Higher education

Homeschool Curriculums – Which One Is For You?

February 22nd, 2018

Which homeschool curriculum is for you?

Next to the act of parenting, there is no greater privilege than to be given the opportunity to educate your child in the privacy of your own home, and the freedom to select the information you choose to teach your child. Fortunately, we live during a time when the amount of curriculum that is available at our disposal is virtually limitless. One of the biggest perks of homeschooling a child is the simple fact that no one knows your child better than you do. If your child happens to be a strong reader, then you, as their primary educator, can customize what your child will learn at home during the school year, and include lots of read-alouds, historical fiction, Christian missionary biographies, and so on. And because you know your child so well, choosing a curriculum for him or her may actually mean not following any given curriculum, but by taking bits and pieces from the many different programs available. Whether you prefer the structure of a textbook, concentrated unit studies, consumable workbook studies or interactive web-based programs, the goal of any Christian educator should be to keep God central to all that you are working on with your children.

Below are some of the various homeschool curriculums:

Monarch: Monarch is a new Christian, internet-based homeschool curriculum that is targeted for grades 3 through 12. Monarch’s curriculum encompasses core subjects as Bible, history and geography, language arts, math and science. Additionally, this homeschool program offers 35 elective courses to round off your child’s school day. Monarch uses interactive web-based lessons interspersed with fun graphics, engaging learning games, web-related links and much more.

LIFEPAC: This curriculum is a work text program that weaves Scripture into each core subject and elective and includes chapter lessons, activities, quizzes, tests, and fundamental truths necessary for daily Christian living.

Horizons: Horizons is a best-selling Bible-based curriculum in a consumable workbook format that is sure to engage learners of all ages. Horizon’s curriculum integrates the truth of God’s Word into each subject, and is an award-winning reading-based program.

Sonlight: If you have a child who loves to read and be read to, Sonlight offers a great selection of quality, age appropriate literature for your homeschooled child. Sonlight can be purchased in customizable units or in pre-made all-inclusive packages.

Switched on Schoolhouse: This multi-media based curriculum includes the core subjects and up to 35 electives. Switched on Schoolhouse can be customized to meet your student where he or she is at. This program is also geared towards grades 3 through 12. Scriptural truths coupled with Christian living applications make this curriculum a good foundation for your child.

The Weaver Collection: The Weaver Collection is a Bible-based unit study that uses God’s Word as its core. This collection is ideal if you have multiple grade levels in your family because you (the teacher) can formulate each study to be simple for your younger grades or more intricate for your older children.

Choosing the correct homeschool curriculum is really done by trial and error, and what works for one child in your family may not have the same desired effect on the other children in your household. But choosing a curriculum should not stress you out; it should be lots of fun. Remember, you know your son or daughter better than anyone else in the world. Selecting a program that you know will speak to your child’s heart in terms of having a strong Biblical foundation is key. So, as you are considering curriculum for your child, envision how your child would react to certain manners, methods and modalities of teaching, pray about whether a certain curriculum will build your child up and encourage him or her in his daily walk, and ask seasoned homeschool moms what curriculum worked best for their family. If you are shopping around for curriculum for an older child, include them in the selection process. Not only will you wind up with a more suitable match, but having that little say-so in choosing curriculum may prove to be very meaningful to your child.

Bullying At School – Finish High School Online

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?

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.