I am a lesson planner. I love to sit at my desk with my plan book, perusing through textbooks and scheduling pages to be read and chapters to finish. If I have to wait for the oil to be changed on the mini-van I take my plan book. If I am sitting at the dentist’s, I have my plan book. When I really should be cleaning out the refrigerator or ironing clothes, I am writing in my plan book! This passion is both a blessing and a blight.[more...]
No one is exempt from conflict in relationships. In fact, conflict is inevitable. We have a saying at Peacemaker Ministries: "Where two or three are gathered together...there will be conflict!" Despite our best efforts as believers to establish the best run, properly structured homeschool organizations and support groups, we will have conflicts. [more...]
Deschooling is not giving up everything and doing nothing. Deschooling is a focus shift. You can do it "cold turkey", or do it gently. But definitely do it. Give yourself space. There is no rush in life. We live in a country where the only limit to education is our own self-defeatist perspective. Any person of any age can gain knowledge. But once a person's self-confidence and introspective compassion is lost, that is extremely hard to regain later. [more...]
Parents need to ensure children are developing the skills of thinking, reasoning, and problem-solving. Children also need to learn how to study and learn on their own. Besides curriculum materials that contribute to these aims, parents can design questions and projects to stimulate such growth. [more...]
The family home school is similar to a one-room schoolhouse with students at different grade levels. There are many possible variations and combinations of multilevel teaching techniques that can work for any home-school family. Parents can choose the methods that best fit the needs of their children and the lifestyle of their family. Two or more students might work independently on different grade levels. Students on the same grade level might have different needs due to their individual strengths and weaknesses. Students of different ages might be taught the same material at the same time, each on their own level. [more...]
If I had to do it over again, it would not be so much a program or a method that I would change in our home schooling, but the realization of who is in charge. At the outset, I imagined that everything in my children's education depended on me. This burden was so heavy that I staggered under it; but Jesus says that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Over time this truth became a reality in our home school. [more...]
The value and importance of reading makes teaching our children to read a top priority. As we assume responsibility for this area of our children's education, we need information about how to proceed effectively to ensure their success.
The best way to make sure our children will be good readers is to start very early motivating and preparing them to read. This is accomplished as we read to them every day and as we gently but steadily expose them to the concept that letters represent specific sounds.
The more months or years we engage in these simple but vital activities, the easier it will be for our children to read when we begin actual reading instruction.
The phonetic nature of our alphabet makes phonics the obvious choice of teaching methods. [more...]
So, you've finally made your decision. You are going to homeschool. You've told the relatives and listened to their flak. You're told your friends and listened to all their questions and comments. You've reassured them all that you're just trying it for a year to see how it goes. Certainly you can't do any worse than the public schools have been doing. Privately, you are pretty sure you can do better. And you are scared to death! So many what if's! What if you mess up? What if your child hates you for taking him away from all of his friends? What if home educating means your daughter won't get into that computer science school she's always dreamed of? [more...]
Organization and planning help the home-school family to keep order and to maintain priorities in both education and family living.
Organization is a paradox of limitation and freedom. It consists of imposing limits on our behavior, our time, our belongings, and our lives. Yet it is an essential tool for achieving freedom, peace, and plenty.
Human nature tends to throw off constraints to do what we feel like moment by moment. In order to conquer our disorderly ways, we must recognize the spiritual roots of our problem and look to God and His Word for forgiveness and solutions. [more...]
The title of this article is a misnomer. There is no such thing as "one way to homeschool." There are as many ways to homeschool as there are families engaged in it. What you will have in common with other homeschoolers, whose children have already been in school, is that your family will have adjustments to make. It is important to allow your family time to make these adjustments. Here are a few suggestions, which will help ease your transition into homeschooling: