You Want Smart Kids

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As parents, we all want to see our children do very well. Do well at school, do well in life and do well with everything they try. The problem is we can’t always be there to help. We must be able to equip our children to fend for themselves and still succeed. A good start at school is the basis for the future of our children. If they can start their school in the right and positive way, they will have every opportunity to continue and succeed well at the higher education level and with a career. It takes a lot of work for parents to make sure this will happen. It is not uncommon for children to be naturally smart but inherent ‘intelligence’ is always driven by skilled parents.

Usually there are preschool preparations for children where they are given the basics and are accustomed to interacting with other children and begin to study the discipline of school life. However, for smart parents, their children’s school does not start there. Parents have spent hours of fine ‘education’ at home for the first year of preparation for children at school. By the time the child enters school, he has mastered the basics of reading and counting including simple alphabets and numbers. Parents have spent a lot of time with their children, especially books. Your children will love books if they are introduced as early as possible and they can connect them with a pleasant time with their parents.

Books and reading are the backbone of your children’s education. If you can introduce books to your children early and they see them as positive, they will continue with interest in reading which will be the backbone of their education forever. Nothing is learned at any level of education without reading a lot and if reading is something you hate then learning will always be difficult. Your children should start with fun books like children’s fables that are read to them at every opportunity and turn to things like fairy tales that are still being read to them. Your children need to look forward to reading this fun time and they will learn while walking. You can add in the base book and count the books as you go so the basics are still fun to learn

If your children can get to the first year of school with most of the basics already there, they will have a good start. Many children were well known in this preparation year so they were thrown past the first grade and started their first year in school in second grade. This means they are one year ahead and will always have it on their arms if they need to repeat a year on the track. This is usually not necessary because children with the right start have the confidence to sail to school.

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Fall Activities For Your Home School Kids

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Fall is a perfect time to introduce a variety of different activities to your home school curriculum. The change of seasons can be very exciting and for children the learning opportunities are limitless. The fall season introduces a change in weather, harvest time and an array of celebratory days that any child will enjoy learning about. Integrating seasonal aspects into your home schooling will provide for a refreshing learning experience.

The autumn season is characterized by the change in weather to shorter days and cooler temperatures. This is an excellent time to teach children about the change of seasons and the earth’s movement and the solar system in general. You can purchase or create your own charts which show the movement of the earth in relation to the sun. As the earth rotates certain parts of the world receive more direct sunlight than others which explains the seasons. Homeschooling allows for flexibility so you can show your children the change in the sun’s intensity at sunset by making it a daily fall activity. Taking pictures of a particular spot and the change of the sun’s brightness is an interesting interactive way to engage your children in the fall season.

One of the best aspects of fall is the harvest season. The harvest season marks the period when the fruits of planted crops are collected from farmland. This would be the perfect time to take your homeschooled children on a field trip to a local farm. In most areas you can visit a farm during harvest time and get a complete tour. Most of the tours even offer the hayrides which your children are sure to enjoy. At a farm you will learn about the process of planting crops and then collecting them when the perfect time comes. If you are lucky you may even be able to see harvesting in action! Some farms even allow children to pick their own little pumpkins and corn to take home with them. Another great harvest time activity is taking your kids to the grocery store. The produce section is a perfect example of the fruits that the harvest can produce. Show your children the different varieties of apples, pears, squash and other foods that are specifically related to the fall harvest season.

There are a number of celebratory days throughout the fall season. Fall ushers in many religious holidays from the Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr which marks the end of the fasting period of Ramadan. This is a perfect time expand on your religious teachings if this is a focus of your home schooling. In addition, there are a number of patriotic days such as Columbus, Veterans and Election days. You can use these days as a chance to inform your children of the importance of patriotism and introduce them to government processes such as voting. If you enjoy Halloween in your household you can make it a fun … READ MORE ...