
  • 7-3 Two-Step Equations with Fractions and Decimals
Week 24 Chapter 7
Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • 7-4 Reasoning Strategy: Write an Equation
  • 7-5 Solving Two-Step Inequalities
  • 7-6 Transforming Formulas
Week 25 Chapter 7
Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • 7-7 Simple and Compound Interest
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 26 Chapter 8
Linear Functions and Graphing
  • 8-1 Relations and Functions
  • 8-2 Equations with Two Variables
  • 8-3 Slope and Y-Intercept
Week 27 Chapter 8
Linear Functions and Graphing
  • 8-4 Direct Variation
  • 8-5 Reasoning Strategy: Use Multiple Strategies
  • 8-6 Solving Systems of Linear Equations
Week 28 Chapter 8
Linear Functions and Graphing
  • 8-7 Graphing Linear Inequalities
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 29 Chapter 9
Spatial Thinking
  • 9-1 Introduction to Geometry: Points, Lines and Planes
  • 9-2 Angle Relationships and Parallel Lines
  • 9-3 Classifying Polygons
  • 9-4 Reasoning Strategy: Draw a Diagram
Week 30 Chapter 9
Spatial Thinking
  • 9-5 Congruence
  • 9-6 Circles
  • 9-7 Constructions
  • 9-8 Translations
Week 31 Chapter 9
Spatial Thinking
  • 9-9 Symmetry and Reflections
  • 9-10 Rotations
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 32 Chapter 10
Area and Volume
  • 10-1 Area: Parallelograms
  • 10-2 Area: Triangles and Trapezoids
  • 10-3 Area: Circles
  • 10-4 Space Figures
Week 33 Chapter 10
Area and Volume
  • 10-5 Surface Area: Prisms and Cylinders
  • 10-6 Surface Area: Pyramids, Cones and Spheres
  • 10-7 Volume: Prisms and Cylinders
  • 10-8 Reasoning Strategy: Make a Model
Week 34 Chapter 10
Area and Volume
  • 10-9 Volume: Pyramids, Cones and Spheres
  • 10-10 Scale Factors and Solids
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
Week 35 Chapter 11
Irrational Numbers and Nonlinear Functions
  • 11-1 Square Roots and Irrational Numbers
  • 11-2 The Pythagorean Theorem
  • 11-3 Distance and Midpoint Formulas
Week 36 Chapter 11
Irrational Numbers and Nonlinear Functions
  • 11-4 Reasoning Strategy: Write a Proportion
  • 11-5 Graphing Nonlinear Functions
  • Assessment and Test Prep
  • Chapter Test
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36-Week Courses


The Home School Learning Network Curriculum Upgrade Plan is an affordable, dynamic online K-12 curriculum service that allows home educators and teachers to access thousands of unit studies, lesson plans, and worksheets.

Not only can you browse over 250 unit studies and thousands of worksheets, you can also choose a structured learning program with 36 weeks of learning for every grade!

Now, the HLN Curriculum Upgrade Plan is also offering Math Courses for Grades 6-12!

Read more about the following courses:

As a new edition to the Curriculum Upgrade Plan, HLN now offers full courses in Middle School and High School Math starting August 2011, and courses in Middle School Science will be offered starting August 2012r. As always at HLN, all learning is administered by YOUR Homeschool family!

Please Note: You must be a member of the Curriculum Upgrade Plan to have access to these courses.

Learn more about these courses below!

How Courses Work

  1. Log in to HLN with your subscription and design a program of learning for your family that matches your children's Learning Styles. You may use ALL resources on HLN at all times!
  2. If you decide to follow a Math or Science Course as part of your learning plan, click the "Book Resource Fees" button on the main members page, and pay any fees applicable to the courses you wish your children to take. View Book Resource Fees per course.
  3. You will be assigned a Pearson User ID and password, separate from your HLN User ID and password, and this will be emailed to you within 1 business day.
  4. Click the Courses link on HLN to read and/or print your assignments for the week. Make sure to allot 3-4 days per week, 1-2 hours per day, to complete the work for each course you take.
  5. When instructed on the HLN Course Pages, you will log in to Pearson to access learning resources and videos.
  6. When instructed on the HLN Course Pages, you will download worksheets and tests to take directly from the HLN website.
  7. HLN does NOT grade homework, assignments, or tests from any course. Parents and teachers are provided all grading and answer sheets needed for the course.


Middle School Math


6th Grade Math includes a combination of rational numbers, patterns, geometry and integers in preparation for one- and two-step equations and inequalities.

Guided Problem Solving strategies throughout the text provide students with the tools they need to be effective and independent learners. An emphasis on fractions solidifies student understanding of rational number operations in preparation for applying these skills to algebraic equations. Activity Labs throughout the text provide hands-on, minds-on experiences to reach all types of learners.

Download a Sample Weekly Learning Plan for 6th Grade Middle School Math HERE.

View the Course Outline HERE.

 

  


7th Grade Math consists of a structured approach to a variety of topics such as ratios, percents, equations, inequalities, geometry, graphing and probability.

Test Taking Strategies provide a guide to problem solving approaches that are necessary for success on standardized tests. Checkpoint Quizzes assess student understanding after every few lessons. Daily Guided Problem Solving in the text is supported by the Guided Problem Solving worksheet expanding the problem, guiding the student through the problem solving process and providing extra practice.

Download a Sample Weekly Learning Plan for 7th Grade Middle School Math HERE.

View the Course Outline HERE.

  


 

8th Grade Math: Pre-Algebra is designed for the middle school learner and provides a smooth transition from 6th and 7th Grade Math.

Students of all levels benefit from the structured leveled set of exercises in the homework sections. First, students practice by example. Next, they apply the skills they have learned, and finally, students are challenged with problems that require them to apply concepts on an accelerated level. The Go For Help icon refers students back to examples for help on similar problems previously introduced in the chapter. Topics covered include algebraic expressions and integers, solving one-step equations and inequalities, area and volume, and linear functions.

Download a Sample Weekly Learning Plan for 7th Grade Middle School Math HERE.

View the Course Outline HERE.

 

High School Math


Algebra 1
For many students who struggle, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections. Prentice Hall Algebra 1 teaches for understanding by incorporating an interwoven strand of thinking and reasoning into problem solving. This connects the math that students learn, from the first lesson to the last. By focusing on thinking, reasoning, and problem solving, students will become more prepared for success in school, in their careers, and in life.

Download a Sample Weekly Learning Plan HERE.

View the Course Outline HERE.

  


Geometry

For many students who struggle, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections. Prentice Hall Geometry teaches for understanding by incorporating an interwoven strand of thinking and reasoning into problem solving. This connects the math that students learn, from the first lesson to the last. By focusing on thinking, reasoning, and problem solving, students will become more prepared for success in school, in their careers, and in life.

Download a Sample Weekly Learning Plan HERE.

View the Course Outline HERE.


Algebra 2
For many students who struggle, math shows up as a collection of rules, formulas, and properties that they learn temporarily, forget quickly, and never use again. Students find mathematics meaningless if they don't see the connections. Prentice Hall Algebra 2 teaches for understanding by incorporating an interwoven strand of thinking and reasoning into problem solving. This connects the math that students learn, from the first lesson to the last. By focusing on thinking, reasoning, and problem solving, students will become more prepared for success in school, in their careers, and in life.

Download a Sample Weekly Learning Plan HERE.

View the Course Outline HERE.

 

E-Book Resource Fees


The Math Courses currently offered are 36-week courses, and use Pearson Online Books and/or Book Resources. Each Course will provide you access via a special login to learning material, worksheets, and tests to give you a full Middle or High School curriculum in each subject. A subscription to HLN is required at this time for all courses taken

These courses are optional, but they do require a one-time E-Book Resources Fee, as listed below. These fees provide you with a one-year access to the course material and any required e-books and/or e-book resources. If you decide to add a course to your subscription, you will be guided to a page to buy that course's access once you are logged in via your subscription.


Course   E-Book Resource Fee

6th Grade Math  
$24.95
7th Grade Math  
$24.95
8th Grade Pre-Algebra  
$24.95
Algebra 1  
$34.95
Geometry  
$34.95
Algebra II  
$34.95
Grades 6-12 Sciences  
TBA

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36 Week K-12 Curriculum


Once you are a member of the Curriculum Upgrade Community, you will have access to ala carte curriculum resources such as unit studies, lesson plans, and worksheets.  In addition, you can also be guided, week-by-week, through curriculum, either by grade or by theme.

Below is a summary of both our thematic curricula and our structured curriculum.

Click here to join today!

Thematic Units

Use our weekly unit studies, grade-specific workplans and worksheets to learn about specific themes. Each unit study includes background information, resources, and 6-8 lessons. We provide weekly suggestions for themes, but you may choose any theme from our archive of over 300 themes at any time!

Learn More:

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Structured K-12 Curriculum

Follow our 36-week structured learning pages for grades K-12 to learn week-by-week for your specific child's grade. Your child can learn at his or her own pace and academic level.

Learn More About Each Grade's 36-Week Structured Curriculum:

 

 

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Virtual Summer Camp


Virtual Summer Camp | Cabin Activities & Adventures | Challenges & Contests
Brain Activities & Puzzlers | Learning with Movies! | Camp Schedule


June 3 - August 26, 2012

Join in the fun, all Summer long! Hundreds of pages of summer learning, including activities, projects, contests, lessons, and MUCH more!

  • HLN's Virtual Summer Camp is FREE for all new and existing Subscribers!
  • Just interested in Summer Enrollment? Try it for 7 days Membership is for FREE this summer!
  • Membership costs $49.95 for 3 months, or choose from other membership plans! is FREE this 2012 summer only!
Virtual Summer Camp - Cabin Activities

Cabin Activities & Adventures

Join a Book Club, cook in the Mess Hall, take a nature walk, and much more! Over 100 activities to choose from!
Learn More...


Virtual Summer Camp - Contests and Challenges

Challenges & Contests

Enter weekly poetry, writing, and science contests, win certificates & prizes, and much more! 60 challenges to choose from!
Learn More...


Virtual Summer Camp - Brain Activities

Brain Activities & Puzzlers

Find over 200 downloadable activities & brain puzzlers to keep you thinking all summer long! ALL NEW this Summer!
Learn More...


Virtual Summer Camp - Movie Learning Guides

Learning with Movies!

36 Movie Learning Guides to help you watch fun movies and learn from them too!
Learn More...



Virtual Summer Camp - Compass - Camp Schedule

View or Print a Camp Brochure & Schedule

Find a list of all programs and activities available within the 2011 Virtual Summer Camp!
Click here...

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Virtual Summer Camp - Brain Puzzlers


Virtual Summer Camp | Cabin Activities & Adventures | Challenges & Contests
Brain Activities & Puzzlers | Learning with Movies! | Camp Schedule


June 3 - August 26, 2012

Keep your mind buzzing with excitement by completing fun puzzle activities all summer long! Downloads will keep your mind sharp in all subject areas, with multiple difficulty levels to satisfy all kids from Grades K-12.

Here are just some of the puzzles and activities that will be available for download every day:

 

 

Coloring Pages
Homeschool Learning Network Coloring Pages
Hidden Pictures
Homeschool Learning Network Hidden Pictures
Crossword Puzzles
Homeschool Learning Network Crossword Puzzles
Math Puzzles
Homeschool Learning Network Math Puzzles
Mazes
Homeschool Learning Network Mazes
Logic Problems
Homeschool Learning Network Logic Problems
Word Scrambles
Word Scrambles
Word Searches
Homeschool Learning Network Word Searches
 
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Virtual Summer Camp - Cabin Activities


Virtual Summer Camp | Cabin Activities & Adventures | Challenges & Contests
Brain Activities & Puzzlers | Learning with Movies! | Camp Schedule


June 3 - August 26, 2012

Join a Book Club, cook in the Mess Hall, take a nature walk, and much more! Over 100 activities to choose from within the following five cabins!

 

The Arts & Crafts Cabin


Pinhole Cameras!
Use common materials to make homemade pinhole cameras.

 


Fruit & Veggie Printing
Use fruit and vegetables as printing blocks to make pictures.

 


Making Marionettes
Learn how to make a marionette or two, and then put on a show.

 


Father's Day Coupons
Show your creativity and love with this coupon book perfect for dads.

 


Versatile Recycling Crafts
Recycle household bottles to make unique homemade, practical gifts.

 


Family Tree & Coat of Arms
Chart your ancestry and create your own Coat of Arms to celebrate your heritage.

Homemade Stationery
Learn about making decorative stationery.

 


Tissue Carnations
Make these carnations that look real enough to fool Mom.

 


Many, Many Magnets
Create handmade gifts using small magnets or self-adhesive strips.

 


Fun with Painting!
Fun projects to learn how to paint like the Masters!

 


Making Masks
Design and make a mask like those worn in ancient times.

 


Design Your Own Castle
Follow the plans to design a castle for Baron William de Clare

The Mess Hall

 


Safe & Healthy
Mandarin, Szechuan, Cantonese, Dim Sum...

 


Chinese Cooking
Learn basic food safety tips and nutrition facts to keep you healthy.

 


Japanese Cooking
Age, Nimono, Yaki, Tsukemono...

 


Asian Cooking
Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Indian...

 


South American Cooking
Explore some delicious recipes from South America!

 


African Cooking
Explore some delicious recipes from Africa!

French Cooking
Explore some gourmet recipes from France!

 


Italian Cooking
Explore some delicious recipes from Italy!

 


Greek Cooking
Explore some delicious recipes from Greece!

 


Mexican Cooking
Explore some delicious recipes from Mexico, then have a fiesta!

 


American Cooking
Cajun, Southwestern, Southern, New England...

 


Family Cooking
Learn about fun recipes the whole family can create!

The Foreign Exchange Cabin

 


Exotic Places: Hawaii
Visit this tropical polynesian paradise, full of unique wildlife and exploding volcanoes!

 


Exotic Places: Alaska
Alaska has unique cultures, wildlife, vegetation, and lifestyles. Come Explore!

 


Exotic Places: Costa Rica
Visit the wilds of the Costa Rica rain forests and learn about the fascinating small country.

 


Great Cities: Paris
The Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, and more!

 


Great Cities: Rome
The colosseum, the Roman Forum, and more!

 


Great Cities: New York City
The Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building, and more!

Grand Adventures: An African Safari!
What kind of animals will YOU find?

 


Grand Adventures: To the Mountains!
Travel to the tops of the highest mountains of the world!

 


Grand Adventures: Into the Amazon!
Deep in the rain forest, you will find the most amazing creatures!

 


Time Travel: Great Wonders
Explore the Great Wonders of the Ancient World!

 


Time Travel: Ancient Aztecs
Come and learn all about the Aztec Empire!

 


Time Travel: Ancient Mayans
The Mayan culture is one of the most fasci-nating ancient cultures in history!

The Library

 


Mystery/Adventure Reading Guides
Find Reading Lists and Literature Guides to help you get started.

 


Mystery/Adventure WebQuests & Hunts
Follow an online adventure project to learn more about mystery literature.

 


Mystery/Adventure Writer's Corner
Learn some mystery writing skills with some mysterious activities!

 


Sci-Fi / Fantasy Reading Guides
Find Reading Lists and Literature Guides to help you get started.

 


Sci-Fi / Fantasy WebQuests & Hunts
Follow an online adventure project to learn more about sci-fi / fantasy literature.

 


Sci-Fi / Fantasy Writer's Corner
Learn some sci-fi / fantasy writing skills with some intriguing activities!

Humor Reading Guides
Find Reading Lists and Literature Guides to help you get started.

 


Humor WebQuests & Hunts
Follow online projects and lessons to learn more about humor and laughter!

 


Humor Writer's Corner
Learn some humor writing skills with some funny activities!

 


Inspirational Reading Guides
Find Reading Lists and Literature Guides to help you get started.

 


Inspirational WebQuests & Hunts
Follow these online projects to learn more about inspirational literature.

 


Inspirational Writer's Corner
Learn some affective writing skills with some inspiring activities!

The Nature Trails

 


Balloons & Zeppelins...
What are filled with air, come in various shapes and sizes, and float high in the sky? Balloons!

 


Stargazing
Locate easy to recognize constellations and planets that even beginners can find.

 


Archaeology
Plan a dig, find artifacts, collect data, then excavate, clean and catalog them.

 


Meet the Reptiles!
What don't you know about reptiles? Check out these fun activities to find out!

 


Amphibians!
Come with us this week to explore the wet and wild world of amphibians!

 


At the Beach
Grab your pails and shovels as we head to the beach to find some fun activites and crafts!

Let's Go Fly A Kite!
Learn about the many surprising uses of kites in historical and modern times.

 


All About Tennis
Tennis can be enjoyed by players of any level of skill and you can play it your entire life.

 


Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Baseball is so popular in America it is called "the national pastime."

 


Bicycling
Bikes are environmentally friendly and offer great exercise opportunities.

 


Swimming and Water Safety
Learn about swimming safely, and how to have fun in the water.

 


Boats and Sailing
From small canoes to large ships, boats have been a source of transportation for thousands of years.
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Virtual Summer Camp - Contests & Challenges

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Virtual Summer Camp | Cabin Activities & Adventures | Challenges & Contests
Brain Activities & Puzzlers | Learning with Movies! | Camp Schedule


June 3 - August 26, 2012

Enter weekly poetry, writing, and science contests, win certificates & prizes, and much more! 60 challenges to choose from!

All entries will be posted and archived online - see your creations published, and at the end of the summer, receive an E-Book that includes your work!

Create a Society Challenge

What type of culture can you imagine? Each week, complete a new aspect of the design of your very own culture! If you choose to submit all 12 projects, we will post it online, and at the end of the summer, HLN will award certificates and prizes to the most creative and well-developed culture! The ability to transmit artwork electronically is recommended for this project.

The projects each week are as follows:

Week 01:
What, Where and When?!

Making decisions about your culture...

 

Week 02:
Geography through Art

Create a drawing or painting of your culture's physical environment...

 

Week 03:
Architecture?

Through art and writing, describe the buildings and homes of the people of your culture...

 

Week 04:
Politics, Economy, Currency

Is your culture a democracy? What does the money look like?

 

Week 05:
Education & Language

What are schools like in your culture? What type of language do they speak?

 

Week 06:
Foods

This week, have fun describing - and perhaps preparing - some foods for your culture!
Week 07:
Clothing

How do the people in your society dress? Become a clothing designer!

 

Week 08:
Religion and Rituals

What religion is the people of your culture? What types of rituals do they practice?

 

Week 09:
Holidays & Celebrations

Does your culture celebrate an independance day? Labor day? Other holidays? You decide!

 

Week 10:
Folklore

This week, create your own folklore tale for your culture...

 

Week 11:
Create a Hero!

Every culture needs a hero! This week, create your own hero story, and draw a pciture of their heroic act!

 

Week 12:
Final Presentation

This week, create your final masterpiece! Create an image that represents as many aspects of the culture as possible!

 

Art Challenge

Would you like to create a new work of art each week this summer? Try our Art Challenge! Each week, you will be provided with a topic to draw, paint, sculpt or illustrate. If ten submissions are received, we will award a weekly winner, and at the end of the summer, we will award certificates and prizes for the best works of art submitted!

The projects each week are as follows:

 

Week 01: Let's Warm Up! Copy a Master
Who is your favorite artist in history? This week, create your own version of your favorite painting!
Week 02: Portraits
Portraits are drawings, paintings, or sculptures of people - this week, create a portrait of yourself or someone you love!
Week 03: Landscapes
What does your neighborhood or favorite vacation spot look like? Landscapes can be full of nature or full of city life - you choose!
Week 04: Still Lifes
"Still Lifes" are drawings or paintings of objects - flowers, fruits, toys, or....??? You decide!
Week 05: Abstract Art
Abstract Art is artwork that is not of any recognizable object - it is made up of colors and shapes that are pleasing or artistic to your eye. This week, give Abstract Art a try!
Week 06: Wildlife Illustration
What in nature interests you? Plants? Insects? Animals? This week, choose one object from nature, and create a scientific illustration!
Week 07: Create a Book Cover!
This week, you become an illustrator and create a cover for your favorite book!
Week 08: Tromp L'Oeil
Tromp L'Oeil is a French word that means "deceive the eye"! This week, you will learn about and create a Tromp L'Oeil piece of art!
Week 09: Clay Creations
This week, you will try your hand at sculpture! You'll learn about clay, and the types of artwork you can create with it!
Week 10: Perspective
Perspective is the cornerstone of realistic artwork - what is it, and how can you create a piece of artwork that includes perspective? Join us this week and find out!
Week 11: Collage
Dig through magazines and old pictures... rummage through your junk drawers... use your own words, pictures, fabrics... and more!
Week 12: Fantasy Art
Do you imagine a creature that does not exist, or what life is like on another planet? This week, create your own fantasy artwork to match your wildest imagination!

 

Poetry Challenge

Do you love poetry? Each week, learn about a new type of poem, then try your hand at writing your own! Each week, your entries will be entered into our Poetry Challenge. If ten submissions are received, we will award a weekly winner, and at the end of the summer, we will award certificates and prizes for the best poetry submitted!

The projects each week are as follows:

 

Week 01: Haiku Poem Challenge
This week, learn what a Haiku poem is, and create your own!
Week 02: Limerick Poem Challenge
Learn about this type of short, funny poem and write your own.
Week 03: Sonnet Challenge
Pretend you are like Shakespeare, learn about sonnets, and write your own love poem.
Week 04: Couplet and Quatrain Challenge
Couplets and quatrains are types of rhyming poems - learn how to create one, then write your own on a theme of your choice!
Week 05: Cinquain Poem Challenge
Cinquain poems are short, usually unrhymed, with 22 syllables... Learn more about them, then try your own!
Week 06: Free Verse Challenge
Do you have your own ideas about what a poem should be? Then you might be a free verse poet!
Week 07: Diamante Challenge
Diamante means "diamond" in French - and is created in a diamond shape with nouns, adjectives and verbs. Learn more!
Week 08: Quinzaine Challenge
The term "quinzaine" comes from the French word quinze, which means "15". It has 15 syllables and 3 lines that do not rhyme. Learn more!
Week 09: Poetry Theme: Summertime
Now that you have learned all about different poetry types, which ones are your favorite?
Week 10: Poetry Theme: My Family
This week, you will focus on a poem about your family, or someone in your family.
Week 11: Poetry Theme: Nature
Nature poems are always a favorite - read some famous poems about nature, then write your own!
Week 12: Poetry Theme: Open
In our final week of summer, submit your favorite poem, or write one more!

 

Fiction Writing

Take a look at the photos below... can you see a story in each picture?! Each week, you will be provided with one of these pictures along with some writing ideas... then it is up to YOU to come up with a creative story to go with the picture! Each week, your entries will be entered into our Fiction Writing Challenge. If ten submissions are received, we will award a weekly winner, and at the end of the summer, we will award certificates and prizes for the best fiction submitted!

The projects each week are as follows:

 


Week 01


Week 05


Week 09


Week 02


Week 06


Week 10


Week 03


Week 07


Week 11


Week 04


Week 08


Week 12

 

Science and Nature Challenge

Does science make you smile? Summer offers the unique opportunity to have fun with all types of science activities! If ten submissions are received, we will award a weekly winner, and at the end of the summer, we will award certificates and prizes for the science project submitted!

The projects each week are as follows:

 

Week 01:
Special Effects Photography

Experiment with your imaging software to create a unique version of a favorite photo!
Week 02:
Build a Solar System Model

Build a Solar System diorama, mobile, or model!
Week 03:
Bird Watching!

How many birds can you find and identify in your neighborhood?
Week 04:
Create a Terrarium

Create your own terrarium from seeds and more!
Week 05:
Constellation Presentation!

Choose your own way to present the stars! Star Finders, telescopes, posters and more!
Week 06:
Wildlife Illustration

One of the best ways to learn about wildlife is to draw it yourself!
Week 07:
Design a Web Page!

Do you know or want to learn HTML? Design your own web page!
Week 08:
Backyard Treasure Collage

What treasures can you find in your backyard? Let us see!
Week 09:
Marshmallow Structures

What kind of structure can you build from marsh mellows and spaghetti?!
Week 10:
Build a Model Airplane!

From paper airplanes to complex models - the choice is yours!
Week 11:
Create a Solar Cooker!

Did you know you can cook with only the power of the sun?!
Week 12:
Insect Hunt!

How many insects can you find and identify in your neighborhood?
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Virtual Summer Camp - Movie Learning Guides


Virtual Summer Camp | Cabin Activities & Adventures | Challenges & Contests
Brain Activities & Puzzlers | Learning with Movies! | Camp Schedule


June 3 - August 26, 2012

36 Movie Learning Guides to help you watch fun movies and programs, and learn from them too!

 


Movies

These Movie Learning Guides are 6-10 pages, and provide vocabulary, lessons, activities and discussion questions. The actual DVD is not included; you may rent them or purchase them in order to use these guides.


The Sound of Music

Lord of the Rings

Beyond the Lord of the Rings

To Kill a Mockingbird

Chronicles of Narnia

James and the Giant Peach

A Little Princess

Perfect Storm

Stand and Deliver

Moby Dick

Return to Oz

Swiss Family Robinson

Arts and Culture Programs

These Movie Learning Guides are 6-10 pages, and provide vocabulary, lessons, activities and discussion questions. The actual DVD is not included; you may rent them or purchase them in order to use these guides.


Drawing the Marvel Way

Norman Rockwell

Frank Lloyd Wright

The Mind's Eye

Thomas Jefferson

The Hearst Castle

Ken Burns: The Statue of Liberty

Alaska: Spirit of the Wild

Africa

Africa: The Serengeti

Surviving Everest

Into Thin Air

Science Programs

These Movie Learning Guides are 6-10 pages, and provide vocabulary, lessons, activities and discussion questions. The actual DVD is not included; you may rent them or purchase them in order to use these guides.


Allosaurus

When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth

T-Rex

Into the Deep

Blue Planet

Tidal Seas and Coasts

Cosmic Voyage

Destiny in Space

Galapagos

The Search for Great Sharks

Tropical Rainforests

Whales - An Unforgettable Journey
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Follow the Alaskan Pioneer Project

 

We have exciting plans this year!

Chuck Baird, also known as The Alaskan Pioneer, left for Latouche Island in southern Alaska in June, 2012, and will be spending a year in the wild, alone.  He will be building a small cabin to live in, and is taking a dog and goat.  He will live there for one year, alone, with no communication with the outside world, with the exception of an "uplink" to the web, via his  Alaskan Pioneer Facebook Page.

The Homeschool Learning Network was in contact with him before he left, and we asked him for his permission to follow along and create projects and lessons for our homeschooling families based on his adventure, and the information he shares via his uplink connection.

A Free Project for Our Homeschooling Community

The Homeschool Learning Network now provides a free community for homeschoolers, which includes collaborative and individual projects for our homeschooling families, along with many other features.

One of our main features this year will be our Alaskan Pioneer Project!  This will include:

  • Lesson plans and activities to learn about The Alaskan Pioneer 
  • Lesson plans and activities to explore the Island he will be staying on
  • Photos, maps, and information about Latouche Island
  • Lesson plans and activities that follow The Alaskan Pioneer as he reveals his experiences
  • Message boards to allow all students and families to participate in the journey
  • Much more to be revealed as his adventures unfold!

How to be Part of the Adventure

This year-long project is FREE to all our Community Plan members, simply register for free, and join in the adventure!  Just look for the Alaskan Pioneer Icon on your main Community Member Homepage, click, and read Chuck Baird's plans, read the history of the island, and any other information that is available and will become available throughout the year.

Special thanks to Chuck Baird for allowing us access to post all of his communications within our free pages for all to learn from. We hope to see you join in the adventures!

 


Good Luck Chuck!


 

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Virtual Science Fair

Join in the unique opportunity to participate in a completely virtual Science Fair dedicated to home educated students! The Virtual Science Fair will be open to students in Grades 4-12. We are currently gathering sponsors, and more will be posted about details in August, 2012.

Important dates to keep in mind:

  • Registration for the Science Fair is November 16, 2012
  • Final Science Fair submission will be January 18 2012
  • Winners will be announced January 25, 2013

For more details, past submission examples, dates, and guidelines, check back here in August!

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