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Everyone has seen the struggles related to being a child actor or a kid star. The nature of this way of life causes many of these youngsters to have delays in all things from their teachers to their social and emotional development, and as a consequence, many finish up wrestling as adults. Due to this, it is extremely important that these children be given every chance to develop their talents and skills beyond those related to the tiny or silver screens.


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Homeschooling is a popular choice because of the adaptability that it offers, both in terms of when and how lessons can be taught. Actors who are being homeschooled can complete lessons online, or they can basically have their’teachers’ show up to their work and deliver a lesson personally. The acting business being what it is means student/actors have to have teachers work around their schedule. Some actors are on the road and way from home for months at a time, making it very tricky for them to attend traditional school. Homeschooling can permit academic curriculum to be individually tailored, and designed not to meddle with the needs of an acting career.


Homeschooling is also a useful way of completing school sooner.


In truth, some of the most renowned folk in history, including presidents, inventors, artists, actors, and athletes have all been homeschooled.


Things can be difficult enough at work for the child actor while not having to add additional stress from having to make time for faculty. By trying homeschooling as a choice, parents can supply their youngsters with an efficient learning curriculum while not having to interfere with their acting career. There’s nothing that may be more beneficial to a young actor than to have relations who are essentially concerned in a very important aspect of their life, and homeschooling is actually one satisfactory way of accomplishing this, both for academic and emotional purposes.


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Finding the right homeschool curriculum package for your child can be daunting, especially if you are new to homeschooling. You may mistakenly believe that just because private and public schools use a formal curriculum, you should also do the same for your homeschooled child.

Families who are new to homeschooling often start by using a complete curriculum package. If you do this, you will quickly find out that the workload or structure can be overwhelming. To avoid burnout, you will have to experiment with different teaching methods and find out which method is best suited to your child’s learning style. Keep in mind that as a homeschooling parent, you have many curriculum to choose from.

Curriculum packages contain everything you need to start schooling at home. Your package can contain books, study sheets, teacher guides, tests and activities. Report cards may also be included. Some homeschool programs require completed work to be mailed to an assigned teacher who will correct and grade your child’s work. Accredited homeschool programs keep transcripts, and a diploma may be given when the program is completed.

There are many providers of homeschool curriculum packages, including A Beka Correspondence Program, Calvert School, Oak Meadow School, Sonlight Curriculum and Seton Home Study School. In general, they provide programs from kindergarten through grade 12. The curriculum package includes all materials needed for the school year. Prices range from $500 to about $2,000.

Homeschool packages offer many advantages. A full curriculum package is very helpful for parents who are new to homeschooling. There are also packaged curricula with a Christian perspective. This kind of package is ideal for families who want to include religion in their children’s education. A full curriculum package provides the structure, legal requirements as well as reporting requirements that you may be looking for in a homeschool program.

One major disadvantage with these packages is that they can be quite expensive. In addition, satisfaction levels vary. It is also possible that your child may resist the program’s teaching method or structure. Additionally, homeschooling requires a lot of time and new homeschooling parents may be overwhelmed by the amount of work involved.

In general, parents choose homeschool curriculum packages that use teaching methods similar to the way they were taught. They are often wary of homeschool programs that offer flexibility and imagination. Unfortunately, highly structured programs often result in burnouts. It is best to choose a program that makes learning fun while providing everything you will need to educate a student for the entire year.

 

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People choose to homeschool for any number of reasons. Some of those reasons include homeschooling for religious reasons, not subjecting their children to many new schools if they move a lot, or having a child with health issues that could be made worse by attending public school. For whatever the reason, homeschooling is a great option. Homeschooling does not have to begin when a child first starts school, you can start a child on their homeschool journey at any point in their school career.


Many people think that homeschooling must start at kindergarten. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, you can begin to homeschool your child at any age or in any grade. When you begin homeschooling depends on when you’ve decided to take your child out of the public school system and bring them home to teach them.


While it may be easier to begin homeschooling right from the start, it isn’t unheard of for parents to pull their children out of school in any grade. Depending on the student, parents may decide to teach when they’re starting high school. It’s not unheard of in homeschooling communities to choose to homeschool as their child’s educational career is nearing a close.


One reason parents may choose to bring home a student starting high school is that the parents don’t feel their local school is safe. With the possibility of being introduced to drugs and alcohol, parents may choose to keep their children from those influences. They may also bring their child home because of the threat of violence on campus. These and other issues may cause a parent to pull their high school student out of school to homeschool.


If unhealthy influences aren’t an issue, some parents decide that high school is the right time to homeschool because of opportunities that arise. Some high school students are already in advanced classes, however if they homeschool, they may be able to attend some beginning college courses while still in high school.


Another possible reason for bringing a child home while they’re in high school is so they can participate in a work-study program. Whether they are interested in a work-study program, or an apprenticeship, public high school students may not be able to work these programs into their schedule. As a homeschool student, however, they have the ability to work ahead and therefore may be finished with high school courses which will free them to pursue an apprenticeship position.


Homeschooling is an awesome opportunity for students, no matter what grade they begin. Things may be easier on both the parent and the student if they begin homeschooling when the student is younger. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring your child home as they near graduation. Listen to your child, understand what they want to accomplish, and then let them spread their wings and fly.

Jane Saeman runs an In-Home Tutoring service called Aim High Tutors. Find out about how to help your student reach their full potential at http://www.aimhightutors.com/blog

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As I approach this topic, I realize how ridiculous it is to assume that I can write about “THE” Top 10 reasons to homeschool. One of the main reasons to homeschool your children is that you can be at the helm. You can do it for whatever reason you want in whatever way you want, so for me to assume that I could come up with the definitive top ten reasons seems kind of silly. My top 10 reasons are top ten for me. There are many homeschooling families I know whose reasons are vastly different from mine. There are, undoubtedly, similar veins and similar convictions behind the reasons that people choose to homeschool but if you took a moment to do the math on all the different reasons, it could get quite staggering. Though there is no way to know the number of homeschoolers (even in the U.S. alone), we can safely assume that there are hundreds of thousands of great reasons to homeschool even if we all only have one thing in common on our top 10 list.

In order to lend a voice other than my own to the subject at hand, I decided to gather a bit of information from other sources. During a recent field trip,  I did an informal survey of some of my fellow homeschooling mothers (on a pontoon boat of all places — we were on a nature cruise, of course!) and I asked them why it was that they had decided to homeschool. Some of their answers were funny. Some were sober. The common thread however was that all of them were passionate about why they were walking this road. We talked at length but here are ten of the reasons that stuck with me from our conversation: 

1. “I want to be the one who sees the “aha” moments in my children. I don’t want to have to hear about what they learned in school that day (if they even remember to tell me). I want to be a part of that, witness and encourage it. I can’t outsource those moments. I’m selfish like that.”

2. “I didn’t want my kid standing in line all day! We went and visited several schools before we made the decision to homeschool and I noticed something that all of them had in common. Everywhere I went, I saw endless lines of kids! They were waiting in line for their teacher to pick them up from one class and go to another. They were waiting in line to eat lunch. They were waiting in line to go to the bathroom. I started to wonder, ‘How much time a day did they spend standing in lines?’ I also heard the hauntingly familiar “We’re not going anywhere until everyone is in line quiet and is standing still!’ and I was instantly taken back to my own school experience. Standing in line was one of my least favorite things to do when I was in school, I didn’t want my kid having to do that all day!

3. “I’ve been in the teaching world. I know how the school system works. I know how it takes an act of congress to get curriculum changed if something’s not working. I wanted have the authority to say, ‘You know what, this is not working for you, is it? Let’s do something different’ and not have to wait until failure upon failure revealed that this was not the route to go. If we see that something is not speaking to our homeschooled children, we have the freedom to go another route. I think that’s huge.”

4. “If anyone’s going to be indoctrinating my children, it’s gonna be ME.”

5. “I want my children to grow up together. I want to provide an environment in which our family was not separated for the majority of the day, 5 days a week, 9 months out of the year. Homeschooling allows my children to grow up together. That’s important to us.”

6. “I want to be the one to answer my child’s questions about life and about the world. I want to know their thoughts, their worries, their big ideas. My children are my greatest treasure and I want to cherish the time I have with them.”

7. “I want to know what my children are being taught and the perspective from which they are being taught and I don’t want to feel like I have to go and un-do things that they’ve learned. Children spend 14,000 seat hours in schools. FOURTEEN THOUSAND. How on earth could I really be involved and aware of what’s being poured into their hearts and minds when they’re gone from me and under the influence of hundreds (even thousands) of others? It’s implausible to think that even if I were the president of the PTA or room mother of the year that I would be as involved as I want to be so instead, I teach them at home.”

8. “I am an adoptive parent. We went halfway around the world to get these children home. Something about sending them away for the majority of their childhood just didn’t seem right.”

9. “The school systems here are not to our satisfaction and private school is not economically feasible for our family.”

10. “What if you were looking at a brochure for a school that claimed it offered: ‘Class ratios as low as 1:1, individualized education plans tailored to the strengths, needs and preferences of each child in the program. Weekly field trips to nature centers, state parks, art museums, historical sites. Classroom instruction that is in line with your family’s world view and core values. A flexible schedule that allows for family cohesiveness.’ Would you jump at the chance to put your children there? I know I would and that’s exactly what we did. Homeschooling lives up to all of those claims.”

So there you have it. Not necessarily “THE TOP TEN”, but very wonderful reasons nonetheless. Are you thinking of homeschooling? What are YOUR reasons?

Julie Clark is a writer and content contributor for LessonPathways.com, an innovative new product that maps online educational resources into ready to teach units.

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Each year, more and more homeschoolers are graduating and moving into the world. Many choose to take their education further and attend college. The good news is that more and more colleges have altered their admissions policies and are accepting, even actively recruiting children. There are also a large group of homeschool graduates who chose to not attend college and head directly into the work force. The question is though, how are they doing?

Homeschoolers who have made the jump into the workforce are getting good feedback from their employers. The national food chain, Chick-fil-A® is so pleased with their homeschooled employees that they actively recruit them. Characterizing homeschoolers as smart, ambitious and very driven, recruiters are pleased with their high level of loyalty and diligent work ethic.

Employers have discovered that the same work ethic that brought homeschoolers through their education carries over into their careers. In fact, homeschoolers seem to view work as simply an extension of their education. Children are being described as self-starters who are reliable, creative, intellectually prepared, and read voraciously and watch television less.

Most people are aware of the axiom, “it’s who you know.” Because homeschooling is a relatively new phenomenon, there may not seem to be a huge “gold old boy” network out there for them to exploit. The truth is that homeschooling is a tightly knit community with more and more of its proponents in positions of influence, and this community can be very effective at finding jobs. There are however, plenty of pointless bureaucracies and short-sighted managers out there to make prospects difficult. In some companies, employment is dependent upon a diploma that is certified by the state or the possession of a General Equivalency Diploma, or GED.

A GED has been described as a test that dropouts can take to be given a second chance at a formal education, making GED holders the equivalent of dropouts. This situation is hardly the equivalent to a high school diploma and an employer who demands that of a homeschool graduate clearly show his ignorance or bias.

Because of their homeschool background, they are ready for the uncertainties of a changing economy, the ups and downs of the business cycle, and are prepared to deal with bosses, customers, and all of the other people in the business world. Homeschool graduates are as prepared as any high school graduate and may be more suitable for an uncertain future. Students are raised as individuals, not farmed out of institutions for plugging into the workforce.

Mimi Rothschild is a homeschooling mother, writer, children?s rights advocate, and Founder and C.E.O. of home education company Learning by Grace, Inc. She and her husband of 28 years reside with their 8 children right outside Philadelphia, PA.


Rothschild launched Learning By Grace, Inc. because she believed that our nation?s public school system has failed parents and students. Learning By Grace, Inc. offers online education through a multimedia-rich curriculum to PreK-12 children across the country and throughout the world.


An accomplished author, Rothschild has written books regarding education published by McGraw Hill and others. Her Daily Education News Feed consists of articles and essays dealing with alternative learning methods.

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Someone once said that a child can be educated well with nothing more than a well-stocked library of good books.


This is certainly sufficient for some people, but most parents who are tackling the education feel better about having a homeschool curriculum that they can follow to be sure they cover the topics properly.


For new homeschooling parents, it can truly seem a daunting task to try to choose the right home schooling curriculum for the needs of the particular family unit and individual students.


Usually parents have already been through quite a lot of rigorous study and contemplation before deciding to pursue home schooling with their children, and at that point they are often simply at a loss for knowing how to select the most effective and comprehensive curriculum.


But, it happens often that soon information overload hits as parents find that there are so many different options in homeschool curriculum and the array of choices makes it even more difficult to narrow things down and come to a conclusion regarding the curriculum.


And, thrown into the middle of the mix is the need to be sure that the specific requirements for the state they live in are met and that their homeschoolers are properly prepared for any of the standardized tests that they will be required to take through the local school system.


Those veteran parents who have a few years under their belts of homeschooling children will lend kind words of support to the newcomers and willingly share their choices in homeschool curriculum, voicing their opinions and giving their real-life experiences of the materials.


Sometimes this can be most helpful in narrowing down the choices, while for some people this simply adds to the confusion regarding the matter. And, while parent reviews are helpful, it should always be remembered that your children may need a different lesson plan and structure than others do.


After all, this is one of the main reasons people choose to homeschool, to be able to create more individualized learning paths for their children.


The best route for a parent who is new to homeschooling children is to go slowly, take sufficient time to study the options and consider each child’s style of learning and motivational draws, stay flexible and open, and above all, listen to your parental instincts.


While many companies design, package and market homeschool curriculum that has been developed by professionals, remember that it is the parent who knows their child better than anyone.


In making a decision about home schooling curriculum, avoid getting into a position where you have to make a decision in a panic. This will usually result in a purchase that is more about having something to keep your student busy than what is designed to best meet their needs. This can be a waste of money and a frustration for both parents and homeschoolers alike.


Every year there are many homeschooling fairs and conferences that you can attend. These provide a chance for parents to meet and compare experiences and share advice and also to meet with the publishers of homeschool curriculum and review their products and pick up their marketing literature.

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When you are homeschooling, there are so many decisions to make. From curriculum choices and scheduling, to field trips and extracurricular activities, it is all in your hands. Most homeschool parents relish the opportunity to have real influence on the minds of their children and seek to instill in them a true, lifelong love of learning. If this is your homeschool goal as well, unit studies can help you to accomplish it.

Unit studies are very popular as a homeschool teaching method. They are essentially thematic units that work to encompass all or most subjects through the study of just one topic. For example, a homeschool history unit study might contain history, math, reading, writing, geography, spelling and more. Instead of studying several separate subjects, a unit study allows the homeschooler to learn several different subjects as they relate to one another.

All too often, especially in traditional educational settings, students become bored and lose their natural love for learning. Instead of really absorbing information, they begin to memorize for the sole purpose of passing tests. Though it may seem that students have learned because they earn good test scores, they actually end up forgetting much of what they memorized. This is because they weren’t able to develop any real enthusiasm for the topic. Furthermore, many textbooks and other types of curriculum materials cover subjects only briefly, never giving the student the chance to really learn or develop an authentic appreciation for it. This is not the case when parents choose to homeschool with unit studies.

Most homeschool parents want their children to do more than simply memorize a bunch of facts only to forget them later. Homeschool parents want their children to fully experience the joy knowledge can bring. They also want them to retain as much of the information they absorb as possible.

Unit studies can help homeschool parents make subjects really live for their children. Often, unit studies use a variety of living books, making the subject more interesting and exposing the student to a mix of resources geared toward the chosen topic. Unit studies allow homschool parents and children to immerse themselves in a hands-on approach to a particular topic, studying it from all conceivable angles. They also provide for more interaction between the homeschool parent and the child by providing interesting topics for discussion. Often, activities lend themselves to collaboration.

Unit studies can be used for just one homeschool student or a whole group of them. Instead of using a different unit study for each homeschool child within a family, unit studies allow parents to study the same topic with children at different age levels. All the homeschool children in the family can participate in learning the same topic. They simply use materials and do activities geared to their appropriate levels. Furthermore, unit studies can even help homeschool parents teach children with different learning styles within the same family.

Mimi Rothschild is a homeschooling parent, author, children’s rights advocate, and Founder and C.E.O. of Learning by Grace, Inc. She and her husband of almost 3 decades reside with their 8 children in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Rothschild co-founded Learning By Grace, Inc. because “our current system of education has broken its promise…” Learning By Grace, Inc. delivers Internet-based multimedia education to PreK-12 children in the United States and throughout the world.


Rothschild has authored a number of books about education published by McGraw Hill and others. Her Daily Education News Blog contains feature stories on alternatives in education.

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The National African American Homeschoolers Alliance: This comprehensive webpage is full of resources and recommendations for African American Homeschoolers with reviews of textbooks, support groups, a fun blog, and more.

Ed Online: Here is a list of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s). These are institutions that existed before integration efforts, and thus are known for providing a conducive learning environment for African American students. Many influential and famous African Americans have graduated from such colleges and universities.

African American Homeschoolers Network: Founded by Meka Hunt, this page is a network of resources for African homeschool parents and their children.

African American Unschooling: This Afrocentric homeschooling page includes several ways to integrate an African American point of view into your homeschool curriculum. Be sure to check out Fungasa, their African American Homeschooling magazine.

A to Z Home’s Cool: This page lists several African American homeschooling support groups, informative articles, and comprehensive websites.

African American Homeschooling Today: This informative blog is dedicated to providing African American homeschoolers up-to-date news and information regarding black homeschoolers.

About.com – Homeschooling: About.com’s homeschooling page has a section specifically for African American homeschoolers.

National Black Home Educators: This page has lots of helpful information for African Americans who are new to homeschooling. Just click on their “Getting Started” link and get ready to homeschool!

Mimi Rothschild is a homeschooling parent, author, children’s rights advocate, and Founder and C.E.O. of Learning by Grace, Inc. She and her husband of almost 3 decades reside with their 8 children in suburban Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Rothschild co-founded Learning By Grace, Inc. because “our current system of education has broken its promise…” Learning By Grace, Inc. delivers Internet-based multimedia education to PreK-12 children in the United States and throughout the world.


Rothschild has authored a number of books about education published by McGraw Hill and others. Her Home Education News Blog contains feature stories on alternatives in education.

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So, you’ve decided your going to home school right from the beginning! But, what do you need? Where do you start? Well, to be honest, every homeschooler will say something a bit different when answering these questions. But, at the same time, there are some common ideas that many families agree were essential homeschooling supplies when they were at the preschool homeschool stage.


Books, Books, And More Books


Easy access to books helps develop a love of reading and is truly an essential of any preschool homeschool. If you haven’t already, start creating your own home library and keep all the books within easy reach of your child.


If you need some ideas, take a look around online. There is a wide range of possibilities for excellent books for a preschool homeschool. Look for some reviews from other homeschoolers, and select what you think you and your child would enjoy.


Get Yourself (And Your Child) A Library Card


Along these same lines, make sure you patronize your local library frequently! Get to know the librarian’s name(s), and come regularly. Help your child select books, and check out some for yourself too, involving your child in the process whenever possible. It’s never too early for a homeschooler to learn how to use the library system!


Libraries also sometimes offer special events (that are usually free!) in addition to regular programs for young children like story hour. It’s a great way learn about new things, and sometimes, you might even get to meet new friends there too!


Make Learning The Basics Fun With Board Games


Young children can learn a lot through games. Some board games are obviously educational, but others are just plain fun; and even they can teach preschoolers a lot. In addition to the subject matter of the game, a child can learn things like how to take turns, basic counting, following the game rules, and depending on the game, number recognition and a bit of reading. Not bad for a “game!” You can find some really unique games in homeschooling supply catalogues and online, but regular “old” games like Connect Four, Candy Land, and Checkers are perfect too.


Manipulatives For Math And More


Manipulatives are most often associated with teaching math, but are really any model, block, tile, etc. that can assist a student in working out a problem regardless of the subject. In addition to the wide array of manipulatives available for exploring math, there are also science, and phonics manipulatives that can make learning new skills more “hands on” and, for certain learning styles, easier.


Manipulatives are a great resource for the introduction of these concepts in the preschool homeschool, and are available online or anywhere else where you might find homeschooling supplies.


As you continue on your homeschooling journey, you’ll surely find other homeschooling supplies that you would describe as essential. Products are always changing, and of course, our children are always changing.


Each year homeschooling you will also gain a better idea of your child’s learning style, and interests, as well as your own homeschooling philosophy. But, if you start off with these tried and true homeschooling supplies for the preschool homeschool, you and your child will definitely enjoy your very first year of homeschooling!

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