• Secular Homeschooling

    by Published on 07-20-2015 10:54 AM
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    Whenever I mention that I homeschooled my kids all the way through high school, I get looks of disbelief. The most common response is, "I could never do that. I have a hard enough time helping them with their homework. We'd kill each other!" From other homeschoolers I hear, "By the time we hit middle school, I knew I couldn't teach all those subjects, so we sent them to school."

    My response is always, "It's not that hard! It's not bringing the classroom into your home, it's following your child's lead and staying out of the way." Then I get blank stares like I'm speaking a another language. They nod politely and move along.

    I hope I can demystify this type of homeschooling for you and show you just how easy and effective it really is.

    What unschooling?

    John Holt is the go-to man on this topic. He defined it as "not school." We need to erase the school model from our brains and think clearly about how children learn.

    From Holt's book How Children Learn:

    "This is also known as interest driven, child-led, natural, organic, eclectic, or self-directed learning. Lately, the term "unschooling" has come to be associated with the type of homeschooling that doesn't use a fixed curriculum. When pressed, I define unschooling as allowing children as much freedom to learn in the world, as their parents can comfortably bear. The advantage of this method is that it doesn't require you, the parent, to become someone else—a professional teacher pouring knowledge into child-vessels on a planned basis. Instead you live and learn together, pursuing questions and interests as they arise and using conventional schooling on an "on demand" basis, if at all. This is the way we learn before going to school and the way we ...
    by Published on 07-13-2015 12:38 PM
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    3. General Homeschooling

    Hello! My name is Drew, I am excited to be here this week to answer your questions and to talk about homeschooling from my perspective. This coming school year I have decided to give public high school a try. I like experiencing something new and not looking back wishing I had a chance to try it. I am excited about this new adventure. I love art, anime and have been learning Japanese. I plan on attending college for graphic design once I graduate high school. Here are some of my thoughts on homeschooling.

    Parents Just Want the Best

    I understand many parents worry for the well being of their children, wanting them to have the best education and being able to have the best experience. Homeschooling allows that to happen.

    The S Word

    That dreaded socializing question! “Well how can your child make friends if they are not in that public environment?” I have friends! A few of my friends are homeschooled themselves and they seem to be ...
    by Published on 07-06-2015 04:49 PM
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    3. General Homeschooling

    With all the reading programs available, you would think that there needed to be a different one for each student. Just like shampoo, pharmaceuticals, and paper plates, they all claim to be effective.

    Research from the last 20 years has shed light on vital elements to look for in an effective reading program. The methods used in this research can appropriately be called neuro-developmental, because they not only incorporate knowledge of how the brain acquires skill in general, but how language skill is acquired specifically. Here’s what you should look for (and what you should reasonably expect) when trying to make a decision:
    1)Look for programs that begin with pre-phonetic, spoken language skills: Research shows that reading difficulties most likely result from spoken-language skill deficits, which need to be remedied at the spoken-language level. Look for programs that will improve awareness of what the child sees, feels, and hears when making speech sounds, and integrate those features efficiently in the brain. Programs should also emphasize phonological processing skills (the ability to identify, order, and manipulate all 44 English language sounds), but be wary. Many programs have activities that may use phonological awareness (rhyming activities, identify the first sound activities). However, that’s not the same thing as building processing skills. Also, make sure the program strengthens these skills before emphasizing letter/sound association and phonics! Research also shows ...
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