There are so many ideas about how to educate your child and whether any one idea works better than another.
Traditional schooling has taught us to be structured. School starts at the same time every day, lunch the same time every day, and sit in your seat until class is over every day. It's okay to vary from this occasionally but establishing and maintaining strong discipline and structure is of utmost importance.
Let's think about this. Most of our working world is disciplined and structured, so we need to train our children to be productive in that world. Even jobs that have shifts still have shifts that start at the same time daily, they have breaks, some have deadlines on when things need to be finished or accomplished. What kind of future are we preparing our children to handle? Will they need to constantly be on the go, or will they be behind a desk most of their day? For me, I want my child to able to hand a variety of situations and to maintain their effectiveness throughout all of it no matter what their day holds.
Keeping this in mind, I want to share with you some things that I believe are very beneficial no matter what ideas you choose. After all, we homeschool because we want our children to have the best so they can be at their best as an adult and active community member.
These are elements that should be a part of every program, no matter what method you choose. In another blog, we'll discuss different methods for teaching our kids.
Do you have a system you believe is beneficial? Please share with us by commenting below [just click on the blue comment link]. Some parents choose to not be so strict and there is some credibility to this as it cuts down on stress. However, the working world does not become successful by flying by the seat of their pants. There is some element of structure and some measure of discipline to stay in the game behind every successful person and business.
What works for you? Does your child respond well to a systematic approach? If not, how did you deal with the situation?
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So you have made the decision to home school your child but you don't know what they should learn in their current grade. How do you find this out? Well there is tons of information on the internet. Many programs such as the ACE and the Alpha - Omega system provide this information to you. With the ACE program they provide you with what's called a Scope & Sequence manual.
This manual provides a syllabus for each subject per grade level. It basically says what the student at that level needs to learn and the order in which it should be taught.
Of course, as their parent, you can vary from this a little. As your child's instructor, you must keep in mind to not require your child to learn something for which they have no basis upon which to build.
For example, we learn to add and subtract before we learn to multiply and divide. One of the main reasons we chose to homeschool our child was because Common Core kicked in just as our child was entering the 7th grade and she was expected to learn 9th grade material without having the foundation of 7th and 8th grade education.
Education is not a one size fits all and it should never be trapped inside a box.
Do some research from various websites and craft your own scope and sequence.
For some part of it, you'll need to require your child to learn certain things in a certain order but don't be afraid to be flexible.
From your scope and sequence, form a weekly plan that outlines the daily lessons to help you keep track. This information will also help you to stage benchmarks or tests to make sure your child has mastered certain content before moving on to other material.
In closing, it is a good idea for you, as the instructor, to study the material before hand and be prepared for questions and or discussions, especially when it comes to math and some sciences.
What are your favorite web resources? Do you allow your self to vary from the well beaten path? How did it work out for you and your child?
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