Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Simple is best

Ever feel like everything you are doing is so complicated? I have...but I have learned to try to keep things simple about our homeschooling endeavor. If I can stick with the primary objective...things go much smoother. I have friends who think that they have to make their children experts in every area. This is just crazy. The child will soon become frustrated with this type of thinking.

I have found that if we are getting bogged down in what we are doing, and I go back and simplify things - or get back to the basics so to speak - we have a much better day. If your child is struggling with a course - even if they have almost completed it...just have them go back and do it over. Don't ever try to push a child beyond what they truly are capable of. If your child is doing great with any of their seventh grade subjects and they are just eating up everything about it, let them fly! Encourage their strengths and let them find the knowledge that they are seeking in their studies. Finding the balance and keeping it simple is one of the keys to successful homeschooling!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Teaching Responsibility

It never ceases to amaze me at the great people that homeschooling produces. I have met a lot of young adults that are homeschooled and they are just really great people. Sadly, they are young people that are diametrically the opposite of what we often find in the school systems. The homeschooled young person is typically a mature, responsible, respectful young adult. But why?

I personally think that homeschooling teaches the young person responsibility simply by its nature. The nature of homeschooling brings the student to finding things out on their own, taking responsibility for their own actions, and the individuality that working independently brings. I also believe that removing the peer pressure from the mix of adolescence changes the whole scope of things. Instead of focusing on having the "best" clothes, and the right boyfriend, and listening to the coolest music - the homeschooled student can simply wear their jammies and focus on their seventh grade science! Staying at home removes alot of the issues of our modern society pressures.