In a rapidly evolving world, where technological advancements are shaping the future, it's crucial to prepare our homeschool students for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. True North Homeschool Academy understands the importance of equipping students with the skills needed to thrive in the dynamic landscape of entrepreneurship. In this blog post, we'll explore the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI) and entrepreneurship. We'll look at how courses at True North Homeschool Academy play a pivotal role in shaping the future leaders and innovators.
The Rise of AI in Entrepreneurship:
Artificial intelligence has become a transformative force across industries, revolutionizing the way businesses operate. From automating mundane tasks to enhancing decision-making processes, AI is reshaping the entrepreneurial landscape. As we prepare homeschool students for the future, it's essential to integrate AI education into their curriculum. The Entrepreneurship Class at True North Homeschool Academy is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of AI and its applications in the business world.
Understanding the Connection:
Entrepreneurship and AI may seem like distant concepts, but they are intrinsically linked. Entrepreneurs need to navigate a world where AI is increasingly prevalent. This makes it imperative for students to grasp its fundamental principles. The Entrepreneurship Class at True North Homeschool Academy serves as that bridge. It connects the theoretical aspects of AI with practical entrepreneurial skills. Students don't just learn about the ethical considerations of AI. They also how to leverage it to drive innovation in their future ventures.
The Entrepreneurship courses offered at True North Homeschool Academy are designed to be practical and applicable to real-world scenarios. Students delve into case studies and hands-on projects that simulate the challenges they might encounter as future entrepreneurs. By integrating AI into these exercises, students gain insights into how this technology can be harnessed. They learn to enhance productivity, analyze market trends, and create innovative solutions.
Preparing for the Future:
In an era where adaptability is key, the Entrepreneurship Class at True North Homeschool Academy prepares students for the uncertainties of the future. The curriculum evolves alongside industry trends, ensuring that students are equipped with the latest knowledge and skills. As AI continues to shape the entrepreneurial landscape, students are not only taught to adapt but also encouraged to become trailblazers in their own right.
Have a Budding Entrepreneur?
True North Homeschool Academy's Entrepreneurship Class stands at the forefront of preparing students for the future of entrepreneurship, where AI is an integral part of the business landscape. We have students foster an understanding of AI principles and their practical applications. Students are empowered to become innovative leaders in a rapidly changing world. Enroll your homeschool student today and unlock the door to a future where entrepreneurship and AI go hand in hand, creating a generation of trailblazers ready to shape the world.
The entrepreneurial journey is riddled with challenges and uncertainties. Teaching entrepreneurship to high school homeschool teens cultivates critical thinking skills and adaptability. They learn to analyze problems from various perspectives, identify innovative solutions, and take calculated risks. Entrepreneurship education fosters a growth mindset, enabling teens to embrace failure as a stepping stone to success. By encouraging them to experiment, iterate, and adapt, we equip homeschool teens with the resilience and agility required in an ever-changing professional landscape.
Developing Practical Life Skills
Entrepreneurship education encompasses a range of practical life skills that are invaluable in today's society. High school homeschool teens learn financial literacy, budgeting, and resource management. They gain hands-on experience in marketing, sales, and negotiation. Effective communication, teamwork, and leadership are also nurtured through entrepreneurial endeavors. These skills go beyond the traditional classroom setting, preparing homeschool teens to navigate real-world challenges with confidence and competence. Additionally, entrepreneurship instills an entrepreneurial mindset, cultivating curiosity, initiative, and a lifelong love of learning.
Check Out The Entrepreneurship Track from True North Homeschool Academy
The following courses were chosen to give the entrepreneurial-minded student a strong academic foundation on which to build. These courses could be combined to create a core curriculum for the student, or individual courses could be added based on interest. All classes are appropriate for 8th Grade +. Not sure about placement? Book an Academic Advising appointment today.
Why you MUST include Entrepreneurship in High School
The world is changing, but fast. We’re in what’s called the 4th Industrial Revolution, and like every Industrial Revolution before it, jobs and fortunes are lost and made- sometimes incredibly quickly. Developing an Entrepreneurial mindset is one of the best ways to ensure vocational and financial stability, regardless of what’s happening in the world.
Teaching our kids to think entrepreneurially will allow them to develop the skills to identify and make the most of challenges, opportunities, and failures. It will give them the confidence they need to succeed in a variety of situations and circumstances, despite a crazy economy and ever-changing vocational landscape.
Massive shifts are already underway. In fact, it’s estimated that by 2024, 87 million jobs will be displaced by shifts to machines. But, it’s not all bad news as 97 million new roles may emerge across various industries and economies (for more on this, check out our podcast on The Future of Work for more on this) Our kids are going to have to be more vocationally agile and flexible than ever before.
What’s so Important about Entrepreneurship?
Let’s start with the basics. What exactly IS entrepreneurship? An entrepreneur is, according to the Oxford Dictionary:
“Entrepreneur: a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.”
Entrepreneurs also play a key role in the economy. They anticipate the needs of society and bring those ideas to bear in the form of products and services. They are willing to take on the risk of creating something new, and as a result, they are rewarded with profit, recognition, and, most importantly, more opportunities and continued growth.
In an Industrial Revolution, as societies change and morph, Entrepreneurs have unprecedented opportunities for profit and growth, particularly as technology creates new opportunities related to transportation and communication.
Furthermore, in a time when there is rapid change, entrepreneurs can create their own stability if they have the wherewithal and ability.
Skills an Entrepreneur Needs
You’ll notice that successful entrepreneurs develop skills that allow them to succeed regardless of what they do vocationally.
Versatility- entrepreneurs might find themselves providing customer service, marketing, bookkeeping, sales, graphic design, taking out the trash, and who knows what else. A successful entrepreneur must know things or at least be willing to learn and lean into what they need to know next!
Flexibility- entrepreneurs must listen and hear from customers and adeptly provide goods and services that meet the needs of their customers.
Resilience – Grit might be the fine line between successful and unsuccessful in the world of entrepreneurship. Being able to handle disappointments and failure and get up with the determination to succeed is a necessary entrepreneurial skill.
Money Sense – understanding Profit and Loss, Revenue, Cost per Acquisition, Monthly Expenses, and Conversion Rates can mean the difference between failure, mediocre and wild success.
Focused -the ability to set a goal and unwaveringly work towards it.
Understanding of Business – Understanding Business, the Target Market, strengths and weaknesses of the company, and the market are what savvy business owners do.
Communication Skills – All businesses require excellent communication skills- the ability to market, sell, work with vendors, promote, write, and speak are necessary for business owners.
Types of Entrepreneurs
There are many types of Entrepreneurs with different abilities and personalities:
Builders- work to create big biz fast ($5M in a few years that will expand to $100 mil and beyond)
Opportunist– seeks opportunity, grows biz during the height of opportunity, and exits before the opportunity busts
Innovators are those rare individuals that come up with a great idea or product that no one has thought of before. They care more about the influence than the money
Specialists are analytical and risk-averse, building their businesses through networking and relationship building. This usually results in slower growth than for the builder.
What’s this Have to Do with High School?
7 Reasons your Homeschooler Must Study Entrepreneurship
Our kids are going to live and work in the Gig Economy, many of them will be going from gig to gig, and they’ll need to know how to market themselves, manage their own finances and taxes, sell, find new opportunities, and more!
Having an understanding of the framework of business allows for flexibility and adaptability. Most businesses, regardless of their industry or niche, or organized in a similar manner. Understanding the structure of business allows our kids to apply that to whatever circumstance or opportunity they find themselves in.
Failure is an important aspect of success. By now, we all know the famous Thomas Edison quote, “I have not failed 10,000 times. I have not failed once. I have succeeded in proving that those 10,000 ways will not work. When I have eliminated the ways that will not work, I will find the way that will work.” Entrepreneurship develops the ultimate growth mindset!
Through Entrepreneurship, kids learn the 4 C’s of Education
Communication – this is a critical component of any successful entrepreneurial endeavor, as you must communicate with fellow workers, customers, and vendors. This is one of the most important job skills your kids can develop.
Critical thinking – by definition, Entrepreneurs must think critically as they assess their market, set pricing, set up and close sales, negotiate, and so much more!
Creativity– is there anything MORE creative than developing a business? You’re creating something from nothing, and that’s pretty awesome.
Collaboration- Entrepreneurship means finding people you can trust, setting good and clear boundaries, and working with people in a variety of ways, and with the emerging global economy,
Develops Work Ethic – Entrepreneurship will develop those work ethics muscles in ways that little else will.
Develops growth mindset for an uncertain future._87 million jobs are going to be lost while 97 million new jobs will emerge
Not sure where to start? Check out our Entrepreneurship Class! And don’t forget to check out our other marketable life skills classes, such as Video Editing, Computer Science, Computer Illustration, Canva, Photoshop and Photography, and Digital Tech.
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Entrepreneurship will provide students an opportunity to learn the basic steps of what it takes to start a small business. Whether that business is the selling of goods or services, the students will learn how to promote themselves via different types of marketing platforms.
Entrepreneurs act as managers and oversee the launch and growth of an enterprise. Entrepreneurship is the process by which either an individual or a team identifies a business opportunity and acquires and deploys the necessary resources required for its exploitation.
Students who may consider becoming an entrepreneur are those who want to:
Control their own work experience
Control their earning potential
Control their location and where they work
Have an opportunity to leave a lasting legacy
Some students may want to use this course as an opportunity to create a Micro Business that will earn them money, experience, and business relationships. This is a must-take course for any student as the future of work is changing rapidly, most adults will work in the “gig” economy, and having a side hustle is becoming more than the norm than the exception.
One Semester Course – 1/2 Credit: The class will be taught and graded by your True North Homeschool Academy teacher. The coursework your child will complete in this high school level course is equal to one half-credit hour, which your homeschool may award upon completion. If you want help to determine your students' credits or to create a transcript, check out our Academic Advising.
“We believe that every single young person should go through an entrepreneurship experience before they leave high school. We don’t know of any other experience or course where your kids can learn to communicate with adults and peers, persevere through difficulties, overcome fear, face failure, sell ideas, create solutions, see opportunity around them, understand risk and reward, develop a growth mindset, look past scarcity to abundance, collaborate with others, express creativity, and see their own potential. The list of all the things that students learn through entrepreneurship is actually much longer, but these are some of our favorites. Regardless of whether or not your child wants to pursue entrepreneurship, the benefits of starting a business and running it as a kid are invaluable. The Big Startup Guidebook for Kids teaches principles of entrepreneurship, that are always true no matter what happens in the economy, and combines that with the skillsets necessary to start a business in today's markets. This book will help your kid, no matter where they are in their entrepreneur journey, to start and run their own business, and in the process, they will change their perspective on the world and what they can accomplish.” – Nephi Zufelt, author
Middle school or Junior High Students who want to be challenged may join this high school level class.
Homeschooling a high schooler presents unique challenges, especially when motivation wanes. This stage of education is crucial as it lays the groundwork for future endeavors, be it higher education or career paths. In this post, we'll explore effective strategies to rekindle the spark of learning in your homeschool high school student, and create a personalized learning plan.
Understanding the Roots of Unmotivation:
Discussing the common reasons why high schoolers, particularly those who are homeschooled, may lose motivation is crucial to addressing and resolving these issues effectively. Here are some key factors:
Lack of Social Interaction:
Homeschooled high schoolers often miss out on the day-to-day social interactions that occur in traditional school settings. This absence of peer engagement can lead to feelings of isolation and disconnection, impacting their motivation to engage with their studies.
Social development is a significant part of the high school experience. Without regular interaction with peers, students may feel they are missing out on key experiences, leading to a decrease in enthusiasm for learning.
True North Homeschool Academy's live, online classes provide students with class interaction and breakout rooms in a secure setting allowing for the social interaction high school students crave.
Limited Exposure to Diverse Perspectives:
In a traditional school setting, students are exposed to a variety of perspectives and ideas from different teachers and peers. Homeschooling can sometimes limit this exposure, which can result in a lack of diverse thought and challenge, potentially diminishing a student's interest in learning.
True North Homeschool Academy has world-wide enrollment and professional educators from around the world and a variety of Christian faith backgrounds. This diversity allows for a range of perspectives and lively in-class discussions.
Not Seeing the Relevance of What They're Learning:
High schoolers might struggle to see how certain subjects apply to real life or their future goals. This lack of perceived relevance can lead to disinterest and a feeling that their educational efforts are pointless.
Practical application of knowledge is key in maintaining interest. When students fail to understand how their learning applies to the real world, their motivation can quickly wane. A personalized learning plan is key to holding interest and providing a measuring stick for parents.
True North Homeschool Academy teachers provide in-real-time feedback to students, helping them tie their learning objectives to their long term goals.
High schoolers, especially those aiming for higher education, can experience burnout due to intense academic pressure. This can be exacerbated in a homeschooling environment where the distinction between home and school life is blurred.
Overemphasis on academic achievement without adequate breaks or leisure activities can lead to exhaustion and a loss of interest in academic pursuits. A personalized learning plan alleviates burnout.
At True North Homeschool Academy, the ability to use our distintive online learning platform provides for a virtual separation from home and school. Though we 100% agree that the beauty of homeschooling happens from learning done at home, and statistics prove this.
What kind of culture do we want to transmit? What are we building? We believe that parents aren't just a child's first teacher, they are the primary agent responsible for transmitting a culture of Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. It only makes sense to partner with a homeschool educator who understands that and supports those efforts. That's what we do at True North Homeschool Academy through carefully vetted teachers, class choices, and academic advising.
Lack of Autonomy and Choice:
High school students are at an age where they seek more control over their lives. If they feel that their education is too structured or controlled by parents or guardians, it can lead to a lack of motivation.
Providing students with choices in their learning process, such as selecting subjects or projects of interest, can significantly enhance their engagement. Developing a personalized learning plan involves parent and student, giving students choices.
This is where True North Homeschool Academy stands out. Students and parents partner with TNHA to hand-pick the courses students want and need. Our advising takes this even further, crafting a high school learning path that is unique to your student.
Inadequate Challenge or Overly Rigid Curriculum:
A curriculum that is not challenging enough can leave students feeling unstimulated and bored. Conversely, an overly rigid or challenging curriculum can be overwhelming and demotivating.
It’s important to strike a balance, ensuring the curriculum is both challenging and adaptable to a student's individual pace and interests.
True North Homeschool Academy teachers move beyond the curriculm, book, and page to foster discussion and interaction. This approach busts boredom and keeps the teacher in touch with each student to gage overwhelm, the perfect balance.
The pervasive nature of technology and social media can be a significant distraction, leading to reduced concentration and focus on studies.Finding a balance between healthy technology use and educational focus is crucial in maintaining motivation.
True North Homeschool Academy courses are held in our learning management system, eliminating the distraction of social mediaduring school hours.
Personalizing the Curriculum for a Personalized Learning Plan
Tailoring the curriculum to align with your child's interests is a powerful way to boost engagement in homeschooling. When students see a connection between their passions and their studies, they are more likely to be motivated and involved in the learning process. This creates a personalized learning plan unique to your student.
Here’s how this approach can be implemented:
How Tailoring the Curriculum Boosts Engagement
Increased Relevance: When students see how their interests align with what they are learning, the material becomes more relevant and engaging to them.
Personal Connection: Personalizing the curriculum allows students to form a deeper connection with the material, making learning more enjoyable and meaningful.
Enhanced Creativity: Allowing students to explore subjects through the lens of their interests can foster creativity and innovative thinking.
Tips on Incorporating Passions into Traditional Subjects
Identify Core Interests: Start by having a conversation with your child to understand their passions and interests. These could range from specific hobbies, like music or coding, to broader areas like environmental conservation or space exploration.
Integrate Interests into Core Subjects:
Math: If your child is interested in music, you can integrate lessons on rhythm and beat into math, teaching fractions, and patterns. For a sports enthusiast, use statistics from their favorite sport to teach data analysis.
Science: A child fascinated by gardening can learn biology through plant life cycles and photosynthesis. An interest in video games can be an avenue to explore computer science and physics.
History and Social Studies: Align history lessons with the historical aspects of a child's interest, like the history of a particular sport, art movement, or technological innovation.
English/Language Arts: Encourage them to read and write about topics they love. For instance, a student interested in cooking could explore culinary literature or write essays on the cultural significance of different cuisines.
Project-Based Learning: Create projects that revolve around their interests. For instance, building a small robot for a tech enthusiast or writing and directing a short play for someone interested in drama.
Field Trips and Practical Experiences: Organize field trips or activities that align with their interests. Visiting a local museum, attending a science fair, or participating in community theater can bring their studies to life.
Use of Technology and Resources: Leverage online resources, documentaries, podcasts, and apps that cater to their interests and can be integrated into the educational material.
Invite Guest Speakers or Mentors: If possible, involve experts or enthusiasts in your child's area of interest. They can provide valuable insights and real-world connections to the subjects being studied.
Flexibility in Assessment: Tailor assessments to include their interests. For example, instead of a traditional test on a novel, a student interested in art could create a comic strip summarizing the story.
Encourage Independent Projects: Allow them to pursue independent projects or research in their areas of interest, guiding and supporting them as needed.
By integrating a child's passions into their learning journey, homeschooling can become a more fulfilling and inspiring experience. This approach to a personalized learning plan not only helps in keeping the student motivated but also nurtures a deeper love for learning.
At True North Homeschool Academy, curriculum personalization begins with choice. With over 140 classes to choose from, it doesn't get any more personalized than that.
Setting Realistic Goals and Rewards:
Setting achievable goals is a fundamental aspect of effective learning, especially in the context of homeschooling. Achievable goals help maintain motivation, provide a clear sense of direction, and foster a sense of accomplishment. This Here's a deeper look into their significance and how a reward system can be effectively integrated:
Significance of Setting Achievable Goals within a Personalized Learning Plan
Provides Clear Direction: Clear, achievable goals give students a roadmap to follow, making it easier for them to focus and stay on track.
Enhances Motivation: Achievable goals are motivating because they are within the student's reach. This sense of attainability encourages students to put in the effort required to reach them.
Boosts Confidence: Each time a student achieves a goal, it boosts their confidence and reinforces their belief in their ability to succeed.
Promotes Time Management: Setting goals helps students learn to manage their time effectively, an essential skill for both academic success and life in general.
Encourages Self-Assessment: Achievable goals allow students to assess their progress and adjust their strategies, fostering a habit of self-reflection and continuous improvement.
Prevents Burnout: By breaking down the learning process into smaller, manageable steps, achievable goals can help prevent the feeling of being overwhelmed, reducing the risk of burnout.
Creating a Reward System with Your Student's Personalized Learning Plan
Align Rewards with Interests: Choose rewards that are meaningful to your child. For example, if they love reading, a new book can be a reward. For a sports enthusiast, attending a live sports event might be motivating.
Small Rewards for Small Goals: Set up small rewards for achieving short-term goals. This could be as simple as extra playtime, a favorite snack, or a movie night.
Bigger Rewards for Major Milestones: Reserve larger rewards for significant achievements, like completing a challenging project or reaching a major milestone in their curriculum.
Non-Material Rewards: Not all rewards need to be materialistic. Extra time with parents, choosing a family activity, or an extended bedtime can be highly effective.
Involvement in Choosing Rewards: Involve your child in deciding the rewards. This gives them a sense of control and makes the reward system more motivating.
Balancing Rewards with Intrinsic Motivation: While rewards are effective, it's important to balance them with the cultivation of intrinsic motivation. Encourage your child to appreciate the value of learning for its own sake.
Celebrate Achievements: Make a point to celebrate when goals are met. Positive reinforcement and recognition can be a powerful motivator.
Flexibility: Be flexible with the reward system. If certain rewards aren't working or if goals need adjusting, be open to making changes.
By setting achievable goals and creating a thoughtful reward system, you can help your homeschooled high schooler stay motivated and engaged. This ultimately leads to a more fruitful and enjoyable learning experience.
True North Homeschool Academy leadership supports goal setting and rewards with each class, class assignment, and choice of classes offered.
Incorporating Practical Life Skills into a Personalized Learning Plan
Integrating practical life skills into a homeschooling curriculum is essential for preparing students for adulthood. These skills equip them with the necessary tools to manage their personal and professional lives effectively and independently.
Importance of Practical Life Skills
Real-World Application: Life skills have direct applications in everyday life. Learning these skills ensures that students are prepared for real-world situations and challenges.
Promotes Independence: By mastering practical skills, students become more self-sufficient and confident in their ability to handle various aspects of adult life, from managing finances to taking care of their health.
Decision-Making and Problem-Solving: Life skills education enhances critical thinking, allowing students to make informed decisions and solve problems efficiently.
Prepares for Future Responsibilities: Whether it's managing finances, understanding health and nutrition, or navigating professional environments, life skills prepare students for future responsibilities as adults.
Balances Academic Learning: Integrating life skills with academic subjects provides a balanced education that values both intellectual and practical knowledge.
Integrating Life Skills into the Curriculum
Teach budgeting by having students manage a simulated or real budget for a month.
Discuss the importance of voting, community service, and being an informed citizen.
By incorporating these life skills into the homeschool curriculum, students not only enjoy a well-rounded education but are also better prepared for the challenges and responsibilities of adult life.
TNHA offers a variety of classes, workshops, and partnered opportunities for students to learn about life skills.
Fostering a Growth Mindset as Part of a Personalized Learning Plan
The concept of a growth mindset, developed by psychologist Carol Dweck, is a transformative approach to learning and personal development. It revolves around the belief that abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work. This contrasts with a fixed mindset, where abilities are seen as static and unchangeable.
Impact of a Growth Mindset on Learning
Enhances Persistence: Individuals with a growth mindset are more likely to persist through challenges, viewing them as opportunities to learn and grow rather than insurmountable obstacles.
Encourages Risk-Taking: A growth mindset fosters a willingness to try new things and take risks, crucial for learning and innovation.
Improves Resilience: It builds resilience by helping learners to view failure not as a reflection of their abilities, but as a natural part of the learning process.
Promotes Openness to Feedback: Those with a growth mindset see feedback as a tool for improvement rather than criticism of their abilities.
Facilitates Adaptability: A growth mindset encourages adaptability, an essential skill in an ever-changing world.
Cultivating a Growth Mindset in High Schoolers
Praise Effort, Not Just Achievement: Focus on praising your child's effort, strategies, and persistence rather than just their achievements or innate abilities. This reinforces the idea that effort leads to success.
Encourage Learning from Mistakes: Normalize making mistakes as part of the learning process. Discuss what can be learned from each mistake and how it can be an opportunity for growth.
Model a Growth Mindset: Demonstrate a growth mindset in your own life. Talk about your challenges and how you’ve overcome them through effort and learning.
Set Learning Goals: Encourage your high schooler to set learning goals, rather than performance goals. Emphasize the importance of the learning journey over the final outcome.
Teach the Brain’s Ability to Grow: Educate them about neuroplasticity – the brain's ability to change and adapt – which scientifically supports the concept of a growth mindset.
Encourage Perseverance: When they face challenges, guide them to persist and find different strategies or solutions, rather than giving up.
Provide Opportunities for Challenge: Encourage them to take on tasks that are outside of their comfort zone. This could be learning a new skill or subject that doesn’t come easily to them.
Use Constructive Language: Use language that fosters a growth mindset. Replace statements like “I can’t do this” with “I can’t do this yet.”
Discuss Real-Life Examples: Share stories of people (historical figures, scientists, artists) who succeeded through perseverance and learning from failures.
Encourage Self-Reflection: Foster a habit of self-reflection where they can recognize their growth and understand areas where they can improve.
By instilling a growth mindset in your high schooler, you are equipping them with an attitude and approach that will benefit their educational journey and their personal and professional lives beyond school.
Utilizing Technology and Online Resources in a Personalized Learning Plan
Technology, when used strategically, can greatly enhance the learning experience for homeschooling high schoolers. However, it's also important to balance tech use to avoid overreliance and distractions. Here are some suggestions on how to effectively incorporate technology into learning:
Enhancing Learning with Technology
Educational Apps and Games:
Utilize apps that specialize in various subjects, like math, science, language learning, or coding.
Look for interactive games that promote problem-solving and critical thinking.
Online Courses and Tutorials:
Enroll in online courses from platforms like TNHA for a more structured learning experience.
Use YouTube tutorials for visual and practical learning in subjects like science experiments, history, or art.
Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR):
Use VR to explore historical sites, museums, or even outer space in a more immersive way.
AR apps can bring complex concepts to life, like visualizing molecular structures in chemistry.
E-books and Online Libraries:
Access a vast array of books and academic papers online which can be more cost-effective than traditional textbooks.
Use e-readers with highlighting and note-taking features to enhance reading and comprehension.
Podcasts and Educational Videos:
Listen to educational podcasts on various topics, ideal for learning on the go.
Use documentary films and educational videos to supplement learning with visual and auditory material.
Use tools like Google Docs for writing and collaborative projects.
Utilize project management tools to teach organization and time management.
Learning Management Systems (LMS):
Organize the homeschooling curriculum using LMS platforms that allow you to track progress, submit assignments, and receive feedback.
Cautioning Against Overuse and Distractions
Set Clear Boundaries: Establish rules for when and how technology should be used for educational purposes. This helps to separate learning time from leisure time.
Monitor Screen Time: Keep an eye on the amount of time spent in front of screens and ensure it's balanced with offline activities.
Encourage Digital Literacy: Teach your child about responsible technology use, including the importance of privacy and the risks of excessive screen time.
Create a Distraction-Free Environment: During study time, ensure that devices are used solely for educational purposes. Utilize apps or settings that limit access to distracting sites or apps.
Promote Balanced Learning: Encourage a mix of traditional learning methods, like reading physical books, handwriting notes, and engaging in hands-on activities, to complement digital learning.
Regular Breaks: Implement regular breaks to prevent eye strain and mental fatigue. Encourage physical activity and time outdoors.
Foster Interpersonal Skills: Ensure that technology does not replace essential face-to-face interactions. Encourage your child to engage in social activities and group learning where possible.
By thoughtfully integrating technology into your homeschool curriculum, you can greatly enhance educational engagement and effectiveness. However, balancing this with offline activities and mindful usage is key to ensuring a well-rounded and healthy learning environment.
TNHA offes live (via Zoom) online, dynamic (access to the teacher and class interaction). These classes based on the SAMR model of education. The SAMR model of education is framework of education that “… is a framework that orders strategies for classroom technology implementation into four stages.“
This framework is applied to the homeschool model through the use of technology, gamification, multi-media presentations, publishing, and more.
Creating a Structured Yet Flexible Learning Environment:
Creating a balance between a structured routine and flexibility is essential in homeschooling to maintain interest and effectiveness in learning. Additionally, having a dedicated learning space plays a crucial role in facilitating focused and organized study while implementing a personalized learning plan. Here are some tips and insights on these aspects:
Balancing Structure and Flexibility
Establish a Core Routine: Set a basic framework for daily activities, including start and end times for study, breaks, and recreational activities. This provides a sense of predictability and stability.
Incorporate Flexible Learning Blocks: Within the daily schedule, include blocks of time where your high schooler can choose what they want to study. This choice can increase their engagement and motivation.
Vary Teaching Methods: Use different teaching methods and resources — like videos, interactive activities, field trips, and practical experiments — to keep the learning experience dynamic and interesting.
Adapt to Your Child’s Rhythms: Recognize and adapt to your child's natural learning rhythms. Some students may be more alert in the morning, while others may perform better in the afternoon or evening.
Regularly Review and Adjust the Schedule: Periodically review the routine with your child and make adjustments as needed to accommodate their changing interests and educational needs.
Include Spontaneous Learning Opportunities: Be open to spontaneous educational opportunities, such as impromptu field trips, special projects, or exploring new interests that suddenly emerge.
Balance Group and Individual Learning: If possible, include both individual study and group activities in your routine, balancing solitary focus with social interaction.
Set Aside Time for Review and Reflection: Regularly schedule time for reviewing what’s been learned and reflecting on the effectiveness of the learning process.
Importance of a Dedicated Learning Space
Enhances Focus: A dedicated space for learning helps to minimize distractions and allows for better concentration.
Organizes Resources: It provides a place to organize educational materials, technology, and resources, making them easily accessible and helping to keep the learning process streamlined.
Creates a Learning Environment: Having a specific area set aside for study helps to mentally prepare students for learning, creating a clear separation between study time and leisure time.
Promotes Responsibility: A dedicated space can encourage students to take responsibility for their learning environment, keeping it tidy and organized.
Adapts to Learning Needs: The space can be customized to suit the learning needs and preferences of the student, whether it involves quiet for reading, space for building projects, or technology setup for digital learning.
Supports Specialized Equipment: For certain subjects, such as art, science experiments, or music, a dedicated space can accommodate specialized equipment or materials.
Provides a Place for Display and Celebration: The learning space can be used to display educational achievements, projects, and learning aids, which can serve as motivators and points of pride.
In summary, balancing a structured routine with flexibility keeps homeschooling engaging and effective. A dedicated learning space significantly contributes to a focused and organized educational environment. Tailoring these elements to fit your child's unique needs and learning style is key to a successful homeschooling experience and the creation of a personalized learning plan.
Strategies That Work to Create a Personalized Learning Plan
In conclusion, it's vital to remember that each homeschooling journey is as unique as the student undertaking it. What effectively motivates and engages one student may not have the same impact on another. This diversity in learning styles, interests, and responses is a natural aspect of the educational process. This is especially true in the personalized context of homeschooling.
Parents and educators should approach homeschooling with patience and persistence. Recognizing that finding the right balance of strategies and techniques is often a process of trial and error. It's important to remain open to adapting methods, experimenting with new approaches, and continually tuning into the evolving needs and interests of the student.
The ultimate goal of homeschooling extends beyond academic success; it's about nurturing lifelong learners.
This involves cultivating skills, attitudes, and habits that prepare students. Not just for exams or immediate educational milestones, but for the diverse challenges and opportunities they will encounter throughout their lives. Emphasize curiosity, resilience, adaptability, and a love for learning as key qualities to instill.
As parents and educators, celebrate each step of progress, however small, and remain supportive and encouraging, even through challenges and setbacks. Remember, the journey of learning is a marathon, not a sprint, and every student's pace and path and personalized learning plan will be different.
Above all, the journey of homeschooling, with its unique challenges and rewards, offers an invaluable opportunity to strengthen the bond between parents and children. This builds a foundation of mutual respect, understanding, and a shared love of learning. Stay committed, stay flexible, and watch as your homeschooler grows not just in knowledge, but in character and capability, ready to face the world ahead with confidence and curiosity.
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I don’t know about you but I saw my high school guidance counselor a total of 3 times during high school when she signed off on the classes I was going to take. But, in public (or private) school, most students are following a typical lock step method of education, and the classes are in place for whatever track the student happens to be on, vocational or college bound based on test and performance scores. Easy peasy for the guidance counselor. Plus, they don’t have parental investment in the kids or hopes and dreams for their future.
With homeschooling, as we’ve said so many times before, you have so much freedom. Freedom to choose what to study and when, and to personalize as little or as much as you want to. Like I point out in my workshop What a Homeschooling Parent Actually Does, being a Guidance Counselor is one of the roles of the Homeschooling Parent. And what a great role it can be with some simple parameters.
Crafting a Personalized Learning Plan can be so helpful. It’s like a map that you can follow to the letter or take fun little detours from, but regardless of it still keeps you on track. A Personalized Learning Plan can provide a clear path toward academic achievement and personal growth.
Start with the End in Mind
Where do you see your kids going post high school? You know them best and you have great ideas about what they are capable of, the cost of many things, including vocational and college training and also what it takes to support certain lifestyles. Start talking with your kids while their young about the lifestyle that they want and how they’ll pay for it.
Before diving into the nitty-gritty details of planning, take some time to establish clear goals and objectives for your child's high school years. Consider academic aspirations, personal interests, and potential post-secondary paths. Are there specific subjects your child wants to excel in? Are they considering college, vocational training, or other career paths? Defining these goals will serve as the foundation for creating a tailored plan. Consider serious hobbies or areas of interest as well. How important are they to current and future plans, what will it take to support those interests?
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Research the educational and graduation requirements for your state. This includes necessary credits in subjects like mathematics, science, English, social studies, and electives.
Plan a Four-Year Program
Divide the high school years into four academic years, each focusing on a balanced curriculum that aligns with your child's goals. Incorporate core subjects, such as mathematics, science, English, and History, and include elective courses that cater to your child's interests. Also consider subjects like computer science, foreign languages, Art and Music, Bible, Career Exploration and Entrepreneurship. And look, just because you plan a 4 year program, doesn't mean it has to be accomplished in 4 years. I've worked with students who have finished high school as young as 13 and as old as 21. So, again, you have freedom to work with your kids and your lifestyle.
Plan by Year
Using a Typical Course of Study as a guide, plan by year, taking into account any prerequisites or sequential learning paths. Be sure to include Middle School Courses that are high school level hours and rigor and don’t forget to include CLEP, DE, Honors and AP courses if you choose to go that route.
Include Extracurricular Activities High school isn't just about academics. Factor in extracurricular activities such as church, sports, arts, community service, and clubs. These activities play a crucial role in personal development, building social skills, and enhancing college applications.
Take Advantage of Amazing Opportunities
Each family, locale and season presents unique opportunities. Be flexible enough in your schedule that you can take advantage of them as they pop up! And remember, parents, YOU are your kids very best resource. Include them in your hobbies, activities, business, dreams and big ideas! You never know where they'll lead!
Keep Your Student Involved in the Process
Involve your child in the planning process. Their input is valuable as they'll be more engaged when they have a say in their education. Discuss their interests, strengths, and preferences to tailor the plan to their needs. Again, talk to them about the kind of lifestyle they want and how they'll support that. Help them understand that how they'll support that lifestyle goes beyond money and can include social, familial, spiritual, physical and mental resources!
Monitor Progress and Adjust as Needed
Review your high school plan and schedule to monitor progress. Are your student's goals being met? Is the schedule realistic and manageable? Make adjustments as necessary, considering any changes in goals, interests, or circumstances.
Foster a Love for Learning
While planning is crucial, remember that fostering a love for learning is paramount. Incorporate projects, hands-on activities, and real-world applications to keep your child engaged and excited about their education.
As your child progresses through high school, they may discover new interests, strengths, and passions. Embrace flexibility in your plan to accommodate these changes. The high school journey is a time of growth and self-discovery, and your plan should reflect that evolution.
Crafting a high school plan is a collaborative and dynamic process. It requires careful consideration of your child's goals, a well-structured curriculum, and a flexible approach. With dedication, open communication, and a commitment to fostering a love for learning, you can craft a high school experience that equips your child for a great high school experience and future success!
Hello, dear readers! I am Lisa Nehring, and I'm excited to embark on this educational journey with you! I have spent the past three decades deeply immersed in the world of education, homeschooling my own kids for 30 years, writing and speaking about education and finally creating and founding True North Homeschool Academy in 2018, and my passion for reimagining education has only grown stronger. Today, I invite you to join me in exploring a new path for our children's learning journey as we stand at the crossroads of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Embracing Change in Education
It's evident that traditional educational approaches are struggling to keep pace with the rapid transformations of our world. The disruptions we experienced in 2020 were a mere preview of the profound shifts that the 4th Industrial Revolution is bringing. Institutions we once relied upon, from healthcare to government institutions are faltering, and the realm of education is no exception. Our children are growing up in a unique era— one where flat earthers meet yearly on one coast and where transhumanists meet on the other! Our kids will live and work in this smash up of medieval thought and sci-fi!
In this tumultuous landscape, our role as parents has never been more critical. We must be vigilant, prayerful visionaries, crafting a roadmap that prepares our children to thrive amid the chaos and uncertainty.
Casting a Vision
To navigate this uncharted territory, we must first cast a beautiful and purposeful vision for our children. It's essential to not only consider immediate goals but also to envision the long-term trajectory. Our children are bombarded with competing voices and influences; thus, our vision must be intentional and steadfast.
Firm Foundation in Faith:Grounding our children in faith provides them with a moral compass to navigate challenges and decisions. This foundation will help them develop essential virtues and values that will guide them through life's twists and turns.
Developing Soft and Life Skills: Beyond academics, our children need to cultivate soft skills like integrity, collaboration, critical thinking, and humility. The world demands adaptable individuals who can pivot across industries, making Entrepreneural and life skills more important than ever before!
Nurturing Academic Autonomy: Encouraging self-directed learning equips our children to become autodidacts—lifelong learners who can acquire knowledge independently. Study skills, memory techniques, and analytical thinking empower them to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
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Reimagining the Curriculum
Traditionally, education has followed a rigid structure, encompassing subjects like Math, English, Science, History, and more. However, in this era of fluid careers and global connectivity, we must expand our horizons.
Career Exploration and Entrepreneurship:In a world of evolving professions, providing our children with career exploration and entrepreneurship education is paramount. They'll learn to pivot swiftly, market themselves, and adapt to new opportunities.
Holistic Vision: Beyond monetary aspirations, we must consider the complete lifestyle we desire for our children—spiritually, socially, and emotionally. With this holistic vision, we can chart a course that aligns with our values and dreams.
Dream, Plan, Execute!
As we stand on the brink of a new educational era, the call to action is clear. We, as parents, must dream, plan, and execute with purpose. In a world marked by disruption, uncertainty, and possibility, homeschooling becomes a beacon of hope and opportunity. So, before you dive into the busyness of this coming school yeras, spend time reflecting on the remarkable journey ahead, casting a vision that prepares our children to embrace the unknown and shape a future filled with promise.
Are you ready to embark on this transformative homeschooling adventure? We're here for it! At True North Homeschool Academy we offer 2nd- 12th grade live online and self-paced classes, Tutoring, Coaching and Advising, Testing, and Parent Equipping classes and Resources! We'd love to partner with you as we equip our children to not only survive but thrive in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Together, we'll nurture their hearts, minds, and spirits, guiding them toward a future where their dreams become reality.
As we deep dive into the 4th Industrial Revolution many aspects of life are going to be disrupted by technologies and rapid advancements. It's going to become more crucial for teenagers to equip themselves with entrepreneurial skills. Just like the fierce predators of the deep seas, teens need to embrace the spirit of Shark Tank! What do we mean? It's time to sharpen skills and abilities to strategize, innovate, and navigate the ever-evolving business landscape. This Shark Week, let's explore how teenagers can embrace entrepreneurship and develop the qualities necessary to thrive in this era of unprecedented change.
Embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution
The 4th Industrial Revolution is transforming industries through Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3-D Printing, automation, and other groundbreaking technologies. Teenagers must recognize this paradigm shift and understand its implications. By actively engaging with emerging technologies, they can identify new opportunities, create innovative solutions, and shape the future of business.
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
To succeed as teenpreneurs, young individuals must cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. This includes being proactive, embracing risk-taking, and having a relentless drive to turn ideas into reality. Encouraging creativity and resilience allows teenagers to view obstacles as stepping stones to success. This allows them to develop the tenacity reminiscent of the sharks in the business world.
Nurturing Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking is a vital skill for any entrepreneur. Teenpreneurs should learn to evaluate market trends, identify gaps, and conceptualize innovative business models. By analyzing customer needs and devising effective strategies, young entrepreneurs can position themselves for success in the competitive landscape of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
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Embracing Collaboration and Networking
The interconnected nature of the modern business world highlights the importance of collaboration and networking. Teenpreneurs can leverage social media platforms, attend entrepreneurial events, and connect with mentors to expand their horizons and gain valuable insights. The Shark Tank approach emphasizes the power of partnerships, fostering relationships that can elevate both ideas and execution.
Developing Pitching Skills
The art of pitching is a key aspect of Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs have limited time to capture the interest of potential investors. Teenpreneurs should learn to communicate their ideas effectively, highlighting the unique value propositions of their products or services. By mastering the art of storytelling, teens can inspire confidence, attract investors, and propel their ventures forward.
Embracing Failure and Learning from it
Failure is an inevitable part of entrepreneurship. Teenagers must embrace this reality, recognizing that setbacks are opportunities for growth. By adopting a resilient mindset and learning from their mistakes, young entrepreneurs can develop a steely determination that sets them apart in the fast-paced, ever-changing business landscape.
Leveraging Digital Tools
In the 4th Industrial Revolution, digital tools are essential for success. Teenpreneurs should familiarize themselves with various software applications, automation tools, and digital marketing strategies. By harnessing the power of technology, they can streamline operations, scale their businesses, and create a strong online presence.
Shark Week serves as a reminder of the incredible power and potential of the natural world. Similarly, the 4th Industrial Revolution offers unprecedented opportunities for teenagers to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. By adopting the qualities seen in the Shark Tank arena—strategic thinking, innovation, resilience, collaboration, and a hunger for success—teenpreneurs can navigate the complex waters of the 4th Industrial Revolution and leave their mark on the business world. So, let us encourage and empower young minds to dive fearlessly into entrepreneurship, transforming challenges into opportunities, and paving the way for a brighter future.