Ditch Grade Levels Teach Mastery

This workshop was taught in the 2016 Ultimate Homeschool Bootcamp, which aired April 5-16, 2016.  The Bootcamp has ended, please check our current events for more like this!

Ditch Grade Levels - Teach Mastery!  If you really want to give your child an academic advantage, then stepping outside the paradigm of grade levels is the best way to leverage that.

We will use two subjects - math and language arts - to demonstrate how to customize an education for your child which focuses on mastery rather than grade levels. We will talk about how to get mastery on the records so that you are still complying with your local homeschool requirements of "180 days". You can leverage this with or without any curriculum, for any child. Special needs, gifted, and "regular" kids all benefit from this method - you will never say "my child is behind" again!

More about Dianne McLean:

Dianne McLean

Dianne has been homeschooling since 2003. She has worked with thousands of homeschoolers and hundreds of homeschool groups to pioneer social activities, help form group policies with leaders, and participated in issues which affect the homeschool community as a whole. Her approach is always practical and effective. She also specializes in working with middle to high school level groups to help prepare for college entry and is familiar with the latest developments of Common Core and how it is affecting future college students. She directs a national support organization, Home Education Council of America; and has developed numerous other websites to help home educators in their efforts. Dianne has been leading online seminars, webinars, and classes online in an innovative online setting to offer live interaction no matter where you live in the world. You can connect with her at Home Education Council of America.


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Amanda C says

Hi Dianne,

I looked for the Math pdfs you showed during the "Mastery" talk under the member toolbox and did not find a link. Did you say this would be available to basic members during the conference? I am having to watch 90% of the speakers on replay because my much older computer and tablet has a very choppy live feed. A few live sessions have come in adequately. I hope I did not miss out on the resourse because I wasn't live.

I am enjoying this conference so much and am so thankfull for all you are doing, and for providing this free resource. My children are 8 months and 3, so I am not ready for the upgrade yet, but I anticipate a long relationship with you and HECOA through the coming years and eventually will plan to upgrade! You are making huge life changes for the people you are serving through these broadcasts. This is truly an amazing ministry and bussiness!

Sincere thanks!

Amanda Clark

"Formosa Rosalita"

    HECOA says

    The PDF's were not available prior to the presentation, but I did take them from the slides and have now uploaded them for Plus members to download.  The lists are there for the Basic members, but not as a download.

Karen Taylor says

Thank you, Dianne. This has been very helpful for my special needs son. I appreciate all you offered during the Boot Camp!

Rachael ward says

Very eye-opening presentation! Thanks for sharing your experiences and insights. I'm looking forward to calling our community college to begin learning how my almost 15 year old could take algebra there. One concern I have is whether or not the credit would transfer to the university she hopes to get into (BYU). This will take some research. If you have any helpful counsel on making sure credits transfer let me know.

Thanks so much for all you do,

Rachael Ward

    HECOA says

    The best advice I can give you on whether or not credits will transfer – is to not take anyone’s advice!  Every person’s experience is different and is generally based on a single user experience.  Your best assurance would be to get the course code for the Algebra class from your community college, then CALL the university admissions office and ask them if they will accept the college credits as transfer credits.  A simple phone call makes all the difference and there is no guessing.

      Rachael ward says

      Thanks for the input. That’s definitely research we want to do before taking any college level classes.

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