The days of learning are about to start for most families and government schools.
Our kids are home learning while others are walking to school and getting picked up by the buses. Some may get your children up earlier some may let them sleep in, it is up to you and what works with your family.
Some years we would let the children sleep until 7:30 and then get them up and start the day, it seemed like we didn’t get the bulk of it done until the buses came home in the after noon. Some years we would get them up at 6 and get the day started and then is seemed like we got so much done so early, funny how that works. The children always did better if I got them up around 6:30 and they slowly woke up and had feet on the floor by 7. They were not cranky but we still got a lot done and had plenty of time later in the day to do other stuff. I personally like to get up at 6 but did not always do that depending on what happened the night before.
So, what works for your family?
Please share your morning with us. Does getting up and starting right away work better for you? Do you do chores in the morning and then get right to learning (learning really never stops) or do you have another routine that works great for your family? What have you tried that failed? These things that you share will encourage others even the failings as you will find that many people will have done the same thing and have had it fail or they may have tweaked it a little and made it work.
Do you let your children do their learning in their pajamas or do you have a routine of being dressed when it is time? There is so much flexibility in homeschooling, embrace it and share with others your quirky, fun things that you do for your morning routine. Comment below, I look forward to seeing what you do. Happy Homeschooling!
Basics of Web Programming
Free 14 Lesson Course starts September 08
How this class will work: – from the website.
- Students will log in to the web site and download a “cheat sheet” of HTML tags.
- Students will watch a video presentation of each component of the HTML Lesson. (Course can be self-paced, with students moving to next lesson after completing the previous)
- Students will use HTML tags and create/modify web pages using an online “sandbox”.
- Students will receive feedback from Instructor (Frazier) on web pages created and modified.
- Students can submit questions and issues and receive feedback from Instructor.
- Students’ completion of Lesson Steps will be tracked for certification.
The class will go live on Monday, September 08. A new lesson will be available each day after that for the next 3 weeks; students can catch up and review missed lessons on their own schedule.
Students will learn:
- Basic HTML Tags
- Understanding of fundamentals of Web Design and Internet Pages
Visit the website to sign up and get more information. This looks like a great basic class for students 9 and up to learn the beginnings of how to design a website.
I struggle with….
Struggles! I hear this many times over the course of the year. As a veteran homeschooler I have experienced many of the struggles others have faced and I will probably not cover most of them in this post. I will try to cover some of the popular ones and share with you my experiences pertaining to that struggle.
Are we covering enough material?
I used to beat myself up over this one many times, are we covering enough material? I would get really down about it at least once a year and Jim would always tell me we are doing more than the government schools do by far. Now, I do not compare what we do to the government school because they really spend lots of time going from class to class, getting kids settled, passing out papers, assemblies, and lots of other time robbers. The children really only do academics for about an hour and a half to two hours a day, the rest is just stuff.
We have always been a doing family, there are just some times that we had to sit down with a book and cover some ground with material but for the most part our learning was through doing and lots of it was done on the road. Did you know learning can be done on the road? There is a really cool resource that I used many times called Carschooling. There are tons of ideas and learning games that can be played while you are on the road. Living in Maine you have to travel a lot to get anywhere, those of you that live here know what I mean. 😉
In a typical day here our children would have to tend to the animals, chickens, pigs, dogs, and a bull or two in the morning and evenings. They would have to bring the wood in for the fires, we cook with wood, as well as heat with wood. These things are not what most would think of as part of learning but they really are, maybe not so much the wood hauling but it is physical fitness. In taking care of the animals they learn a lot; what to do to keep them protected from weather and predators, how to keep them happy so they don’t attack each other. We learned about biology when it came time to butcher some of them, I know it is not a subject that everyone enjoys and we certainly had a hard time with it at first but it is a part of life on a farm.
I would organize trips and classes so that the children would have groups to work with and give them that experience of working with others to think things through and be a team player. There were activities that taught this trait as well for example, summer baseball and playing in a popular blue grass band, the Abbott Hill Ramblers.
What about socialization?
Lack of socialization, in most homeschooling families, is a myth. There is more socializing going on in homeschooling families than in government schools. The socialization that is going on is not of just the peers of the student but of all ages and walks of life.
Think about it, in the real world, are all bosses your age? Are all supervisors older than the workers? No, some may have a younger boss or a younger supervisor, no where in the work force is everyone the same age. Your student may be the supervisor of a younger person or an older person, they are not going to be working with people only their age.
Homeschooled children are children longer but much more mature than the government school counterparts. It sounds like an oxi-moron but it is the truth. I have seen homeschooled teens scoop up a toddler that ran over to them and then get down on the floor, play legos with a young child; later you will see them talking to the 82 year old gentlemen and hold a very engaging conversation.
We take our children with us everywhere and they socialize, they meet people of all ages and they talk to them at their levels.They are polite and well behaved, you can spot them where ever you go.
It is very exciting to see all the upcoming graduates! Homeschoolers can make a difference in this world. I know I have said it before, they are our future leaders, Amen!
Can my child get a diploma?
Yes, you can make your own diploma or purchase one, if you are in a RAPPS like Guilford Christian Academy they may provide one for you. HSLDA sells diplomas for a small fee. Most higher education institutions will accept your diploma, your student may have to do an entrance exam but for the most part it should not be a problem.
On pet peeve of mine is if the institution requires that your student get a GED in order to attend the program, I would seek another place to attend. If all the work you put into that student does not count for anything then I wouldn’t spend my hard earned money there. There are a few that require this of anyone, so I have heard, and it is just ridiculous in my humble opinion that your student goes through all that education and they want them to get a General Education Development certificate? Really? What has this world come to?
There is so much to choose from, how do I know what will work for my child?
You are absolutely right and this is probably one of the biggest struggles for most that are just starting out. The one bit of advise I am going to give you is to stick it out for the year. When we first started I chose a curriculum and then after a few months as I was looking at other options I thought that maybe this other curriculum would work better for my child as the one I was using was not a good match for them. So I purchased another curriculum. A few months later the same thing happened and before you know it the year is over and we have only covered up to the Revolutionary War, LOL. It was not good. When you choose a curriculum stick with it for the year, supplement if you need to and add to it or adapt it but continue until the next year and then make a change.
Can I access the school for classes?
Yes you can if you file a Letter of Intent. We have some families that have some of their students enrolled in GCA and others reported through the state under the letter of intent. The ones that are enrolled with us follow our requirements and the one under the letter of intent have to have an assessment sent in at the end of the year.
We do recommend that you try to find another means to provide your student with the opportunity other than using the government school. There are many co-op classes around and adult ed classes that they can be part of.
There are many options available today that were not available when we started, lots of programs now seek out homeschoolers and set times during the day to accommodate them and alleviate struggles.
There are many more struggles.
Please share some of your struggles here, share how you have dealt with them and some encouragement for those going through it now. If you have a struggle and you do not know what to do about it, share and we will share ideas on how to overcome it.
Homeschooling is not always an easy road, there are ups and downs, we can be an encouragement to each other. In good times we love homeschooling in bad times we start thinking about other options, this is where we can make bad choices that will affect our children and family down the road. So, keep on keeping on, the time goes by so fast and before you know it you will be graduation your last student. Your children will thank you for it!
Guilford Christian Academy has been given the opportunity to organize a bulk homeschool purchase of laptops. We will provide the documentation needed to support this discounted purchase. As a group we get a greater discount than if they are purchased individually.
The order will be placed by us and you will receive an invoice and can pay online once you receive that invoice.
All laptop packages include:
- 4-year warranty
- Each Laptop is installed with Microsoft Windows 7 Professional 64 -Bit OS
- Microsoft Office University 365 $30.00 PC & Apple
- Every Laptop is provided with a laptop case and 8GB flash drive
- Hard drive and Memory Upgrades are available at a deeply discounted cost
If you are interested I will send you information and what is available for laptops.
Brands to choose from are :
Each laptop has a great software package as well.
The more that are purchased the better the discount. The best discount comes when we get 30 units.
Basic Dell package is $195 this is the lowest price for this package, no bulk rates.
1.8 Ghz Intel Processor
60GB hard drive
There are many options to choose from.
Orders must go through GCA to get the bulk rate. I would like to have all orders in by August 15th so that you will have your laptops for September.
Here is the link to the inventory, the prices are less the more that get ordered. The prices listed are higher than what we would pay, for the lowest tier it averages $25 less but we should be able to get to at least the next tier. http://notebooksforstudents.org/Inventory.htm . If we get 30 or more ordered we get the cheapest rate.
For the discounted price you will need to order through me, the laptops will be shipped to you and you will pay for them through the invoice they will send you.
If you have had a chance to look at the list and you are interested in a purchase please fill in the form below to include your order in the bulk list.