Each student has an ideal ecosystem in which to learn. For public school students, it’s often a classroom for eight hours per day sitting in quiet with 30 other students. For online homeschool students, the learning environment is not a classroom but a living room or a study. It then becomes the parent or guardian’s responsibility to help each student find his or her best learning environment. It’s the student’s responsibility to honestly (and respectfully) communicate what variables in the environment are and are not working for them, all the while doing the schoolwork to the best of his or her ability.
Deciding to homeschool is the first step in an amazing journey. Now that you’ve taken this step, you are probably wondering what legal hoops you have to jump through so you can start educating your child at home. The important thing to keep in mind as you work through the legal requirements is that you have the right to make decisions about your child’s education. All states recognize the right of parents to homeschool their child, in one form or another. However, the laws regulating homeschooling vary between states, and it is important for homeschooling families to read and understand these laws, to know their rights, and to ensure they are complying with regulations.
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord
and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).
Sometimes being a student athlete can feel like a mixed blessing. On the one hand, you have the opportunity to practice your God-given talent. On the other hand, the stress of coordinating your practices, competitions, and travels with the other parts of your life can be pretty intense.
In order to maintain a high level of athletic performance in any sphere of athletics (e.g., soccer, running, gymnastics, skateboarding, BMX, motocross, etc.), students need the flexibility to practice throughout the year, which involves lots of traveling, whether it be due to weather conditions or getting acclimated to a certain environment prior to the big event.
One of the advantages that homeschooling families have is the ability to design a learning space for their students in their own home. Social media sources like Pinterest and online blogs are full of ideas for homeschool organization. These sources often emphasize the importance of designing a learning space that fits the needs of your family.
Today, I would like to take this idea one step further and suggest that the ideal learning space may not be the same for each family member. What is seen as ideal by a parent may not in fact be ideal for a student. What qualifies as an ideal learning space may even differ from child to child.
You started off the year with lots of ideas, fervor, and momentum. As the school weeks pass by, you may be finding yourself slipping into a rut, and you might find your child staring longingly out the window and letting out long sighs of boredom. You are not alone. Many parents struggle to keep their children engaged as the routine starts to drag, and some of that excitement from the beginning of the year drains away.
As we pass through autumn, we are standing at the edge of a new season, a season of hope and the fulfilment of God’s promise. This is a time for renewal! We recommend you take a deep breath – inhale and exhale – and start with some of these tips to help re-engage your child to learn while at home:
Part 2: How to prepare for a successful online school year
I promised to return with some more things to keep in might throughout the new school year.
Colossians 3:23: “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”
This Bible verse says it all. The most important thing to remember this school year is Who you are working for. Here are some helpful thoughts.
Part 1: How to prepare for a successful online school year
At the beginning of each school year many parents and students are asking many “how to”questions. How to get a good grade? How to write a good essay? How to prepare for a quiz or test? And the big one: how should I prepare for a successful online school year?
Instructions for how to prepare for the school year are often read then quickly forgotten. As the weeks go by the enthusiasm of starting a new school year fades in and out. This year will be the same, but I would like to emphasize some tips for preparing for a successful school year that are especially relevant to online students:
The United States has a rich history of homeschooling K-12 students. Did you know that in 1840 almost half (45%) of all of the students in the U.S. were educated at home? Today, many parents are looking into a homeschool option for their child due to various reasons. The top reason for parents homeschooling is their growing concern about the traditional school environment.
Today, the nature of homeschooling looks a bit different with the introduction of K-12 online education. Here is a look at the journey of the past, present and future of homeschooling in the U.S.