For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. John 3:16-17
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“The Gospel is not man accepting Jesus as his Saviour, but that God accepted the Lord Jesus as the perfect and only Saviour two thousand years ago. The Gospel is not man giving his heart or his life to Jesus, but that Christ gave His life, His whole being, in the place of sinners. The Gospel is not man receiving Christ into his heart, but that God received the Lord Jesus into Heaven as the mediator of sinners. The Gospel is not Christ enthroned in the human heart, but that God enthroned the Lord Jesus at His right hand in Heaven.
Do we see the great distinction between these two messages? One is subjective and puts the emphasis on what man must do. The other is objective and puts the emphasis on what Christ has already done. The sinner is only to trust in what has already been done on his behalf. the Lord Jesus cried, “…It is finished…” He did it all. He took upon Himself the load of sin, the full responsibility for the sin of mankind. Because Christ paid the complete debt, God raised Him from the dead and accepted Him into Heaven. The resurrection was God’s sign to all that He accepted the Lord Jesus Christ forever as the perfect Saviour. God is satisfied. Is the convicted sinner? Will he rest the whole weight of his soul’s salvation on Christ’s acceptance by God as the perfect Saviour? Will the sinner cease once and for all trying to do anything to save himself? Will he trust only in God’s Son for salvation?” From Firm Foundations Creation to Christ, Trevor Mcllwain with Nancy Everson pg.13
5th of Tamuz, 5767
Look at the behemoth, which I have made along with you; he eats grass like an ox. See now, his strength is in his hips, and his power is in his stomach muscles. He moves his tail like a cedar; the sinews of his thighs are tightly knit. His bones are like beams of bronze, his ribs like bars of iron.
Job 40:15 – 18
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Find age-appropriate preschool books. While you’re searching for them, don’t forget about the time factor. You want to be sure they’ll enjoy looking at the book and reading it because it will help them develop a good reading habit.
It’s important to realize kids’ brains grow at different rates. Most scientific research says that a child’s brain grows by 5% every year. Well, that’s slower than a human hair growth rate. So don’t be too concerned about the fact that your child’s brain is not fully developed until about the age of about 7 or 8.
Some early readers as young as four or five can enjoy books on early reader concepts such as vocabulary and letter sounds. A child will often pick up more of the sounds and names of the letters as he gains proficiency with his parents reading list. Don’t be surprised if your child will refuse to read until he’s had the opportunity to sound out the words.
I discovered my own early reading success when I had a five-month-old son. While I was on the train one day with my son, I suddenly remembered a story I’d read to him when he was two.
The story was so engrossing I didn’t stop him from picking up the story from the train station and reading it to him. He picked the story up, closed his eyes for a moment, and commenced to begin to read.
It wasn’t long before he was completely engrossed. I encouraged him to read to his brother and the two boys ended up spending the day together reading and working on the vocabulary words.
When you have children of your own, you develop a bond with your baby. You also ensure that your children have the opportunity to become fluent readers.
George, our son, was blubbering away in his car on the way home when he stopped me and asked what he needed for school. I knew George had read for years and often read for his mother.
I directed him to my station and purchased him a box of Saxon Stories. “Try these ones,” I told him.
I read the story to him and then asked him to tell me some of the words by asking me questions. Again, he had read the story for years.
George went on to tell me that he liked it when he read the story because it helped him focus on the words in the story.
Now, George read to their classmates’ children every chance he had. He loved the audio feature in the book that let him hear the story in Devanagari.
George’s teacher told him earlier that week that she was going to turn over all his homework in 15 minutes or he wouldn’t be allowed to speak. George was so excited he danced around his room shouting and joyously.
What George didn’t know at the time was that his mother, Rosa, planned to talk to him in his room at break and take him to lunch when he had done his best. She played her Russian roulette game as she told him.
The legacy that 15 minutes of tutoring gave George was to remain focused and enjoy the rest of the school year. His grades improved and this began to earn him an “A” throughout the school.
Usually tutoring sessions last from 2-5 hours, sometimes longer. Students feel more in control when they learn in a classroom set-up. The behind-the-wheel-tire-changing sessions give students a chance to apply what they have learned by practicing on a wheeled carousel. Or, the traffic-act-review sessions will have students plotting their routes to improve driving.
Before heading to a session, students first look for a tract of land to park. A five-minute tutorial on turning signals will have students learning not only how to change signals but how to safely merge with traffic.
Next, students will be taught their driving techniques including recognizing when other cars are stopped or passing, looking both ways of the road, parallel parking, making turns, coming around traffic signs, dumping the speed limit, random starts, skidding, and splashing into the tires of approaching cars.
The behind-the-wheel-tire-changing sessions for beginner drivers are especially appropriate for the first time behind the wheel. The students are usually keen to begin and end their driving lessons with a driving simulator. However, even instructors are sometimes nervous about teaching such a novice driver. The behind-the-wheel-tire-changing sessions make them more comfortable in dealing with a real-life driving scenario. And these are not the beginner drivers who are excited about all driving!
Education is a process of learning how to learn. It is a building process. We all learn more efficiently when we use that efficient learning process for ourselves.
The purpose of this website is to share with you my experiences with homeschooling, to help you decide what you should do, and to answer other questions you may have. I am not a professional counselor, and I hope that my past experience and enthusiasm for homeschooling speak for themselves. If you are trying to decide whether to become a homeschool parent, please don’t be afraid to ask lots of questions! I would be happy to answer them.
I chose to homeschool because I believed that my children’s academic deficiencies, as well as other students in my community, speak to a much more serious problem than I had thought. Many parents have similar stories. HESI is a critical tool for assessment and to help target help where it is needed.
The tools within the HESI:
The HESI is a comprehensive tool for parents that must be used together with the parents’ homeschool curriculum. HESI offers parents comprehensive tools for:
And, it includes a “Homeschooling Checklist” and “casters for the Teacher:”
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While many people leave the learning of their children to an outside source (the public school system), parents who homeschool their children do not have to sacrifice their children’s education. In fact, parents who homeschool their children see it as a great way to spend their time with their children. Parents also gain a compelling reason for homeschooling when they see their children struggling in school with academic interests and requests.
The “Checklist” is a key tool for parents that will help make a bad situation far worse. The checklist is a Summary of Needs (not a list of demands), created with the help of educators and submitted to the school district where the child attends. Parents can easily use this “checklist” to make their children educated and engaged as they prepare for kindergarten.
The biggest issue with public schools is the lack of engaged parents. SES is designed to work for parents and teachers working together to make a difference in the lives of their children.
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- Parent’s spent more time with their children as a result of using this curriculum.
- 21st Century skills for learning included Writing, Reading, and math for all children.
- A review of a recent national report showed that reading practices improved for all test subjects except Reading Comprehension.
- In almost every subject, difficulties were identified in two or more areas.
- The most common areas of difficulties were Maths and Verbal Reasoning.
- Many parents and teachers were shocked by the high number of struggling readers who could not understand more complicated material.
- Many struggling readers had extremely high levels of performance in the primary grades, but they were failing in Math and Verbal Reasoning because they had not mastered these skills.
- Many of the children who were performing well in Math and Verbal Reasoning had not mastered the printed form of numbers and only counted with their fingers.
- Parents were astonished at the low number of middle school students who could compare synonymously with older students.
- Almost half of the students who had not mastered the printed form of numeracy could not perform simple quantitative calculations.
- One-third of the students in the secondary grades had not mastered the printed form of numeracy.
- Only 15% of the students in the elementary grades had mastered the printed form of numeracy.
- In our current school system, only 15% of the students have arithmetic literacy of a very adequate standard, and 83% have literacy of a basic or satisfactory level.
- Out of the 15% of students who have basic literacy skills, 71% had not learned sentence repetition, and only 19% could not read a sentence at a conscious level.
- The results of this study show that reading skills are a very important factor in the learning of most of us.
- Although reading is not the only factor that affects our lives, it is the most powerful. The results of this study also show that reading improves throughout the grades level.
- Apart from that, this study has also proven that reading improves the understanding of other subjects too.
- This is the time to take action children! Don’t let the sites that teach incorrect information pass your child.
- We try to bring the best resources for our students. To bring excellent resources and a challenging educational environment for your children.
Educators who are considering homeschooling as an avenue to education have many tools and resources at their disposal to help them make the homeschooling plan work. Typically, at the beginning of the homeschooling program, a great deal of research and communication is required to make sure students will be cared for and comfortable in their new homeschool environment. Then, you have to figure out just what you will do on a day-to-day basis. You have to make decisions on how to spend your time, talents and money. Many parents find that with the first few years of homeschooling they have spent too much money on taking care of their child and the additional expenses that come with homeschooling. As a new homeschooling parent(ren) parent, you may feel overwhelmed and exhausted. Don’t worry. The basics of homeschooling are the foundation to any homeschooling plan.
The “homeschool basics” need to be covered in one place and that place is your state’s home law. In a nutshell, you must protect your legal rights through homeschooling in your new state.
Many parents find the first few years of homeschooling are frustrating and they may decide to just abandon the homeschooling plan all together. In many cases, the parents abandon the homeschooling plan for their own reasons. This realization brings with it a great deal of anxiety and lack of will to homeschool their children. After all, if they decide to homeschool they have to be of age. Many parents find the minimum age for a homeschooling child is five years old. Other parents find that the minimum age for a homeschooling child is seven years old. The vast majority of parents will agree that at the very minimum, children can be homeschooled until the child is around 12 years old.
There are many methods that you can use as a homeschool parent. The basic idea is to be organized and follow the model that is given to you by your church or other providers. You may wish to form a Home Schooling Committee for your church or other organization to help you with this goal. Other homeschool basics include preparing your home for a new way of learning and teaching and finding effective ways to teach your child. These are all things that will help to keep the daily schedules and activities fun and stress free for your child.
Another way to help your child with homeschooling is to be prepared for all of the “homeschool questions”. These questions can come from any school and can make or break your child’s reputation as a unschooled student. Here are a few of the questions parents of unschooling children get asked about their children:
How do you stay motivated?
What type of structure does your church have that you could follow?
How will you teach?
Are unschooling children self taught?
How will you judge them?
Will your child be allowed to teach?
Will you be available to talk to your child?
Have you check-off items for your child?
Are your child’s ideas respected?
Are you willing to try new things with your child?
Are you organized and prepared for any occurrences?
These may seem like significant tasks to do with your children. Remember that the more you commit to homeschooling, the more organized and focused you will be on your child. Remember to keep your financial and religious resources separate from your regular education and schedule planning. The last thing you want is to be trying to manage two completely separate worlds.
The concept of homeschooling is very simple. It is recommended that you stay within your means, or that you use a “homeschool trust fund.” To start with, you will need to have your child’s school records. This can be easily obtained from your local school district. Many districts operate Homeschool support centers, and your child’s diploma should be on your computer.
Parents who have been working as certified personnel in the public education system may be required to take a basic reading exam in the classroom. Parents will then need to direct their child to a website, such ashttp://www.homeschooltestcom.com. This website provides results from many different tests that you can take individually or as a class. These tests are geared to help you determine what skills need to be mastered.
The basis for most homeschool tests is state testing. But, they can be waived depending on your state’s common curriculum regulations. Some states require an internet connection before taking the test, while others do not. There are many major learning institutes that provide this testing material so that your child can take it online. These tests can be downloaded but must be saved on a computer first.
A great benefit to using these tests online is that you can take them at your own pace. Nobody knows the internet like the people who use the internet to take tests online. These tests usually have a time limit, so be sure that you can save the file before running out of time.
Private Schools: There are many private schools that provide homeschooling curriculum through seminars and other courses. The tuition tends to be higher on private schools. These schools can require parents to pay for the supplies and variable prices of books and other supplies. You may find that the teachers and faculty members from private schools are more qualified than those who teach at public schools. Many parents have left their public school teachers to teach at private schools, and have had excellent results.
Why would you want to homeschool your child? The reasons vary from teaching an individual child to fostering greater in-depth knowledge of a subject. Some children benefit by being more independent, while others benefit from a more personalized curriculum and a more engaging curriculum. Every child has different learning styles and needs to be more personalized within a system that better matches his or her current level of learning and is designed to be successful.
Also, you may find that, when your child attends a private school, he or she will be even more eager and competitive than the average public-schooled child. In fact, studies have found that private schools teachers are more inclined to teach based on the specific talents and interests of each student. Because of this, private schools place a much greater focus on preparing their students for college and everyday independent living than do public schools.
There are many different forms of homeschool curriculums. The most basic of these is the “acreage by acre” method, which allows students to incorporate more fully different parts of the world. This method, for example, will teach a student more about the Law of motions. While he or she is moving around, students can explore their world by taking in visual lessons and touching and feeling what they are learning about.
Other homeschool methods center on the study of subjects such as English, mathematics, foreign languages, history, and nature. The most in-depth of these, a unit study, follows one subject for an entire year and comes out with nothing but test questions. However, this type of study is very effective in developing a strong outline for additional learning and is used by many masterfully certified teachers.
There are different methods and curriculums for homeschooling children of all ages. The key is to find a method or curriculum that matches the needs and interests of your child. You may find that a particular subject is more appealing to your child than others, or you may find that two or three subjects are more appealing to your child than others. What is most important is that your child gets a chance to experience something new, something that he or she will not see in public schools. Give your child the opportunity to learn through fun, independence-building activities such as science projects and field trips to public places.
Some schools require that children be spoken to by their parents during mealtime. This is a nice way for children to get their parents’ attention and build social connections. Also, children who have more than one parent in the home have had more opportunities to get to know their parents and develop relationships with their peers, which is a key ingredient to being a well-rounded and well-rounded student.
It is not easy to educate a child, and it is not cheap. But, with proper homeschooling education, children can learn more in their lifetime than they would have otherwise, greatly improving their lives and shaping their futures.