We’ve Updated Our Distance Learning Ordering Process!

Here’s some exciting news about Distance Learning! We’ve streamlined our online ordering process to make purchasing the Distance Learning courses you need quick and easy.

screen shot of bjupresshomeschool.com Grade 1 Online with Books product page

Finding a Course

It’s so easy to find the products. To order any Distance Learning product, just go to Distance Learning and select either the grade or the subject you’re looking for. (The Distance Learning link is also located on bjupresshomeschool.com in the menu at the top.)

Learning About Your Options

The layout of the product pages lets you see all the information at a glance. At the top there’s a picture of what’s included. Just below the picture are sample videos for the grade or subject you’re viewing.

Want to know more? Click the Details, Contents, or Instructor tab located just above the sample videos to get answers to questions you may have about the course.

If you’d like to order the course without books or you need it on DVDs or a Hard Drive (available for Grades 1–8), you can select those choices from the Other Distance Learning Options box to the right of the sample videos.

For some upper-level grade kits, you can choose to include a foreign language course at no extra cost.

For Grades 1–12 (in the Online or DVD format), you can substitute up to two courses (from Grade 1 or above) up or down two grade levels by clicking on Customize my kit. For example, if your child is ahead in math, you can order Grade 1 Distance Learning Online, but substitute Grade 2 Math for Grade 1 Math.

Ordering Your Selection

Once you’ve decided what you would like to order, simply click the Add to Cart button to the right of the product picture.

As part of the checkout process, you’ll need to agree to the terms. Online classes also have a student registration process that sets everything up for access to the online courses.

Check out our Distance Learning courses on bjupresshomeschool.com, and choose the ones that are just right for your kids!

From Student to Teacher

One summer as a young teenager, I begged my parents not to give me a teaching role in our backyard Bible club. My big sister was the one that all the kids adored, and besides, I got stage fright, even in front of a crowd of five-year-olds. Somehow, I still ended up teaching the missions story for the club. At the first meeting, I read the story directly from the book, making little eye contact with the children. To my surprise, they eagerly listened, and I slowly started to engage them more.

Another summer during my high school years, my parents sent me to a Christian youth camp that focused on preparing teens to lead Bible clubs. We learned how to creatively introduce, explain, and review memory verses and songs. We took notes on the components of a Bible lesson and the basics of classroom management. We practiced sharing the gospel. After our training, we spent the rest of the summer going into the neighborhoods of our city and leading week-long Bible clubs. It was during that time that my heart was irreversibly captured with a love for teaching children, especially teaching them biblical truth.

photograph of a teen teaching a group of children at a Bible clubThe next few years brought more opportunities to sharpen my newfound desire to educate—from teaching in Sunday school, vacation Bible school, and after-school Bible clubs to teaching English as a second language in China. I eagerly consumed articles, books, and courses on effective teaching. I even took notes while observing my favorite teachers at church, on BJU Press Distance Learning videos, and at college. Now I have the joy of teaching my own children, the most challenging and rewarding teaching role I’ve ever had. I’m thankful my parents gently pushed me into teaching, unlikely candidate though I was.

I’d like to encourage parents to think of ways they can give their teenage students opportunities to develop teaching skills. It may not come naturally, but students can learn through avenues such as mentoring under an experienced Sunday school teacher, taking a teaching class, reading a book on effective teaching, practicing with younger siblings, and volunteering for children’s ministries at their local church.

The benefits your students will receive from improving their speech and communication skills through teaching might initiate a lifelong career. Learning to teach will likely be an asset in their future families (perhaps even through home education), church ministries, and careers. How will you encourage your teenage students to step out from behind the student desk, face the crowd, and teach?

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