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School tests a ‘classic failure’
LITTLETON – Standardized tests used to rate Colorado public schools are a “classic failure” and need to be replaced with a better system, said John Hickenlooper, the Democratic candidate for governor.

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One of the greatest myths that exist about the homeschooling phenomenon is that children who learn at home will not develop the necessary social skills needed for later in life. This belief is due to a narrow view of the process of socialization and a misunderstanding of homeschooling in general.

Socialization can occur in many forms. Sitting in a public school classroom with 20 other children is one limited form. In fact, homeschoolers have the opportunity to engage in a wide variety of social situations that a typical school setting would not allow. Homeschoolers who have siblings have a built in social environment in the family unit. They are able to learn communication skills and problem solving skills through daily interaction with their brothers or sisters. Attending church and/or a weekly Sunday school class also gives homeschoolers interaction with other children their age, in addition to adults. Children who attend homeschooling groups have interaction with other students of various ages, teaching them how to socialize with older and younger children.

The very nature of the homeschool curriculum gives homeschooling families a flexible schedule. Students are free to join groups such as the 4-H club, the Girl Scouts or the Boy Scouts, or clubs offered by the local YMCA. In fact, local homeschoolers can get together and can start their own clubs! What a great opportunity to learn about responsibility and leadership.

Parents of homeschoolers can take an active role in the socialization of their children. There are many options to pursue. The first step is to find other homeschoolers in the area. There will be a ready bond between homeschool students because of their shared educational experiences. Another step is to find out which clubs are available for their children to join. There were several previously mentioned, but organized sports can also offer a great outlet for social interaction. Many skills can be learned from playing on a local soccer or baseball team, such as maintaining a positive attitude, working well with other people, and being a responsible member of a larger group.

Taking homeschoolers to the local park where other children in the community play is an easy way to give them social interaction with peers. There are also many opportunities for volunteer activities for homeschoolers to participate in. Places like nursing homes, soup kitchens, and state parks are always looking for eager helpers. Being a volunteer teaches homeschool students that they are a part of a larger community and each community member has the responsibility to serve where they are willing and able.

The next time someone tells you that they do not think homeschooling allows for the proper socialization of children, you can just smile and explain how they are mistaken!

Mimi Rothschild is a homeschooling mother of eight, accomplished author, and Founder and C.E.O. of The Southern Baptist Academy.

Rothschild launched the home educating academy because she saw a need for an affordable alternative to the public school specifically for families answering the call to Exodus coming from Southern Baptist Convention Leaders. It is her sincere prayer that Southern Baptists will be able to use the K-12 program in order to achieve academic excellence and moral soundness. The Southern Baptist Academy is an online private homeschool that offers students a world-class Kingdom education alternative.

You can read more at the Southern Baptist Academy blog.

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HIGH SCHOOL ROUNDUP: Jeff tennis defeats Creek 3-2 despite Perkins’ upset
Silver Creek’s No. 1 tennis singles player Jacob Perkins upset Jeffersonville’s Patrick Elliott, 6-1, 6-4, but the 11th-ranked Red Devils prevailed 3-2 in the contest between Clark Counties top two boys’ tennis program.  

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School expenses may be tax deduction
BATON ROUGE – Louisiana families are reminded to retain receipts as documentation for back-to-school items that might be eligible for the Louisiana School Tuition and Expense Tax Deduction.

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A former elementary school teacher decides to homeschool her own children

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New Christian school to open in Lincoln
A new Christian school in Benton County is set to open its doors to students in August. The motto of the school is “where each one can reach one.” According to Administrator Pamela Keller, the school will be called Evangel Christian Academy.

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  • ISBN13: 9781600651007
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  • Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.

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Chandra Byers is a homeschooling mother of six, and David Byers has a Ph.D. in education and teaches education at the college level. Their oldest is now attending college on a scholarship, after having been homeschooled all her life. With their combination of experience and expertise, they show us how parents can continue to homeschool their children through high school in subjects for which they are not experts. Not only that, but they demonstrate how these home-ta… More >>

College-Prep Homeschooling: Your Complete Guide to Homeschooling Through High School

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Learn how to teach kids to read through homeschooling in this free home schooling and tutoring video clip. Expert: Matt Nisjak Bio: Matt Nisjak has been dedicated to education through homeschooling and tutoring for many years. Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz

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What should I do next; grade the math test or tackle the laundry? Homeschooling at the Speed of Life gives busy homeschooling mothers a thoughtfully thorough resource for bringing order back to their home. In tune with today’s pace, the book provides basic home-management principles, teaching parents how to de-clutter their homes, develop life skills in their children, tame the paper monster, and keep organized records. Also emphasized are ways to bu… More >>

Homeschooling at the Speed of Life: Balancing Home, School, And Family in the Real World

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School Notes
Cass 63 Foundation for Educational Excellence will host a Vegas at the village golf outing and dinner beginning with the golf outing 12:30 p.m. June 4 at Village Greens Golf Course, Woodridge.

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