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Apr 2009
26

How Long Is A Homeschooling Year?

Posted: April 26th, 2009 | Author: admin | Categories: Homeschooling | Tags: , , , , , ,
Joshua Poon asked: Parents have several explanations and justifications why they homeschool their children. They have concerns regarding the safety of their children, the quality...
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Parents have several explanations and justifications why they homeschool their children. They have concerns regarding the safety of their children, the quality of education that is offered in public schools, the expensive cost of private schooling and the struggle of the child to keep up with the entire class.

Parents usually feel defenseless when their kids come home from school with accounts of emotional cruelty from peers, labeling them as “slow learners”.

With a large class, teachers usually have little options and remedy to act on these children who are so called “slow learners”. This is why often they are advised to be tutored, so that they will be given the attention that they need, and can learn at “their own pace”, not competing with others as well as not having the teacher’s undivided attention.

Planning what your child needs:

Your child will need a certain study area that is quiet, with few or no distractions at all. Study time should be scheduled well for each day.

Display a focused attitude towards your child; this is essential, as your child needs to realize that you are committed and enjoying your time together rather than irritable or unsatisfied with your child’s shortcomings.

You must reward, stimulate and encourage your child to create an affirmative emotional and informative experience. You must provide your child with basic school materials such as textbooks, globe, encyclopedia and dictionary. Consider also the resources the internet can deliver as an addition to your homeschooling program; the net offers information that continues to grow.

Have a supply of educational games of different varieties, art materials and supplies and reading books, in an accessible place. After your homeschool hours your kids can play games, do crafts, and read books independently.

Defining your homeschooling year

In order to begin the lesson planning process, you have to determine your timetable or what is the school year for your homeschool.

First of all, know the total number of “school days” in the school year.

When determining this there are two main factors that you should consider. One is the certain number of teaching or tutoring days as obliged by the State you are residing in. Generally, 180 days are required, although some States do require more and some less. Consequently, this is the number of minimum or lowest recommended days for that you should plan.

The other factor is the total number of days which is necessary to move throughout the longest type of curriculum which you planned for the forthcoming school year. When that certain “longest” curriculum will necessitate less than the lowest number of teaching days, then it won’t be a reason in outlining your homeschool school year.

For instance, if your State requirement is 180 minimum days of teaching. Upon examining your curriculum, you discovered that one such curriculum, for example algebra, will necessitate 200 days of teaching to finish. Then your homeschool year will be 200 days in length.

When you have already resolved and finalized which days is more, that of the lowest number of your State’s or your longest duration of curriculum, then you can determine the “total number of days” in your homeschool year. This is then the total amount of days that you should base your lesson plans upon.



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Apr 2009
25

Gathering The Right Information Before You Begin Homeschooling

Posted: April 25th, 2009 | Author: admin | Categories: Homeschooling | Tags: , , , , , ,
Kris Koonar asked: Homeschooling is gaining a lot of popularity as an effective education alternative as compared to public or private schooling. According to statistics,...
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Homeschooling is gaining a lot of popularity as an effective education alternative as compared to public or private schooling. According to statistics, more than two million students in the US are homeschooled. There are several advantages associated with homeschooling due to which many parents are shifting towards it. If you are also one of them then make sure that you have all the required information ready before you take any step further.

As a parent you may have ten reasons for homeschooling your child, be it the location problem or fear of bullying, school violence or illegal drug presence, but you need to know that if you decide to take this step then you will be depriving your child the opportunity to develop friendship with children of his or her age group and take part in various activities. However, this cannot be considered as a very strong reason why your home schooled child cannot interact with children in the neighbourhood or even join the scouts and church youth group. There are many communities which hold craft programs and after school sports in which every child can participate.

Obtaining information from other parents;

If you are in search for a very reliable information source that can help you make the final decision about homeschooling, talk to other parents who are already involved in this. They are experienced and it will easy for them to offer you advice on various techniques that can be used to keep your child focused on the planned studies. You can even take a look at their lecture styles as compared to the traditional classroom and ways of encouraging children to study in an independent manner under parental guidance.

Once you gather all the important information from other parents, you will get a better picture of what you have to do while homeschooling and whether or not you will be able to do well in teaching your child informally. It is very important to instil the interest and excitement about learning in a child and this is one of the biggest challenges that parents face. Make sure that you never push your child beyond his or her capacity to learn otherwise your efforts will be wasted. Even your school district will have homeschooling information and available classes and you can take these classes in order to prepare before you start teaching.

Internet for homeschooling information:

The Internet has always been the easiest and most effective source of information. There are many websites created especially for homeschoolers and you can find a good amount of information online. Many homeschooling parents put up blogs and websites that include their honest appraisal about their experiences. If you read such blogs you will get to know about the techniques that can be successful and all that should be avoided.

It can be a big challenge for any parent to homeschool a child, but it also gives the parents a chance to witness the change in the child, intellectually. When your child starts reading the first word, solve the first sum or write the first sentence you will be there! Children tend to learn quickly when homeschooled. Make sure that you choose the right subjects, so that the whole process can be made interesting.



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