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Successful Homeschooling, Issue #02 -- A Lifestyle of Learning
March 10, 2008
As we head into the final quarter of the traditional school year, our mailboxes will soon be filled with catalogs and brochures about homeschooling curriculum. In the March and April issues of Successful Homeschooling, I will walk you through the process of finding the best program for your child.
In This Issue:
Recognizing Your Child's Gifts
In school, children are given labels like gifted, slow, hyperactive, and learning disabled. However, all children are born with natural gifts and talents, even if they donít thrive under traditional teaching techniques.
As homeschoolers, we can focus on our childrenís strengths, and teach in a manner that helps our children excel. Here are 7 types of intelligence, along with suggestions for making the most of your childís gifts:
Once you understand your childrenís natural gifts, begin thinking about how they take in and process information. This is known as their learning style.
Our children will learn best when utilizing their strengths. Here is some additional information on choosing a homeschooling method that fits your childís learning style.
Creating a Lifestyle of Learning
Andrew wanted details about their views and how they differed from each other. He wanted to know what their job as president would entail and how it will affect our lives. On a short car ride to take clothes to the drycleanerís, I taught my son the basics of the election process and the executive branch of government Ė all without a textbook.
As the home school curriculum market continues to expand, it is easy to become overwhelmed. Our childrenís education is important to us, and we want to make sure we teach our children everything they need to know.
But as homeschoolers, we must remember that not all learning comes from textbooks, literature programs or even unit studies. Instead of saddling our families with yet another project to check off our to do lists, we can take advantage of opportunities for learning that are present in every day life.
Here are some tips for creating a lifestyle of learning:
Here are some additional ideas for teaching reading, writing and math through the course of daily life. Next month weíll talk about choosing formal curriculum, and preparing for homeschool conventions and curriculum fairs.
Easter is coming early this year! For the past few years, Iíve had my eye on an Easter Tree from Pottery Barn. This year I found out how to make one on my own. Here are the directions:
Fill an empty container with gravel or sand and insert a large branch. Cover the container with tissue paper, wrapping paper or cloth, and tie with ribbon or string.
Use a toothpick to poke a hole on both ends of an uncooked egg. Insert the toothpick into one of the holes, and twirl it around to break the yolk.
Put your mouth around one end of the egg, and blow the contents of the egg out of the hole on the other end. Rinse the inside of the egg with water so it wonít begin to smell.
Repeat this process for as many eggs as you want to place on your tree.
Dye the eggs, or decorate them with markers, ribbon, paint, yarn, sequins or other items of your choosing.
Tie a knot in one end of a pipe cleaner. Stick the other end through the holes in the egg, and attach it to one of the branches on your Easter Tree.
This tree will make a great centerpiece for your kitchen table.
Here are step by step photos of this and other Easter activities.
What's New at Successful HomeschoolingI finally got around to updating my blog! Check it out for news and information about homeschooling, as well as weekly updates on my familyís adventures.
You may have heard by now of the recent California court decision which threatens homeschooling freedom in that state. For more information on the decision and how you can help, visit the Homeschool Legal Defense Association.
As always, if you have been helped by my website or newsletter, please spread the word via e-mail, blog, website, online forums or homeschool groups.
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Enjoy the journey,
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