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Category Archives: Education

Get Started With Home Schooling

Strict laws are enforced in many states, making testing a requirement even though you’re homeschooling your own kids. Formal testing must be done even if state laws do not require it so that you can assess your child’s progress as you teach them. Most people that do homeschooling work hand-in-hand with the school administration under an umbrella program that helps them fulfill state standards. In some states, it’s actually a legal requirement that parents work with such a program. If you want to remain independent, or work with the school, having a choice like this depends upon the state in which you reside. The reason why most parents like this type of program is that the curriculum is already done for them and they simply have to teach their kids. There is little freedom in such a situation, however, which is something you need to consider if it is an option. If you do have a choice, make a choice that complies with what you think is right.

If your child shows an aptitude for art, chess or a certain sport, you may want to bring him or her to a class or teacher to help develop that ability. Just make sure that you look into resources and tools to help fill in any gaps when you aren’t equipped to teach in a certain area.

You need to get a handle on time management strategies if you are going to be a home school parent. When you and your kids gather for the beginning of your schooling on Monday morning, it may appear that time is not a constraint. However, by Friday afternoon it may become clear that you were not able to complete all the tasks set out for that week. One obstacle will be your other responsibilities. Home teaching is not a part-time effort, but requires a full-time commitment. The best way to treat home schooling is to structure the day as much as possible, similar to a regular school. The first thing on your time schedule should be when “school” starts and when it ends. True, the children aren’t leaving the house, but they need to know when to be at their appointed places and ready for school. In some ways, the hardest part about home schooling is starting out with it. In order to successfully establish a home school, your concept of school as a place you send your children to for someone else to teach will have to change, and you must be prepared for the challenges that will crop up. Once you and your family have become comfortable with whatever form of home schooling you are using, you will realize that it was the correct decision to make and you will be pleased that your children are receiving their education under healthy and happy conditions.

Benefits of Accredited Homeschool

1. Affordability – Normally, parents choose homeschools for their children because of budget constraints. One has option to pay fees either quarterly or monthly. Parents can expect technologically-advanced programs at affordable cost.

2. Support – Online homeschools use advanced technology for a seamless communication between the teachers and the students. A message application is provided where both teachers and students can send direct messages to each other. These messages appear as an icon on every page of the curriculum. The messaging applications are designed so well which allows the sender to send a message linked to a particular assignment rather just a general message. The teachers communicate via email, but homeschools also provide phone-support and webinar technology to allow connection between the student and the teacher. The webinar technology allows sharing the screen and helps the teachers to explain a concept.

3. Personal Guidance – Online homeschools provide a personalized system which gives instructs the student according to his current level of knowledge, and or degree of understanding. The personalized instructors work on the student’s strengths and weaknesses by analyzing his achievement level and ability.

4. Experienced Staff – Personnel hired have wealth of experience as teachers and administrators as well as education specialists for decades. The credentials of these personnel undergo scrutiny by the schools, curriculum education publishers and also the accreditation agency which the respective homeschool is accredited to. The administrators are past teachers and administered private schools. They have worked as education consultants and also field-representatives.

5. Innovative – The online homeschools embrace education technology because students in the present era perceive technology as their friend and rely on it to study, work, play, relax, and communicate. Videos with visually-enhanced content and auditory instructions are provided to students. These video clips reinforce and enrich the concept presented in the lessons. A dynamic mix of text and multimedia presentations helps students to grasp and understand concepts for a longer time. This innovative education technology enhances the learning experience, increases level of interest, and ensures they master the content provided.

Success After College

1. Job Offers – Seek job offers in your areas of strength. Employers want you to contribute to the success of the company. You stand a greater chance of doing that when you start out in a job that takes advantage of your strengths.

2. Company Culture – Investigate the culture in which you will be working. What environment makes you feel comfortable? Every company and every department has an operating style. Do some online research and try to talk with employees, former employees, customers and competitors.

3. Co-workers – Meet and make a judgement about the people you will work with. If you hate your boss and the people you will be working with, it will show. That is not something that will lead you to success.

4. Getting Started – Remember, you are the new employee, “the college kid,” and you don’t yet know how things work around there. You may be book smart, but there is a lot to learn about the people, the products and services and the methods of operation. Your first job is to ‘fit in.’

5. The Work – Accept assignments and responsibility willingly. If you want to progress into the management ranks, you must first show others that you can get the job done as an individual. Later you must get the job done in groups or on teams and when leading a group.

6. Ask Questions – Introduce yourself to everyone you meet. Show others that you are interested in the job, the company and want to learn as much as possible. The faster you gather the information and learn the ropes the faster you will become a member of the team.

7. Your Attitude – Offer everyone a positive attitude, a great smile and a kind word. This acronym will help you remember that making a good impression starts with your attitude: A Tiny Thing Inside That Ultimately Determines Everything.

8. Preparation – Obtain the information, tools, skills and assistance you will need. Doing any job well requires forethought and preparation.

Get College Education Free

Like any other product, the employer wants to pay as little as possible for you and your services. The most capable and productive of you will contribute to, fully produce or sell far more value than you cost your employer annually.

While the aristocracy and some of the wealthy may look upon a college/university education as a globally-oriented, social finishing experience for the young adults in their families, the existing and developing bourgeois (middle class) should recognize college as the next step toward their personal success in the market. Broad, non-focused development of diverse cultural experiences, knowledge and related soft skills is of limited market value and cannot be justified in a ROI consideration. The implication is not that we should forego teaching liberal arts. However, much of higher education has drifted so far from marketable to the corporate world that it is almost criminal to suggest to a student that s/he should major in such subjects, much less pay for the “opportunity”.

The higher education industry claims that as a result of their education and training you will be paid by industry. But, as schools focus more on expanding their liberal arts, fine arts, entertainment (including sports) departments and to a lesser degree upon that which supports and drives markets, the more graduates finish college with lesser marketable knowledge and skills. Most colleges are not accountable for producing job-specific, job-accessing graduates from each student enrolled. Some have even reduced career to the equivalents of in-house, electronic job boards. Further compromising the process, industry, as the primary beneficiary of well-educated pools of candidates, are not paying for your training as it did at the onset of the American Industrial Revolution.

If colleges and universities wish to promote very broad course catalogs and higher education experiences, maybe they should be convincing all of industry that they are providing the training/education their prospective employees need. Maybe they should even be exacting payment from corporate America for education/training services rendered, cooperative placement, and to improve the industry-education system relationship relevancy.

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.

All about Homeschool Laws

Homeschool Options

There are different homeschool laws in different states. In some states, the parents can homeschool their child under a homeschool stature. In others, they come under private laws. Different states also allow umbrella schools and private tutors to homeschool the child. Furthermore, some states have diverse packages and options for a highly customizable homeschooling plan to offer the best solution to both children and parents.

Notification

Certain states require parents to notify government officials of the homeschooling plan or package. In other states, the homeschool law is different and parents are thoroughly assessed before being permitted to homeschool their child. Still, other states are different and require no notification procedure at all. Hence, the state also determines the type of homeschool law prevailing in the area and the laws that every parent will abide to.

Parent Qualifications

Naturally, you need to have a decent education yourself in order to be able to teach your child. Where it is not as important to prove your education in most states, certain states have homeschool laws in place that require parents to have high school diploma or GED to be eligible to homeschool their children.

Subjects

Moving on, certain states have even more thorough rules and regulations. They require children to have certain necessary subjects in their course. Also, they require that parents give their children a certain amount of time on a daily basis and can even provide instruction manuals for parents to follow. This allows states to ensure that every child is provided with fundamental knowledge, even if they are homeschooled.

Be Smart About Higher Education

Trying to understand who you are involves more than, but there are three basic ways to get started with the process:

Time tracking

At one point listening to a personal development expert, the challenge was made to meticulously measure my time spent each day in about eight categories. Note that the normal tendency is to grossly underestimate or have no clear recall of time spent during the day. So true!

Measuring in detail I discovered that 18 hours of my week was spent watching TV! That’s more than one day, not counting sleep, per week, 52 days per year, and over a year and a half per decade! A blatant failure to be smart that needed addressed. Higher education requires wisdom, beware of not only TV, but all screen time that is useless and erodes academic performance and rich experiences.

Talents used

“Yea, but I don’t know what my talents are!” Having this dilemma is common, but is never resolved by ignoring the problem. A great college basketball coach Adolph Rupp stated, “Whenever you see a man on top of a mountain you can be sure he didn’t fall there.”

Get help discovering talents by getting feedback from family and friends. Take the feedback and determine the elements that transfer to job skills. Avid readers need to consider being a writer for the school newspaper. Take photos for the yearbook. Churches are always looking for musicians and singers. Enjoyment coaching little kids may build foundational skills that lead to mentoring executives.

Skill is not a big issue when volunteering. Give a fair trial period while getting the feedback of others involved in this activity to assess the value of staying or trying something else. The advantage of all this volunteering is knowing who you are in regard to personal talents makes the choice of a higher education major easier.

Treasure disbursed

Good detectives know to follow the path of money spent to determine motive, location, and habits of criminals that eventually lead to an arrest. Follow the money is a rule to find out who you are. College students going into debt are hoping that the investment into higher education reaps a great return on investment. A number of alternatives exist that can help reduce or eliminate debt.

Being smart about it takes discipline and a lot of hard work especially if parents are only able to help a little or not at all. Debunk myths like going to an Ivy League school is the only way to get a great job. Just not true!