Orange County Homeschooling2018-09-22T05:12:34+00:00

Orange County Homeschooling Resources for NEW Homeschoolers

homeschool pros and cons

After the midterm elections many families of conservative values are concerned as to the rapid decline of the public education system. Regrettably, for many parents in this predicament home schooling has offered an alternative solution. For individuals in Texas, www.GreatHomeschoolConvention.Com can provide the answer to many questions you may have. At our conventions you can get the best Great Homeschool Convention Coupon and many other subjects of interest to For families in Texas. After you have attended in one of our events you will realize why so many families consider Great Homeschool is the best convention for parents searching for homeschooling and Orange County.

In recent years, homeschooling has gone through numerous advances. Parents now have much more options compared to what they did in past times. If you are contemplating on this approach for a pupil, you need to take a look at the future of home schooling.

There Are Numerous Models To Pick From – There are a couple of strategies to homeschooling your kids. There are many schooling plans to go by, including Charlotte Mason, School-At-Home, Unschooling, and Electic Education methods. Parents will look at different schooling types and locate one which is a great fit for their child.

Guardians Have Numerous Resources – When you’re home-schooling your son or daughter, you don’t need to do it all all on your own. There are plenty of resources offered to home-schooling parents. You will find web classes that one could enroll your children for. You will find digital teaching tools that will help you expound complicated theories to your kids. These resources may help parents manage the stresses of educating.

Laws Are Changing – The laws relating to home schooling have not stayed still. A lot of cities have altered home-schooling regulations or passed new rules into position. It’s wise to check out the regulations in your state prior to starting to home-school your children.

Homeschooling is an excellent prospect for a lot of mothers and fathers. Take time to read more about home schooling to see what the future holds.

How to Help your Son or Daughter Succeed via Home schooling in Orange County

Homeschooling your son or daughter can be highly beneficial. But, there a path to take to ensure that they are accomplishing the best via home schooling in Orange County. So how would you help your son or daughter to thrive?

  1. Make Inquires about Study Plans – First and foremost, make time to examine the courses and make sure that you choose one that works for you and your child when it comes to fees along with the curriculum.
  2. Stay with a Routine – Whether your children are seeing you as an educator or turning in assignments to “satellite teacher”, it’s important that they have a a structure. Make them be conscious of the idea that they have to wake up at a particular time every morning, have the very similar morning routine on school days, and complete the job that is organized for the entire day before they can be considered finished.
  3. Be on Hand – Your kids might need assistance with their subjects, or simply need you to make certain that they are finishing their work and understanding the material. Be in attendance and involved in your child’s academics.
  4. Allow Them To Have a Social Interaction – Kids will need communication with their peers in order to be happy and socially fit. Take “field trips” along with other students, take them outside of the home, and permit them to have friends their contemporary. Once you know of other Orange County home-schooled children, plan for them to learn in study groups together with your kids at a shared location, such as a library. Parents that want additional info on homeschooling in Orange County and what to expect at a GreatHomeschoolConvention.Com event take a look our home school tutoring blog.

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What to Tell the Co-op Teacher, Part 2

Congratulations! Your child’s co-op teacher, scoutmaster, or another group leader, has asked how to help this child with learning challenges. What do you say?

First, review my last post on communicating with co-op teachers regarding your child’s challenges:

  1. Remember to keep it short and simple. Give a one or two sentence description of the student’s difficulties that communicates what is hard for her. Use vivid, clear images; short, vivid descriptions help show what’s hard in the classroom.Here are three examples.
    • For ADHD, I like to quote the 7-year-old girl who said studying with ADHD was like trying to work with 7 televisions playing loudly around her.
    • For some people, having auditory processing disorder is like trying to follow a radio talk show with another station cutting in and causing lots of static.
    • For a child with sensory issues, a fragrant carpet cleaner smells like a stink bomb. For another, it may trigger her asthma.
  2. Propose solutions that are not much work for the teacher.
  3. Ask rather than tell the teachers or leaders what accommodations you request. Often these folks are volunteers. Remember that private schools, tutors, and homeschool groups are not required by law to provide accommodations.

Our kids need very different kinds of help, so I’m going to give you a smattering of examples for different issues, and then list some more detailed resources.

General Suggestions for Many Different Challenges

Teachers and leaders should:

  • Regularly review the big picture of the course, and how today’s work fits into it. This helps people organize the information in their heads. Kids with memory issues may do better when they see the connections. My best college lecturer was a master at this; he could show the flow of the whole course in two minutes.
  • Shorten or modify assignments.
  • Divide assignments into smaller steps. (Think of how you teach a child to finish a science fair project on time.)
  • Allow extra time to complete assignments and especially for tests.
  • Teach with mnemonic tricks, such as acronyms, teaching roots of words.
  • Use visual aids, flow charts, use of color for different functions.
  • Incorporate hands-on activities.

Seating

For the child who struggles with sensory issues, distractibility, hearing impairment, auditory processing problems, or other challenges, consider seating:

  • Look over the classroom or meeting space before class to determine the better places to ask for your child to sit. With your child, look at the room—it’s good training for them to consider what helps them, especially if you don’t plan to go to college with them! Try different seats.
  • Notice the view of where the teacher normally stands, sits or writes. (Ask the teacher where the student will need to look.) Will your teen be facing a lovely, but distracting view out the window, a cluttered bulletin board, and so on? In my first year teaching public school, I taught math in a French teacher’s room. Her walls were papered in French posters, images, and mottoes—they virtually shouted the whole time I was teaching. Do these walls shout at your child? (This is something to check at home, too.)
    • One year when I was teaching math to homeschooled teens, our room had tables in a horseshoe arrangement. Soon I realized that whenever I turned to write on the board, two friends facing each other from opposite sides of the room were clowning around. We quickly changed that arrangement!
  • If noise is unusually distracting for your child, consider where the noisiest parts of the room will be when the class is in session. (An open window or door, radiator, or even a thin wall can let in noise.)

Struggles with Keeping Track of Assignments

Struggles with Keeping Track of Assignments

  • Like many teachers when I taught school, I wrote assignments on the board. When my student George was distracted by a family crisis, he stopped recording and doing his homework and his grades dropped from A’s to F’s. Our guidance counselor had a clever strategy. She had his mom give him an assignment book to record all the homework. After each class, George had to come to each teacher and get us to check and initial the assignment, even if it was “no homework.” This was easy and quick for the teachers. When he got home, if George didn’t have notes initialed from all his teachers, he got no screen time that day. He started doing homework again, and his grades rose rapidly.
  • A teacher in our homeschool group required every student to write down the assignments and email them back to the teacher by 9 PM that same day. All that teacher had to do was read the emails. If one child didn’t list the homework correctly, another student would. So the teacher could just copy and paste the other student’s correct version to email back to the mistaken student. This email plan forced the kids to be responsible and let the teacher monitor their accuracy easily without taking his limited class time to check their lists.
  • Ask the teacher to consider handing out a printed list of assignments or post them on the web. This is easier for textbook-based courses, but it may not be your teacher’s style. This won’t be practical if the teacher is adapting assignments each week based on the students’ progress. But you can ask. The teacher may prefer to send an email rather than update a printed list or website.

Struggles with Writing

For students with difficulty with handwriting, word retrieval, working memory, or organizing thoughts and sentences, teachers may let students:

  • Keyboard (type) assignments and exams rather than write them out.
  • Use large graph paper for math.
  • Have a classmate volunteer as a note-taker for the student with dysgraphia. (You, the parents, can provide carbonized paper, make photocopies if there is a copier on site, or photograph notes with your smart phone after class.)
  • Use a smart pen to record audio in sync with written notes, such as those made by LiveScribe. This makes it easier to review and to fill in gaps later.
  • Record audio in class with a small digital voice recorder.
  • Allow oral presentations rather than written.
  • Recognize that lab sheets and other worksheets may not provide enough workspace for these students, so allow parents to enlarge them (by hand or with a copier).

Dyscalculia or Other Learning Disability Affecting Mathematics

The teacher may:

  • Use manipulatives to teach new concepts until fully mastered (see multisensorymath.com).
  • Allow students to bring a formula card to exams.
  • Try “coding,” the use of color or other special marks to highlight particular terms. (For example, when teaching linear functions, always write slope in a different color.)
  • Permit a calculator for basic computation. (Not when drilling math facts, but for the rest of class.)
  • Even kids without learning challenges tend to try to cram high school math into small spaces. (College ruled paper is too small.) Encourage students to try graph paper or regular lined paper turned sideways to keep numbers in line for addition. For younger students, I have made custom large graph paper by drawing a grid in Microsoft Excel or Word.

Sensory Issues, ADHD, and Some Autism Spectrum Disorders

Ask teachers to allow students to:

  • Fiddle with a small object (hacky sack, Tangle Jr., a piece of silly putty, or other fidget toy—see my website).
  • Sit on an air-filled cushion, exercise ball, or yoga ball instead of in a chair. Having to work at keeping balance can help get some of the wiggles out.
  • Hold a weighted blanket or cushion in their laps.
  • Chew gum, if the building owners permit it and it doesn’t drive the teacher nuts.  Chewing gum can calm students and help them focus.

Social Anxiety Disorder

Here’s a strategy I used in a homeschool class with a teen who’d been unable to speak in class at private school:

Parents can confer with the teacher before class begins to see if a limited amount of participation is okay. If so, ask the teacher not to call on the student the first few weeks of class.

After that, ask the teacher to tell the student privately before class that he will be called on that day, but only when he raises his hand, and that a one-word answer will do. Encourage the teacher to say, “Correct,” “Good,” or “Good try!” after these correct answers, but not to make a big deal of it. Repeat this for several weeks, and then encourage the student to try slightly longer answers.

I’ve kept these tips short to provide a range of examples.

More Help and Tools

For more detailed help, see below. Remember not to give a whole book to a teacher on how to teach your child unless they really want it. Read one yourself and share one or two tips:

Terri James Bellis, When the Brain Can’t Hear. (Auditory processing disorders)

Melinda Boring, Heads Up Helping: Tips and Tricks for Working With ADD, ADHD, and Other Children with Challenges—written mainly for homeschooling these children, but some tips adaptable for small classrooms.

Chris Dendy: Teaching Teens with ADD, ADHD, and Executive Function Deficits: A Quick Reference Guide for Teachers and Parents.

Chris Dendy has also created a great little poster, The ADD/ADHD Iceberg, which illustrates the obvious and hidden behaviors associated with ADD. (For example, sleep disturbance and impaired sense of time.) Chris’ books and poster are available at http://chrisdendy.com.

To help students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, or dyscalculia, Dyslexic Advantage publishes very good infographic cards.

  • “What is Dyscalculia for Parents, Tutors, and Teachers”
  • “What is Dysgraphia for Parents, Tutors, and Teachers”
  • “What is Dyslexia for Parents, Tutors, and Teachers”

At 4 x 9 inches, these cards convey a good summary without overwhelming your co-op teacher, scout leader, and other adult who works with your child. The cards are $5 for a pack of 10 cards. Your purchase will support a great organization promoting awareness of dyslexia and the success of dyslexics in many fields.

Understood.org has some helpful articles and simulations.

Richard Lavoie’s videos, F.A.T. City and Beyond F.A.T. City have been out for years, but are still worth watching. He is a genius at teaching and at helping adults see what a classroom feels like to struggling learners.  (F.A.T. stands for Frustration, Anxiety, Tension—what our kids feel!)

What are your favorite tips to give to teachers and others who help your exceptional children? Please post in the comments below.

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