Support for the Christian Homeschooler
Alpha Omega Publications
Homeschool.com recognizes that parents all over the world homeschool for a variety of different reasons. Homeschool.com strives to provide information, support and resources for all philosophies, styles and methods of homeschooling.
In this issue, Homeschool.com has partnered with Christian homeschooling experts--Alpha Omega Publications--in an effort to help
Homeschooled children reap many benefits from the home atmosphere. The parents can make spiritual training a priority, teaching Bible content and Christian character every day. There is a foundation of moral excellence in students raised in a Christian home school. Homeschooled students are also found to be superior academically. (Colleges that used to hesitate at accepting the homeschooled are now actively seeking homeschoolers.) Even the student's physical health benefits, because meals and exercise can be controlled by the parent, and care is given to nutrition and good health habits throughout the day.
What curriculum is best for your child? A homeschool parent has so many more choices than 20 years ago. The best thing to do is to attend a homeschool curriculum fair so you can see for yourself what is available and talk to representatives of the different curriculum companies. You also need to think about your family situation and how your child learns best. Is your child a self-motivator? Does he work best on paper or on computer? Alpha Omega Publications' LIFEPAC curriculum is in a worktext format, which works very well in a homeschool setting, freeing the parent/teacher from tedious lesson plans and encouraging individualized learning. The "Switched-On-Schoolhouse" CD ROM curriculum is great for those who prefer an interactive, computer format. A third option is the Weaver curriculum, a Bible-based unit study curriculum, which is great if you want to teach several grade levels at the same time.
You know your child best. You know what motivates him, you know how to draw out his best effort, you know when to push
and when to slow down. You already have the closest relationship with your child of any other adult. Build on that for
With an extensive background in teaching, Ellen Ward Gardner speaks with understanding to parents and educators. Her background includes; developing curriculum, researching learning styles, administering Life In America Schools and 13 years as a home educator. She is a certified learning styles consultant and is best known as the author of five Christ-Centered, K-12 textbooks known as the Life In America series. Ellen has put together a list of frequently asked questions about Christ-centered homeschooling that includes answers to the following questions.
Q: What is Christ-Centered Homeschooling?
How is Bible best taught in a home school setting?
What about other academic subjects, do they have to all be Christ-Centered?
Can I use other approaches to homeschooling, such as learning-styles, delayed academics, un-schooling, etc
and still consider my homeschooling Christ-Centered?
What does the Bible say concerning parents educating their own children?
Can I Teach My Family Together Yet Treat Each Child as an Individual?
What is Four Step Education?
What is the Principle Approach?
Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore are affectionately known as the "Grandparents of the homeschooling movement." They have been involved with homeschooling for 55 years. One of their successes includes the "Moore Formula," which has produced an unusual number of college scholarships.
The Moore Formula is based on Raymond and Dorothy Moore's world class research. A Moore Formula education is customized to each child's interests, aptitudes and abilities and based on unit or project work. The Moore Formula is divided into three parts:
1) STUDY – from a few minutes to several hours a day, depending on the child's maturity. Readiness is vital!
To read more about The Moore Formula and Raymond and Dorothy Moore, visit our Advisor page at:
Catherine Levison, mother of five, began homeschooling in the 1980's. Home education had only recently been legalized in her state and she found herself in need both of materials and a philosophy in a relatively new field. Catherine thoroughly researched various educational methods looking for the best possible choice for her family. Concerned for the quality of education for her children, she also needed a method that could keep her interest as she anticipated over twenty years of home schooling before her. English educationalist Charlotte Mason proved to be the answer. Her family flourished due to creative and effective techniques such as using poetry, masterpiece artwork, and nature sketching--all combined with consistent attention to the academics.
The Charlotte Mason Method is becoming increasingly popular with Christian Homeschoolers. Art appreciation, literature,
foreign languages, etc. are introduced early to the child. Parents allow and encourage the child to relate in their own words
what they are learning in all subjects. The school days are balanced by spending adequate time with the core subjects while
providing plenty of free time to enjoy life. Many parents are drawn by the emphasis on the arts either because they already see
the value of it or because their education was lacking in the classics such as books and music and they are happy to have a
chance to learn along with their child. For more information on the Charlotte Mason Method visit Homeschool.com's Advisor
page at: http://www.homeschool.com/advisors/levison/default.asp
Omega Academy Online
Care Medi-Share Program
"Different Children, Different Needs; the Art of Adjustable
"A Guide to American Christian Education for the Home and School: The Principle Approach" by James B. Rose. Available at your local library.
"The Lost Tools of Learning" a paper written by Dorothy Sayers that can be found at your local library.
Connect with other Christian Homeschoolers via Homeschool.com's Christian Homeschooling Message Board at:
CMA School of Arts & Sciences
Global Student Network
International Virtual Learning Academy
ThinkStretch Summer Learning Program
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