April 14

Home Schooling Resources, Both Professional And Independent

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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.

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April 12

Homeschooling Pros & Cons

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When you are researching the homeschooling pros and cons one of the subtopics will inevitably be that of the time commitment that is required of the parents who are considering homeschooling.

The time commitment homeschooling pro and con is a question that I get asked frequently. Everyone says that they know that there is a big time commitment to homeschooling their children. At this point, I like to gently remind them that homeschooling requires an enormous amount of time! Aside from the daily tasks you will have of being a homeschool teacher, remember that you still have to make time to plan your lessons, keep your appropriate records, and evaluate your childs progress.

Family communication is a big key when it comes to the homeschooling arena. You need to talk together as a family when deciding if homeschooling is a viable educational option for the kids. Certainly, homeschooling works better for some than others. Some find the homeschooling time commitments overwhelming, while others enjoy the flexibility and dont mind the challenges.

Cost: This is certainly worthy of discussion as it pertains to the pros and cons of homeschooling. If you are starting from scratch, all of the homeschooling and educational resources that you intend to use can become quite expensive. And be sure to give great consideration and crunch numbers if you will be losing an income of one of the parents because they will be homeschooling.

On the positive side, there is an abundance of homeschooling parents that share their expertise and their home school resources. Also, make sure that you use everyday household items, your childs natural environment, and your community itself as homeschooling educational resources. When youre in your research mode, youll want to explore resource availability for future grades and even advanced subject matter.

As far as social considerations go, and people expressing concerns that homeschooling inhibits social development, we did not have any such problem, nor have I been able to find any solid evidence that supports this concern. As homeschooling parents, we dont want our kids to be socially inept or outcasts, and as such we make an effort to keep our kids active socially by participating in many of the normal extracurricular activities within the community. Also, with the flexibility that homeschooling provides, this will allow for more time for your children to volunteer in the community and be a part of many charitable events.

With any endeavor with the commitment the size and importance of educating your children, homeschooling pros and cons will surface. Know that the time commitment to homeschooling is huge but so is the love of your children. The financials can significant, but creativeness and budgeting can overcome. Social skills can decline, but only if you let them. In short, there are hills to climb, but none are too tall and as you gain experience; the hills are smaller and further between.

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April 5

How To Know If Homeschooling Is Right For Our Family

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The choice to homeschool should not be made lightly. Homeschooling is legal in every state, but you need to research and discuss in order to make a wise decision. Here are a few questions to ask yourself if you want to know if homeschooling is right for your family, and to see if it is a option for your family.

Am I comfortable spending all of my time with my children? One of the main reasons that people homeschool is because they love their children and want what’s best for them. They also genuinely like spending time with their children, which is good since you’ll be spending all of your time with them. If your children frustrate you easily, homeschooling might not be a good match for you.

Will questions about homeschooling bother me? Homeschoolers are asked a lot of questions. These questions could be anything from what curriculum they’re using or about what socialization skills they are using. When homeschooling, it would help if you do not mind being asked the same questions more than once.

How can I find out about homeschooling? Check out books from your public library. There is more than likely a large selection of books that will tell you everything you need to know. The librarian might even be able to tell you if there are any homeschoolers in the area, since most homeschoolers rely heavily upon the library for source materials.

Is there a support system available? After you’ve read some books, find local homeschoolers, or do an online search for “homeschool groups (your city)” or “homeschool groups (your state).” There are homeschooling co-ops available in many places, as well as opportunities for families to get together and have fun.

After you have found some families that already homeschool, ask them about the pros and cons of homeschooling if you still have questions. Most families will be more than willing to share information, be honest about their reasons, and will be more than happy to help you make an honest decision. Some other questions you may ask; Should you be concerned about socialization for your children? Should you be worried about curriculum? What types of hardships they had to deal with when starting to homeschool. Do they have any suggestions about what to use or not to use?

When choosing a curriculum, you need to know that curriculum choices are astronomical – in the price, and often in the variety available. While it is possible to homeschool without using a set curriculum, it is also possible to have “school at home” by choosing books very similar to those offered in public schools. The library books you check out earlier should have given you an idea of what your child should learn in each grade, and should have explained about the different methods.

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March 13

Homeschooling High School – How Much Is Too Much Writing

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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.

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February 26

Homeschooling Tips And Advice Straight From The Education Experts

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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.

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February 24

Homeschooling Versus Public Schooling

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When you look at academic achievements only, homeschooled children seem to advance quicker than their counterparts in public schools. A report published by the ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) shows that homeschool test scores were exceptionally high and well above that of public and private schools. They found that homeschool students in the 8th grade are four years ahead of their peers in public or private schools.

In a study conducted by Dr. Lawrence Rudner, he discovered that learners who were being homeschooled their entire school career, achieved the highest out of all the children.

Interesting information that came from this research was the difference that homeschooling made to the achievements of different race groups. There was very little difference found between the scores of white, black and Hispanic children in homeschooling. On the other hand, there was a significant difference between the achievements of different race groups attending public schools. Eight grade public school learners scored on average at the 58th percentile in math, where black children scored at the 24th percentile. White students scored at the 57th percentile in reading and Hispanic students at only the 28th percentile.

Dr. Ray, in his book, Strengths of Their Own, came to another interesting conclusion. The amount of money spend on tuition had no effect on the achievement of the child. In fact, the cheaper homeschooling option had better results than the far more expensive public schooling. In his research, based on statistics from 1998, he found that a homeschooled child cost parents on average $546 compared to the $5 325 for a public school learner. The average score for the homeschooled child was at the 85th percentile, where the score for the public school learner was averaged at the 50th percentile.

These research studies were done in a number of the states and in all the results the findings were the same. The homeschooled child scored on average 20-25 percentile points higher than their counterparts in public schools.

The research also found that the qualifications of the parent responsible for the schooling had no real affect on the achievement of the student.

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February 23

Homeschooling Teenagers Some Contributing Factors To Their Annihilation

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Many of the homeschooling parents have found that with time, their homeschooling teenagers do not follow the values inculcated in them during their homeschooling days. They dont even respect their parents values once they enter teenage. Teenage rebellion has become commonplace, and our culture has responded by expecting less and less of teenagers. It is also seen that many teenagers go against their parents wishes to fulfill their own dreams and even get involved with drugs, alcohol, and immorality. They no longer believe in God and hence start living a life of their own judgments.

Many parents believe that they can prevent their children from such rebellion because they feel confident of their parenting approach. There are some critical contributing factors that have led to the destruction of mind of teenage children because of their family-minded parents. Some of these are as below:

Parents have self-centered dreams where their concern for themselves ends up overshadowing love for their children. One of the reasons parents homeschool is because they want to accomplish something good in their children. Success in homeschooling requires that academic, moral, and spiritual goals be set.

Making family as the idol results in turning it as a measurement of success. Being an idol requires sacrifice, but normally parents end up sacrificing relationship with their children for the idol of the family.

Parents tend to follow what other families are teaching their children and try to impose those notes on their children. They are disappointed when they compare their kids with the outside forms and merely find any expression of learning in their children.

Many parents have designed their personal standards and believe that it should be followed by everyone else in the family. Many families are marked by pride and judgment and its consequences leave a negative impact on the children as they too are made to judge things out of pride thereby filtering their perceptions to view things.

Parents tend to become authoritative and start molding their kids in the direction where they can become more disciplined, sheltered and behavior oriented. In doing so, parents give their child to maintain high standards for their outside so that their inside is shaped as anticipated. This result in dominating style of parenting that damages the relationship and hinders the ability to truly influence their values.

Over control is also associated with over reliance upon sheltering. Over sheltering your child might be harmful as your children may feel abandoned and lonely since they are protected from children with like-minded families, from secular beliefs and so on. Protecting from temptations and corrupting influences is part of raising children. Every parent shelters to one degree or another. But this line should be drawn according to what actually is required for the child and not what a parent seek for the betterment of their child.

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February 22

Easy Solutions To Assist You Better Prepare For Homeschooling

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Can a excellent school child pass the GED? Have your child take a test GED test in order to target weak regions and create them a part of their curriculum. This might assist we be capable to concentrate on weaker areas.

Let the elder youngsters assist the young ones. Older children is the perfect tutor for younger ones. That provides older kids confidence, and it enables younger kids to hear the data differently. Children often listen perfectly to elder siblings.

While we might not want a kids to hang out with the kids in public school, they have to have several exterior social interaction. Your kids should have play dates with others inside the neighborhood. Let the kids play with the kids at the neighborhood park. In addition, you should motivate a children to join localized clubs, groups plus companies.

You can conveniently have too much on the plate with regards to combining homeschooling plus your home chores. Your partner must be able to aid we out with chores, nevertheless if not, you are able to hire someone nearby rather.

Take a limited moments to contact other parents which are going by the same task. Not only will you see unique neighbors, you will additionally gain a wealth of information resources. However, we shouldn’t allow others influence each aspect of the own homeschooling practices. That said, it is very good to remember that there are others whom may have a greater amount of experience than you whenever it comes to homeschooling children.

Become familiar with homeschooling regulations in your state. Homeschooling offers we a great deal of versatility however, there are nevertheless laws plus guidelines we should follow. In certain districts, you only need to supply a statement of intent to homeschool your kids. We will also need to administer standardized testing. By recognizing what exactly is needed we can make certain that we are following the proper rules.

If we know others inside the area whom are utilizing a homeschooling program, see in the event you can meet as a group. Establishing a little group of regional homeschoolers which meets frequently, you’ll be providing socialization, field trips and getting much needed support for oneself. This also helps you escape within the house occasionally.

If a child isn’t learning as much as he must in public school, then it can be time to test homeschooling. It can help your child to succeed without frustration. Additionally, you will develop a personalized bond with the child. Homeschooling might be just the thing your child requirements to discover more while experiencing less stress.

Your children’s future achievements depends found on the foundations you lay for them today. You are the person many focused on the child’s success, and this may be reflected by homeschooling. Make use of the data found here plus begin functioning to create a amazing learning plan for the children.

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February 12

The Homeschooling Mom Needs To Socialise Too!

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When parents make the decision to home school their children, their primary concern is usually the lack of opportunity for their children to mix with other children on a regular basis.This is also one of the main criticisms used against homeschooling by it’s opponents. However, parents, too, can be affected by the lack of socialising opportunities. Many lifetime friendships between mothers have been formed at the school gates. Waiting for the children to emerge gives mothers a great opportunity to chat and discuss school, bringing up children and all life’s little and not so little problems. Becoming involved with PTA committees and functions, as well as volunteering to help in the classroom and with school trips, means that over the thirteen to fourteen years a child may be in school,you can get to know a lot of other parents and teachers. When you homeschool your children, you aren’t presented with these same social opportunities, but you needn’t miss out and become a social hermit. For the homeschooling mom, there are still a variety of social situations out there waiting for you. Many of them are family oriented and can be included in your lesson plans. Better yet, several are low cost or free.

Join a homeschool group in your area.

These groups are very popular and located nationwide in many countries. As well as providing a support network to homeschooling families, they sponsor all types of social gatherings and educational field trips. If there is not a group near you, why not organize one yourself. You’ll make great connections with other parents who homeschool.

Join an online group.

You can build friendships and be sociable’ in Cyberspace. An added bonus of online groups is that you will come in contact with moms from not only all over the United States but internationally as well – great for planning those geography and language lessons.

Teach a class to other homeschool moms

If you have a useful skill or interesting hobby,teach it to other homeschooling parents. It could be a purely recreational class or something educational, which parents can convert into lesson plans.

Teach in the community.

Take the class idea one step further and teach it at the community education level. Most school districts offer enrichment classes on a abundance of different subjects. Not only will this option afford you the chance to interact with your peers, it will also give you the opportunity to earn extra money.

Volunteer with your children.

There are many not for profit organizations which allow families to volunteer together.Animal shelters, nature reserves and soup kitchens are examples of family friendly’ organizations that are always on the lookout for volunteers.In addition to helping a good cause, you will be meeting and socialising with others.

There are plenty of social opportunities for the homeschooling mom. Whatever you choose to get involved in, make time for your own social life and you will be a happier, well adjusted home school mom with lots to offer your family.

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February 9

Home Schooling The Classic Approach

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Home schooling is an attractive option to consider for many parents. The program offers many advantages over learning in traditional schools. Home schooling also provides more one on one teaching time where the teacher can focus on the student as opposed to handling numerous students at the same time. This will allow children to obtain quality instruction.

Students of home schooling also benefit from having a very comfortable and familiar environment for a classroom. Home-schooled students no longer have to adapt to new surroundings, which can also sometimes affect a child’s ability to learn. This system can also provide a way for parents to be closer with their children and can also help parents have a more active role in educating their children in the manner that they want.

Home schooling can effectively be used by employing a variety of methods available. There are classical home schooling methods that follow traditional education in conventional educational institutions. Classical home schooling comprises of primary, secondary and tertiary phases which is most accepted in most educational institutions today. Other educational philosophies can also be adopted through the home schooling method.

But the main difference that home schooling can provide is that it can allow a more varied approach into teaching and learning. You can choose from a variety of accepted techniques available that you can use to effectively help your child learn and absorb new knowledge. There are unit studies that make use of a central theme, implemented in context on all the subjects that are tackled.

Home schooling can also follow a student-paced learning approach which depends on a student’s learning speed. This approach helps students understand fully or master a concept before proceeding to the next subject or topic. Another approach is the “unschooling” method that encourages students to depend not on direct instruction but learning through an exploration of interests. This enables a child to learn by doing. This approach aims to provide learning opportunities through games and real life circumstances and problems which will enable a child to learn without coercion.

Home schooling is a credible alternative to traditional education. It can provide parents with a choice on how to effectively educate their children. As home schooling is fast getting the approval of more and more people, it becomes a very attractive option made available for you and your children. With your children’s future in mind, having different options can be a good thing. And home schooling is an option that you must consider in trying to provide the best education for your child.

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