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Monday, April 4, 2011

New to Homeschooling Part 2 of 2

One of the most important advice I will offer and every schooler should be offered, is to BE PATIENT with your child[ren] in their learning. Sometimes we can get so frustrated with them and belt out negative words and literally break them down rather then build them up. No matter how hard of a time they are having or giving, BUILD them up with encouragement and support. BE PATIENT! When we let frustration control us whether we see it or not, our frustration speaks louder then anything and literally will cut them down rather then build them.

There are different types of schooling:

  • Structured Learning
  • Eclectic Learning
  • Unschooling and Deschooling
  • Secular Homeschooling
  • Faith-Based Homeschooling
  • Umbrella and Satellite Schools
  • Charter Schools, Vouchers, and Cooperatives
  • Independent Study Programs and Virtual Learning
  • Year-Round Homeschooling
  • Resources for Eclectic Learning and Unschooling
You can read more about these types at this link noted: http://www.netplaces.com/homeschooling/types-of-homeschooling/
  1) You will want to determine what type of schooling you will be doing with your child[ren]. 2) Know about the type you are doing and the difference between this type and others. 3) What curriculum best supports this type of schooling. 
Next, If you have any questions about homeschooling before diving in, I encourage the following:
 Make a list of any questions you can think of that you would like to have answered. [Keep in mind that not every question will be answered up front before homeschooling. You will be able to answer some of your questions but a vast majority of questions will be answered along your journey. Also note that there may be more then one answer to that question. What works for others does not ensure it will work for you. I will repeat this numerous times through this post.]
  • Research [You will need to research the curriculums you are looking at and read all the reviews that you can find. Ask questions to those who may have used some of the curriculum you are looking at. If you still do not find an answer, especially on curriculum then I recommend you contacting the web server selling the curriculum.]
  • Realize that there are loads of free sites online to use also in your curriculum. Plenty of bloggers, networking sites and hs'rs post about them often and everywhere.
Dont be afraid to ask questions or for help if you need help. That is why there are support groups locally and online here for HS'rs.  I do recommend blogging even if it is just for the experience. When you blog about your journey not only are you journaling your journey, you are encouraging and inspiring others as well as gaining support from others. Just be careful at how involved you become. 

The Web is amazing and loaded with tons of free information. On this site you will see to the right side I have drop boxes loaded with links as well as on other sites you will see tons of links. Google what you are looking for and insure you use the word "free". There are free printables, lessons, free notes, lapbooks, copy work and loads more out there available for your use if you can not get ahold of currriculum. Google subjects, Math, Grammar, by grades K - 9th grade etc. You will be suprised at what you find. 

Also, I want to note that Historychannel.com/classroom offers hsrs as well as public educators freebies and even discounts. Take advantage of it when they offer it. 

A good article to read and be encouraged with :  http://www.homeschool.com/articles/mostimportant/default.asp

With this I will close this and add more shortly. 


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