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Monthly Archives: February 2018

Home Schooled Curriculums

I’d like to tell you about the benefits of homeschooling and selecting a home schooled curriculum. Now the best way to select a curriculum is to actually look at homeschool reviews and in order to do this you really need to find a nearby home schooled curriculum store so that you can look at the benefits of homeschooling materials, you can put it in your hands and see if home schooled is going to work for you. If you can’t do that you need to find a resource catalog of the benefits of homeschooling, there are many online that you can order for free or you can just go to their websites and they’ll give you homeschooled reviews of the different products.

Now there are basically two types of home schooled curriculums, One which will hold your hand and help you do everything and then there are those that are more independent. The hand holding type tells you exactly what to do, it will include the materials that you need to read, it will have the worksheets, the tests, the answer keys, and it will even tell you what to say when you’re teaching. Examples of these are Abecca or Bob Jones or some of the dvd or video curriculums. The disadvantages of these is that they can be rather expensive and actually that’s probably the worst, it could get kind of boring a little bit if you like to be more adventurous you might feel stifled.

The independent home schooled curriculums will give you guidelines and then you decide where to go from there. An example is unit studies such as patchwork primers and these will give you a guideline to follow. You select the books from the library or books that you already have and then you teach it in the way that you see fit. You can make up your own home schooled worksheets or tests, or you may decide that you don’t need worksheets or tests. It’s all up to you and the advantage to this is going to be much less expensive, but it’s going to require more work and a little bit more time on the part of the teacher to get all the benefits of homeschooling.

Studying in Canada

High-Class Language Education

Canada is a world leader in language training. It is a bilingual country which teaches French and English as a first and second language. These languages are an integral part of Canadian education. You will be able to improve your fluency and capacity for either language as you further your studies.

Large Employment Prospects

Canada and the United States both belong to the North American Free Trade Area. Both countries are pursuing the policy of immigration and the employment prospects of graduates are unlimited.

Affordable Education

The cost of living and tuition fees for international students in Canada are generally lower when compared to the US, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Canada is often the preferred choice for students attending college or university. The rates at the U.S. public universities were found to be almost 1/3 higher than fees for Bachelor’s degrees in Canada, while U.S. private university fees were more than double.

Canadian Multiculturalism

Canada adopted multiculturalism as an official policy in 1971. It is the first country in the world which has adopted multiculturalism as a policy. The Multiculturalism Policy of Canada also confirmed the rights of Aboriginal peoples and the status of Canada’s two official languages. Almost all the world’s ethnic groups are well represented in Canada.

Healthy and Safe Communities

Canada is one of the best places in the world to live. As an international student in Canada, you can enjoy all of the same freedoms which protect Canadians. The Canadian society respects human rights and equality, and it is stable and peaceful.

Exciting Campus Lifestyle

All Canadian campuses across the country feature the latest in technology with wireless hotspots, enabling online interactive learning experience for students. The campus facilities include Olympic-calibre sports facilities, concert halls,radio and newspapers. The Canadian universities and colleges typically feature the best mix of an academic and leisure lifestyle in an environment that facilitates immense opportunities to meet students from a varied international student pool.

Homeschooling Mentoring

When going about on different camps or outings, the other parents really do become mentors to the children and that’s really valuable and is the beginning of a relationship that extends into the children’s lives. Mentoring can be a tremendously important when they go off to study or move away from home, to have these stable adult contacts in their lives year after year, who are interested in their lives. Mentors are there if they need help, advice, wisdom, prayer support or whatever it is. It’s a relationship of trust. Its’ been a support for us and an encouragement for our kids to have these other people. They’re all very different, but they’re all able to contribute in their own way. To have that continuity is special. For instance, we held Jono when he was a baby, and now Jono is married and he has babies of his own.

Veteran homeschool parents in home groups find themselves becoming mentors to new homeschool families. As a new homeschooler, and one that wishes to continue homeschooling without burning out, it is vitally important to become involved in a home group, as these are the basis of training and support in the home. Experienced homeschool parents take a role in educating and initiating new families into the routines of life as a homeschooler. For instance, if parents are not sure what to do for high school, another parent/s in these groups may suggest helpful ideas or explain how they did it. In Canberra, for instance, there is a secular group (Home Education Network Canberra and Southern Tablelands or HENCAST) and a Christian group (Christian Home Education Canberra or CHEC). This is just the beginning of the groups available, especially with the advent of Facebook, Twitter and other social media websites.

Homeschooled children also benefit by the influence of older mentors in their lives. These mentors can often be a generation or two older. They can be grandparents, friends or other homeschooling parents whom the homeschooled children spend time with. When asked if he had any mentors, homeschool student, Ben replied:

Yes, I did, especially when it came to building. I have three or four friends now who are 60 years old and onwards. Some have even passed on now. They taught me heaps and heaps. I spent a lot of time in people’s garages, tinkering away with a bird cage and all kinds of things. The mentors sat and spent their time with me. The grandparents were also pretty good. I spent a lot of time in the shed doing metal work… welding up bits of tractors and things like that as a child. My parents would be inside with the grandmother while I was spending time in the garage with granddad.

Homeschooling magazines and website are also other great and supportive resources. The Home Education Network Otherways Magazine gives parent’s a great opportunity for encouragement and advice in their homeschooling journey. Each issue is delivered quarterly in the mail (or alternately it can be downloaded online). Subscribers can also access all back issues printed. These publications are great for answering the plethora of questions the homeschool mum or dad has, as well as raising other issues close to their heart.

Facebook groups are a great way to ask experienced and fellow homeschooling parent’s questions. For instance, the last three posts in the ‘Homeschool Australia’ forum group I participated in have been:

o Can anyone recommend movies based on historical events? Preferably Australian but not too bothered. – 51 responses

o My 12yr old has totally thrown his sleep cycle out of whack. Today he didn’t go to sleep until 8am. So not much learning is being done because when I’m asleep he is awake and when I am awake he is asleep. How can I fix this? – 27 responses

o Just wondering what outcomes I can meet with a hip hop workshop my 12yr old, year 6 son is doing? It involves composing a beat, adding extra instruments to it, writing a song and performing it. He also does hip hop dancing, aboriginal dancing and learning about the history of rap/hip hop music. – 4 responses

Private Tutoring

You Know How You Get To Carnegie Hall, Don’t Ya?

The answer to the above question is practice. Simply going to school and doing your homework isn’t going to cut it in the real world. To truly excel at something, you need to practice it. Whether it’s playing the violin or solving equations, practice makes perfect. Daily tutoring ensures your child practices what he’s learnt in school. After all, if you repeat something a number of times, it becomes second nature.

A Chain Is Only As Strong As Its Weakest Link

You need not enroll your child for private tutoring in each and every subject. However, every student needs help somewhere, whether it’s Chemistry or Math. Private tutoring can help your child concentrate his efforts on a subject he’s struggling with; this can make all the difference in the world. After all, excellent grades require you to be perfect in all subjects, not just a few. In this way, private tutoring can be more of a ‘Plan B’ than a ‘Plan A’, when it comes to your child’s education.

Special Needs Require Special Attention

Private tutoring isn’t just a tool to improve scores; it can also help children with special needs. Children suffering from ADD or dyslexia may not receive the special attention they require in schools. This may be because teachers aren’t experienced with such children or they’re simply too busy. You can hire a tutor that specializes in children with learning disabilities, to help your child cope with his studies. Such a tutor will be on par with your child’s learning capabilities.