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Here’s a fun article from the website Hip Homeschool Moms called A Public School Teacher Talks Homeschooling. It has come at a great time for me, and is a fun reminder of why this form of education is so good. Take a look!
Last week TODAY Show.com ran a series of articles on homeschooling in America. I have enjoyed them and am thrilled to see the subject of homeschooling making it into the mainstream press… in a positive way. Not only should this make it easier for homeschooling families to gain acceptance (fewer blank stares and pursed lips when we admit that we educate our kiddos at home), but it may begin the homeschool discussion for other families. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
One point of homeschooling that surprises many is the fact that it doesn’t take as long for homeschoolers to complete their daily lessons as it does for students in traditional schools. While most students spend 7-8 hours per day at school as well as time spent doing homework, homeschoolers can often finish their schoolwork in 3-4 hours. Why? The small student to teacher ratio is an obvious reason. The simple acts of handing out papers or giving a verbal quiz takes only seconds or minutes in the homeschool, whereas those same endeavors take much longer in a large group.
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Providing context, or giving a clear picture of what happened or why something is important, brings learning to life and makes it more memorable. In an educational setting, there is a great opportunity for parents to provide this for their children.
How many times in school did you ask the question, “Why do I need to know this?” or “When will I ever use this?” You asked this because while studying chapter after chapter in your history, math and science books, you wanted to know how the information you were learning would affected you. You wanted context for the learning process.
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How many of us remember our first day of school each year? We spent time carefully choosing the right outfit to wear. We wondered which teacher we would have. Would we get along with our new teacher, or would he or she be too hard or too strict? Would we know anyone in our class, or would we have to meet all new friends?
And then once the school year began, we had to maneuver the social nuances that affected the school day. Would we become the butt of a class joke or face embarrassment in P.E. class? Would we become the object of the class bully’s terror? Would we thrive or sink in the face More >
No two children are the same. Even in the same family, children can vary greatly. And it’s not simply their gender. It’s their likes, their dislikes, their strengths, their weakness, even the way they assimilate information. Understanding this allows parents to choose curriculum that helps their children learn in effective ways.
Learning at home doesn’t have to be a one-size-fits-all approach, something that is typically found in traditional schools. Parents are able to look at their child’s learning style to determine what kind of curriculum works. Does their child learn best with hands-on More >
Sitting at my kitchen table, I listened to my friend share about the challenges her son was having with his fifth-grade math class. The school had opted for a new curriculum the previous year and Brandon* had struggled to learn his assignments. The school had obviously already noticed a problem because they were returning to a traditional math curriculum in subsequent years, but until then, Brandon was on his own.
“It’s not the same method we learned in school,” she said. “He doesn’t understand it; I don’t even understand it. So I can’t help him.”
“What does his book say?” I asked.
“He More >
Billy Graham once said, “Only God Himself fully appreciates the influence of a Christian mother in the molding of character in her children.” For the homeschooling mother (or father), the same can be said of molding a child’s education. And to that molding process, the homeschooling parent brings a distinct advantage: No one knows a child better.
As parents, we understand our child’s personality, moods, likes and dislikes like no one else. We often see ourselves—our reasoning, our personality traits, even our shortcomings—in them. We understand what makes them tick, and we know how to reach More >
In a study conducted by the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), homeschool students outperformed their public school counterparts by an average of more than 30% on standardized tests. Those living in the homeschooling world see the viability and success of this form of education each day, but thankfully, that statistic may silence critics. With such strong showings, it simply can’t be denied that homeschooling is a viable educational choice in the 21st century. But what makes it so successful? The answer has to begin with the simplicity of the environment and the low teacher More >