New Homeschool Planner Pages, Full World History Course, Elections, and More
From the Editor
As homeschoolers begin to head back to classes and/or co-ops, inevitably the age restriction question comes up. In our featured article, Jeanne takes a look at the situation where an advanced child might not fit in academically in his age group at homeschool classes and co-ops.
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“We guide students to find out what these candidates think about the important issues facing the country. And, we help them pull back the curtain to see how campaigns are run and fought, so they can think more critically about what they see and read in the media leading up to Election Day. At the end of the unit, students write an endorsement for the candidate they support, based on all their research, and then hold a mock election.”
Every November political candidates take to the airwaves, plan town hall meetings, and go door to door looking for votes. The Elections A to Z Unit Study looks at the history of elections and how they work in the United States. Using online resources to complete the unit, students will research the election process and learn what a privilege it is to vote for our political leaders.
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Ask Jeanne: Age Restrictions in Homeschool Co-ops and Classes
I’m a new homeschool mom with an eight year old who is really advanced in his academic skills. My problem is that the people who run the classes and co-ops we’re interested in won’t let me sign him up above his age group. This includes our county recreation department, the local history museum, and activities sponsored by our local homeschool group. How can I get them to place him correctly so he won’t be bored?
This is one of the reasons we took him out of school. He started reading and writing at an early age, and he got in trouble in school because he already knew how to do everything they were working on in the classroom. I’m frustrated that people don’t seem to accept that he is gifted and should be in higher level classes. People talk about homeschoolers being able to work at a customized level, but then they apply restrictions that are similar or identical to school. What gives? ~ Frustrated Mom
Welcome to the world of homeschooling, where everyone is scrambling to create the best possible scenarios for their own children and many are trying to create welcoming classes and activities that work for groups of kids and their parents.
First, know that many parents have shared your frustration. Lots of parents start homeschooling because their child is ahead in school but not learning new material or skills, and they look forward to being able to help their child learn at his or her own individualized level. Frankly it is just as much a problem for a child who was behind in school, and the parents find the child doesn’t fit grade level expectations for outside activities in the homeschool world or general community.
I am a strong advocate for the point of view that grade level doesn’t matter most of the time, but of course an exception is when you are placing your child in an activity or class that uses grade levels or ages to group children or to qualify for participation.
Let’s address a perception problem first. And by that I mean how you as a parent are going to be perceived… Continue reading »