Successful Homeschooling: What It Takes

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Homeschooling requires four basic things: time, temperament, resources, and passion. If you’re thinking of homeschooling your child this school year, make sure that you have a lasting supply of these. There are also a lot of decisions to make, which can be overwhelming. But still, nothing is too difficult to do with enough knowledge and preparation, right?

Just follow this step-by-step guideline that covers everything you should know before taking charge of your kiddie’s education. Same with doing any other project, it starts with research and investigation, and ends with noting the common pitfalls.

Research on options

images (3)You’ll be presented options according to your kiddie’s age and education level – early education (Kinder 1 & 2), Grade School, or High School. Institutions like VCIS Homestudy, for instance, offers electives, foreign languages, and Bible studies other than local subjects. This month is the best time for you to research and prepare, as school term is ending on March.

Get ideas from the web and printed resources, visit libraries, and speak with other parents who homeschool their child. As you do this, you’d realize if you’re making the right decision and whether or not it’s good for your entire family. To know more about homeschooling and open universities in the philippines, click here.

Know the requirements

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Homeschooling is legal in the Philippines and is accredited by DepEd. There are actually no requirements to submit to the government when you decide to homeschool your kid. What you should know, however, is how to get DepEd accreditation when you finally decide to enroll your child in a regular school. As the legal compulsory age for school attendance is 6 to 12 years, some parents seek accreditation only when their kids begin grade school. Others only do so upon transferring their kiddies to regular schools.

To get started on your homeschooling program for your kiddie, research the homeschool programs with DepEd accreditation as you visit this link. Your child should take exams such as the Philippine Validating Test (PVT) or those offered at the Center for Educational Measurement Inc. (CEM) to get assessed.

After choosing a particular homeschooling institution, coordinate with them regarding the list of their requirements. Ask if there are records to maintain, reports to submit, and other tests to take.

Decide on the curriculum

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Curricula are bought directly from the homeschooling institution. It normally comes with a list of text and workbooks that teach about reading, writing, and arithmetic. As mentioned in the options part, some institutions offer foreign languages and electives other than the local subjects for grade school and high school children. You can also buy materials catering to different child interests as you attend conventions and curriculum fairs that showcase various homeschool publications.

List specific goals

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After prepping a homeschooling space in your house, write a list of what you want to accomplish. This will vary according to your child’s age and edicational level. There are many things to consider other than the academics, such as your kiddie’s physical activity, socialization with other kids, and extracurricular activities. Talk with other parents to get ideas, visit your local community center, and refer to printed ads and listings.

Make a personal schedule

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Create a plan that specifically meets the goals you listed above. This will help you keep things organized and focus on your mission. Find a book that will help you make a detailed homeschooling schedule to get started. Break up the schedule to each academic subject you want to work on.

Decide also on how you hope to break up the learning week by week. There should be field trips and visits to the library. Never forget you can adapt your schedule to your kiddie’s needs, as flexibility is the primary reason you considered homeschooling.

Note the common pitfalls

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Take the time you need to understand the issues that often discourage beginners, which you’ll learn about by joining a support group. Examples are committing to a curriculum too early and purchasing a costly package that doesn’t suit your kiddie’s learning style.

Despite all the pitfalls mentioned above, remember that you’ll learn as you go. Adjustment to the freedom and flexibility are among the challenges you’ll have to face. You’ll be defining yourself as you go along homeschooling your kiddie. Drop the worries and take the time you need to ensure success in this parenthood project.

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Boost your Kiddies’ Early Literacy Skills through Technology

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Reading is a gateway to future success in school and in life. Strong literacy skills are closely linked to the probability of having a good job, decent earnings, self-improvement, and access to training opportunities. Individuals with weak literacy skills are more likely to be unemployed or, if employed, to be in jobs that pay little or that offer poor hours or working conditions.

It is crucial to start early if we are to develop the skills our children need to be successful. The National Institute for Literacy identified the five most important skills to learn in the early years as: Alphabet knowledge, Phonological awareness, Rapid automatized naming, Writing letters and phonological memory. Here are ways you can use technology to help improve these precursor literacy skills:

Image1) Alphabet Knowledge. The ability to know about the names and sounds associated with printed letters. Use the keyboard to lead your child into recognizing letters of the alphabet. To make it extra exciting for your child, make the teaching session seem like a game. Propose a race in typing the ABC (in order). Let him beat you by a split second to motivate your child!

2) Phonological Awareness. The ability to detect and manipulate the auditory aspects of a spoken word. Sound out the letters as your child uses the keyboard. Start by letting your child type out her name and the names of your family members. Let her spell simple words as you sound out the letters, like M-A-T or D-O-G.

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3) Phonological Memory. The ability to remember content of spoken language for a short period of time. Download an application with nursery rhymes and children’s songs. Help your child memorize these rhymes. As your child becomes more familiar with sounds and rhymes, open up a word processing program and write a simple word, such as NET. Let your child type as many rhyming words as possible (GET, LET, PET). Make finer distinctions and build new words by inserting or changing sounds. Focus on left to right eye movement as you rhyme, since both of these skills will be a big help with reading readiness.

images (1)4) Writing letters. Download a drawing or painting app. Drawing is a precursor to writing. Ask him to draw what he did that day. Let him dictate the story to you. Let him sign his name on his art work. As he becomes more familiar with the alphabet letters, download apps that teach your child letter tracing.

5. Rapid Automatized Naming. The ability to quickly name aloud colors, objects, pictures, and letters presented in random. Download applications that present symbols and illustrations to your child. Observe y how quickly your child is able to identify these representations. Speed may be a good indicator of reading competence.

Use what technology today offers to your child’s advantage. With the latest gadgets and kiddie apps, helping your child learn the essential skills for school has never been this fun, cool, and easy! Get valuable information, tips, and strategies on raising children in the digital age. Click here for FREE UPDATES

Tips for Choosing Appropriate Applications and Media for Children

coverWith the release of touch-based devices like tablets and smart phones, children are able to explore the world of technology at an even younger age. Gone are the days when parents had to wait for their children to be ready to deal with the complexities of manipulating a computer keyboard and mouse. Many parents now turn to apps and digital media to entertain, educate, or simply distract their children. But with so many options, recommendations, and user ratings available, choosing the right apps and media for their kids becomes such a daunting task. Here are a few guidelines parents can use to make informed decisions on which apps to download – and which to avoid:

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