Fire Without Matches
Fire Without Matches
Especially For The New Home Educator
Many starting home school for the first time are bombarded by naysayers, and are filled with their own doubts. But home educators tend to be a wonderful support group. Having experienced those same difficult beginnings, we tend to walk hand in hand...shoulder to shoulder providing encouragement, and assistance for one another. The following links are especially for the newbies whom we value and appreciate.
When faced with the socialization question, here is a good one: Socialization: Homeschoolers Are In The Real World
Home Schooling High Schoolers
Many parents feel intimidated with homeschooling the high school years. But there is a lot more support for families in this area now. Many State Home School Associations provide graduation Ceremonies, and 42 States offer Dual Enrollment. Dual Enrollment allows students to home school and attend college (for free until they turn 18). My Grandson is doing this, and loves it. His Mom is taking some classes at the same Community College, so they ride together...kind of neat. However some highschoolers choose online college courses from the comfort of their home.
How To Home School has a whole section on how to home school the high school student (towards the bottom of the page)
How To Become A More Effective Educator
The Conventional Method used in public schools is left brain teaching, and is effective with about 45% of the children . However, by involving as many of the senses in the learning process as possible, one is able to reach 90%, and all the learning styles. This method is especially effective with "hands on learners", "analytical children", those with ADHD, and many with learning disabilities. Studies show that children learn faster, retain more, stress is reduced, drop out rates decrease by 90%, and the kids love it. If you want to learn more about how to implement this fun and exciting method into your education, the following article is for you:
The U.S. once had the best education in the world. People came from all over the world to learn here. This Country has now fallen to the middle range, and Finland now demonstrates the best education in the world. Interestingly enough this article gives some insight into what happened, and even some insight into why home schooled children are outperforming their public schooled counterparts.
American Schools Failing: Not Finland's, Why? (Also gives validation to our teachers who are often blamed or things they have little control over)
Understanding The Constitution
Because word meanings have changed from the time of our Founding Fathers, many people read it but do not understand it. This article gives insight into some of the most misunderstood ones (The Welfare Clause, and The Commerce Clause). It also provides links to the Federalist Papers, and a fun new game that will help you teach the Constitution to your children.
Work Boxes can be made similar to Play Stations. The following home school mom uses Work Boxes, and explains how she uses them.
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