When our middle daughter Madison was in preschool, we noticed that she was not learning as fast, or processing things as well as our first daughter had at that age. We didn’t think much about it, and didn’t get to concerned because we thought she would outgrow it, that she would catch up. That did not happen, and this is where our story begins.
Reader’s theater is one of the best ways to improve reading fluency and comprehension. The Act One website has a number of free scripts with home school learning in mind. The staging is simple enough that most plays can be performed in schools or churches. Each play has a biblical theme and a clear presentation of the gospel.
BANK ACCOUNT. Want to teach your children what’s involved in writing checks, making deposits and keeping accurate records? This game is great for older children and will allow them to practice real-life transactions such as making car payments and buying groceries. Recommended for grades 5-12.
There are many studies proving that playing an instrument causes your brain to develop in both hemispheres. At a home school malaysia fair I exhibited in, one of the moms stopped by our booth to tell us how much her teenage daughter loved my worship guitar instructional program. She came back later to add that all of her daughter’s grades went up and that she believes it was related to learning the guitar.
Doug Pratt of the Michigan Education Association (a union), complains, “Now we’re going to put in a program that takes money away from neighborhood schools and provides it to help fund the college tuition of private-school and home-school students? It doesn’t make sense.” The local private schools aren’t neighborhood schools, sir? The home schooled are not part of the neighborhood, sir? Hubris on your part, my friend. Hubris.
Taking my needs and wants into consideration, I began to assemble a group of families that I thought would be interested in enjoying a home school training cooperative class with me. I wanted to be sure that I was inviting the best families for the co-op’s success. I went looking for the kind of people who are comfortable with learning “outside the box”. I really wanted them to be people who are thoroughly involved in their own child’s education. I didn’t want families that would try to use me as a cheap babysitting option.
Another thing to think about is this: Ever since your child was born you have been developing a bond with him/her. Then he turns five and you send him off to school. You lose precious and valuable time for building a relationship with your child. Homeschooling parents can continue building these bonds for many years.
Will you teach your children at home all the subject matter from first grade through high school? Are you sure you can even do that? Will you teach them first grade to sixth grade, perhaps junior high? How will you re-integrate them into the schools after doing so? Why not sit down with a piece of paper and answer these questions, and make sure you are satisfied with the answers before you choose to home school your children. Indeed, hope you please consider this.