The Study Hall Summer Camp

Are you looking to round out the summer with a bang?

The Study Hall Education Consulting Company is hosting an all inclusive summer camp July 24- July 26, 2019.

Wednesday, July 24 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Bible Activity
  • Arts & Crafts Activity – Making T-Shirts
  • Seven Springs Water-park Field Trip
  • Backyard Camp Out with Smores

Thursday, July 25 from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Bible Activity
  • Arts & Crafts Activity – Making Praying Journals
  • Children’s Museum of Atlanta Field Trip

Friday, July 26 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Bible Activity
  • Arts & Crafts Activity – Surprise Craft
  • Legoland Field Trip

The cost for this three-day summer camp is $150 per camper which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. Parents must be present for all activities. To register for this camp please fill out the contact form below and an invoice will be sent to you.

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Lifeschooling… Is it just for Homeschoolers?

What is Lifeschooling?

I first heard about this concept when the founder of the Lifeschooling Conference reached out to me regarding my Real World Math talks.

I was drawn to the concept because I believe learning happens all around us.

So what is lifeschooling?

Lifeschooling is the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents, primarily through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.

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As I thought about this definition of lifeschooling I realized that this isn’t just for homeschoolers but it applies to every parent of a school aged child.

Imagine what life would be like if we took time to pray and ask God to help us discover our child’s God-given gifts and talent?

What it would be like to allow the real life experiences to influence learning?

What it would be like to have it fit our lifestyle?

You might find yourself saying like Danielle:

“So, what should they learn from year to year?”

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Well here’s the answer:

“It’s not complicated. We should simply ask God and then expect Him to answer. How many homeschoolers start planning their homeschool year by asking the Lord to show them what they need to do?”

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Are you interested in learning more? Join us for the FREE Life Schooling Conference which starts Thursday, July 11 and ends on July 13. Click hereto register today!

Go beyond curriculum… Learn REAL world ways to incorporate math into everyday life! Join us July 11-13 at the Lifeschooling Conference!

Grocery Store Math

Discover the excitement of math in the real world using grocery store mathematics.

Meets Once a Week for 10 Weeks for 45 Minutes

This live math course starts on September 11, 2019 and ends on November 20, 2019 on Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time with no class on October 23, 2019.

*Students who cannot meet live will receive a recording.

Students always want to know “when will we ever use this!” Grocery store mathematics is a fresh way to teach mathematics in the real world, also known as consumer math or home economics. This is a complete semester in which students will learn how to use mathematics to stay under budget while shopping. In this class students will get to go shopping to practice their real world skills.

The classes in this series are:

  • In Module 1 students will learn what estimation(rounding) is, why estimation is important and how to use estimation when shopping. Students will learn how to round prices to the nearest dollar and ten cent.
  • In Module 2 students will learn how to add and subtract prices that are rounded to the nearest dollar or ten cent.
  • In Module 3 students will learn how to understand the weekly store ads and use them.
  • In Module 4 students will learn how to calculate the prices of produce measured by pounds.
  • In Module 5 students will learn how to calculate sales prices
  • In Module 6 student will learn how to add up all the prices to calculate sales tax.
  • Module 7 is the culminating project in which students combine all that they learn to create a budget for a week’s work of groceries, create a menu plan for that week, create a shopping list and execute the shopping list while staying under budget.

Prior Knowledge:

Students should know how to add and subtract whole numbers.

This course includes hands-on, real learning activities. Parents and students will be asked to determine a budget for grocery shopping, make a simple list and go to the grocery store with their family to practice what was learned.

Field Trips Encouraged:

Parents will be asked to download the zoom app and take a field trip with their kids to the grocery store to help them shop in the culminating project. Parents are encouraged to reward their children with a prize (that is within the budget) if the children manage to estimate correctly while shopping.

Live Lessons

Students will join the live lessons via Zoom.us .While is it strongly encouraged to use the desktop/laptop you may also join via phone.

System Requirements

Students should meet the following system requirements:

  • An internet connection – broadband wired or wireless (3G or 4G/LTE)
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in or USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • A webcam or HD webcam – built-in or USB plug-in
  • Or, a HD cam or HD camcorder with video capture card

Additional Items

Students will need the following additional items:

  • Google Email for Parent
  • Google Email Student (with parent having access)
  • Additional Materials List will be supplied by the instructor as necessary.
  • Bound notebook, pencil, calculator, clipboard for shopping

Questions?

Still have questions? Call us at 404.644.8391 or email them to us at thestudyhalledu@gmail.com

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How Do I Start Homeschooling?

Have you ever thought about homeschooling but didn’t know where to start?

Whether you are new to homeschooling, a veteran homeschooler or just interested in homeschooling, Start Your Homeschool Year Strong is the course for you and it’s on sale for only $5!

You can go as slow or as fast as you want in this course as you get daily actionable items and tangible resources.

In addition to unlimited email support in this course you will find:

  • Daily Action Items
  • Audio Tracks to you can listen while you work
  • Templates for Routines, Schedules and Calendars
  • Templates for Attendance, Report Card and Transcripts
  • Steps and Tools to Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum

You will also find additional tools such as samples of lunch menus and other resources to get your home and school running smoothly.

All at the Back to Homeschool Special Price of $5!

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3 Benefits of Using Math Fundamentals Grade 1 by Evan-Moor

As a busy, working, homeschooling mother of three I am always looking for inexpensive but effective ways to homeschool my three children. 

This year my youngest, who is 6 years old, has finally made it to the “big leagues”! 

He has been begging for work which looks more like his older siblings but I have been hold back with him since I’ve adopted the “Better Late than Early” philosophy by Dr. Raymond Moore.  His approach advocates that you don’t subject your children to formal, scheduled study before age 8 to 10 or 12, whether they can read or not.  You can read more about his formula here

Since my youngest is not 8 yet, I didn’t want to push him too much.  We have been counting aloud to 120 by tens and by ones and I would be content with that but he alas is not.

Since I was scoping out curriculum for my eight year old I decided why not check out the curriculum for him too.  I’m happy I did.

I was given the opportunity to review Evan-Moor’s Math Fundamentals Grade 1

There are several benefits to this program.

First, there are Math Models for every lesson. 

The math model example tells the parent what to say to the child, shows a picture of it and then it allows the child to create their own model either on paper or using manipulatives like counters if you have them. This helps your child to truly understand the concept.   Based on my philosophy of learning, I think this is ideal for my six year old because he is not bogged down by worksheets.  It’s a simple teach and go.  Math Fundamentals is focused on helping the students get the concept. 

The second benefit to this program is that it is correlated to current standards.

As a homeschool parent I often wonder how my children would measure up to peers their own age.  Math Fundamentals takes all the mystery out of it by aligning the workbook to standards and placing them at the bottom of every page.

The final benefit to this program is the Suggested Teaching Path. 

Pay close attention to page 8 when you first open the workbook, don’t skip the intro section!  The book is not presented in teaching order which can be confusing.  For example, it is suggested you start with Counting and Number Sequence on page 83, then jump to add and subtract within 20 on page 51 back to Equivalency and Unknown Numbers on page 73, to Place Value on pages 103 and 119 all the way back to Operations and Number Relationships on page 37 and Word Problems on page 11 to name a few.  Thankfully the Suggested Teaching Path explains all of this, but if you skipped this section it can be frustrating.

There is an answer key included at the end of this workbook to make sure your child gets the correct answer.  Evan-Moor’s Math Fundamentals are available for students in grades 1 – 6.

What’s the verdict?

If I were Siskel & Ebert Evan-Moor’s Math Fundamentals Grade 1 would get four thumbs up (They have two hands each right 😊).  It has the right amount of problems for emerging learners. Since I don’t want to tax his young mind, three-five problems at his age was perfect. Great job Evan-Moor!


Five Test-Taking Tips for Standardized Testing

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According to Kaplan, there are five keys to success when taking a standardized test.

Key 1 – Triage the Test

When you triage the test your goal is to move through the test at least three times.  The first time is to answer easy questions with quick answers.  If the question is taking more than 30 seconds it does not have a quick answer.  Make a note of it in your booklet (or scratch paper if you are not allowed to write in the booklet) and com back to it later.  The second time is to answer the questions that you know how to do, but are time consuming.  The third and last time is to work through the hard questions.

Key 2 – Elimination

If you know some of the answer choices are incorrect, eliminate them and look at the ones that are left.  Make an educated guess if you are still unsure.

Key 3 – Use a Letter of the Day

There will be some questions that you have NO CLUE how to do.  This is when your letter of the day comes in handy.  Before you begin the test, choose your letter (1st choice, 2nd choice, 3rd choice, etc.).  When you get to a question that you know you don’t know how to do, choose your letter of the day and move on. Don’t waste your time on it.

Key 4 – Learn the Material Tested

There is no substitution for studying.  Most standardized tests, even state tests give you an overview of the material to be covered.  Learn it :-).  Get a tutor to help you!

Key 5 – Practice, Practice, Practice

The more you practice test questions the more comfortable you will become at testing and the better you will be.
To help you be ready we have created a test survival kit.  Click here to get yours today.  What do you do to help you prepare for a standardized test?

 

Special Needs – 1 – Developing an Individualized Plan

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Developing an individualized plan and/or being able to understand an individualized plan is another important aspect of helping our special needs students.  Consider these two plans Plan-A and Plan-B.  Which plan is better for the online environment?

I would choose Plan-B because it is laid out very well as addresses all the needs of the fictional student Sally Student. Plan B specified the extended time.  It mentioned making sure Sally knew how to use the text-to-speak and zoom features on her computer as well as gave Sally the opportunity to “record oral responses when possible/appropriate to reduce strain to her eyes”.

There are a few aspects of my preferred plan (Plan B) that I would change to be better suited for the online environment.  I would change the extended time for assignments from  “the following school day from the original due date for full credit” to “two days from the original due date for full credit”.

Plan A was too general.  For example, we know that “Sally’s anxiety disorder does surface when she feels she may not have enough time to complete a task and panic sets in” so extended time is a definite accommodation.  Plan B specifies how much extended time on a test or quiz by stating 100%.  Plan A mentions extended time but leaves it in the open.  Plan B specifies that “Sally may turn her work in the following school day from the original due date for full credit” whereas Plan A simply states “Extended time on assignments and classwork”.  Finally, Plan A mentions “preferential seating” which is not an accommodation necessary to the online environment.

These are just a few things to consider when creating an individualized plan for a student in the online environment.  Are there other things you would consider?

Special Needs – 1- Accommodations in an Online Environment

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As we continue to discuss accommodations for students with special needs one can’t help but think, how can you make accommodations in an online environment?

While I agree that not every child is cut out for online learning, you might be surprised at how well the online environment can support learners with special needs.

Take my student Haley (not his/her real name) for example.  Haley has been diagnosed with ADHD.  This means that Haley has difficulty with: following directions, following open ended writing assignments without clear requirements, turning in assignments on the correct due date, task completion due to issues with focus and time management, organization in general and finally not completing all questions or rushing through a test/quiz.

The online environment would be beneficial for Haley’s disability for three reasons.  First, it would help her with her tests and quizzes.  Second, it would help her focus.  Finally, it would help her with open ended writing assignments.

The online environment would help Haley with her tests and quizzes because since she has a habit to rush through the questions or not complete it, the teacher/parent can enable the show clock feature to show the time left in timed quizzes or tests.  If Haley has the accommodation of extra time, and in this case she does, restrictions could be set up to give her extended time.  Haley gets 50% extended time in my math class and her grades are soaring in the As.

The online environment would help Haley focus more simply because she would be doing her work at home or outside of the regular classroom environment.  Haley and her family would be able to control the environmental factors more, thus helping her to focus.

Finally, the online environment would help Haley with her open ended writing assignments if the teacher enables the rubric feature which allows the student to see precisely what would be graded and how it will be assessed.  Haley might also have the option to submit the assignment orally or by video.  In this case, Haley did not need that accommodation in mathematics.

There are a few challenges Haley might experience if not managed well.  She might experience trouble turning in assignments on the correct due date and time management issues.  As a teacher I post the assignments weekly and reminders.  There are several outside resources that she can use to support her.  If she has a smart phone, utilizing a digital calendar with reminders that pop up would be helpful as well as a schedule.

Haley seems to have managed potential challenges very well and continues to excel in my class with her extended time accommodations.

Are you considering online for your child?  What do you think might be the challenges they would experience?

Special Needs – 1- Applying Strategies and Best Practices

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As an educator I am constantly learning and growing.  I would like to share with you what I am learning through my Special Needs 1 training to help you as a parent or educator think of strategies and best practices to help your child(ren) reach their academic potential.  The following students are fictional characters.

Scenario 1

Imagine that you are Joyce.

Joyce has accommodations for an Emotional/Behavioral Disorder. Her mother informed you that Joyce’s specific diagnosis is Anxiety and Depression, and she sometimes does not respond well to correction. She plagiarized a large section of her essay for your class this week.

How would you handle this situation?

Let’s first think about the difficulties Joyce might be experiencing as an online student with Emotional/Behavioral Disorder.  She has a hard time adhering to acceptable rules of online etiquette, etc..  She might also be struggling with feelings of depression over low grades or feelings of being overwhelmed with work when viewing the schedule all at once which is why she might have plagiarized.  Since she is online and as a teach you are unable to read her facial expressions or body language in class, it would be hard to know that unless the student told you and with her anxiety, she would NOT want to tell you because of the internal struggles she might be dealing with.

So how can we help Joyce?  

We can help Joyce by avoiding direct confrontations: rather, state the issue
objectively and provide them with a choice or suggested course of action to correct it . Suggest strategies to get started on doing the essay again and communicate what she should do in the future if she needs help so that she does not feel the need to plagiarize again.  I would then address it, document it, and move on.

Scenario 2

 

How about if you were Hopper?

Hopper has an IEP with accommodations for Dysgraphia. Your class requires written reports in each unit on various topics. Hopper expresses concern over his grade in your class because of the written reports. You know Hopper is putting forth effort, but he still is not passing your class. He asks what he can do to improve his grade.

How do you respond?

Since Hopper has dysgraphia Hopper has difficulties such as omitting words or letters, not completing words or sentences once started, not following proper grammar and spelling conventions, difficulty copying written items or diagrams or taking notes or thinking while writing.

So how can we help Hopper?  

To help Hopper I would allow him to use the video or audio tool in the online course to present projects, assignments, or assessments orally.  I would encourage him to show mastery using other modes rather than written expression.  Finally, I would provide copies of instructional materials not included in the content specific to helping him with the written reports.

Does your child or student struggle with a learning disability and you need specific strategies to help them?  Click here to check out the Specific Strategies Chart.