The Benefits of Online Homeschooling
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 12 September 2014 20:22
Homeschooling is an idea that’s becoming more and more acceptable to parents as they become less contented with their child’s formal education. As with all new ideas, it has a lot
of detractors and critics. Most people still believe that children can only be educated in a conventional school. That however, is no longer true in this age of information. Never before
has the idea of online homeschooling been more possible than today.
But there are other reasons why parents are loving the idea of homeschooling even more. Here are some of the problems they wish to avoid through homeschooling.
1) Schools have become dangerous places
With the recent news of shootings in schools, parents can no longer be assured that their child is safe. Their child’s life may be in danger from lunatics who just felt like
gunning everyone they see in that particular school or from schoolmates who suffer from the same lunacy.
We’ve all heard stories about children being bullied in school. How much of an adult’s insecurities and emotional issues were caused by being exposed to bullies? School
officials discourage this behavior but cannot fully monitor and stop this behavior among their students.
3) School curriculum is not commensurate to their child’s learning capability
Children learn at a different pace. Some are very gifted and some are rather slow. The fact is, in school, children are forced to take the curriculum along with all the other
children – at the school’s pace. A slow learner who only needs more attention might even be labeled negatively by their own teachers and become stigmatized. Online
homeschooling gives parents the option to educate their child at the level of their intelligence. They find that grade-level standards limited children’s capability to learn.
4) Negative influence of peer groups
Fitting in and belonging are requirements of a successful school life and a child will try to fit in even if it means doing things they don’t like to do. They will act and behave like
their peers so as not to be labeled outcasts. This need to belong diverts a child from developing their own unique personalities and even encourages behaviors that are
detrimental to their personal growth.
5) Children are not being educated enough
There’s more learning opportunities nowadays and children are not getting the education they need. The school curriculum limits what a child learns. Homeschooling
parents feel that there is more to learn out there that can better prepare their children for adulthood and the real world.
These are valid reasons that needs to be considered and researched thoroughly before coming up with an opinion on homeschooling. It’s a big decision to take on the education of a child and
homeschooling parents should be admired for their commitment and determination to mold their children into the best person they can be.
5 Best Videos for Teaching Children to Use the Potty
The Jubilee Academy
Wednesday, 6 August 2014 20:34
Teaching children to use the potty is a task that many parents find very difficult to do because lots of
children do not cooperate easily when it comes to that. The use of videos in teaching children on how
to use the potty has helped many parents to overcome this problem. Listed below are 5 best videos for
teaching children to use the potty.
1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hiMo7C8xSMHow to potty train a toddler
- Fast and Easy! Some children are just stubborn and you cannot get them to learn to
do potty on their own easily, but with this video, you can easily overcome that and make your
child love doing it easily.
2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gcI6S4jzAcPotty Training Tips
What your baby cannot refuse. Those tips that has helped many children in the past to easily
master the art of using the potty. You will find this video very helpful as many of these tips are
interesting to children.
3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALPJNwLvtskHow to Potty Train Toddlers
This video teaches how parents can use books to potty train their children. It is true
that children cannot read but then, they can easily understand pictures, and whatever they see
sticks to their subconscious mind. Use books to teach your children how to use the potty.
4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-lzW22PUww I Have To Go Potty
A video that tackles the challenges parents face in potty training children that have
developmental challenges. It follows practical steps that any parent can easily follow.
5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUssJK8vYPIWonkidos Going Potty FULL
EPISODE. An animation that gives detailed steps of how to go about potty training.
Children love it so much because it is fun all the way from the beginning to the end.
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The Importance of Written Goals for Yourself, Your Students, and Your School Year.
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 25 July 2014 16:49
Most people understand that goals are important, but did you know that written goals are about 40% more likely to be achieved and those goals which are both written and discussed with a friend have a success rate of 76%. This is from a recent study by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews (http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-backs-up-strategies-for-achieving-goals).
For the Christian homeschooling parent, this is exciting information. Someone who has put in the love and work it takes into successfully educating their child whether via standard written curriculum or the more modern online homeschooling method wants to believe that the work that they and their students have put into that education will be profitable and successful. To this end, writing goals seems a clear choice in that it will make attaining those goals more likely.
What does a helpful written goal look like? It looks S.M.A.R.T.
- Specific goals, rather than vague goals are more achievable, such as “I want to make good grades” versus “I want to get 100% on my math test Tuesday.”
- Measurable goals are those that can be measured through a metric such; date, grade, or certain amount of something.
- The A in the acronym can mean “attainable”, or “action-oriented. Both are valuable in helping you reach your outcome. Action oriented is obvious “I will choose the appropriate online homeschooling site for my student.” An attainable statement means that the goal is within.
- R is for realistic or relevant, meaning “is this goal truly attainable given my circumstances and does this goal make sense in the plan I have for my life”. Each person much choose which will be more helpful to their situation.
- T stands for time, timely, time-bound, or time sensitive. All mean the same thing basically; you put a date on your goal to make it concrete and give yourself some motivation.
Whether you are creating objective goals for education, or you and your student are creating some personal goals, using the SMART system is sure to help you reach those goals more effectively.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction– Proverbs 1:7
The Jubilee Academy
Monday, 24 February 2014 15:52
The first thing that many schools discard is God. Ye the Word of God tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge! Homeschooling families can put God at the center of their education.
According to this scripture, none of us can actually acquire any real understanding of our world, its purpose, or our place in it without first turning to and learning from the Lord our God.
The fool looks at material things and therefore assumes things about God; the wise man or woman looks at God and therefore assumes things about material things. Which are you?
Are you homeschooling at the world through the lens of God’s Word and with a fearsome understanding that it was created for the glory of God? If so, then intellectual pursuits, family relationships, job opportunities, and every other area of life will fall neatly into place. On the other hand, if you do not start your quest for learning with the fear of the Lord, then life will seem like a crossword puzzle with the wrong answer already scrawled across its middle; nothing will seem to fit.
If you are getting some wrong answers as you try to homeschool today, that don’t seem to fit or solve the problems in your life, try erasing all your own answers and replacing them with God’s.
Remember, He is the one that made us and He has given us the solutions we need in His Word. The fear of the Lord is the beginning…
Busting 4 Myths about Homeschoolers
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 21 February 2014 18:51
Author: Alethia Holmes
Myths that are common in society and can be a powerfully negative force. Myths are often untrue prejudiced thoughts spread by the society in order to explain certain mindsets from past cultures. Myths abound about homeschooling. Today we will take a stab at busting four of those myths.
Myth #1 Homeschooled students are isolated.
Homeschooling seems mysterious to many because they imagine that the children are isolated away from society without other kids of the same age around them. Some people think that somehow homeschooling traps a child within their homes. Nothing could be farther from the truth.Most homeschooled children have a wide variety of activities from coops to church activities to youth groups to outside lessons, sports, arts and scouting. Some children have small businesses and many gather regularly with other homeschoolers. Attending an online homeschooling program where children live in all 50 states and many other countries expands that student’s network throughout the globe.
Myth #2 Homeschooled students are weird and unsocialized.
One of the reasons homeschoolers cite most often as to why they chose to homeschool is to spare their children from the unhealthy, untrue and unGodly influences of traditional schooling. They believe it is weird to swear, do drugs and alcohol, disrespect your eleders, care only about clothes and make up and what your peers think of you.
Homeschooling children are considered street-dumb (opposite of street-smart) by some uninformed people. Most homeschoolers are afforded varied opportunities to interact with people from all walks of life as compared to those who are in the traditional system who are usually restricted with the people they meet in its halls.
Myth # 2 BUSTED Truth: Homeschooled kids are often more mature than their schooled peers because they are living in the real world and can socialize with people of all ages.
Myth #3 Homeschooled students are religious fanatics.
One myth about children who are homeschooled involves their parents’ nature. Most of the times, this preconception that the religious nature of the parents if fanatical because they want their children to be away from any form of evil influence that the world has to offer. If is fanatical to want to protect our children from the very real and ever present realities of a fallen world, then most homeschoolers would gladly agree they are fanatics. However, if you consider the number of school shootings, the presence of drugs, alcohol and guns in every school in America and the young age at which children are experimenting with very dangerous substances and activities, homeschoolers are justified in wanting to protect their children.
Myth #3 BUSTED Homeschooling parents strive to protect their children from a fallen world and teach their children the Truth about God.
Myth #4 Homeschool students don’t get a well rounded good education.
One huge advantage of online homeschooling is the freedom to pick which subjects are to be taught. Homeschooling parents and students can focus more on what they want their children to excel, or follow the child’s own interests, which is often called Delight driven learning or Joy Directed Learning. By allowing the child to play a bigger role in the selection of his own materials and curriculum, they are more likely to be engaged and find meaning from the materials. Retention is proven to be higher when people have a say in what they are learning..
Myth #4 BUSTED Homeschooled students typically have higher GPAs and are more likely to be recruited by universities and colleges because of the unique skill set that they can offer. They are more motivated and determined compared to their counterparts coming from the traditional system.
Homescholing gives children more exposure to the real world and therefore more opportunities to build real world skills and socialization that is not dictated by the pressures of peers. Homeschooling creates students who are comfortable talking with people of all ages and kind and respectful. Homeschooling protects children from the secularhumanistic mindset that prevails in traditional schooling and can pass on Judea Christian beliefs. Homeschooling students perform above average in studies compared to their traditionally schooled peers. Homeschooling is a wonderful way to grow and educate children.
Vision for Your Child’s Childhood
The Jubilee Academy
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:53
God’s Vision for your Child’s Life
Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NIV)
I sat down one day, prayed feverishly to God, and asked for wisdom. My children and I were going through the healing process from being victims to domestic violence. They were silent witnesses to domestic violence that I had tolerated too long. I wanted their childhood to be a complete reversal from the past so I visualized and set goals for what I wanted my children’s childhood to be.
God spoke to me to envision what they would tell their kids about when their parents about their childhood. What stories would they have to share? Would they be good stories, traumatic stories, and sadness/fear stricken stories? Would they be grown adults that were emotionally healthy? On the other hand, would they carry deep scars from my parental choices and emotional roller coasters?
I created a vision-to encourage and mentor-to allows them to make mistakes. God showed me to be their support to help back them up when they fell in life. God had blessed me with parents that provided that unconditional love and support. I have been able to flourish with their Godly support providing confidence in my adulthood. God instructed me to follow through with the vision by communicating to them via text and/or in person these words-I am proud of you, I am so proud to be your mom, and I love you.
I want their childhood foundations built strong as the winds of change in adulthood come. Therefore, they would have emotional security inside to be able to endure and make healthy life choices. Without the negative inner self-talk dialect be hopeless, worthless, and your nothing or will not be anything. I want their inner dialect to be God driven; you are strong, you can figure out how to get through this obstacle with God’s direction, their loved, and help is only a phone call away.
I encourage you to seek God’s wisdom to create your mental vision for your children. Envision them as adults telling the stories of their childhood. Think about your everyday life, what is the atmosphere is that surrounds them in the privacy of your home. Is it an environment that when they are grown they felt safe, protected, loved, and happy in or is it an unstable, walking on eggshells, fearful experience? My goal is that my children will not spend their adulthood erasing and reprogramming themselves from damage during their childhood that God has entrusted me trains them in.
10 Quick Tips for Teaching Your Child to Read
The Jubilee Academy
Monday, 10 February 2014 17:37
Author: Michael Levy
A great deal of a child’s reading success depends on the level of support that she or he receives at home. Children who are given the tools and the opportunities to learn to read both at school and at home have a better chance of success. The following are ten tips that can help parents know when they are on track helping their children prepare for reading success.
Tip #1: Read with and to Children Regularly
Reading at home with children is one of the best ways to ensure that they are ready for reading. It also sends the message that reading is enjoyable and fun. Parents should read with their children at least five times a week.
Tip #2: Let Children Explore Books Alone
Many parents often make the mistake of strictly controlling the reading opportunities that their children have. They may let their child select the book, but then completely take over from there. All children should be given the time to explore a book before and/or after they read it with a parent or other adult. When the child reaches the point where he or she can read alone, it’s still a good idea to not rush into reading, but to encourage exploration first.
Tip #3: Show Confidence in the Child’s Abilities
Children need to believe that they can do something. And, when a child becomes discouraged, it is often a parent’s belief in his or her abilities that helps the child over a rough patch. Displaying a lack of confidence can make the child question his or her abilities.
Tip #4: Avoid Expressing Worry About the Child’s Progress
Parents who are worried about a child’s reading progress should avoid discussing this with the child. Discussing concerns with the child’s teacher or other homeschooling educator is a far better option than risking compounding any reading problems the child is having by bringing them to his or her attention.
Tip #5: Encourage Children to Read to Others
Parents are built-in audiences for young readers. Parents should encourage their children to read to them often. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and cousins, and neighbors are also great audiences.
Tip #6: Have Realistic Expectations
Parents have been reading for so long that they have understandably forgotten how long it took them to learn to read. Children learn to read at different paces and they begin to learn to read at different ages. Parents need to be sure to accommodate different learning styles to avoid rushing a child into reading or expecting too much from a struggling reader.
Tip #7: Avoid Rushing a Reading Session
Children should not feel rushed during a reading session. And, parents should avoid feeling conflicted between spending time reading with children and getting something else done. Schedule time for reading when nothing else will interfere.
Tip #8: Provide Reading and Writing Opportunities
Encourage children to read and write by putting them in charge of the shopping list and sharing letters from friends and relatives. Parents can also help teach children to learn to write by helping them write their own name on letters to friends and relatives. Opportunities for reading and writing development can be found in simple, everyday activities.
Tip #9: Provide Appropriate Reading Materials
Parents should make sure that their young readers have a wealth of age-appropriate reading material. Be sure to stock the home with books that interest the child. Take the child to the library as well. Encourage children to select their own library books and participate in the library’s story time.
Tip #10: Nip Problems in the Bud
A child who is having trouble reading might have issues that need attention. A child that has trouble might have a learning disorder, hearing problems, or poor vision. Parents should be aware enough to attend to problems as early as possible but not so concerned that they create problems where none exist.
Michael Levy, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Florida, where his teaching and research focused on human cognitive functioning, particularly information processing, learning, memory, and writing. Dr. Levy was an innovator in the development of interactive tutorials for teaching complex concepts (such as those embodied in Reading Buddy 2.0) and has published 12 books and nearly 200 articles and book chapters.
10 Tips for Fun and Successful Play Dates
The Jubilee Academy
Thursday, 6 February 2014 16:20
The idea of play dates used to make me nervous. I worried about who I should invite and how to invite them. I stressed about planning activities and how involved I should be. I especially stressed about what to do if it all went wrong. Would my daughter forgive me if I just avoided them altogether?!
Most likely she wouldn’t.
My daughter is 3-year-old social butterfly. She makes a new friend just about every time we go out to the playground, the museum, the swimming pool or even the supermarket. While casually playing with others outside is great, time spent one-on-one is best for close friendships. In this way, she learns to share, cooperate, listen and hopefully make lasting friends. Play dates are where she can learn those skills in a safe home environment.
Here are some of the best tips I’ve found to help you with your child’s next play date:
Before the Play Date
- Invite one of your child’s friends. Decide who to invite with your child. One-on-one play dates are best for developing close friendships. With three or more, there is more of a chance of a child feeling left out.
- Keep the get-together short. Between one and two hours is more than enough time for younger children.
- Be specific about a time and date when organizing a play date. Many moms make the mistake of saying, “We should set up a play date.” People get busy and if you offer a specific date and time, it’s more likely to happen.
- Avoid mealtimes at first. The best times to schedule a new play date is mid-morning or afternoons.
- Set up play date rules. Discuss with your child how to be gracious.
- Discuss discipline with the other parent. If mom stays for the visit, and it’s a good idea at first, it may be more effective for each parent to discipline her own child.
- Set up “activity stations”. Put them in different areas or rooms of your home. Some fun ideas may include art, sand play, dress up, sports, play dough or building toys.
During the Play Date
- Be involved. While you don’t want to be hands-on for the entire play date, it is important for parents to have a role in the play date.
- Keep the activities rolling. Suggest changes in activities when you sense restlessness or misbehavior.
- Always have snacks. Food is a great diversion for a play date that’s getting out of control. Make sure you ask about any food allergies her child may have, and always choose a healthier option.
After the play date
If your child feels good about the play date, let the other mom know and plan another play date!
What are your best play date tips?
Symmetry is a trained teacher, homeschooling mom and currently living overseas in China. Visit website at Step By Step Homeschooling.
Sleep Deprivation Related to Weight Gain
The Jubilee Academy
Tuesday, 4 February 2014 17:25
Author: Joanna Dolgoff MD
There seems to be a number of contributing factors to the obesity epidemic our nation is facing. Some of these include excessive caloric intake, decreased physical activity and cultural influences. Now some researchers are investigating whether sleep deprivation may contribute to obesity.
Research presented at the International AC21 Research Festival points out that short sleep duration may lead to obesity through an increase of appetite via hormonal changes caused by the sleep deprivation. Lack of sleep can produce the hormone Ghrelin which can stimulate appetite and creates less Leptin which suppresses appetite.
Babies and children under the age of 5 getting less than 10 hours of sleep at night are more likely to be overweight or obese 5 years later. Insufficient sleep at night may be a lasting risk factor for obesity later in life (napping cannot replace the benefits of nighttime sleep). Babies and children up to age 4 who didn’t sleep enough at night were 80% more likely to be obese 5 years later. In older children (5-13) this same link to obesity was not seen.
As for kids, studies show that most are not getting enough sleep. There is an epidemic of childhood and adolescent obesity and video games and fast food are not solely to blame. Researchers uncovered that shortened sleep in children under 5 years old predicts weight problems later on. Also, short nighttime sleep duration increases the risk of early teens to shift from normal weight to overweight. In other words, adolescents who sleep less are more likely to pile on the pounds.
Sleep disorders in young children may be avoided by following established bedtime routines. Begin the calming down process at dinnertime. Dinner should not be served watching T.V. every night. After dinner, allow the child to have some quiet playtime. Offer puzzles, blocks or books ( as long as the activity is relatively quiet ). Run a warm bath and allow for some playtime in the bath. After the bath, get your child in a routine of getting their pajamas on, brushing their teeth and cleaning up. Put your child into bed with a few books ( or feel free to join in this time ). Set a limit and have some relaxing reading time before bed. Have the books seem like a special treat every night which will also help develop a love of reading. Most importantly, be firm with the bedtime routine. The less you deviate from it the easier it will become. This lets your child know what to expect each night. Repetition for young children especially, can be extremely comforting.
Many teen’s hectic schedules keep them up late many nights. Most teens need at least 8.5 hours of sleep. However, studies show 85% of teens are getting less than 8 hours every night. This sleep deficit causes many problems including adverse effects on their health causing weight gain. Some ways to prevent sleep disorders may be to avoid caffienated beverages after lunchtime and limit stimulating activities before bedtime. Also, limiting extracurricular activities and practicing relaxation techniques before bedtime such as gentle stretches help prevent symptoms of insomnia ( Resource-Mayo Clinic 2007).
So, are we overweight because we sleep less, or do we sleep less because we are overweight? Until we know these answers, it makes sense to include a good night’s sleep in any child’s routine. It turns out getting good, regular sleep may help to eat more regular meals which can be associated with better weight control. We should avoid using food as a “pick-me-up” when it turns out, it’s really just sleep we need!
Joanna Dolgoff MD is a pediatrician who specializes in child and adolescent weight management. She is the creator of Dr. Dolgoff’s Weigh
Homeschooling Your Child with A Learning Disability
The Jubilee Academy
Friday, 31 January 2014 15:46
Author: Melissa Murdoch
Making the decision to home school your child is not the easiest decision at the best of times, but what about when the weight of your decision is compounded by the fact that your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability? Firstly, do not despair that your child has been ‘categorized’ as having a learning disability. This may or may not be correct. It may simply be that the classroom that the child is in follows a teaching style not optimal for your child’s learning style. If this is the case, then more personalized and focused attention may yield very different results.
Even if your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability by more than one professional, you must remind yourself that this label should only be used as a tool, rather than an excuse. If categorizing or labeling of your child does not produce improved results, or worse, your child’s ability seems to deteriorate even further, then what use is this label?
Homeschooling is an ideal environment to provide the sort of one-on-one attention that may be required for your child to thrive academically, whether learning new things is a challenge for them or not. The important thing is to focus on what they can do, rather than what they can’t do. And, if your child has some acute difficulties, educating your child at home does not necessarily limit your resources. Acute learning difficulties may need particular strategies to overcome hurdles, so your child’s facilitation may require that you learn some of these strategies from a professional, and continue to employ them from home. Remember, even at a school specially catering for ‘special needs’ children, will not have the time and resources to give your child the attention that you can.
If your child has an acute learning disability, you may need to contact your local General Medical Practitioner for details on what resources are available locally. It is best to at least be aware of what’s available, even before you need them!
It is important to focus on your child throughout his/her education – never the disability or perceived disability itself. While your child may have some more challenges on the educational pathway, it is important that the focus stays where it belongs. The focus is the outcome to be achieved, or the concept to be mastered, rather than the difficulties met along the way. Whatever it is you focus on becomes bigger, so ensure that it is the destination rather than the bumps along the road.
Focusing on the disability itself also practically ensures that the child will not achieve as highly as they are capable. A learning disability is a challenge to be managed rather than an excuse for not achieving. If your child give their disability too much consideration, it will become a anchor that drags them, and may become an excuse to not even try.
Remember, even though as a homeschool parent you are responsible for your child’s education, kids are kids. Sometimes, their attention and behavior will fluctuate. This is normal and, what’s more, I suggest that sometimes you just go with it rather than trying to fight it. When your child is being extremely uncooperative, this may be your sign to take a break, step back, change gears and focus on something else. Sometimes a change of subject will suffice. At other times you may need to take a break, have a snack or better yet, go out and do something fun.
Keep in mind, too, that if you are frustrated, your child will pick up on that frustration. Relax, keep things light, and calm. Stress inhibits the learning of new concepts.
Learning is fun, even with a child with learning challenges. By taking responsibility for their education, you are doing the best you can for your child.