• February 7, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    There are many online home schooling programs available on the internet, and if you want to begin a new home schooling program for yourself, just look at one of the programs on the internet, and you will realize that they provide everything you need for the best education. The children love the multimedia that is part of the program.

    These programs are created by visionary curriculum specialists, educators and technologists. They have together developed online home schooling programs, which otherwise families attempt to do alone. Now, online home schooling has become less difficult, and parents can boast of having more time with their children. If it is successful at the first stage, the children can subsequently be put through online high school home schooling.

    When an online home schooling program is developed, this opens doors for some parents to give their children with a good quality education. The curriculum is often based on multimedia material. You will find sometimes around 150 courses offered, right from the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic to the modern home school courses such as web design and crime scene investigation. Such courses make use of interactive online activities like puzzles, games and research projects. Otherwise, the main ways of teaching are through video, audio and offline textbooks.

    For Students

    The most important advantage of an online home schooling program is the freedom which the students get, since they are able to work through the courses at their own pace. In this way learning disabilities or fast learners co-exist without any problems of grade levels. There is no memorizing at all, as the students get the info that they learn. There aren’t any tests to be passed; it is all about enriching the minds of the students with wisdom and truth.

    For Parents

    This pattern of the online home schooling program is loved by parents since they have total control and overview of what their children study. The learning environment doesn’t have peer pressure, negative influences and several other dangers. These solutions are completely led by parents for today’s home schooler.

    Numerous academies have independent resource centers for home schoolers in kindergarten right up to the 12th grade. Home school curriculum is delivered online and involves the material that is necessary to learn. Everything runs perfectly and smoothly on modem-speed online connections and also high-speed broadband lines. Therefore, the online home schooling program shows an improvement of the skills of the student in participating the program, but also an activity of learning for every parent who stands by his child during the program.

  • February 6, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    A lot of research has been done to proof that homeschooled childrens academic achievements are better than that of learners in public schools.

    There is, on the other hand, very little research available to proof arguments against homeschooling.

    Certain questions that were raised by experts in the education field can, however, not be ignored.

    Regulation of homeschooling seems to lack dismally in most states of the USA. The parent has the freedom to teach any curriculum and some even work without a specific curriculum.

    Marty Hittelman, the president of the California Federation for teachers, has a problem with the stringent standards, evaluation and training teachers are subjected to, in public schools, compared to homeschooling parents that are not expected to undergo training or any form of standardized evaluation.

    According to the California Federation for Teachers, there are also no standards or specific exit exams imposed on homeschooling students, in the California region. This seems to be the rule rather than the exceptions in most of the states. Even though these arguments proof some problems regarding the control of homeschooling by the state, it is necessary to mention that regardless of this, most children being homeschooled still have much higher grades than most of their peers in public schools.

    Further than these specific negatives been pointed out regarding the regulations by the state, the rest of the opposing arguments against homeschooling are just arguments and there is no research available to proof the validity of these arguments.

    Many of these arguments point to possible problems, that any parent considering homeschooling should definitely be aware of.

    Most of the arguments against homeschooling rather has to do with the ability of the family to provide the correct homeschooling opposed to definite research that homeschooling is wrong for everybody.

    There is no argument against the fact that there are many challenges for homeschooling parents and children. Before homeschooling can be successful and be of more benefit to the child than public schooling, the parents will have to realize and overcome these challenges.

  • February 4, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    A wise man once said, “We can teach our children to have courage, faith, and endurance and show them how to learn, and they can teach us to laugh, to sing, and to love.” In other words, each family member has valuable lessons to teach the family.

    When a family homeschools, this reciprocal relationship is magnified. Homeschooling participants are affected by more than just the person who sit at the homeschool table. All generations create and reinforce the bond between family members. Home schooling families spend their time laughing, learning, playing and living with each other 24/7.

    You can choose the best curriculum to promote an intrinsic love of lifelong learning. The homeschool curriculum is flexible. The parameters are determined by the best teachers available, the parents, who know and love their children.

    Learning never stops in the homeschool environment. The parents are not just lecturers or observers. They are active participants who expand, explain and encourage their children to be inquisitive and explore the specific areas that interest them without the constraints of arbitrary rules set up by an outside source.

    Another benefit to homeschooling is that the parents model and reinforce valuable behavior and deemphasize undesirable behavior in a natural manner.

    Historically several generations lived in the same home. Everyone benefited from this multi-generational living arrangement, coming away with valuable lessons that cannot be taught in a book. Plus most of the time there was the added advantage of the multi-grade/level schoolhouse for the formal education.

    Presently we often put the older generation in nursing homes when they get too bothersome (only to visit them on holidays), and we settle for a failing public school system that has been tasked with being everything to everyone but alienates most participants.

    Homeschooling is the best of both worlds. It’s good for both the family and for your children’s education.

    The benefits of home schooling are limitless. As a parent who homeschooled three children, I feel that homeschooling is the greatest gift a parent can give their child. Try it. Youll like it!

  • January 27, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    What is Seton Homeschooling? It’s hard to keep up with the wide variety of the “movements” confounded with the ever-growing public of families who are making the jump into homeschooling their young people. Some are interlocked with certain dogmas, some are involved with non-religious reasons, and some are just there.

    Seton Homeschooling is one of the types of homeschooling that is confounded with a system of belief. Seton Homeschooling is a very leading form of Catholic Homeschooling that was established by Dr. Anne Carroll. As is without difference with of all sorts of categories of homeschooling, Seton has its roots in a physical junior high school that was aimed to give moms a backup to society education. In addition, as is in many instances the case, this middle school takeoff fondness and there are more and more families who solicit their kids to come to this kindergarten, so the junior high school develops homeschooling information. This is exactly what took place with Seton Homeschooling.

    As you very cleverly may appreciate, private schools, such as Seton Junior School, had extremely high tuition and the youngsters were separated from their families at a young age to live on the campus and come the school. As Seton began to gain acceptance and their Catholic and academic reputation accelerated, there were very many requests from parents who required their kids to make obligatory classes by correspondence. Seton began making the core curriculum attainable and now these days they sign up about 10,000 students into their schools and several thousand greater through homeschooling school kids.

    Seton believes that homeschoolers anymore are the leaders tomorrow and offers Catholic general studies for grades middle school through twelve. Their curriculum places a fancy value on creating the juvenile’s Catholic allegiance as nimbly as emphasizing works of Western Civilization. It is worth your time to look deeper into this systematic Catholic method for home schooling.

  • January 5, 2018 /  Home Schooling
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    Moms who are home makers will have ample time at home after completing the regular or routine household chores. Parents can be the best teachers for their kids as they know what is best for their children. Home schooling becomes easy when parents know what their children are interested in and the kind of skills or abilities they possess. It’s easy for kids to explore their talents at an early stage and spend more time on developing their skills. Parents can motivate their kids to excel in academics as well as other areas such as music, arts, sports, cooking, painting, stitching and so on. There are no hard-core rules to be followed like that of a private or public school.

    Various Home schooling methodshave been successful in the past and the same can be applied in today’s way of teaching children at home. Earlier, children had access only to textbooks and notebooks as learning cum reference materials whereas in the modern era, with the simplification of technology, children can learn with the help of computers. The internet is like an ocean full of information which is open to anyone from any part of the world. A variety of resources on homeschooling are available. Even curriculum is available which can be customized by parents for their kids. Online tests can be taken thus minimizing paperwork. Parents can also save lot of time due to this.

    To make Home schooling fruitful, parents can use any of the traditional or modern Home schooling methods such as Charlotte Mason method, note book homeschooling, Unit studies, Unschooling, classical education method, Eclectic home school method, literature based method and much more. Charlotte Mason method is a traditional one which focuses more on living books rather than dry, factual books. This method of Home schooling would instill love for learning. The classical method deals with three phases which denote grammar, logic and rhetoric. The main emphasis is on memorization of information and applying logic. In unit studies method, parents make their children concentrate on a single topic at a time, which deals with various subjects.

    The Unschooling Home schooling method is all about studying in a relaxed manner when the child is self-motivated to study. The child learns in a practical way from his daily experiences rather than having to stick to the traditional learning methods. In notebook Home schooling methods, the child documents or records whatever information he or she has learnt. The main focus in this method is learning based on one’s interest. Eclectic method is where parents apply a variety of methods instead of following a single method or philosophy for teaching their children. The most popular and oldest of all methods is literature based method. The main focus is on literature based topics and it is more or less similar to the Charlotte Mason Home schooling method when it comes to usage of books.

  • December 20, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    By now, were all probably familiar with bullying at school. Some of us probably experienced it first. Others of us only heard of the problems bullying caused. But one thing is for certainnow that were parents, we dont want our kids to cope with such a common, problematic issue.

    Today, schools report that thousands of kids are physically attacked on school grounds, not to mention the fact that everyday up to a million U.S kids are bringing weapons to their classrooms. If not dealt with, bullying can become a major problem since many school shootings and mass acts of violence occur as a result of bullying.

    Dealing with bullying isnt easy. Its hard for parents to understand why a child would want to terrorize another. And when a child is afraid to go to school, his or her schoolwork suffers, along with self-esteem, work ethic, and other personal issues. When children are afraid to go to school, they cant get a good education, and they can end up with psychological or behavioral problems that could last a lifetime.

    Avoiding dropping out is a challenge when youre afraid to go back to school. And as a parent, you dont want your child to drop out of school. You want your child to have the best education possible. As an alternative, a k 12 homeschool curriculum provides the solution that fits best by letting your child learn self-esteem and concentration skills by your side in the comfort of your home.

    Self-confidence and self-control will allow your child to grow stronger, preparing him or her to avoid any future bullying problems at work or in college, once primary school is over. Although its just one option, homeschooling can give your child the confidence he or she needs to avoid bullying and help others who are being victimized by it.

  • December 9, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    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.

  • December 7, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    Many children go to school and find that it is not enough of a challenge for them. Being a gifted student can put children in a precarious position; either being bored at school because they aren’t being challenged, or being set ahead in their grade and risk the wrath of other children because of their brighter than average minds. Many parents of gifted children find that the best course of action is to home school their gifted child, in order to let them learn at their own pace.

    In a public school system, your child only move as fast as the slowest student, essentially putting him or her far behind their potential. But before you pull your above-average child out of traditional school, or begin home schooling your bright kindergartner, there are some aspects that you should carefully consider.

    As a gifted student, your child may require some extra curriculum, and extra curriculum will add to your cost as a homeschooler. While many children learn well using every day applications or minimal amounts of curriculum, your gifted student may thrive best on workbooks and extra books. While the public library should be able to alleviate some of the financial stress, you may find yourself purchasing more than you thought you would have to, therefore making homeschooling a sometimes expensive option.

    Consider the effect that homeschooling will have on your gifted student socially. There is a good chance that because you have a gifted child, he or she already has trouble fitting in with general students or making friends. Traditional school is the traditional way to socialize your grade-schooler. If you find that your gifted student isn’t making friends while homeschooling, consider other homeschooling groups, sports and other activity groups in order to get your child out and making friends without the traditional school setting.

    Finally, there is a lot of consideration that needs to go into how much time a parent can commit to the homeschooling of their gifted child. Even if your child requires minimum supervisions, homeschooling requires a generous time commitment from the parent in regards to curriculum planning, teaching and checking and supervising the work.

    If you already have a lot on your plate and don’t think you can devote at least four hours per day to your child’s education, then perhaps a traditional school may still be your best option. Talk with your child’s teacher about ways to keep him or her challenged, and you may see him or her flourish in any learning setting.

  • November 29, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    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.

  • November 21, 2017 /  Home Schooling
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    Homeschooling can be very confusing when it comes to knowing the laws. Make yourself aware of the laws in your area for a better and easier experience.

    When choosing to begin homeschooling or homeschooling in various states, be sure to become familiar with the homeschooling laws of the state you’re in.

    Even if you’re in a state for a short period of time and legally reside in another, you are still subject to the laws of the state that you’re currently in.

    Although homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, there are different forms of homeschooling regulations in different states. These are based on different criteria that the state chooses to use as the basis for their laws.

    Some states require no letter of intent that you’re going to homeschool, while others do, and the time at which you have to submit one can vary. You may have to submit one at the very beginning of your homeschooling, or not until your child has reached certain requirements.

    *** Testing

    Some states require standardized testing, while some only require an evaluation by a qualified teacher. Fewer than half the states require testing.

    *** Graduation

    In states where homeschools are operated as private schools, the graduation requirements for private schools usually apply to the homeschoolers as well.

    There are states, however, that have no “official recognition” equal to graduation, so even if a student has gone through all 12 school years, they can’t actually say they’ve graduated.

    *** Support

    For information on the laws in your state or for legal support, you can consult many different organizations. (See resources below for more information.)

    Be aware of your rights and the requirements for your area. This makes homeschooling much easier for everyone and you know where to turn should you have any issues that need resolved.