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How homeschooling affects marriage?

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Homeschooling can affect a marriage in many ways. Primarily, homeschooling offers an opportunity for the couple to have a stronger authority over one of the most intimate and important gifts in their lives, their little children. The society today, puts a lot of emphasis on specialized labor roles. This has removed several roles from the wife/ husband unity and the domain of the family.

Fathers or husbands go off to work in the office and most of the mothers or wives have their own careers, while their children are taught by qualified teachers over whom the parents have negligible influence. The parents have no control over the child’s role models, the kind of information the child will be exposed to, and the beliefs and values with which the child will be instructed for the next twelve years of their lives. Communicating and formulating philosophical, personal and religious beliefs, and collaborating together to fashion the child’s education gives new meaning to one of the most important functions of a marriage— the nurturing, procreation and upbringing of the child. Consecutively, this fortifies the marriage by offering a common goal that the two individuals have increased potential to attain.

Secondly, homeschooling children gives parents something important to do. This is particularly important as a lot of adults in technological and industrialized societies have very little they consider significant in terms of national, communal, or international importance. That most societies consider schooling as an important issue. Teaching their own children increases the sense of personal value and self-confidence in parents, in turn improving the marriage bond.

Thirdly, homeschooling saves the parents from several energy and time consuming tasks. Instead of depending on other people to teach their little ones, they cooperate and create an effective plan to do it on their own. Homeschooling can yield several long-term advantages that can save energy and time. However, homeschooling is hard, especially for one of the parents, usually mothers, who take up the task of daily formal teaching. If not approached maturely, the process may become stressful leading to tension in the married couple’s relationship. Alternatively, the couple may use it as a chance to work together and strengthen the bond of marriage and reap the benefits of raising a smart, emotionally successful and socially adjusted child.

Most homeschool couples believe that the intangible advantages of improved family cohesiveness, marriage unity, and social and academic successes of the child make homeschooling one of the best decisions. Since homeschooling demands one of the partners to stay at home to teach, it offers a sense of security to the family.

Major challenges that public schools face in Canada

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There are so many different challenges that lurk around the public education system in Canada, with the educational structure requiring immediate improvements. It is important for stakeholders to identify the issues confronting public schools and try and increase the standards of education. Here are some major issues that are causing the problem.

Family problems and hardships:

Hardships have become a disturbing concern. A big percentage of school-age children live under or along the poverty level. Low-income students are a big part of the public school population. Those belonging to this class are probable to have the greatest ratio of dropouts. Moreover, students who lack proper nourishment are not likely to perform well in the school.

Family problems also add to the plight. The atmosphere the child gets in the house affects the child’s mental state and his or her ability to learn. Family issues include, divorce, separation, lack of guidance, and the like. A big problem is the complete refusal of parents to cooperate with the school teachers and administrators to take care of the needs of children.

Lack of proper technology:

It is very sad that a lot of times the students are savvier with technology in comparison to their mentors. Teachers have a hard time maintaining the focus and interests of children on completing schoolwork. This requires striking the right balance between technology and traditional learning. Meanwhile, a lot of public schools just don’t have any resources to get computers that are required in modern curriculum.

The morale of the teachers:

A big concern is the self-esteem of public school teachers. Few of these professionals are underpaid or do not have incentives that can offer them motivation to do well. Due to this, most efficient instructors seek employment at private institutes or look for jobs in other fields that require higher compensation and profitable career options.

Student Behavior

A big challenge that most public schools are facing is the attitude of children. Some negative traits include tardiness, lack of interest, malingering, and disregard for mentors and other officials of the school. Such issues are less often faced at the primary grades and are more common at the secondary level. This dilemma can be linked with the lack of parental commitment. A lot of parents do not even once visit the school the whole year. The involvement of parents is crucial in the right development of the student.

Public schooling is in need of a quick revamp so that the nation can produce better educated generations. Meanwhile, so many parents are shifting to homeschooling their children because they feel the environment at public schools is not conducive to the right development of the child.

 

Myths about Homeschooling you should not believe in

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There are so many myths surrounding homeschooling despite thousands of parents getting on the homeschooling wagon. Below are a few facts to dismiss these invalid beliefs that a lot of people have.

Myth #1 – Homeschooling does not offer high quality education

There is absolutely no guarantee that if your child goes to a public school they will get the best education they need. Homeschooling can be tailored according to the capabilities and needs of the child. Hence, when it comes to quality of education, committed homeschooling parents can offer the best form of education. Moreover, homeschoolers also have to meet certain academic standards.

Myth #2—Homeschooling can be very expensive

The educational cost when it comes to homeschooling can be a big concern for many families. However, the amount you spend very much depends on you. You can always buy second hand books and course materials to reduce costs. Moreover, you can also buy out of sales or use free courseware available over the internet. Creative parents do not have to worry about expenses as they can easily give their children the best education at the most economical prices.

Myth #3— Homeschooling students tend to slack off

The biggest benefit of homeschooling is you can schedule the learning time according to your family needs. However, this does not mean homeschoolers can take it easy. They are required to be a lot more disciplined and self-motivated in comparison to students that study in public schools. They have to be able to work on their own to be able to pass all the subjects, every year. There is no chance for a homeschooling student to comfortably blend into the background while the teacher is teaching. They have to participate, complete assignments on time, take part in quizzes, and get evaluated.

Myth #4— Homeschooled students have no social life

This is one of the biggest myths. Homeschoolers interact just as much as any other child. They meet different people at the various activities they join outside their homes such as, swimming, gymnastics, music, etc. A lot of these students also take active part in faith related events and make likeminded friends.

Homeschooling is one of the best ways to teach children and to help them grow. It also gives parents the opportunity to protect their children from bad company and habits such as, smoking, doing drugs, etc. This concept is especially good for children with special needs. Parents can prepare courses tailored to the needs of the children so that they too can grow up with the right skills and education.

 

Reasons why you should make gardening a part of the homeschooling curriculum

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There is so much that children can learn from gardening. By working in a garden, your little one can experience the fulfillment that comes from caring for something over a period of time. Here are a few reasons to give gardening a try with your student.

Gardening helps to prevent the feared summer chant:  “I’m so bored!”

Sometimes boredom is a good thing as it pushes children to use their imaginations or makes them be more innovative and creative. However, sometimes children need something more constructive, and gardening offers that.  There are several chores such as, planting, fertilizing, watering, harvesting, weeding, and the like, that need tending. You never know when your little one may start showing interest for gardening and may even develop a keen interest.

Gardening helps in teaching responsibility.

If you wish to instill a certain sense of ownership in your children towards their families and homes then gardening can be a great tool. Little ones can help beautify their home by tending to plants and flowers and caring for vegetables.

Gardening teaches your little ones that proper attention and care can reap amazing rewards.

Your child learns a simple lesson:  If you take care of things the right way, they will grow, blossom, and produce amazing things.  If you neglect them, they wither.

This principle applies in so many areas of life. Right attention and care in our marriages, spiritual lives, our homeschools, our relationships, and our possessions can help in making all the difference in how things blossom for us in the future.

Children can learn about horticulture and botany.

Horticulture and botany are two different studies.  Botany is the study of plant life and plants while horticulture covers the artsy side of gardening, such as garden design and use of flowers and ornamental plants. Children can learn so much about both by trying new things in the garden.

Homeschooling should not only concentrate upon academic study. It must concentrate upon holistic development of the student by teaching strong values and character. Gardening is a great way to teach your children about commitment, responsibility and family values.

How to homeschool a gifted child?

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Gifted children are those who show considerably higher than normal intelligence levels in one or more areas. These children have a greater sense of curiosity and tend to relate more with students and people older than their age. It can often be challenging to teach an intellectually gifted child. Here are a few tips that parents with such children can try to implement in their homeschool:

  1. Involve your child in decisions related to their studies. Take your child with you when searching for a new curriculum. Ask them what they liked and disliked about a certain program. Take their opinion on how hard or easy a subject was for them. Let them feel their input is valued.
  2. Use incentives. Every child is motivated by something. You’ve got to find out what motivates your little one and do not be afraid of using it when you feel your child is not sticking with the schedule.
  3. Follow your child’s interests. Gifted children are creative and they have such fun ideas for things to study. Learning is a very natural process for them. As a parent, you must think outside the box. Use the internet and consult other parents to discover creative ways of including fun activities that they like to teach fundamentals.
  4. Put a lot of emphasis on reading. Use the local library, internet, and free Kindle app or buy pre-loved books. It is not important to buy expensive books when you can avail so many free or reasonably priced resources.
  5. Set boundaries. While it is a good idea to involve your child in decision making, do not let the child become the leader in the house. Make sure they know you are still the parent and you have the control. Give choices to your child and be ready to compromise in some places, but make sure you maintain your authority.

Homeschooling a gifted child is not very different from homeschooling any other child. It is all about understating the student’s unique needs and personality.

Homeschooling Don’ts

Not sure what to avoid while homeschooling? Here is a list of things you should not do as a homeschooling parent:

  1. Do not worry too much about what others think. Everybody has opinions about things, and some people like to voice their opinions whether you want them or not. In case you have created a vision statement, and know exactly why you have chosen to homeschool, then this is all you need. It does not matter what others think.
  2. Never compare. This is an important lesson for every parent. Comparing your children with others is not a wise practice. Every child is different and develops at a different rate. A great thing about homeschooling is that it can be molded as per the developmental capabilities of the child. Do not be bothered about your neighbor’s children, just concentrate on giving your child the best education and support and encourage them along the homeschooling journey!
  3. Do not let the curriculum dictate you. While it is a good idea to follow along with a pre-planned curriculum, but do not feel bounded by its demands. Try to make it work for you. If it requires 5 days a week, but you have four spots, then modify it to fit into your schedule. Try to combine lessons to make sure you don’t lag behind, or perhaps stretch it over a few years for fitting it all in. You can even decide to not finish the curriculum and just pull out the sections you wish to teach and skip the others.
  4. Don’t jump into the pool of homeschooling without consideration. Homeschooling is serious and cannot be taken lightly. Make sure you consider your family values, finances, time management, and goals.

Do not try to learn/ teach absolutely everything. When surfing online you will see several great activities and ideas that other families do. It can make you feel intimidated and inferior as a parent, and like you are not doing enough for your children. Make sure you follow your goals and vision for your family. Add extra activities and don’t feel like you have to do everything every year.

How to have fun with homeschooling?

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Did you feel your children get bored when being homeschooled? Is there a need to liven up the school days with things that will help in keeping their attention?

Kindergarten and preschool

  1. Edible Counting: Make use of raisins, cereal, chocolate chips to teach children counting. Have them count aloud every time they take a bite. Keep adding more treats as they learn how to count higher. Your children will love this new method of learning numbers.
  2. Walking the Line: Take a paper roll and create blocks on the floor. Then write numbers or letters in order on every square. Let the child walk on the blocks to learn the alphabets or numbers.
  3. Connecting the dots: make use of dot-to-dot pictures for helping your children count as they connect every dot.

Grade First to Third

  1. Learning Math skills: Let the child practice subtraction and addition skills when playing. The children can count Legos as they subtract or add candy from a bowl. Their unbound imaginations can offer hours of subtraction and addition fun.
  2. Tower of words: Make use of magnetic words to create silly sentences and fun poetry that helps increase the child’s ability to create sentences on their own.
  3. Visualizing the story: When reading a story aloud, have your little one draw images of events taking place in the story.
  4. Creating Classmates: Let the little one bring a teddy or a doll to the reading class. Then ask them to read to their new “classmate.”
  5. Finding the Order: Ask your little one to perform a simple chore, such as making a jelly and peanut butter sandwich on their own, while following your directions. When doing so, take pictures of the child doing every step and take out a print of the pictures. Ask your little one to paste the images in order and write down directions that were given by you in every step. This will teach your child how a process is required to accomplish a given task.

Grades four to six

  1. Counting coupons: Let the child clip coupons and find out the amount of money they will save if they used the coupon. Couponing helps teach math skills and different ways of budgeting money.
  2. Become a reporter: Ask your child to create their own newspaper. They can interview different members of the family and friends. They can even glue pictures against every story.

 

  1. Scrapbooking: make your child scrapbook the area’s natural habitat. Include twigs, leaves, nuts, flowers, seeds, and feathers found during nature walks. Make sure your child gains knowledge about what they find.
  2. Fun with dress up: Pick a day in the week and make your child dress up like a personality from the history books. This will help them learn history in a fun way.

By thinking out of the box and being more hands on with your teaching techniques you can certainly make your children have fun with homeschooling.