Socialization of Homeschool Students – Homeschooling

One of the most frequent questions parents of homeschooled children get asked is “what about socialization?” Children that are homeschooled are not kept out of society, they are just receiving their schooling in a different manner than peers their own age. Parents that homeschool usually enroll their children in activities outside of school such as dance, music and foreign languages. These parents also take their children on more field trips and offer them more educational opportunities than children in traditional schools. Children that are homeschooled often have more socialization than children in schools because they get to interact in more situations with a wide variety of people.Socialization is defined by Merriam Webster as “the process by which a human being beginning at infancy acquires the habits, beliefs, and accumulated knowledge of society through education and training for adult status.” There is no definition that states that the only way an education can be obtained is through attending public or parochial schools. Many of our forefathers were educated either at home or by a governess. In addition, there are many famous people that were homeschooled, including Thomas Edison, LeAnn Rimes, William F. Buckley, Jr., Ansel Adams and Abraham Lincoln.The average student spends approximately 7.5 hours in school each day. Class time takes up about 6.5 hours of the school day. That leaves one hour, which is usually spent at lunch or walking in the hallways between classes. The lunch hour and walking between classes doesn’t leave much time for socialization. The solution for both sets of children is to participate in after school activities, join clubs or take lessons off campus.Why is there such negativity surrounding the socialization of homeschooled students? The answer may be simple; the public doesn’t know much about the teaching methods behind homeschooling. What we don’t understand we mistrust. The basic tenet of homeschool teaching methods is to engage in activities outside of a classroom in order to explore the world to the fullest extent. Ideas as well as individuals are valued in this environment. Educators may be quick to add that some homeschool methods don’t use tests or competitive learning. Parents of homeschoolers agree, but that doesn’t mean that their children aren’t social or competitive. Homeschooled children frequently win the National Geographic Bee and the Scripps National Spelling Bee.So what gave homeschooling such a bad rap? Prior to the 1960’s, homeschooling was one way to protect children that had learning or mental problems. Rather than institutionalize a child or let them be harassed at school, many parents simply kept their child at home. This has led to the current day notion that homeschooled children are anti-social or unable to function outside of their homes.The media as well as homeschooling groups and organizations are working hard to dispel the rumor that children who learn in this environment are anti-social. With homeschooled children winning more and more national competitions, it is only a matter of time before parents realize what a gem this form of education really is.To stay abreast of the current trends, information and resources available for homeschool parents, teachers and students subscribe to Homeschool Success News or other publications specializing in meeting the needs of homeschool families.If you need an online tutor, courseware or wish to offer your services as a paid online tutor contact Homeschool Tutor Professional at our main website referenced below. Magic Learning Systems also provides excellent products to enhance the homeschool experience for teachers and students. You may contact this provider via Homeschool Success Newsletter.Dr. J. Elisha BurkeEditor, Homeschool Success Newsletterjeb@homeschooltutorpro.com[http://hsnews.homeschooltutorpro.com]Copyright 2005 Burke Publications All Rights Reserved

Tips for Getting Started With Homeschooling – Homeschooling

So you’re considering homeschooling? Where do you start?As with everything in life, those who prepare are more apt to succeed. This is true for homeschooling too. The majority of the structure and organization of the homeschool is up to you. Planning ahead will reduce pitfalls and improve the effectiveness of your homeschool.There are many ways of creating your plan but there are some basics you should address. Here are guidelines to help you get started with your homeschooling preparation.o First and most important, get a commitment from everyone in the household who will affect or be affected by the homeschool. Make sure they understand that they are going to contribute to the success of the homeschool.o Gather information and resources. You can get valuable information by visiting homeschooling web sites, signing up for free online newsletters, visiting homeschooling message board and join homeschooling chats and email lists. Find homeschooling events calendars online and attend homeschooling conferences. Subscribe to homeschooling magazines. Visit a book store or go to your local library.o Become familiar with homeschooling laws in your state. It is usually simple to satisfy the laws. There are many websites that provide this information. The local public school district office and the public library can also help you in this area.o Join a homeschooling support group in your area. It is very important to exchange ideas in a group. This can be a group of homeschooling friends or families associated with your curriculum. You can also find regional homeschooling support groups and state level homeschooling associations. Other homeschoolers can offer a wealth of information on a variety of subjects. They can help with many aspects of homeschooling, i.e. choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and group activities. Some have been homeschooling for a long time and have solutions to difficulties you might encounter. You too can contribute by bringing new and fresh ideas. Even if you want to keep your autonomy, find a group that fits your needs. These groups can streamline your homeschooling and prevent common pitfalls.o Choose your curriculum. You can choose a complete program or create one yourself. It can new, used, shared or borrowed. It can be expensive or cost nothing. This is where a homeschooling network is valuable. Get input from other homeschoolers. See what has worked them and what fits for you. Takes cues from your children. Use the Internet or go to the library to research your options.o Set up a record keeping system. There are many different styles of record keeping. You can develop your own style of record keeping. Your record keeping can be as simple as a daily journal or as complicated as keeping track of daily schedules, and setting short- and long-term goals. Also, your curriculum may determine how you keep records. Determine what final result you want. Check out local colleges, trade schools universities and see what they require. Find out what record keeping is required by law. Consult your support group and find what has worked for them.Planning ahead both short- and long-term goals will go a long way towards your homeschooling success.

Tips for Getting Started With Homeschooling – Homeschooling

So you’re considering homeschooling? Where do you start?As with everything in life, those who prepare are more apt to succeed. This is true for homeschooling too. The majority of the structure and organization of the homeschool is up to you. Planning ahead will reduce pitfalls and improve the effectiveness of your homeschool.There are many ways of creating your plan but there are some basics you should address. Here are guidelines to help you get started with your homeschooling preparation.o First and most important, get a commitment from everyone in the household who will affect or be affected by the homeschool. Make sure they understand that they are going to contribute to the success of the homeschool.o Gather information and resources. You can get valuable information by visiting homeschooling web sites, signing up for free online newsletters, visiting homeschooling message board and join homeschooling chats and email lists. Find homeschooling events calendars online and attend homeschooling conferences. Subscribe to homeschooling magazines. Visit a book store or go to your local library.o Become familiar with homeschooling laws in your state. It is usually simple to satisfy the laws. There are many websites that provide this information. The local public school district office and the public library can also help you in this area.o Join a homeschooling support group in your area. It is very important to exchange ideas in a group. This can be a group of homeschooling friends or families associated with your curriculum. You can also find regional homeschooling support groups and state level homeschooling associations. Other homeschoolers can offer a wealth of information on a variety of subjects. They can help with many aspects of homeschooling, i.e. choosing curriculum, record keeping, meeting the state laws, and group activities. Some have been homeschooling for a long time and have solutions to difficulties you might encounter. You too can contribute by bringing new and fresh ideas. Even if you want to keep your autonomy, find a group that fits your needs. These groups can streamline your homeschooling and prevent common pitfalls.o Choose your curriculum. You can choose a complete program or create one yourself. It can new, used, shared or borrowed. It can be expensive or cost nothing. This is where a homeschooling network is valuable. Get input from other homeschoolers. See what has worked them and what fits for you. Takes cues from your children. Use the Internet or go to the library to research your options.o Set up a record keeping system. There are many different styles of record keeping. You can develop your own style of record keeping. Your record keeping can be as simple as a daily journal or as complicated as keeping track of daily schedules, and setting short- and long-term goals. Also, your curriculum may determine how you keep records. Determine what final result you want. Check out local colleges, trade schools universities and see what they require. Find out what record keeping is required by law. Consult your support group and find what has worked for them.Planning ahead both short- and long-term goals will go a long way towards your homeschooling success.

Learning to Embrace to Ridicule of Being a Homeschool Family – Homeschooling

I recently came across a forum post on a homeschool forum from a distraught mother conflicted about the best course of action for her child. The child had recently been diagnosed with a combination of dyslexia and graphlexia. The school district was not being helpful and or understanding of her. The school’s immediate response was that the child be held back a year and integrated into the special ed classes.To say the least, mom was horrified. I can imagine so, parents often respond to learning disabilities or other handicaps with denial or self blame. This particular mother was exploring the idea of pulling her child out of school and starting down the path of homeschool but had encountered strong negative reactions from family and friends regarding her plan. The reasoning from her loved one’s went something along the lines of, “you should let the professionals handle your child, they have the proper training and know how to deal with learning disabilities, you cannot possibly be prepared to take on such a challenge.” Keep in mind this mother was considering trying homeschooling for the remainder of the year which was only several months. Her main concern was that she would irreversibly mess her child up in this short amount of time.I feel this parent’s pain and can only imagine dealing with such an issue. I have been blessed with healthy children that could only be misdiagnosed with mild learning disabilities on a really bad day by a truly lousy doctor.I think the most important point to address here is the idea that you will not screw your children up by trying homeschooling for a short period of time. Kids are resilient and absorbent. They bounce when you drop them and they retain more information than you expect or will ever really know. Aside from that, if you are a well meaning sane parent trying to make a positive difference in your child’s life the chances are good that you will be more successful than a stranger that has a room full of other students to deal with. Even if you fall flat on your face from a teaching perspective you are still doing many other things right. And you are building a relationship with your child and showing them how to be selfless. Teaching is an evolving art and school districts routinely implement new strategies that don’t work, so in truth they aren’t really any better than an experiment gone wrong.Let’s really examine the professionalism of teachers. Finland has a competitive program for admittance into teaching programs. They also pay their teachers FACT which is nearly FACT the amount that teachers in the USA are paid. Finnish teachers are very well regarded and highly educated. They have to want to be teachers and they have to prove their dedication and value by earning the status of “Teacher”. Because of this level of professionalism Finland’s schools lead the world in nearly all subjects.Let me digress into the American school system. Teachers are barely paid a living wage in many districts and constantly live with the threat of layoff. Not to mention that in many districts a degree is not even required for teaching. Many American teachers end up in their jobs by default and the necessity for a job not by choice. Special education teachers are usually a cut above the rest and are paid for their additional training and certifications but still not nearly on the level of what accomplished Finnish teachers are paid.It pains me to come to the realization that many of the educators teaching our country’s young minds are the product of a default situation or a choice based on the necessity for a quick easy to get job. In order to be successful we need dedicated teachers that are truly passionate about the subjects that they teach.Please do not misunderstand, all of this is not to say there are not loads of good teachers out there. Teaching has been described as the most noble profession, I would like to see more well regarded, more highly compensated, and more competitive.Quite possibly the most important moral to this story is that homeschool families you not succumb to the judgement of others. Homeschoolers are commonly ridiculed, singled out and judged by people of all walks of life. We have used this to make our family stronger and find people that do support our family’s mission. There are numerous groups out there and were an estimated 2.1 million homeschoolers in the United States in 2001. Get past the ridicule and realize that you are making a choice that is beneficial for your family it shouldn’t matter what others think.I have no idea what this mother ended up doing with her child and I really can’t fully grasp her situation or her level of pain or concern but I do hope that she recognized that homeschool has the potential to be a very powerful tool in her quest to educate her child.

Homeschooling and Accreditation – Is it Necessary and Do I Care? – Homeschooling

One of the fundamental questions that every homeschool family will face at some point in their homeschooling is, “Are you using an accredited school?” or some version of that question. The topic and choice of accreditation is one of the “elephants in the room” issues that many homeschool families try to avoid, however, it is really a fairly simple question. When the emotion around this issue is removed, accreditation boils down to a few simple facts that should be considered in order to decide if this issue will affect your choice of curricula and programs in your homeschooling choices. If it does matter to you after learning the facts, then you will be able to make some informed decisions about your homeschooling program. If you decide that accreditation doesn’t matter, then you will be able to address this topic easily and effortlessly with your friends and family who ask about it.Accreditation means that you have met a standard for coursework. That is all that it means. Being accredited by an agency says that you have met their standard of academic rigor and that you have their endorsement. But the purpose in having a standard in the first place is so that any given college can look to a consistent set of endorsements in order to admit students. So in essence, the purpose for seeking accreditation is to meet a standard that will ultimately be accepted by a college. Therefore, colleges drive the accreditation terms, but it is also colleges that decide if an accrediting agency is an acceptable one. There are other leveling endorsements, though, such as standardized tests – SAT and ACT – so accreditation is only one of those endorsements.You should know that state issued accreditations are the only constantly accepted standard for accreditation by most colleges. However, those accreditations will not be issued to homeschool families, as they are set aside for public schools and public school programs only. So as a homeschooler, you will not be able to earn a state endorsement unless your child is enrolled in a public school, thus contradicting your reasons for homeschooling.Outside of the state issued accreditations, there are other agency endorsements that can be sought. Many private school accreditation agencies exist and each has varying standards for achieving their approval. If you are using a private school program or a homeschool program whose has achieved an accredited status, then that means that that curricula program has met a standard as outlined by that particular agency, not by the colleges. Therefore, if you are in a private school program or using a homeschool program that is accredited by a particular agency, it is important to realize that some colleges will accept that endorsement and some will not. Accreditation therefore, does not guarantee acceptance by a college.Some of these outside accreditation agencies are very rigorous in scope when you consider what it takes to become accredited. Some are not. Some agencies require affiliations with particular denominations or influencing groups, and some only require that you purchase a membership in their program. Some accreditation agencies have regular reviews and assessments of their students, schools, standardized test scores, etc., and some only require that you pay an annual fee.As a result of these widely varying standards, you can see the problem that is created for colleges. Colleges do not see all accreditations as equal because of this. If your long-term goals for a particular college will be better served by being in an accredited program, then knowing which accredited programs are appropriate will also be a question that you will need to consider. If your long-term plans include preparing for standardized tests to be the independent source of learning validation, then accreditation becomes less of an issue.Ultimately however, there will need to be some sort of outside verification of abilities, mastery, and cognitive development for each of your homeschooled students, so knowing the purposes and reasons for the varied types of standards will help you to determine your best homeschool options well in advance.

Curriculum For Homeschooling – 4 Easy Steps to Finding the Perfect Fit – Homeschooling

When it comes to choosing curriculum, it is a jungle out there. Choosing curriculum for homeschooling doesn’t have to be overwhelming or stressful, once you know exactly where you want to go and how you want to get there.It’s like going on a road trip. If we head down the highway without knowing what our destination is or what path we want to take to get there, we’ll be distracted by all the billboards and roadside attractions. Homeschooling is much like that.. Walking through a curriculum hall or surfing a homeschooling website, browsing and checking out the scenery, without a plan in hand, we’ll be overwhelmed with the choices. But if we know where we want our homeschooling to go and how we want to get there, choosing curriculum becomes a simple matter of evaluating which one is going to be the best tool to help reach the goal. You can head out on this journey well prepared and confident.Taking a little time to decide where you and your family want to go with homeschooling, understanding how your children learn and retain information, and then choosing curriculum to fit is not a hard process. There are 4 basic steps: Define your goals, discover your children’s learning styles, designate a teaching method and determine your curriculum options.1. Define your homeschooling goals:
Why are you homeschooling?
What do you want your children to gain for their future from their homeschooling experience?
Are you more interested in: advanced academics, hands-on experiences or character building?
2. Discover your children’s learning styles.
Do they learn best by listening? Watching? or Hands-on?
Will they do better with lots of short lessons each day or focusing on a comprehensive, group project (unit study type projects)
All workbooks? All computer based? All hands-on? Or a combination of all three?
How are the children’s attention spans? Can they sit at a table and do workbooks or will they be better off on the floor using manipulatives?
How much time do you, mom, have to prepare, plan and present lessons?
Some curriculums take a tremendous amount of prep time, others are completely self guided, others are a little of both. 3. Designate a teaching method – based on answers to steps one and two, which teaching method seems a good fit?
Unit studies which tend to be very hands on?
Workbooks with lots of writing, logic and critical thinking?
Advanced academics and accelerated learning?
Classical studies following a structured, chronological program?
Eclectic mix of several styles and curriculum?
Write down what you want in curriculum based on the answers to steps 1, 2 and 3 before going on to step 4.4. Determine your curriculum options.Focus on: does this help toward your goals and does it meet your learning style and lifestyle needs?
Is the curriculum focusing on the areas of academics and character growth you feel are most important?
Does this curriculum include lessons that meet your children’s learning styles? Can it be adapted to use their strongest learning style?
Does it incorporate the teaching method you want to use?
Does it fit your lifestyle, work for the number of children being taught, and most importantly, does mom have the time to do the necessary preparation work?
There are thousands of curriculum for homeschooling. Don’t waste your time or money on ones that won’t help you reach your family’s goals or meet your children’s needs. By following the steps outlined above, you will be equipped to evaluate curriculum based on a clear understanding of exactly what you want to accomplish. You can quickly eliminate any options that don’t meet your goals and needs and whittle your choices down to 2 or 3 that seem to best fit what YOU want for your family.Putting in the effort to decide where you want to go and how you want to get there will make the journey enjoyable, successful, and help you conquer the jungle of curriculum choices.

Homeschooling for the Survivalist – Homeschooling

Homeschooling is rapidly becoming an accepted activity for survivalist these days. It embodies an excellent alternative to the public school system and provides a one on one learning environment for impressionable children. It is also a wonderful way to promote bonding between the child and the parent. One of the largest advantages of homeschooling lies in the parent’s ability to structure the student’s classes to match their abilities. If you happen to be a parent who would find homeschooling beneficial for your children read on.The very first order of business must be to conduct a review of the homeschool laws within your particular state. Some states are stricter in their education requirements than others. As an example, the state of Delaware allows the parents more latitude in selection of the student’s individual studies then most other states. Complete your homework before you even start planning on homeschooling and find out what your states entails for this type of education. One important point worthy of mention here is that although Delaware does not require any sort of record keeping other then attendance, I personally keep track of all my grandson’s activities in the event there are any questions at a later date.Always establish if this is exactly what your children want. You may have the ultimate say so in decisions such as these but if the children fancy going to a public school your task of educating them will undoubtedly be more difficult. Provide your child with your reasoning behind your chosen decision. Is it safety related, if so explain that to them. Perhaps the district where you live has experienced low yearly test scores which you deem to be unacceptable. Let them know ahead of time what you expect from them as well as the various advantages and disadvantages associated with homeschool. In turn, listen carefully to your child’s side of the issue. A homeschool environment works best if both the parent and the child want it to work.Contact your local libraries to see what activities they may have planned for homeschoolers. We are lucky here in my area as there are several libraries that center a series of activities towards the homeschooled community. The librarian at the Laurel Delaware Library goes far beyond her job requirements when planning the organizations programs. She takes extreme efforts to include activities that pertain to the homeschool student and actively promotes the activity within the community. Another local library is now providing some exceptional art instructions for homeschooled children. My grandson goes to the Georgetown Library every week.Being of a survivalist nature, I instruct my grandchild in not only academic proficiency but actual life skills. He is taught what we refer to as survival training skills. These include respect for various weapons, actual hunting and trapping and other skills which could potentially save his life in an emergency situation.One of the more fundamental needs of the homeschooled family is an active internet connection. The World Wide Web provides many learning activities for my grandson. Not only does he participate in a structured training program via the web, but there are loads of supplemental materials readily available at his fingertips on websites such as youtube. Most of these instructional videos will expand upon what he is learning in his current classroom studies. I frequently scan several homeschool groups on the net for various outside activities that can provide a benefit for him as he studies his lessons.Most people that are opposed to homeschooling children complain that the process leaves a social interaction void amongst their peers. This is simply not so. My grandson attends weekly karate classes where he has the opportunity to interact with fellow students. In addition, we attend various homeschool orientated activities which affords him the chance to meet new friends on a regular basis. By attending these activities he is able to meet new homeschool students while I in turn meet and share ideas with the various parents.Homeschooling is not easy and at times can be very frustrating however in the end it is well worth the efforts expended. You are provided an opportunity to see your child develop into a self sufficient learner after only a short period of time.Copyright @2010 Joseph Parish
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Homeschooling – How Does it Work? – Homeschooling

If you’ve ever thought about homeschooling or just wondered what people do that homeschool, here is a basic outline.1. Parents decide to homeschool their child or children. They use their own resources or purchase books that they want to use to educate their child. Some states have online programs that can be used at home. When you use an online school you are still enrolled in your local school. You just do your work online at home. Parents who don’t use an online programs are free to choose the books and resources they think they will need. Students can also have input here on what courses of study they want to pursue.2. All students must meet the state guidelines. Depending on what state you live in, your guidelines will be different. Some states just require you to take attendance. Some require a letter declaring you will provide 900 hours of instruction and a list of what you intend on teaching. And some states require even more than that. Some states require testing at the end of the school year and some just require an assessment by a certified teacher. Again, it depends on what state you live in and what they require for homeschoolers.3. Education is now the responsibility of the parents. Just as some public school teachers do a better job than others, some parents do a better job of homeschooling than others. Most parents know their children very well and can do a very good job of helping their children learn.4. Different learning styles and personalities can now be addressed on a more personal level. Public school classrooms tend to have to cater to the masses, while homeschooling can be more of a tutoring environment. Just as no 2 public school classrooms will be the same, no 2 homeschools will look the same. The personalities of the students and parents will determine what is taught and how it is taught.Overall, homeschooling can be a very positive experience for both parent and child. The relationship is the most important factor in determining how positive an experience it can be.

Free Homeschooling Curriculum – Homeschooling

Most people think homeschooling is expensive and is only for the well off. Homeschooling need not be expensive, for example free homeschooling curriculum materials can be obtained quite easily if you know where to look.Free homeschooling curriculum does not just means a set of books but more than that, it should be part of your homeschooling plan.Here are some points to take note when choosing a homeschooling curriculum.1) Your child’s homeschooling needs change as they grow older. Also their interests, weakness and strengths may change over time.2) One of the things that happens when you get free homeschooling curriculum is that you may realize it may not fit your child’s homeschooling curriculum exactly. Since each child is different, you may need to change some subjects or incorporate other homeschooling materials to fit the needs of your child.3) One of the easiest ways to get hold of free homeschooling curriculum is to use the internet. There are many homeschooling websites online that offers free homeschooling curriculum for download. As always, you might want to take a look at it first to see if it is suitable for your child4) Another way is to join a homeschooling support group in your area. Most homeschooling support groups pool their resources and often help out parents that are not that well off. You can get free homeschooling curriculum notes, books, worksheets easily.Some schools may sometimes also provides homeschooling materials such as books and notebooks to homeschooling support groups. So it’s good to see if you can join one in your neighbourhood.You might also visit the library to get more materials.As you can see, all the above ways are free and you can get free homeschooling curriculum if you try the methods I show you as above.