Calvert Education, a leader in
homeschooling for more than 100 years, is pleased to bring you this series of
ways to help your child learn and grow.
It's never too early to start reading to your child. Some people start reading
to their babies before they are born. At first, babies are soothed by the sound
of your voice. As they get older, they become interested in the stories and
learn enunciation. By observing you, they understand how to navigate a page and
discern the difference between words and images.
Even after children can read independently, they still enjoy this close family
time. Children are comforted by ritual. When you make reading time a regular
part of your schedule, children develop a positive association with
reading — it is an enjoyable experience, not a chore.
A Calvert education introduces the joy of reading in
Kindergarten. Children are introduced to poetry
and learn to identify authors and parts of a book.
"Knowledge is not rooted in facts; it is rooted in
Deepak Chopra, Rudolph E. Tanzi, Super Brain
Encourage your child to explore. Whether rocks and insects on a
neighborhood walk have captured your child's interest, or a new topic
(volcanoes? dinosaurs? geothermal energy?), curiosity is the greatest motivator
A homeschool education opens up a world of exploration. You get more time with
your child and a more flexible schedule – a schedule that allows for the pursuit
of captivating ideas that can be worked into daily lessons.
Using the Calvert curriculum, in
Grade 1 Social Studies, students use
Explore Your World
and Maps ● Globes ● Graphs. These books introduce your
child to the seven continents, inventions, and goods and services. Students may
become interested in Vikings after studying them in 5th Grade History. Reading
A Single Shard in 7th grade might motivate your child to take a
Let the lessons spark your child's imagination, and take it beyond the page.
Running a lemonade stand. Making bracelets. Mowing lawns. Children are full of
business ideas. Encourage them to hone their economic skills by starting their
own business. After all, Warren Buffet was selling newspapers and horseracing
tips at the age of 13.
From devising ways to earn an allowance (sweeping the floors, making
the bed) to pursuing their entrepreneurial spirit outside of the home
(babysitting), children of all ages can learn from planning and
organizing their own enterprise.
When you enroll in Calvert, your child learns useful skills for daily life and
future careers. In
Grade 4 Composition, students create their own
Grade 7, students are introduced to the
economies of the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and other countries.
Model responsible consumer behavior for your children:
- Have them help search for
- Take your child to the store and explain some of your
purchasing decisions. Reason aloud why the yogurt sale of 10
for $10 is not a better deal than the yogurt priced at 89¢
- Suggest that children save a portion of their allowance
or gift money for larger purchases. Budgeting in this way
gives experience with delayed gratification – a recognized
indicator of future financial success. Sometimes, by the
time a child saves enough money for the purchase, he may no
longer want the item.
Students in Calvert
Grade 6 explore how the economy
is changing and why people trade. Many local newspapers and
commerce websites feature a section for bartering."...parents also
need to let children fail, so they can learn
Scan the listings with your child and discuss the monetary value
of a few of the items found there.To further discuss the idea of
value, explain why you occasionally decide to buy a more
expensive item. For instance, a higher quality product may last
longer or come with a replacement warranty. Some items serve
more than one purpose. This exercise introduces children to
vs. life cycle cost benefit analysis.
failure and learn from their mistakes."
Kenneth Barish, Ph.D., "Helping
was discovered when Sir Alexander Fleming examined a
contaminated Petri dish that had been thrown into the trash.
Patsy Sherman was attempting to create a rubber material that
could stand up to jet fuel deterioration. When she accidentally spilled the
mixture on her shoe, she observed that the area under the spill had become dirt
resistant and Scotchgard
John Grisham, author of 23 bestsellers, keeps a file with
roughly 30 rejection letters for his first novel.
Starting in the first grade curriculum, Calvert students learn
investigation skills and model the steps of scientific method. Even if you see
that your child is making an error, it can be constructive to let her figure it
Encourage your child's interest in extracurricular activities:
field trips, team sports, Future Farmers of America, music, dance, or art
lessons. The foundations of leadership are born here. Roy Rogers, Alan Shepard,
and Al Gore were all members of 4-H. Katie Couric, Gloria Steinem, and Madeleine
Albright were all Girl Scouts.
Many parents choose homeschooling to accommodate sports or other
extracurricular schedules. Being involved in structured activities
teaches a child the importance of responsibility and teamwork.
A network of peers keeps children involved. Organized activities
outside of the home can provide children with a sense of self-worth and the
opportunity to learn new skills, build confidence, and get exercise.
volunteering. Your child can volunteer
individually, or you can volunteer as a family. It can be structured, such as
joining Habitat for Humanity, or it can be informal – helping an elderly
neighbor carry groceries.
Volunteering literally makes people feel good. Endorphins are
released; there's a rush, a calm and a general sense of well-being. It is a way
for your child to meet people with similar interests and values. It is also a
way to put newly acquired skills to use and learn new ones along the way.
"Mothers and fathers who consistently tell their
children they can succeed
are likely to produce offspring who
are productive adults."
Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D.,The
Positive reinforcement is key. When you
homeschool, you are given more opportunities to interact with your child during
the day. You have greater involvement with their schoolwork. Each of their
accomplishments is an opportunity to give positive reinforcement to your child.
Remember, though, to give praise only when it has been
earned. Otherwise, children will come to expect recognition when it is
not deserved and are no longer motivated by a job well done.
You deserve praise too!
You are your child's first and best teacher. Parent involvement is key to a
child–s academic and emotional success. When you
enroll in Calvert, you are
making a commitment to your child, their education, and excellence.
Every Calvert course comes with all the books and manuals needed
to educate your child at home, as well as access to an array of online
assessment tool to complement
the learning experience.
Call Calvert today. (888)
328-8285. Tell their enrollment counselors that
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pricing with you.