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The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers.

1. Will this guide tell me exactly what my high schooler needs to graduate and how to calculate credits?
2. What kind of assessments are given to help with career choices?
3. Are parents qualified to give these assessments?
4. What is included in the Career Guide?
5. Do I have to purchase a guide for each student in my family?

Write with the Best -- Vol. 1 and 2

1. How much teacher preparation or training is required for this curriculum?
2. How much time per day is required?
3. Is this curriculum suitable for reluctant writers or students with learning difficulties?
4. What does Volume 1 cover?
5. Am I required to purchase anything in addition to the curriculum in order to complete it?
6. What does Volume 2 cover?
7. Can I skip Volume 1 and start with Volume 2?

Roots and Fruits

1. How early should I start a vocabulary curriculum?
2. Is this curriculum easy to use?
3. What’s unique about this program?

The Concise Learning Styles Assessment

1. Is it essential that I find the learning style of my child before purchasing curriculum?
2. Does this guide tell me how to teach my child in his/her specific learning style?
3. Can this guide be used with any curriculum?

POC4U

1. What is POC4U?

The Homeschoolers Guide for Learning Problems

1. Will this guide help me to determine whether my child has a learning problem?
2. What kinds of learning problems are dealt with?
3. What can I expect from the guide?

The Homeschoolers Guide to Attentional Difficulties

1. Will this guide tell me whether my child needs medication or not?
2. What is dealt with in the guide?
3. What can I expect from the guide?

The Diagnostic Prescriptive Assessment -- Kindergarten through Fifth Grade

1. What is a diagnostic assessment?
2. What is included in each test?
3. How can the results of each test be used?
4. How many subtests are included?
5. Is it easy to administer?
6. What about special needs students?
7. How do I choose the correct grade level?
8. Is this a single volume assessment containing all these grades?

The Total Language Diagnostic Assessment with Remedial Strategies and Answer Key

1. What exactly is this assessment?
2. What does it cover?
3. Aside from the fact that it is devised of the language subtests of The Diagnostic Prescriptive Assessment, is it different in any other way?
4. How many subtests does it contain?
5. Is it a complete purchase? Can I purchase all six grade levels in one volume?

The Diagnostic Grade Placement Screening

1. What is The Diagnostic Grade Placement Screening?
2. What grades does it cover?
3. Is it easy to give?

The Complete Career, College, and High School Guide for Homeschoolers.

1. Will this guide tell me exactly what my high schooler needs to graduate and how to calculate credits?

Yes, and it even gives a comprehensive list of courses that can be counted as high school credits, as well a specific courses needed in high school for specific careers. Curriculum suggestions are also given. Return

2. What kind of assessments are given to help with career choices?

There are four separate assessments. They include a personality profile, learning styles assessment, work/service preference survey and work environment questionnaire. Return

3. Are parents qualified to give these assessments?

Yes, parents are qualified to administer these assessments. Students can take these themselves and score them also. Return

4. What is included in the Career Guide?

A list of college majors/middle school and high school courses and activities for each major, career interview candidates for each major, over 650 occupations and the fastest-growing jobs for this decade, a complete high school handbook which includes invaluable information, forms for high school and career planning, and much more! Return

5. Do I have to purchase a guide for each student in my family? No, everyone in your family can use this book. Return

Write with the Best -- Vol. 1 and 2

1. How much teacher preparation or training is required for this curriculum?

No preparation or training is required. Teachers may choose to read over the material before beginning each lesson. Return

2. How much time per day is required?

The time varies, but each day averages out to around 15 to 30 minutes. Return

3. Is this curriculum suitable for reluctant writers or students with learning difficulties?

Yes! The curriculum actually originated from a writing class Mrs. Dixon taught that included several learning disabled students. The lessons are short and utilize various learning styles. Return

4. What does Volume 1 cover?

Volume 1 teaches the mastery of descriptive writing skills, proofreading, literary analysis, and some grammar skills. Return

5. Am I required to purchase anything in addition to the curriculum in order to complete it?

No, everything that you need is included in the curriculum. Return

6. What does Volume 2 cover?

Volume 2 teaches the mastery of informative writing skills, proofreading, and literary analysis. Return

7. Can I skip Volume 1 and start with Volume 2?

Both volumes are separate and can be used independently. However, Volume 2 refers to and builds upon the skills mastered in Volume 1. In cases where you know that your student has mastered all descriptive writing skills, you can start with Volume 2. Generally though, you should begin with Volume 1 and proceed to Volume 2. The economical price of both volumes helps you to do this. Return

Roots and Fruits

1. How early should I start a vocabulary curriculum?

As early as possible. Vocabulary is essential for a superior education and the understanding of so many academic subjects. The earlier students began vocabulary study, the better. Return

2. Is this curriculum easy to use?

It is very easy. Detailed lesson plans are included and daily activities are the same each week. Return

3. What’s unique about this program?

This curriculum takes an “activities” approach rather than a “workbook” approach. Fun activities are used to help students retain the meanings. When workbooks are used, many times students memorize word meanings for unit tests and then quickly forget them. Learning roots and their meanings ensures understanding of many vocabulary words as opposed to memorizing only meanings for a test. Furthermore, the roots and prefixes are in English form rather than in Greek and Latin form. Students are enabled to retain and analyze far more vocabulary words when their own native language forms are used. Return

The Concise Learning Styles Assessment

1. Is it essential that I find the learning style of my child before purchasing curriculum?

It is crucial to determine your child's primary learning style first! Parents waste hundreds and hundreds of dollars and much time on curriculum that does not work for their children simply because of learning style mistakes. Return

2. Does this guide tell me how to teach my child in his/her specific learning style?

Yes, suggestions are given in each subject area and also teaching techniques for each kind of learner. Return

3. Can this guide be used with any curriculum?

Yes, this guide is universal and can be used with any curriculum of your choice. Teaching Tips are given for adapting currently used curriculums to specific learning styles. Return

POC4U

1. What is POC4U?

POC4U stands for Person Optimized Curricula for You. It is the combination of an augmented version of The Concise Learning Styles Assessment and an invaluable and highly selective curriculum guide. It takes the guess-work out of choosing the proper curricula. It is for parents who want to know the specific curricula to use for each discovered learning style. Because we produce the book, it is always up-to-date. It is now in its third edition. Return

The Homeschoolers Guide for Learning Problems

1. Will this guide help me to determine whether my child has a learning problem?

Yes, there are two questionnaires to help determine a learning problem and then specific proven techniques to help remediate the problems. Return

2. What kinds of learning problems are dealt with?

All learning processing problems are covered, including dyslexia. The guide does not address physical problems such as hearing, vision, or speech impairments. Return

3. What can I expect from the guide?

With its specific applications, this guide will help you teach your special needs student in the curriculum that you are using. Return

The Homeschoolers Guide to Attentional Difficulties

1. Will this guide tell me whether my child needs medication or not?

No, the guide gives daily, practical suggestions for dealing with attentional difficulties and helps the parent understand attentional problems better. Return

2. What is dealt with in the guide?

Only learning difficulties concerning ADD and ADHD. Return

3. What can I expect from the guide?

The guide uses specific environmental measures to help remedy attentional difficulties. Return

The Diagnostic Prescriptive Assessment -- Kindergarten through Fifth Grade 

1. What is a diagnostic assessment?

A diagnostic test assesses specific grade level mastery of each required subject. Unlike a standardized test, which uses normed values, a diagnostic assessment strictly tests on a given grade level. For example, a third grader is tested on third-grade level subjects only. With standardized tests, a third grader is tested on third-grade level subjects, second grade level subjects, and fourth grade level subjects; and the answers are then averaged among a given peer group. Return

2. What is included in each test?

A criterion referenced grade level diagnostic test, instructions for self-administration and scoring with the supplied answer key, and a remedial strategies section for correcting academic weaknesses discovered through testing. Return

3. How can the results of each test be used?

To verify mastery of grade level subjects, as an effective pre-assessment for grade placement, to provide objectives and scope and sequence for each grade level, and to serve as a yearly evaluation, portfolio, and Individual Educational Plan or IEP. Many teachers also use it as a practice test and preparation for standardized testing. Return

4. How many subtests are included?

There are 23 to 32 subtests, depending on the grade level. Return

5. Is it easy to administer?

Yes, the instructions are simple and clear. It is an in-home instrument. You do not send it out for scoring or interpretation. All scoring and interpretation are contained in each assessment. Return

6. What about special needs students?

Special needs students are accommodated and are exempted from all testing time limits. The objectives listed in the test and the results are also excellent tools for writing I.E.P.’s. Return

7. How do I choose the correct grade level?

Choose the last completed grade level of your student to determine whether he/she has truly mastered that grade level. Return

8. Is this a single volume assessment containing all these grades?

No, each grade level is sold separately. Return

The Total Language Diagnostic Assessment with Remedial Strategies and Answer Key

1. What exactly is this assessment?

This assessment is a compilation of the complete language subtests of grades kindergarten through fifth of The Diagnostic Prescriptive Assessment. Return

2. What does it cover?

This assessment tests reading, phonics, reading vocabulary, reading comprehension, spelling, handwriting, composition, and dictionary and English/grammar skills. Return

3. Aside from the fact that it is devised of the language subtests of The Diagnostic Prescriptive Assessment, is it different in any other way?

Because The Total Language Diagnostic Assessment is composed of the subtests of the DPA, it is like it with respect to those categories. Its other unique feature is that it can be used by one student for six years of academic language requirements and it can be used by a family with children ranging from kindergarten through fifth grades. Return

4. How many subtests does it contain?

The test contains 72 subtests. Return

5. Is it a complete purchase? Can I purchase all six grade levels in one volume?

Yes, you can. You also have the option of purchasing it in two separate volumes consisting of kindergarten through second grade and third grade through fifth grade. Return

The Diagnostic Grade Placement Screening

1. What is The Diagnostic Grade Placement Screening?

This assessment is a concise and simple verification instrument that reveals the functional grade level of your child in reading decoding, math computation, and written expression for proper curriculum placement. Return

2. What grades does it cover?

It covers kindergarten through eighth grade. Return

3. Is it easy to give?

Yes, like our other tests, it is administered and scored by parents with the grade key supplied. Return

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