You Can Use Standardized Methods In Homeschooling Your Kids
There are many homeschooling methods and many families have many methods that they settle on. I would consider some of the homeschooling methods and parents’ groups ”organized chaos” because the systems and methods are complex and change constantly.
Homeschooling is very repetitive. As a child, I liked to complete one lesson and then move on to the next, and then the next, and then the next. That is one purpose of homeschooling — to get to know the curriculum and the way it should be done. And as I got older, I began to realize that standardized tests destroy creativity. They don’t have to be as complicated as they are.
For example, I remember when I was doing my first year of teaching. The U.S. History/Social Studies curriculum was standard, with a lot of fine print. I and my fellow students were very frustrated because we knew that the writing was weak. The standards were damaging and unrealistic. When I complained, I was told that someone else would take over the class and it would be turned back to text but someone else would have to come in to teach for the next round. Yes, someone else would have to participate in the devastation that this process was causing to the students.
Today, I see the disaster that is happening to many of our inner-city kids. They have no identity and they don’t know who their friends are. If you tell a young person that they will be turned into a stereotype, they take it as a given. And that is a very dangerous thing for society. When we continue to teach that all people are the same, then we increase the divisions and struggles for each of our students.
Most students who exit school do not know their audience. They don’t know who their parents are. They don’t know where they stand. The parents that look up to them the most, hate them. The worst thing to do is put them in front of a standardized test and talk to them like they are five-year-olds.
We need to stop teaching to the test and teach to the 21st century. Why? We are losing our kids. We are failing to prepare them for the real world. If we produce children who are unprepared for the future then no matter how high the economy is, we will be in a downward spiral of failure.
Production is a way to teach kids to think creatively and adapt to life’s challenges and challenges. Since 1950, statistics have shown that roughly one in seven Americans of the school-age population has not completed high school. The numbers are way up in both urban and rural areas.
This is a travesty and everybody knows it. Yet, we continue to turn our backs on the potential of this massive reservoir of future knowledge. If we can’t teach to the test, then how can we teach the test?
“A full commitment to the goals of literacy must be a primary object of social and government policy.” Dr. Samuel Blumenfeld, author of Getting More Out of Schools.
This was a primary goal of the National Reading Panel: to encourage and guide the school community in the process of increasing the literacy levels and young adults. It is unfortunate that government support for literacy has waned to the point where only one-fifth of our students graduate with the literacy skill of Albert Einstein.
The panel recommends that the government and the private sector support efforts to build the capacity of literacy and writing. Educators must:
- Provide daily opportunities for reading whether it is in books, magazines, or newspapers.
- Rouse the deepest curiosity about reading.
- Create situations that will stimulate the most curious questions about the reading.
- Bring every subject or facet of reading into every one of their curriculum and lesson plans
- Extend curriculum and lesson plans to the full spectrum of subject matter.
- Refuse to ration literacy as a commodity
- Attack at the roots.
- Demand for standards and accountability of literacy instruction.
- Links education to career and workforce.
- Call for a reversal of the system of “Detroit schooling”.
- Demand for the protection of literacy as a democratic right.
- Support parents’ right to choose.
- Offer every citizen the chance to receive a high-quality education.
- Provide healthcare, including dental and medical services.
- Improve the quality of life of our communities by reducing crime.
- And encourage adolescents to achieve their dreams and democratic rights and responsibilities.
Traditional vs Homeschooling – Which is Better?
Very simply, one can compare homeschooling methods by using the National Center for Education Statistics traffic data. Despite the numbers, I prefer looking at the standard type of homeschooling methods because they have been standardized by the national center.
Homeschooling is defined as the process by which children, usually at the age of five or six, are given a systematic introduction, instruction, and practice in basic skills of learning and knowledge, reading, language, culture, and nature.
The role of the teacher in the homeschooling process is that of a guide, mentor, and resource. The teacher’s primary responsibility is to provide the student with “hands-on” knowledge and to guide and facilitate the learner’s progress through the process of discovery and application.
Typically, in traditional learning, the process of discovery in learning involves:
In the homeschool method, the child’s basic need is to be discovered. The child must receive a basic structure and instruction. The child’s mode of learning is direct instruction. The child’s basic desire is to be instructed and has received direct instruction.
One difference between traditional and homeschool teaching is the level of internal motivation. In traditional teaching, the child may accept an assignment simply because it is what he or she believes the teacher will expect the child to do. Homeschool, on the other hand, gives more weight to the child’s internal drives: desire, interests, dreams, and so forth.
Additionally, traditional teachers were trained to be able to design and implement a curriculum that would best suit each and every child. They would create a daily lesson plan that the child could follow and would be evaluated by his peers. Parents and teachers, then, have more control over what happens to the child.
One example of a traditional lesson plan is the attendance lesson. The attendance lesson is a reading lesson followed by a writing lesson. The idea is to have the child apply what he or she has learned from the previous day’s reading lesson to the text of the writing lesson.
A home school curriculum would have many of its activities and elements planned into the lesson plans already. The home school teacher has more control over how the child is taught and what he or she is learning during the lesson is more of a personal choice and style of teaching.
Needed to make the choice of teaching at home success is the discipline of the parents. It is important to establish early ways for the child to succeed in the learning process. The discipline should be consistent and easy for the child to understand. Adhering to a plan helps the child to make steady progress through the learning process and doesn’t let him or her panic when he or she has a problem.
The homeschool learning process and the day-to-day homeschool schedule are a big change from the traditional teaching methods. The homeschooling schedule is far different from the traditional school schedule. And that’s a good thing! Under the traditional teaching method, the child would be forced to attend 90% of school days or more. The child would forget he or she is even in a classroom. With the use of homeschool methods, the child can learn from the first day he or she sets foot in the classroom.
The use of audio, as well as visual materials, aids many children to learn better. Visual activities make learning fun for children. And learning is the main priority even if it is just through the visual and audio learning materials. The child can easily focus on the main things and learn them visually.
Teaching is a very rewarding and satisfying job. And, as the children learn and grow the quality of the learning process is absolutely amazing. But not all children learn at the same rate or with the same Kind of learning skill.
The different learning styles of the children are a critical component in the long run of a child’s success. Every child has different learning styles and each of these children brings different strengths and weaknesses to the learning process. If you follow the eight types of learning (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, quotation, systematic) you will find that each child brings different strengths and weaknesses to the learning process as well.
So, to succeed with any type of education you have to take advantage of all the different learning techniques and bring your child to a place of success. You need to make sure your child is stress-free and quite organized. The most important thing to do is take your child to a feed consisting of mental, emotional, and physical exercises.
If you continue to give good education to your child he or she will be able to attain maximum learning and maximum satisfaction.