Exhausted by What Needs to be Done Every Year

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How do you, Home Educator, not get exhausted and overwhelmed with what is expected of you and your child each year?
Here is a suggested rule of thumb for an educational model today that will provide the easiest framework for learning.  The model suggested is one that features or has the ability for your student to be presented with and to understand facts as well as develops their passion for doing what they love; wanting to continue doing what you love and continually finding outlets to for doing it is what keeps a student engaged in the learning process.
• A place of learning where a child’s aptitude says, “I get it!”
• Followed by their passion that exclaims, “I love it!”
• Nurtured by the attitude of desire, that says, “I want it.”
• Sustained by a need for the opportunity to use it, when they say, “Where is it?”
How do you provide this educational model for your child? Is it a curriculum based solely on academics or a project based one that includes the Arts?
I hope you said one that includes the Arts, because that would be the correct answer. Not only do the Arts provide a platform for project based learning, they also provide the proper foundation and learning environment that holds learned knowledge in long term memory. This is important for creativity, innovation, critical thinking and problem solving that will be needed in the future.
Project based learning through the Arts engages your child in the process of learning by utilizing those areas that are of interest to him/her. With your child interested in what is being taught, you have the ability to manage, organize, introduce new material, assign independent work and create an environment of research and interest that will surprise you.
Expectations, wherever they stem from, should not be the main goal of any curriculum. All goals should be those that are realistic for each individual child according to their age, temperament and learning style.
Do not be duped into believing that a “one size fits all” education system works. Find out about your child and develop a curriculum around his/her needs and stop the exhaustion once and for all.

If you would like help in developing this, please contact us and let us know.  We would be happy to help.

 

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I Graduated in 1976 with a BS in Elementary Ed from Framingham State Teacher's College, Framingham, MA. My graduating class was the last the last class of teachers credentialed automatically for teaching in all 50 states. I taught third grade, as well as, music and public speaking for middle school. My teaching years were on and off for 30 years because our family moved quite a bit and there were not always teaching jobs available where we moved to. I have been a substitute teacher during those times for many schools and many grade levels. 1976-1977 Southborough, MA, Second grade Teacher 1999-2001 Tucson, AZ, Middle School Teacher Developed and taught the public speaking and music appreciation course structure to integrate with school academic program. (Music Director) – Organized, coordinated the music for and rehearsed 16 classrooms for two programs of singing, dancing and drama per year. (Stage Manager) – Coordinated all stage materials; painted backdrops, sewed costumes and helped children with lines and stage placement. I Graduated in 1976 with a BS in Elementary Ed from Framingham State Teacher's College, Framingham, MA. My graduating class was the last the last class of teachers credentialed automatically for teaching in all 50 states. I taught third grade, as well as, music and public speaking for middle school. My teaching years were on and off for 30 years because our family moved quite a bit and there were not always teaching jobs available where we moved to. I have been a substitute teacher during those times for many schools and many grade levels. 1976-1977 Southborough, MA, Second grade Teacher 1999-2001 Tucson, AZ, Middle School Teacher Developed and taught the public speaking and music appreciation course structure to integrate with school academic program. (Music Director) – Organized, coordinated the music for and rehearsed 16 classrooms for two programs of singing, dancing and drama per year. (Stage Manager) – Coordinated all stage materials; painted backdrops, sewed costumes and helped children with lines and stage placement.