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Bullying At School – Finish High School Online

Thursday, February 15th, 2018

The parent of a child who is the victim of bullying at school often feels like they are all alone. Too many parents find that their school offers very little help, and in some cases even blames the child being bullied. The parent is then left in an unbearable situation: either send their child back to school for more bullying, or face truancy charges – neither of which is acceptable!

Many times, the child does not come to the parent right away. Children often fear that the parent intervening will only make matters worse. Usually, they endure this bullying in silence until it becomes unbearable.

The daily stress of being bullied at school can lead to a number of personality changes and/or health conditions. Parents may notice that their child who once loved school now makes excuses not to go. Other signs of bullying at school can include the child becoming withdrawn, losing interest in school, or an overall drop in grades. Anxiety, depression, and stomach disorders also seem to be common among children that endure bullying at school over an extended period of time. Usually, the child is afraid of speaking out, so they continue to deal with the bullying in silence as long as they can.

A student being bullied at school will generally make up excuses on a weekly basis not to go to school. Finally, the parent will receive a letter from the truancy office threatening fines and/or jail if their child misses anymore school. At this point, the parent starts to crack down and insist that the child goes to school even on the days he/she says he/she doesn’t feel well. Sadly, this is usually when the parent learns for the first time that their child has been having problems at school.

It is usually at this point that either the parent or the child will start looking online for help and a solution to their dilemma. Here, they learn that there is a simple answer that addresses both problems: they can enroll their child in an accredited private, online middle or high school, and their child can simply finish high school online.

If any of this sounds familiar please know that you are not alone, bullying at school has reached national proportions. Additionally, bullying at school is the number one reason students all across the country are choosing to finish their high school classes online.

For the child being bullied at school being able to finish high school online, in the safety of their own home can be such a blessing. Parents should search for an accredited online high school that offers a flexible schedule, as well as full teacher support.

It is important to note that not all students who finish high school online have been bullied at school. Some students are ill and need the flexibility to be able to finish high school at their own pace; while others enroll to take advantage of the Technology electives, or Languages that are not available in most public schools. Peer pressure and violence at school are also additional reasons some students are choosing to finish their high school classes online.

Homeschool Curriculum Packages – Do You Need Them?

Thursday, February 8th, 2018

Finding the right homeschool curriculum package for your child can be daunting, especially if you are new to homeschooling. You may mistakenly believe that just because private and public schools use a formal curriculum, you should also do the same for your homeschooled child.

Families who are new to homeschooling often start by using a complete curriculum package. If you do this, you will quickly find out that the workload or structure can be overwhelming. To avoid burnout, you will have to experiment with different teaching methods and find out which method is best suited to your child’s learning style. Keep in mind that as a homeschooling parent, you have many curriculum to choose from.

Curriculum packages contain everything you need to start schooling at home. Your package can contain books, study sheets, teacher guides, tests and activities. Report cards may also be included. Some homeschool programs require completed work to be mailed to an assigned teacher who will correct and grade your child’s work. Accredited homeschool programs keep transcripts, and a diploma may be given when the program is completed.

There are many providers of homeschool curriculum packages, including A Beka Correspondence Program, Calvert School, Oak Meadow School, Sonlight Curriculum and Seton Home Study School. In general, they provide programs from kindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum package includes all materials needed for the school year. Prices range from $500 to about $2,000.

Homeschool packages offer many advantages. A full curriculum package is very helpful for parents who are new to homeschooling. There are also packaged curricula with a Christian perspective. This kind of package is ideal for families who want to include religion in their children’s education. A full curriculum package provides the structure, legal requirements as well as reporting requirements that you may be looking for in a homeschool program.

One major disadvantage with these packages is that they can be quite expensive. In addition, satisfaction levels vary. It is also possible that your child may resist the program’s teaching method or structure. Additionally, homeschooling requires a lot of time and new homeschooling parents may be overwhelmed by the amount of work involved.

In general, parents choose homeschool curriculum packages that use teaching methods similar to the way they were taught. They are often wary of homeschool programs that offer flexibility and imagination. Unfortunately, highly structured programs often result in burnouts. It is best to choose a program that makes learning fun while providing everything you will need to educate a student for the entire year.

Find Discount Homeschool Curriculum

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Many families need to locate low-cost homeschool curriculum rather than pay the higher, retail prices. There are several useful home school curriculum providers that offer educational resources, such as books, science equipment, art supplies, and games at a discounted price.

Places to Look Online:

  • Academic Superstore
  • Amazon
  • Book Peddler
  • Christian Book Distributors
  • R.O.C.K. Solid Inc.

Offline Places:

  • Christian Book Stores
  • Borders, Books-A-Million or Barnes and Noble Bookstores
  • Library Book Sales
  • Teacher’s Book Stores

Used Resources:

You can also purchase used curriculum materials if buying new resources presents a challenge in any way for you. Many used book fairs can be found at the end of the school year and during the summer months where you can find great prices on popular homeschool curriculum.

Check All Possibilities:

I have only listed a few of the sources I have used to purchase curriculum for our children over the years. You may have to become creative and think of innovative ways to obtain curriculum. For example, some publishers offer examination copies of their resources or will sell copies of resources at a lower cost when they first publish books. Always be on the lookout for discount prices and offers available to educators, including home schoolers in many cases. Register for and sign up for the discounts offered at bookstores and other places.

Choose carefully from the available types of resources to get the best homeschool curriculum materials for you and your family for a successful school year. You will be glad you invested the time to make an informed decision.