We started to homeschool Ben in K5. It had been an amazing experience. That time I didn't need to search for ways to motivate my child to learn his lessons.
Sadly, we had to stop homeschooling due to hardships within the family and after moving into a country where home education was - and still is - considered illegal.
By the time we started to homeschool again, Ben had already gone through 6 years of public school education. We thought: Better late than never. Having 4 years of compulsory education ahead of us we have found it well worth to give it a try. We were longing to change his negative learning experience for the better and, most of all, prepare him for real life.
Looking back to our homeschooling experience: Would I do it again? Yes, but with a totally different kind of approach. No, if I would have to do it the same way again.
Explanation? That would be going beyond the scope of this post right now. So I'll leave that for another day's post. Let's move on to the topic of today's post:
Things to Consider Before Starting to Homeschool Your High School Student
Your Homeschool won't be as simple and easy as if you would have started from the beginning. You are not able to start from scratch. That's why you will need to consider a few things beforehand:
Remember that the learning process will certainly go slow at first. It will take a while until you and your child:
The most important thing is: Forget about grades and scoring at first. Resist the temptation to place your child in a certain grade level because of his age. Concentrate on the basics (reading, writing, arithmetic). Check his learning status frequently. You will soon discover deficiencies in one or the other subject. Don't worry. Keep going back in his education until you have found the point where learning had stopped. Re-learn facts and then move on from there. You might be surprised how quickly you will move forward once again after the missing link has been found.
Example: Don't try to force your child into learning percentages if he hasn't mastered fractions yet. It doesn't matter if percentages are suppose to be taught at his grade level! If that means that you and your child will have to go back two or more grades to (re) learn fractions then so be it.
The most rewarding thing about homeschooling is to discover the joy of learning together.
This is the last week of the 2019 summer holidays. Next week begins the new school year of 2019/2020. For some of us this means to start or to continue our homeschool adventure.
Yes, homeschooling is legal in Ireland. In the near future, I will go into more details about home education. Today I just wanted to share this short post for information purposes. If you are interested in homeschooling and already living in Ireland or thinking about immigrating to Ireland in the near future check out these two websites to gain further information:
Does God's Word tell us more about animals and our relationship to them? It surely does! It is amazing what God will reveal to us when we take the time to study the Bible for ourselves.
While writing part one, the foundation of my book, I have discovered verses in the Bible that talk about where dogs come from, how we should think about ownership, and the importance of how to treat animals.
I'm currently working on part two which will talk more about the practical aspects of dog training. In part three I intend to give advice on what to do when things have gone wrong. There is hope! Even an old dog can learn new tricks.
I'm excited to go on studying and researching more about dog training in the coming weeks and by God's grace I would love to have this project finished in October of this year.
As a writer, published or not, what project/s are you currently working on? What part of writing do you enjoy the most?
While doing an online search on various food processors I was exposed to some shocking pictures. After typing in the brand names and model numbers of appliances the search engine offered me a list of links and short descriptions. I went through the first few and everything was fine. However, after clicking on one of the listed links in the search engine the annoying “You have just won...” window popped up. Shaking my head, I closed it. Then, after that window had closed, the browser kept reloading and reloading and finally opened a window filled with obscene pictures. This was the last thing I had expected! I was shocked. I closed the window, cleared all history, went offline, and shut down the computer.
Honestly? I have been naive lately. I went online thinking this is no big deal. I switched to a different browser and search engine again and adjusted a few of the security and privacy settings. I'm glad that it wasn't my husband or a child who sat at the computer when this happened.
Thanks to the internet, there are more possibilities then ever to attend courses. It offers a wealth of articles, dictionaries and other fine resources. It opens great opportunities to study online and from the comfort of our homes. Many homeschoolers are taking advantage enrolling their children in online correspondence schools, too.
We need to be aware of the danger the world wide web brings along.
One way to guard our children is to limit their time and online access at the computer and on their mobile devices and to watch over them. Move the family's computer to a place inside the home where more than one pair of eyes can see what is going on at the screen. It's hard to restrict internet time in an age when “everybody” carries around a mobile device, I know. According to their age, change the security and privacy settings on their mobile phones. Don't shy away. So what if you are being called uncool? It's better to guard them too closely than to find them being exposed to something (or someone) that will result in devastating consequences that they will have to live with for the rest of their lives.
Remember that I have told you about Writing On a New Computer? I'm not using it as much for writing as I had planned to.
What's wrong with it? Nothing. You see, it's the way I have been using it lately. I'm spending far too much time online. Within a matter of minutes I'll get side-tracked. It's just so convenient not having to go through the effort of pulling the internet cable all the way to my (old) computer. Just one simple click and the Mac Mini's Wifi is on. Then, off I go, searching the world wide web. The online dictionary and thesaurus website is great for looking up specific words. At another address I type in a German word, click on the search button, and the English word is provided in an instant. I find answers in no time at all online – alongside with quickly reading the email that just popped in, tracking the parcel that is out for delivery today, and checking the status of an order I had placed last week. Later on, though, I'll regret that I have not accomplish as much writing as I would have liked to that day.
No, my new computer isn't the problem. It's not the internet's fault either. The Mac and the world wide web are neither good nor bad. It's how I'm using them. Don't get me wrong, I do appreciate my Mac Mini very much. It's a great little piece of technology. And, I'm still going online to do research and/or to check emails and orders, of course. But when it comes to writing, I like to keep that pure and distraction-free.
I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer. I was born and raised in Germany but I'm now living in the stunning Sunny South East of Ireland.