Tuesday, January 17, 2006

 
YOUR FAMILY AND HOMESCHOOLING
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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. You�ll like it!

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HOME SCHOOLING
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For many people, homeschooling is either the best option or the only option for teaching their children. This is due to various factors: conditions of the school systems, temperaments of children, vast learning abilities or disabilities of children, and a wide spectrum of other factors such as school-family incompatibility, multiple intelligences in which certain children learn best under circumstances and environments that are not offered in either public or private schools, as well as religious convictions and beliefs that are not tolerated in the public school system (specifically, Christian beliefs such as creationism). These are all valid and unquestioningly solid reasons to homeschool your child. With the wide selection of homeschooling programs, curriculum, and both state-supported and/or Christian endorsed programs available, the opportunities are endless for a parent who wants to homeschool. The very best thing to do is to check out your resources with your local community in mind.


Homeschooling support groups should be available in your area. Do a search online or get a community events and organizations calendar from your local library. Ask neighbors and friends. Most of all, ask around to different churches. There are so many churches today that are offering a "covering" program in which homeschooling parents may fall underneath their program "umbrella". The church will help you with record-keeping such as test scores, your daily homeschooling journal, and vacinnation records for the state.


Secondly, discover what it is you want to accomplish through homeschooling. Does your child absolutely NEED to be homeschooled for specific reasons or is it a choice that you and your family feel strongly convicted of as a necessity for your child? Either way you look at it, you are justified in your choice. However, be sure that your child will BENEFIT from being schooled at home. As a homeschooling parent, you have now become teacher. Organization and discipline are important disciplines you will need in order to be a successful teacher and to have your child be a successful student. If you need additional help and need to hire a private tutor, for instance, never feel ashamed by any means. Doing what's best for your child is the only thing that matters.


A third factor to consider is the TYPE of curriculum you will want to use. What will be your teaching philosophy? There are a number of internet and print resources that can help you learn more about the different homeschooling pholosophies that exist, such as: Montessori method, Charlotte Mason method, Eclectic method, Classical Education method, Distance Learning, Waldorf Education method, and Unschooling. Do a search online and find out as much as possible about each method and perhaps find a fit that suits the needs of your family the best.


Overall, homeschooling is a wonderful way to teach our children in a culture that may not be as supportive with our children's education as we would like. Homeschooling is not for everyone, but by the same token, neither is public education. Doing what's best for our children and their start on a lifelong education is most important.
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Home Schooling and Home Schools
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Home Schooling and Home Schools around the Country are availabe to give you choices for your children. Home Schooling gives you flexibility and freedom to create your own schedule. Schools and School yards are becoming unsafe for both students and teachers.


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HOMESCHOOLING RESOURCES
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The first and foremost homeschool resource available to you is yourself. That�s right, it�s you! Right from the start it is your motivation to provide your child with the best education you can possibly muster and your ability to stay focused on your projects that will ultimately determine the quality of education your child receives. But now, what homeschool resources and materials are available to YOU?


Depending upon the age(s) of your children the resources that you use will vary. A great way to help determine what homeschool materials to use will be to observe and take on not only what interests your child but how they appear to learn. CD�s are a great learning tool. With today�s graphics and sophisticated programming the learning process can be both fascinating and fun for the child!


In fact, check out some of the software resources from the suppliers available to you right from this website!


Story books are a tried and true homeschool material. Teaching your children through the use of story books has long been a lynchpin in child education. Children�s magazines are also another great source of learning and discovery for children. Animal stories are among some of the most popular. One advantage to magazines is that they stay current and each issue is just a bit different.


Last, and probably least is television. That is if you carefully monitor not only the programs that your child watches but the amount of time spent watching television. Don�t ever substitute television (or any other automated type of medium such as computers) for hands on learning from their parent. With all of the technology available this can easily happen. Remember one of the great advantages to homeschooling is to be able to spend more time with your child and to directly control their educational experience. Slipping into too much computer and/or television time defeats the purpose of the homeschooling time.


When it comes to homeschooling children, your resources are unlimited and so is your child�s ability to learn. Their world is boundless and so should be your creativity.



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