Homeschooling Mentoring and Support

unduhan (70)Mentoring and support groups are a great way to meet other homeschoolers in your area. They give parents an opportunity to ask questions and get answers from reliable sources. These groups have a variety of different children who are different ages. Therefore, the parents of such children are able to mentor new mothers or fathers in their next step if they need any help. Will and Sue enthusiastically recommended the mentors they and their children had had throughout their homeschooling journey:

When going about on different camps or outings, the other parents really do become mentors to the children and that’s really valuable and is the beginning of a relationship that extends into the children’s lives. Mentoring can be a tremendously important when they go off to study or move away from home, to have these stable adult contacts in their lives year after year, who are interested in their lives. Mentors are there if they need help, advice, wisdom, prayer support or whatever it is. It’s a relationship of trust. Its’ been a support for us and an encouragement for our kids to have these other people. They’re all very different, but they’re all able to contribute in their own way. To have that continuity is special. For instance, we held Jono when he was a baby, and now Jono is married and he has babies of his own.

Veteran homeschool parents in home groups find themselves becoming mentors to new homeschool families. As a new homeschooler, and one that wishes to continue homeschooling without burning out, it is vitally important to become involved in a home group, as these are the basis of training and support in the home. Experienced homeschool parents take a role in educating and initiating new families into the routines of life as a homeschooler. For instance, if parents are not sure what to do for high school, another parent/s in these groups may suggest helpful ideas or explain how they did it. In Canberra, for instance, there is a secular group (Home Education Network Canberra and Southern Tablelands or HENCAST) and a Christian group (Christian Home Education Canberra or CHEC). This is just the beginning of the groups available, especially with the advent of Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.

Homeschooled children also benefit by the influence of older mentors in their lives. These mentors can often be a generation or two older. They can be grandparents, friends or other homeschooling parents whom the homeschooled children spend time with. When asked if he had any mentors, homeschool student, Ben replied:

Yes, I did, especially when it came to building. I have three or four friends now who are 60 years old and onwards. Some have even passed on now. They taught me heaps and heaps. I spent a lot of time in people’s garages, tinkering away with a bird cage and all kinds of things. The mentors sat and spent their time with me. The grandparents were also pretty good. I spent a lot of time in the shed doing metal work… welding up bits of tractors and things like that as a child. My parents would be inside with the grandmother while I was spending time in the garage with granddad.

Homeschooling magazines and website are also other great and supportive resources. The Home Education Network Otherways Magazine gives parent’s a great opportunity for encouragement and advice in their homeschooling journey. Each issue is delivered quarterly in the mail (or alternately it can be downloaded online). Subscribers can also access all back issues printed. These publications are great for answering the plethora of questions the homeschool mum or dad has, as well as raising other issues close to their heart.

Facebook groups are a great way to ask experienced and fellow homeschooling parent’s questions. For instance, the last three posts in the ‘Homeschool Australia’ forum group I participated in have been:

o Can anyone recommend movies based on historical events? Preferably Australian but not too bothered. – 51 responses

o My 12yr old has totally thrown his sleep cycle out of whack. Today he didn’t go to sleep until 8am. So not much learning is being done because when I’m asleep he is awake and when I am awake he is asleep. How can I fix this? – 27 responses

o Just wondering what outcomes I can meet with a hip hop workshop my 12yr old, year 6 son is doing? It involves composing a beat, adding extra instruments to it, writing a song and performing it. He also does hip hop dancing, aboriginal dancing and learning about the history of rap/hip hop music. – 4 responses

The range of questions, as can be seen, are as wide-ranging and frank as can be. Many parents would discover the answer to their own questions via these forums. This particular group has over 2800 members and is closely monitored by a few administration members who ensure the group stays on topic. Most groups in Australia are closed groups, and require prospective members to tell the administration a little about themselves before they join, in order that vandals or anti-homeschooling activists do not join.

I hope this article has been helpful in giving you a bit of support!

Homeschooling Facebook Groups:

Homeschool Australia
Homeschool Buy Swap and Sell
Homeschooling with Art
Homeschooling with Apps
Homeschooling with Pinterest
Homeschooling with YouTube
Christian Homeschooling Families
Secular Homeschooling Families
And so on…

 

How To Finish Your Homeschool Year Strong

unduhan (69)If you are a homeschool mom, chances are this time of year you are getting the itch to finish things for this school year. It’s sunny outside which means the kiddos are not as focused as they were a month ago and let’s be honest, we homeschooling mamas are ready for a break too. Summer is so close we can smell it and after a long winter who doesn’t want to get some sunshine therapy! However, you probably have a bit more schooling that needs to be completed before you can officially wrap things up which can be grueling to do at times.

Never fear fellow homeschoolers, I have learned a few tips over my last 5 years of homeschooling on how to finish your homeschool year strong and to keep you from pooping out.

1. Do more hands on learning
Those experiments you skipped during winter when your days were packed, now is a great time to do them! Not only will it be fun for the kiddos and a great change of pace for them and you but you’ll also be reviewing previous material at the same time. What homeschooler doesn’t love that!

2. Get outside
Now that the weather is warmer take the lessons outside. Pack up the books and move the learning outdoors. Hearing the birds singing, getting some Vitamin D and lots a fresh air can be very energizing. Spread a blanket out on your lawn or at a local park. Pack some water and snacks and enjoy learning in a natural setting. (Just don’t forget the sunblock!)

3. Get moving
Play learning games that involve moving. For example, if your kids are learning addition write the numbers in chalk on a sidewalk and give them a problem and then have them jump to the correct answer. We are currently doing this with multiplication and division facts. Don’t forget to move with them. It’s a great way to get some physical activity for yourself too!

4. Take some me time for yourself
This time of year I start to feel burnt out and my child picks up on that quickly. She then starts to feel burnt out as well so over the years I have learned that the best thing that I can do as a mom and a homeschooler is to take a little time and do something I enjoy. You have to fill yourself up before you can pour into others. I take an hour and read on the deck or watch an inspirational sermon. I grab my camera and go for a ride looking for great scenery. Whatever fills your love tank, do that! It will help you to feel better so that you can finish those last few weeks strong.

5. Field Trips
Now is the perfect time to take a few field trips. Visit the zoo, the aquarium, local museums… whatever you like. It will give the kids and you a much needed break from your routine but still allow for lots of fun learning that your children will remember forever.

6. Offer the Kids Extra Motivation
This is the time of year that I like to offer a little extra motivation. Extra screen time, video game time, the promise of a lunch date at a restaurant, extra art time… whatever your child loves. Use those as incentives when it seems that your kiddos are being sluggish and watch them work!

7. Remember that you don’t have to finish everything
I taught public school for 10 years and we never finished an entire text book. Many times the material is reviewed at the start of the next school year so don’t put extra pressure on yourself to finish every single lesson. Do what you can and when it’s time for summer break, pat yourself on the back for what your homeschool did get accomplished.

8. Give Yourself Grace
It’s all OK mama. I promise. You and your children have worked hard all year and they have learned more than you probably realize. Forgive yourself for the mistakes you made this year or what might not have gotten covered as much as you wanted it to. Be proud of what you did and take some time to recharge as a family.

Summer is almost here and the school year is almost over so have a little fun, get outside, get moving, get creative with your lessons, do those lost experiments and most importantly celebrate what you got accomplished this year.

 

How Parents Could Better Their Methods In Homeschooling High School Math

unduhan (68)Homeschooling is a pleasant activity if there is a good accord between the parents and their children. It brings families together and helps parents understand their kids’ attitudes and skills in academics in a better perspective.

As Grades go up, both parents and children come across many academic challenges especially in the realm of Math. High school Math with its Algebra, Geometry and Trigonometry concepts would prove incomprehensible many a time. Parents need to focus lots of attention on the courseware and pay heed to the methods that could make their kids learn high school Math with ease.

There are many resources that help parents get over their children’s difficulties in learning Math. Video lessons, tablet programs and online study guides help parents home school their children with efficient methods and measures. The practical examples for solving Math problems from online sources could be a booster for many parents.

Be it Pre Algebra with formulas to solve equations or Geometric angles, choice of curriculum plays a major role in teaching the children at an advanced level. Algebraic concepts and geometric proofs and theorems could tantalize even the well read people. Further, they need to devote lots of time to solve problems and understand the concepts behind them. Also, it is a major transition period proving to be a gateway for college entry through high school curriculum.

Parents need to pace their children’s learning and choose a courseware accordingly. They could skip some topics, jump on to some and get back to the skipped ones later. It is the parent’s perfect understanding of the kids’ attitude towards Math that could make the process of high school Math learning smooth. Some children would struggle with Algebra concepts while some others would be baffled by Geometric properties. It is for the parent to set the right pattern of learning for the kid.

Many online tutorials come handy for parents with personal guidance in high school Math issues. Math tutors online who are experts in the field understand the missing gaps of the homeschooling kids and help them get over the issues in a short span of time.

Many parents would be best in their mathematical outputs but may not be that efficient in explaining the concepts to their kids. Teaching is an art which might overtake them at an advanced level of homeschooling their kids. Online Math tutoring helps them lots in such a situation with tutors rendering exclusive help for the struggles of the students in doing high school Math topics and for their preparing for tests and exams.

If students get expert guidance from online Math tutors further to their parents’ teaching, their efforts would prove awesome. The one to one sessions, whiteboard interactions, practice sheets, multimedia lessons and tips and shortcuts for solving problems through online tutoring make things easy for them and help them enjoy their home learning at its best.

Parenting is an important aspect of family life. When homeschooling goes in hand with it, it means lots of responsibilities for parents, that too, at advanced grades like high school. It is but natural for parents and their wards to get back a little with awe on seeing high school Math curriculum while homeschooling. They need not break their heads when there are online resources like tutoring to come to their rescue.

Why You Need a Tuition Agency to Survive in the Tough Education Systems

unduhan (67)In the ever increasingly challenging academic environment, one of the most important things that we can do is to make sure our children are receiving an excellent education. Education follows them through life and can help prepare them for the time when they become adults and are forced to make decisions on their own.

However, for students who are struggling in school, receiving a good educational experience can be difficult for them. When students are struggling to even cope, they will suffer in a multitude of ways. Worse of all, their self-esteem can drop significantly when they do worse than their peers.

If your child happens to be struggling to cope with schoolwork, a tuition agency may be the answer to your prayers. Such agencies are put in place to help parents find tutors who can help with the issues that students are having. Tuition agencies is known to be excellent in what they do.

For starters, a tuition agency offers children the ability to have one on one time with the their tutor. Without it, teachers do not have the time to have private sessions and to focus on any one particular student. Diverted attention could be what is causing your child to suffer.

Another benefit with a tuition agency is that it can help ease the stress that the your child is facing on a daily basis. Because it can be difficult to handle students who are struggling in school, teachers are often relied upon to make sure that their students are excelling with their class work. In the long run, your child will not just become better at his academics but also gain more self-confidence.

It is absolutely crucial that your kid does not fall far behind the others in their class. Consistently outperforming his peers due to the help of a home tutor can bring quite a large amount of motivation to the classroom that was not there before.

When a student is struggling, he can feel helpless and inferior to the other kids. With the help of a tuition agency, students will finally find themselves on the same level as their peers and be able to continue with the course work without any interruptions.

Not only will their students be able to prepare more for the class, but the entire system will see the results of their hard work. Where in tough education systems, it is extremely beneficial to have a local tuition agency because parents will know that the home tutors are qualified for the instruction of their student.

The tutor that is sent to the home will have already been screened and certified before the assignment, so parents will not need to worry with making this determination for themselves. Instead, they can rely on the tuition agency to do the legwork for them and find the tutor that will best fit the needs of their child. With the many benefits that have been supplied to the education system by the tuition agency, it is no wonder that their popularity grows every year.

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