Foreign Language Group Buy for the whole family

I recently ordered (entirely with SmartPoints!) a one-year homeschool subscription to Mango Languages. The subscription covers up to 5 family members, which makes me very happy. We're learning Japanese together right now, but can choose from over 70 languages, including American Sign Language and Pirate.

Mango Languages is free at many libraries, but if you want it online to use at home and on devices away from home, Homeschool Buyer's Co-op has a 20% off Group Buy on a 1-year homeschool subscription for 1 teacher and 5 students.


From Homeschooling to College

Although homeschooled children tend to perform better academically, including performing better on standardized tests, the public at large still tends to look negatively on homeschooling. Many hold the stereotypical notion that parents who homeschool are either lazy or are religious fanatics, so they question the quality of the education these children receive.

The reality is far from those stereotypical notions, as the stats have proven. Many parents who homeschool are actually more thoughtful about their children's education, and many are able to provide a higher quality of education thanks to the individualized instruction they provide.

Still, thanks to these persisting stereotypes and some other issues, homeschooled children can still face some challenges when they are ready to transition to college. Here are a few:

College Entrance Exams

While homeschooling has to cover certain basic requirements, parents have a lot of latitude in how they create their children's education. Those who choose an unschooling approach generally follow their children's lead and allow them to explore the things about which they are most passionate.

Sometimes, these children are far more advanced than others their age on certain subjects, but other times, they may not be well-versed in some of the "basics" that a standard curriculum deems important. When they take college entrance exams, they may stumble over some of the questions. Others may simply not be used to taking these kinds of tests and may not perform well in the format.

One thing homeschooled students can do to handle this challenge is to sign up for a review course like the one offered by the Kranse Institute. The digital program can be completed anywhere, so students can still take it at their own pace and have control over their own learning. Yet they will learn what's covered on the exams and will learn some test-taking strategies for success. Check out Kranse reviews to learn more.

Schedules and Deadlines

Some parents conduct their homeschooling the way a traditional school would operate: With a strict daily schedule and a curriculum with hard deadlines. But others prefer the flexibility that homeschooling offers and want to build their curriculum around their children's needs. That means that a lesson that was scheduled after lunch might get bumped to the next day if the kids are lethargic or uncooperative, or it might mean that a due date for a project gets pushed back if the child is struggling with the concepts.

When these students go to a traditional college, they won't have those same options. They will have to adjust to a much more demanding schedule, which means being in class on time every day or facing penalties, such as a low participation grade. It also means having to turn in assignments by a certain date, which might make them have to adjust the way they learn best.

Ideological Diversity

Though they are not the majority, there are certainly parents that homeschool their children because they want to control the information they get about ideological issues. For example, some parents don't want their children to learn about evolution or sexual education.

Unless these students attend a college that shares these ideological perspectives, they may face a real culture shock as a result of the differing viewpoints to which they are exposed -- perhaps for the first time. It can be difficult to prepare for this challenge since the students won't really know what to expect. However, choosing a college that's a good fit is a good thing to do, as is attending multiple social groups and extracurricular activities. Having a strong support network is also key.

It's hard to make sweeping statements about the challenges that homeschooled students may face when they transition to college because there really is no one-size-fits-all homeschool experience. Some may struggle academically because they did not get a quality homeschool education. Some may struggle socially because they were isolated at home without supplementary activities.

The most important thing is for parents and students to be aware that the transition can be a difficult one and to approach the change they way they have the rest of the students' education: With cooperation and brainstorming. With the right preparation, the transition can be made much easier.

Guest post by Jenna Lee Smith.


Philosophy of Education and Music

The conference begins with a philosophical definition of education and schooling. It then discusses the philosophy of music and how it affects people’s emotions. 

Philosophical Definition of Education

Cornel West defines education as ‘schooling’ as well as real education. According to West, we get our skills and know-how from school enrollment. On the other hand, education is something that is so moving and inspirational that it touches the core of our being. West went further by pointing out the perfect example. Emmett Till’s mother gained education when she held an open-casket funeral for her son who was brutally mutilated and murdered in 1955. Till’s mom did not want revenge. She only wanted justice. 

Philosophy of Music

It is the study of what music is and how we experience it. Many aspects of people’s lives involve music. It makes you think and become imaginative. When people listen to music, they paint a picture based on the words. They sometimes imagine themselves as part of the spoken words in the music. Furthermore, music can express emotions. For instance, if you listen to certain music, it will make you cry, feel sad, or excited. 

Another conference that is related to philosophy and music is “HowTheLightGetsIn,” festival of which Dr. Christopher Hamilton King will be a speaker. The festival will feature debates, danceable music, and comedy. They will discuss ideas and culture, capitalism and anarchy, and religion. 

• Music and Emotions
Music evokes certain emotions when people listen to it. Someone can hear a song that makes him or her cry. Other times, the person might be happy or sad. To be more transparent, it is the pieces of the music, and how it gets composed, combined with the performance of the pieces that express the emotion. 

It is perplexing as to why people react the way they do towards music. For example, when someone feels fearful, the belief is that there is something that is threatening that is evoking the fear. By the same token, when someone listens to instrumental music that makes them sad, there is no clear-cut evidence that the music is the cause of sadness. It could be an experience unrelated to the music. 

More on the Philosophy of Music

Aristotle has noted that music speaks to us via emotions. Moreover, music that lacks moral can affect people in a negative way. Plato has also stated that music has contributed to the moralistic decline of ancient Greece. For example, men were musical geniuses, but they lacked the perception of what was lawful in music. They composed promiscuous music and shared it with the masses. 

In conclusion, Cornel West defines the philosophy of education. West states that we get our skills and know-how from schooling. Moreover, education is something that is so moving and inspirational that it touches the core of our being. The definition of the philosophy of music is the study of what music is and how we experience it. Additionally, the music evokes certain emotions in people after listening to it. 
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