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On January 20 a new president will be inaugurated after a bitter and divisive election year. If there is one resource in this newsletter that you investigate, I hope it will be the news literacy toolkit from the School Library Journal. Each of us and each of our children need to learn to discern what is reliable information and what is not. There is much more to news literacy than simply classifying a site as “fake news” or biased. Biased sites can have factual stories and unbiased sites can have unreliable stories. Prominent sites can publish headlines that are not supported by the story itself, and when we don’t look further than the headline we are left with an inaccurate impression of the events. We owe it to our children to teach them this necessary skill, and the news literacy toolkit is an excellent resource to use.
If you or someone you know is just starting to homeschooling this month, be sure to check out and share our featured article, “Mid-Year Homeschooling: Connection, Not Curriculum.” I would also like to invite you to take this mid-year opportunity to tell us what you like or don’t like about your curriculum. We want to hear from you!
Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
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Mid-Year Homeschooling: Connection, Not Curriculum
Did you or someone you know just start homeschooling “after the holidays” — right in the middle of the school year? It can feel daunting, and there can be a particular pressure to “keep up” when you know that the students in your kids’ former school are still there, churning through their curriculum.
Each year in January, experienced homeschoolers hear the scramble of brand new homeschooling parents as they ask their Number Two question on social media and in homeschool group meetings.
The Number One question is, “Can I do this?”
But the Number Two question is definitely, “What curriculum should I use?” Even among experienced homeschoolers, January ruminations run toward assessing the curriculum and whether it is working.
I know you don’t want to hear this — but your homeschool priority should be connection, not curriculum.
It’s hard to get your mind around, because homeschooling is a replacement for school, right? So curriculum obviously covers all that school part.
But emphasizing curriculum selection over helping your child make connections is missing the point. Connection is what ultimately provides the atmosphere for growth, learning, and life satisfaction. You can apply all the curriculum you want, and if your child does not have or feel connection, his or her learning will not be maximized.
What kind of connection am I talking about?