Friday, May 13, 2011
Homeschooling Tips from a Public School Educator
As an educator, I understand why somebody would want to educate their children at home. You have more control over their environment, they get more individualized attention, and you know what they are being exposed to each and every day.
That being said, remember the public school system is not your enemy. I would be willing to say the 99% of churches have at least one school teacher in their congregation. Teachers are a fount of knowledge when it comes to resources that are free. Take advantage of their knowledge. Many times teachers have access to retired textbooks and other materials. Some books, no matter how old, are still full of teachable materials.
There are many websites online that are free to everyone. Kuta Software has upper level math worksheets and tests. Blaine uses them in his classroom. There's a wealth of resources on the internet, around town, and through your friends. Most teachers I know would be happy to share their 'freebies'
Here is my last piece of advice: Socialization skills with all kinds of people are imperative. These skills are necessary when dealing with the "real world." I'm not saying make them knowledgeable in all the ways of the world. Just prepare them for what they are going to encounter.
Feel free to email me if you are looking for any kind of resources. I am always happy to help when I can! Robin's email
p.s. here are my qualifications:
I taught 7th grade Math and Science for 6 years
I was an elementary (K-6) librarian for 4 years
I am a junior high librarian now and have been since 2004.
I have a degree in Elementary Education and certified to teach 1-6
I am certified to teach Math, Science, and Social Studies grades 5-8
I am certified to teach Business grades 4-8
I am certified in Library Science P-12