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I’m a teacher. My grandmother was a teacher. When I think about her classroom and mine, it blows my mind how much education has changed in 65 years! Grandma taught in a one-room schoolhouse – chalkboards and all! Me, my “classroom” is a website where I host students from around the world! My “chalkboard” is whatever laptop, ipad, pick-a-device that my students use to access state-of-art online curriculum.
Online curriculum is one of the greatest innovations in modern education. It is efficient, effective, and truly tailored to each student’s needs.
Students are using online curriculum . . .
As traditional schools recognize the efficacy of online curriculum, they are incorporating it into classroom use. Online curriculum multiples the teacher’s efforts, providing either extra support or extra challenge as each student requires.
Yes, there are students who are professionals even at a very young age. They are athletes, actors, and artists. These talented kiddos still need to attend to their education and many find online curriculum to be the solution.
Families today are mobile. How about that for an understatement?! Whether for work or pleasure, families often move about. Online curriculum solves an important piece of the puzzle for traveling families because online curriculum is available whenever and wherever there is an internet connection.
Homeschooling is on the rise. Many homeschool families look to online curriculum to provide what their children need. Homeschool students find the multi-media lessons engaging and homeschool parents find progress easy to track and document.
No matter why, how, or where students use online curriculum, they all tend to be –
- Independent learners Self-paced programs enables students to take ownership of their learning
- Motivated The immediate feedback and interactive platform keeps students wanting to learn
- Successful Having individualized instruction at their fingertips is an incredible learning tool for students
- Well-rounded Learning efficiently means more time for other pursuits like music, sports, community service, etc.
Can We Really Start to Homeschool in January??
For whatever reason, perhaps the first half of the school year has not been ideal for your family. Perhaps you’ve been thinking, I wonder if it’s too late to try homeschooling. Can we really start to homeschool in January??
In a word, YES!!
No doubt concerns immediately come to mind. After all this would be a drastic change partway through the academic year.
Here are some questions you may be grappling with and here is how online curriculum can help.
How will I know what to cover? Online curriculum begins by assessing exactly what the student knows and what he/she needs to learn. Based on the initial assessment, a course is built to include the lessons and activities the individual student needs. This allows for efficient use of education time, as the student is learning exactly what he/she needs to know.
Am I really competent to teach my child? Online curriculum makes all subjects and all levels accessible to all students. The engaging multimedia presentation delivers accurate, up-to-date content. If a student needs more in-depth instruction or practice, that is available. If a student wants to excel, that is also an encouraged option. The individualized effective curriculum makes your job as parent-teacher easy.
How will I know my student is learning? Progress is simple to track with online curriculum. You can see a list of skills and/or objectives indicating what has been mastered and with what accuracy.
Will I have to time to homeschool? Online curriculum allows for great flexibility for when and where learning happens. You can structure your schedule around your family’s needs.
How do I know where to begin? Global Student Network has several tools to help you begin this journey smoothly. First, check out our Getting Started page. It has several helpful tips. Also, take a look at our six different online curriculum programs. You can compare their various features and even view demos. Chatting with an enrollment specialist can help with any further questions. We also have a simple printable checklist to help you make the transition.
With the help of online curriculum, you CAN start to homeschool in January! And you just might find it to be what your family needs for the New Year!
If you’re like me, you’re having calendar-shock – it’s January!! But just below the surface of that shock is the exciting sense that – it’s January! A fresh calendar, a clean slate, an entire 12 months full new possibilities!
I’ve always appreciated the fact that the New Year comes part way through the “school year.” It is the shot in the arm just when the motivation begins to wane and just before we bravely face the long winter. In the spirit of the New Year, we can look back on the beginning of the school year and determine what has worked well, what needs some tweaking, and what needs to be pitched out like the forgotten egg nog in the back of the fridge!
How many Januarys have I said, “This year were going to do this!” or “This year were going to do that differently!”? If only merely declaring it made it a reality!!
An essential tool for turning January enthusiasm into mid-year actuality is to set goals. There is an effective goal-setting tool from the world of business and has great applications for homeschool families. Here is how you can set some S.M.A.R.T. goals for this New Year.
Specific “We’re going to read more this year!” That’s noble, but what does that mean? Reading every night as a family? Each person reading a book a month? The more specific you are, the more likely you are to succeed.
Measureable Similar to being specific, setting measureable goals makes good intentions less abstract and more concrete. If you want your kids to be more consistent with their chores, quantify it. For example, each child will do one job each day.
Attainable I know in my enthusiasm I can imagine accomplishing way more than is humanly possible. Yes, it’s good to aim high, reach for the stars, and all that, but we should have goals for our families that they can realistically accomplish. Set your family up for success!
Relevant What your child needed to learn last year is likely very different from what they need to learn this year. Be sure your goals for our child is relevant to their current emotional, physical, and educational needs.
Timely I’ve heard somewhere “A goal is a dream with a deadline.” Putting what you hope for into a timeframe puts you one step closer to accomplishment. Also, you can take a big goal (like memorizing all the multiplication facts) and break it into smaller, time-oriented goals (“Let’s learn the 4 times tables this week.”)
Of course, family life doesn’t always go according to plan! But having SMART goals written out and holding one another accountable could make 2015 a great year of learning and growth for your family.
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I saw a picture on facebook (originally from pinterest). Jello worms. What a great idea! It looked simple enough, yummy, and something my kids would really get a kick out of! All you do is pour jello into straws then take the jello out of the straws and voila! A plate full of wiggly, wormy, tasty fun!
Getting the jello into the straws was messy. But resourcefulness led me to rubber bands and mason jars and I was undaunted. Into the refrigerator they went and I headed off to bed with thoughts of tomorrow’s squiggly treats and no doubt grateful smiles.
Next day, things proved tricky. Ever try squeezing jello out of a straw in one continuous string? When I rinsed the straws with enough warm water to actually get the stuff out, it immediately lost its wormlike shape and congealed into a gelatinous mass. When I didn’t rinse with warm water, they were near impossible to squeeze out. When the jello did come out, it often spattered. Results? I literally had jello on the walls, on the kitchen window, all over the counters. I did not have jello worms.
I think there is a social media term for this – pinterest fail!
Once I attempted “Never-Fail Fudge” and guess what?! It failed!! My mom told me there was an actual recipe called “Never-Fail Fudge Brownies.” The main ingredient? Failed never-fail fudge!
We need ways of dealing with failure because, well, failure is a part of life! As a parent, dealing with failure is one of the most important lessons I can teach my kids. I hope I can pass along to them the following recipe –
Dealing with Failure
- Separate and set aside fear. Being afraid of failure often keeps us from trying something new. One thing that gives me courage in trying something new is to ask myself, “What is the worst that could happen?” I hope to teach my children to from that perspective too.
- Add flexibility. When things don’t go according to plan, you learn to improvise, honing your creativity and resourcefulness. Being able to execute something flawlessly is truly commendable, but being able to think on your feet and adapt when the less-than-perfect happens is also a valuable life skill.
- Just keep stirring! Failure teaches perseverance. “If at first you don’t succeed . . .” it’s cliché, but so true! I’m quick to applaud my kids’ successes – I need to be quick to applaud their perseverance even when it doesn’t lead to obvious success. I need to reinforce that sticking with something is the ultimate goal even if failure is part of the process.
- Measure perspective. Failure is part of learning. Few get something right the first time we try it. Getting it wrong and making adjustments is the essence of learning. When my kids fail at something, do I help them see it as a stepping stone to “getting it right” next time?
- Add humility. Failure keeps you humble. Just when you think you’re “all that,” you drop the ball and it splatters all over your Wonder Woman suit! Yep, failure keeps your feet planted in reality. I want my kids to understand the value of humility. I want them to have confidence but confidence tempered by humility.
- Bake until GREAT! Failure proceeds greatness. How many stories of greatness begin with failure?! Abraham Lincoln lost elections, Walt Disney’s first cartoon went bankrupt, and Thomas Edison tried thousands of times before he got the light bulb right! I want my kids to see that failure helps to build the character needed to be remarkable.
So the next time I have a terrible mess on my hands, I want to turn it into a teachable moment. And just perhaps these terrible messes and teachable moments can help my kids have a healthy perspective on failure.