Creating your own homeschool schedule is one of the greatest freedoms of homeschooling. Schools need set schedules to keep large groups of students organized and on track. But homeschool schedules allow for much more flexibility. Your homeschool daily routine doesn’t include time spent forming a line, taking scheduled bathroom trips, and or giving multiple students individual attention. If you need tips for creating a flexible but productive day for any grade, the following homeschool schedule ideas, samples, and resources will help you find a routine that fits your homeschool flow.
If you’re just starting homeschooling or questioning which grade to place your children in, you’ve probably wondered about giving them a placement test. A placement test can help you buy resources most suited to your children’s academic needs. But most curriculum publishers don’t offer placement tests for their courses. So how do you make an informed decision when buying your homeschool materials? And how do you place your children in the right grades? We’re here to answer your many questions about placement tests and grade placement.
Finding an accredited homeschool program may be high on your list of priorities if you want to give your children a high-quality homeschool education. But pursuing accreditation may not be the best option if you are looking for an affordable homeschool program or more freedom for your homeschool. Accredited homeschool programs have advantages and disadvantages to consider when choosing the best homeschool program for your family. Choosing a homeschool program or curriculum is no small decision, and we’re here to help provide answers to your accreditation concerns.
Learning experiences are the heart of teaching. A learning experience is any interaction with a student that leads to understanding new information. That may sound broad, but God’s creation is so wonderfully complex that learning can happen anywhere and at any time. Learning experiences aren’t limited to planned lessons; children can learn through spontaneous activities, dinner table conversations, grocery store shopping, or independent playtime.
Children’s minds are basically blank slates—they are constantly gaining new information. Education should gradually build on this foundation with new information and help children develop important learning skills. Successful learning experiences encourage children’s confidence and willingness to learn. Let’s explore some effective forms of learning experiences and tips for continuing successful learning.
“Can I teach this subject in a group learning setting to students of different grade levels?” This is a common question from homeschooling parents who are struggling with the time requirements of teaching multiple children of different ages. Specifically, parents want to know if they can do group learning with their textbooks. But often, questions like this just don’t have a simple answer. One family might be able to make it work, while another might not. Alternatively, it could work in your family with one subject, but not another. Before you give group learning a try, here are a few tips that might help you on your journey.