Professional development for homeschooling parents?

The 81st Carnival of Homeschooling is up at Principled Discovery with something for everyone who homeschools their children.

Dana organized this week’s Carnival of Homeschooling around a theme of profession development. There are many tips for parents who want to do a better job as homeschoolers.

Thanks, an a tip of the hat to Henry Cate who has recently written, Why we Homeschool – Part 2

Homeschooling gives our family a three-fold advantage:

    1) Our children are not immersed in a consumerist society.
    2) We have time at home to teach our children "do-it-yourself" skills.
    3) We are free to choose a curriculum that emphasize sound money management principles and avoid the "money can buy happiness" philosophy prevalent in our society. (By the way, our curriculum includes the books like The Richest Man in Babylon, The Only Investment Guide You Will Ever Need, Money Doesn’t Grow on Trees, and The TightWad Gazette.)

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0 Responses to Professional development for homeschooling parents?

  1. Mouse says:

    I wish that I had been able to homeschool The Ragazzi it would have been richly rewarding for all of us.
    Thankfully I managed to produce an eco-warrior and a musician neither of whom have any intentions of running in The Rat Race so all’s well that ends well!

  2. Dana says:

    Interesting site you have here. Thank you for noting the carnival.

    I only read the first three Harry Potter books, but I still can’t quite believe all the attention they have received. I guess it is one of those instances of the right product at the right time.

    Lincoln’s mayor even impersonated Harry during a press conference and asked for the wisdom of Dumbledore in dealing with the capital city’s budget issues. Weird.

  3. Carl says:

    Homeschooling – my wife homeschooled all of our children…as needed.

    My son was homeschooled for 5 years (grades 4-8). He blossomed in that environment. He went from not being able to pass the SOLs to scoring in the top percentiles (including top 3 percent in math) in the IOWA and Stanford national exams. His reentry into traditional schooling has been a big success, where he earned the academic achievement award for his class.

    My twin daughters were homeschooled last year (grade 6) after 5 years of successful traditional schooling. It was a tough decision to homeschool, but the ability to infuse values along with teachings was a key decision point. One took to homeschooling, the other did not. She has opted to go back to traditional schooling, while her sister is choosing to do homeschooling again next year.

    Success in homeschooling is heavily dependent on the parent teacher, but also dependent on the “self start” ability of the child. We saw that 2 out of 3 did well because they focused on “getting it done.” The other, our smartest, was bored and as a result, difficult. She thrives in a project setting, and likes to do the “assignments” as filler between projects. Unfortunately, the curriculim is out there that we found was more traditional – drill oriented. We could have succeeded better with Lauren if we taught her principles and had her to appy them to projects. It would be nice, as home schooling grows, to see resources available for more varied teaching methods.

    A homeschooling parent has a huge task – preparing lesson plans for a class of 1 or 2 in each grade – and then doing it all over again for the next year. Homeschooling resources are incredibly valuable. And with time, they can include more variety to accomodate the different learning styles that children have.

    One major critical success factor to homeschooling is to school in a co-op environment. My kids were taught by their mom and by other moms. My wife was an IBM Marketing rep -she taught the other mom’s kids business skills in a Junior Acheivement setting. Another mom, a registered pediatric nurse, taught the kids biology. A part-time writer for the Washington Post taught writing, while a former Fortune 500 in-house counsel taught speech. (It would be cool to see you teach PC repair/application skills in a co-op!).

    In SWVA I don’t see much co-op activity. I see field trips and fun get-togethers. But I suspect if the homeschool teachers formed a coop, with space provided by a sponsoring church or other facility, and could specialize in their areas of strength, they could provide a synergy that is stronger than one parent trying to teach all subjects in all grades to their own children… The social benefits of co-op teaching are a significant benefit as well.

    Nice topic.

    Carl

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