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Best Websites for Teaching Pre-K Homeschoolers about Christianity

Written by The Grace Academy
Thursday, 16 October 2014 17:53

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There is no better time to begin teaching Christian values to your child then now.  Many wonderful websites offer free resources to strengthen your online homeschool curriculum.  Whether you’re looking to engage your child in a full pre-k program or simply introduce your tiny homeschooler to some of the important values of Christianity, these three websites will provide wonderful resources.

  1. PreKinders

This website offers a variety of pre-k Christin resources to make your homeschooling curriculum fun and engaging for your young learner.  Free projects include Noah’s Ark Matching Cards and Days of Creation cards among many others.  Activities focus on a variety of skills including number and animal recognition.

  1. Christian Preschool Printables

This Christian website is outstanding for supplementing an online homeschool curriculum.  It offers a variety of resources for teaching pre-k students about Christianity including the Bible ABCs, Bible Verse Cards, and Bible Worksheets which focus on skills such as handwriting, number recognition and tracing.

  1. Preschool Post

This website is owned and operated by Christians who offer free lesson plans for preschoolers.  It offers a variety of lesson plans in an online curriculum broken down by month.  Users can also view lessons by topic or Bible theme.  This website also suggests activity organization and provides a free email newsletter that alerts subscribers to new lessons and resources.

Introduce Christianity into your homeschool curriculum in a fun and engaging way!  Three and four-year-olds love learning—it’s never too early to introduce them to Bible stories and themes. Many websites offer free resources; however, you will need access to a printer to print worksheets or other printable resources.



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5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers How to Defend their Faith

Written by The Grace Academy
Wednesday, 8 October 2014 19:37

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An important subject that Christian homeschoolers often study is how to defend their faith. This is very crucial because every teenager and young adult often encounters teachings, beliefs, and actions in contradiction to what they have been raised to follow. Failure to take a stand for their own moral, ethical, and religious beliefs can often lead children down a wrong path, succumbing to peer pressure and what is popular at the time.

Teaching your child to be strong in their faith and how to take a stand for that faith in the face of any trial, persecution, or opposition is crucial. This may be the only teaching that will help your child remain in their faith as they mature.

These 5 videos for teaching homeschoolers how to defend their faith can help you in this vital task:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi0B-f5lq98  A video that teaches Christians how to defend their faith in the faces of opposition.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJJ3RLA07iw  What do you say when you are in the midst of adherents of other religion. Here is what can guide you through such a difficult moment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fBAegFRe6o4  A video about the role that love plays in our obedience to God. When we love God, we will speak for Him in any situation, and we will not be ashamed to reveal our identity in Christ.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gi0B-f5lq98  Learn how you can defend your faith.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITlvLPEkjKQ  J. P. Moreland teaches Christians why they need to defend their faith.



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5 Best Online Homeschooling Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers about Politicians

Written by The Grace Academy
Tuesday, 30 September 2014 18:54

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Every online homeschooling student must be exposed to politics in their course of study to help prepare

them for leadership roles in the future. Some students may have the ambition of being a politician in

their career, especially if they have political parents, or they may have seen a politician that they like

and that they want to take after.

 

A politician who is also a political figure or a political leader is someone who influences public policies

and help in making decisions. They are usually found in government, whether at the national level or

at the local level, and they can get to the office through election, appointment, inheritance and other

means of getting to the position of leadership.

 

Politicians can also be found in corporate organizations and they are also called freedom fighters in

cases where they are involved in civil uprisings. All of these are just some of the few things that your

child needs to know about politicians to decide whether they actually want to become one.

 

There are great politicians, both dead and alive, in the country that you can show to your child. Many

young people like to take after public figures, hence this may be a real motivator to your child to learn

about political figures. When you are able to find suitable videos that can make the lesson you are

trying to teach come alive, like the 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers about politicians, the job of

teaching your children on this topic becomes much easier.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3RK8G89FB4 Online home schooling course on how to make young politicians

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96imcCLzj68    Politicians and bribery issues.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rBG_jQALPRU Home schooling curriculum: About people’s trust on

politicians.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9nvno0YEOi4  If only all politicians were this honest after winning

election.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwUm3sAJHvY What politicians can learn from Doctors.



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5 Best Videos for Teaching Homeschoolers How to Love One Another!

Written by The Grace Academy
Wednesday, 24 September 2014 20:13

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The bible teaches us that we should love one another. This is only second to loving God as our creator.

That will tell us how important this law is to God and to us His creatures.

We cannot know how to love outside the instructions and guidance of God. He is love according to I

John 4:8. He demonstrated this by giving His only begotten Son to be killed as propitiation for our sins,

that is the highest form of love, He wants us to love that way too, hence He said love your neighbor as

you love yourself. Where there is love towards others, we will never plan to do evil against them in any

way, and the world will be a better place to live for all.

You will need to teach your child about genuine love because it is not part of the human nature, our

own kind of love is selfish in nature. Arrange for a Christian homeschooling for your child, make sure

that the subject of love is included in the program’s Christian Curriculum so that your child can receive

a deep teaching about the topic, and he can be given the opportunity of getting all his questions

answered.

Videos will also help in this area, use the 5 best videos for teaching homeschoolers how to love listed

below to further enhance his understanding.

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HB8mSxapv_g How to experience the real love of Christ and

share it with others.

2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ealledf2dI A rock song that teaches kids about the love of

God for others.

3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2RqZXShfQo Love one another. The greatest

commandment. An Acapella for Christian home schooling.

4. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8tzswROt70 How to help other people through love.

5. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT-HBl2TVtI love, a video that will completely transform

your life. A Christian curriculum material.



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The Benefits of Online Homeschooling

Written by The Grace Academy
Friday, 12 September 2014 20:26

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Homeschooling is an idea that’s becoming more and more acceptable to parents as they become less contented with their child’s formal education. As with all new ideas, it has a lot

of detractors and critics. Most people still believe that children can only be educated in a conventional school. That however, is no longer true in this age of information. Never before

has the idea of online homeschooling been more possible than today. But there are other reasons why parents are loving the idea of homeschooling even more.

Here are some of the problems they wish to avoid through homeschooling.

 

1) Schools have become dangerous places

 

With the recent news of shootings in schools, parents can no longer be assured that their child is safe. Their child’s life may be in danger from lunatics who just felt like

gunning everyone they see in that particular school or from schoolmates who suffer from the same lunacy.

 

2) Bullying

 

We’ve all heard stories about children being bullied in school. How much of an adult’s insecurities and emotional issues were caused by being exposed to bullies? School

officials discourage this behavior but cannot fully monitor and stop this behavior among their students.

 

3) School curriculum is not commensurate to their child’s learning capability

 

Children learn at a different pace. Some are very gifted and some are rather slow. The fact is, in school, children are forced to take the curriculum along with all the other

children – at the school’s pace. A slow learner who only needs more attention might even be labeled negatively by their own teachers and become stigmatized. Online

homeschooling gives parents the option to educate their child at the level of their intelligence. They find that grade-level standards limited children’s capability to learn.

 

4) Negative influence of peer groups

 

Fitting in and belonging are requirements of a successful school life and a child will try to fit in even if it means doing things they don’t like to do. They will act and behave like

their peers so as not to be labeled outcasts. This need to belong diverts a child from developing their own unique personalities and even encourages behaviors that are

detrimental to their personal growth.

 

5) Children are not being educated enough

 

There’s more learning opportunities nowadays and children are not getting the education they need. The school curriculum limits what a child learns. Homeschooling

parents feel that there is more to learn out there that can better prepare their children for adulthood and the real world.

These are valid reasons that needs to be considered and researched thoroughly before coming up with an opinion on homeschooling. It’s a big decision to take on the education of a child and

homeschooling parents should be admired for their commitment and determination to mold their children into the best person they can be.



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5 Best Videos for Teaching Children to Use the Potty

Written by The Grace Academy
Wednesday, 6 August 2014 20:42

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Teaching children to use the potty is a task that many parents find very difficult to do because lots of

children do not cooperate easily when it comes to that. The use of videos in teaching children on how

to use the potty has helped many parents to overcome this problem. Listed below are 5 best videos for

teaching children to use the potty.

 

1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hiMo7C8xSMHow to potty train a toddler

- Fast and Easy! Some children are just stubborn and you cannot get them to learn to

do potty on their own easily, but with this video, you can easily overcome that and make your

child love doing it easily.

 

2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gcI6S4jzAcPotty Training Tips

What your baby cannot refuse. Those tips that has helped many children in the past to easily

master the art of using the potty. You will find this video very helpful as many of these tips are

interesting to children.

 

3. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ALPJNwLvtskHow to Potty Train Toddlers

This video teaches how parents can use books to potty train their children. It is true

that children cannot read but then, they can easily understand pictures, and whatever they see

sticks to their subconscious mind. Use books to teach your children how to use the potty.

 

4. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2-lzW22PUww I Have To Go Potty

A video that tackles the challenges parents face in potty training children that have

 

developmental challenges. It follows practical steps that any parent can easily follow.

 

5. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lUssJK8vYPIWonkidos Going Potty FULL

EPISODE.  An animation that gives detailed steps of how to go about potty training.

Children love it so much because it is fun all the way from the beginning to the end.

 

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The Importance of Written Goals for Yourself, Your Students, and Your School Year.

Written by The Grace Academy
Friday, 25 July 2014 17:57

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Most people understand that goals are important, but did you know that written goals are about 40% more likely to be achieved and those goals which are both written and discussed with a friend have a success rate of 76%. This is from a recent study by Psychology professor Dr. Gail Matthews (http://www.dominican.edu/dominicannews/study-backs-up-strategies-for-achieving-goals).

For the Christian homeschooling parent, this is exciting information. Someone who has put in the love and work it takes into successfully educating their child whether via standard written curriculum or the more modern online homeschooling method wants to believe that the work that they and their students have put into that education will be profitable and successful. To this end, writing goals seems a clear choice in that it will make attaining those goals more likely.

What does a helpful written goal look like? It looks S.M.A.R.T.

  • Specific goals, rather than vague goals are more achievable, such as “I want to make good grades” versus “I want to get 100% on my math test Tuesday.”
  • Measurable goals are those that can be measured through a metric such; date, grade, or certain amount of something.
  • The A in the acronym can mean “attainable”, or “action-oriented. Both are valuable in helping you reach your outcome. Action oriented is obvious “I will choose the appropriate online homeschooling site for my student.” An attainable statement means that the goal is within.
  • R is for realistic or relevant, meaning “is this goal truly attainable given my circumstances and does this goal make sense in the plan I have for my life”. Each person much choose which will be more helpful to their situation.
  • T stands for time, timely, time-bound, or time sensitive. All mean the same thing basically; you put a date on your goal to make it concrete and give yourself some motivation.

Whether you are creating objective goals for education, or you and your student are creating some personal goals, using the SMART system is sure to help you reach those goals more effectively.



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Vision for Your Child’s Childhood

Written by The Grace Academy
Wednesday, 12 February 2014 15:14

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Author:Robin Chisholm 


God’s Vision for your Child’s Life

Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go [and in keeping with his individual gift or bent], and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (NIV)

I sat down one day, prayed feverishly to God, and asked for wisdom. My children and I were going through the healing process from being victims to domestic violence. They were silent witnesses to domestic violence that I had tolerated too long. I wanted their childhood to be a complete reversal from the past so I visualized and set goals for what I wanted my children’s childhood to be.

God spoke to me to envision what they would tell their kids about when their parents about their childhood. What stories would they have to share? Would they be good stories, traumatic stories, and sadness/fear stricken stories? Would they be grown adults that were emotionally healthy? On the other hand, would they carry deep scars from my parental choices and emotional roller coasters?

I created a vision-to encourage and mentor-to allows them to make mistakes. God showed me to be their support to help back them up when they fell in life. God had blessed me with parents that provided that unconditional love and support. I have been able to flourish with their Godly support providing confidence in my adulthood. God instructed me to follow through with the vision by communicating to them via text and/or in person these words-I am proud of you, I am so proud to be your mom, and I love you.

I want their childhood foundations built strong as the winds of change in adulthood come. Therefore, they would have emotional security inside to be able to endure and make healthy life choices. Without the negative inner self-talk dialect be hopeless, worthless, and your nothing or will not be anything. I want their inner dialect to be God driven; you are strong, you can figure out how to get through this obstacle with God’s direction, their loved, and help is only a phone call away.

I encourage you to seek God’s wisdom to create your mental vision for your children. Envision them as adults telling the stories of their childhood. Think about your everyday life, what is the atmosphere is that surrounds them in the privacy of your home. Is it an environment that when they are grown they felt safe, protected, loved, and happy in or is it an unstable, walking on eggshells, fearful experience? My goal is that my children will not spend their adulthood erasing and reprogramming themselves from damage during their childhood that God has entrusted me trains them in.

 



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10 Quick Tips for Teaching Your Child to Read

Written by The Grace Academy
Monday, 10 February 2014 17:47

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Author: Michael Levy

A great deal of a child’s reading success depends on the level of support that she or he receives at home. Children who are given the tools and the opportunities to learn to read both at school and at home have a better chance of success. The following are ten tips that can help parents know when they are on track helping their children prepare for reading success.

Tip #1: Read with and to Children Regularly

Reading at home with children is one of the best ways to ensure that they are ready for reading. It also sends the message that reading is enjoyable and fun. Parents should read with their children at least five times a week.

Tip #2: Let Children Explore Books Alone

Many parents often make the mistake of strictly controlling the reading opportunities that their children have. They may let their child select the book, but then completely take over from there. All children should be given the time to explore a book before and/or after they read it with a parent or other adult. When the child reaches the point where he or she can read alone, it’s still a good idea to not rush into reading, but to encourage exploration first.

Tip #3: Show Confidence in the Child’s Abilities

Children need to believe that they can do something. And, when a child becomes discouraged, it is often a parent’s belief in his or her abilities that helps the child over a rough patch. Displaying a lack of confidence can make the child question his or her abilities.

Tip #4: Avoid Expressing Worry About the Child’s Progress

Parents who are worried about a child’s reading progress should avoid discussing this with the child. Discussing concerns with the child’s teacher or other homeschooling educator is a far better option than risking compounding any reading problems the child is having by bringing them to his or her attention.

Tip #5: Encourage Children to Read to Others

Parents are built-in audiences for young readers. Parents should encourage their children to read to them often. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and cousins, and neighbors are also great audiences.

Tip #6: Have Realistic Expectations

Parents have been reading for so long that they have understandably forgotten how long it took them to learn to read. Children learn to read at different paces and they begin to learn to read at different ages. Parents need to be sure to accommodate different learning styles to avoid rushing a child into reading or expecting too much from a struggling reader.

Tip #7: Avoid Rushing a Reading Session

Children should not feel rushed during a reading session. And, parents should avoid feeling conflicted between spending time reading with children and getting something else done. Schedule time for reading when nothing else will interfere.

Tip #8: Provide Reading and Writing Opportunities

Encourage children to read and write by putting them in charge of the shopping list and sharing letters from friends and relatives. Parents can also help teach children to learn to write by helping them write their own name on letters to friends and relatives. Opportunities for reading and writing development can be found in simple, everyday activities.

Tip #9: Provide Appropriate Reading Materials

Parents should make sure that their young readers have a wealth of age-appropriate reading material. Be sure to stock the home with books that interest the child. Take the child to the library as well. Encourage children to select their own library books and participate in the library’s story time.

Tip #10: Nip Problems in the Bud

A child who is having trouble reading might have issues that need attention. A child that has trouble might have a learning disorder, hearing problems, or poor vision. Parents should be aware enough to attend to problems as early as possible but not so concerned that they create problems where none exist.

 


Michael Levy, PhD, is professor emeritus at the University of Florida, where his teaching and research focused on human cognitive functioning, particularly information processing, learning, memory, and writing. Dr. Levy was an innovator in the development of interactive tutorials for teaching complex concepts (such as those embodied in Reading Buddy 2.0) and has published 12 books and nearly 200 articles and book chapters.

 



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10 Tips for Fun and Successful Play Dates

Written by The Grace Academy
Thursday, 6 February 2014 16:24

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Author:  Symmetry

The idea of play dates used to make me nervous. I worried about who I should invite and how to invite them. I stressed about planning activities and how involved I should be.  I especially stressed about what to do if it all went wrong. Would my daughter forgive me if I just avoided them altogether?!

Most likely she wouldn’t.

My daughter is 3-year-old social butterfly. She makes a new friend just about every time we go out to the playground, the museum, the swimming pool or even the supermarket. While casually playing with others outside is great, time spent one-on-one is best for close friendships. In this way, she learns to share, cooperate, listen and hopefully make lasting friends. Play dates are where she can learn those skills in a safe home environment.

Here are some of the best tips I’ve found to help you with your child’s next play date:

Before the Play Date

  • Invite one of your child’s friends. Decide who to invite with your child. One-on-one play dates are best for developing close friendships. With three or more, there is more of a chance of a child feeling left out.
  • Keep the get-together short.  Between one and two hours is more than enough time for younger children.
  • Be specific about a time and date when organizing a play date. Many moms make the mistake of saying, “We should set up a play date.” People get busy and if you offer a specific date and time, it’s more likely to happen.
  • Avoid mealtimes at first. The best times to schedule a new play date is mid-morning or afternoons.
  • Set up play date rules. Discuss with your child how to be gracious.
  • Discuss discipline with the other parent. If mom stays for the visit, and it’s a good idea at first, it may be more effective for each parent to discipline her own child.
  • Set up “activity stations”. Put them in different areas or rooms of your home. Some fun ideas may include art, sand play, dress up, sports, play dough or building toys.

During the Play Date

  • Be involved. While you don’t want to be hands-on for the entire play date, it is important for parents to have a role in the play date.
  • Keep the activities rolling. Suggest changes in activities when you sense restlessness or misbehavior.
  • Always have snacks. Food is a great diversion for a play date that’s getting out of control. Make sure you ask about any food allergies her child may have, and always choose a healthier option.

After the play date

If your child feels good about the play date, let the other mom know and plan another play date!

What are your best play date tips?



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