Saturday, March 17, 2012

Open-minded homeschoolers

I would love to say that every homeschooler I had met was open-minded, but if I said that I would most assuredly be lying. You will meet all kinds of homeschoolers in your quest for a support group. And the reason you will find so many different kinds of people is because there are as many kinds of homeschoolers as there are people home schooling.
Before I started home schooling, I did not want to be one of those weird homeschoolers, you know, the religious isolationist who had many children, wore denim jumpers, and home schooled to keep their children away from the world. I still don’t want to be one of those homeschoolers, but I will recognize their right to home school, even if they don’t recognize my right to home school for different reasons.
If you are home schooling for religious reason and are willing to sign a statement of faith, then that is great. But what about people unwilling or unable to truthfully sign a statement of faith? There are more groups now who are claiming to be open-minded homeschoolers. These groups claim to be accepting of all types of people, from atheists, to un-schoolers, and even religious folks, as long as each person respects the other’s right to believe and educate as they choose.

Saturday, March 3, 2012

ADD/ADHD part two

If your child has ADD or ADHD there is a pretty good chance that by 6th grade you have faced a number of problems. Your child may be exhibiting behavioral problems, which lead to her getting in trouble in school. Additionally, you may be facing academic problems that may or may not be related to the behavioral problems.
Children with these disorders have trouble concentrating, yet at the same time they seem to crave more and more input from many different sources. Because of this, they can be very focused on something they have interest in, such as a computer game, or favorite hobby, yet not be able to concentrate on an assignment for school long enough to get it completed.
Homeschooling often is a solution for these issues. First of all, you will have more patience with your child than a teacher with 25 other students to attend to. You can let her speed up in subjects she has a good grasp of, and slow down on subjects that she needs more work on. You control the environment, so you can control the distractions, and because the environment is familiar, there will be less distractions to begin with. You will probably see a change in your child’s ability to cope very soon after beginning to home school.