Sunday, September 18, 2011

Homeschooling and traditional educational philosophies and methods

The thing about traditional educational philosophies and methods is that they are always changing. In fact, public schools are continually assessing their methods and finding them lacking. Public school is in a mess, there’s no question about it. Outcome based education has resulted in teacher’s teaching tests that students are quizzed on, however, real learning is lost in the process. Homeschooling has given power back to parents where they, the people who have known their children since birth (or a little later if adopted); are best equipped to institute the best teaching method for their child’s needs.

Parents quickly learn that no two children are alike; even if they grow up in the same household. Children don’t behave the same, they don’t think the same and they don’t learn the same. Most children thrive when they have the freedom to think, learn and grow in a manner, method or style that is comfortable for his or her needs. The traditional classroom setting doesn’t allow for individual learning styles and it doesn’t allow for children to move at their own pace. Instead, children are simply forced to learn what will be on their end of year tests in hopes that the teacher and schools pass and get a good grade so Uncle Sam will be well pleased.

As the homeschooling movement has continued to thrive, many home educating families have paid homage to the pioneers that have questioned and challenged public school philosophies and encouraged parents to branch out and try new educational methods. From Dr. Raymond Moore to John Holt, home education has grown and developed, enabling parents to find the best method that works for their households and their children’s individual learning styles.

Don’t feel pressured into using traditional educational philosophies, but rather research different methods such as textbook, classical education, principle approach, unit studies, Charlotte Mason, unschooling, Eclectic and more. Additionally, don’t fear trial and error as many homeschooling families try several different methods before finding what works best for their children.

Why Home School: Values and Strengthen the Family Bond

There are many reason why someone chooses to home school their child or children. One of the main reasons often cited is that the parent hopes to instill their set of values in their children. As many homeschool families have deep religious faith (whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish or even Atheist); more people are becoming opposed to the secular humanistic curricula taught in the public school setting. Combine the core curricula with the impact of bullying, early sex education and exposure to negative peer pressure and it’s no wonder so many have risen to the challenge of educating their own children.

The home school environment equips the parent with the opportunity to pass their set of values and morals to their children in a manner that many believe is their constitutional and God-given right. Many homeschool families do not agree that big government should have more authority shaping and molding a child’s character than the child’s own parents. As Christians, we believe that children are given to us by God and that we have been entrusted with their future. That responsibility comes with accountability that we will one day stand before the Lord to answer to Him for how we raised our children. We do not believe that we have been entrusted with our children only to hand them over to a secular society that attempts in all manners to strip away the faith that we have instilled in them.

Homeschooling allows the family unit to bond and become strengthened. Many home schooling families enjoy a deep bond and closeness that was once common in American society that has been replaced by two parent working households. In an age when computers, cell phones, text messages and computer games monopolize the next generation’s time and attention, home schooling appears as a novelty where as it allows the family unit to strengthen their bond.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Bible verses for religious education, homeschools and Sunday Schools

Scripture Memory Songs: Verses About Praying (Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends)Those who teach children in homeschool situation, Sunday schools or in any aspect of Christian religious education often find there are times when they need Bible verses to enhance their lessons and increase children’s understanding. It’s important to realize that the word “Christian” runs the gamut and when using various resources it’s common to find lesson plans from Catholics, Baptists, Mennonites, Seventh Day Adventists, Lutherans, Pentecostals and more. Use your best judgment and don’t be afraid to incorporate lesson plans from sources you might not otherwise consider. You’ll find that there are numerous resources available on the Internet that can enhance your lessons and help save you time as well as money.
Some of the most popular sites available for religious education and those that have plenty of resources available for teaching Bible verses include the following:

Cool Spring Baptist Church  has an extensive collection of over 500 Bible verses that you may choose by category then print out.

Heart of Wisdom has printable Bible verses that you may use for handwriting practice in manuscript, cursive and D’Nealian.

A Kids Heart  This site is full of printable coloring pages that teach Bible verses from both the Old and New Testament. There is even a section that contains Bible verses in Spanish.

Bible Story Printables has plenty of resources to keep children busy and learning Scripture whether in the homeschool setting or Christian school.

Scripture Memory Songs: Verses About Behaving (Max Lucado's Hermie & Friends)Christian ADHD has a nice set of colorful Scripture cards for memorization. You may find those here: Scripture Memorization Cards

Sunday School Crafts has a nice printable list of memory verses in alphabetical order

Christian Education in TransCarpathia UA  has a list of verses regarding teaching and education.

KidPrintables  has a nice section of verses for boys and girls. The cards have colorful graphics as well.

Kids Talk about God has tips to help teach memory verses as well as a printable section. Verses are in New King James Version and in an easy to read version.