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Tami Lewis
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Sycamore Academy Excellence in Homeschool Education
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I don’t know about you but I have so many “to do” lists in my life that there is no way it is ever all gonna get done! That’s just the facts! As I sat and pondered what I really need to do next, I began to think about having a simpler life. And then my wandering mind wandered to… well… wandered to considering a “not to do” list. The thought just took a weight off my shoulders - for a few minutes.

Here are some “not to do” things I thought about putting on my list:

1. I am not going to check Facebook until the evening.
2. I am not going to check my email multiple times. Those emails won’t go anywhere - they will still be waiting on me!
3. I will not do technology for an hour before bedtime.
4. I will not play on my phone when I am standing in line. (I will actually try to connect with the person next to me - ut oh, now that’s a “to do”!)

You get the picture. Your “not to do” list may look very different than mine. I have discovered that I waste priceless emotional energy on Facebook drama and other non-essentials in my life. Try spending some time contemplating those things that you really want in your life so you can figure out what to kick out of your life and put in your “not to do” list!
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Welcome to Sycamore Academy!  We are excited to get ready for another school year and can't wait to share with you the new changes! Get ready for the best year ever!

One of the changes is that we have added a few more teachers. You are going to love the enthusiasm and joy that all of our teachers bring to the classroom. Our curriculum is going to be project-driven this year and the teachers are already planning the projects. We can’t wait to see what our students can do!

Our live classes begin September 6, but students can begin school at any time. We can’t wait for the school year to begin!
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4. Teach them to take notes. I don’t think I learned to take notes until I was forced to in college. I would have been a much better student in elementary, junior, and high school if I had developed this skill earlier. To develop this skill, watch a documentary or a YouTube video of a subject your child is interested in. Use a white board or even a pencil and paper, to take notes of the important points. Point out important phrases, words, main ideas, or unique facts. As you practice, have your child progress to telling you what to write down. In time, your child will be able to take his own notes. You might also ask your child to write their own test from their notes. This task will help him understand how tests are written and enable them to become better test takers.
5. Teach them to skim. Show your child how to pick out the important information in her reading. The important parts can usually be found in: bold or italicized words, end of chapter paragraphs or summaries, graphs and pictures, and first and last sentences of paragraphs.
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More on Good Study Skills ...
2. Teach them to study in a designated area. Slouching on the sofa seems to automatically put your mind out of the study mode, so designating a place tends to also put your mind in the study mode. Your child needs well lit area. Institute a “technology blackout” rule during study time - that means no cell phones, instant messaging, or texting!
3. Teach them to listen - not just hear! Read short stories or poems and then ask questions. We read Shel Silverstein poems often, and I used these poems as a base of teaching listening skills. Gradually graduate to longer poems or stories. Paying attention is a skill that can be developed!
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As we begin the last quarter of our school year, I thought I would do some refreshing on good study skills. As the school year winds down, our children often get sloppy and just try to get to the finish line rather than do their best! You can teach your child to study effectively and these skills can be used all through his life! Here are some helpful ideas to to keep your kids studying successfully:

1. Teach them to be organized. Have a place for their books and study supplies. A planner and a calendar can be helpful even for the elementary age. Your child will learn to write down events and assignments in the calendar. Be sure to have your child put school supplies away at the end of the day.
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I love this story. I realize that it is not entirely true, and that Edison probably knew what the letter actually said. He probably had dyslexia, which adds even more inspiration to the story! There is enough truth here to be inspired!
 
One day Thomas Edison came home and gave a paper to his mother. He told her, “My teacher gave this paper to me and told me to only give it to my mother.”
     His mother’s eyes were tearful as she read the letter out loud to her child: Your son is a genius. This school is too small for him and doesn’t have enough good teachers for training him. Please teach him yourself.
     After many, many years, after Edison’s mother died and he was now one of the greatest inventors of the century, one day he was looking through old family things. Suddenly he saw a folded paper in the corner of a drawer in a desk. He took it and opened it up. On the paper was written: Your son is addled [mentally ill]. We won’t let him come to school any more.
     Edison cried for hours and then he wrote in his diary: “Thomas Alva Edison was an addled child that, by a hero mother, became the genius of the century.” 
www.interesteng.org/june/edisons-amazing-mother.html
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                             Gratefulness Contest

A couple of years ago, I began to express gratitude with a friend. We simply texted three things that we were thankful for to each other. It was amazing how simply being thankful lifted my spirits and shifted my perspective.

To celebrate this Thanksgiving season, we are having a contest, and there will be a prize for the winner! We are asking you to write a story or paragraph describing or telling what you are thankful for. The younger set can participate with a sentence and a drawn, colored picture.

Express your creativity. You can include photographs or design a thankfulness poster. Send your submissions via snail mail to our address or email them. We will be posting them in our newsletter and on Facebook! We can’t wait to see what you are thankful for!
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Reason #4: Our staff is there for you! You don’t have to do this alone! We are here to offer encouragement and you will find our staff supportive and caring. We want you and your students to be successful and we offer unparalleled support. We will help you via a phone call, email, or Zoom Meeting. It is our goal to make learning fun and engaging!

Reason #5: Sycamore Academy offers complete record keeping. You will receive report cards, transcripts, diplomas, evaluations, course summaries, transcript evaluations, and complete curriculum. We do the paperwork so you can experience the real joy of homeschooling your children!
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Reason #3: Sycamore Academy teachers meet with students daily to answer questions and present lessons. These classes meet via Zoom Meeting. The classes are small and highly successful. Although, the classes are optional, we have found that most students progress more quickly by attending classes and receiving additional help. 
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Reason #2: The program can be used independently by the students. The parents can oversee the curriculum and daily lessons; however, there is no need for lesson plans or keeping grades. The lessons come with due dates and are laid out so that the child self-paces through the lessons in 180 days. You receive monthly reports showing the progress and grades of each subject and a report card at the end of each semester.  Also, Sycamore Academy keeps the records, so you no longer have to keep boxes of work to show your child’s progress. 
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