Accepting change…

School’s been going for a while now… how are you doing? Are you loving the homeschool curriculum that you chose to use for teaching your fifth graders this year? If not, and things aren’t going as planned… why not change? So many people are afraid of changing mid stream, when in reality it just may be the best thing that they could do.

Sit down and make a list of the things that you dislike about your current curriculum, make a list of how your children learn, and then use this list to find a curriculum that will meet you needs… and CHANGE. You’ll make the difference between existing all year and enjoying your homeschooling!

Learning with Strength

Every person, every individual has a specific strong point. They may have more than one, but each of us has something that we do well. Why is it when we educate we don’t maximize this potential? Instead we seek to make everyone conform to the same level by focusing on their weaknesses.

Wouldn’t it revolutionize education if we instead focused on each child’s strengths and allowed them to perfect these until they were masters at what they enjoyed doing? It sounds rather strange, but there are many people who educate their children in this method… and believe me it really works. No, they don’t allow them to skip their online math if they don’t do well at it. They just don’t make them go through all the advanced maths if that isn’t their forte. Educating a child’s strengths really could change their lives.

Independent children

Making your children independent can be frustrating but also liberating. If you invest the time to teach your children how to do something instead of just doing it for them, you will make a difference in their life. Too many parents make the mistake of doing everything for their children. This only brings about children that are dependent on you.

This same principle applies to education. During your the time that you are homeschooling, if you can make your child an independent learner, they will be a lifelong learner. Using an online homeschool curriculum is a great way to teach them to be more independent, as most online programs, do not require as much parental hovering.Teaching them how to find answers to their questions. How to look things up in books, find ways to get what they are looking for. All of this is what makes independent learners, and once you have one… they will keep on learning for a lifetime!

Start Up To Do List

Getting back to school? I love this time of year, the leaves are falling, the students are all back to school, it is just time to learn… like it’s in the air or something. There are a few things that I love to do as we are getting back to school. One of these is going through all of my old homeschooling stuff and tossing or selling what we don’t need. Another is reviewing what we did the year before. Did we like it, or was it a terrible year? One of the final things I do before we start schooling is to write a list of the goals and objectives that I would like to see us accomplish this year. If I keep this in mind each year, we will have something to aim for!

Top 5 Resources for Science

I love teaching and learning about science. Science can get overwhelming even when you are teaching fifth grade. There are always ways to make it interesting and fun, which may be why I love it so much. I hope that over the years I have been able to instill this love into my children. Yet, with each year there are a few favorite things that I use to help instill this.

1) Make sure science is fun!
2) Watch fun and interesting science videos
3) Make sure you do lots of cool science projects
4) Participate in an elementary science fair projects                                  5) Go and see some of the science stuff that you have studied about           6) Keep a science journal

What’s up with Online Learning?

Teaching fifth grade can be a challenging prospect. Yet, if you can do, and get them motivated you will have been successful! But what is the key? Fifth graders are at an age that they still need to do, and to have fun. They can’t be made to listen to lectures or to sit still all day. Using a curriculum that is engaging, fun, and motivating can be the key to this successful learning.

An online homeschoool curriculum that is designed well, and not just reviews but also teaches subject matter to the student is a great way to homeschool. This can be one of the most effective means of educating a child today. They are interested in having fun – why not give it to them… in the form of education?

Wanting to Homeschool?

Been thinking about homeschooling for while? Are you searching the web checking out homeschool sites just to see what this type of education looks like? I don’t blame you! In fact, if I were you I would be looking for everything I could find about homeschooling. Did you know that homeschooling is the fastest growing method of education today? It really is. There is an estimated 2 million plus homeschoolers in the U.S. today. This outstanding growth has been spurred by a dissatisfaction with the government system of education. Parents are seeing that they can easily educated their children better without the politically correct indoctrination. So, if you are wanting to homeschool, figure out what type of family your are, how you would want to school, and then find a homeschool curriculum that matches those goals.

Qualified or not?

Do you ever worry about whether or not you are qualified to teach your children? To be honest, a lot of homeschool parents worry about this same thing. Though in reality if they are concerned, that shows that they really shouldn’t worry. You see if you really care about your child’s education, you will be trying to teach them to the best of your ability. Often this combined with one-on-one care and learning time, will give the child greater gains in achievement than having a teacher with a Ph.D. A concerned parent that knows their child is a better teacher than a stranger with many degrees. Plus, there are always great online programs and learning games out there they can help you, if you do need that extra help.

Be confident, that if you really care, you will find ways to make sure your child is receiving the best education that you can give them.

Making Learning Fun

Fifth graders are still young enough to want to play and have a great time while they are learning. You can make this possible in your own homeschool by incorporating educational games and exciting projects into your daily routine. Homeschooling is a great way to make learning fun, and using every teachable moment to do this can make for awesome learning experiences.

Your children are naturally learners. There is a natural inquisitiveness within each of them. So, it turns to us to bring this out in a constructive manner. What better way, than by using fun experiences to do it! From projects (science fair, gardening, etc) to field trip learning. Fifth graders are ready for fun!

Classical or Not?

You hear a lot of buzz about classical education these days. What does it really mean? Well, classical educuation was formally organized in the middle ages. It involved teaching the trivium or otherwise known as “readin’, ritin’, and rithmetic.” Though in those days they were referred to as logic, mathematics, and theology. There is a revival of this type of education in general, and even more so in homeschooling.

For me, it is a reintroducing of a few areas that I feel we have been letting go of in our education in America. One of these is the study of Latin, the other is the study of logic. Some people refer to this as critical thinking. Yet, both of these were foundational education pieces for many of our highly educated founding fathers.