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30 Things To Remember If You Have A 5-Year-Old Daughter

30 Things To Remember If You Have A 5-Year-Old Daughter

Do you have a five year old daughter? Having a five year old daughter is a real experience, from her laughing when you hurt yourself to seeing you as her role model. It is exciting, annoying and rewarding; check out 30 things you should remember if you have a 5 year old daughter.

1. You are her favorite person in the entire world – there are few others in the world who love you as much as she does.

2. She loves to be cuddled and held by you when she is feeling sleepy or ill.

3. However, if she is hyper, don’t even bother thinking about trying for a hug.

4. Don’t be upset that she isn’t always affectionate. She will be your best friend again by the end of the day.

5. Your daughter can slam a door louder than a teenager could. Despite this strength, she continuously will leave doors, fridges and cupboards open and it will drive you crazy.

6. She is hilarious. She comes out with brilliant one-liners and witty remarks. Embrace her sense of humour.

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7. She does not think you are funny when you tell jokes – but she thinks your hilarious when you drop something or fall over.

8. If you leave your brand new, expensive body lotion out she will use all of it, and then she will develop an itchy rash that she will expect you to fix. Don’t get cross – the memory is worth more than the body lotion.

9. She probably isn’t interested in make-up yet, but she would be interested in using your pricey lipsticks as crayons for the walls.

10. Clothes aren’t a big deal to her yet – let her choose things in her favorite colors, and avoid white.

11. Sometimes she is going to hate your decision, even if it is for the best. She can’t wear her summer dress outside when it’s snowing, but she doesn’t understand that. Accept that sometimes you’ll just have to annoy her for her own benefit.

11. She thinks sweets are better than a cooked dinner, but don’t let this annoy you – she will probably stick with this opinion until she’s in her early 20’s.

12. She will frequently have complete meltdowns. She isn’t trying to test your patience, but her world is smaller than yours and little things are much more upsetting to her.

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13. You will want to take none-stop pictures of your adorable daughter, but she’s probably only interested if she can pull goofy faces.

14. At 5, your daughter thinks she can do anything. Tell her she can every single day, because as she gets older she will start to doubt herself.

15. She thinks you can do anything. Don’t say she is wrong – in her eyes, you really can do everything.

16. If you think that it is annoying when she asks lots of questions, be glad that she hasn’t learned what sarcasm is yet.

17. When she offers to help, don’t say no. She wants to help you and even if it is just a small job, she likes to feel involved

18. Her interests will change all of the time. One week she may like to watch a certain TV, and she may hate it a week later. Don’t become frustrated – she is figuring out who she is as a person.

19. If she hasn’t had enough sleep, you’re both going to have a tough day. This is no-one’s fault.

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20. You are the most important role model in her life. Teach your daughter about compassion, being kind and loving yourself.

21. She needs your praise. It will help to form her self-confidence and love.

22. Every time you see an animal, she will probably ask if she can keep it. Buy her a pet and teach her how to love and look after something else.

23. She is great at spending your money. Try not to spoil her but make sure she has everything she needs.

24. She has not yet formed opinions on the world. Don’t teach her to be cynical and bitter – the world will try to do that later.

25. Your daughter is her own person. She is not you or your partner. Do not try to turn her into yourself.

26. She may not like vegetables, but she doesn’t always have to know when she is eating them. You can be sneaky.

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27. Treat her occasionally. She deserves it – she is the light of your life and one of the main sources of your happiness.

38. Even if you do something bad, in her eyes, you can do no wrong.

29. Your daughter will want to tell you about every flower and person she ever sees. Let her tell you; the world is much more magical through a child’s eyes.

30. She loves you unconditionally.

What did you think of this list? Do you agree? Share this with the mothers you know to see what they think!

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Published on November 7, 2018

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

How to Homeschool in the 21st Century (For All Types of Parents & Kids)

In 2016, it was estimated that 1.7 million children were being homeschooled in the U.S, roughly 3.3% of all school-aged children.[1] Although this may not sound like a big portion of the population, the growth rate of homeschooling has been 7 to15% per year for the last two decades.

The burgeoning numbers are not a coincidence. There are tremendous benefits to homeschooling, including one-on-one teaching, adaptability to individual needs and learning styles, a safe learning environment, encouraging learning for knowledge rather than grades, and tailoring a curriculum to the child’s interests.

Is homeschooling something that you have been considering for your family? With all of the tools and resources available for homeschoolers in the 21st century, it may be easier than you think.

How to Homeschool (Getting Started)

After thinking it through, you’ve decided that homeschooling is the right step for you and your family. Now what? Here are the first things you should do to get your homeschooling journey started on the right track.

Figure Out the Laws

Homeschooling is regulated by the state, not the federal government. The first step is to find the current and accurate legal requirements mandated by your state in order to educate your child legally.[2]

The regulations can vary widely, from strict guidelines to no guidelines at all. However, don’t be overwhelmed by the legal jargon. There are many resources and local communities for homeschooling families that can help you figure out the logistics.

Decide on an Approach

Every child’s needs are different. This is your chance to choose the homeschooling style or combination of styles that best fits your child’s learning style and interests. A brief description of seven different homeschooling methods are listed below.

Supplies/Resources

Often times, purchasing a homeschooling curriculum is done too early in the planning process, resulting in buyer’s remorse.

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A curriculum is not always needed for homeschooling, and other types of free or less structured resources are readily available.

Find a Community

Getting connected with a community of homeschoolers is one of the most important parts of building a successful and thriving homeschool environment for your kids.

Look for communities online for virtual support or a local group that you and your kids can interact with. Partnering with others fosters better socialization skills for the students and provides opportunities for field trips, classes, and outings that wouldn’t have otherwise been a part of the homeschooling experience.

7 Different Homeschooling Methods

1. School-At-Home

Also known as Traditional homeschool, School-At-Home uses essentially the same curriculum as the local private or public school but at home.

The lessons can be completed independently, but more commonly, they are administered by a parent or a teacher-facilitated online school.

  • Benefits: formal standards, wide selection of curricula, same pace as peers, short-term friendly
  • Drawbacks: expensive, inflexible, time consuming, parent can get easily burnt out
  • Resources: K12, Time4Learning, Abeka

2. Classical

One of the most popular homeschooling methods used, it borrows educational practices from Ancient Greece and Rome. Subject areas are studied chronologically so that students can understand the consequence of ideas over time.

Socratic dialogue fosters effective discussions and debate to achieve beyond mere comprehension. There is often a strong emphasis on Great Books[3] as well as Greek and Latin.

3. Unit Studies

Rather than breaking up education into subjects, unit studies approach each topic as a whole, studying it from the perspective of each subject area.

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For example, a unit study about animals could include reading books about animals, learning about the classification of animals, figuring out which animals live on which continents, etc. This method is often used as a technique in other more comprehensive educational methodologies.

  • Benefits: promotes thinking about concepts as a whole, not monotonous or redundant, student-directed, bolsters weaker subject areas, beneficial for teaching multi-age students
  • Drawbacks: incomplete, knowledge gaps, curriculum-dependent
  • Resources: Unit Study, Unit Studies, Unit Studies Made Easy, Konos

4. Charlotte Mason

This Christian homeschooling style utilizes shorts periods of study (15-20 minute max for elementary, 45 minute max for high school), along with nature walks and history portfolios.

Students are encouraged to practice observation, memorization, and narration often. With a focus on “living books” (stories with heroes, life lessons, socio-ethical implications), reading plays a big role in this student-paced teaching style.

5. Montessori

Maria Montessori developed this method through working with special needs children in the early 20th century.

With a primary focus on the student setting the pace and indirect instruction from the teacher, this approach includes free movement, large unstructured time blocks (up to 3 hours), multi-grade classes, and individualized learning plans based on interests.

6. Unschooling

Unschooling is a learning model largely based on the work of John Holt.[4] The teaching style focuses mainly on the students’ interests, putting priority on experiential, activity-based, and learn as you go approaches.

For basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, a systematic technique is employed, but testing and evaluations are typically not utilized. Teachers, in general, play more of a facilitator role.

7. Eclectic/Relaxed

As the most popular method of homeschool, eclectic homeschooling is child-directed, resourceful, and non-curriculum based.

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Parents can sample any combination of homeschooling methods and styles or resources. One growing sector of eclectic homeschooling combines part homeschooling with part traditional schooling.

How to Facilitate Homeschooling with Technology

One of the reasons homeschooling is more feasible than ever before is due to the accessibility of tools and resources to enhance the learning process.

Email

Email is a tool that has really stood the test of time. Invented in 1972, it is still used today as a primary means of communicating on the Internet.

It is a great way to share assignments, links, and videos between parent and student.

Google Drive/Calendar

Google Drive offers a multitude of essential programs that can come in handy for homeschoolers, such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

With its sharing capabilities, easy accessibility, and auto-save ability, it’s easier than ever to organize and complete assignments. It will improve students’ writing and typing skills, as well as eliminate the need for paper.

Google Calendar is an excellent tool for tracking assignment due dates, planning field trips and activities, and developing time management skills.

Ebooks

Rather than invest in physical copies of books, ebooks are a wonderful option for saving money and space. There are plenty of places that offer a free or paid subscription to a wide selection of ebooks:

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E-Courses

When a structured curriculum is necessary for teaching a certain topic, an e-course is the way to go.

From watercolors to calculus, there are e-courses available about almost everything. Including different teaching styles that vary from the parents will encourage students to learn in different ways.

The visual and auditory stimulation will also be beneficial in helping students understand and retain the concepts being taught.

Some recommendations:

Youtube

Youtube is not just a platform for music videos and cats doing funny things. There are a number of Youtube channels that produce quality educational videos, free of charge.

Creating a playlist of videos for various topics is a great way to supplement a homeschool education.

Some recommendations:

Final Thoughts

Homeschooling in the current age looks much different than it did ten years ago. There are more options and more flexibility when it comes to educating kids at home.

Don’t be overwhelmed by the idea of homeschooling your children if it could make a positive impact on your family.

Featured photo credit: Hal Gatewood via unsplash.com

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