Are you new to homeschooling, or considering getting started? Read through articles that explore common questions and concerns parents have about homeschooling.
While pioneer homeschoolers managed to educate their children on lonely farms in obscure places using bootleg curriculum harvested from public school trash bins, today’s homeschoolers enjoy a richer educational climate than ever before. We can successfully homeschool our children because of the three C’s – Calling, Community, and Curriculum.Read More
Many times a child who appears to have great difficulty with focusing and attending to a task is really struggling with a sensory processing problem. The child's sensory system is not functioning correctly, resulting in errant signals. An example of this would be a malfunctioning sensory system that shouts 'pain,' when a tag on a shirt touches the skin. Another example is when a child covers his ears at fairly minor unexpected sounds, because the sensory system is giving the errant signal that the sound is too loud. This child is not just distracted by their outside environment, but is distracted by their inside environment as well.Read More
You may have noticed that your children have totally different learning styles. Your left brain child tends to like workbooks and working on their own. The right-brainer, on the other hand, likes discussion, prefers projects to workbooks and tends to be a little higher maintenance during the school day, requiring more of your interaction time.Since most curriculum teaches in a more left brain manner, focusing on auditory and sequential aspects, as well as writing, our children who are more right brain learners often feel left out, and even struggle with learning and retaining material using this same curriculum. Once we have identified the right-brainer who is struggling because they are stuck in a left brain curriculum, then we can tweak our teaching process to help these right brain children get in touch with the 'smart part of themselves.'Read More
Many children who are not struggling have one or two of the characteristics in the checklists below. It is a matter of degree, and how it is impacting the learning process that we will consider in determining the needs of the learner.Many educators who follow brain research believe that there are four learning gates that need to be properly functioning for a child to have an easy time learning.Read More