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15 Moments With Your Family You will Never Forget

15 Moments With Your Family You will Never Forget

Your family is the first and last thing that you remember on this planet. It’s not surprising that you have plenty of memories with them that you’ll never forget, especially those which you were able to capture.

Here are fifteen of those most picture-perfect moments with your family that will always stay in your heart.

1. When your baby sister was born, and you were at the back of the picture.

At first, you thought you were going to be completely forgotten and ignored, but as the years pass, you will realize your little siblings are more important to you than anything else in the world.

2. When you got your very first bike (as a birthday gift when you were 7).

You’ve been asking for a bike since you were three. Now you’re seven, and your bike has training wheels or a sidecar for your little sister!

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3. When your mom first introduced you to her Thanksgiving pie.

Who could ever forget the first bite of Heaven in the form of a cranberry pecan pie? You couldn’t wait for the next Thanksgiving just to get another slice of that sweetheart!

4. When your grandma made you a knitted sweater.

No one wants to hurt grandma’s feelings, so you have to wear it no matter how ridiculous it looks. You even got a picture that your mom is now showing to your significant other!

5. When your aunt gave you $50.

This was the most generous Christmas gift you’ve ever received from your relatives because when you get bigger, you don’t get presents anymore, right?

6. When you first got a pet.

Remember that baby turtle you placed in a fishbowl and named “Steve”? Yeah, he was a total goner.

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7. When you realized Santa wasn’t real (and you confronted your parents about it).

OMG, Santa isn’t real?! Mom and Dad didn’t know how to come clean about all the gifts that you got every Christmas.

8. When you and your siblings quarreled over the smallest things.

Even the smallest piece of Lego can bring the biggest fight in the history of sibling rivalry! Also, the fight always begins with “who gets it first” or “who gets more”.

9. When your eldest sibling went to college.

Ah, peace and quiet at last! No more nosy older sister who always wants to know the latest gossip about your (gasp) crush, or loud older brother who did nothing but give you unexpected punches.

10. When your parents gave you “the talk”.

Oh no, is there a way to wipe out a memory? Our parents talking about the birds and the bees is absolutely nauseating! However, when you look back, you just realize all the sense that was in that talk.

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11. When you went all rebellious on your parents.

Who cares what mom has to say?! I’m an independent young adult (almost) and I believe everything my high school friends say! Screw school, I’m starting a band!

12. When you learned to drive.

Okay, this is a huge move towards independence. It’s a memory no one can ever forget, particularly the time when you almost hit your neighbor’s mailbox or you almost backed up on your front door.

13. When you left for college.

College requires a whole new level of independence, something you might not have been prepared for. Then, you start missing home. This is when the feels start kicking in.

14. When you got your first real full-time job.

Hooray! You’re a certified adult now, living in the real world of money, taxes, and responsibility. Someone from some company is now relying on your skills to deliver something, probably a message or a box of pizza. Of course, you had to call your parents for help with that!

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15. When you got married and everyone was at your wedding.

You’ve entered a new and exciting phase in your life, but as you look around at the people in your wedding reception, you realize that those who were with you from the very beginning are still the ones with you when you start a family. Everything is easier when you know you’ve got them to ask for backup.

What other moments with your family linger in your heart to this day?

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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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