Sunday, October 25, 2009

H1N1 Homeschooling

With the H1N1 virus and seasonal flu in nearly all the schools, many parents are expressing new interest in homeschooling. As a result, we're receiving more questions each day about homeschooling.

Here's some homeschool help:

1. Yes, you can homeschool your children, even if you work full-time, part-time, or are a stay-at-home mom or dad.

2. Yes, homeschooling is legal in all 50 states. Each state has its own homeschool laws, but these are simple to comply with.

3. Contact a homeschool group in your area with any questions or concerns you have about homeschooling in your state. If you need help locating a group, just contact us at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

4. Homeschooling is not expensive; in fact, it's possible to homeschool for free.

5. Yes, you can design your own curriculum and lessons, and award a diploma when your child has met your standards and educational goals. And, yes, this is easy to do.

6. If you have any questions at all about homeschooling, please visit us at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Homeschooling is a wonderful experience for families and children, an experience that will be cherished for a lifetime!

Happy homeschooling!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Homeschool Curriculum Tips & Homeschool Activities

A curriculum is defined as:

1. courses offered by an educational institution,
2. a list of all the courses of study offered by a school or college,
3. a program or plan of activities.

Your "homeschool curriculum" probably matches definition #3, above.  New homeschoolers often become confused over "which curriculum to use" or "where to buy a curriculum."

In reality, a homeschool curriculum is simply "a plan of homeschool activities" that you use in your homeschool.  It need not be an expensive curriculum, nor does it need to incorporate textbooks or workbooks.

Homeschoolers can use textbooks and workbooks if they'd like.  But it certainly isn't necessary.

Your child will learn more readily and more fully when you and they homeschool in a manner that best complements their own unique learning styles.  Spend a bit of time determining your child's own learning style.  Consult the book, Discover Your Child’s Learning Style, by Mariaemma Willis.  Then, based upon your child's learning style, create your own curriculum -- your own program or plan of homeschool activities.

Remember:  Homeschooling is not a school at home.  Don’t confuse yourself or your children, thinking that it should be.  You’ll only make it harder on yourself.

As John Holt warned:  “To parents I say, above all else, don’t let your home become some terrible miniature copy of the school. Live together, as well as you can; enjoy life together, as much as you can. Ask questions to find out something about the world itself, not to find out whether or not someone knows it.”

Remind yourself each day that your duty is to guide your child, not force instruction upon him. Your role is to help him learn how to learn and to encourage him to seek answers to questions, find materials and information that will help him learn, explore the things that interest him, and find new and challenging ways to learn.

This, then, will be your family's homeschool curriculum!

For more help with creating your own homeschool curriculum, using homeschool activities, or hundreds of educational ideas for weekly homeschool lessons, visit Everything Homeschooling at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Happy homeschooling!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Free Homeschool Newsletter

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Happy Homeschooling!