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Home Schooling and Discipline

If looking at it from a child’s perspective, staying at home and having his mom as a teacher will look a lot like summer break, and thus some disciplinary issues might arise; the infant might end up not taking home schooling as seriously as he should. To avoid that situation, some disciplinary measures have to be put up from the onset. If you’re home schooling your child, you dispose of as much flexibility as anyone can; you decide when, what and how much of it to learn. It’s best to make a program and an agenda in the beginning, and you must stick to it. If your child is old enough, you can let him in on some of the decision-making, and you can even discuss with him what subjects he prefers to learn- of course you shouldn’t blindly listen and comply with your kid’s wishes; let them help you make the schedule at your own discretion. Homework is normal aspect of regular school, and should not be neglected when home schooling. After the day has passed, the child should have some work to do in order to cement any concepts he has acquired. Depending on your child, it might be a good idea to supervise them as if they were in a regular public school. Make sure to teach your kids some of the basic points of discipline, such as manners and courtesy. Since they have no peers or teachers to learn from, you’re going to have to demonstrate those qualities and make sure that your kid picks up on them. It’s best to have a room devoid of distractions for your home lessons. You should make the child feel as if he’s in a real, boring, classroom in a regular school; dress him as if he was going to school. If you lack patience, dedication, and neglect providing reinforcing support to your child, he’s very likely to get disinterested from any kind of educational work, won’t stick to the rules and will ultimately result in failure- so if you decide to go for home schooling, make sure you’re ready.

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Homeschooling A Child With Cerebral Palsy

In 2007 more than 1.5 million students were homeschooled in the US, according to the United States Department of Education. That’s 37% more children than were homeschooled only four years before.

Schooling a child at home certainly isn’t for everyone. It requires commitment, determination, and patience. And, if you are the parent of a child with a birth injury such as cerebral palsy, this can be an even more challenging decision.

Nonetheless, homeschooling a special needs child is guaranteed by the United States Constitution. However, although the First and Fourth Amendments do guarantee these rights the state laws for homeschooling a special needs child may be stricter than it is for families of children who do not have special needs.

Many teachers and school officials try to discourage parents from homeschooling their special needs child. Therefore, it is very important that you educate yourself as fully as possible about your constitutional rights.

You can find the information you need by doing a search on the Internet for “Home School Legal Defense Association”.

There are also a number of things you may want to do to determine if homeschooling is your best option.

– Get familiar with all of the laws in your state and in your school district that pertain to homeschooling.

– Locate home school support groups. You may want to do an Internet search for “umbrella schools” and “consulting services” that are in your area as well.

– Find and talk to other people who have home schooled children that have special needs. Ask them what has and has not worked for them.

– Meet your local school officials and establish a positive, friendly relationship with them. Find out if there are any services that are offered by your local public school.

– Your state may permit your child to be enrolled in a home school as well as a public school. If this type of enrollment is available, consider if “dual enrollment” would be right for your child.

How to Ensure Successful Homeschooling

If you have decided to home school your child there are a number of things that you will have to do in order to ensure your success.

You must keep accurate and complete records about how your child is progressing and what you are doing to meet your child’s special needs. You will need this documentation if any legal challenges arise regarding your home schooling.

You should schedule regular evaluations and keep documented records about these evaluations.

You should get assistance from educational consultants, counselors, therapists, support groups, and whoever else can help you to provide the special needs your child has. If you have any question as to whether or not you need any outside assistance do not even think about it. Get the assistance that you and your child need.

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Become Exposed to Diverse Cultures Through Online Home Schooling

In many respects the world is still a big place to explore but the advances in technology have made it possible for today’s youth to take online home schooling classes. These classes will allow them to learn various subjects that interest them. These online home schooling courses can be taken from different countries.

Due to this your child will become exposed to cultures that have the potential to broaden their horizons. With the advances in technology your child will be able to see, hear and read about the lessons that they are taking. This type of online home schooling opens many avenues of study for your child. The various types of subjects that your child can take as a result of this study allows them to learn not just about their country but the world around them.

By studying with online home schooling classes your child gets to see how the world interacts with them through the various subjects that need research. Since for the most part your child’s studying will be done without any teacher supervision they will need to reason out the subject matter that they studying.

This reasoning gives your child the ability to think and make decisions while they are studying. Due to this type of education your child can make sure that the course subjects that they take will help them when they are in university. The manner in which your high school student conducts their studying will for the most part determine the success that they will have with passing their online home schooling classes.

Of course online home schooling is not only confined to children and teenagers, these days there are many adults who are taking online classes in order to finish their respective educations which were interrupted for various reasons.

These reasons while they were valid at that period of time will not prove to be a deterrent as the internet allows adults to re-start their education. By completing their education these adults will receive an educational certificate which can help them psychologically, career-wise and in some cases physically as well.

The different online home schooling that adults can take is for the most part directed towards completing their high school education. To achieve this path there are two types of studies that can be looked into. With one online schooling course the GED is open for the adult student. The other course allows the adult student to choose various curriculum subjects that will let them complete their high school courses and graduate quite well.

What all of this says is that online home schooling is a great way for any person to complete their educational goals. For children and adults alike the online homeschooling programs that can be found open the doorways to many exciting new possibilities.

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Getting Ready For Home Schooling Your Child

So, are you thinking about home schooling your children? Are you skeptical if that is the right thing to do? Do you need information on home schooling and the curriculum for a home school?

Every parent/guardian goes through the same set of questions when they are exploring home schooling as an option for their children. Like everything else, home schooling too has its own advantages and disadvantages. However, taking an important decision like this is not an easy task for any parent or guardian. They need to check the suitability of home schooling for their children. And they also need to check if they would be able to provide the required dedication for home schooling of their children. Yes, its very true that home schooling is almost like a full time job (rather, more than a full time job).

Note that, here you are trying to setup a small school for your child (which is by no means a small task). You need information about the home schooling curriculum. You need to fulfill various statutory requirements. And you need to arrange for everything on your own. In such a scenario, you need access to a lot of information and resources that can help you with the task of home schooling your children.

Children are devoted to learn new things. This hunger for education exists within and outside the school. It is long lasting and it follows the children. Thus, even if they are out of the basic institution for education they can learn a lot.

Even if you are not enrolled in a university, you can still acquire knowledge. In addition, this learning can be had without traveling much. Yes, you can have same knowledge that other students acquire even when you just stay at home. This system is called home schooling.

Home schooling, otherwise known as home education, is a curriculum designed for children to study at home. This is in contrary to the usual education offered by an education institution like the parochial or public school.

When parents feel that complete education can no way be acquired in private or public schools, they resort to home schooling.

Home schooling is legal in all parts of the United States. However, said laws may differ from one state to another. In fact, home schooling evolves around three categories. They are private school laws, equivalency laws and home education laws. Inquiry must be done first in order to know which of the three laws are suited to you and your children.

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Common Homeschooling Issues And How To Address Them

There is no shortage of reasons why you may be considering homeschooling your child or children as opposed to enrolling them into a traditional school environment. In households where moving is a frequent occurrence, it can be easier to homeschool your child as opposed to constantly uprooting and resettling them into local schools. You may also have moral objections to the curriculum offered in public schools, and the alternative private institution is not financially feasible. Additionally, some parents of children with learning disabilities want to offer their child the close, one-on-one attention they need to thrive in a learning environment.

Of course, there’s a large gap between knowing that homeschooling is the right choice for your child, and being prepared to carry it out. Fortunately, there are countless resources available to you to help you along the way. The following tips are meant to address common concerns many have about the topic in a manner that is helpful and productive.

One of the most common worries of parents who homeschool is that their child won’t receive the same level of socialization they would in a traditional schooling environment. Fortunately, this is also one of the easiest problems to address. Enroll your child in extracurricular activities that stimulate their interests and give them the opportunity to interact with peers who share these interests. Activities can include anything from service organizations like 4-H and the Boy or Girl Scouts to organized sports and karate lessons. In this way, you can let your child form meaningful and lasting social bonds with other children based on a shared interest in an activity.

Another common worry is the construction of a curriculum. Even well educated parents may feel unqualified when it comes to finding teachable material that keeps their child’s interest, much less meets state standards. Here is where it is extremely helpful to reach out to other parents in your area, as well as for local homeschooling organizations for advice and other means of support. These organizations will be well educated on what is required of parents and may be able to make teaching supplies available to you.

Finally, an extremely common fear among parents is that the financial, personal, and time commitment required will be overwhelming. While the final determination as to whether homeschooling is right for your child lies solely on you, a little research and communication can help you make an informed decision on the matter. Speak openly and honestly with your partner about finances, and whether you will be able to meet expenses with a single income earner. Don’t neglect to talk about the additional emotional support you will need when things get stressful in your new classroom. Again, local homeschooling organizations can help you here as well. Most importantly, speak to your child, and make sure he or she understands that you are both embarking on a mutually beneficial education experience together.

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Record Keeping Methods In Homeschooling

As how teaching the kid and grooming up are parts of homeschooling, record keeping too plays a part. Record keeping is essential to gauge the performance of the child and thereby improving on topics he or she is not sure of. Many States asks for records for children studying through homeschooling. Writing a report in homeschooling is definitely a challenging work as the teaching is multifarious.

Dont start to write a report with only the rules and regulations of the State you live in. bear in mind that the way in which you maintain records as well as supporting documents will also detail you on how your child has understood a particular concept or topic. Keeping track of the learning milestones will help you to identify whether you have chosen the right method of homeschooling or does it require polishing.

Let us look at various methods of record keeping that are followed in homeschooling.

1. Journal: Journals can either be maintained by the parent who teaches the child or by the child himself. This should detail about the subjects and topics learnt so far and the experiments done. You can also record some memorable moments or events that took place during the class.

2. Daily planner: Have a planning book and sketch plans on what is going to be taught and how it is going to be done in the coming week. Do it during the weekend itself. Check whether you have taken into account all the subjects and items that has to be covered. Leave an area for recording things like field trips, educational visit, visiting the library, etc. Review this every quarter and write a short synopsis about what has be done during that particular quarter.

3. Portfolios: Collect materials that will make the child pride like things he or she has achieved or done. You can maintain a portfolio for each and every subject. Say for example, you are going to manage a painting portfolio; it can have paintings or crafts that are the best in a particular quarter. Similarly, you can manage a portfolio for every subject and this includes math, science, language, social studies, etc. This method is considered to be the best as children have more control on the portfolio and they get a sense of happiness when they look at their own work.

These are not the only methods by which you can maintain records in homeschooling. Various other purchased record keeping methods are also available. Regardless of whichever method of record keeping you use, it is imperative to maintain a record of the achievements of the child in a particular quarter.

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Home Schooling Resources, Both Professional And Independent

For many parents who have made the decision to home school their children, they have a need for tests, books, worksheets and other math related materials to use while educating their children. There are many resources available to help you with this, both for a fee and for free. For fee based programs Saxon math home school program is for math, and they have additional subjects. As for free home school math materials, there are several access points.

You can find many resources on a general website search. Another source is your local home schooling support group, if you don’t know where it is, you can do an internet search for it. Home Schooling Association of California has links on their website to provide information, including local support groups. Another source is the agency that regulates the home schooling in your state and/or county. Finally, your local school, may or may not, provide you some resources.

My choice would be to approach all of these resources and gather as much free home school math materials as possible they use it to evaluate the each other. Your child may respond favorable to some and unfavorably to others. It would be easier to plan and implement your child’s education if all children responded exactly the same to all free home school math materials, and your teach of math. Take the individuality of your child into account and offer some different choices to your child or children.

In your search for free home school math materials, look for and save items that have humorous methods of teaching math concepts. When you build and write your lesson plans for submission, include some humorous materials, to give your child some additional humor in the teaching of math.

As part of the free home school math materials you will find, there will be sample lesson plans. You will be required to submit lesson plans for your different subjects, don’t just submit the plans you find, carefully review in light of what you already know about your child’s math abilities. Submission of rote plans will work against you in the long run. Individualized plans that meet the requirements will more easily convince your state of your work in educating your child.

Many states have been attempting to stop the hemorrhaging of students that has been happening from the public schools to both home schooling and private schools. Unfortunately, those attempts have not included making the schools better or safer. As such, your choice home schooling may be challenged, and the free home school math and other materials will become very important in your plans.

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Homeschooling Versus Public Schooling

When you look at academic achievements only, homeschooled children seem to advance quicker than their counterparts in public schools. A report published by the ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) shows that homeschool test scores were exceptionally high and well above that of public and private schools. They found that homeschool students in the 8th grade are four years ahead of their peers in public or private schools.

In a study conducted by Dr. Lawrence Rudner, he discovered that learners who were being homeschooled their entire school career, achieved the highest out of all the children.

Interesting information that came from this research was the difference that homeschooling made to the achievements of different race groups. There was very little difference found between the scores of white, black and Hispanic children in homeschooling. On the other hand, there was a significant difference between the achievements of different race groups attending public schools. Eight grade public school learners scored on average at the 58th percentile in math, where black children scored at the 24th percentile. White students scored at the 57th percentile in reading and Hispanic students at only the 28th percentile.

Dr. Ray, in his book, Strengths of Their Own, came to another interesting conclusion. The amount of money spend on tuition had no effect on the achievement of the child. In fact, the cheaper homeschooling option had better results than the far more expensive public schooling. In his research, based on statistics from 1998, he found that a homeschooled child cost parents on average $546 compared to the $5 325 for a public school learner. The average score for the homeschooled child was at the 85th percentile, where the score for the public school learner was averaged at the 50th percentile.

These research studies were done in a number of the states and in all the results the findings were the same. The homeschooled child scored on average 20-25 percentile points higher than their counterparts in public schools.

The research also found that the qualifications of the parent responsible for the schooling had no real affect on the achievement of the student.

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Homeschooling Association Groups Dedicated To Making Homeschooling Possible

A homeschooling association is the place to go for homeschool help if you do not know where or how to get started on creating a homeschooling curriculum. These associations are dedicated to ensuring that those who are seeking homeschooling as an option for their children are able to do so in an efficient and effective manner. In addition to providing resources to families who homeschool their children, they generally also protect and serve the interests of the homeschooling community through political action.

What is their Interest?

These groups understand that there is a homeschooling advantage and a homeschooling disadvantage. Their purpose is to ensure that the disadvantages of homeschooling are softened and the advantages are strengthened. For example, they will often provide homeschool counseling to parents who have lots of questions as to how to get started. Additionally, they ensure that the homeschooling program that parents create for their children lives up to the standards of local, state, and federal laws.

Contacting These Associations

Associations in this field are easy to contact, as a few minutes of research online will allow you to find an association that can serve you best. They almost always have an easy to locate “contact us” option on their web pages, as they thrive on people reaching out to them for their support. Make sure that you choose an association that is most specific to your interests, because if you are looking to create a Christian homeschooling program for your child, you won’t want to contact an association that is dedicated to, for example, Native American homeschooling.

Why Choose to Join an Association?

An association of this nature will prove to be an excellent homeschooling resource. They will guide you in every way they can to ensure that you create a well-balanced homeschooling curriculum. For example, if you are interested in homeschooling online, they will more than likely show you how to access the best homeschooling software on the market. Additionally, they will likely be able to put you into contact with other, local parents that homeschool their children, allowing you to learn from their experience, which is always beneficial. After all, there is no need for you to repeat any mistake that another person has already made and learned from.

Do not think for a second that joining or affiliating yourself with one of these associations is the only way to homeschool your child properly. Many guides and resources are available outside of these associations that will aid you in making your homeschool dreams a reality. The only reason you should consider joining or affiliating yourself with one of these groups is if you feel that by associating with them, you will be able to provide a higher quality education for your child.

Remember, homeschooling is not as complicated as you might think it is. These associations are only for those who feel that they need them to create a better homeschooling program for their children.

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Homeschooling A Way Out Of Bullying

By now, were all probably familiar with bullying at school. Some of us probably experienced it first. Others of us only heard of the problems bullying caused. But one thing is for certainnow that were parents, we dont want our kids to cope with such a common, problematic issue.

Today, schools report that thousands of kids are physically attacked on school grounds, not to mention the fact that everyday up to a million U.S kids are bringing weapons to their classrooms. If not dealt with, bullying can become a major problem since many school shootings and mass acts of violence occur as a result of bullying.

Dealing with bullying isnt easy. Its hard for parents to understand why a child would want to terrorize another. And when a child is afraid to go to school, his or her schoolwork suffers, along with self-esteem, work ethic, and other personal issues. When children are afraid to go to school, they cant get a good education, and they can end up with psychological or behavioral problems that could last a lifetime.

Avoiding dropping out is a challenge when youre afraid to go back to school. And as a parent, you dont want your child to drop out of school. You want your child to have the best education possible. As an alternative, a k 12 homeschool curriculum provides the solution that fits best by letting your child learn self-esteem and concentration skills by your side in the comfort of your home.

Self-confidence and self-control will allow your child to grow stronger, preparing him or her to avoid any future bullying problems at work or in college, once primary school is over. Although its just one option, homeschooling can give your child the confidence he or she needs to avoid bullying and help others who are being victimized by it.