Thursday, October 23, 2008

Online Curriculum for Homeschooling

An online homeschool curriculum should be easy-to-use, interesting and educational, very inexpensive, and not an off-shoot of a public school system.

Remember -- repeat often -- "Homeschool is not school-at-home!"

Homeschool is a "learning lifestyle" -- fun, enjoyable, stimulating, flexible, full of variety, full of new adventures and new learning experiences -- just like life itself.

When one tries to turn homeschool into "school at home," the homeschool experience and the benefits quickly disappoint and disintegrate. Those who deny this fact, will see it play out before their very eyes. And then say, "Homeschooling didn't work for us" or "Homeschool wasn't right for us."

Actually, homeschool can and will work for everyone, and it can be right for anyone. It just requires a little "opening up" of the mind, to understand that it is not school-at-home. It cannot be "run" like a "school-at-home."

Often, parents will try to seek the perfect homeschool curriculum, trying to emulate the schools. This can result in a failed homeschool experience, simply because -- Why? That's right! -- "homeschool is not school-at-home!"

In addition, it can be a very costly mistake! Before looking at a curriculum, look to your children. See how they learn best, see what they want to learn, see where their interests lie. Then you will begin on the path to a truly successful educational experience!

Yes, your children will want and need knowledge. And, yes, you and they will want some guidance. But that "guidance" should not be costly, nor boring!

We can easily help you with a successful, educational homeschool experience, through the online Curriculum Guidelines that we provide.

Plus, we include fun, interesting Daily Homeschool Activities and Weekly Homeschool Lessons that support homeschool curriculum guidelines. And we go even further, by providing Weekly Challenges, Hands-On Projects and Experiments, Artistic Endeavors, Life Skills, and much more -- in ways that children and teens enjoy and remember!

Never hesitate to ask us for assistance. Visit our Online Curriculum Guidelines, Daily Homeschool Activities, and Weekly Homeschool Lessons at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

We are always here to help homeschool families, and to ensure that online homeschooling is easy-to-use, interesting and educational, and very inexpensive!

Happy homeschooling!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Creating Homeschool Lessons & Homeschool Activities

It's not difficult to create Homeschool Lessons or Homeschool Activities. It starts with "wondering" and "thinking."

These are two critical abilities that some people "don't have time for" in their busy days. But it's imperative that people shift their priorities, so that they do, indeed, have plenty of time for wondering and thinking about a wide variety of topics each day. Especially homeschool families!

What is it that sets human beings apart from animals? "Wondering" and "thinking" are a couple of those elements that distinguish humans from animals.

Right there is a Homeschool Lesson, in itself. For your Homeschool Activities today, have children think of how many ways humans and animals differ from each other. Have them look at and compare pictures of both, research and consider instincts of both, wonder and think about the qualities of each species. Then write a descriptive paper on what they learned, along with drawings and illustrations, depicting some of the differences between humans and animals.

Wonder. Think. This is how Homeschool Lessons and Homeschool Activities are created, and enjoyed, and learned from.

Brainstorm with your children on more ideas that THEY would like to learn about. And, for more ideas and encouragement for your homeschool, be sure to visit www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Happy homeschooling!

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Remove Child from School

About six weeks into the school year, I begin getting e-mails from parents who want to remove their child from school.

"My son is having problems in school. Can I take him out?"

"My daughter is being harassed in school. Can I withdraw her from school?"

Yes, and yes. No child HAS to go to a certain school. Every child CAN be educated at home.

So that you'll know your homeschool laws, check with your state's Department of Education. Don't rely upon information from your school or from the local school district. Call your state's Department of Education and request to speak with the Homeschool Department. (Every state Department of Education has a Homeschool Division.)

Armed with the information you receive from them, write a letter to your son's or daughter's school and explain that you are withdrawing them from school. There is no need to explain why, or to get into a lengthy discussion at your child's school, or try to "defend" your decision. At the same time, if you need to submit an "Intent to Homeschool" notice to your school's superintendent, you can do so. (The homeschool information you receive from the Dept. of Ed. will tell you if a Notice needs to be filed or not.)

Caution: If you start feeling overwhelmed by the legalese contained in the packet of homeschool information you receive from the State, don't let it bother you. Call your local homeschool support group, and they will explain what you need to do. It's truly much simpler than it sounds!

Once you have removed your child from the school system, the fun begins! And so does the learning! You'll be amazed at how much enthusiasm your child will begin showing for learning!

But FIRST, he or she will need to "decompress." This is a very important step that falls between the removal of your child from school and the beginning of the homeschool adventure.

Children are "conditioned" to function in a certain manner in school settings. When they are taken out of school, they need time to get used to NOT going to school. They need time to begin viewing their home as a place where their education will continue. They need to get a feel for how their days will play out in their home. They need a couple weeks -- sometimes more -- to get used to their new routine.

Don't worry. Your child won't "fall behind" during this decompression time. Many homeschoolers finish their homeschool year in half the time of a regular school year!

So go ahead, find out your state laws and withdraw your child from school. Then let the fun and learning begin!

If you need help or guidance, just visit us at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Happy homeschooling!