Making Education Easier Does Not Have To Be A Fight

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Education should be something completely accessible, and something that’s easy to understand so everyone can learn. To make sure we are always learning something when we are in a learning environment, the way we teach sometimes has to change.

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There are so many ways to learn these days, thanks to freelancing teachers, online courses, and the like. And of course, homeschooling is something parents should look into at least once, to see if it really could benefit their child. But if you are someone who needs to take the matter a little more seriously, here are a couple of ideas to run with.

Not all kids can sit down and focus in a classroom, so make sure the education in your household is the easiest way for your child to learn!

 

Use a Computer

I would not push this for grades K-4, but once middle school comes around, a computer may become your best ally (translation: bargaining chip) as you deal with your child’s puberty issues and desire for cool technology.

Not only can you type out words and numbers faster, but you can access an entire world’s database of information, all from the comfort of a desk chair. So in your effort to make sure your child is having the best chance of succeeding despite attitude issues, you might have to get into Computerland after all. Games to help their maths skills, typing programs to help their spelling, videos to keep them visually stimulated; it’s all out there.

Not only can you use one for elementary means, but you can better foster a child’s intellectual and social development for higher education here too. Seeing as we can find programs such as a masters of engineering management online, it’s clear that a college degree can be obtained from the web as well. Gone are the days of questioning online degrees.

 

Learn in a Comforting Environment

School classrooms and corridors, potentially mean teachers, and having to find a friend to sit with at lunchtime really can give some kids anxiety. School phobia is a very real thing because of it. But there is a lot you can do about it, and helping your child to overcome any anxiety or get used to a school setting can be a gradual process you start at home.

Whether you want to home school them full time, or be part of a co-op, allowing you to take them on field trips and teach them something different outside of the main syllabus, is your choice. But either way is a good way to get kids to open up to learning, to make them want to find things out, and to retain the childhood curiosity that makes being young so magical.

Education is something that should be easy, there’s no doubt about that. Of course there are going to be challenging subjects and tests to take one day, but there should never be a gateway your child cannot enter in order to learn!

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Rush Revere Book Series

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We highly recommend the Rush Revere book series for your American history class. In short, we have enjoyed this five-book series (affiliate link) very much. Read on for details.

Rush Revere Book Series

Rush Revere Book Series

You all know we use The Story of the World for our history spine. I blog about the experience. The Rush Revere book series counts as our American history living books supplement.

Rush Revere book series

My son read a book a day, and so he finished them in less than a week. My daughter was at camp that week. She and I are catching up with big brother. We decided that I should read them aloud to her. It turns out, big brother wants to sit in. Therefore, we end up doing that magical thing all experts recommend: bonding through reading aloud. Continue reading »

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Free Webinar – Preparing for High School

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This Wednesday, August 8, at 3pm Eastern, Matthew Bullington with UniversityReady.com will be presenting a free webinar exclusively for Homeschool Ways readers. First of all, Mr. Bullington will share about preparing for high school and how to simplify the high school experience. In addition, he will provide you with three PDF downloads that will help you get organize with your goal setting and follow-up.

Preparing for high school webinar

To sign up for the webinar, click here. I am excited about this new partnership between HomeschoolWays.com and UniversityReady.com. Even more, I am excited to provide my readers with access to experts who can help. Continue reading »

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Generation Genius Science Curriculum

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Today I want to tell you about Generation Genius science curriculum. This program consists of 36 videos, 12 minutes each, on major science topics that we should cover in grades 3-5.

Every video comes with a lesson plan, a vocabulary list, a teacher guide, and activities to do before and after watching the video. Generation Genius was produced through a partnership with the National Science Teachers Association.

Generation Genius Videos

My children watching Generation Genius videos

My children will be in 3rd grade and 5th grade respectively this Fall, so this curriculum fits our needs very well. I can see how younger or older children would like it, too. The videos entertain, besides delivering solid scientific concepts. Continue reading »

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How to Prepare for College Free Webinar

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I am excited to announce a new partnership between HomeschoolWays.com and UniversityReady.com. It all starts with a free webinar, High School Simplified, on August 8, at 3pm EST. The topic is, in a nutshell, how to prepare for college.

UniversityReady.com helps families be ready for college. Besides test preparation, they will give you a way to sift through the many choices and opportunities available.

How to prepare for college webinar

Personally, I have always wanted to learn how to prepare for college. Some homeschoolers do not necessarily see college as a goal for their children. I do.

 

Degree or no degree?

Sometimes, a computer whiz starts his own IT consulting business at 16. As he progresses, no college professor can teach him anything anymore. Sure, we understand such situations exist. Continue reading »

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Kids U Summer Camps

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The University of Tennessee in Knoxville runs a program called Kids U Summer Camps every summer, i.e. courses for children grades 3rd-12th in diverse fields. From computers to arts and cooking, your child can study a new field or deepen her knowledge of a field she already likes.

Kids U Summer Camps

Our daughter on the first day attending App Attack

Kids U Summer Camps demand a lot out of me. I have to drive two hours both ways to get there. But we do it anyway. Kids U courses happen for one week, Monday-Friday for three hours every day. This translates to a five-hour day at a minimum for us. Continue reading »

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Cohutta Springs Youth Camp

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Our children attend Cohutta Springs Youth Camp every year – five days or one week, depending on their age. The 7-9 age group only stays from Sunday through Friday. The 10-12 age group stays from Sunday through Sunday.

Cohutta Springs Youth Camp banana boat ride

Our daughter (front right) enjoying a banana boat ride with friends

This marked our first year when our oldest, who is 10, attended the one-week camp. Of course, he loved it. He was also so homesick by Friday, he almost talked to his counselor (staff member in charge of his cabin) to let him go home. But then he prayed and decided to tough it out. Continue reading »

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2018 String Camp

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Whew! What a week! Driving to Knoxville for one hour and 20 minutes every morning starting at 7:30am, sitting through two hours and 30 minutes of string camp every day, then driving home for another 80 minutes. After lunch, I gave them a break.

Knoxville String Camp

My children on the first day of String Camp

Late afternoon, they had to practice for 30 minutes to cement the skills learned that morning. It was not an easy week for any of us, but we made it through. They started String Camp rather reluctantly, but by Tuesday they were singing the tunes they were practicing in their respective orchestras. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 13

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Although it is summer break for us, the kids keep asking for more history. We need to finish volume 4 anyway before the new school year starts back up, so I am glad to oblige.

Khachkar craft - Armenian carved "stone" bas relief

Khachkar craft – Armenian carved “stone” bas relief

Chapter 13 deals with the old-fashioned emperor of Brazil and Abdulhamid II, one of the last sultans of the Ottoman Turks. Ms. Bauer manages to explain causes and effects of historic facts very well. Continue reading »

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Story of the World, Vol. 4, Chapter 11

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This chapter covered a bandit from Australia and the scramble for Africa between European nations. Very exciting indeed!

Textured map of Africa - craft

Gluing different textures to the map of Africa, representing different European countries.

The craft we chose was to make a textured map of Africa. We have never made a textured map of anything before. I was surprised the kids were so excited about it, as they usually shun anything that requires glue.  Continue reading »

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