Homeschool Curriculum – Can I Live Without It?

Many resources and curriculum packages are available for home schooling. This overabundance of choices can be overwhelming to many people. Do we really need a packaged curriculum or is there a better way?

Did you use a curriculum to teach your child to eat or talk? We teach our children many things using a natural lifestyle method. When it comes to learning, beyond life skills, we can also adopt a natural method and have even better results in some cases over using a more rigid approach.

This is not to say that you don?t have a plan. You still need to know what you want to accomplish and how you want to accomplish it, but it can be tailored and adjusted for your child.

Schools use curriculum because of the number of students they have to manage. They are required to teach certain concepts in a certain way to keep their teaching uniform. Curriculum has to use a more generic approach. Homeschoolers have the advantage of using different methods of teaching using resources that might not be able to be used in schools. The world is your curriculum.

Many resources are available for many learning styles. Homeschoolers can use games, cooking, throwing the ball to learn math facts, jumping up and down steps when they answer a question correctly, and much more. When a child doesn?t respond well to a certain approach, we can use a different style of teaching and save some frustration. If your child enjoys completing workbooks, then you can have them use workbooks and textbooks. If your child learns better by listening than seeing, then you can provide resources that reinforce that style of learning.

Whatever method you choose for home schooling, make sure you have a plan for your student. Get to know them well. Know how they learn best and approach their learning in that manner. They can even help you come up with a plan for what they will learn and how they want to learn it. You and your child know each other better than anyone else and know whether a packaged curriculum will promote the best learning environment.

Accredited Vs Independent Homeschool

I was looking at an accredited homeschool program the other day, looking for “messages”. At first I was very fascinated. Then I read the information. Let’s do a little compare and contrast.”Each curriculum package is individualized” – but they only use the textbook/workbook/school-at-home learning. That’s not a really high percentage of homeschoolers’ selected approach.

“These outstanding curriculum choices coupled with the expertise of your advisor” – but the only experience you truly need is the love for your child. True professional advice would promote you to follow your heart and your own expertise. And keep in mind those “outstanding curriculum choices” only include the options above.

“Our courses range from vocational to advanced placement” – so does our independent homeschool. We are also not constrained by curriculum choices, and we can make ANY class that our student needs, at any level, no matter how strange or unusual the pursuits our children have.

“record-keeping options for courses on their own or through a coop”. – We have choices that go far beyond that. We can include ANY academic activities on our official homeschool transcript. We can include a public school calculus or band, a coop class, a distance-learning class, delight-directed experiential learning and community college classes all on the SAME official homeschool transcript. See my book if you need a description. The Easy Truth About Homeschool Transcripts.

“tuition is only…” – maybe it’s $195 for the initial student, but the fine print will describe huge costs of $1000 or more, with no more guarantees than we have from our own homeschool and our own official transcripts.

Sometimes accredited distance learning programs are the right choice for families. But look closely at the messages, weight the pros and cons, and think thoroughly before choosing. Remember that there is NO NEED to be afraid of homeschooling at all. There is NO REASON for concern about homeschooling high school. Make sure your choice is based on what is right for your own child because you know your child best, and make sure it is NOT based on fear of homeschooling. Fear is no reason for making an essential choice about schooling options.

Independent Homeschools are TRULY flexible, individualized, encouraging, and official. We are not flexible within some artificial boundaries, or individualized within certain curriculum choices, or supportive as long as rules are followed. We can be official by following state law, and we recognize that accredited is not a panacea or holy grail. Our advisors are mothers and fathers who truly love their children and want what is best for them.

Find the Best Vocational School Information Here

Learn To Earn A Living A school plays a very important role in a manaE�s life. Education is included in the top most basic necessities. As soon as kids turn 5, parents can enroll their children in some institutions where they can learn the basics. It is really very important to choose good schools as a starter because this is where they first learn and develop. At school, children are allowed to mingle, choose friends, and have fun. Activities will also help children experience and develop their abilities. The second stage is the grade school level wherein kids are engaged into a more serious stuff. Here, they are engaged in some activities, clubs and organizations that will help them nurture and develop their own skills. They are exposed to competitions where they either fail or succeed. The experience will make them strong and understand things their own way. In high school, they already have the will to be independent and they can decide on their own.

The experience in this stage is tougher. This is where they decide where theyaE�re heading for their future. When they already know where to focus, they will decide where to go to in their tertiary level. Although parentsaE� presence in choosing their career path is important, children should have the freedom to choose their courses. Academies have education experts that help students build training plans and courses that are custom made to fit their specific education requirements. Some academies require an entrance assessment to test skills. As soon as assessment is done, students are distributed to specific classrooms. All institutions are required to provide evaluation every semester to test the level of capabilities of the students. Parents are advised to be supportive in their childaE�s career as it is a positive reinforcement that your children know that you are behind them in every step of the way.

Do You Know About The ?dumbing Down? Of The Curricula Nation Wide?

In reference to my previous post on students from public schools being so far behind, once they come to our school, here it is. First of all, many students do not get the one-on-one attention from their teachers so that they can ?get it.? I know want to ask why aren?t they placed in ?Resource? or ?special ed.? Many more students have special needs but the system will not permit classifying students with a handicap because funding is low and they feel like they cannot waste money on these students.

We know about the ?dumbing down? of the curricula nation wide through the ?School-to-work? program which was implemented several years ago. You have never heard about the school-to-work program? It equates school-to-work with school-for-work–that is, education and training programs in which preparation for work is explicitly a major purpose. Basically, the baccalaureate and advanced degree programs are not discussed here. The focus is on work-preparation programs that serve students in high schools or non-baccalaureate postsecondary institutions or out-of-school youth.

A key element of many, though not all, school-to-work programs is that they combine school and work during the same period of time. This may mean some hours of work each day, some days of work during the week, or some weeks working during the year. Combining school and work serves two purposes. First, it helps young people learn skills and knowledge to qualify for a full-time job in the near future. Second, it gives them the experience of using work to foster their own learning and thus contributes to their capacity for change and continued growth in the longer run.

Now what about the curricula for this program? It is not up to par because it has been weakened or ?dumbed down.? Students are asked at an early age, what they want to do in life. They are then placed in this tract and courses will be inflicted upon them so that they have to stay in this same path through high school. One example is this, where a student in the 3rd grade had to make a declaration as to what he wants to do when he finishes high school, he wants to go to college to become an attorney. That is too bad. He has been in this lower tract and he cannot be expected to pass the college entrance exam.

Can you determine the destination of the school-to-work program? We are heading into a socialistic nation. Our forthcoming president is more than glad to carry us all the way into Socialism. In my next post, I will discuss ?Socialism in a Christian Society.? In the meantime, how about reading 1984, which was written in 1949, by George Orwell. This book depicts all that we are seeing around us NOW.

Home Schooling High School – Where to Start With a Avid Reader

One of the many elements we put to use in our home school student’s college applications was a high school reading list. It was a partial listing of the books that they read all through their high school years. I point out “partial” due to the fact we never did a very good job keeping up with the amount of books they actually read. My kids are voracious readers and, for that reason, our books lists seemed very impressive to the colleges. It was how my children preferred to learn. I could not KEEP them away from books. Even in college, when my youngest came home for vacation he chose to read Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, CS Lewis, and Agatha Christie. He did not only read ONE of each of those, he read the entire SERIES of each one. That is what he loves to do, and that’s the reason why his book list looked like it did.

When they were in high school learning Christian Apologetics, I placed 35 books before the kids, and instructed them to read for simply one to two hours a week from those books. I was expecting them to read, perhaps, ten during the year. Instead, they read all of them. It was amazing to me, but that is what they loved to do – and they continue to enjoy it.

Early on, our strategy was to use a literature-based curriculum and simply pile it on. We began home schooling with Sonlight Curriculum. I supplemented using Jim Trelease Read Aloud Handbook. By the time they were in high school, we incorporated book lists from The Well Trained Mind, and various “reading lists for the college bound” that I found online.

We did not use literature guides, really. They generally simply read the books. When I would ask them about it, they just said it was good, and asked for the next one. It is not like we dissected each book in an intense way. They loved reading, and I provided them books!

There have been certain home school courses that I struggled to teach (for example, art and state history. )#) For these courses, I discovered it worked better if I let my kids learn from literature. If I got completely frustrated by a subject, I just scheduled the boys to read. So instead of studying art, we read art history. Rather than learning third year French, we read French books, and books about France. Reading is my kids’ love language.

To maintain a reading list, you might have the kids take note of every book they read, but that didn’t work well for me. I have a better suggestion! Maintain all of the receipts from the library and from the bookstore. Keep all of your assignment sheets, if you use them, because that might have the titles of books you used. You can include books on tape, and you might want to include plays that come in book form (like Shakespeare, Death of a Salesman, etc)

By the time you complete home schooling high school, an avid reader will have plowed through an impressive selection of books. Make certain to record them in a reading list (even if it is partial). This can show colleges that your students like to learn.

Thinking Outside The Books – Homeschool Math Lab Days

At a recent homeschool convention, I had the opportunity to speak to many moms about ways to think “Outside the Books”, when it comes to our homeschooling. I wasn’t advocating never using textbooks or changing programs, but rather, helping them see that there are many ways to “show what you know”. It is also important for us to help our children see that real learning happens all the time, not just when they are filling out worksheets or sitting at our school table.

One way we have added a bit of spice to our homeschooling over the years is with a weekly Math Lab day. On one day a week I plan for us to leave the math curriculum on the shelf and do some hands-on learning with games, crafts, etc. Math Lab days are also great for using math software you have sitting around, but may never get around to using. Or how about those math games you have purchased, but usually remain on the shelf collecting dust?

Just what kinds of things can you do on Math Lab Day? I’m glad you asked!
Young children
* Counting games with candy, Legos, or anything else you might have lying around. * “War” with a regular deck of cards or make your own deck with numbers to 100 and maybe a “wild card” or two to make things more exciting. * If you have them, Snap Cubes (a popular manipulative) are great to play with, making “trains” of different color patterns. You start the pattern, and your child adds on to the train following the pattern. Then let them start a pattern and you finish it. * Any board game that requires dice and counting. * Use standard and non-standard items to measure things around the house. “Hey, Mom, did you know the cat is 50 paper clips long?” * Kitchen – baking involves using lots of real life fractions – while you’re at it,how about sharing the “fruits” of your math lesson with a neighbor! * Play store

Elementary thru Middle School
* Math with Literature! We love Sir Cumference, A Place for Zero, Equal Schmequal, and other titles in the math adventure series. * Our favorite math games are S’math and Knock Out! from Muggin’s Math – we just purchased their new fraction games, too. * Board games, including Monopoly, PayDay!, Sequence and more. * Card games like UNO and War. A favorite is to use flashcards with math facts as our “war” deck. * Videos: Multiplication Rock, Money Rock * Play store and many of the other activities from the above list * If you have any of the handheld, electronic math toys, Lab Day is a good time to make sure they are put to use * Computer games – Money Town, Math Blaster, etc. * Use activities from “Family Math”, “Math for Smarty Pants” or “Games for Learning Math.” * Plan an imaginary trip and use a map to figure how many miles you will travel. * For kids interested in the Stock Market, you can use Lab Day each week to track and check on a couple of stocks, plotting their progress on a graph. * Visit one of the fun, free math game sites online like the Math Arcade at . There are lots more free websites for online learning in my book, Using the Internet In Your Homeschool.

One other idea that we’ve implemented, not just for Lab Day, but as a way to add some more real life application to our math lessons is the “Mommy Bank”. I gave each of my kids a blank check or savings registry book. Their allowance is “direct deposited” into their Mommy Bank account. They must add the amount each week. They also deposit money received for their birthday, odd jobs, etc. When they purchase something, I pay for it and we deduct it from their account in the Mommy Bank. Of course, older children often prefer to keep their money with them, but this works well when they are younger or for those kids who are not yet ready to carry around cash.

The above lists are just a few of the things we have done on Math Lab Day over the years. Writing this article has reminded me that my own homeschooling has fallen into a bit of a rut. Sounds like tomorrow needs to be an “Outside the Book” kind of day!

Clues To Choosing A Home School Curriculum

With the luxurious features of regular classrooms these days, most parents had approved a latest kind of program that will develop their little kids with decreased money clip. This avenue is known as homeschooling.

Mostly, homeschooling is an enormous agent for moms who cannot economically adapt to the rapid pocketbook of enrolling their kids to junior high schools. Dads who selected for homeschooling had committed to give instruction their children in their own home, where they can monitor and leverage the cost needed in their children?s learning.

Without doubt, moms who opted for homeschooling are deeper justly and doctrinally worried. They believe that most kindergartens nowadays can no longer meet the required befitting learning wanted by their youth. Most dads persist that it would be better to give instruction their youngsters at home sweet home where they can conduct their youth?s learning.

In a general classroom, there are many instances that the curriculum given by the establishment is, greater routinely than not, a deviance from the upstanding standards of the community.

However, it does not go to show that deciding for homeschooling is a model chosen because not all of the core curriculum fitted for homeschooling are created akin. Consequently, it is still noteworthy that dads should be able to differentiate a good homeschooling study from those that will only waste your bucks.

Here?s how to do it:

1. Connection and sociable elements

A good homeschooling general education should put greater attention on socialization and Contact. Since the children are mostly at home while schooling their lessons, it is simplest if a homeschooling course of study be acquainted with agendas for Communication and societal with other little kids.

2. Adjustability

It is noteworthy for a homeschool curriculum to be adaptive. It should not compel you to stick to their approach even if you identify out in the end that it will not work for you and your kids.

A good homeschooling course of study should let you modify if there are things that need to be modified.

3.Comfortable and Agreeable

It is extremely noteworthy that the homeschooling curriculum that you will opt for is merited for you and your child. You should both be Warm with the curriculum.

Even if the manner sounds too good to miss, as tireless as you and you mere child are not Agreeable with it, then it will never work for both of you.

All things considered, if these three considerations are present in the general education of the homeschooling technique that you grasp chosen, the style will work for you. If not, then it was never good enough to ready up your son or daughter?s knowledge.

Addressing The Needs Of Home-schooled Kids

There is a wide variation when it comes to the public opinion on homeschooling. Some are avid supports, while some do not find it in the best interest of children. And to weight out the pros and cons of homeschooling, a list of advantages and disadvantages of this alternative means of education is set up.

Either way, if it is really the best of the learners that is at their supporters and detractors hearts; why not consider what the learner really needs in order to achieve learning success whether in the public and private educational system or through homeschooling.

Taking the side of homeschooling, it is important to evaluate and identify the needs of the children, their interest, the learning methods that best stimulates their curiosity and inquisitiveness. This is the only key to a quality homeschool education – addressing what the homeschooled kid needs.

In homeschooling children, the instructors may be in the form of the parents or a tutor should be able to commit a time for learning. And homeschooling, with all the preparations, will really take up much time. A child will have to be given a strict time schedule for learning, and time for playing as well.

Homeschooled children are criticized to be less sociable individuals. Indeed, socialization is a major factor in developing the personality of a child. Having this in mind, instructors should give attention to the child getting together with other children apart from the home.

All children grow at their own pace. Let kids be kids. Understand that they are experiencing the world for the first time. Get involved and be interested in what interests the child. If it is in the arts and crafts field, then focus on that. Not only will it help the instructor foster rapport with the child, but this will also stimulate and motivate the child to learn new things. Give the child some room to grow and develop on his own with proper guidance.

The effort of homeschooling children will never be too much. It is constant striving to address the children’s needs and this will greatly vary as you go along. Children grow and develop, and sooner or later will be interested in new things. And when this time comes, the instructor should always be ready to cater to the children’s requirement for learning.

Using Calculators in Your Homeschool

Calculators are used in public schools. Calculators can be used in a homeschool. Calculators are neither evil nor a God-given right. Calculators are a tool that can help students do math faster, much like a computer will help students write faster. Calculators can’t really teach math concepts anymore than a computer can teach a student to write, but they can be a great tool.

When students are very young, the emphasis is on learning how to understand math. Once those concepts are understood, and the student is working in pre-algebra or algebra, calculator use is important.

Without a calculator it can be impossible do complete a home high school math assignment within a reasonable amount of time. Even with a calculator, high school math lessons can take one or two hours to complete, so calculator usage is important.

Calculators are used and encouraged on the PSAT, SAT, and ACT tests. A student familiar and comfortable with calculators will score better on those tests than a student who rarely uses a calculator.

Public schools will often have a policy on calculator use. Read the Gadsden City Schools policy: “The broad range of mathematical topics addressed in this document, the problem-solving focus of the mathematics program, and the development of mathematical concepts in a hands-on environment demand that technology use be an integral part of the K-12 program. *Calculators are appropriate for exploratory purposes in Grades K-3 and should be used for problem solving in Grades 4-8. Calculators should be used on a regular basis in all courses and assessments in Grades 9-12.”Computer use should be integrated with content topics as appropriate.”

It is appropriate to use calculators for math at the homeschool middle school and home high school level.

Making Home School More Fun

Seeing your children go to school and learn things can be fun. It makes you feel that you have, in a way, imparted them the most treasured gift that you can give them – EDUCATION.

However, with many influences that lurk in school, you might even wonder if sending them to school is the best gift, indeed. Many parents are worried how children are getting their behaviors changed whenever they are in school.

That’s why homeschool had been created in order to provide a feasible option for parents who wish to educate their children in a way where they can supervise personally. They want to find a way where they can instill in them the values that they want their children to have.

All of these things are contained in homeschooling. In this manner, parents are able to control and instigate the kind of education they want their children to learn. They can manage their children’s behavior and impart in them the values that they want their children to learn.

However, what people do not know is that the very important aspect why homeschooling is a great alternative to traditional schooling is based on the fact that both the parents and the children can have fun learning things.

With homeschooling, parents can make their children’s learning process more fun and less rigid compared to the traditional school system.

Here’s a list on how to make homeschooling your children fun:

1. Make reading more fun

The best way to teach a child is to make things easier for him or her to understand and learn. The best way to do this is to incorporate fun in the setting.

For instance, if you want to teach your children to read, it would be better if you will read to them just to have some fun. Let them enhance their imagination by generating life in the characters included in the story. In this way, they will be able to learn things with lots of fun.

Create a connection with their books and not instill in them the norms and standards set by the typical school system.

2. Make learning comfortable

If the children or the students are comfortable with the program, then homeschooling can be more fun. It will generate more enthusiasm compelling the children to participate in the process.

The point here is that in order to make homeschooling more fun is that parents should never be constrained on the idea of teaching itself. They should teach by example. That is, indeed, a fun way of learning things.