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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
- Plutarch

Tools for Parents

How To Homeschool/Teach

General overall teaching help. For Teaching Help in Reading and Math, see those subjects in Coursework.

Edutopia: Information and Innovation for Teaching in K-12 Schools
An interesting site made for teachers that includes a section on multiple intelligences and integrating technology in other subjects.

WEB LINK: http://www.edutopia.org/

Graduate Work in Teaching
Life after homeschooling? Considering a degree in teaching? Here is a site that compares programs.

WEB LINK: http://www.mastersinteaching.net/

By Angela Duckworth

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance is based on psychologist Angela Duckworth's research into the characteristics that make people successful. Ms. Duckworth followed adults, West Point cadets, National Spelling Bee champs, and students at elite universities. She found, in every case, that grit -- not intelligence or academic achievement -- was the most reliable predictor of success.

A must-read for any parent considering homeschooling high school.

WEB LINK: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1501111108/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1501111108&linkCode=as2&t

Homeschool planners & organizers
By The Homeschool Mom.com

Many links for homeschool planners and organizers, including the popular, Homeschool Tracker. Most may be downloaded for free. Some use Word format.

WEB LINK: http://www.thehomeschoolmom.com/gettingorganized/allplanners.php

Homeschooling Blogging Haven
A new yahoogroup which for homeschoolers who blog, or people who want to find out about more homeschooling blogs to read.
  • Do you blog?
  • Do you like to read blogs, but have a hard time locating them?
  • Would you like to share about a particular homeschooling blog that you like to read?

    If you answered "yes" to any of those questions, then this new group is for you.

    WEB LINK: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Homeschooling_Bloggers_Haven/

  • Homeschooling for Excellence
    By David & Micki Colfax

    Role models for a generation of homeschoolers, David and Micki Colfax are teachers turned ranchers who taught their four sons at home in the 1970s and '80s and schooled three of them into Harvard. The Colfaxes' philosophy is that every child is gifted. Parents don't need to be certified teachers to teach them (although it does ward off doubters). But, despite the contention of some homeschoolers, the Colfaxes do caution that teaching at home requires much time and money--and they don't advise it for single parents or most working women.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0446389862?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=04463

    How Children Learn
    By John Holt

    The beginning of the book covers the age ranges from birth up through age 3 to 5, that is, before children go to school. Holt talks about a certain type of important learning that takes place up until the time a child enrolls in school at which point the experience of schooling changes their personality.

    How Children Learn is not a guide. It is simply a demonstration, through the journal of John Holt, that children are smart and know how to learn, from the moment they are born. He shows that by giving children the space and freedom they need to explore things that interest them, we allow them to develop thinking skills.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0201484048?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=02014

    How to Avoid the Worst Kind of Socialization
    By Mike Smith


    Most people agree that socialization is essential for the development of individuals so that they can effectively function within societies and for ensuring that society's cultural features will be carried onto the next generation. That being the case, peer socialization, especially in the teenage years, would be the worst socialization today, if we want our children to be responsible adults.

    I ask you in what setting, other than school, will a person be exposed to long hours, days, months, and years with people of their same age? Only in school. So this socialization, at best, prepares a person to get along in school. At worst, it prepares him for drugs, sex, rebellion against parents, and fuzzy thinking. You don't receive training in responsibility from peers, only from adults. Therefore, the key to positive socialization is more time with parents and other uplifting adults.

    To read the entire article, use weblink below.

    WEB LINK: http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/2012/201205160.asp

    I Learn Better Teaching Myself
    By Agnes Leistico

    From a homeschooling mom
    One of my favorite books about home education. Since this book covers the early years of home education and concludes beyond college entrance, one is given the overall picture. The author will help you find the middle-of-the-road between unstructured and structured learning.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0913677124?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=09136

    Mastery Learning - an audio recording of a talk
    By Andrew Pudewa

    Andrew Pudewa, creator of Excellence in Writing courses, talks about the concept of learning to mastery. He cites Dr. Shinichi Suzuki's teaching methods.

    WEB LINK: https://s3.amazonaws.com/IEW/NEW/MP3/MasteryLearning.mp3?utm_source=IEW%20Email%20List&utm_campaign=810dd69510-Newsletter_19_080

    Methodologies, Pedagogies & Educational Philosophies
    By CT Homeschool Network

    This link lists many of the most popular methods of homeschooling with links to sites to guide you.

    WEB LINK: http://cthomeschoolnetwork.org/home-schooling/methodologies/

    Start Homeschooling
    By CT Homeschool Network

    An excellent resource of articles that offer support and insights into common questions and issues related to homeschooling. These articles will not only answer questions, they should help new homeschoolers feel able and inspired to begin.

    WEB LINK: http://cthomeschoolnetwork.org/home-schooling/start-homeschooling/

    Teacher Materials & Organization Tools
    303 teachers printables and classroom printables that you can download, customize, and print for free. Choose from attendance charts, grading sheets, lesson planning forms, parent communication forms, office passes, school calendars, and more. Or, download the entire collection for $27.00.

    WEB LINK: http://www.teachersprintables.net/

    Teaching Eagles to Soar
    By Dr. Ronald E. Johnson

    The average father-at-home spends less than three minutes in daily eye-to-eye conversation with his teenagers. And boys from single-parent homes lack any positive daily contact with males. Consequently, most American teenage boys are not being mentored in positive male characteristics that bend the boys toward responsible adulthood. Too many males are being bent toward a lifestyle based on a fun index: if it isn't fun, the boys do not engage. Thus, when they become employed or assume the role of parent, the no fun component encourages abandonment of male leadership qualities.

    Teaching Eagles To Soar provides more than 100 daily three-minute sessions designed to bend boys toward responsible adulthood.

    Dads who are strapped for time or energy at the end of the work day can pick up Eagles and quickly cover an applicable lesson, carefully prepared to guide teenagers through questions or turbulent emotions associated with family, peers, employers, siblings, or neighbors.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1607992566/ref=as_li_tf_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=217145&creative=39937

    Teaching Help Columns from Design-a-Study
    By Kathryn Stout

    Teaching Help is Kathryn Stout's monthly teaching tips column. Kathryn says, "I hope these tips will prove helpful. I plan to have a new column each month, so if there are specific topics you would like me to discuss, send your requests to my e-mail address: kathryn@designastudy.com." You can Subscribe to have Teaching Help e-mailed to you each month. You can also have back issues sent to you via e-mail by selecting the "E-mail to yourself" option. The site is fully searchable, and there is much useful curricula and teaching information.

    WEB LINK: http://www.designastudy.com/teaching/

    The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas
    By Linda Dobson

    Subtitled: 500+ Fun and Creative Learning Activities for Kids Ages 3-12
    A complete resourceĀ—the kind of information you'd find in the best 'how-to' homeschool manual. Whether you're struggling with teaching a particular subject or just looking for something new and different to spice up your experience, you'll find enough family-tested ideas here to keep you busy for years.

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761563601?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07615

    The Well-Trained Mind
    By Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise

    This book serves as a resource for parents wanting to educate their children according to the classical model of education. Gives curriculum recommendations for all grades: K-12.

    WEB LINK: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0393253627/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0393253627&linkCode=as2&t

    Toolkit for Parents
    By Regina G. Richards

    Although this article was aimed at parents with kids with learning disabilities who are in school, this article is full of good, practical advice for creating a space in your home condusive to learning and focusing, tips on motivational words and creating systems for your child to achieve and complete tasks, and it even has a nice description of how to create a mind map to organize information-a great alternative to linear outlining.

    WEB LINK: http://www.ldonline.org/article/5606

    Tools for Teachers
    Lists of resources, contests, tips, advice, worksheets, etc. Fully searchable site.

    WEB LINK: http://k6educators.about.com/cs/helpforteachers/a/tools4teachers.htm

    Unschooling Handbook
    By Mary Griffith

    It is an overview of learner-driven learning and is very positive. It is a general book not a memoir. There are chapters on math, science, reading and writing, and how to use the world around your children to foster these skills without "doing school".

    WEB LINK: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0761512764?ie=UTF8&tag=classkidshome-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=07615

    Walking the Narrow Path toward Freedom in Education: An Informational Guide to Homeschooling
    By Tammy D. Choleva

    The author is a local (CT) homeschooler and a Christian who shares in her article the many choices one faces when deciding to homeschool, such as
  • Methods of Homeschooling
  • Choosing Your Curriculum
  • Making a Homeschool Schedule
  • Record-Keeping
  • State Homeschool Laws.

    A great overview of how to start to homeschool.

    WEB LINK: http://4himkids.com/consideringhomeschooling.html


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