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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Why Homeschool Your Child

Why Homeschool Your Child

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Many parents are nervous about sending their children to school, whether it is public or private. Bringing firearms to school was completely unheard of twenty years ago, but today it is alarmingly probable. Therefore, parents are afraid to send their children to school where there is violence, bullying, teasing, and possible physical abuse taking place. Girls are being raped in school; boys are getting beaten up, and this happens more often than you think. No wonder more children are being educated at home, there is about a 15 percent increase each year.

Another reason parents decide to home school their children is due to religious affiliations. Many parents want to encourage religious beliefs and morals on a daily basis. Other parents want to keep their children from being exposed to inappropriate behaviors, such as kissing, hitting, or even sex. Most parents that home school monitor the types and amount of television and/or movies that their children watch. This ensures that the child is being exposed to only positive, valuable lessons in life.

Children who home school bond with their parents and siblings and spend plenty of time together. They build strong relationships that carry on through the rest of their lives. Learning together each day is fun when you home school with your parents. There are no bullies and no one who teases just because a math problem is difficult to understand. There are plenty of real life field trips to the post office, grocery store, or dry cleaners. Life skills are being taught daily through cooking, gardening and possibly balancing checkbooks. Home school children have more time to devote to extra curricular activities because time is saved at home. There is no commute and no waiting for the teacher to answer a question or discipline a misbehaved child.

Most parents would agree that home school provides a strong academic foundation that cannot be achieved in a school, where individualization is not possible. At home, parents can address their child's specific learning needs, abilities, and pace. An interest driven curriculum can be assigned at home, so that the child has a desire to learn what they want. In a structured school setting, all children follow the same textbook curriculum at the same pace, even if some children are behind or ahead of the class. The individualized education children receive from their parents allows them to reach their full learning potential with educational achievement and personal fulfillment.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Promoting Gender Sensitivity

Promoting Gender Sensitivity

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Normally, boys would like to play toy guns and play soldiers while girls love to dress up their dolls. However, most of us would probably be alarmed if they would trade toys. Recent studies show that if a child is allowed to explore all possibilities, that child would become a well-rounded adult (and stripping them of gender prejudice is one of them).

Experts say that a child will usually start to understand the notion of gender identity at a very young age. Some even say that the notion of gender identity is biologically established. On the other hand, psychologists claim that it is determined by the surroundings of the child such as the way the parents or those around them treat the child. And when the child develops the typical gender behavior, the gender stability of the child is established.

Even though boys and girls are different in physical terms, they must be provided with equal opportunities to fully develop their potential. As this will ultimately improve the self esteem and provide emotional stability to the child. If the parents refrain from gender typecasting, this will allow the child to further explore and develop dormant abilities and talents.

It is highly recommended that you teach your child respect for males and females. The best way to do it is by giving your child a positive parent and teacher communication in order to form fair viewpoints, manner and behavior. One example of that is by encouraging your children to be always clean either to themselves or to their things or rooms. More importantly, it would be best if the parent should set an example, meaning both you and your spouse must have equal share in the household tasks. Switching tasks every once in a while is highly recommended.

Also, always allow your children (be it a boy or a girl) to convey what they feel and think. Bear in mind that a boy has the same right to cry as a girl does. Crying conveys the assertive behavior of the child and it also lets the child drive out his or her frustrations. In addition to that, the boys must also learn how to be compassionate others while girls must also be commended and encouraged every now and then.

In order for the child to have positive values, the child must learn to be aware of other peoples personality. The child must also have a sense of personal responsibility and must know how to be equal so that when the time comes, he or she will be able to take care for himself or herself, instead of relying on other people for opinions all the time.

Preschool Learning Games- Variations Of Pin The Tail On The Donkey

Preschool Learning Games- Variations Of Pin The Tail On The Donkey

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We all love the classic game of pin the tail on the donkey as much as our children do. The question I like to ask is, why does it have to stop at just donkeys?
Have you ever tried to change things up a bit for different subjects you are doing in the classroom, in your home child care, or at the day care center you work at?
It's easy to find the donkey game already made for us, I know. But with the help of the class and some drawing paper and markers, you can create some wonderful games that will give you hours of fun.
Also remember that these games don't have to be made overnight. Don't stress yourself out. Turn it into a class project or just a project for yourself and take as long as you need. You will have as much fun making it as you will playing with it.
Be sure to check the bottom of this article for tips on making the games, durability, etc.

Game Idea #1- Pin the fin on the fish.
Game Idea #2- Pin the nose on the clown.
Game Idea #3- Pin the bell on the cow.
Game Idea #4- Pin the horse-shoe on the horse.
Game Idea #5- Pin the leaf on the flower.
Game Idea #6- Pin the apple on the tree.
Game Idea #7- Pin the wing/leg on the bird, bee, or insect.
Game Idea #8- Pin the worm on the hole in the fruit.
Game Idea #9- Pin the trunk on the elephant.
Game Idea #10- Pin the chocolate chip on the cookie. (Younger children) see note below.
Game Idea #11- Pin the cotton fluff on the cloud. (Same as game above only using cotton and a cloud shape).
Game Idea # 12- Pin the face parts on the face (eyes, nose, mouth, ears, hair, eyebrows, Etc) Make each piece and use as game pieces. Have each child take turns trying to put the game pieces in the correct spots on the face. See what silly faces they come up with.

*Pin the chocolate chip on the cookie: This game is great for toddler aged children. There is no right or wrong spot to pin the chocolate chip and when all the children have had their turn, they can look at the beautiful cookie they made. To make it fun, you can make the chocolate chips from different colors of construction paper and have a rainbow chip cookie. The children will love it!
Ideas for Making the Games: These games are best made from Bristol board material or even a large piece of cardboard. If you are not a great artist (as I am notha-ha) I have had to search for ways to draw these up. I have asked a friend who I know can draw to help me. Other times I have taken an overhead projector and taped my Bristol board to the wall and traced it that way. And other times I have found a large enough picture to use and have been able to draw simpler pictures on my own such as flowers, bees, cookies, etc.
Make sure you make enough game pieces for the children. Have everything colored nice and bright and bold, and laminate what you can for a long game life. Using sticky tack instead of tape will be easier for the children to handle the pieces and it won't ruin or pull at the game.

Have fun and change these games around as you need or like.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Homeschool Group Classes

Homeschool Group Classes

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The dominant image of homeschooling involves one child, or several siblings, studying with their mother in a socially isolated household. While those homeschoolers exist, they appear to be a definite minority, at least among New York City homeschoolers. One reason that most homeschoolers are far less isolated than many people assume is the popularity of small group classes.

Group classes take many forms. Some are taught by parents, others are taught by professionals; some are highly academic in nature, others are primarily intended to be social; some are traditional in their format, others are highly innovative. As a tutor who serves many homeschool families, I have come to strongly support group classes, since they provide an opportunity for a dynamic exchange of ideas among students and an affordable way for parents to ensure that their children are well educated, even in areas where the parents may not be comfortable teaching the material.

My primary personal experience with group homeschool classes is in the area of science. Science is particularly well suited to group classes, for two main reasons. First, it takes quite a bit of effort to get together the materials necessary for lab classes. As an illustration, I recently completed a unit on simple machines with a small group of upper elementary school age children. his relatively simple unit involved spring scales, three different kinds of pulley, two kinds of plastic tubing (to make Archimedes' Screws), as well as copious amounts of odds and ends such as cardboard, rubber bands, and popsicle sticks. It took several hours of concentrated effort and about $45 to get all the requisite materials together. While this was hardly a heroic level of preparation, it is far more involved than the preparation that normally goes into preparing lessons in arithmetic. The cost/benefit analysis simply makes more sense when that effort is going into a lesson for several children rather than just one.

The more important reason why science is an ideal subject for group lessons is that many parents feel inadequately qualified to teach science. Even at the elementary school level, they may be intimidated by their lack of knowledge and their own perceived failures in the subject. Of course, as the material becomes more sophisticated, these perceived shortcomings only grow, and in fact often turn into real shortcomings. It is my belief that most educated adults could master enough science to teach their 4th grader with the benefit of some good books, but the same can't be said for a 10th grader. It really does take specialized knowledge to effectively teach high school science classes well.

Just as a lack of real or perceived knowledge in science means that group classes are particularly valuable in science, other topics that many parents are uncomfortable with or lack knowledge in also make good candidates for homeschool group classes. Poetry, second languages, and more advanced mathematics are all fairly obvious candidates.

Since New York Academics has multiple teachers with different specialties, we are well-placed to offer group classes for homeschoolers in a variety of subjects including a wide range of topics and levels in science, most areas of math, Spanish, poetry, writing, and literature. We make it our policy to tailor the content of our small group homeschool classes to the needs and desires of each group that we work with (although all of our instruction is academically rigorous and secular).

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Home Schooling Six to Eight Year Olds

Home Schooling Six to Eight Year Olds

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Whether a child has been to an institutionalized school or has been home schooled forever, many six to eight year olds enjoy learning. As a parent, understanding how your child learns, which temperament is their strongest, and what type of intelligence they excel in will greatly assist in the teaching/learning process. Six to eight year olds learn best when they are having fun. Reading to the child is essential to their learning experience. Read about a variety of subjects, such as animals, mystery, history, fantasy, classics, and adventures. Visit the library often and see what they offer. Some offer reading and art classes or other activities. Purchasing a phonics book will dramatically help your child to understand how words are phonetically read out loud.

Another lesson for this age group is writing skills. Although the child may have difficulty writing, they certainly can talk up a storm. Scribing for your child as they tell a story is a great way for them to see it written down. Have them draw pictures by the words that you have written for them. Narration is also a great tool to learning language skills. Read to your child and have them repeat in their own words what the story was about. Remember to keep all these lessons fun and stress free. Children learn at their own pace as long as there is daily practice there is nothing to worry about.

When working with arithmetic, try to incorporate a lot of real life situations, such as cooking, or trips to the grocery store, etc. Science is another subject that is learned best in its natural setting. Read about snakes and then go to a zoo to see some. Name all the animals at the zoo and then write about it later. See how many different birds are outside your home and try to name them. The hands on approach is often the easiest way to learn. Walk on the beach and name all the animals, hike in the mountains and notice the different landscapes, collect specimens, notice changing seasons, the world is a learning experience.

In addition, parents want to teach their children responsibility and accountability with household chores. This is an excellent way for child to learn that they are capable and that they are needed in the family.

Overall, children in this age group enjoy combining research with creative projects, such as crafts, costumes, foods, reports, place setting, home decorations, music, and imagination play. With every activity, each subject can be incorporated easily. A purchased curriculum is not necessary, learning is inevitable.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Home Schooling Nine to Twelve Year Olds and Socialization

Home Schooling Nine to Twelve Year Olds and Socialization

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When home schooling a child between nine and twelve years old, there is a lot of pressure for peer pressure. Keep in mind that not all children undergo this pressure to be with and like their peers, while distancing themselves from their parents. These preteens still need plenty of attention, eye contact, positive reinforcement and praise, personal communication, and good interaction with their parents. Believe it or not, children at this age do still enjoy being read to. Keep having positive attitudes toward learning; focus on making learning interesting and engaging. Make sure you use positive constructive criticism with the least amount of academic pressure possible. Focus on providing a safe, secure learning environment that encourages love, acceptance and reassurance. This will, in time, raise their feelings of self worth and help them understand where their values lie.

At this tender age of hormones, mixed emotions, changing feelings, group planning in curriculum is suggested. Preteens prefer learning skills that have a reason or purpose in real life. For instance, instead of offering busy work in language arts, ask your child to write a letter to a manufacturing company in regards to a defective household product for you. Not only would this make the child feel important but the learning task would be a skill much needed in real life. When learning math, use real life examples with money and budgeting, perhaps even balancing a checkbook. Use graphs and charts to set goals with earned money and savings. Reading about science from a textbook is one way to learn the subject, but performing experiments or identifying specimens in nature is much more engaging. Daily and weekly chores are necessary to learn responsibility and accountability as an integral part of the family.

Remember to always model what you want to teach. Learn new topics together. Dissect a grasshopper for science, work on the family budget together, etc. Homeschooling allows parents to design a curriculum that benefits their children. Find out where your preteen has strengths and weaknesses and plan your curriculum around that.

Homeschooling and Socialization:

When parents talk about home schooling their children, the most common concern is regarding socialization. Parents are concerned that their children will not learn how to adapt to social situations. Unless the homeschooling parent decides to isolate their children completely from the outside world, this is impossible. In fact, children who are home schooled have more interaction with people of all ages, not just their age group. The average home schooled child attends more educational field trips during the year than the non home schooled child. In addition, home schooled children have more opportunities for after school activities, such as music lessons, sports, and hobbies.

Children who home school feel equally comfortable with younger children, peers, and adults of all ages. Children who home school have daily social interactions with the family, neighborhood and the community. Because of this, studies have shown that children who home school have higher self esteem. Children who attend school do not experience real world situations, while home schoolers are definitely more prepared for the real world.

The type of socialization that is experienced in schools is often negative. Large school settings harbor conformity, teasing, bullying, defiant behavior, popularity contests, and competition. No wonder home schooled children have higher self esteem; children at home are learning kindness, patience, sharing, respect, and understanding. These home schooled children are not exposed to peer influences which foster peer dependency. Peer dependent children show diminished positive socialization, such as self-worth, confidence, reverence for their parents, and trust in peers. Although home school children may play with other children in the neighborhood and experience this peer dependence, strong morals and values are being taught at home that override these negative experiences.

Home schooled children learn to listen to their own instincts and let that guide them to make their own decisions. Conforming to a peer social group that does not value individuality does not foster independent thinking, which is necessary for a successful life.

Monday, September 10, 2018

CAT Preparation Books

CAT Preparation Books

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All popular CAT preparation books claim to solve all of your problems but, in fact, very few can meet all of your test needs. Many CAT preparation material guides have good material on English Proficiency but may have a less-than-average coverage of Quantitative Ability. As such, therefore, if you ask a bookshop for a good CAT preparation guide, you may not find many in its truest sense. The lack of good stand-alone guides containing CAT preparation material may be due to the frequently changing CAT pattern in the past. But the CAT, now conducted online, has become almost standardized, helping the test-takers know about the real CAT.

The books containing the best CAT preparation material are published by reputed publishers. You may pay attention to the following points while buying a guide for CAT preparation material:

1. Buy a book published by a reputed publisher. Buying a cheap guide for CAT Preparation Material from a relatively little-known publisher is better avoided.

2. The CAT preparation material guide should be according to the latest CAT trends. As far as possible, buy the latest edition of the CAT study guide.

3. Most guides containing CAT preparation material also provide a CD alongside for online practice tests. The book you are buying should be accompanied by such a CD otherwise your CAT preparation is just not complete.

4. The guide book ought to have chapters devoted to different topics and tips for shortcuts.

Besides, we strongly recommend that you refer to the following classic books to start preparing for the verbal ability part of the CAT:

1. Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary Published by Oxford University Press and Edited by A B Bowie OR

Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary

2." Word Power Made Easy" By Norman Lewis (Goal Saab Publishers)

3. "All About Words" An Adult Approach To Vocabulary Building --- Rosenblum, Nurnberg

4. For basic grammar and sentence correction ---"High School Grammar and Composition" ---- By Wren & Martin

The following CAT preparation material is recommended for the CAT Maths and Reasoning parts:

A. Practice or calculation work on Decimal Fraction conversions and vice-versa Fraction-- Percentage conversions and vice-versa

Tables (From 10-20) Squares (From 11 - 30) and Cubes (From 1- 15)

B. Puzzle Books By Late Shakuntala Devi

C. NCERT Mathematics books for classes 5-10 (For review of basic concepts)

You need to use all the CAT study materials listed above before you begin with any other study material for CAT preparation.

Monday, September 3, 2018

Top Home Schools -3 Tips For Parents Who Teach Their Own Kids

Top Home Schools -3 Tips For Parents Who Teach Their Own Kids
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One of the most difficult jobs to undertake is being a parent. The second hardest is arguably becoming a teacher. It takes a certain type of person to be able to teach, but to combine both of these difficult jobs is an even bigger challenge - home schooling your own child. There are many things to consider when deciding whether or not home schooling is right for you and your child. The most successful home school parent/teachers have all three of the following concepts mastered before setting foot into the classroom/living room.

a. Discipline - Your child has to be disciplined in their learning, but more so does the parent. The education of your child is completely in their hands and can be a full-time job if it's not planned properly. It is important that the parent disciplines themselves to set a schedule for their child and devote enough time during the week for their studies.

b. Patience - Teaching anyone anything requires a level of patience. Sometimes concepts are not quickly grasped by your students, and may take a bit of extra effort in explanation. If one does not have the patience to participate in the process of learning, home schooling may not be the best option for educating children.

c. Socialization - It is vital that children have interaction time with other children. This can be done through team sports, clubs, and other activities like Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, reading clubs at the library, or summer camp. Homeschooled children can be looked at differently than traditional schooled children by both kids and their parents, so it's important that the home schooled child continue to be active with their peers.

These are just three of the things to consider when choosing home schooling. If you can meet the expectations of the three items mentioned above, you may be on your way to successfully home-schooling your child.

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