Author: Belinda Letchford

10 Ways to Use Your Lifestyle to Educate Your Child

It is easy to consider homeschooling is all about curriculum and resources, about sitting at the desk and doing school work. I see homeschooling as an opportunity to train my children in every area of their life. When we look at creating a school environment for our children to learn we create artificial opportunities for them to learn things that really could have happened in a natural environment – your family life. Ten ways to use your lifestyle to educate your child: 1. Talk about your reading and your thinking. Have family reading times where you all sit around...

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Taking the Time

Training our children is so time consuming. I am reminded of the scripture that says a man must count the cost before he builds a tower else he’ll be ridiculed for not completing it. Now I know this verse is talking about our decision to give up all and follow Jesus but it is a principle that applies to any project we take on. We need to count the cost. There is a cost of raising morally responsible children who desire to love and serve the Lord. That cost is time. I wrote in my newsletter this weekend: We...

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Independent Study Time

Some homeschooling methods have their children studying independently very early on, but in our house we have had a balance between independent time and times where I teach and work along side of my children. Both aspects to learning are important. Independent study skills start when your child is just a toddler when they learn to play by themselves. In those early years of toddler / preschool we had many time slots throughout the day where the kids grew in this skill. For it is a skill and it needs learning and practicing. – Cot time or playpen time...

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Tools to Help the Distracted Child

Many of the difficulties we have as children will stick with us for life – we just learn strategies to overcome. As parents we need to give our children these strategies, these tools, to help them now and for the rest of their life. If our children are easily distracted, what external structure will help? A routine – having set times (roughly speaking) where certain activities are expected helps a child to grow in self governance. Whether you are directed by a clock or by a sequence of events if the child knows this sequence they can use it...

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Putting Together our Homeschool Routine

We have much the same routine whether we are studying or in a season of family time, or even taking a day off! That is because our routine is the structure for our day, that helps us achieve the things that we want to achieve. My basic outline, which then gets filled with a variety of activities depending on the demands on us, is roughly the same. These are the blocks of time that fill our day: Personal Responsibilities Focus time Lunch / chores Individual time Productive free time Responsibilities Family time Let me explain each block of time…...

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