Homeschool Classroom Setting

If at all possible, the homeschool education classroom setting should be a specific room, or at least an area of the home. And even better, this room or area should only be used for your homeschool education organization. It’s important that your students associate this room with that of focus and learning. If a separate area for home study schooling is not possible then make sure the area you do use is free from clutter and other non topical material that could be distraction when the home school is in session.

Allowing for, and keeping your homeschool classroom organized is also a key ingredient for success. Not only should you provide for your organizational needs but let’s not forget about the child’s homeschool supplies and materials too! Be creative with the space you have. You don’t need a big budget to get your classroom organized and setup. Use various sizes of boxes for cubby holes. Even bigger boxes could serve as partitions for the room! These boxes can even be painted (instead of your walls!) and have educational accomplishments even stuck on them…. You get the picture! And, if needed, at the end of each day they can be folded up and put away!

Visual materials for the home education are a must. If you don’t have a big chalkboard, invest in an easel and a big flip chart type notepad. Always sitting next to the child or children isn’t always the best way to illustrate instruction. For one, you hand will generally always be in the way so the student can’t see your visualizations as you speak. When this happens your verbal instruction doesn’t match what the child is able to see. Kind of like watching one of those foreign films where the English is dubbed in! The conversation has already happened before you see their lips move!

Of course, there are many aspects and pieces to a successful homeschool education. The home school classroom is but one of them. With a little planning and some attention to detail, as a homeschooler, you will create an environment that is conducive to the child’s learning.

 

The Everything Homeschooling Book

Have you ever wondered how many hours a day that your child should be schooling? Or what schedule would be best for your family? Maybe you’re in need of a change in the way you school to bring that excitement back again? How about those of you who are nervous about homeschooling in the teen years? Would you like a list of websites to use in your schooling? If you’d like a book about EVERYTHING, then you may want to read this book.

So just what is the answer to how many hours a day your child does need to school? “Even though most traditional school days are approximately six hours long, you and your child won’t need to sit at a desk in your home for five or six hours each day. Some states may require you to keep a daily schedule and attendance record, showing that you homeschool a certain number of hours a day, 180 days a year, but the hours and days can be flexible. Chapter 8 of this book talks more about daily schedules and record keeping. On average, the time required to focus on core skills (reading, math, language arts, social studies, and science) can be broken down per age group as follows:

* Preschool and kindergarten: 30 to 60 minutes

* Elementary ages: 60 – 90 minutes

* Middle-school ages: 1 1/2 to 3 hours

* High-school ages: 2 to 4 hours

The Everything Homeschooling Book provides up-to-date information on: State homeschool departments of education, religious and secular homeschooling, sources for curriculum guidelines by grade level, packaged curriculum programs, homeschooling multiple children, and the list goes on, and on.

Sherri Linsenbach is a former teacher, tutor and homeschool parent. She is also the founder and president of HomeschoolFun.com, a leading online homeschool magazine. This 305-page book is packed full of information. Check it out and see for yourself!

Creative Home Schooling for Gifted Children by Lisa Rivero

“We home school, in the words of Annemarie Roeper, to educate for life rather than simply to educate for success.”

In the aftermath of the 911 bombings, when Lisa Rivero was finishing writing this book, realization came to her of exactly how profound of a statement this actually was. She says, “I began to understand on a new level. We don’t learn about architecture or read great books or study world countries in order “to home school.” We home school so that we’re free to learn about life in its unpredictable complexity. We home school to ask questions and to seek answers for ourselves, to put ourselves in another’s place, to begin to forge new connections and relationships for a new global community, to do our small part as citizens of the world.”

Says author, David H. Albert, author of “And the Skylark Sings with Me: Adventures in Homeschooling and Community-Based Education, “Giftedness, whether of the intellectual or other varieties, exists on a continuum like most other characteristics.”

Parents of gifted children face unique challenges that are seldom discussed or taken seriously by other parents or school personnel,” says Lisa. “While parents should not become preoccupied with a child’s potential nor should they organize the entire family around the gifted child, it is extremely beneficial for parents to be aware of:

(1) why their children seem different, and

(2) that the difference is real and necessitates unique parenting and educational approaches.

I cannot adequately describe the relief I felt when I finally met other parents who, like me, were accused of being pushy when their young children taught themselves to read before school age, or who felt helpless as they watched their child’s extreme and painful sensitivity, or who struggled to keep up with the reasoning powers of a six-year-old asking a question a minute.”

This book, and its 400 pages, is a wealth of information! Chapters cover subjects such as: Traits of Giftedness, Social and Emotional Needs, Intellectual Needs, Learning Styles – Learning With a Difference, Creating Your Home School Approach, Your Creative Home School Toolbox, and chapters on Paperwork, Documentation, & Testing, Special Topics, plus so much, much more.

In her book are also sections on Resources for Gifted Children, References, publishers who offer curriculum for gifted students, websites to help parents of gifted children, software companies, and more. If you think your child is gifted, or you are looking for support in educating your gifted child, then I would seriously recommend that you check into owning this book. I believe that you can glean a lot from it!