July 16, 2014 Edition 

Teaching Multiple Levels               

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Gena SuarezHey Mama,

 

Whether you have two children or a dozen, teaching more than one child can be a challenge. See how some of our magazine writers deal with homeschooling and teaching multiple levels.

 

Ten Tips for Managing a Multi-Level Homeschool - Malia Russell

Teaching Multiple Ages - Kristen Hamilton

 

As you homeschool, remember ...

A decade from now, those little monkeys will be big. Maybe even grown up. Your life will be VERY different than it is now. Maybe less chaotic. Maybe fewer cookie crumbs on the floor. Maybe less spit-up and tear-soaked shoulders; your clothes will actually stay dry for 24 hours straight.

You'll miss it, Mama. It's wildly madhouse-crazy now, and a break would be nice. But just know, a decade from now you are going to sometimes yearn for what you have now. Look at those faces good and hard now. They're little, pudgy, silly, carefree. They scrunch up, still, when they're laughing.

A decade from now life may be calmer. More civilized. More dignified. Quieter.

Maybe too quiet.

Enjoy them now, Mama.

 

~ gena

publisher@thehomeschoolmagazine.com

P.S. I would like to remind you that our very own Deborah Wuehler (TOS Senior Editor) will be speaking at the Valley Home Educators conference, July 25-26 in Modesto, CA, and the TNG (Truth for a New Generation) Conference, Sept. 5-6 in Spartanburg, SC. 
 
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Diana Waring

Dear Friends,

 

Does it ever seem like you could apply to the Circus Clown circus for a job spinning plates?

 

Trying to keep this one busy with math, while that one is sounding out the alphabet, each at the same time you are simmering enough spaghetti sauce to serve an army AND trying to find that elusive sock to match the one good pair remaining to you?

 

Sound familiar? Ah, yes. Welcome to the Wonderful World of Homeschooling, where moms handle more multi-tasking than anyone on the planet. Good job, MOM!!!

 

When it comes to today's topic--Teaching Multiple Levels--there are a couple of opposing responses:

 

"I know, I know!! How on earth am I supposed to have enough time and energy to teach everything to everyone, while getting laundry off the table and dinner on the table?????"

 

OR,

 

"Hmmm. If one-room schoolhouse teachers could do this, it must not be impossible! I wonder how they figured it out??"

 

It is one thing to theorize about how to do this, and something quite different to live it out in the reality of your day-to-day life! With that in mind, let me share one answer that proved to be quite helpful in my homeschool journey ... once we discovered it.

 

First, I had to decide that homeschool is NOT the same as "school at home" --

  • where each child is in a separate grade with separate classes and separate texts;
  • where mom does lesson planning for as many grades as she has children;
  • where the family only joins together for meals, recess, and the occasional read-aloud.

Once we said NO to that model, it opened the door to looking at teaching/learning in a very different way. We began to consider what subjects could actually be studied together, and which subjects had to be studied individually by the child. We decided that math and language arts were the only subjects that would need to be studied separately by our three kids, leaving every ot

her subject open to incredible possibilities.

 

History, science, literature, government, music, art, architecture, even cultural anthropology were among the subjects we discussed, explored, researched, toured, played with, and creatively expressed. It was one of the MOST delightful aspects of homeschooling, once we shed the old model of "every child to her own desk, to his own books, to be studied alone."

 

Have fun spinning the possibilities for YOUR family!!

And, remember, stay relational.

 

Diana

 

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I'm sorry. I just can't talk about teaching multiple levels during this week of July. Actually, I can't even bring myself to think about homeschooling. Mom, can I encourage you to NOT think about homeschooling either?

This past week I was sitting outside in the sun at our family's lake cottage and noticed my sister-in-law sitting in a lawn chair with a little slip of paper in her hand jotting down notes. When I asked her what she was doing she said, "Just thinking through the next school year."

Now, I am most certainly NOT the Holy Spirit. I'm not the authority for her or for you, BUT if I was, I would scream at the top of my lungs, "Stop it! It's summer and you should be thinking of playing and summer and happy thoughts. The school thoughts will come soon enough, but not YET."


So let me just transition to something else ... like the new year of 2015. As you may or may not know, each year I publish a "You 'da Dad Daily Calendar" for dads. It's a page-a-day thing, and it has become a powerful tool in the hands of dads all over the world. Here's the deal: I need your help.

 

Can you take 2 minutes to jot down a quick tip that you'd like me to pass on to other men that you wish your husband would do for you or your children? Example: Tell your wife why you're glad you married her; Tell your hard child that you're proud of him; Smile more ...

Got the idea? So
send your tips to me and then go have some summer fun with your children.

Be real,
Todd

 
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This book is divided into seven chapters, each dealing specifically with a single day of creation. The chapters are packed with examples of how God's design for our world is perfectly arranged so that life can exist the way we know it. For instance, in Chapter 4, we find that the 23.5 degree tilt of the earth's spin axis allows us to have seasons the way we know them. In addition, several examples are given to show how the earth orbits the sun in a precise and repeatable way. The sunrise and sunset times for a specific day and a specific location are constant from year to year, only varying by two or three minutes. The builders of Stonehenge arranged the rocks so that the sunrise would shine through a specific hole in the site on the Summer Solstice (and only on that day). (. . .)

 

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