Homeschooling Resources for Families in Albany TX2018-07-29T05:29:00+00:00

Homeschooling in Albany – Resources for Families

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Despite what politicians tell you the number of parents choosing to homeschool their kids is on the rise across the country. If you are looking for homeschooling in Albany, Texas than Great Homeschool has something for you. Home-schooling is definitely popular, but it is the decision made by many families recently. There are lots of good reason why, one is that the institutions fatalities which continue to ensue. Now more resources offered to families, and there are far more booked events for home schooled pupils, too. Have you investigated joining local home-schooling affairs!?

You can find all sorts of social affairs, a few of them sporting events. You may find affairs organized where home schooled scholars gather with each other, where there are functions where said pupils and their families get together with the community. Even though an individual is homeschooled doesn’t mean that they are obviously going to be in their own home thru school hours either.

You can find outings along with other educational happenings which pupils can enjoy. There is also the opportunity of being outdoors, perhaps studying at the library or outdoors within the park. Home-schooled pupils may even group for lessons and study groups. There are plenty freedoms to home-schooling, involving the truth that children can learn wherever, not only behind the closed doors of a public school.

There are plenty features of public schools that folks are paying more attention to recently. Are they safe? To be sure, you may still find huge good things about going to public school as things stand right now. This will be especially true about the social aspects of pupils being with their friends for many hours on a daily basis. Aso, there is a set cyllabus and school environment expectations in terms of conduct.

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Tutors deliver the best teaching and they must be certified. Parents are not required to be certified to be able to home-school their kids. That could be a disadvantage to homeschooling. There are good parts and bad parts. Having been a teacher, I rather to hold things how they are, but there are actually advantages to homeschooling.

It’s a bit gloomy that the schools are really messed up at the moment regarding wellbeing and the way in which they may be perceived. All of us have tender recollections of being in classes. Someone I am familiar with and regard wants to become a professor. I used to be a professor as I explained. And I have known a lot of countless teachers. Home schooling is surely an option, however the causes of its enlarged approval are mostly based upon public schools being under a great deal scrutiny.

There should be something done to reinstate the concept that parents might trust their children to public schools. We should do a more satisfactory job. You might discover a disconnect somewhere, and truthfully, it’s not close to being just about the schools themselves. It is a social crisis, and when you ask me, a faith based issue, as it is everything.

Nevertheless, each house and family state of affairs differs, and homeschooling is a very nice choice. Despite the fact that I am a backer for reinstating public schools to their past glory, I am also someone that knows home-schooling is wonderful in the correct sort of situation. Everyhthing should be set up, plus all social facets of schooling and going to events in the community. For more details on homeschooling curriculum in Albany and what to expect at a GreatHomeschoolConvention.Com event, please, take a look our blog.

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More Joyful Holidays

’Tis the season to be….

Jolly? Stressed? Over-committed? Along with the joys, sounds, and delicious flavors of the holidays come extra pressures. If you have children who are easily over-stimulated or distractible, it can be hard to pace them—and yourself. If you have family who doesn’t understand your child’s needs, it can be tiresome, annoying, or worse. If your kids are struggling learners, time with family can remind you and your children how they don’t keep up academically. So how do we reduce stress around the holidays?

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What about homeschool during the holidays?

What with buying or making gifts and going to holiday services, Nutcracker dance recitals, and other special events, school can drop by the wayside. So make sure your plans are reasonable. In the summer when I wrote my plans for the year, I planned to get less academic work done near the holidays. (I felt no guilt about this: I can’t tell you how many videos my kids watched at an award-winning public school the week before Christmas. Though we can aim higher, we must admit it is a distracting time of year.)

Also, we built part of our homeschool around the holidays. we made gifts as part of our art and cooking lessons. (Everyone loved my son’s peanut brittle—given to those who could safely enjoy it, of course.) We made field trips to elaborate model train exhibits and gingerbread villages.

Writing that holiday letter

When your child is struggling to master the alphabet again, or failing math, it can be hard to get that letter from your cousin whose kids are all acing school. You may even face pressure from some family member to stop homeschooling.

If you write a holiday letter, or even if you just wonder what to say at the holiday dinner, take a tip from my friend Rachel Kitchens-Cole. In “Dust Off Your Silver Linings Playbook,” Rachel gives great advice on how to respond without envy:

When that old coworker’s festive note shows up in your mailbox, it’s OK if her kid made all A’s, was the star ball player, and saved a small country from starvation. Instead of cringing, ask yourself what you’ve noticed about your child over the last year that made you smile. What do you truly value in your child? The gift of having a child with a different timeline for progress, or “success,” is learning to find the best in everything.

Will my kids act up or meltdown at family gatherings?

Will my relatives act up?

Most parents wonder if their teens and children will behave well. For kids with sensory issues, ADHD, and communication disorders, it can be even more stressful than it is for everyone else. (I remember stiffening up in my aunt’s home when I was a child, desperate not to break one of her dozens of beautiful fragile decorations.) How to help our kids cope:

Rehearse

It’s easy to assume that our kids know what we know. Walk through the day with them. Tell them what to expect and when. What will you say when Aunt Kathy wants to hug you and you can’t stand hugs? How will you respond politely when Grandma offers you that casserole you can’t eat because you’re on a casein-free diet?

The best resource I know to develop these skills is Carol Barnier’s great e- book, Holiday Social Skills for Your Wired Child:

[This 37-page workbook] provides you with a set of activities to do over a few days or weeks leading up to a major holiday event. It will create a child who is better prepared for the event, less stressed about the changes in routine, and better able to enjoy the holiday season…. In addition, there’s a section of items just for parents, to encourage YOU to enjoy this holiday as well.

Resist abuse

What will you do if Uncle drinks too much and starts to be rude, abusive, or mean? Your kids should know what are not acceptable ways for others to treat them, not just they ways they shouldn’t treat others.

Don’t only bring this up in a holiday or family context. The best information I’ve seen on how to have these conversations is “The Importance of Teaching Body Safety”, an article on the Parenting Special Needs magazine’s website. The author, Jayneen Sanders, whose pen name is Jay Dale, explains, “Just as we teach road safety with a clear, child-friendly and age-appropriate message, the teaching of body safety uses a similar sensitive and age-appropriate technique.”

Another book I’m eager to order is My Underpants Rule by Kate and Rod Power. These Australian parents, a former police officer and a learning expert, found a clever, non-threatening way to help kids learn basics about body safety.

Call for reinforcements

As described in the Powers’ book, your kids should know when and how to get your attention. You may even want a secret password or signal for your kids to use to let you know they need help. Or you may create a signal for them, such as, “If Mom fiddles with her earring, it means you’re being too loud.”

To be joyful, be thankful

Thank your children for their effort, kindness, helpfulness, and other gifts they give you daily. Encourage your kids to keep a journal each day of things they are thankful for. Talk about them at dinner. Be sure to thank God for them.

And, this is also a great time to teach them how to send thank-you notes. It is not just good manners and proper etiquette, it is an expression of Christian grace.

I welcome your suggestions and comments below.

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