Home Schooling 101

Why bother home-schooling?

Why bother? Well, if you are thinking it is a bother, you might re-think your decision right there. To educate your child at home is not a bother, but a wonderful, richly rewarding experience that benefits you and your child. So, take the “bother” word from your vocabulary if you really would like that opportunity. Yes, this is your opportunity and your child’s opportunity.

If you are a stay-at-home mom or dad, then you have the opportunity to have wonderful learning experiences by home-schooling your child. In most states, home-schooling is legal, a legal option. There are some guidelines and rules and regulations that you need to follow, but after that everything rocks! (In some states, there are a certain amount of days that you have to notify the Board of Education that you intend to home-school your child).

You cannot simply keep your child from school and decide to home school. You must, almost always notify the School Board or the Board of Education. You can find out the rules and regulations through your government officials or through some wonderful home-schooling magazines and literature. Once you find out the rules and regulations, you are set to go.

Are there benefits to home-schooling?

Time, Balance, Growth & Togetherness

When home-schooling is done in the proper way, your child will have a fully-balanced education and will become a well-rounded good student. The rewards are unmeasurable. First, one of the benefits is that you both spend more time together and give each other more attention. The average student sees their parent for probably a few minutes a day during the week, or at most an hour or two. However, the average home-schooling parent or guardian sees their child on a regular basis for a few hours a day (when that parent or guardian is teaching). You will learn together! Now that’s one of the biggest and best benefits of home-schooling. The teacher and the student learn from each other. You grow together. And you can look back on this experience in years to come and both of you will be happy about your choices and decisions. Children get to spend more time with their siblings, and the younger ones will learn while the older ones are learning also.

You will have more time for each other. You can make practically any life-lesson an education lesson. Going to the supermarket or going to a department store is a lesson in buying, purchasing, finances and product comparison. Going to a fast food place is a lesson in food, health, and in purchasing and even a lesson in customer service. The fast food process shows the children very valuable marketing lessons. So things in every day life add to your home schooling experience.

Good Education

Another benefit is a great education. You see first hand what your child is learning without the need for PTA meetings and without the need for a strangers’ report on your child’s progress. You choose your child’s education. If you want to teach your child spiritual lessons, you can do that. You can teach religion as history and history as religious lessons. (Look at all the Christians in history and look at the impact they made in our land). You can teach fun science lessons and math lessons. A trip to the bank and to the ATM will be a great business math lesson.

You can even take a trip to the Treasury Building and other related places. Your child will benefit first hand so much more in seeing and doing rather than relying on mostly book-based education. (Yes, you need books and you use books, but you do not depend on them solely as your only education tool). Socialization happens just as easily with home-schooled children as it does for children who attend school in school buildings. Many times when we do television shows, we invite the home-school children, parents and guardians to come into our studio, take a tour and be on the show. So, your options are wide open and your world is your education. Another benefit is a focused education. You are the teacher; you are in charge. That gives you lots of options and lots of opportunities.

What are the problems related to home-schooling?

There are few problems to home-schooling, and these are some:

Your child might miss the classmates if your child started out with regular education and now switched to home-schooling.

How do you solve those problems?

The way to overcome this is to have your child interact as much as possible with the children from the other schools. Invite the children (with parents’ permission) to come on some day trips with you . Or invite them over after school. Have your child enroll in a hobby that he or she likes . (Children take up piano or bowling, or art , and in these hobbies the children make new friends and have interaction with children their own age). Use your own imagination and you will find ways to have your child interact with other children and still be home-schooled.

Testing

Most school districts require specific tests for home-schoolers. But the tests are no harder than those given to regular school children. So, prepare for the tests. They also usually require that a licensed teacher observe or give the tests. This can all be arranged. If you are determined to home-school, there is nothing that should stop you from at least trying this option of education.

Stigma

Years ago, there used to be a stigma attached to home-schooling. Years ago, most times farmers and poor people and migrant workers home-schooled. Sometimes children and even adults made fun of home-schoolers. But today, that is all changed around remarkably. And this was especially noted when one year, the home-schooled child won the National Spelling Bee on national tv, proving that she was the best speller in the nation. Even after that so many came forward on television stating they had been home-schooled and were now attending college or had graduated from conventional colleges.

What if you change your mind? If you change your mind about home-schooling, you have a right to have your child attend public school. Check with your school district. Most times in most cities, every child is entitled to a free public education, and most likely you live in a city or town like that. So don’t worry about changing your mind -if you find that home-schooling is impossible for you to do.

Where can I get supplies or books if I educate my child/children at home?

Look online! Do a search for everything related to home-schooling. There are entire companies who focus on nothing but home-school supplies, books and videos. There are plenty of companies out there for you to become educated about home-schooling. You can become an expert in home-schooling if you want to be.

For art lessons, contact the Pearl Paint Store in New York City. They have a mail-order company also and you will find every single item you need for any arts or arts and crafts lessons that you choose to give. For math and business and finances, write to the Treasury Department, the consumer department, you will be amazed at what is available for free. Write away to Pueblo and ask for the government information catalog. This catalog is a hub of wonderful ideas, books, booklets and pamphlets, many that you can use in your school.

Should I home-school my child?

This is the hardest question that you ask. The answer is obvious. Only you and your child know if you should home-school your child. Know that this is hard work, mixed with lots of fun and great together times. So you must be ready for hours of hard work if you choose home-schooling. If you are ready for that and if you have the time for that , then you know what to do.

Our Experience

In the past I have home-schooled my three children (before they became of school age), and every one of them went into school way ahead of the class. By the time one child was in second grade, that child was tested and found to be able to read college journals. So home-schooling works, even when it is ‘unofficial” home-schooling. The tools that I used were everything that was around. . For example, before my children learned to read, we both would be walking down the street and come to the stoplight. The light was marked with the word, “STOP”, and that , to me, was and is a reading lesson. We would read all the words that we passed as we walked down the street. I was doing the home-schooling thing as my child and I walked along the sidewalk. That was “Reading 101”.

Simple and fun as this was – this game of reading, this was the game that enabled my children to enter school reading years before their classmates learned to read. So home-schooling, even basic home-schooling works wonders in children’s lives.

You have probably read about home-schooling and you might have talked to other parents or guardians who have home-schooled their children. But no matter what you have heard, there is more to home-schooling than just reading. When you check with your local school boards you will have the details about government regulations (and there are many) regarding home-schooling. When I first thought about home-schooling, my

second child was in the older grades. I thought about it lots because the school was polluted and it had to be shut down temporarily. We went back to conventional schooling after the building was almost re-built. My child and I learned so much from just observing nature and from visiting parks.

Your Experience

Only you know what your own experience will be like. You know yourself and you know your child better than anyone else knows them. So decide according to your needs, wants and lifestyles and your time schedule. Only you know the answer to whether you should home-school or not. Some home-school through a temporary need; perhaps a child has a broken leg and cannot attend the local school. They begin home-schooling and find that both the parent and guardian and the child like the experience, so they apply to home-school on a regular basis and everyone is happy.

One thing for sure, do not let anyone make this decision for you, and do not let anyone make you have negative feelings about home-schooling. If this is what you want, this is what you should do. Try it, you’ll like it. And if you do not like it, or if you feel it is too much of a responsibility, then it is your decision to change your mind. You will never know unless you try. You might want to try it during summer vacation or during the holidays. This offers you the opportunity to educate your child and yet neither of you miss any regular schooling or regular work

You should try home-schooling if you have the time to do it. And you? So, what are you waiting for? Now is the time to investigate, prepare for and begin to home-school for your child if that is what you both want to do.

Top 5 Myths About K 12 Online Schooling Busted! And It’s About Time

Top 5 Myths about K 12 Online Schooling Busted! And It’s About Time

Most parents are averse to the concept of homeschooling as they speak to the wrong people with the wrong perception. We are inherently afraid of change and anything new instills the fear of the unknown in us. It is easier to decline change entirely rather than taking a moment and considering the alternatives. Although virtual homeschooling has been around for quite some time now, there are parents who cannot look beyond the traditional school system.

K 12 Online Schooling can give you more than you can ever ask for. Your child will grow up learning your values. They will always be around you. They get to learn family morals, the siblings will grow up together and the family bond will keep growing. You will have greater influence over their behaviour, and there life choices.

But there are myths that go around that at times aim to supersede these advantages. The misconceptions create doubt and parents fail to enjoy the rewards that K 12 Online Schooling brings to a family. To help you avoid the misguided crowd and rise above. Here is a list of the top 5 K 12 Online Schooling myths that make the rounds. It’s about time that you know the truth about virtual homeschooling.

1. Parents can never teach like professional teachers

This is the most common myth about digital schooling. Barbara Bush’s famous quote: “The home is the child’s first school, the parent is the child’s first teacher, and reading is the child’s first subject.” Clearly explains that no other person in the world can teach your child better than you. Parents are natural teachers and we know what our child wants to learn. We taught them to speak, we taught them to walk, why can’t we teach them academics?

Plus, we will keep a tab on what our child learns. We will move ahead at our child’s pace. Do you think it is possible for a teacher with 20 odd students to provide individual attention to every child?

2. Homeschools cannot replicate a classroom

Of course, you can’t bring in benches and pack 30 students into a single room, but isn’t that an advantage for the learner? Not everyone can perform well in a routine and learning gets limited to whatever is taught. What if your child was finally finding a topic interesting and the bell rings? How long will it take to bring the interest back again?

With K 12 Online Schooling, you can continue with a topic as long as you want. Plus, there is no burden of assignments, no distraction or any undue pressure of deadlines.

3. Your child doesn’t learn social skills

Well, school is not the only place where your children can socialize. If the homeschooler indulges in extracurricular activities like taking music lessons, going to the park to play or enrolling some hobby classes. They can make friends at these places and socialise with ease. Children can also meet their peers at neighborhood parks, weekend gateways or even at the Mall.

Homeschoolers often tend to seek other homeschool families, in doing so they can help the children create a bond of friendship and camaraderie. Homeschoolers can also develop their social skills by interacting with their peers in the digital world. Many children have take benefit from online communities and forums that are dedicatedly designed for homeschool students.

4. Children do not learn all the necessary subjects

You must define “necessary” before believing this myth. Will you consider economics necessary for a child who wants to be a painter? Or will you force science and mathematics to an author in the making? Traditional schools have the same curriculum for all its students without considering the child’s aptitude and interest. Not that it’s their fault, they simply do not have the option to customise.

But you definitely do. In virtual homeschooling, you can design your child’s curriculum to fit his/her interests. Use the rest of the time to let them learn what they want and let them grow in their way. Give science to a scientist and literature to an author, not the other way around. Your child surely learns all the necessary subjects.

5. ‘Overprotective parents’ opt for digital schooling

To bust this myth, I’d simply say ‘SMART PARENTS’ opt for homeschooling. Parents who want to spend more time with their children and who want to ditch the cookie cutter learning approach opt for digital schooling. The concept gives your family freedom, both academic and social manner. You will not have to cancel on a gathering just because of exams or reschedule a dinner because of an assignment.

Almost 3 percent of all American children are homeschooled and they are faring very well in the outside world. It goes without saying that the parents of all 1.5 million kids worldwide cannot be labeled as overprotective. Choosing a schooling system that allows you more time with the child does not make you overprotective, it simply means that you value your time.

K 12 Online Schooling is the way to go!

In the digital schooling system everything is similar to traditional schooling, only better and with added advantages of freedom, flexibility and fun. This eccentric learning environment can prove to be a positive change for your family but you can never know for sure if you haven’t give homeschooling a try. Homeschooling is the future and be a part of it now!

Home Schooling Six to Eight Year Olds

Whether a child has been to an institutionalized school or has been home schooled forever, many six to eight year olds enjoy learning. As a parent, understanding how your child learns, which temperament is their strongest, and what type of intelligence they excel in will greatly assist in the teaching/learning process. Six to eight year olds learn best when they are having fun. Reading to the child is essential to their learning experience. Read about a variety of subjects, such as animals, mystery, history, fantasy, classics, and adventures. Visit the library often and see what they offer. Some offer reading and art classes or other activities. Purchasing a phonics book will dramatically help your child to understand how words are phonetically read out loud.

Another lesson for this age group is writing skills. Although the child may have difficulty writing, they certainly can talk up a storm. Scribing for your child as they tell a story is a great way for them to see it written down. Have them draw pictures by the words that you have written for them. Narration is also a great tool to learning language skills. Read to your child and have them repeat in their own words what the story was about. Remember to keep all these lessons fun and stress free. Children learn at their own pace as long as there is daily practice there is nothing to worry about.

When working with arithmetic, try to incorporate a lot of real life situations, such as cooking, or trips to the grocery store, etc. Science is another subject that is learned best in its natural setting. Read about snakes and then go to a zoo to see some. Name all the animals at the zoo and then write about it later. See how many different birds are outside your home and try to name them. The hands on approach is often the easiest way to learn. Walk on the beach and name all the animals, hike in the mountains and notice the different landscapes, collect specimens, notice changing seasons, the world is a learning experience.

In addition, parents want to teach their children responsibility and accountability with household chores. This is an excellent way for child to learn that they are capable and that they are needed in the family.

Overall, children in this age group enjoy combining research with creative projects, such as crafts, costumes, foods, reports, place setting, home decorations, music, and imagination play. With every activity, each subject can be incorporated easily. A purchased curriculum is not necessary, learning is inevitable.

Home Schooling – Think It’s Too Much of a Challenge? Think Again

Why Home School?

Why do some parents consider switching from traditional school attendance to home schooling their children? For the most obvious reasons you need to keep up with the national news. In one place after another, there is increasing crime and violence in both public and private schools. Institutions of higher education don’t exactly escape the bad rap either. It seems almost every year there are more and more problems in colleges and universities with abuse of drugs and alcohol, rapes and other types of sexual misconduct and excessive acts of violence at rallies, sporting events and even seemingly for no particular cause during the normal scholastic year.

The “Problems”

Many “problems” are commonly associated with home schooling. Some of these may include:

o Quality of education

o Availability of high-level teachers and tutors for areas where parents may lack knowledge and skills

o Reduced interaction of home-schooled children with their peers

o Boredom

o Lack of motivation

o Parental fears over the home schooling process

o Difficulties with local, state and national laws and requisites

o Financial concerns

o Availability of adequate texts, resources and other materials

o Bilingual or multi-lingual education concerns

But for each of these concerns, although initially valid, has several viable solutions within the means of virtually every household. One increasingly difficult aspect of home schooling, however, deals with providing children with a bilingual or multi-lingual education.

Bilingual or Multi-Lingual Education

While in many parts of the world a bilingual or multi-lingual education is desirable or even an essential in many cases, it is quite possible to provide a quality bilingual education for home schooled children. Speaking a foreign language can be a tremendous asset in many walks or life and career paths. The same can be said concerning knowledge of a foreign culture. In a number of locations, education which includes elements of foreign languages is easily incorporated in the child’s everyday educational life, providing them with a solid basis for foreign language acquisition and practical use. A broad spectrum of foreign languages can be included incorporating languages such as:

o English (varieties from regional America, Britain, Australia, Jamaica, etc.)

o Spanish (spoken and written forms of Castellano can vary widely between the 21 countries where Spanish is spoken as a first or official language)

o French

o Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, or other forms)

o Arabic

o German

o Italian

o Portuguese

o Russian

o Greek

o Turkish

o And a host of indigenous or local dialects, Creoles and patois

Help, Resources and Assistance are Available

In most countries which allow home schooling of underage children there are programs available to inform and provide parents with information, curricular requirements and other types of assistance to help make the home schooling process a much smoother, effective and rewarding one for both the parents and the children. With home schooling too, parents are able to provide focus and direction in areas of which the child may have special interest, talents and abilities. It is possible to insert an increased number of field trips or attendance at inter-cultural or related events, seminars, conferences, workshops and special activities which may be unavailable to children and learners at traditional institutions. Home schooling parents likewise have the option of integrating learning alternates into their home schooling program.

Consider the Children Too

Rather than allowing themselves to be overwhelmed by the challenge of home schooling, parents should embrace the concept. The first step is to seek out those government agencies, resources and organizations which can provide the quantity of information and guidance needed to effect an intelligent decision on whether or not to home school, why and how. Home schooling is not too much of a challenge to be considered once proper investigation has been conducted on the part of the parents in consideration of the wishes, desires and attitude of the children. Parents could also use teaching and learning techniques not only with their children but also with themselves to make themselves smarter. Now wouldn’t that be nice?

Home Schooling Benefits and Help

Some years ago a grandson came to live with me who have problems at school. He had bad attention span and was noisy in class. That, however, was only part of the problem. He was also bowel incontinent and at the ages of 6-8 years that was hard for teachers and students to put up with. After he was sent home within an hour of arrival on various excuses I decided to home school him.

As my education level was high having degrees from university the task was obviously not going to be that hard. In fact, it was so easy and so enjoyable for both of us that he picked up quite rapidly. He was attentive and easy to manage. Explaining things to him on a one on one basis meant that he readily absorbed the lessons.

There was also a lot of help available out in the community. There were even gatherings with other home school students. They could play games and interact as they would in a play-ground or class-room. The parents got along as well.

If someone is in a situation where the alternative to home schooling is a bad situation, then don’t hesitate to take it on. Anyone who has been to school and passed through primary with no trouble will have a great experience refreshing their memory and expounding on their knowledge.

Books are also available for parents to use to help students. They get the same text books as in a class-room with the added advantage that lessons can be ongoing once a subject has been introduced. It is surprising how many questions come up from time to time over dinner or when relaxing that add to the knowledge bank.

Children who are home-schooled in Australia are usually ahead of the pack when it comes to qualifying later in life. If someone is thinking about it then my advice is to give it a go. After all what do you have to lose?