Teaching Homes for ChristHomeschool 101
Topical discussion of relevant issues led by 26 year veteran homeschooling mom.
The Homeschool Basics
This meeting is geared toward all those thinking about homeschooling, just starting to homeschool with 5- or 6-year-olds, those pulling kids from a public or private school setting, or those opting to homeschool as an alternative to COVID online learning. Come armed with questions, concerns, fears, doubts, and leave with a vision, confidence, and tools to help formulate your plans.
*what to teach when/subject guide by grade/defining grade levels
*%, letter grades, standardized testing, assessments
*involving husbands or other family members/facing opposition from family and friends
Creating Work Space and Cutting Clutter/Homemaking
We will talk about ways to make good use of the space you have, optimize the materials you have, and being creative about how to make home, school, housekeeping, marriage, and work all meld together without losing your sanity.
This evening will focus on how to fit the subjects you plan to teach into daily/weekly/yearly chunks, how to combine subjects, different ways to organize your school hours, ways to accommodate different ages/needs, and how to set reasonable goals.
Building Character (and discipline/keeping Christ at the center)
We all need to jolt ourselves back into getting and keeping our priorities straight. Come to discuss ways to reboot the entire family with Christ at the center, kick the bad habits and discordant living in the rear, compare punishment with consequences, and set up a system to encourage Godly living.
Teaching Multiple Ages
Most families have children in multiple stages of growth and development, so this evening will outline strategies for keeping little ones occupied while offering important one-on-one time with older kids, how to use family dynamics to everyone’s advantage, and thinking outside the box to take much of the stress and contention out of the homeschooling equation.
Keeping Our Parenting/Teaching Positive
Motherhood is exhausting and certainly under-appreciated with very few opportunities for regular support and encouragement—never mind adding homeschooling into the picture! There are ways to focus on God’s blessings and to train ourselves, and therefore our children and our families, to keep a positive outlook on school, chores, and life’s ups and downs.
Accountability (and making time to read/tips for staying off the internet/communication)
Many homeschool moms wonder about how to keep themselves accountable to God, to the plans, to their long-term goals for their children, and we will discuss strategies for doing so. Also, it is easy to be sidetracked from what is important by getting sucked into inane internet traps and unimportant daily interruptions. However, developing a routine to better ourselves through reading and focusing on healthy communication aid us in holding on to the good, the true, and the beautiful.
Special Needs Kids (and labels and how to avoid them/different learning styles)
This session addresses the overwhelming issue of kids who don’t fit into the prescribed version of what school is or should be. Every child is created in the likeness and image of God and can learn! Come find out about how to get to know your own child better and to shift your thinking from “she can’t” or “I can’t” to “she can” and “I can.”
Rest and Renewal
This is the perfect time of year to discuss resting and renewal; Christmas is around the corner, and you’ve survived the first semester. So take time to enjoy the month before next semester begins by embracing the peace of Christ. Some reading ‘assignments’ will be given, along with encouragement, so we can head into the new year with courage and confidence born of a well-rested soul.
Post-COVID (and how to be 24/7 diplomats for homeschooling)
Coronavirus has changed the world—for good and ill. It is time to discuss how to forge our way as homeschoolers in a world in which education itself has been in upheaval and the world has been forced to look at non-traditional options for education. Remote learning is not an equivalent to homeschooling, so we all need to prepare ourselves to encourage those who have not chosen homeschooling, but find themselves with kids at home doing school, while not losing our own focus in our individual home schools.
Battling Modern Paganism (and dealing with a secular world/how to negotiate literature and all forms of media through a Christian lens)
Most of us like to think paganism a thing of the past, but like it or not, most of the is sinking into indifference or unbelief and/or, worse, falling into rampant paganism and calling it ‘freedom.’ It is more important now than ever to identify modern paganism and arm our children with the proper tools for combat.
PE/Boys in Winter
Enough said. It is February and we are all stir crazy. Let’s figure out how to keep our children, and our boys especially, healthfully and heartily occupied while we are cooped up for long stretches—and how to count this activity as school.
Attitude, Keeping Kids Interested, Sibling Rivalry
It’s that time of year when a character/attitude reboot is in order. Close living brings out all our habits—good, bad, and ugly—so let’s discuss ways to train our children to be Godly disciples filled with obedience, respect, and diligence.
Finding Balance (and saying 'yes' or 'no' to requests)
We are mostly through with our year and more likely than not things have strayed from our original plans and too many things have been added to our schedules. We need to rethink our priorities and discern when to say ‘yes’ and when to say ‘no’ to things asked of us.
Discerning for High School/Transcripts
This meeting is for those of you who have 6th, 7th, or 8th graders and are looking with some trepidation toward those high school years: can you do it? should you do it? what is best for the kids? what do the kids want? how do you meet requirements? what about languages or upper level math and science? How to discuss and find solutions to these questions as well as helpful tips on planning the high school curriculum and creating college-approved transcript will feature at this meeting.
Service (and how involved should kids be in the planning of school/chores/life)
Service is my knee-jerk reaction to any difficulty in life because it forces oneself and/or one’s children out of the Self and into the Selfless. There is no such thing as talking too much about different ways to serve others, especially as we look ahead to the summer months and begin planning for next academic year.
The world and the media expect us to transition from one thing to something completely different within nanoseconds, but our natures require time to deal with transitions in a healthy way. Every year brings transitions of growth, new abilities, kids growing up or moving on, job changes, you name it. We need to find ways to cope with transitions because they will never stop.
Keeping up on our marriages often gets lost in the to-do of raising children and homeschooling. We need to remember that we are modeling Christ’s love in the love we show for our spouses; our domestic churches are our children’s first taste of what is to come. We will talk about how to prioritize cultivating our marriages without dipping into the saccharine or the unrealistic.
Godly Roles for Males and Females
God created us male and female, but according to our secular world, gender is yet another “choice” available to humanity. Never did we suspect that we’d have to teach our children about Godly roles for men and women, nor did we ever suspect it would be so difficult to find public role models of Christian men and women. It is time to face this issue head on and arm our children with confidence in who God created them to be while teaching them to love all our brothers and sisters in Christ.
This sessions discusses many facets of discipline, including self-discipline and disciplining children. We distinguish between discipline and rules, between punishment, consequences, and making reparation, and list do’s and don’ts for parents.
Defining progress/Testing versus Assessment/What to Count
In order to define progress, we must know where a student begins and have specific goals we want the student to reach. Using a variety of ways to assess students’ whole-person growth will help us make the most of our assessments, tests, and activities throughout our homeschool experience.