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## Great Game: Wake the Royalty

This is a great physics-based game for early grade-schoolers. Place a limited number of objects into a scene causing chain reactions that bump into or knock over the king, queen, and prince. Easy to play and fun.

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## Great Book: They Followed a Bright Star

Our family's favorite Christmas book - about the journey of the wise men to Bethlehem.
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## Great Book: Mighter Than the Sword

A book you will love to read with your young son.  Short stories about men who use their brains when they run into trouble, rather than resorting to violence.
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## Grading Formulas

Scholaric allows multiple grading formulas for your student's report card.

The default formula is point weighted.  Using this formula, the score expression you enter defines the weight for each lesson.

For example, a lesson scored as 28/30 would have three times the weight as one scored as 7/10.  The grade average in this case would be 35/40 = 87.5%

If you would like to weigh a lesson more, you can give it more points.  A lesson scored as 70/80 is worth ten times one entered as 7/8.

A reminder - when you enter scores as a percentage, like 75, it is a shortcut for 75/100.  This may carry a more weight than you wish.

Using the menu on the report card, you can also select unweighted formula.  Unweighted counts each lesson as equal.  In our example, the two scores of 93.3% and 70% average out to 81.7%

Unweighted grades are appropriate when you value all lessons about the same.

In some cases, neither of these formulas fit.  For example, in our math program, we have about 100 facts, and a lesson with about 40 problems.  If we use point weighted, the facts are worth two and a half times the lesson and will skew our average.  If we use unweighted, facts are equal to the lesson, which isn't right either.  A third option is time weighted.  This formula weights each lesson by the amount of time allotted to it.

Using time weighted in our above example, lets say the 28/30 takes 15 minutes and the 7/10 takes 45.  The second lesson is now weighted three times the first, and the score becomes 75.8%

Happy Planning
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## Great Book: Wings a Tale of Two Chickens

You'll love reading Wings: A Tale of Two Chickens to your preschooler.  I did.  A cute story and a lesson about the importance of reading.
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