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Wednesday, 5 October 2011 21:20
Train your children with an abiding persuasion on your mind; that
Homeschooling with Tenderness, Affection and Patience
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 21:12
Train up your child with all tenderness, affection, and patience. I do
“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 21:06
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“Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will
But, after all, how little is the substance of this text completely understood. The
Homeschooling – Bringing Balance Between Real Life Learning and Curriculum
Wednesday, 5 October 2011 20:39
Author: Wendy Young
No matter where you are in your homeschool journey, a homeschooling mom needs to make sure that a homeschool curriculum stays in its place. If it becomes the master which dictates to a parent and thus forces real life learning out, it needs to be brought under strict control.
Homeschoolers can roughly be divided into two groups – “unschoolers” and “those who use some form of curriculum”. There is a whole spectrum of homeschoolers in between using different philosophies to drive their homeschool vision.
No matter where you are in your homeschool journey, a homeschooling mom needs to make sure that a homeschool curriculum stays in its place. If it becomes the master which dictates to a parent and thus forces real life learning out, it needs to be brought under strict control.
Homeschool curriculum’s used for Math, Science, Language and other difficult subjects are often very welcome in a homeschooling home where moms, like me, are not strong in those subjects. This is the beauty of using a curriculum as it relieves a burden from the homeschooling mom’s shoulders.
For subjects that lend themselves to a more relaxed learning style – those like history, geography and life orientation – as much real life should be used. Using literature to study history and geography is so much better than memorizing dry dates and facts. It allows a child to “be at home in a single region – seeing the people at work, the flowers and fruits in their season, the animal in its habitat…” Charlotte Mason. History and geography chronicles, or living books, “nourish the mind with ideas, and to furnish the imagination with pictures” Charlotte Mason.
Real life has a way of stretching our children to think beyond themselves, to care for the needs of others, to serve in their homes and to learn all the valuable life skills that they need for the rest of their lives. Our homes have all that our children need to teach them how to care for themselves and others. Equipping them in how to work in their own home, equips them for a career one day – either for an employer or as a self employed individual. “The attitudes and attributes that make a good employee are the same attitudes and attributes that make a good kid.” Christine Fields, Life Skills for Kids.
As you come alongside your children and train them to do their chores they learn how to complete a task they begin. Chores teach our children problem solving, paid chores teach financial management and getting older children to help younger children helps them to learn patience.
Meal preparation is a wonderful platform to teach home economics which is an asset to both boys and girls. As you plan your weeks meals, plan for some of your children to be your helpers. As you bake your snacks and treats, draw your youngest children in to help. These casual times of being together are when you can impart your own kernels of knowledge to your children. These times also are valuable for drawing your children close to you in amongst the busyness of your days as a homeschooling mom.
Relevant Outings provide a wonderful way for your children to learn things by seeing and doing. Outings to historical, geographical and scientific places of interest can be journaled, photographed and notebooked so that you can keep records of what your children are learning. Just a warning – overdoing outings can become tiring to a mom; make sure they are planned carefully.
Ultimately a wise homeschool moms plans a balance between curriculum and real life learning, incorporating good literature, work and service at home, outings and homeschool curriculum.
Wendy Young is a homeschooling mom to 4 children aged 14 – 7 years. They have always been at home with her. She has been married for 19 years. Her homeschooling website, Homeschool-Curriculum-For-Life.com, is dedicated to helping homeschooling moms get organized, enjoy the journey and live life to its fullest.
7 Steps to Choosing Best Christian Homeschool Curriculum by Mimi Rothschild
Monday, 1 August 2011 21:35
How to Choose the Best Homeschool Curriculum
by Mimi Rothschild
1. Decide whether you prefer a homeschool curriculum that uses TECHNOLOGY or a TRADITIONAL program? Online homeschooling usually provides you with digital textbooks, videos, websites and interactivity. With traditional homeschooling, you select your own books and then often have to create daily lessons and even tests to teach the content in the books.
2. Decide whether you want TEACHER SUPPORT. Online homeschooling programs often offer teachers who can provide online tutoring to your child. This is ideal for subjects that moms may struggle with. With traditional homeschooling, you can hire outside tutors where you can expect to pay between $35.00 and $70.00 per hour. You can also join homeschool coops where homeschool moms will often teach specialized subjects.
3. Check to see how whether or not the curriculum is ENGAGING. Books can be attractive at the homeschool conventions but when it comes to inspiring your children day after day, you are going to need a homeschool curriculum that engages and involves them. Excellent online homeschooling programs offer videos. The better ones offer videos that are more than just “talking Heads”. Studies show that when a child is engaged, he learns. When he loves the “work”, it is no longer work, but fun. And he wants to do it for longer.
4. Is the Curriculum thoroughly BIBLICAL? The Bible promises Christian parents in Proverbs 22:5 that if we “train up a child in the way he should go, when he is old, he will not depart from it.” Childhood is short. We are entrusted with these precious gifts. Is the homeschooling curriculum totally immersing your children in the Truths than can only be found in the Word of God?
5.Is the curriculum do-able with your family’s needs? How much PREP WORK is required of the homeschooling parent? Will you be creating your own lessons each night? Are answer keys provided? Tests? Quizzes? Who does the grading? What if its a subject you do not feel comfortable with? The beauty of online homeschooling programs is that there is NO TEACHER PREP for moms which can make the difference between a successful homeschooling experience and one that is filled with stress and sleeplessness.
6. Is the curriculum ACCREDITED? When a homeschooling curriculum is accredited it may be easier for those courses to be transferred to another school. Sometimes homeschoolers end up having to start over if they return to a traditional school. With an accredited program, you are more likely to be able to use those hard earned credits in another school saving time and money.
7. Can you get a HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA? Homeschoolers usually do not qualify for a high school diploma. Sometimes this can be a hindrance to getting into a good college. With many of the online homeschooling programs now available, your high school graduate can prove all the he/she has accomplished with a high school diploma if you are enrolled in a private online school.
For more information about Mimi Rothschild, the author of this blog and Co-Founder of Learning By Grace, Inc. which has provided Christian online HomeSchooling Academies to the Christian HomeSchooling Community for 10 years, go to http://www.mimi-rothschild.org/ Or check out the state of the art online homeschooling Academies at www.LearningByGrace.org
Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Charter Schools: Look Before You Leap"
Monday, 10 May 2010 14:01
by Roy Hanson,
In California and across the nation, we are alarmed by the growing number of Christian home schoolers who are enrolling in charter school programs. Below is a summary of most of the reasons why we are concerned. This is based upon my full-time research and advocacy work in behalf of private home educators in California for the last 15 years.The battle over home schooling in America for the last 20 years has been shifting from eradication of home education to growing attempts to control home educators and recapture them for public school programs (such as charter schools) where they are under the authority and supervision of public school officials. Nothing less than the future of home schooling and the freedom of parents to train their own children in God’s ways are at stake.Can education in a charter school be Christian?A true Christian education means that all goals, rules and policies, staffing, student and adult relationships, structures of authority, methodologies, sources of funding and resources, activities, materials, and content of all subject areas must be consistent with a biblical worldview. In every aspect, the entire education system must openly glorify and please God through our Lord Jesus Christ. A thoroughly Christian education is expressed in an open, non-apologetic way–in writing, verbally, and in all actions–on the part of every participant.Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in Heaven. (Matt. 5:16)
Mimi Rothschild Asks "Will We Finish the School Year On Time?"
Tuesday, 4 May 2010 15:59
Mimi Rothschild Asks “Will We Finish the School Year On Time?”
But other homeschool moms may have very good reasons to be concerned about finishing their school work by June.
Some families have children at home and children in school. They may want all their children to begin and end their summer vacations at the same time.
The constant knocking at the door from the neighborhood child can be frustrating to both you and your son who is supposed to be doing his math. It may be easier to just take a break when Johnny next door is taking his break.
Most curriculum revolves around the traditional school year. If you are not studying at the appropriate times, you can be frustrated because a science experiment calls for autumn leaves when you are working on Science in the spring! If you are in this category, the spring can be an important time of reviewing materials to see whether you are on track to complete them by the June break.
If you think you are behind, make changes now and you might just finish on time after all.
Start by eliminating these time stealers:
Too much driving around in the car. This is huge time waster in Atlanta. The days are broken up by going out, and then there is the extra time spent preparing and dressing children and then settling them down when you come home. Do most of your errands at night and on weekends. Schedule children’s lessons only during convenient days and times. If you can’t get piano lessons at a time you want, then find another teacher. A mom has to stay home a lot to have enough time to homeschool.
Television, telephones. Turn these off or tape the shows you like so that you can watch them at times that are convenient to you.
Interruptions from others. Be firm and consistent with your friends and relatives. Establish time for them, but your students are the first priority, not your friends.
Eliminate unnecessary school work. Textbooks can have a lot of extra work that is boring and unnecessary. Remember: you own the book – so make it work for you. You don’t have to work for the book. Look at each of your children’s books. Cut out or cross out unnecessary pages. Get over your desire to finish the book. Teach the chapters and do questions orally to eliminate a lot of student paperwork.
Children are not progressing. You may have to change their curriculum or get extra help. If your books aren’t working, switch them. If you have a child with serious learning difficulties, you may need some help from a tutor.
You won’t ever have enough time to teach everything. When you plan the year, be realistic. There is so much to teach and so little time. You will not be able to cover all the information in the world. That’s O.K. The Holy Spirit is a much better teacher and He teaches full time and doesn’t takes a summer break. You are His assistant. Be content with God’s plan of time limits and constraints. Man makes his plans but God directs his paths. If you are frustrated with how the year has gone, you can rest in the knowledge and hope that if you are obedient to the Lord, all things will work together for you in the long run.
Randi St. Denis is an educator, popular homeschool speaker, and a seasoned homeschooling mom. Randi works as a consultant to public, private, and homeschool families; providing teaching expertise and assistance for all types of children. You can visit her website at ChicagoHomeschoolExpo.com.
Mimi Rothschild Brings You "Make the Most of Your Next Homeschool Convention"
Thursday, 29 April 2010 12:53
Mimi Rothschild Brings You “Make the Most of Your Next Homeschool Convention”
The homeschool convention is almost here! Are you ready?
Whether it is your first convention or your fifteenth, the annual homeschool convention can be an overwhelming event. With dozens of workshops, over 100 vendors, and thousands of new and used books, it can be a challenge to know what to do first. Here are a few tips to help you make the most of your convention experience.
Before the Convention
In order to maximize your time and money, start planning well before the day of the convention. Pre-registering online is amazingly convenient, and it will save valuable time when you arrive at convention. Members of the sponsoring organization often receive a generous discount on full registration, and pre-registering by the early-bird deadline can save even more. That is extra money to spend on something that will make your homeschooling easier!
First, know why you are going to convention. What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to:
•Find out about homeschooling in general?
Make Your Lists
The sponsoring organization maintains a list of workshops and vendors on its website, and the preliminary workshop descriptions are usually included in the latest issue of the newsletter. Use these resources to plan your time at the convention. As you study the workshop schedule, you will begin to see workshops that you absolutely want to attend. Check them off on the preliminary program, and begin to prioritize.
Inevitably, there will be more than one workshop per session that you would like to attend. This is not a problem! Virtually all the workshops are recorded, and you may purchase tapes or CDs at convention and listen at your convenience later. This way, if you decide to spend all your time in the curriculum hall or the used book sale, you will not miss out on all the encouraging and informative workshops that are scheduled.
Plan for Children and Teens
While convention weekend is a wonderful opportunity for some special “couple time,” the convention is family-friendly if you prefer to bring everyone. A glance at the program will reveal many workshops that are of special interest to teens. These teen-track workshops may include topics such as “Technology and Computers,” “Creation vs. Evolution,” “College Options,” and many more.
Children ages 5-12 may have the opportunity to enroll in a special children’s program, where they can enjoy skits, songs, stories, and crafts focused on the development of good character qualities. The children’s program usually runs for the entire convention, except for meals, for which your children may join you to talk about all the things they’ve learned.
If you are new to homeschooling, or are entering a new phase of home education, such as high school, you may want to do some reading before you arrive at the convention. You may wish to order books such as The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling by Debra Bell, For the Children’s Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macauley, or 100 Top Picks for Homeschool Curriculum by Cathy Duffy. There are many other wonderful resources available, and whatever you read will help you prepare for the convention, as well as for the coming school year. Ask a veteran homeschooler for her recommendations, and she’ll probably be happy to share some of her favorites.
Make a List
If you write your shopping list on a business size or 7×9″ envelope, you will be able to place all your receipts in the envelope as you make purchases. You can jot notes about what you see on the back of the envelope, and keep a running total of what you spend on the inside of the flap. Just be careful not to lose your envelope!
At the Convention
When you arrive at the convention, you’ll receive a program booklet and a bag of literature from vendors. The program will contain a map of the convention hall, speaker and graduate profiles, listing of vendors, and a final schedule of workshops. It pays to sit down for a few minutes to get acquainted with this valuable resource. First, check the workshops you want to attend and verify the time and location. Second, locate the bathrooms, concession stands, bag drops, and other conveniences, and locate the booths of vendors or speakers you particularly wish to visit. Now you are ready to plan your day!
As a point of courtesy, if you spend a lot of time with an author or vendor who patiently answers your questions, please remember that it would be very rude to go across the aisle to save a couple of dollars on the same curriculum from a vendor who has not given so generously of his or her time. Most authors and vendors are at the convention, not only because they truly want to help other homeschooling families, but also because they need to make a living.
If This Is Your First Convention
If this is your first convention and you are able to come more than one day (I highly recommend coming for the whole time, if at all possible), don’t buy anything until the last few hours you are there. Use your first day, or first few hours, to attend the introductory workshop sessions offered for new homeschoolers, then browse the curriculum hall, picking up catalogs and brochures. If you know you have a bag full of information, and will be able to order anything you see later, after you have had time to make a careful decision, you will not feel pressured to decide too quickly on anything you see.
Take all the literature you have gathered back to your hotel, or out to lunch if you are there for only a day, and look through it. Focus on things that fit your needs now – elementary curriculum if you have young children, high school curriculum if you have teens. Get acquainted with some of the things that are available, so that when you return to the curriculum hall, you can go directly to the items that seem most interesting or useful to you. Write down questions you would like to ask different vendors, and do not forget that the homeschool organization probably has a table is staffed with veteran homeschoolers who would be happy to answer questions for you. Remember that you do not have to make any quick decisions, but that you may order virtually anything, including workshop tapes, after the convention.
If You Are A Veteran Homeschooler
If you have been homeschooling for years, but have not been to the convention in a while, prepare to be astonished and delighted by the amazing array of high-quality curriculum options that are available. You will find many resources for the high-school years, as well as a great deal of information on helping your student make the transition to college, the military, or a career. There are encouraging new books and resources, as well as workshops and vendors that can answer many of the questions you may have as your students grow older.
Veteran homeschoolers are probably also aware of the many opportunities available for volunteer service at the convention. The convention takes place only with the help of the many volunteers – both new and veteran homeschoolers – who donate a bit of their time to make it happen. You may choose to help in the exhibit hall, graduation, security, hospitality, registration, publicity, used curriculum sale, or as an office volunteer or speaker host. As a special thank-you, volunteers often receive special privileges such as first admission to the used curriculum shopping area, or a free workshop recording.
After the Convention
When you reach home after the convention, you will have much to digest. Make time to read the books and catalogs you bring home, and listen to the workshop tapes you have purchased. As you put all you have learned into practice, you will be thankful you took time to learn more about home education. Your new knowledge will help you experience joy in the journey!
Mimi Rothschild Brings You "God Has Trouble With His Children Too"
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 10:07
Mimi Rothschild Brings You “God Has Trouble With His Children Too”
Children obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right.-Ephesians 6:1
There have been times at night that I would pray over one of my four children. One reason would be because I had a confrontation of some sort with them that day, another would be because I felt they had disobeyed God in someway. The prayers I have for them come deep from in my heart more, than anything I pray for. I felt I was being a â€œbadâ€ mother and I would pray for guidance and forgiveness in the way I handled a situation with them. The bible says in James 1:9, â€œMy dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.â€ I find it hard to become slow to anger when my child has given me nothing but attitude that day! Slow to speakâ€¦well, does, Getâ€¦toâ€¦yourâ€¦roomâ€¦now, through clenched teeth count? Listening is not on the top of my head when my thirteen old is trying to explain why she should get her belly button pierced! I thought all the Sunday school and youth programs would tell them that, God does not want them to put in any holes in their body?
Psalm 22:10 says,â€ From birth I was cast upon you; from my mothers womb you have been my God. When our children are first born they are born with no sense of what others around them need; they are selfish but God was still with them because he knew they had to be taught by their mother and father. He gave us many directions in the bible for showing our children the way to him. “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” â€“Deuteronomy 6:5-8. The only thing is he gave them free will just has he has given us our free will. We can only do as much as we can and pray that God will open their hearts and show them the way. We also have to pray they will want to be shown the path of righteousness. Jesus said in Mark 10:14, â€œlet the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. All Jesus was asking for was to; let them come to him, to not hinder any of their efforts. He was not saying, â€œYou parents better make sure your kids come to me or it is your entire fault!â€ No, he just wants us to let them know they have that choice and what the choice of coming to him means.
When my oldest was born I was not an active Christian. I believed there was a God and he had a son who died on the cross for our sins. I tried to go to church and thought it was the most boring thing ever. I was only seventeen when my oldest was born. I was still a child with no direction and a bad attitude. My parents did not bring me up in a Godly home; it was far from it. I swore a lot, I did not have respect for my self or others. All in all I was heading hand in hand with Satan down his pleasurable path for me. I was also taking someone along; my daughter. A little over three years and a lot of bad moves I was also taking my second child right with me.
I knew it would be hard on my oldest child, to just throw her into a life she was not familiar with. I knew she would feel hurt and confused. I stopped a lot of things I once let her do and there were many times she cried and looked at me like I was from another planet. She lead a unholy life until the age of eight or nine and then she was confused when I would change from week to week or month to month on what I expected from her and the rest of my family. Then when she was twelve I changed â€œbig timeâ€ and started showing my family the way of God. I did a total 360 on them and have been, for the most part, steady now. Jeanette Lockerbie from the â€œWomenâ€™s Devotional Bibleâ€ wrote, â€œOur children-and we ourselves-are never safer, or more blessed, than in the place of Godâ€™s appointmentâ€ meaning, we are right where God wants us to be. No matter what the situation, God has his plans for us and our children, all wrote out in his book of ours and our childrenâ€™s lives.
He knows the troubles we have with our children because he has the same troubles from us. He gives us the same lessons from the bible that we teach to our kids too. â€œListen to your father, who gave you life and do not despise your mother when she is old. Buy the truth and do not sell it; get wisdom, discipline and understanding. The father of a righteous man has great joy; he who has a wise son delights in him. May your father and mother be glad; may she who gave you birth rejoice!â€-Proverbs 23:22-25. Proverbs 31:6 says, â€œTrain a child in the way we should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.â€ All we can do is show our children the rights way, pray they take it and thank God when they finally do!
Christian mothers and fathers all over the world have some trouble with their kids rebelling against Gods word. They want to listen to inappropriate music; they want to wear clothing that is to revealing or mark their bodies with holes (besides the ears) and tattooâ€™s. Some of us parentâ€™s even have to unfortunately, deal with drug or alcohol use. We get down on our knees every night and pray for God to change them. We beg and plead, cry and even scream to him, why does my child have to do these sinful things? Titus 2:7-8 states, â€œIn everything set them (children) a good example by doing what is good. In your teaching show integrity, seriousness and soundness of speech that cannot be condemned.â€ Ephesians 6:4 says, â€œFatherâ€™s do not exasperate your children; instead bring them up in the training of the Lord.â€ Exasperate means: to irritate or anger. God is slow to anger at us, so should we be to our children also. When they fall down we need to pick them back up, just as Jesus does for us. We need to show them the right way, just as God shows us. We need to forgive them, just as the Lord has forgiven us.
3 John: 4 says, â€œI have to greater joy than to hear my children are walking in the truth.â€ If you as a parent are walking in Gods truth and you show it day by day your children will catch on. It might not be until they have made some wrong choices but one day they will understand the truth that you are walking in and they will walk right beside you. Until then keep praying for them and loving them just the way God made them and the way he loves you.
Mimi Rothschild Looks at "Character Education in the Public School"?
Tuesday, 27 April 2010 16:30
Mimi Rothschild Looks at “Character Education in the Public School”?