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May 2009
07

The Fun Of Homeschooling

Christopher Byrnes asked: There are many reasons why parents choose homeschooling for their children. A lot of times this choice is made by parents who...
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There are many reasons why parents choose homeschooling for their children. A lot of times this choice is made by parents who are dissatisfied with the way formal education is being run. Also by those who are concerned about safety issues.

In addition, there are those parents who wish to freely instill some religious values in their children, while some feel that having their kids taught at home helps tighten their family bond.

Nowadays, there has been an uprise in the numbers of students who are getting their education at home. In the United States, approximately around 3 million children participate in homeschooling programs.

There are various ways homeschooling can be achieved. One of the most popular methods is to avail of prepackaged curriculums. A lot of book publishers specifically produce materials designed for children who participate in homeschooling.

These prepackaged curriculums basically introduce subjects that follow the curriculum of formal education.

Home schooling includes a lot of activities that make learning fun and exciting, especially for young children, while teaching a range of subjects such as: Mathematics, Language, Social Studies, Science, History, Electives and many more.

Children who are undergoing homeschooling are furnished with school supplies and other materials that they need for their education.

Software, educational audio cassettes and videos, and the internet are also part of the tools that are included in the education of the child.

Home schooling teachers may also teach children how to play various instruments as a part of the activities covered in music, and other various skills depending on the child’s interest.

Arts and crafts, indoor games, and story telling are some of the other activities homeschooled children can participate in. The best thing about this is family members will be able to support and be involved in the various activities of the child.

Students who are undergoing homeschooling may also choose to go on organized fieldtrips along with other children who are also being homeschooled.

Outside of homeschooling, children can also participate in a number of activities such as: community service, working part time, sports programs, church activities and field trips that are organized by support groups that endorse home schooling.

These are basically facilitated by families who also have children who participate in homeschooling.

This method of learning is gaining more and more popularity these days, and is becoming a more feasible option for a number of families that now it is fast becoming a new trend in the way children get their education. This gives parents more freedom to choose what they think would be the best option when it comes to their children’s education.



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May 2009
07

You are Not Alone- Homeschooling Tips and Tricks

Posted: May 7th, 2009 | Author: admin | Categories: Homeschooling | Tags: , , , , , ,
Sarah Jones asked: Homeschooling your kids can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of isolation and loneliness. Day after day,...
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Homeschooling your kids can be an exciting time, but it can also be a time of isolation and loneliness. Day after day, you work hard to give your child the education they deserve, but others around you don’t seem to understand your situation. You may feel stuck at home, while others around you are out and about going to playgroups and social events. You may even feel depressed or sad at your lack of social opportunities.

There seems to be a dividing line between the public school children and the homeschoolers, and many a friendship has dissolved over the differences in believes and lifestyles. This can be bothersome for children, but even more so for the parents.

So how then, do you strike a balance? How do you find others that understand your lifestyle choices, and most importantly, how to you find friends and playmates for your kids? Luckily, there are several places to find just the right fit for you and your kids!

First off, it’s important to know that you are not alone in your homeschooling adventure. There are a number of resources and tools available to you. You just have to know where to look. Once you find the right resources, you will begin to feel a sense of community again. Encouraging your kids to make friends with other homeschoolers is crucial for the success and development of your children.

Going online is a great way to find others that share your passion for education. Homeschooling sites are excellent when it comes to finding lesson plans and crafts, but they are also a great way to make homeschooling friends! Message boards and forums are a fun way to find friends that share your same goals and passions. It is encouraged to jump right in and start responding to other posts, or start asking the burning questions that you want answered about your child’s education. Many even have a place where you can create a buddy list and communicate one-on-one with others, which is a fun way to make friends.

Next, look within your own community. Many communities have homeschooling organizations that offer not only support but socialization opportunities as well. There you can set up field trips, play dates, and even sports events for your kids.

With a little bit of time and effort, you and your kids can begin experiencing the joy that is homeschooling in a whole new light.



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May 2009
06

Valentine’s Day for the Homeschool: Valentine’s Day Card Ideas

Mimi Rothschild asked: It’s always tempting for young homeschoolers to rush to the store and buy overpriced mass-produced valentines featuring their favorite toys and cartoons....
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It’s always tempting for young homeschoolers to rush to the store and buy overpriced mass-produced valentines featuring their favorite toys and cartoons. Homeschool parents should try to curb this desire by encouraging their children to make their own cards. It is a fun hands-on activity that you can do together as a family. Encourage them to use their imagination to create an interesting personalized style.

Cards are a breeze to make, even for younger homeschool students. Just take a piece of red, white, or pink construction paper and fold it in half. Then, you can decorate the card using glitter, sequins, crayons, more construction paper, and other craft materials. Cut out little hearts and decorate the front of your cards. Use fabric patterns and wrapping paper for a neat effect. Cut your card into interesting shapes like hearts or flowers or animals.

Have your children make collage valentines. Grab a stack of magazines and have them cut out clippings of words and pictures that evoke the Valentine’s Day spirit. Use stamps, stencils, and clip art to jazz things up. You can even create a little pocket in your card for a treat like a Hershey’s Kiss.

Make sure to include a Bible verse about love. This will help your students to keep their idea of love in perspective. After all, there’s a lot more to love than romance, flings, and crushes. These valentines should be about friendship and brotherly love. Check out these Bible verses about love.

Once the cards are made you can do several things to make the card-giving process fun. If you belong to a homeschool co-op, you can have all of the homeschoolers create their own valentine mailboxes out of old shoeboxes. Decorate them in a similar fashion. You can slip valentines in balloons and then inflate them. Students will have to pop their balloon in order to get their valentine.



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May 2009
03

Arts and Crafts: Make Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Posted: May 3rd, 2009 | Author: admin | Categories: Homeschooling | Tags: , , , , , ,
vishaldhiman asked: Are you a camp director, teacher, or homeschool mom looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids? Or maybe you...
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Are you a camp director, teacher, or homeschool mom looking for a new arts and crafts idea for your kids? Or maybe you are a recreation director at a senior center or nursing home and could use a new project. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting and fun for all. This glass case can be used, given as a gift, or converted into a necklace purse.

To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials: a square of craft foam, plastic or large blunt needles, lanyard lace or thick yarn. Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.). With a whole punch, make holes on three sides of each rectangle, for more details visit to www.101-save-money.com leaving one short side unpunched. Make the holes 1/2 inch apart and allow at least 1/4 inch between the hole and the edge of the craft foam. The holes need to line up so that the two pieces can be laced together. If you are preparing the craft for small children, you should make the holes yourself. Otherwise, the crafters can do this step if you have enough pairs of whole punches.

At this point the crafters can cut decorative shapes from other colors of craft foam, or you can buy sets of ready-cut foam shapes. If you are doing the craft at a special event, like vacation Bible school, for more details visit to www.art-of-astrology.com choose shapes that echo the theme of the event. For instance, if the Bible school or camp has a cowboy theme, find shapes that fit well, such as boots, cowboy hats, and stars. Let the kids choose the shapes they like and glue on as desired. You might also like to provide beads or sequins to glue on as well, especially if the crafters are a little older.

The next step in this arts and crafts idea is to thread the plastic needle with the yarn or lanyard lace. Yarn might be a little easier to handle, but lanyard lace is shiny and attractive. In a pinch, some teachers of small children use a bobby pin as a needle. It is certainly a safe alternative. Simply loop the yarn through the opening and use the open end of the bobby pin as if it were the point of the needle. The children can now begin to lace the front and back of the glasses case together.

To turn this arts and crafts idea into a necklace purse, simply attach a piece of lanyard lace to each corner making a long handle. Kids will enjoy using this case as a place to store secret notes and small objects. If they’d rather, they can give the glasses case to a parent, grandparent, or friend who wears glasses. Either way, this arts and crafts idea will be interesting for all.



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May 2009
01

9 Benefits Of HomeSchooling

Brenda Shaylor asked: As each year goes by more and more parents are seriously considering homeschooling as a viable alternative to mainstream school.What are the...
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As each year goes by more and more parents are seriously considering homeschooling as a viable alternative to mainstream school.What are the benefits of Homeschooling then?

Sixteen years ago my husband and I made the decision to move our young family of five children from a rural area in Western Australia to Perth and with that move we also made the decision to home school.The reasons were many and so were the benefits.

Here is a list of what we feel were the greatest benefits:

*The end to the ever growing problem of bullying within our children’s education environment.What a relief!

Many times our children could be victims of bullying at school and we may not even be aware of it.

However,once our children are taken out of the formal school environment we can find that the lines of communication become more open and as they confide more in us we realise the actual extent of bullying and the effect it has been having on our children.Therefore we are able to help our children overcome the effects of bullying and to develop a strong sense of self-esteem and renewed self-confidence.

*A very flexible daily schedule, much to everyones’ delight.We all have days when we wake up tired or feel unwell.When homeschooling the daily schedule becomes much more flexible and allows for much freedom in coping with health issues and time constraints.

It is only a short time before the children become very good at time management and develop a personal sense of responsibility for accomplishing tasks within a certain time frame.This goes hand in hand with self-discipline.

*The freedom to choose topics our children are interested in and the willingness to change if there was a lack of interest in a particular topic.

For example,if one child is interested in Endangered Species,but another in Chemistry,there is no reason why these differing interests cannot be catered to.In fact,the children very quickly become self-learners:that is,they follow their natural interests until they are satisfied with what they have learnt in a particular area.Then they willingly go on to something else.

*Each child can be given as much one-on-one attention as necessary,therefore allowing for quick pick-up of any weaknesses or problems in their curriculum areas.

For example,when at school perhaps you as a parent did not realise that your child was struggling with Math simply because they did not know their Times Tables,or even that your child was not reading at a required grade level.Within a short time of homeschooling you can identify and deal with these problems.

*The children are eager to get into their work each day, knowing that much time for favourites was available when the formal side was covered.

For example,if your children are avid readers there may be time for an extra visit to the Library,or if they love the outdoors a bike ride or bushwalk.These are the things that enhance education for young and old.

*It was only a short time from when the children were taken out of school to see what each child’s’ strengths and weaknesses were.For example,our son developed a deep love for fishing and story writing.Our daughters all learnt musical instruments and were keenly interested in a wide variety of crafts and hobbies.Some were keenly interested in stamp collecting and loved to attend and be involved in stamp auctions.

*The children became very self-motivated and self-disciplined learners which qualities have carried over into their adult lives and work habits.They all love acquiring new skills to this day,because of their love for learning.

*If anyone was sick at any time the children were so far ahead in their program that it did not matter and ample time off could be given without fear of falling behind.This takes pressure off the whole family,as we all know how difficult it can be when there is a nasty ‘flu or other bug doing the circuit.

*It is very easy to integrate a wide range of activities which allow for socialising with a wide variety of age groups and cultures.

For example,if you have elderly folk in your neighbourhood you can invite them for morning tea and as they and the children get to know one another the children can create biographies of the lives of these ones.

Or perhaps there is a family from another country just moved into your area.This is a great opportunity to get to know one another and for the children to learn the invaluable lesson of tolerance and respect for those of a different background,thus removing prejudices.

These are but a few of the many benefits that we have found come from homeschooling.It really is a practical and viable alternative to formal school education,in areas where it is permitted.



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