Looking for a unique way to celebrate your children’s achievements in school this year? Make them custom homeschool t-shirts they can proudly wear this summer! BJU Press is producing graphics you can download, print, and iron onto a t-shirt or canvas bag. Graphics are available for both K5 graduates and students of all other grade levels. Using a printer, transfer paper, and an iron, you can create a special way for your children to remember all they accomplished this homeschool year.
Do your kids fight with each other? Probably. My four daughters occasionally fight. My brothers and I fought while we were growing up. The very first siblings we read about in the Bible—Cain and Abel—fought. Sibling rivalry seems so normal that we may mistakenly think it’s not a big deal. See tips!
The beginning of a new year is a great time to look at different homeschool schedules. Does your schedule fit your family’s needs? Is it hard to get everything done in a day? Do you feel like you spend too much time on some subjects and not enough time on others? Thankfully, homeschooling allows you to switch up your schedule and find a routine that suits your needs. Here are some options for switching up a routine that just isn’t working.
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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.
Deschooling means your children receive little or no formal learning for a while after leaving school and then gain a fresh start by homeschooling. The process is especially valuable if your child has had a difficult learning experience in school. Deschooling can help your child develop better learning habits, reset from the pressures of a traditional school model, or recover from difficult or painful relationships at school. You can take time to change your and your child’s expectations for learning. No matter your previous educational experience, deschooling can help smooth the transition into homeschooling.