If you have chosen to homeschool your child, you don’t have to spend the whole day just educating them. You can dedicate some time for yourself to do daily chores or even better make some money while you are at it. Do you have the capacity to handle homeschooling your child while at the same time working? If you have been challenging yourself to do these duties at the same time, you can use the following steps to help you balance your plate.
For better time management, create a calendar with a scheduled plan of what time to homeschool your children and what time to work. If you can do both of these tasks at the same time and still complete an educational requirement, that’s better.
This is a question that parents ask themselves before they commit themselves to putting their children through either of the two options. Given that the environment for home learning differs greatly with that of regular schooling some notable differences are conceived. Considering these environmental differences we could make a valid conclusion on which schooling method has an edge over the other.
Home schooled children have access to their tutors for longer hours as compared to their regular schooled counterparts. This is good for those slow students who take longer to understand a concept. The fact that the tutor only handles fewer students in a home schooling environment, the student feels free with the tutor and the tutor is in a position to identify a student who is having a problem in a certain area and give him/her the proper attention required. Unlike in conventional schooling where the teacher student ratio is high so that the teacher can not find time to give attention to a single student.
In home schooling, the content covered is flexible. Such that there may not be fixed schedules of what content should be covered and when it is compared to regular schooling where they follow a rigid work schedule (that its arrangement may confuse or conflict the students). This gives the home schooled children an edge over the regular schooled children.
Home schooled children have better and more opportunities for field trips and hands on learning as compared to regular schooling. In home schooling the number of students are less and more manageable when it comes to arranging trips and paying for expenses compared to regular schooling.
Regular schooled children may be more socially skilled than their counterparts who are home schooled in some situations. But when it comes to content and pure intellect home schooled children win that trophy all the time.
Asking and tell your kids to cut off a light, or turn off their laptop sometimes seems like a never ending chore. But, teaching kids to save electricity can be a fun educational experience for the whole family.
You may have noticed that your electric bill has been climbing higher and higher with the kids out of school and the summer heat taking a toile. Take the last four months of bills and show your children the amount you are spending and what that average is. For the current month, see if your children can help you lower the bill by 10%. This is where teaching your kid to save electricity comes into play.
The easiest way of teaching kids to save electricity is by having them turn off a light when it’s not needed or in use. A lot of children like to turn a light on even during the day time. Explain how, while the light is on, it uses electricity and that you cannot get that electricity back. If the light is one when nobody is in the room, then that electricity has gone to waste.
The exact same principle applies to the game console, television, computer, and the worst offender, cell phone chargers. Even if your child is planning on coming back to use one of these devices later in the day, they should always take the time to turn off and even unplug them. A phone charger is called a vampire device, because, even when not in use, they use up energy.
Now that you are teaching kids to save electricity, show them the bill for the following month. If you saved your goal of 10% or even higher, put the difference into a family fun account. With a promise of a trip to the movies, a bigger birthday party, or even knowing they have a rainy day fund, you might be surprised at the spark of urgency you ignite by teaching kids to save electricity.
Camping with kids can be a very rewarding, albeit, stressful experience if preparation is not made ahead of time. These kinds of trips should not be made on a whim when children are involved in order to keep all family members happy, because happy parents and happy children make for the most favorable memories! To get the most out of camping with kids, follow these easy steps.
With the snap and crackle of a campsite fire, camp cooking for kids can be a delight for a number of your senses and a memorable experience for all involved. I suggest packing the following items to help you cook: heavy duty aluminum foil, long metal skewers, disposable utensils/plates/cups, and tongs.
One of the most favorite camp cooking for kids recipes are hotdogs on a stick. I do not recommend using a stick from the woods, and at the beach, you can’t always find one, so, use one of the metal skewers you brought from home. While supervising younger children, slide a single hotdog onto the skewer and have your kid stick the hotdog into the fire. The great thing about this food, it is already cooked and only needs to be heated through. Have older kids sing their favorite song while turning the hotdog to cook it. Once they finish, it’ll be ready to eat! For younger children, help turn the hotdog while saying two of their favorite nursery rhymes.
Another great camp cooking for kid’s recipe is campfire fruit. Simply dice up your families favorite fruit into bit size pieces and put inside a pocket of foil. Next, have your children sprinkled the fruit with brown sugar, cinnamon, and drizzle with honey. Finally, seal the foil and let the kids go crazy with shaking! Once they’re all shook out, put the fruit directly into the fire and allow cooking for fifteen minutes. Carefully remove the packet with tongs and directly out of the foil with a spoon.
Camp cooking for kids can be a lot of fun, especially if you involve them in the process. Just always monitor your kids around fire, sharp utensils, and enjoy the great food.
A pivotal life skill is slowly becoming obsolete in our busy and bustling lives. Hospitality is an important part of life and learning hospitality should be taught to our children in the home and in daily life.
When children are learning hospitality, it is important to stress what it is. Hospitality is the act of making strangers or guests feel welcomed in a warm and accommodating environment. Children can start learning hospitality by practicing with their family and siblings. Teach older children to help pick up and make a spare bedroom or younger sibling’s room clean and welcoming.
When learning hospitality, allow children to help in the planning of a party or large family dinner. Let them make the choice for a food or topping. Have them greet guests and offer to take their coats and hats. Let them offer and serve non-alcoholic drinks or appetizers. Have them converse with the adults just as much as the other children around. These ideas will not only spark great hospitality but manners and a sense of greater good in your children.
Also, when your children are learning hospitality, teach them to be kinder than absolutely deemed necessary to another. We are all going through hard battles in life, but a child’s friend or even a stranger they meet may being going through the worse point in their life. As people tend to make light of a bad situation, you may never know when a friend is going hungry or needs a shoulder to cry on. Learning hospitality is not just about being a great host in the home, but a hospitable person of the world.
People can go into homeschooling for a lot of different reasons. Sometimes the quality of local schools just isn’t where the parents would like it to be. In other cases there are not programs that are adapted to the needs that some children may have.
Other families find homeschooling to be a better fit for their child, or a better way to keep them intellectually engaged. Whatever the reason parents may pursue homeschooling, the research is starting to show that there are some benefits associated with homeschooling.
In 2009, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) released a report covering the benefits of homeschooling(http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/200908100.asp). They commissioned Dr. Brian Ray to collect data and look at the trends amongst homeschoolers. This incredibly comprehensive study, drawing from the data from 15 independent testing services found that homeschoolers generally scored between the 80th and 90th percentiles in standardized tests. This effect was generally the same across student’s gender, parents’ acquired education level, household income, or amount spent on home education.
So what does that all mean to you? If you are a parent who is homeschooling your child, you may be worried about how your education level, or how much you spend on their homeschooling will affect how well they do. The research suggests to us that there’s not a big difference between parents who make or spend more on homeschooling and parents who did not have a college degree still averaged much higher than the national average. In the end, homeschoolers scored well above their public school counter parts.
A lot of parents find themselves wondering how to keep home school fun. Children can find themselves bored to death quickly when they find themselves just doing worksheets and dittos again and again. A good way to mix it up is to incorporate a major project that allows your child to learn from multiple disciplines.
A good example of this is a garden. Let you children research and study up on the best ways to start a garden and what plants can do well in your region. Working together in the garden can also help teach your children the value of work and bring you closer as a family. While doing the garden you can read books or watch movies together that have something about gardens or plants (i.e. “Jack and the Beanstalk” or “The Magic School Bus Goes to Seed”). For your science you can study about what plants need to grow and how plants turn sunshine into “food”.
A garden isn’t the only way you can do this. You can do this with a fun, educational child appropriate movie or book like “Around the World in 80 Days” or by making a “volcano.” Just remember you want something that gives you an opportunity to emulsify the various disciplines. Emulsifying your children’s education with fun activities can help you avoid the “oh I hate reading” or “science is my least favorite” mindset.
Homeschooling can come in a wide range of formats, depending on your child’s needs. Some school districts are friendlier to homeschooling than other areas are and may have resources available to you. As you look into homeschooling your child, be sure to check if your school district has any programs available to homeschooling families such as physical education groups, debate teams, or allowing your child to participate in orchestra or band at the local school. These can be beneficial because they can give your children an opportunity to socialize with other children and mix up their routine a bit.
An important thing to remember is that your families’ needs and stage in the family cycle can have a major impact on what you chose to do. For examples, families trying to homeschool with teenagers may want to look into independent study programs that are provided by universities. This way they can also get college credit or college preparation as they do their schooling. It is also important to remember that you do not have to commit to any pattern for your child’s entire education. Homeschool is meant to be flexible as your children’s needs and expectations change.
Parents find early on that education can come from a wide range of sources, some higher quality than others. But how can you decide whether a curriculum is high quality or not? What strategies help your child grow and progress better than others? Research teaches us that there are two types of practices in education: developmentally inappropriate practice (DIP) and developmentally appropriate practice (DAP).
DIP education stresses formalized instruction for children. It comes in the form of lectures and whole-class activities. These are your workbook, worksheet, dittos, and busywork classes and programs. Children hate this! This is the boring, quiet, formal teaching that some of use may remember. This type of instruction focuses has children read and recite information rather than have them internalize and critically think about material.
DAP education has curriculum that fits the level of processing that children are at. DAP is full of hands on activities and gives children an opportunity to engage in their environment. Instead of reading about volcanos and the properties of metamorphic rock, children are able to handle rocks and make their own (small scale and safe) volcanos. This curriculum is filled with discussion and guided learning that keeps children engaged in their learning.
So how does a parent find DAP materials? Remember, the main work of childhood is play. Education that can be integrated into lessons in a fun and engaging way will be more DAP like than boring methods. If a program or method is causing a large amount of stress and anxiety in your child, it is not very likely to be a DAP strategy.