It can be difficult to hold your student accountable when homeschooling, especially when the program you are using is online based. In a brick-and-mortar school system, students have a teacher keeping a watchful eye on them during their entire day at school. The teacher is their accountability system.
Structure originates from the Latin word structura which means "a fitting together or building." When students work on assignments in a homeschool environment, it is important to have a set of rules. Research suggests that a student’s learning abilities improve in a structured environment. If students follow the schedule and stay productive, they may accomplish more within a smaller window of time.
As education transforms with the rise of school choice options in the U.S. such as online homeschooling, there is a need to understand the arguments for and against school choice reforms from the angle of effects on a student’s academic performance, so parents can make more informed decisions as school choices will likely continue to expand.1 The purpose of this academic article is to explore the impact on a student’s academic performance based on parental involvement in choosing online homeschools. I propose that if parents are actively involved in choosing an online homeschool to fulfill their child’s academic needs, that in and of itself tends to improve the student’s academic performance primarily because of the increased parental involvement in their child’s education. Research suggests that the student's academic performance is likely the driving force behind the parents’ choice.2
As a Christian educator, I believe that it is the parent’s, rather than the state’s, primary responsibility to take an active role in their child’s education. The Bible says, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old, he will not depart from it” (Proverbs 22:6). W. H. Peterson, in his article regarding religious education stated that a child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture a child and direct his or her destiny have the right, coupled with the parental duty, to recognize and prepare their child for life (Petterson, 1968). This is very important because parents should have a choice when selecting a school that meets the academic and developmental needs of their child.
You might be sitting with a cup of coffee in your hand as you feel overwhelmed by all of your failed attempts to keep your homeschooled child motivated. I understand; I feel your pain. When a child is born, we as parents have all these visions about that child, and we can imagine how the future should unfold. We can see them graduate from a dream college, and start an amazing career. Then the child starts preschool or kindergarten and our sand castle starts to fall apart. The well-planned path becomes bumpy, and the ride is not so enjoyable. You are exhausted and don't know what to do.
High school students are under a lot of pressure. There's academic stress, extracurricular activities, homework, social life with friends and family life. All of these are happening while schools are holding their students to higher standards than in the past. Students tend to have to give something up and it’s usually their free time and sleep. Research is beginning to show that students need a break in their high school schedule. They need time at least once a day to clear their heads and to get some fresh air before tackling their other commitments. Recess in the high school schedule is somewhat unheard of, though.
Perhaps the greatest of all fun facts about the respiratory system is that God made it, just like he made everything else in our bodies: “Then the LORD God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (Genesis 2:7 ESV) From that very moment on, the respiratory system has played a central role in the human body. You may know that it allows you to breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide, but it does so much more! Here are a few more fun facts about the respiratory system.
Families like yours choose to home school for many reasons: sometimes students struggle in mainstream classroom settings because the curriculum isn’t geared to their academic level; sometimes parents choose to home school because of bullying, violence, and moral deterioration in American schools—the potential reasons are as diverse as the students they represent.
Whatever your reason for making this decision for your family, you’re doing what’s best for your children by securing an excellent program for optimal learning, delivered by a teacher capable of prioritizing your family’s needs. You may be wondering, however, if that teacher is you. You may want to hire a home school teacher for your students. There are a few viable options for you to consider if you have this need.
Online homeschool is amazing because you will likely have people and resources available to help you figure out what your child needs to learn to be on track. Still, there are some things you can do to make sure you are prepared for the coming year.
It is summer. Whew! You have made it through a whole year of homeschool, taking charge in your child’s education and teaching them—not just school subjects but how to live healthy, productive, curious, and spiritual lives. Hopefully you’re able to take a break this summer and regroup. We have some ideas for how you can use your family’s educational hiatus to recharge, keep them learning, and prepare yourself for the coming year.
Books are fun, amazing vehicles for transferring knowledge and adventure—and reading is great for a growing mind. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to convince your kids that books are fun. We have some suggestions for activities you can do with the books your kids are reading to help deepen their understanding and make the stories come to life.
The primary role of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is to ensure that an NCAA student athlete is equipped to handle experiences that occur on the field, in the classroom, and in life, and its categorization of the diverse schools that make up its membership—over 1,100 schools which play in 3 divisions—put the NCAA student athlete on a level playing field with other like-minded institutions.
For high schoolers hoping to become an NCAA student athlete, pursuing this path can be overwhelming. You are left with a lot to navigate without much direction. Beyond the normal factors of SAT scores, AP exams, and choosing a school and career path, you have to consider schools with the sports programs and coaches you will thrive under in the division (I, II, or III) that you want. For Christian athletes, the values and culture of the school are also important factors.
I remember as a kid wondering what I was going to do over the summer. I mean, two whole months of freedom! Of course, I was going to have fun in the sun at summer camp, but what about when I was stuck at home? If I would have been creative back then, I might have come up with these brilliant ideas. Below are just a few projects to do with your kids this summer that will teach them new skills while they have fun in the sun.
If you are dissatisfied with the public school system, you may be considering a Christian home schooling solution. Perhaps you are wondering how students who are home schooled compare academically to students who receive a more traditional public school education.
Did you know that on average students with a home school education outperform public school students in all subjects? In fact, a study of over 5,000 home school students showed that they average 30–37 percentile points higher than their public school peers.
Deciding how to spend the summer is exciting for students in high school! During a time when teens are facing a lot of big decisions in their lives, summer can breeze by so quickly. It’s critical for teens to take the time to ask the big questions: What do I want to be when I grow up? Am I ready to get my life on track? Which university should I attend? What is my life’s purpose? How am I going to pay for college? Am I ready to grow up?
Summer camp, volunteering, vacationing, summer school, applying for colleges, working a part-time job and having fun in the sun with friends are all great ways to explore the answers to these questions. But with so many options, it’s hard to know which direction to take in the few short weeks summer break has to offer.
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands”
Though Spring is tardy in some areas of the country, warmer weather is on its way. Are your children getting restless doing lessons inside? Why not take a nature day and make school fun again for your young naturalists? Spending the day outside on a hike is not just good exercise, it is also an invaluable opportunity for your children to discover the wonders of God’s creation and find a new perspective on their science classes.
A day trip into nature presents many occasions to teach children through actions. These moments start with preparation and continue beyond the day of the hike. Help your children get excited about nature and science by taking them on an expedition to collect samples in the field.
Do you increasingly get the feeling that public school isn't right for your child? There are many reasons why students may not thrive in public school, but the truth is this: every child has a different learning style and traditional schooling tends not to recognize that.
Pulling a child out of school to homeschool is a tough decision, but it is one that can bring rich rewards in the quality of both your children's education and your family life. Unfortunately, there are a lot of misconceptions about homeschooling.
What is STEM?
The term has grown in prominence in the news and in articles across the United States, but not everyone knows what STEM is, what the acronym stands for, or what its purpose is. As a teacher, I have tried to follow the development and implementation of STEM topics within the classroom. In this article, we will look at what STEM is and why it is important.
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: