• August 18, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images12

    You’ve done it! You’ve made the choice to homeschool your children. But now what? There are different methods of homeschooling: school-at-home, Charlotte Mason, classical, and unschooling, to name a few. If you unschool are you really homeschooling, or is it something else entirely?

    Unschooling, as it’s often called, is one alternative to public school and even homeschooling. Also known as natural learning, independent learning, or child-led learning, unschooling is an approach that flies in the face of traditional thought when it comes to educating your child. So what exactly is unschooling, and how does it differ from homeschooling?

    The biggest difference between unschooling and homeschooling is in the mindset. Where homeschooling is basically concerned with your child learning what it normally taught in public schools, unschoolers have a completely different way of looking at their children and at life. Unschooling is based on mutual trust between parent and child and in finding what works best for them.

    Homeschoolers might choose to use a specific curriculum as a base for their teaching. Unschoolers, however, may not even use a pre-planned curriculum at all. Unschoolers believe that children learn at all times, and that what they need to learn doesn’t necessarily have to come out of a set curriculum.

    Another term for unschooling is delight-driven. It’s not that a child is given complete freedom from learning; it means that the child is allowed to learn the things that interest them instead of what an institution says they should know. Most often those who unschool learn those things that they will be using in life rather than just what is in a book.

    It may seem to an outsider looking in that an unschooler isn’t actually doing school work at all. In fact, unschoolers believe that living life is the best education a child can get, so they aren’t quite as concerned about what others think. Of course, if you live in a state that has more requirements for homeschoolers, it might seem a little daunting to prove that actual learning is taking place.

    Since homeschooling can take on so many faces, it seems that unschooling fits right in after all. All homeschooling parents want the opportunity for their children to learn in an environment where they are encouraged to grow, develop, and flourish. What better way than to allow your child to learn the things that interest them? In doing so, they’ll pick up the things that traditional education believes they need to know.

  • August 8, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images17

    Public schools are not always adapted to the needs of every child, which is why many parents are choosing homeschooling instead. Homeschooling may not be as simple as you think. This piece includes key material if you are considering homeschooling.

    Keep crafting materials on hand in your homeschooling area. If you are homeschooling two children, one child can do an independent crafting project while you teach the other his lesson. Encourage your children to be creative and to use the supplies to create something related to the last lesson you went over. It is a great way to learn.rn.

    Homeschooling gives your child many unique benefits that aren’t possible in the typical school setting. However, if you want to make sure that your education is keeping your child in line or ahead of their peers, you may want to take part in the standardized testing your state offers. If your child tests below average, you may want to hire outside help to teach them that subject.

    Educate yourself on homeschooling laws. Homeschooling rules change in different states, so you need to know what you are required to abide by. For example, some states require standardized testing, while other states do not require such testing. Some states force homeschool parents to register as private schools.

    Be sure to be thoroughly prepared prior to embarking on the process of homeschooling. Set a workable schedule and use teaching methods that work for your child’s learning style.

    Older children should be helping younger children at all times. If there are children who are older or who are more advanced in their education, you can let them help the younger kids. You will help the older child build confidence and allow the younger to learn in and different way. They might be able to relate better.

    Plan your family meals well in advance to ease the stress of meal prep during the school day. You can cook in bulk and freeze your meals to serve at a future date. Cooking ahead of time is a good way to remain focused on the lessons of the day. Experiment with different schedules to determine the best course of action.

    Learn what local laws you must follow. Regulations vary from state to state; some require formal registration, while others just require certain testing procedures. Don’t forget to let the school board know your children won’t be attending their schools any longer.

    Get your kids outside! You can use these in a number of ways. Have smaller children collect some leaves. Another teaching opportunity would be identifying different tree species and listing them in a notebook. Older kids might investigate the various species they run across. Allow them to bring a camera so they don’t bother mother nature.

    There are always new things that you can learn, even when you are the teacher. Read more articles and go to workshops and seminars to prepare yourself for homeschooling. This will make sure that your homeschool environment will always be the best for them.

  • August 6, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images7

    Homeschooling can be an expensive choice for parents. There are many expenditures that need to be taken into account and the financial burden can be heavy particularly if only one parent is working.

    However, many families have chosen homeschooling and found the homeschooling experience to be rewarding and fruitful.

    Though homeschooling is expensive, there are some tips that will help you to reduce the cost of homeschooling and help ease your financial problems.

    1. Learning materials

    You can obtain your child’s textbooks and other learning materials easily without necessarily buying them. You can always borrow them from the library. Your local schools may be able to lend them or sell them to you at a cheap price and you can go online and download the educational materials and print it out yourself.

    Visit the homeschooling forums online and just ask where you can ask free or cheap learning materials. You’ll be sure to find some tips.

    2. Educational Field Trips

    Educational trips can mean visits to the local zoo or science center. You can teach your child about animals and plants in your local garden or the local garden community.

    You could teach history by visiting historical sites. You could teach culture by visiting other cultural sites or watching plays etc. All these are usually free or for a cheap price.

    3. Be part of a community

    There should be many local homeschooling communities in your local neighbourhood. By joining these homeschooling communities, you can pool their resources and shared it among the members.

    For example, a homeschooling community can approach the local school and ask for donations for used textbooks, writing materials and other items such as whiteboards, desks and chairs etc.

    Or the homeschooling community can pool their financial resources together and negotiate with a publisher for cheaper prices. Since you have more bargaining power as a community rather than an individual, you stand a greater chance of successfully negotiating a deal with the publisher.

    If you do not have a homeschooling community in your local area, try online homeschooling communities and forums. They offer support and guidance and often free homeschooling resources are available

    I hope I have given you some ideas on how to save money when homeschooling. As long as you are creative, you can find more ways to reduce the cost of homeschooling.

  • August 3, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images3

    So, are you thinking about home schooling your children? Are you skeptical if that is the right thing to do? Do you need information on home schooling and the curriculum for a home school?

    Every parent/guardian goes through the same set of questions when they are exploring home schooling as an option for their children. Like everything else, home schooling too has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, taking an important decision like this is not an easy task for any parent or guardian. They need to check the suitability of home schooling for their children. And they also need to check if they would be able to provide the required dedication for home schooling of their children. Yes, its very true that home schooling is almost like a full time job (rather, more than a full time job).

    Note that, here you are trying to setup a small school for your child (which is by no means a small task). You need information about the home schooling curriculum. You need to fulfill various statutory requirements. And you need to arrange for everything on your own. In such a scenario, you need access to a lot of information and resources that can help you with the task of home schooling your children.

    Children are devoted to learn new things. This hunger for education exists within and outside the school. It is long lasting and it follows the children. Thus, even if they are out of the basic institution for education they can learn a lot.

    Even if you are not enrolled in a university, you can still acquire knowledge. In addition, this learning can be had without traveling much. Yes, you can have same knowledge that other students acquire even when you just stay at home. This system is called home schooling.

    Home schooling, otherwise known as home education, is a curriculum designed for children to study at home. This is in contrary to the usual education offered by an education institution like the parochial or public school.

    When parents feel that complete education can no way be acquired in private or public schools, they resort to home schooling.

    Home schooling is legal in all parts of the United States. However, said laws may differ from one state to another. In fact, home schooling evolves around three categories. They are private school laws, equivalency laws and home education laws. Inquiry must be done first in order to know which of the three laws are suited to you and your children.

  • July 26, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images20

    Some parents may feel uncomfortable sending their kids to public or private schools. This can be for a number of different reasons. Outdated curriculums can persuade parents into believing that homeschooling is their best option. Others object to the nature of subject matter taught to students partly due to religious reasons. Parents who believe that schools are unsafe also opt for homeschooling. In some areas of the country this is indeed a valid reason.

    There are a lot of ‘Pros’ when choosing to homeschool a child. The child can be given individual attention, where statistics show that children schooled at home often fare better in academics. Curriculums given by schools may not benefit every student, hence parents are able to teach their children specific curriculum that can benefit them the most. Hiring tutors is a common way that parents homeschool their kids. Those parents who dont have the time or sufficient knowledge to teach their children should follow this method if they choose homeschooling for their kids.

    Homeschooling provides a great way to improve the bond of family members. Kids might also have some extra time for activities that they enjoy since the time spent on teaching can be shortened through home schooling.Children being homeschooled must acknowledge their situation, because rules set at home might be tougher to be consistent with. However, “Introduction to Homeschooling” includes a detailed section on overcoming common problems that you or your child might face.

    Parents who homeschool their kids may need a lot of help as they are not trained educationalists. Going to public institutions will help provide you with some essential information, however “Introduction to Homeschooling” book offers a list of resources you can check out. Many books and video progams can offer a huge amount of information on homeschooling children. Parents can discuss common problems and seek guidance from those who have understanding and experience on the subject.

    “Introduction to Homeschooling” is an excellent resource for parents/ guardians who want to implement a homeschooling program for their children. This homeschooling information provides the essential processes needed to be carried out when homeschooling a child. It also gives you study planners and timetables so that your child is able to learn on a consistent level.

    Follow the link below and you are now capable of providing your children with the tools and education they need to learn without the many problems that occur in regular schooling conditions.

    >>>>> www.childrenhomeschooling.com

  • July 12, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images3

    In 2007 more than 1.5 million students were homeschooled in the US, according to the United States Department of Education. That’s 37% more children than were homeschooled only four years before.

    Schooling a child at home certainly isn’t for everyone. It requires commitment, determination, and patience. And, if you are the parent of a child with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, this can be an even more challenging decision.

    Nonetheless, homeschooling a special needs child is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. However, although the First and Fourth Amendments do guarantee these rights the state laws for homeschooling a special needs child may be stricter than it is for families of children who do not have special needs.

    Many teachers and school officials try to discourage parents from homeschooling their special needs child. Therefore, it is very important that you educate yourself as fully as possible about your constitutional rights.

    You can find the information you need by doing a search on the Internet for “Home School Legal Defense Association”.

    There are also a number of things you may want to do to determine if homeschooling is your best option.

    – Get familiar with all of the laws in your state and in your school district that pertain to homeschooling.

    – Locate home school support groups. You may want to do an Internet search for “umbrella schools” and “consulting services” that are in your area as well.

    – Find and talk to other people who have home schooled children that have special needs. Ask them what has and has not worked for them.

    – Meet your local school officials and establish a positive, friendly relationship with them. Find out if there are any services that are offered by your local public school.

    – Your state may permit your child to be enrolled in a home school as well as a public school. If this type of enrollment is available, consider if “dual enrollment” would be right for your child.

    How to Ensure Successful Homeschooling

    If you have decided to home school your child there are a number of things that you will have to do in order to ensure your success.

    You must keep accurate and complete records about how your child is progressing and what you are doing to meet your child’s special needs. You will need this documentation if any legal challenges arise regarding your home schooling.

    You should schedule regular evaluations and keep documented records about these evaluations.

    You should get assistance from educational consultants, counselors, therapists, support groups, and whoever else can help you to provide the special needs your child has. If you have any question as to whether or not you need any outside assistance do not even think about it. Get the assistance that you and your child need.

  • July 5, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images4

    Homeschooling as the terms connotes is an educational methodology wherein a child is taught by a parent or a tutor at home. Home schooling is more popular in urbanized countries as another option over private and public schools.

    In the traditional processes, children are taught at school. Home school education on the other hand, gives emphasis on self – paced education and independent learning strategies. Certainly, by adapting this approach, parents are eased that their child are given the best education there is.
    In order to supplement teaching, most parents and tutors make use of home school materials and resources. Without this, the entire experience will eventually fail. Educators can either create their own curriculum program or download pre – planned curriculum online. Starters are recommended to buy completely written curriculum, lesson plans or study guides until the lessons are mastered and got used to home school teaching.

    Most definitely, home school education will require educators to exert effort and dedicate more time in teaching their home schooled child. The parent (as the teacher) should foster good relationship to the child (as the student) and entail motivation and perseverance throughout the whole course. Proper assessment must be carried out in order to tell the productivity of the child. Self – assessment is also important in order to improve the teaching strategies of the educator.

    Home schooling appears to be difficult but rewarding at the same time. It develops family interaction and the family’s closeness is practiced. Another benefit of home schooling your child is it prevents untoward incidents like violence and school related accidents.

    Home schooling has negative effects too. Since the child stays at home most of the time, communication with other people is not practiced. It will also help if the student will be able to get out of the comfort zones of their homes. Through this, the student will acquire a sense of liberty when choosing acquaintances and dealing with life at school on her own. It will also entail self-discipline when waking up early, doing home works and dealing people who disagree with the child’s opinions and interests. All the more, students will be exposed to official academic activities done outside the school such as field trips, museum trips and camping. It will develop a sense of knowing the world that the child is living in. All these mechanism are absent in home school education. All the same, all these learning will also help shape the mind and hearts of student that will be used later on in his/her life.

    When deciding for the child’s education, it is the best to consider the child’s opinion and preference no matter how young the child is. It is recommended that both sides should be explained to the child well to help develop the decision making of the child. All the best must be preferred for the child’s development and his/her future.

  • July 5, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images

    For many parents who have made the decision to home school their children, they have a need for tests, books, worksheets and other math related materials to use while educating their children. There are many resources available to help you with this, both for a fee and for free. For fee based programs Saxon math home school program is for math, and they have additional subjects. As for free home school math materials, there are several access points.

    You can find many resources on a general website search. Another source is your local home schooling support group, if you don’t know where it is, you can do an internet search for it. Home Schooling Association of California has links on their website to provide information, including local support groups. Another source is the agency that regulates the home schooling in your state and/or county. Finally, your local school, may or may not, provide you some resources.

    My choice would be to approach all of these resources and gather as much free home school math materials as possible they use it to evaluate the each other. Your child may respond favorable to some and unfavorably to others. It would be easier to plan and implement your child’s education if all children responded exactly the same to all free home school math materials, and your teach of math. Take the individuality of your child into account and offer some different choices to your child or children.

    In your search for free home school math materials, look for and save items that have humorous methods of teaching math concepts. When you build and write your lesson plans for submission, include some humorous materials, to give your child some additional humor in the teaching of math.

    As part of the free home school math materials you will find, there will be sample lesson plans. You will be required to submit lesson plans for your different subjects, don’t just submit the plans you find, carefully review in light of what you already know about your child’s math abilities. Submission of rote plans will work against you in the long run. Individualized plans that meet the requirements will more easily convince your state of your work in educating your child.

    Many states have been attempting to stop the hemorrhaging of students that has been happening from the public schools to both home schooling and private schools. Unfortunately, those attempts have not included making the schools better or safer. As such, your choice home schooling may be challenged, and the free home school math and other materials will become very important in your plans.

  • June 12, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images21

    One frequent variation on the “how much is too much” question for homeschooling involves high school writing. Specifically, what is a usual, acceptable level of writing to ask your high school students to do?

    Most high school student curriculum seem to have one 5-6 page paper assigned one or two times per year, with some smaller papers in between. In public school, students are generally asked to write one or two papers like that per year. I personally asked my children to write 500-1000 words per week when they were in 11th and 12th grade. That was about 1-2 pages typed and single spaced, most weeks of the year. It wasn’t all “English” because at times the papers were for History, French, or Art.

    This might look like too much to you, but the reason our writing program was successful was because I taught my kids at their level, and I knew how much to push them so they wouldn’t break. That’s why homeschooling works. If you have them write AT THEIR LEVEL, they can learn. If you have them write too much, then they will get irritated, angry, or worse, rebel. I realize that I had my kids write a lot, and I know it was more than most. That’s what my kids did because they were capable, and both ended up being excellent writers. But the reason it was effective wasn’t because of how much I had them write, it was because I asked them to work at their level.

    Trust yourself on that. If you are involved with a writing program, and the requirements are killing you – STOP! You’ll discover that each child in your family could be different, as well. Perhaps if you consider having them write for, say, an hour a day, that would be a more reasonable measure for high school. If you feel that your child is being asked to do too much, then I am 100% confident that it is too much.

    Have them write each day, and have them write different things. Good writing is all about practice, which means that they do need to do some writing every day. But don’t push them so hard that they dislike writing. Keep a “five year plan” in mind, where they have a love of learning at the end of this wonderful homeschooling.

  • June 9, 2017 /  Home Schooling
    images14

    Many parents begin contemplating the alternative of home schooling proper around the time their children are in elementary college. A lot of experts feel that this will be the ideal time to have young children explore the options of this alternative schooling. Students that start to property university at this age also tend to obtain higher academic achievements that little ones in regular schools. These college students are usually three to four grade ranges above their peers.

    One of the questions parents contemplating homeschooling generally ask is how do they get get started with the suitable system to insure that their kids are being challenged correctly? The answer will be the same as with classic education, testing. Testing will show what areas are your child’s strengths and weaknesses. Happily this testing can be conducted appropriate on the internet and the results will aid you opt for the finest residence education curriculum for your requirements.

    Within the elementary university ranges you’ll find a wide range of curriculum to work with. When taking into consideration your customized system now could be a great time to consider your state’s training regulations. Once you know this it will probably be easier to focus on your child’s desires while still fitting in with the state’s requirements.

    The next thing to think about is what you would prefer your child to understand. This might incorporate studying a particular language or perhaps bringing religion into your curriculum would be critical. Whatever it is, take the time to pick the right household college bundle to include all of one’s criteria. Study every household education package deal and make certain you comprehend not just what is included but what kind of teaching strategies will be needed to teach that package.

    I hope this article helps to take you via the process of starting your elementary aged children in a property faculty plan. Not only will your kids reap the benefits of a good schooling designed specifically for their wants but they’ll also be able to understand at their own pace from the comforts of the property.