Homeschool is not like Little House on the Praire

Some of the most common questions I get asked/emailed revolve around homeschool. Particularly the social and educational aspects. I’ll attempt to briefly cover the educational aspect first – saving the social aspect for later…Homeschool has come a long way, especially in the last few years. 

I think most people’s perceptions of homeschool are that we emulate the Little House on the Prairie stigma… huddled together over meager supplies – doing the best we can with our pittance of crude and outdated information…(I love that show by the way) 

However, contrary to that idea, there are many, many, highly developed, carefully managed, accredited programs that not only keep in line with state run programs, but often surpass them such as: A becka , Connections Academy, or Bridgeway Academy – all of which vary within those guidelines. You simply need to choose the best program for you and your family. 

By no means am I condemning the modern school system or its teachers…Having been in that scenario myself, I understand that teachers are some of the most hardworking people on the planet, hence the site’s free book program.

With that being said, I believe one of the most innovative ideas taught in the homeschool setting are life-skills. We seek to not only educate our children but to provide them with real life circumstances in which to use that knowledge. Therefore, we take it a step further going from book learning to real world circumstances. This is particularly good when you hear your child/teen say, “When will I ever use this!” 

For example: I have a friend who after teaching her children the idea of capitalism, developed a product – made by the entire family – and sold this item out on the street and in the mall for profit. The children not only learned how to market/sell a product, which they’d made themselves…But they had  to learn the back end portion of the business by balancing the books, and buying new materials to keep the business running.

They did quite well and to this day continue to make not only a profit – but have forged a deep understanding within each child of  the learning concepts they wished to impress upon them. 

Sincerely,

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Teachers and Librarians FREE Book: The Road to Dendura Book One

We’ve received a lot of questions pertaining to the free book program for teachers and librarians. We are currently back in stock and will be set to fulfill your requests as long our supplies last. The Creed Griffon website is the only online store that offers the free book program

The free book program is on a first come first serve basis and pertains to soft cover copies of The Road to Dendura only – and not to its e-book formats such as Kindle or Nook. Simply click on either link above. 

You’ll be asked to provide a few basic details for employment verification but the process is very easy. I thank you for your continued support and interest in The Road to Dendura series but most of all  for your patience and understanding in this matter.

Sincerely,

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Turning Your Kids / Teens Into “Power Readers” (Part 4)

“Here’s a simple but powerful truth that many parents and schools don’t act on: The more kids/teens read, the better readers they become. The best way to get kids and teens reading more is to give them books that they’ll gobble up – and that will make them ask for another. Yes, it’s that simple. 1 + 1 = 2. Kids say the number one reason they don’t read more is that they can’t find books they like. Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited. Vampire sagas, comics, manga, books of sports statistics — terrific! — as long as kids are reading.

Should they read on e-tablets like Nook and Kindle? Sure, why not? (I’ll cover that more later) How about rereading a book? Definitely. Set a good reading example by letting your child see you do the very thing you are asking them to do. While you’re at the library letting your children pick out a few books, why don’t you choose a few for yourself? Let your child see you reading a good book now and again. This will prove once and for all that you’re not trying to punish them by asking them to do the same thing.

The Real World Example: Pending your child/teen’s age, have them assist you with reading a recipe, ordering food from a menu or putting together a toy using directions, reading a map on a trip or signing them up to read to younger groups at the library … Use your imagination – this can be a an excellent demonstration of the practicality of reading. Of course the task should be age appropriate but for smaller children, I recommend basic reading board games such as Uncle Wiggly, or the Reader Rabbit series. These methods are fun but once again they place your child in a real world scenario in which they need to utilize reading to play/win the game.

In turn, they realize that reading is not only necessary; it’s a valuable skill that can help them get ahead in the real world. Get involved – Some of you cringed when you read the words – get involved. But the depth of involvement is up to you and what you feel is necessary. Start off easy. The example I’m about to discuss was the same one we used in my home – with the same positive outcome.

However, I thought it best you hear about unbiased results: A fellow teacher’s children were five, seven, and eight. Every night before bedtime, she would read with them for ten to fifteen minutes. At first she did most of the reading. I have to admit it was a sacrifice for her, because for the most part (like the rest of us) she was just dead tired after work. At first they picked simple to read, easy to follow books with lots of pictures on subjects they were interested in – most of which we found at the local library or on eBay.

This same routine was followed all the way up until the day when each child was capable of reading on their own before bedtime. Pending on what type of day they’d had, they were allowed to stay up another fifteen to twenty minutes past bedtime in order to read. In their eyes it was a reward because they got to stay up longer and delve into a good book. In their mother’s eyes it was also rewarding because she finally had her children reading on their own.

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