Getting Closer With Your Children Through Teaching Part 2

Assessing Your Child For Home Schooling.

So, You have considered the Home Schooling option. Well if you have read the first installment of this little series, on my previous hub then "good job!". If Not, you may wish to do so, before reading this installment. Assuming you have read the previous article, Let's get down to exploring more.

The  most important factor, in making the decision to home school, is finding out what problems or issues your child may have in school.  Taking the time to schedule a "parent/teacher" conference is very useful.  You are handed a basic road map as to where your child may head, once you take them out of school.  It also allows the parent to decide and plan a course of action to overcome concentration issues or study habits.

Once the parent /teacher conference is completed, talking to the child to find out what his/her issues maybe.  Do this without judgemental interruptions, as it will go along way when opening this dialogue. If the parent is confrontational, then the child may retaliate or withdraw from the discussion.  By sitting down and "really listening" you place a sign of importance upon the words spoken by the child..  If you listen carefully, you may be amazed on how effective your child will be in expressing what may be a solution to the issue(s).

By doing these initial steps, you will know if you and your family might find a "Fit" in the Home Schooling Program. Keep in mind, there are times that you will have to reschedule and budget time for the child's learning experience, to be successful.

Block Learning or Traditional Open Learning.

Due to working schedules, working at home with your children's educational needs, may seem to be prohibitive. Depending on your families schedule there are a couple of methods which may fit nicely, within your plans and needs of the children.

"Block Learning" is the use of a daily allotment of time, to dedicate to one or two subjects. This allows for scheduling one or two subjects for one day, and another block on alternating days. We found that this is the best for us, as it allows my wife and I, to continue with our daily routine and leaves time for us to help the children when they are stuck.

"Traditional Learning" takes all required subjects and requires the child to accomplish specific goals on a daily basis. We found that this places most of the teaching and tutoring upon the shoulders of one parent. By doing this, it was noticed in our situation that the parent whom was not participating was being shut out by the children. On the other hand, we noted in one situation, the kids started resenting the parent whom was working with them constantly.

Give Your Children A Voice

Which ever program you decide on for home schooling, let your children have an active choice in as many details as possible. This will go a long way in their adapting to the idea of being taught by you, the parent.  We also found that by sitting down with the kids and telling them that part of thier schooling with be to teach you, goes a long way.

Look, we are parents and we are human.  Our children love to place us on a pedestal.  It will be shocking to both you and them for you to admit to them, that you are not "all Knowing". Many of us have been out of the educational arena, for some time.  We must also admit that in that time, we have forgotten alot of material.  We need reminding of these facts from time to time.

When you feel comfortable telling your kids, that should there come a time you are not sure, or do not have a concrete answer, (not garbage to pacify, but honestly sound answers), you can both go and find the answer together.  Once an answer is located, sitting down with the children and discussing what was learned by everyone, will re-enforce the learning experience.

However, if this sounds like it will become "sour grapes", to the parent, then you might wish to leave the kids in school and go on about your business of earning a living.  No one will benefit, from a parent's putting down the child's views or becoming over-bearing to prove a point.

how many hours of home schooling do minor "American Idol" Contestants attend?

  • 7 Hours, to include all subjects required by thier state of residency.
  • 3 Hours, to include one to three subjects daily.
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