Enjoy this short video entitled “Book People Unite” which confirms the value of book reading for children and the incredible effect that books have in children’s lives.
The following are some well respected reading programs for homeschool or after-school programs. This is an ongoing, updated list.
Inspirational and Instructional
Are you a Mom or Dad, Grandpa or Grandma, who is considering building something in your community for your children? A homeschool group shares structural similarities with an after-school program . I am both a homeschooling grandmother and an after-school provider who advocates keeping the children constructively engaged throughout the day with fun, educational activities. […]
For years I’ve enjoyed this rich variety of daily activities with children. Whether in our after-school program or in our individual homes, there are enough ideas to vary them so that the kids look forward to the change. I’d love to hear from you with activiies you do !
- peer to peer support by pairing children who want to be gentle leaders with younger students
- short sessions one-to-one with a retired educator or grandparent
- reciprical learning relationship between the children and a college/highschool tutor (if it is is a good match, both enjoy each other and grow)
- Movement or adapted PE that breaks up the sitting time with common sense, every day planned, simple movements based on principles from occupational therapy
- digital learning and fun exercises using computer programs, iPads, and Android tablets
- incorporation of trained therapy dog in daily reading time
- support blogs and the many other reference sites with pages of linked resources for creative learning
- practical skills for teaching children social, personal skills. For example, making a simple snack and serving it to others around them
- simple sewing or handwork projects for girls, and for the boys there are hand work projects such as a pre-cut wooden model. It often takes on special meaning to do these projects with the goal of gifting them to others
Having taught both in the classroom and in the home, I can say that Sandra’s book is a “must- have” reference for any parent or grandparent thinking about homeschooling. The consideration of homeschooling comes to many when their child isn’t prospering within the school classroom. Sandra’s book leaves no question unanswered, and her ideas and experiences are also very beneficial for parents and caregivers during the after-school time.
Sandra’s heart for children and a high educational standard shine brightly throughout her book. I am on my second time reading it, and would highly recommend you buy it for all of $3.79 (digital platform). A true value for such a great support ! You can find it here in Amazon.
After having a large herd of USDA milk-tested goats, we sold most of them when we moved to a larger piece of property. Here is the beginning of our new herd complete with playful kid goats. This agricultural project gives our granddaughter plenty of “homework”, such as planning the size of the holding pens using perimeter and area calculations, feed ratios, etc.
The multi-step responsibility of bottle feeding an animal teaches children such wonderful lessons, such as time and schedule, consistency, carefulness for detail, follow-through of clean-up, and responsibility (in rain or shine). The animal is a Katahdin lamb.
A leader in our home-school group coordinates monthly sewing projects for the home-schooling girls. The first month the girls made a very nice reversible tote bag. The tutorial we followed is http://www.skiptomylou.org/2009/07/17/how-to-make-a-simple-reversible-totebag/
These girls brought sewing machines of all models, ages, and and sizes and they all were had a great time !
Very young children respond beautifully to simple chores because they see adults busy doing the same. This two year old feeds the Nigerian Dwarf goat every night at the same time.
This category of blog journal entries, videos, audio, and slide presentations describes the steps I took to build an after-school program. There are also many structural ideas that would “fit” into a home education project and building a homeschool group The “secret sauce” in either an after-school or homeschool group is a supportive community and […]
Today’s blog journal is the last entry that covers a building plan for an after-school program in your community. Please keep me in the loop of your progress. You’re joining a growing community of people who are taking action and changing children’s lives one child at a time
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