Rosetta Stone Homeschool Language Learning for Middle & High School

I learned a long time ago that as a homeschool parent I don’t personally have to teach my children every subject.  Sometimes, it’s a better option to do some research and find a resource that will be a great fit for our family.  This has never been more true than when my son had a unique homeschool language learning request — he wanted to learn the Russian language!

As a homeschool parent I don’t personally have to teach my children every subject.  Sometimes, it’s a better option to find a resource to use instead.  This has never been more true than when my teenage son had a unique homeschool foreign language learning request — he wanted to learn the Russian language! It was Rosetta Stone Homeschool Program for Middle School and High School to the rescue. They have great activities to help your home school classroom.

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Obviously, even attempting to teach this subject was something I was never going to be able to pull off on my own.  Thankfully the Rosetta Stone Language Learning for Homeschool program came to my rescue.

With this unique program my son has been able to explore his homeschool language learning study independently and I have been given tools to help monitor his progress.

Homeschool Language Learning for Middle & High School Students

Learning Can Happen Anywhere and Anytime

As my children have moved into the middle and high school years they have tried several different foreign language learning programs.  We have not had access to local in-person class options therefore they have enjoyed using various online, software, and/or DVD based programs.

We really like that the Rosetta Stone Language Learning for Homeschool software downloads directly to our child’s computer.  My kids a desktop computer but if you download the software onto a laptop your child can use the program anywhere because you don’t even need an internet connection to be able to use it.

A headset with microphone is included, but if your child already has a headset (yes, my kids already have one they like for their video games) they can use their own. There is also an Audio Companion with activities (in MP3 format) that my son has downloaded and can listen to anytime.

Learning Happens at Your Own Pace

My kids have taken other programs that claim to be self-paced but really werent, and that has caused some frustration.  Because this program is downloaded onto your computer students do work independently and students can completely work at their own pace.  Or at least at the pace I established with the use of the lesson plans created with the Parent’s Guide!

Real-Life Language Learning

My teen especially likes that Rosetta Stone programs help students build language skills that are practical and help with every day conversations.  Workbooks and memorization have never worked well for us and that is why this program appeals to us — it doesn’t require any of that!

My son has been able to quickly build language skills by seeing images and phrases on the screen and then listening to and repeating after native speakers.  He has quickly built his skills by working through different activities that focus on pronunciation, learning individual words, practicing phrases, and building up to short conversations.

To see if this type of approach would work for your child you can check out FREE DEMOs of some of the most popular homeschool language learning options available with Rosetta Stone.

Homeschool Language Learning with Rosetta Stone - Education Possible

Benefits for Parents of Rosetta Stone Language Learning for Homeschool

Hard-to-find Languages

As I looked through the program offerings I was happy to see that Rosetta Stone offers many language options that homeschool students might be interested in learning, but may not be easy to find through other programs.  They offer language learning for Arabic, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, and more.

Multiple Levels of Instruction

I appreciate that Rosetta Stone has created a flexible program for homeschool students.  The Rosetta Stone Language Learning for Homeschool programs include different learning levels that students can progress through.  My son really enjoys studying history and has been focusing on Russian history for the past year.  He wasn’t looking for a full credit foreign language course, rather just an introduction to the language, so working through Level 1 was a nice way to explore the topic.

It is important to note that parents can purchase curriculum at just the basic level as an introduction to the language and/or purchase multiple levels to help students learn more in-depth conversational topics. Depending on the language there can be from 1-5 levels available. Each level includes approximately 50 hours of instruction and I know families that have used this for high school level credit.

Tools for Parents

Each language curriculum offers lesson planning and student monitoring tools to make a parent’s job of tracking progress very easy. There is also a nice Chat feature on the website that I have used several times to get immediate answers to my questions.  As a blogger and homeschool parent I also like that Rosetta Stone also offers ongoing information and encouragement to homeschool families on a variety of topics through their blog and newsletter.

As a homeschool parent I don’t personally have to teach my children every subject.  Sometimes, it’s a better option to find a resource to use instead.  This has never been more true than when my teenage son had a unique homeschool foreign language learning request — he wanted to learn the Russian language! It was Rosetta Stone Homeschool Program for Middle School and High School to the rescue. They have great activities to help your home school classroom.

If you are looking for a flexible homeschool language learning program for your middle school or high school student Rosetta Stone Language Learning for Homeschool  might be a great solution for your family too!

 

5 Books that Inspired Walt Disney Movies

We talk about Disney a lot here at Education Possible, so it’s probably no surprise that we decided to add books that inspired Walt Disney movies to our 2016 Reading Adventure.

We talk about Disney a lot here at Education Possible, so it's probably no surprise that we decided to add books that inspired Walt Disney movies to our 2016 Reading Adventure for tweens/teens. We discovered that like most books that eventually become movies, many of the Disney movies are quite different from the original stories. Our middle and high schoolers LOVED discussing the similarities and differences with each other.

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If you’re like our family, there are few Walt Disney movies that you haven’t seen. A couple of years ago, we realized that although we had seen almost every Disney movie, we hadn’t read too many of the books that the movies were based on. So, we decided to add a bunch of them to our book club list.

We discovered that like most books that eventually become movies, many of the Disney movies are quite different from the original stories. Our tweens LOVED discussing the similarities and differences with each other.

Has Your Tween/Teen Read These Books That Became Disney Movies?

Aladdin and Other Tales from the Arabian Nights retold by N. J. Dawood

These eleven exotic tales, have been passed down for generations. Aladdin, one of the short stories included, focuses on a poor boy, a devious magician, and a powerful genie.

Aladdin meets a magician, who promises him great wealth. All he has to do is head into a dark and dangerous cave to obtain an oil lamp. He does grab the lamp, but keeps it for himself. He and his mother rub the lamp to release a genie, who grants them many wishes.

Aladdin is finally wealthy, but far from satisfied. His greed pushes him to demand more and more. Although his is ultimately very lucky, Aladdin’s unchecked desires negatively impact others, as well as landing him in plenty of trouble.

 

5 Books that Inspired Walt Disney Movies

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

Alice, tired of sitting, reading her storybook, decides instead to follow a white rabbit down into his rabbit hole. Once underground, she is lead into a strange, yet magical world where she meets one crazy creature after another.

Within these pages, readers will discover many of their favorite characters: The Queen of Hearts, Tweedledum, and Tweedledee, the Cheshire Cat, Mock Turtle, as well the Mad Hatter.

5 Books that Inspired Walt Disney Movies

The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford

While staying with a family friend, three house pets (a Labrador retriever, bull terrier and a Siamese cat) decide to head back to their home together, despite the fact that they’re miles away. They cross the Canadian wilderness, using their instincts, and relying on each other, while encountering many trials along the way.

Will they overcome possible starvation, wild creatures, and harsh elements and find their way back home safely?

5 Books that Inspired Walt Disney Movies

The Rescuers by Margery Sharp

By all appearances, Miss Bianca is a pampered mouse, living a life of luxury. She seems like an odd choice to send on a challenging and possibly dangerous mission. However, she is the one chosen and she sets off to rescue a Norwegian poet held captive in the Black Castle.

Along the way she teams up with Nils, a very brave mouse, and Bernard, who becomes a very faithful companion.

Will they survive rough seas, mean cats, and perilous tasks to save the poet as well as themselves?

5 Books that Inspired Walt Disney Movies

The Swiss Family Robinson by Johann D. Wyss

This story introduces us to the Robinson family – father, mother, and four sons, who are all shipwrecked together on a remote island. Using the multitude of items saved from the wreck, as well as what they find on the island, they work together to build a new life for themselves.

5 Books that Inspired Walt Disney Movies

Hopefully through this list, you’ve found some new stories for your young teen this month.

Which book is your middle schooler excited to read first?

Aside from the above books that became Disney movies, check out all of our other Reading Adventure choices.

We talk about Disney a lot here at Education Possible, so it's probably no surprise that we decided to add books that inspired Walt Disney movies to our 2016 Reading Adventure for tweens/teens. We discovered that like most books that eventually become movies, many of the Disney movies are quite different from the original stories. Our middle and high schoolers LOVED discussing the similarities and differences with each other.

Would you like a Reading Log, Book Report Form and Discussion Questions to go along with this month’s Reading Adventure choices? Just join our 2016 Reading Adventure group.

Already a part of our reading group? We’ll be sending your goodies right to your email, so keep your eye out.

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These 5 Exciting Adventure Books Will Delight Middle Schoolers

Who’s ready for some adventure?

Hopefully your young teen is because this month we are reading some awesome adventure books as part of our 2016 Reading Adventure.

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

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When kids read adventure stories, they’re transported to far off lands, engrossed in action and intrigue, riding never ending twists and turns, constantly sidestepping disaster, while usually enjoying every minute.

It’s no wonder that many middle schoolers willingly choose to read stories of adventure.

Adventure Books Young Teens Will Want to Read

Phileas Fogg bets a small fortune on the fact that he can circumnavigate the globe in just 80 days. As this book is set in the Victorian era, this is no small feat. To make the trip even more difficult, a detective follows him and purposefully places obstacles in his path.

Readers will find themselves whisked away to exotic locations, caught in a multitude of adventures, while constantly wondering if Phileas will in fact win his bet.

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

Mafatu lives on the island of Hikueru, where the sea is part of life and courage is valued above all else. Unfortunately, Mafatu is terrified of the ocean and this fear has made him an outsider among his people. One day, after turning 15, Mafatu has had enough and decides to put an end to his fear of the sea. He heads out, alone, into the ocean.

His adventure does not go as planned and soon he is swept away, left without any provisions. He makes it to another island, but must find a way to survive on his own.

Through this adventure novel, kids will learn what it means to face your fears.

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

Thanks the popular movie, everyone knows the story of Charlie Bucket. But if your young teen hasn’t read the book yet, now’s the time. Although quite similar to the film, the book is told from Charlie’s point of view. Readers will encounter all of their favorite characters – Willy Wonka, Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Violet Beauregarde, Mike Teavee, and the Oompa-Loompas while reading this rich fantasy adventure.

By the end, kids will learn what it means to have a pure heart and to never give up on your dreams – they might just come true.

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

  • Peak by Roland Smith

Peak Marcello is caught climbing a New York skyscraper and given a life changing ultimatum – spend the rest of his youth in Juvenile Detention or go live with his estranged father in Thailand, where he runs a climbing company. Is his father’s interest in him pure or is he using him to further his own agenda? As for Peak, whose passion for climbing is clear, will it even matter when he is given the opportunity to scale Mount Everest?

Teens will love this action packed adventure.

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

Who was Peter and how did he become the childhood favorite Peter Pan? This is that story.

Stuck on the Never Land, a ship carrying him toward a life of cruelty and servitude, orphan boy Peter befriends Molly and learns her greatest secret – that she and her father are starcatchers. They are at sea to protect this precious cargo. Along the journey Peter encounters Black Stache as well as others who will stop at nothing to get their hands on the startstuff.

Pirates, sea battles, devilish mermaids, and pixie dust, what’s not to love?

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

Hopefully through this list, you’ve found some new stories to introduce to your young teen this month.

Aside from these adventure stories, check out these Newbery Medal winnersclassic titles that will challenge teens, inspiring biographies, and personal growth books that are appropriate for tweens & teens.

Capture your child's imagination with adventure books for teens. These novels deserve a spot on all junior high reading lists. My middle schoolers can't wait to read #4! Young Teen Reading Adventure

Would you like a Reading Log, Book Report Form and Discussion Questions to go along with this month’s Reading Adventure choices? Just join our 2016 Reading Adventure group.

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What is your middle schooler’s favorite adventure story?

5 Outstanding Newbery Award Winners for Tweens & Teens

Now that’s is May, it’s time for another stop along our 2016 Reading Adventure. Over the next four weeks, we’re going to be reading some amazing books – Newbery Award winners.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

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Every year, the American Library Association awards the Newbery Medal to the most distinguished American children’s book that was published during the previous year. It was the first children’s book award, beginning in 1922 with The Story of Mankind by Hendrik Willem van Loon.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your student will find a title that interests them. In fact, my oldest daughter is on a quest to read as many of the winners as possible.

Whether your middle schooler likes to read or not, choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Personally, I would start with some of the more recent books as some of the older titles may contain some outdated language and beliefs.

Or start with these five. They are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for tweens and teens.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

Newbery Award Books for Middle School Students

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

When Claudia runs away from home, she doesn’t just go anywhere, she runs to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, bringing her brother, Jamie, along with her. While hiding in the museum, they become captivated by an angel statue and the mystery surrounding it and it’s previous owner, Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. What a grand adventure readers are taken on!

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

1967 Newbery Medal winner.

The Giver by Lois Lowry

What exactly is an ideal world? That’s a question kids will ponder as they read this novel. When Jonas becomes the new Receiver of Memory, he discovers the truth about his community. Truth that the leaders want to stay hidden. He is soon faced with the fact that pain, disappointment, anger, and murder exist in the world, just not where he lives and he must make a choice that could change everything.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

1994 Newbery Medal winner.

Holes by Louis Sachar

Stanley finds himself sent to Camp Green Lake (a boy’s detention center) for a crime he didn’t commit. Once there, he realizes this is not the camp he was expecting. Instead of character building through swimming and interesting activities, the boys spend their days digging big holes. But what exactly are they looking for?

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

1999 Newbery Medal winner.

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

Within the Pacific Ocean, there is an island that was once permanently inhabited by a tribe of Indians. Russian fur traders found the island and came frequently to stock up on animal pelts. One day, the tribe leaves the island, but Karana ends up jumping off the boat when she realized her brother has been left behind. Surviving on a remote island by yourself requires tenacity, courage, and creativity. Luckily, Karana has all three.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

1961 Newbery Medal winner.

Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool

Abilene Tucker has been sent away by her father to live with a friend of his in Manifest, Kansas. Although her father has told her many fascinating tales about the town, she is quite disappointed when her imagination doesn’t match reality. However, when she is suddenly thrust into the middle of an old mystery and works with some new friends to find a spy, she realizes there is more to this sleepy town than she first realized.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

2011 Newbery Medal winner.

Newbery Award winners encompass a wide variety of genres, so chances are that your tween/teen will find a title that interests them. Choosing a couple of books that won this award over the past decades is a quick way to find some quality literature. Start with this guide. The books listed are full of action, adventure, and personal choices. Perfect for middle school.

Aside from these Newbery Medal winners, check out these classic titles that will challenge teens, inspiring biographies, and personal growth books that are appropriate for tweens & teens.

Would you like a Reading Log, Book Report Form and Discussion Questions to go along with this month’s Reading Adventure choices? Just join our 2016 Reading Adventure group.

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What is your teen’s favorite Newbery Medal winner?

 

The Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature

During the middle school years students will begin to ask more questions and think critically about the information they are learning.

This is the perfect time to introduce children to classic literature and a variety of literary genres. It is also a great time to encourage students to have conversations about the books and stories they are reading.

Since our children were young we have coordinated a Book Club so they can explore works of literature with their friends.  By engaging in discussions and hands-on learning activities they have developed a love of reading and sharing great books with their friends.

We have a fondness for great literature, so we gathered a number of wonderful resources here in our Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature. Wide variety of reading genres, perfect for teens. Homeschool book club ideas and activities too. Get tweens and teens talking about books and world views. Classic books, fantasy, adventure, biographies, personal growth, etc.

Because of our fondness for great literature we have gathered a number of wonderful resources to share with you our Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature:

Book Lists

5 Contemporary Novels Middle Schoolers Will Enjoy

5 Interesting Biographies to Inspire Preteens

Challenge Middle Schoolers with these 5 Excellent Classics

Fantastic Adventures Await Young Teens in these 5 Books

52 Story Books for Middle Schoolers in A Year

50+ Books for a 5th Grader who Loves to Read

50+ Books for a 6th Grader Who Loves to Read

60+ Books for a 7th Grader Who Loves to Read

45 Books for an 8th Grader Who Loves to Read

40 Fiction Books for Boys

40 MORE Books for Boys

Middle School Series Books Summer Reading List ~ FREE PRINTABLE

17 Living Books about the World Wars for Middle School Kids

Free Classics List by Grade Level

We have a fondness for great literature, so we gathered a number of wonderful resources here in our Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature. Wide variety of reading genres, perfect for teens. Homeschool book club ideas and activities too. Get tweens and teens talking about books and world views. Classic books, fantasy, adventure, biographies, personal growth, etc.

Middle School Literature Hands-on Activities

Literature Learning Activities for Middle School – Link up

A Book and a Movie: Mary Poppins

Kingdom Keepers Quests at Disney’s Magic Kingdom

The Secret Garden – Book Study & Activities

Around the World in 80 Days – Book Study & Activities

Peter Pan – Learning Activities

Literature Lessons from Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Amos Fortune: Literature Project – After reading Amos Fortune, assign this simple project to help your middle schooler learn to analyze the themes from the book.

Black Cauldron movie night

Johnny Tremain book and a movie

Book and a Movie: Pictures of Hollis Woods

Island of the Blue Dolphins Learning Activities

The Secret Garden – Make Your Own Terrarium [FREE Printable]

The Hunchback of Notre Dame – Simple Stained Glass Activity

Pinocchio – Make Your Own Marionettes

Mapping Fogg’s Trip Around the World in Eighty Days

Fun Family Activities for Swiss Family Robinson

We have a fondness for great literature, so we gathered a number of wonderful resources here in our Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature. Wide variety of reading genres, perfect for teens. Homeschool book club ideas and activities too. Get tweens and teens talking about books and world views. Classic books, fantasy, adventure, biographies, personal growth, etc.

Book Clubs and Discussion Starters

Teen Book Club Ideas: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

Teen Book Club Ideas: The Indian in the Cupboard

Teen Book Club Ideas: The Red Badge of Courage

Teen Book Club Ideas: The Giver

Teen Book Club Made Easy with Dover Study Guides: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Learning with Other Families: Start a Middle School Book Club

Bibliovores: The Candymakers

Bibliovores: The Castle Corona

Bibliovores: Padding at Large

Bibliovores: Hitty, Her First Hundred Years

Bibliovores: Summer of the Monkeys

Bibliovores: The One and Only Ivan

Bibliovores: Hailstones and Halibut Bones

Bibliovores: George Muller

The How To’s For Book Clubs: Example of a Teen Themed Book Club

We have a fondness for great literature, so we gathered a number of wonderful resources here in our Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature. Wide variety of reading genres, perfect for teens. Homeschool book club ideas and activities too. Get tweens and teens talking about books and world views. Classic books, fantasy, adventure, biographies, personal growth, etc.

Middle School Literature Resources, Printables, and More

How to Make the Best Teen Summer Reading List (FREE Printable)

40 Free Literature Resources Students Will Flip For

How To Teach Shakespeare (Even When You Think You Aren’t a Fan)

Bringing Classic Literature to Life with Unit Studies

Meeting American Girl Author Valerie Tripp

Tools for Homeschooling Middle School: Teaching Language Arts & Literature

Which Biography Series is Right for Your Middle School Student?

Biography Report Form/Organizer [FREE Printable]

Using Picture Books to Teach Writing Styles – Using picture books to teach writing styles is a series of posts that use children’s literature as mentor texts for teaching middle school students how to write persuasive essays, narratives, biographies and more.

Living Literature Top 10 Index – This living literature list includes topics ranging from character training to science, and everything in between.

Creating a Themed Literature Unit for Middle School

Why You Should Track Teen Reading

Above & Beyond Five in a Row for Middle School

We have a fondness for great literature, so we gathered a number of wonderful resources here in our Ultimate Guide to Middle School Literature. Wide variety of reading genres, perfect for teens. Homeschool book club ideas and activities too. Get tweens and teens talking about books and world views. Classic books, fantasy, adventure, biographies, personal growth, etc.

Looking for more great learning resources?  Our friends at iHomeschool Network have created a number of very helpful Ultimate Guides to help with your homeschool journey.  Be sure to check them out today!

iHomeschooling Network Ultimate Guides