Speaker: Kris Carlisle, Associate Professor of Music at Berry College
Faculty member of Berry College and award winning musician, Kris talks about preparing for music in college, the audition process, and transitioning from high school to college level music. What do colleges expect? What are auditioners looking for? When do we contact music programs for audition information? And many more questions you didn’t know to ask.
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.
Speaker: Andy Mater
Discussing the Gap year trend from a Biblical Worldview. This seminar will briefly examine the recent “Gap year” trend and show how attending the Word of Life Bible Institute can be a viable option prior to attending a college or university.
Andy grew up in a Christian home in Michigan, and was saved at the age of five. At the Word of Life Bible Institute Missions Conference in 1999 he felt God calling him into ministry. In 2003, he was accepted as a missionary with Word of Life and spent a brief period serving as the Assistant to the Dean of Men on our New York campus. Together with his wife, Tabitha, and two children, Novalie and Eden, they served with Word of Life Hungary as the Academic Dean from 2009-2012. In 2012 they felt God calling them to Florida where he served as the Dean of Men on our Florida campus. Currently, he is the Associate Executive Dean for that same campus. He has a diploma from the Word of Life Bible Institute, a B.S. in Bible-Christian Ministries from Tennessee Temple University, and a M.A.B.S. from Piedmont International University.
Speaker: Deborah Burns
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