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Our Goal

Through active leadership in the trailblazing efforts of home, charter, private and international schools GSN takes students to their ultimate destination – a successful collegiate or vocational career in America. Global Student Network is the pre-eminent service provider to the […]

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Mission

Global Student Network’s mission is to provide alternative educational options, designed to improve the academic preparation, achievement and general well being of non-traditionally oriented elementary, middle and high school age students and most recently offering solutions to adult learners.

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Learn

Get to Know Something New Each Day!

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Education

It Is Possible to Get Education Staying At Home!

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Knowledge

We Will Open the World of Knowledge for You!

 

Who Has Time for Summer School?

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Your summer school program can offer more for less!

With school funding being what it is (or isn’t!), it can be difficult to facilitate an excellent summer school program.  Online learning from Global Student Network offers high-quality courses in a cost-effective format.  With Global Student Network, your summer school programs can be:

Engaging

Working at their own pace, students will enjoy the media-rich content and compelling presentation.

Efficient

The prescriptive curricula used by Global Student Network means students are learning exactly what they need.  The wide variety of courses available gives you flexibility to customize your own summer program with minimal staffing requirements.

Effective

The research-based, proven curricula align with Common Core and state standards.  Built in assessments ensure students are effectively learning.

Global Student Network can help your summer school students succeed while saving your school district money.

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Need Summer School?

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Usually,

Failed algebra + can’t fit biology in next year’s schedule = EXPENSIVE SUMMER SCHOOL!

Not with $125 courses at Global Student Network!

With this limited time offer,

Algebra + Biology = Plenty of cash left in the wallet to go on vacation!

 

Quality online learning available at www.globalstudentnetwork.com

 

A Homeschool Dad

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The cards have been opened, the new ties hung in the closet, the new gadgets are in use. But before we completely pack away another Father’s Day, we want to recognize the winner of our Proud to be a Homeschool Dad contest! Steve wins a $50 Amazon Gift Card!

Steve Harris had this to say:

This was my first year to be a homeschool dad. Due to high stakes testing and a drill-and-skill curriculum, I knew that I could teach my 8 year old the relevant content in an authentic manner where she would thrive and love learning again. After scouring the internet, blog postings and school websites, I found the content areas that she needed to know for 3rd grade and went to work. I used my everyday experiences to teach the main concepts. For landforms, we looked at pictures from our summer trip to Colorado and took neighborhood walks around our South Texas home. For measurement, we cooked dinner together, making sure to follow all the directions. While I worked in the garage, she helped me by locating a Phillips screwdriver or 3 1/16” socket all the while explaining the various sizes, why they fit and what they do. Not only does being a homeschool dad allow me to work closely with my daughter on a daily basis, it also allows me to see the “Aha!” moments of her learning. She asks questions. She wonders what things are and is not afraid to pick it up or figure it out. By working with her to match her learning style, I am able to help her grow beyond her years – not just in curriculum, but life, social skills and characterization. I have also learned that I have grown from this experience and am learning new things along with her. Together we are making learning powerful and together we have overcome the 3rd grade.

Thanks for sharing, Steve! And hats off to all dads out there for the difference you are making in the lives of your children each and every day!

 

From Dad’s Point of View

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During a contest challenging readers to tell us why they are thankful for homeschool, we received this piece.  Thanks, Dean, for sharing your perspective on homeschool!

We have homeschooled all three of our children for various years of their lives.  We currently home school our youngest as our two oldest attend high school.  Our family wouldn’t trade those years of homeschooling for anything.  Our youngest, Jordan, is doing so well this year getting his education directly from his awesome mom!

What I have noticed about the homeschooling years and remain so fond of is the quality of the education they receive.  The proof is when I get home from work and Jordan is anxious to tell me something he learned that day.  I recall how all three of my children, when homeschooled, would talk about what they learned in the evening. Even to this day, when they talk about education it’s almost always something they learned while being homeschooled.

I give me wife complete credit for this. She researches curriculums and puts together what she believes to be the best custom-made curriculum for each child. The beauty of homeschooling is you don’t have to stick with one curriculum for all subjects. You can combine elements of classical education with an Abeka math book, for example. She has been able to find science books online that were fun for Jordan yet met the goals they set out to accomplish.

My wife and son have a lot of options at their disposal that other kids don’t have. They take field trips every month or so. They are part of a co-op that allows Jordan to meet up with friends and take in some opportunities that they wouldn’t otherwise have.

I think the secret to their homeschooling success is just the one-on-one focused time with son and mom. He is now an A student and proved to us that homeschooling has been essential for his academic success, and it really built the foundation for “loving to learn” in all three of our kids!

-Dean

Are you the dad of a homeschool family?  If so, we’d love to hear from you!  Send us your thoughts about your family’s homeschool journey and you could win a $50 Amazon gift card.  Entries are due Fri. June, 13 2014.  Send your submission to jhoffman@uniteddigitallearning.com.  See http://www.globalstudentnetwork.com/blog/proud-to-be-a-homeschool-dad/ for full details and official rules.

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Homeschool Check Up

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Here I sit in the dentist office.  Having 5 kids you could spend a lot of time in the dentist office!  Checkups last month all went well – no cavities!  Today is sealant day.  Of course, checkups and preventative measures are important.  Why else would I relegate years of my life to a dental waiting room?!

Checkups and preventative measures are important in homeschool too.  Here is what to look for:

Holes  No matter how well you plan and how organized you are, things can fall through the cracks.  It is possible get to May and realize, “Yikes!  We haven’t done music all year!”  Time to figure out how that happened, how to fix it, and how to prevent it in the future.

Gaps Perhaps the science curriculum was not up to par or Pete the family parakeet died the week for learning the 7 times tables – whatever the reason, it is good to determine if there are any gaps in learning.  Summer is a good time to fill in those gaps!

Inflammation and Overbite  When there are so many great opportunities, it is easy for schedules to swell beyond reason!  It is hard to resist the temptation of biting off more than our time and stress-levels can chew.  It is always helpful to take a step back, get a good look at our priorities, and make adjustments accordingly.

Disease  Gingivitis is no fun!  Neither is poor-handwriting-itis, lazy-osis, nor grammar-atrophy!  Best to diagnosis and find a treatment before it is too late!!

Discomfort  Is your curriculum causing unnecessary pain??  Too boring?  Too stringent?  Not spiraling very high?  Is the work area at home not comfortable?  Granted, learning has seasons of difficulty – if it was always easy-schmeasy, how would we be stretched and grow? – but sometimes the level of discomfort must be addressed.

Development  I know I don’t like to be reminded, but my children are growing up!  Consequently, their needs change.  A good hard look at where they are might raise the questions: Is this curriculum right for him now?  Is she ready for a greater challenge?  Do they need more independence?  More guidance and structure?  As our children change and grow, we need to be sure their education fits their development.

Healthy Habits  As regular brushing and flossing is key to dental hygiene, there are habits key to learning hygiene.  Reading, problem-solving, creativity, writing – these important habits are key to learning.  Proper nutrition, sleep, and exercise as just as important for the brain as for the body.

Everyone gets off track sometimes.  A good checkup helps us to re-group, re-focus.  Our kids are better for it in the long run – both their smiles and their brains!

Copyright © 2014 J. Hoffman / Global Student Network

“If you liked this post – Great!!  Please ask before you re-post.  Thanks!”
Email:
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