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HomeSchool Start-Up 2003


Getting Started with Your New Camp Internet HomeSchool Study


Parents, Grandparents and of course, the Kids. Everyone is involved in the process of real HomeSchooling.

One of the things which makes our Homeschoolers consistantly enter College at the top of their class is the involvement of "daily life" in the learning process.

Standards, Frameworks and a well structured day can help, but the root of learning is love and a clear connection to the necessities of a persons daily life.

Some folks call it "constructivists" learning. An old friend of Camp Internet, and one of the best distance educators in the United States, Frank Odaz, spoke at the Rural Communities conference in Aspen, Colorado, along with Camp Internet Director, Timothy Tyndall, about the meaning of "constructivists" education.

Frank's talk can be viewed in the Camp Internet video library. A great example of Internet Video keeping important ideas accessable.

Some of the most frequent questions I receive are: where do I get curriculum, what curriculum should I use, and is it legal to do homeschooling?

Often new families will ask can I really do this, and always the question: what about socialization must be answered.

First, always remember that it is not as difficult as it looks.

Relax and have fun. you are doing this to enjoy your children and learn together.

Think about this - in school one teacher spends the entire day with 20 or more children. In Homeschool you will be able to experience learning in a much more personal way.

Children learn best in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. Allow your Homeschool to take shape organically, in a realaxed manner. Don't try to force certain structures that are associated with traditional school. Some methods we have learned from our public school experience are very important, some do not work well in a home based learning environment.

One of the first things you should think about is talking to people you know who already homeschool.

They can give you a world of advice. If you don't know any homeschoolers then try to find a homeschool support group in your area. Other Camp Internet parents and teachers can often be a source of great value. Use the Camp Internet listserv often to stay in touch with the entire "Learning Community" which is Camp Internet.



Curriculum

You have made the important decision to begin use of the Camp Internet HomeSchool curriculum.

Built into the HomeSchool Campus is full access to all the Camp Internet courses, including American History, GIS, California History and much more.

Camp Internet offers grade-level specific, classroom-tested curricula for 4th grade through 12th grade.

A full range of curricula is available including American History, Science, Reading, Language Arts, Peace Studies along with a number of special project focused study units such as GIS mapping, digital video and web publishing.

The curriculula follow California State Standards and serve as powerful Curriculum Enhancement tools.

Classes run throughout the year. Students can begin a specific unit anytime.

All online resources are supported by a monthly cd-rom which provides quick and easy access to course materials, new videos, gis maps and other materials.

Each study unit includes printed materials, web based study and testing and teacher guided learning.

Internationally, more than 20,000 students have studied with Camp Internet you are bringing into your HomeSchool a Smithsonian Institution Award winning education program you will enjoy and learn from.

What About Socialization?

Do not worry about it! Much of the concern with 'socialization' is the result of repetitive media input. There is also an old cultural bias towards 'public' education which comes from the late 1800's.

Times have changed and your decision to HomeSchool is based in part on that change with the desire to more carefully work with your childrens social development.

Socialization does indeed affect your children.

Choose wisely those influences you want in their lives.

The truth is, your children will get plenty of socialization from the neighborhood kids, church groups, and other outside activities.

Beware! Don't spread yourself too thin. Try to keep outside activities to the bare minimum, they can really stress you out. Concentrate on your family learning together and having fun!

If you are homeschooling one or more older children while you have toddlers or babies, there are a variety of things you can do. If you have a toddler and a baby, maybe they can play together while you teach.

A baby needs to learn to play by themselves for short periods.

You can also teach while they are napping. Toddlers like to participate.

Let them do coloring or whatever in the same room while you teach the older ones. You will be surprised at the things they will pick up.

Then let them go play when their attention span is gone. You may want to check out our preschoolers page for more ideas.

Areas of Learning

Here is a general list of areas of learning that you want to incorporate into your homeschool. Many of these things can be taught not only through materials but just in daily life. Homeschooling is a learning lifestyle not just an activity. Learn to incorporate learning into your daily life while you're walking, driving in the car, making dinner. Use reports, letters, and games to enhance learning.

Math - (adding in the grocery store, measuring making meals, etc.)
Science - (learning about plants, animals, how things work and why)
History - (where did I come from, countries, cities, creation, their Maker)
English - (writing, grammar, spelling, speaking, penmanship, reading)
Physical Education - (play, sports, games)
Social Studies - (our government, map skills, geography [vacations], where do I live, other cultures)
Bible - (character studies, bible reading, devotions)
Arts - (drawing, painting, music, dance, drama)
Social Skills - (interacting with adults, manners, unselfishness


Make life a learning experience! And don't forget that cleaning time is learning time also. Make it part of your school day.

It teaches your children discipline, organization, home economics, and character.

Would you like to know what your child needs to learn in each grade? World Book Encyclopedia has a great online listing for each grade level.

Visit their Typical Course of Study page and choose your grade level.

Find And Use computer, library and home Resources

Above all, you've got to have fun. There will be times when you will feel frustrated and under stress, but don't worry. Be adaptable.

Remember, homeschooling should be learning at home, not taking school into your home. Relax and enjoy, and if you have questions we might be able to answer, please e-mail us.