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There’s a common misconception in the parenting community that homeschool moms need to know everything before they can homeschool their children. Questions we are asked include how we teach geometry or what do you know about anatomy? The truth of the matter is homeschool moms don’t need to know everything. There are many such successful homeschool families out there that contain parents that have no more than a high school diploma.
How? We’re going to look at four reasons why homeschool moms don’t need to know everything.
One huge benefit of a homeschool curriculum is the teacher’s manual. Manuals contain step by step instructions on how to teach the subject, answers to the problems, and tips to help homeschool moms get the lesson across to their students.
Don’t know how to teach a certain subject? No worries! Tutors are available for homeschool students just like they are for public school students. Homeschool moms can find tutors through their local school district, through other homeschool moms and even online through companies like tutor.com and instaedu.com.
One thing that my children and I have enjoyed is co-op classes. When Art got the best of me (I am NOT a fun, messy mom) I was relieved to find that it would be covered in co-op classes. Cooking, chemistry, business and other classes are all examples of what a homeschool family can gain from co-op classes. This eliminates homeschool moms from needing to teach these subjects.
The internet is full of resources for homeschool moms to utilize with their children. You tube contains documentaries, science experiments, explanatory videos and much more. Online sites like Khan Academy can help homeschool moms get math points across that a child may be struggling with and offers extra math practice as well.
Homeschool moms don’t need to know everything, subjects we aren’t sure how to teach can be taught with tutors or co-op classes. The internet offers resources out there that can help us and our children, and teacher’s manuals are a homeschool mom’s best friend.
If you are considering homeschooling, but not sure if you can because you don’t “know” everything, I encourage you that you CAN do it!
Misty Bailey is a Christian wife and work at home homeschool mom. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. 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.
As a parent interested in homeschooling, you may wonder IF you can homeschool your child with dyslexia. The truth is, you can!
Benefits to Homeschooling a Child with Dyslexia
Believe it or not, there are many benefits to homeschooling a child with dyslexia.
- Homeschooling allows for individualized education in all areas where dyslexic children struggle, including: reading, spelling, composition and comprehension.
- Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to focus on areas of interest, and allows you to plan lessons around those interests.
- Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to NOT be measured day in and day out by their peers.
- Dyslexic children are allowed to work at their own pace using resources that work best with their individual strengths.
- Homeschooling your dyslexic child allows them to avoid standardized testing and strict scheduling that takes place in public schools.
Tips to Help Homeschool Your Dyslexic Child
- Audio Books- These are a great way for dyslexic children to experience books that may have otherwise been too difficult for them to read themselves. Many libraries offer a great selection of audio books!
- Videos- Dyslexic children who may struggle with textbooks could greatly benefit from video instruction. Consider letting them watch lectures, demonstrations, documentaries, and science experiments. This gives visual learners a better learning experience.
- Provide Modifications- Allow your dyslexic child modifications. These can include reading directions, allowing more time on tests, explanations when directions are unclear, and whatever other modifications your child may need.
Homeschooling your dyslexic child with these tips are not “cheating” but are ways to allow your child to excel in learning. A dyslexic child has learning differences that could hold them back in a traditional school setting. Homeschooling your dyslexic child and allowing them to work around their areas of struggle is a huge benefit of homeschooling.
Curriculum Options to Consider
There are certain types of curriculum that a dyslexic child may do better with. These include curriculums with:
- Shorter teaching sessions
- Auditory learning through DVD’s, audio books, etc.
- An option for completing work orally
Dyslexic children tend to not do well with curriculums that have:
- Lots of writing
- Curriculums that require lots of reading
- Difficult spelling lists
If you are considering homeschooling your dyslexic child please know that you CAN do it! Take into consideration their learning style, make modifications, and consider curriculums that are better geared for a dyslexic child. With these tips you can homeschool your child with dyslexia!
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 and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.
With summer here, and summer reading programs in full swing, it is a great time to make a book list for your middle school child.
These book series are great for those kids who are in the middle age range (10-12). Use discretion when choosing books for your child, each family will have different values and standards for their child’s literature choices.
Here are 25 great books for middle schoolers:
- The Bronze Bow byElizabeth George Speare
- Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
- Shilohby Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- . Esperanza Risingby Pam Muñoz Ryan
- Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume
- Love, Ruby Lavenderby Deborah Wiles
- Maggie’s Doorby Patricia Reilly Giff
- The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch
- The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
- The Three Doors Trilogy by Emily Rodda
- Pippi Longstocking by byAstrid Lindgren
- All of a Kind Family bySydney Taylor
- Owls in the Family byFarley Mowat
- Sarah Plain and Tall byPatricia MacLachlan
- Homer Price byRobert McCloskey
- Misty of Chincoteague byMarguerite Henry
- Armadillo Tattletale byHelen Ketteman
- Cheaper by the Dozen byFrank B. Gilbreth
- Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
- Nancy Drew Mysteries byCarolyn Keene
- Hardy Boys Mysteries byFranklin Dixon
- How to Train Your Dragon Series byCressida Cowell
- Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
- A Series of Unfortunate Events Series byLemony Snicket
- The Adventures of Tintin byHergé
Author: Misty Bailey Misty and her husband have been married for over a decade and have three beautiful children. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.
I don’t know about you, but we are almost through the school year. Yay! At the end of the school year it is a good idea to evaluate what worked, and what didn’t.
Here are three questions to ask yourself at the end of the school year. These questions will help you evaluate your school year, let you get a good idea of how it went, and what changes you may need to make.
- Are the kids enjoying school? Yes, homeschooling is still school and can’t always be fun, but are your kids enjoying themselves? At all? If not then you may need to talk to them and revaluate how your school year is going. If they are then woohoo! Keep on keeping on J .
- How is your routine? Are the days all the same length? Are some days longer or shorter than others? Take a look at your routine and see if any changes need to be made. We had the same school schedule for years, and I had NO intentions on changing it. Until. I had too. I realized that something with my routine was no longer working for my older children, so we tweaked it and things have been going much smoother. Routines are made to add structure to your day. They are not made to be a slave too. So, make your routine work for you if something seems off.
- How is the curriculum working? Do you love your curriculum? Do the kids enjoy it? If not, now is the perfect time to evaluate what is and isn’t working with the curriculum. Maybe look online, or ask a friend if you can try out something they have. Don’t purchase anything else without looking at it in person. You may be surprised that what you have isn’t that bad, or you may fall in love with something new. Once you have seen it, and maybe tried it out, make the purchase!
Semester revaluations are great for finding what is working and what is not working in your homeschool. It is a time to evaluate your day, your student’s enjoyment, and your curriculum. Don’t feel obligated to keep on the same way if something’s not working, try something new and start your next year off fresh!
Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. 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. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.
Is your homeschool child gifted? Most of us will say that all children have a gift. God gives each of us our own gift to use. But I’m talking about academically gifted. A gifted child may be very observant, curious and have excellent reasoning and problem solving skills. Socially, a gifted child will relate well with adults, may be oversensitive, a perfectionist and highly energetic. A gifted child may have an extensive vocabulary, be an early reader, and ask lots of questions. These are just a few traits of a gifted child. To read more, check out this site.
If you have a gifted child, you may be concerned that public school isn’t challenging enough for him. Many schools offer advanced classes, but sometimes it is not enough. Homeschooling a gifted child can seem overwhelming, and like a daunting task. How can you challenge him? How can you teach him? Here are some tips to help if you are interested in homeschooling a gifted child.
Know the Expectations for Grade Level
Most homeschool parents don’t worry about the grade on the front of the textbook, and that is fine. But, with a gifted child they may work 2-3 grade levels ahead. This could lead to not learning material necessary at a certain grade level. It is a good idea to have some sort of idea what is typically covered in a school year. Rebecca Rupp Learning year by Year is a great resource to have when it comes to knowing the expectations for each grade.
Recognize the Benefits of Homeschooling
For your gifted child, homeschooling can be a wonderful opportunity. The question “why” comes up a lot in a gifted child. The fact that they want to know “more” all the time can be seen as exhausting sometimes. However, with homeschooling your child has the opportunity to work at his own pace, to find out the answer “why” to all of his “more” requests. Through books, observations, experiments, and study the gifted child can be challenged, and will have the time and opportunity to learn as they go, without grade level limitations.
Recognize the Challenges
There are going to be challenges when it comes to homeschooling your gifted child, but don’t let that scare you! There are many resources available for homeschool parents of gifted children. Check out this link for some tips for curriculum, and a great list of support groups for families of gifted children.
Misty Bailey 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. You can also find her on Facebook and Pinterest.