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*Project Based Learning Article for Homeschoolers
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One of the primary responsibilities we have as parents is to make sure our children are trained/educated properly. I prefer to use the term "training or educating" instead of "schooling" because to me it's more appropriate. Kind of like using "children" instead of "kids". I fail quite a lot in my efforts there, but I like to use language appropriately, and frankly, my children aren't goats...I don't like the connotations there. The whole sheep and goats thing troubles me. Why would we want to call our children goats. Sorry, I got sidetracked for a moment, but I think it's worth considering.
Every Family has different dynamics that make it a unique family. Every child has different characteristics that makes that child an individual. There isn't a one size fits all approach to education that works for every child. As parents, we have a dedicated interest in our child and we know better than anyone what makes our child/children unique. Identifying the learning style for each child is an important part of the homeschooling puzzle.
Here's an article that may inspire you to get started http://newswithviews.com/Turtel/joel24.htm
If that didn't do it watch the video Indoctrination. It's a crash course in "Why Homeschool?" http://indoctrinationmovie.com/
FYI - I have a beef with most homeschool history curriculum. One thing you'll notice when looking into homeschooling for the first time is that it tends to have a very loud "patriotic evangelical" voice. This tends to irritate me a bit, but it is what it is. This is a manufactured worldview for mass consumption in my opinion. I think there's a need for an alternative viewpoint curriculum that doesn't come draped in a flag and carrying a cross...to borrow part of a quote from Sinclair Lewis. Much of the history curriculum will focus on that particular worldview. We've been using Brother Gregory's books to supplement areas where there just aren't very good options. Regardless of what curriculum you use, I think you should involve yourself in what your child is learning. Correct the propaganda where you see it and make sure your children are questioning what they read. Discussions are important!
Whether it's time, vacation, curriculum, or whatever, homeschooling offers the family the ability to make choices that are best for that family.
- Community Building
Homeschooling brings families together with other like minded families who can share ideas, resources, and counsel to each other. Everyone brings a different skill set to the community. When you homeschool and make an effort to find other homeschoolers, you'll find a valuable new circle of friends ready to help you succeed. Homeschool co-ops are a great resource for meeting other homeschool families.
- Learn New Skills
- Taking Responsibility
Taking Responsibility for training/educating your children is part of loving your neighbor. The responsibility is yours...take it by the horns! When you rely on the state, you're actually coveting/stealing from your neighbor through the agency of a government willing to use violence. If you doubt this, try not paying property taxes and see what happens.
- Learn What You Didn't Learn The First Time
- Customize the Learning Experience for YOUR Child
Education doesn't have to be one size fits all
- Limit Indoctrination by the State
When YOU train YOUR children, you're not competing with the world as much for their hearts and minds. If your children are spending 6 - 8 hours a day soaking up other peoples worldview, you're going to have a problem on your hands at some point
- For More on "Why Home School"? Watch the documentary film, IndoctriNATION, click here for trailers
Schools as Tools Has someone used the modern public schools to mold the minds of America for their own purposes.  Printable 5" X 8 1/2" Pamphlets Standard 8 1/2"X 11" Print Friendly
Lots of information here about how to get connected with the homeschool community wherever you are and good how to get started information. See the GROUPS link for co-op information.
General Curriculum Information
- Reviews on various curriculum, all subjects:
http://cathyduffyreviews.com/ Also, check out her top 100 picks - the advantage to something like this site is that she doesn't play favorites w/ one curriculum provider. She chooses the providers who are best at what they do - making it easier to tailor your child's education to their talents & interests.
- Reviews & Additional Resources
- Homeschool Rescource Catalog
Small company that puts together packages of some of the best curriculum, including educational toys, for birth through high school (yes, birth!)
- Popular "Box" Type Structured Curriculum
Here's an example of a "box" type curriculum - everything you need to teach comes in a box from the same company....they do some things well & some things are pretty dry.....but sometimes a highly structured, scripted plan can help get you started
- Literature Based Christian Curriculum
- Mennonite Inspired (Thanks Michael D.)
- Self-Teaching Curriculum (Thanks Paul B.)
- Classical Curriculum
http://www.memoriapress.com/ Online Courses Available
http://www.veritaspress.com/ Online Courses Available
Specific Course Curriculum
http://fallacydetective.com/ Really helps your children to develop discernment. Cuts through the propaganda like a hot knife. Teaches children how to debate effectively.
- Foreign Language
http://www.rosettastone.com/ Any language you can think of.
http://www.littlepim.com/ Foreign Language for the Little Ones - Get them started early!
http://www.memoriapress.com/ Latin/Classical Instruction
http://www.veritaspress.com/ Latin/Classical Instruction
http://www.apologia.com/ Creation Based Science Curriculum
http://www.mathusee.com/ Uses manipulatives and videos to teach math
Various Methods Overview
Excellent overview of various methods & styles of homeschooling w/ links to a few companies that support each (there are hundreds more in each category though!). We did pretty straight classical for our first 5-6 years but have transitioned to eclectic & self taught as our children entered high school. Our pre-ks are getting more Charlotte Mason & Montessori right now & will probably stay there awhile ;0)
- Homeschooling on a Shoestring Budget
Just like the name says, homeschooling on a shoestring! No or low cost ways to educate your children at home....this link is actually more of the above as far as methods but the site has a lot more to explore...more below on free or low cost curriculum
- Free Charlotte Mason-type lessons for k-12
- Old Fashioned, but pretty good stuff & free
- Introduction to Montessori Methods at Home
- The Wal-Mart of Homeschool Resources
- Project Based Learning Article for Homeschoolers
- Toys from Trash
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