Technology in the Homeschool Classroom

Education is no longer about rote learning or memorizing details and facts. Our children still need to develop fundamental skills such as reading and writing but, in reality, we are living in a time when learners need to take a more active role in their own education. Children need to be engaged; they need to develop and learn skills that the outdated, “traditional Industrial Revolution education system” and passive learning style, can no longer provide them with. We need to redefine standards and curriculum. We need to ask ourselves exactly…

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3 Key Ingredients to Homeschooling a Young Child: Environment

Part 2 Environment The right environment can give so much to a developing child. Young children are like sponges and will absorb everything around them (Montessori, n.d.). It is also the age when they are refining their senses which then builds their brain architecture. Have you ever seen a young child explore something? They will literally put it in their mouth, smell it, feel the texture, stare at it and notice all the fine details that an adult is likely to miss. Ever notice their response to the slightest of…

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Mining A Diamond : Part 2

The Journey Begins I was told that homeschooling will not provide enough social interaction, which I later found was not true. Thus, I learned and was determined to make new ways and means from the same place where she was at her most fulfilled and happy self; her very own home. We arranged more family /friend gatherings and play dates at home. Moreover, some of her friends often joined her for few lessons weekly at our place. This gave her the joy of being with friends and having a learning…

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Mining A Diamond : Part 1

Don’t Call Me Shy “I am really considering homeschooling her!” I announced to my sister. “I have tried every other option, and nothing has given such satisfying results as homeschooling her these past six months. She has blossomed, I can tell she feels whole, accepted and she seems much happier,” I said persistently with determination and certainty in my heart. “How will she learn to be around other children of her age; how will she learn to defend herself and become a confident person?” she insisted. “Only if her personality…

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Teaching Your Child to Read

Read. The very first revelation carries a powerful message for mankind; reading is the key to knowledge. In today’s literate society, being able to read is an important if not necessary skill to survive. Yet, two prevailing questions surround it; when and how do we teach children to read? When It was my mother who told me about Glenn Doman, author of How to Teach Your Baby to Read. Suffice it to say, I bought the book and did the program with my three year-old. Within six months, she was…

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Interest or Project Based Approach

You can homeschool without using a curriculum if you wish. One of the ways you can do so is through an interest or project based approach where you involve the students in planning your school year. This approach takes into full consideration the interests of your child. This particular method is best for elementary to middle school students, but with some out-of-the-box thinking, can also be used for high school students, albeit with some tweaking. This method also presumes that your child is still exploring areas of interests and have…

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