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Top Resources Loved by Homeschoolers

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Educents is a perfect place to find resources for your homeschool. Educents has gathered some of the top resources out there and made them available to you a great prices. (Cheaper than Amazon in many cases)  When I first started homeschooling 20 years ago these helps were not available. Now Homeschoolers have more to choose from than is possible to use. Enjoy! Are you looking for a comprehensive homeschool curriculum that's prepared with multiple subjects, or do you desire to supplement the curriculum you already have with additional trusted homeschool resources? You've come to the right place because this is...

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6 Compare and Contrast Essay Topics

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Compare and contrast essays don’t have to be dull and tedious! Your high school students will be sure to enjoy a few of this week’s lighthearted topicsWriting prompts for high school compare and contrast essays. Topics include fashion, weddings & funerals, family sizes, and new experiences vs. old routines


Compare and contrast essays don’t have to be dull and tedious! Your high school students will be sure to enjoy a few of this week’s lighthearted topics.

Help teens stay focused with a four-paragraph outline: introduction, similarities, differences, and conclusion. Motivated writers may need two paragraphs for the comparisons or two paragraphs for the contrasts, and that’s fine, too!

1. Fashion Statement

It makes us laugh and makes us cry; it fills our closets and empties our wallets. Fashion, past and present, can be fun to study and even more fun to wear! Compare and contrast the clothing styles of today with the styles from a twentieth-century decade of your choice. 

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Deepening Thinking with Comparison: Literature Studies for Teens

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Deepening Thinking with Comparison: Literature Studies for Teens

When you approach a study of literature with teens, it’s good to start with identifying the setting, plot, and theme. Those are the basic elements for understanding any story you’re reading. Once you’ve become comfortable in identifying these aspects of a story, you can continue to encourage deeper thought through comparison.

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Are You Enabling or Helping Your Child?

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What is the difference between helping your child in their studies and enabling that same child?

How do we set our children up for success no matter the circumstances?

Sometimes, however, we do things inadvertently that have far-reaching effects on our children. I know and understand a mother’s heart. We want to protect, love, and nurture our children, but what happens when that desire to protect becomes a hindrance in their progress toward adulthood?

I think the hardest thing for a mother to do is to set an obligation (in the adult world, we call this a deadline) and then force....continue reading

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College prep 101: Teach responsible study habits

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College Prep 101 | Responsible Study Habits - It's a myth that procrastinators work better under pressure. so teach good study habits while they're still in high school.

Procrastinators generally don’t do well under pressure,” says Ferrari. The idea that time pressure improves performance is perhaps the most common myth among procrastinators.

[A study by Tim Pychyl, Ph.D.] found that “procrastination is detrimental to physical health. College students who procrastinate have higher levels of drinking, smoking, insomnia, stomach problems, colds and flu.” ~from “Stand and Deliver,” Psychology Today

Obviously, there’s more than just a deadline. The wise parent will begin early to teach study habits for college...... continue reading

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