i have trouble telling the difference from things not to put in a paragraph on a test i had recently i had a paragraph like this

Our family feels that homeschooling offers us many adcantages and challenges. Because my parents wanted to be more involved with what we were learning, they decided to homeschool my brother, my sister, and me. My mother helps us organize our lessons. She thinks of interesting ways to help us learn our material. We are able to work at our own pace, and because of this, we feel we do better. In addition to our courses from our homeschooling program, we try to treat everyday as a learning experience. We take field trips to museums and historical places in our state. We watch special documentaries on wild life and science on television. We feel very lucky to have such a diverse and interesting education.

The directions say to take out the sentences or phrases that do not connect to the main idea. But i have a hard time finding the main idea. It seems to me like there is alot of possible main ideas and i dont know how to choose one someone help
On first reading, it seemed to me that everything connected to the main idea.

But as I continued, I took the approach that the first sentence is usually the "topic" sentence, and that would limit us to "advantages and challenges." There may or may not be an implied point that these would be advantages and challenges not available to you in traditional public or private schools. Only the "own pace" idea seems clearly unavailable in traditional schools, and there are exceptions to that.

You might say that the second sentence presents a totally different reason for homeschooling: "Because my parents wanted to be more involved."

The following two sentences about your mother could be considered off topic for the same reason.

It's hard to know where to draw the line. As you start throwing things out, you find yourself on a slippery slope. It's a difficult exercise.

BTW, Vash, Welcome to the Forums! I wish your first reply could have been more satisfying.
Vash6391i have trouble telling the difference from things not to put in a paragraph on a test i had recently i had a paragraph like this

Our family feels that homeschooling offers us many adcantages and challenges. Because my parents wanted to be more involved with what we were learning, they decided to homeschool my brother, my sister, and me. My mother helps us organize our lessons. She thinks of interesting ways to help us learn our material. We are able to work at our own pace, and because of this, we feel we do better. In addition to our courses from our homeschooling program, we try to treat everyday as a learning experience. We take field trips to museums and historical places in our state. We watch special documentaries on wild life and science on television. We feel very lucky to have such a diverse and interesting education.

The directions say to take out the sentences or phrases that do not connect to the main idea. But i have a hard time finding the main idea. It seems to me like there is alot of possible main ideas and i dont know how to choose one someone help
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Avangi
You might say that the second sentence presents a totally different reason for homeschooling: "Because my parents wanted to be more involved."

The following two sentences about your mother could be considered off topic for the same reason.

It's hard to know where to draw the line. As you start throwing things out, you find yourself on a slippery slope. It's a difficult exercise.

yea that is exactly whats messing me up i dont know which sentence to use as the "topic" sentence

and thank you for the welcome
My opinion is that it should always be the first sentence in the paragraph. I haven't thought about this in years, and I can't think offhand what an exception would be. So for an exercise in a course, you'd best stick with the first sentence.

That's about the only basis you have on which to decide if an idea belongs in the paragraph. Ask youself if it supports the topic as presented in the first sentence.
Avangi
My opinion is that it should always be the first sentence in the paragraph. I haven't thought about this in years, and I can't think offhand what an exception would be. So for an exercise in a course, you'd best stick with the first sentence.

That's about the only basis you have on which to decide if an idea belongs in the paragraph. Ask youself if it supports the topic as presented in the first sentence.

yea that makes the most sense
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