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This fall I will have my very first middle schooler. I’ll admit I am a little overwhelmed at the prospect of teaching higher level subjects. I also know after middle school comes…. HIGH SCHOOL! Where did my baby go?!
Anyway, in preparation for ME teaching middle school, I thought we’d start a series here on homeschooling middle school. Each week we will look at a different subject and I will share resources, tips, and a list of topics our students need to know. Maybe we can prepare for middle school together!
Homeschooling Middle School
At this age, the main focus is to teach our children to become more independent thinkers and learners. Much of the focus in Middle School is on problem-solving and finding more than one way to do things. As our kids enter Middle School the subject matter will be more complicated. But, guess what? We don’t HAVE to teach them everything there is to learn at this age it is important to teach them how to learn and to reinforce the basic knowledge and basic tools of learning.
Another focus at this age is on strengthening the basics. Before they enter high school our goal is to ensure they have a solid foundation in mathematics. Reinforcing reading comprehension, grammar, and basic composition skills are important also as they transition from report writing to essay and analysis.
Our middle schoolers have their own passions, interests, and talents. At this age, it is important to incorporate opportunities for them to pursue them. Some of our kids may be ready to move into some high school level work. If this is your child encourage them to challenge themselves. It is also important to consider what your child may want to study in high school, and guys we can even begin researching homeschooling at the high school level.
Middle School Is Full of Transitions
This season of life for our middle schoolers is one of great transition —physically, emotionally, and spiritually. These years can be a challenging as they face changes they may not understand. With these changes can come problems with friends, relationships, and peer pressure. It is important to teach our children respect, manners, and how to deal with situations that may arise. In doing so it is also VERY important to keep the lines of communication open. Let them know they can come to us with problems regarding social issues. Let them know we will listen without judgement. Take their concerns seriously and in doing so we will develop an even stronger relationship with our middle schooler.
Homeschooling middle school is not for the faint of heart. Our days will look a lot different than they did in elementary school. Gone are the days of cut and paste, messy crafts, and hand holding. Instead, we will be focusing on responsibility, teaching our student how to complete their work independently, letting them explore their own interests, and have a say in what they are learning.
Our goal is to work ourselves out of a job right? And that starts when we are homeschooling middle school. Come back next week as we kick off this series on everything you need to know about homeschooling middle school!
Author Bio: Misty Bailey and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.
We’ve all been there a time or two, well most of us have. Homeschooling is going well, then BOOM a child hits a wall and they are done.
Done with school.
Done with you.
Done with learning.
They begin to hate homeschooling, leaving YOU feeling like you did something wrong. However, chances are, you didn’t. Kids can get overwhelmed just like adults. I don’t know about you, but some days being an adult leaves me done. With life. With bills. With responsibilities. Can I get an amen?! Kids are the same way. So, what can you do with a child who hates homeschooling?
Pinpoint the Problem
Is it a subject they don’t like? Let’s face it most kids aren’t going to like Math. Some don’t like reading. And some may want to pull their hair out over science.
Are they feeling overloaded with work? We are in a generation of homeschoolers who honestly, PUSH a lot. When we don’t really have to. Are they hating homeschooling because they have TOO much to do?
Do they KNOW the material? If they are at a loss as to what they are learning then they are bound to be frustrated.
Find a Solution
Once you have pinpointed the problem can you fix it? They don’t like the subject? See if they can learn it in a different way. Maybe a unit study, or a curriculum change.
Overloaded with work? Maybe drop down to the basics for a season. Or alternate with a week of science, following a week of history. No one said you HAVE to do EVERY subject EVERY day.
If they don’t know the material it may be time to consider a tutor, an online course, or another source of help. Some of my favorites are YouTube videos, Khan Academy, or a friend/ family member who is proficient in the subject at hand.
I remember the first time my homeschool child hit a wall. It was a big one and they were ready to throw in the towel. We slowed down for a bit, dropped down to a few basics and even considered a curriculum change. Nothing helped, they still were frustrated with school.
So, I made her study. Outside of school hours. We called it “homework”. She was devasted. But, she needed a reality check. School does not always fit into a 9-1 box. It doesn’t for public school kids, and it doesn’t always for homeschooled kids either. Was it hard? Yes. Did she hate it? Yes. But, with a little extra time studying she was able to master the issue in a few weeks.
Homeschooling is NOT going to be all fun and no struggle. You need to realize that and your kids need to realize that. Learning is work. .Education takes time and energy. Does this mean our kids need to HATE homeschooling? NO. Sometimes the problem really can be fixed.
But sometimes, we need a reality check, and our kids do too.
Moms if you are facing a child who hates homeschooling I encourage you to do the above three things. Homeschooling is not always easy. But, it is always worth it!
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest and Instagram.
Homeschooling High School. This is a time when many parents being on the whole homeschooling thing. Why? They find it too intimidating. Too hard. They feel like they aren’t smart enough, or want their kids to have a REAL diploma.
Iknow. I always said by the time high school came around I’d be singing the kids up for online public school. But, then I realized something.
It’s not that hard to homeschool high school! Believe me, my friend Ann wrote all about it.
By the time you are homeschooling high school your kids will be pretty well independent learners. This means LESS supervision, and more responsibility on their shoulders. This is not a bad thing.
Homeschooling high school also offers amazing benefits to both parents and kids.
Reduced Peer Pressure
Listen, I hated high school. Yes, I liked my friends and prom. But, high school kind of stunk. You are pressured in so many different directions, and the lack of parental supervision often leads to trouble.
By homeschooling high school, your kids won’t experience as much peer pressure. Yes, it may still be there to an extent from homeschool group or even youth group, but the level will be a lot less
You can provide a higher quality program
Who knows your children better than you? No one! THismeans that if you are reaising a budding writer, you know to invest in a quality writing program. Have a child interested in veterinary medicine? Zoology and vet science is hwer eyou want to focus. Homeschooling allows you the opportunity to offer your high schooler resources that can strengthen the areas they hope to study in college. It also allows you to tailor their education to improve weaker areas while highlighint their strengths. There is not eaching to the middle. Students can push past their comfort zones in areas where the excel and spend extra time in areas where they struggle. There are no boundaries, and that is a great thing!
You are providing your high schooler with real life experiences
Let’s face it, high school is fake. When will a child ever again spend a whole day with kids their own age? NEVER. Homeschoolers are able to experience real life opportunities everyday. They have a flexible schedule and are able to regularly take learning opportunities outside the classroom.
Have a student who is interested in graphic design? They can shadow a successful graphic designer in the middle of the day on a school day! Have a student who is interested in auto body, photography, medicine? Same thing. The ability to career sample or even apprentice is HUGE at this age, and can allow your high schooler to truly experience what life would be like on that career path. This is a real life experience that many high schools can’t offer.
More Time for Special Talents
Homeschoolers are tearing up spelling and geography bees, music and robotics competitions and more. Why? They often have more time to pursue these special talents than their public school counterparts. No homework means more time to focus on their interest. No set schedule means they can practice an instrument for hours instead of minutes due to moving on to the next class.
The last four years at home is a huge stepping stone for our teenagers academic and spirutal lives. The teen years are foten deemed challangeing and yes, that may somtiems be true, but what better time to spend training up your children than those formative years. You will have the ability to watch them rise above societiesy expectations and can help them mature in godliness and focus on their own unique gifts and talents.
These are just a few of the many reasons to homeschool high school!
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool, mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments of her blog Joy in the Journey.
Have you ever felt like the homeschool day was over and you missed something? Like you spent the day running to and fro but never really connected?
One thing we have to realize is that even though we homeschool, we can still be absent from our children’s lives. This absentness comes in the form of distraction, busyness, and laziness. It can happen to the best of us, and if we don’t watch it, we can miss out on some precious moments.
So, here are five ways to be more present in your homeschool day.
- Leave the phone in the other room-Out of sight and out of mind can make you less distracted and more focused on the task at hand.
- Keep school hours-Don’t answer the phone, the door, or make plans during a set time each day. We all know how easy it is to get sucked into a phone call, only to realize an hour has passed. Set hours for school and keep it!
- Make eye contact-Each and every time you speak to your children make a point to make eye contact. Take your eyes off the task you are doing and look at your child when speaking. This eye contact speaks volumes to a child!
- Take a snapshot-But not with a camera! Take a mental picture of what you are doing. Imagine your children sharing this moment with their children. What memories do you want them to have of your homeschool days?
- Make a choice-The best way to be present in your homeschool day is to CHOOSE to be there. Choose to be intentional with your time and energy. Too often we get sucked into social media, text messages, or our to-do list. Put down the outside distractions and make a choice to be present.
As my oldest enters into her middle school years I am realizing how quickly the time really does fly by. I am looking back at lost moments, lost lessons, and lost memories. I am realizing that just like many other moms I have been lost in distractions. Moving forward I am going to make the choice be more present. Will you join me?
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool, mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued, homeschooling and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey. You can also find her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Homeschool convention season is underway and many of you are making preparations to attend our upcoming Southeast Homeschool Expo. We can’t wait to see you and are looking forward to bringing you an amazing Expo!
If you have never attended a convention before here are a few reasons why you may want to consider coming this year! If you are a seasoned homeschooler you may think we have nothing to offer, but we do! Even seasoned homeschoolers can benefit from encouragement and an opportunity to meet with vendors.
Before you attend our homeschool expo you may wonder what you can do to prepare. Here are three ways to prepare for a homeschool expo!
Check out the Schedule
All conventions will have a schedule of events. This will tell you when the exhibit hall is open, what workshops are offered, and when the convention will shut down for the night. This is important because you will want to know how to plan your day while at the homeschool expo.
Check out the Vendors
Many homeschool conventions (including ours!) have a HUGE exhibit hall. This is where much of the action is at. The exhibit hall will house vendors offering a wide variety of resources such as curriculum, educational toys, books, amazing products and much more. Checking out the vendors will give you an idea to research what they are offering BEFORE coming to the convention and will let you know which vendors are high on your priority list. Many say they can spend one day alone just in the exhibit hall. So, knowing who will be there and where you want to go can help you plan your day while at the homeschool expo.
Look Over the Workshops
Many come to the homeschool expo just for the vendors, but they may miss the many workshops the expo has to offer. Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned homeschool you can find advice and encouragement in the many workshops our homeschool expo offers. Make plans to attend at least one workshop while attending the homeschool expo, although we’d love if you’d attend more!
As you make preparations to attend our homeschool expo remember to breathe. Yes, planning season is here, and yes you have a list of things you want to do, but don’t forget to enjoy the experience. We want you to come and enjoy yourself. Take some time to prepare, bring a friend and your list and spend some time with us at the upcoming Southeast Homeschool Expo.
Misty Bailey is a work at home homeschool mom. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.