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Welcome! This site is dedicated to children's education, and you will find all sorts of information, lesson plans and resources here. However this section is dedicated to helping parents and tutors learn how to home school.

(1) Why Home School
(2) If You Have Some Fears (concerning money, or your capabilities)
(3) The First Step...Know Your State Laws
(4a) Learning Lifestyle Method (Eclectic)--- My favoriate--inexpensive, and versatile, because one can mix or use all the methods.
(4b) The Conventional Method
(4c) The Unschooling Method This method is often used to detox children who are turned off to learning by public schools. But it can be used full time with some children.
(4d) The Unit Study Method---great for teaching groups of children
(4e) Delayed Academics This one is important to understand...not all children are the same.
(4f) Charlotte Mason Method
(4g) Principle Approach---teaching Christian Values
(4h) The Classical Education
(5) Grade Level Requirements
(6) Testing Resources
(7) Resources For Special Needs Children
(8) Home School For High School Students---Its easier than you might think.

Why Home School
There are many reasons that parents choose to home educate their children, or to place them in public education. Parents have a natural instinct when it comes to their own children, trust it. So for what ever reason you have made for your child's education, we support it, and strive to help. If you are considering home education, because you are not satisfied with the quality of public education, the following documentation will interest you: Why Home School.

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If You Have Fears...Newbie's

One of the fears new home school parents express is they fear they will" miss something". As a result many start out clinging to something that is very similar to the public school approach (textbooks, worksheets, flashcards, sit down at a desk work. It is known as left brain teaching, and works for about 45% of the children. It is a disaster for some children, especially the hands on learners and analytical children. For the children who are not doing well with left brain teaching, we recommend Whole Brain Teaching. Scientific studies show children, especially young children, learn best while at real life experiences and play because it engages body, brain and senses(Whole Brain Teaching) which means much of your education can be free...learn more below (Eclectic Method).

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First Step: Know Your State Laws
We begin with a brief description of the various methods used by home school families, and then give you answers to more commonly asked questions (grade level requirements, testing resources, and more). However before you make these decisions, it is important to know Your State's Laws because a few mandate that certain types of curriculum be used. One can, however, always supplement with curriculum that is more suited to your child. Understanding your child's Learning Style is also most helpful.

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The Learning Lifestyle Method (Eclectic)

In this method educators are free to choose from a variety of the methods. It allows one the flexibility to adjust and change approaches as family and individual needs change. Scientific studies show children and adults learn best when their body, brain and senses are engaged in the learning process (TPR).

When you use TPR (games and other activities), you are teaching to the whole brain. Scientific studies show that with TPR children learn faster, retain the material longer, their natural desire to learn is retained, and it improves the health of the brain. It even reduces stress which is one of the biggest causes of ADHD and learning disabilities.

This method can save you money because even real life experiences can be used to teach. A trip to the grocery store can teach math, money, and weights. Having the children help you with the cooking can improve reading, comprehension, and can be used to teach measuring and sequencing.

This is my preferred method. and When I do use curriculum, I much prefer ones that are created by home school families because home educators understand that home school is not the classroom.

1. How To Improve Your Skills As An Educator (using the whole world as your classroom. Includes examples of how to create your own lesson plans, lesson plan template, grade level requirements, and more.)

2. For language arts (K through 6) I prefer Ring Around The Phonics because it engages body, brain and senses which is effective with all the learning styles. It also allows me to teach up to four children at one time even if on different levels or even different subjects. Like the old one room school house, children learn from each other as well as from me.

Some parents, who use the Conventional method, tell me they supplement with Ring Around the Phonics when their children become bored with the school in a box curriculum. But Ring Around The Phonics is all I use to teach reading and phonics. It has everything you need to teach your child to read including 14 early reader books.

3. For math I use Math-You-See because the first series also engages body, brain and senses (Math-U-See Alpha DVD and Teacher's book). Note: as Math U See progresses, it is less hands on, and uses workbooks and videos to teach which does not work well with hands on learners. So I often supplement with real life experiences that require the use of math (TRP), or I also use ring around the phonics to turn math into a game.

4. Computers games teach to left and right brain. But a word of caution: the digital phonics games pronounce the phonic sounds incorrectly, which causes many children problems when they try to blend the sounds to form words. As a tutor, I have found this to be the case with nine out of ten of the children who are brought to me for help.

5. For American History and the Constitution I create my own lessons using A Familiar Exposition of the Constitution of the United States: Containing a Brief Commentary on Every Clause, Explaining the True Nature, Reasons, and ... Designed for the Use of School Libraries and

6. How To Educate The Pre-K child

Eclectic is the method I use, so you will find my sites full of this approach, many of them free.

7. Joining home school co-ops is highly recommended. In such groups, children interact with other children and adults of all ages, parents get support with field trips, ideas, curriculum and more, parents take turns teaching lessons, ext. One can usually find such groups on their State Home School Association websites.

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The Conventional Method

This approach is basically a mirror image of the public school system, except that it is done at home. It is also referred to as "school in a box", or "school at home".

It usually requires the purchase of a complete curriculum (text books, workbooks, teachers manual, tests, schedules, and record keeping materials). Each child will most likely have their own set of textbooks and workbooks, and will study each subject separately according to grade level.

This method works well for about 45% of the children, and is more likely to appeal to the SJ parent , (guardian - 40 to 45 percent of the population). However to the SP (artisan or "hands On learner"), and to the Analytical child it does more harm than good. Some families relax this method somewhat, still following structured schedules and grade levels, but choosing their own curriculum and creating their own lesson plans. Others choose to abandon this method all together. (See Learning Lifestyle Method below for more information about how to do this)

Examples of "school in a box" curriculum can be purchased at: Abeka, Alpha Omega Publications , Bob Jones University Press, Christian Liberty Academy and Sonelight. These school in a box programs are not to be confused with the state K12 programs

The State K12 programs are subsidized by the government. It is important that home educators know the following information about such programs: K12 (online virtual school) In The News.... Will Home Educators Dodge This Bullet... Home School Legal Defense On This Matter

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Unschooling

Unschooling focuses on the individual child's self initiative, needs and interests for education. Many think this method has no discipline or direction because the full fledged unschoolers often have no set bedtimes, no set lessons, and no set food rules. But the hard core unschooling parent points out they do make rules on the important things like safety.

They also say there is no such thing as a partial use of unschooling. Either you trust the child's natural tendency to learn or you don't. However others disagree, and I caution the reader not to be too quick to reject this method. It, in my opinion, can be incorporated in ones homeschool schedule, and be very beneficial to you and your child.

Unschooling (or at least a form of it) is particularly attractive to the NT parent, and beneficial to the Nt Child (rational personality). My little brother is what is referred to as the NT or "Rational Personality". He often ditched his elementary school classes. So one day the school principle followed him only to discover Billy was going to the local library to study subjects that interested him. You see the NT personality has an insensible appetite to learn, but is totally bored reviewing subjects that he has already grasped, or proving to others he has learned something he has already mastered. He considers it a total waste of time...one can be learning instead of wasting time in this manner. Note: Einstein was an NT. Allowing these children to direct their own learning (at least to some extent) helps to develop their unique gifts.

My little brother was also fascinated with the board game Monopoly from 5 years of age, and into his early teens ...obsessed is more like it. He learned from that game to read, strategy, counting money, adding, subtracting, and who knows what else. At a very young age he bought his first home in L.A. which is a difficult place to purchase homes unless one is very wealthy (he wasn't.). When he sold it, he made a $200,000.00. profit. So even games can become learning tools.

In this style of homeschooling, it is important to understand the child in depth, and to provide a variety of activities, and learning tools that interests him or her. Lagos or Barbie dolls can become learning tools. Just as my little brother chose his preferred method and subjects to learn, so does the unschooled child.

My Father was also an NT personality, and I learned more for him about analytical thinking than I did in any class room. So nurture the rational child, and allow him to contribute his unique gifts to your family.

The Unschooling Handbook : How to Use the Whole World As Your Child's ClassroomSchool-Age Children Books)

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The Unit Study Method (also known as Thematic Units or Integrated Studies)

This arena is great for teaching groups in which individuals are at different ages and levels of understanding. It consists of units of studies which link multiple subjects around a common theme or topic. For example a unit study on bears can help teach Language Arts, History, Science, art projects, and more.

An inexpensive book explaining this approach is: A Unit Study Journal

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Delayed Academics

This approach was developed by Dr. Raymond Moore and Dorothy Moore. They are known as the pioneers of the modern home school. It is based on a balance of work and service, and explains the importance of listening to the child's "natural time clock, rather than forcing round pegs into square holes.

An example: Koty had learned all of his phonic sounds, and could read all of his early reader books. He also enjoyed sounding out large words like "premium" as he and his mother traveled around town playing a word game. But he had no desire
to pick up a book and read it. He preferred, instead, to have his mother read to him as she had from the time he was little.

Mother was becoming a bit worried, because other kids his age were able to read better than koty. But she had read the book "Better Late Than Early" (a book about Delayed Academics) , and, as a result, decided to patiently continue reading to him.

One day Koty again asked her to read a book for him. He was fascinated by the picture on the cover, and wanted to know what was inside. "Sorry Koty", she replied, "I just don't have the time right now". Koty, anxious to learn what was inside this interesting book, began reading it by himself. He did not put it down until he had finished. Mom even allowed him to read late in bed to nurture his enthusiasm.

What a miracle! Just as the Moores had indicated, Koty's enthusiasm was lit. From that day forward he became an avid reader, and advanced several grade levels in a short time...passing his peers.

Better Late Than Early: A New Approach to Your Child's Education

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Charlotte Mason Method

Charlotte Mason was a nineteenth century teacher and educator who stressed the importance of self education over studying to pass a test or receive a grade. It is a literature based education founded on reading real books ("living books"), short lessons, narration, dictation and nature studies, rather than text books.

A Charlotte Mason Companion: Personal Reflections on the Gentle Art of Learning is a book with more information on this subject.

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Principle Approach

It is reflective in that it evaluates everything in God's universe to develop Christian values. It also cultivates self education using The "Notebook Approach" to research, reason, relate and record.

If this method interests you, you will also want to see our free online videos by David Barton (Wall Builders) on American History and the Constitution.

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The Classical Education

This method mirrors the ancients approach to education, and taught such famous people as Archimedes, St. Paul, Isaac Newton, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams.

The goal of most Classical home school families is to engage the child's learning into important things like God, life and its purpose. It is also based on the Trivium, which says the child will have three basic developmental stages. During the grade school ages, the curriculum stresses concrete thinking and memorization of facts.

During the middle years, abstract thinking develops. So, at this time, education involving analytical thinking is introduced.

In the high school years, students are taught abstract thinking, and articulation of their subjects.

The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home (Third Edition)Distance Learning Education Books)

Parents and teachers complain that today's public education and textbooks teach children what to think, but not how to think which leaves them ill equipped for today's world. So naturally many parents are attracted to the Classical Method. However many of the Classical Method Programs can be quite expensive, and some parents fear that logical thinking will destroy their belief in God. There is a study out to confirm their fears. However the following article gives educators inexpensive ideas about How To Teach Analytical Thinking, And Strengthen Intuition...the best of both worlds.

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What Should My Child Know At Each Grade Level?

Parents often ask me what should their child be learning at various grade levels because they want to make sure they are teaching enough. We answer that question for you at this link: Grade Level Requirements.

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If Your Child Needs To Be Tested

There are times you may want to test your child just to make sure they are not missing something important, or you may need to have them tested for (some) State requirements, high school transcripts or college enrollment. No need to worry; there are companies that provide this service as follows: Bayside School Services , Brewer Testing Services, Sarah Olbris.

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Special Needs

How To Help Children With Autism

What Resources are available for children with special needs

Special Education Provisions In All 50 States And Territories

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Home School For High School Students

Currently 42 States offer Dual Enrollment for high school students which, in most cases, 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 homeschoolers choose online college courses.

Following are some articles by the Home School Legal Defense Association On Dual Enrollment

For Information On College Transcripts Click Here

High School Courses For The College Bound Student

How Homeschoolers Can Gain Admittance To Top Colleges

ACT or SAT

How To Home School High School

High School Deplomas for The Home Educated Student.

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As one can see there are several opportunities available in the home school venue which are no longer available in the public schools. Each has something to offer. So be sure to bookmark this page for future reference.

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