Welcome to all my old subscribers and new subscribers as well. By the time you read this letter you are either coming back from your Thanksgiving break or may even be still on break with family and friends. Wherever you are in the world, I hope you have a relaxing and beautiful time creating memories. This month’s newsletter will be full of festive holiday recipes, inspiration, mental health awareness and wellness.
Many people have compared our lives to a play, where we are actors and actresses on a big stage. Think about the role you’re playing. Who is in control of your story? Are you living your own tale, or are you just going through the motions in someone else’s production?
We all have ideas or beliefs about ourselves that shape our identity. These perceptions come from our culture, upbringing, or our own imagination. We then act according to these beliefs as if they were true.
Most of us don’t realize that we are living out a story, and that someone else is the writer. This means that we have no control over how the story unfolds, how we react to events, or the direction our life takes.
If we don’t take time to create our own story, we will keep living the one we have, even if it’s not working for us and someone else is in control. How can you find out the story you’re living and decide if it’s time to make your own version? Here are a few tips:
Assume you are in fact enacting a story. Uncover the elements of your story. Be a detective, hunting for clues. Look at all your behaviors and describe them piece by piece, until the “whole” story emerges.
Assess your story. Are you happy with it? What would you change, remove, or add to this story to make it more satisfying? Re-write your story – become the author of the grandest story you can envision – a story that truly inspires.
Share your new story with important people in your life. Talk about your specific role in the story and why it appeals to you. The more you talk about your new story, the more it will become a part of you.
Commit to living your new role in some way. Make at least one change that is in alignment with the new story.
Finally, explore how your new story fits into the bigger story of your family, organization, corporation, country, and the world. What contribution can your new individual story make to the bigger story?
Remember, you are the author, and you can write your own story any way you wish. And lastly, you time is limited. So do not waste it. Spend it wisely!
Do Certain Subjects Require Specific Hours of Teaching for Homeschooling My Kid?
Homeschooling parents can use technology to enhance and complement traditional teaching methods. There are educational software and teaching packages available that can help create a curriculum. The internet is a valuable resource with online dictionaries, libraries, encyclopedias, and museums for educational purposes.
Depending on your State’s homeschooling law, the following may apply:
School officials can inquire about the parents’ qualifications to instruct or teach their child; however instructing parents do not necessarily need to have a particular educational qualification. A high school graduate or less can instruct the child, provided that she has the capability and a sound mind.
Children in the elementary level should be taught the following: English, which includes reading, spelling and writing; math, geography, science, civics, history, physiology and health, music, physical education and art.
Children in the high school level, should be taught the following: English, which includes speech, language, literature and composition, science which will include chemistry and biology; social studies, geography, economics, history of the U.S.A, world history, mathematics which will include algebra, geometry and statistics; music, art, physiology and health, physical and safety education.
School officials can inquire regarding subjects that the child should study, demand the length of homeschool year, and allocate instruction hours for every subject.
While they can determine instruction hours for every subject, they should not control the method in which these subjects are to be taught.
This means that homeschooling parents can determine and evaluate instruction hours based on their method of homeschool, not necessarily to be able to imitate the public school, rather equal and match it according to efficiency and systematic approach.
In homeschooling, parents decide what their children should learn. The subjects don’t have to be taught for a specific number of hours, but each subject needs enough time for the child to fully understand it.
In homeschooling, schedules are not as important because time is perceived differently.
School officials can recognize and classify instructional materials, only for the reason of determining the subject and the child’s grade or level. They should not utilize this right to demand the way or style of teaching, with which subjects are to be taught.
When a child is struggling with a particular subject, like reading, parents should provide more time for practicing that subject. This allows the child to have enough time to understand and learn it effectively.
On the other hand, when it comes to subjects that the child learns easily and enjoys, parents can shorten the time spent on those subjects. They can then allocate the additional hours to the subjects that the child finds challenging or is not progressing well in. This way, the child can receive the necessary support and focus on improving their weaker areas.
At homeschooling, the child can take the time to learn and explore each subject at his/her own speed, in his or her own capacity. And the parent can find creative ways to make learning and teaching fun.
A few efficient and helpful teaching materials that are not tangible, such as community service, travel, visits to parks and museums, etc., will definitely grant significant learning skills and knowledge aside from those learned from books.
Parents and school officials must reach an agreement on a system of evaluation or assessment for the child; either standardized testing, periodic reports on the child’s progress or dated samples of work.
Determine your child’s learning ability and style so that:
You’ll know what approach to use or be well equipped in teaching them. It is a wrong notion that some parents have, to presume that their kids learn the way they do. For example, when parents are visual learners, they also expect their children to be visual learners. Just remember that children are different individuals; usually having distinct learning styles compared to their parents and even their siblings. The sooner that you learn and comprehend each child’s learning style the sooner that you can effectively teach them.
You’ll be prepared to decide on a curriculum for homeschooling. If you are not familiar with your child’s learning styles, there is the possibility that you will select a curriculum that can not be an effective tool for your child’s learning.
You can better identify and understand your child’s educational needs. When children fail to effectively communicate, they, much like everyone else, get upset and discouraged. However, if you understand your child’s learning styles, you can be able to assist your child to understand themselves better, enabling them to interact and correspond better with their peers.
Understanding their learning styles and their capabilities will enable you to determine how many hours they need for each subject; homeschooling does not require strict hours of teaching your child in any subject. It all depends on how well your child progresses; if he can do his math in less time in regard to the curriculum set for him, then good. If you feel he needs to spend more time in reading, then he should.
Can you believe that we are already in November? My oldest is in her 3rd year of college and chose to do her studies remotely and loves it. As you already know, our youngest is autistic and he is in his final year of high school. Lots to think about and do in this final push and the journey still continues. (Read More Here>>)
Mandu Usoro is a lifestyle blogger, freelance writer, experienced homeschooler and US Army Veteran with a BS Degree in Social Work and AA Degrees in Psychology as well as Health Care Administration. She enjoys spending time with her family, advocating for her special needs son and writing for fun and inspiration. You can get in touch with her on Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and at https://www.homeschoolspecneedstidbits.com/contact-us
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