Just two words that meant the world to a homeschool mom. She invested a lot of time and patience teaching her daughter to read. The little girl looked at her mom and walked to the fridge. She moved the ABC magnets around.
"C - æ - t. Cat."
Mom tried to catch her breath.
"Don't cry, mom! Why are you crying, mom?" the girl wanted to know.
"You've got it," mom replied.
"Yes," the girl grinned, "I can read now."
I wish all of our homeschool days were like that. Yes, we had a lot of fun in the beginning. However, the excitement didn't last long after our restart in 7th grade. In fact, I was ready to give up. I asked myself if homeschooling made any sense at all. Learning was slow, tough and senseless. We were in need of a complete turnaround. We longed to experience a progress in learning.
Learning progresses once the student is motivated to learn. You will not motivate him by drills of facts and formulas. Drill the facts, yes. By all means, teach the formulas. However, raw data will not be useful to the student unless he is able to apply it. Once he can make use of the facts and formulas learning will begin. As soon as he connects the new information given to things that are familiar to him learning will begin to make sense to him. Motivation comes by learning that is meaningful.
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:
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.
Jeremiah 6:16 had been one of the first verses I had come across while doing a research on the socialization* of homeschoolers:
Thus says the LORD:
Stand in the ways and see,
And ask for the old paths,
where the good way is,
And walk in it;
Then you will find rest for your souls.
But they said, “We will not walk in it.”
For many, many years, parents were the ones who taught their own children before sending them off to university.
O yes, there were many families in which neither father nor mother were capable of teaching the young ones. Most of the wealthy families hired a private teacher; the children of the others, who had not been so fortunate, might have never learned how to read or write.
Martin Luther longed to see all children, rich and poor, receiving a decent education. Some will say that he was eager to make schooling compulsory for every child. His main goal, however, was not to see children in school but for them to be able to read God’s Word.
As I read through my daily Bible reading this morning, I have come across the following verse:
And Elijah came to all the people, and said,
“How long will you falter between two opinions?
If the LORD is God, follow Him;
but if Baal, follow him.”
But the people answered him not a word.
(1 Kings 18:21 NKJV)
Immediately, I was reminded of Jeremiah 6:16 and challenged myself: Am I wavering between two opinions? And, if so, when — for what reason/s — do I hesitate to follow the LORD?
*I’m planning to write more on home education and the socialization within the homeschool family in the near future. So please stay tuned.
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.