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How Online Learning Can Level Up Your Homeschooling Game

How Online Learning Can Level Up Your Homeschooling Game

You Can Homeschool, Online Learning Can Help

With the current state of the world, many parents are finding themselves in the position of homeschooling their children. While this can be a daunting task, there are many resources available to help make the transition smoother. One of the best resources available is online learning. Online learning can help to supplement or even replace traditional homeschooling methods, and it has many benefits. In this blog post, we’ll explore some of the ways that online learning can level up your homeschooling game.

Benefits of Online Learning

Flexible Planning

One of the great things about online learning is that it provides a more flexible schedule. Homeschooling can be a full-time job, and it can be difficult to find the time to fit everything in. With online learning, you can set your child’s school day up in a way that works for you. You can also take advantage of online resources to help you plan and organize your homeschooling schedule.

Range of Online Courses Available

Another benefit of online learning is that it offers a more diverse range of courses. When you homeschool, you may be limited by the courses offered by your local school district or by what you are able to find online. With online learning, you have access to a much wider range of courses. This means that you can tailor your child’s education to their specific interests and needs.

Individual Learning Experience

Online learning also provides a more individualized learning experience. In a traditional classroom setting, it can be difficult for children with different learning styles to get the attention they need. With online learning, each child can learn at their own pace and in their own way. This means that your child will be able to learn in a way that is best suited for them, and they will be more likely to retain the information they are taught.

Preparing Children for the Future

Finally, online learning can help to prepare your child for the future. Many jobs that didn’t exist a few years ago now require some level of online skills. By getting started with online learning now, you can give your child a head start in developing the skills they will need to be successful in the future.

Opportunity for Social Interaction with Online Learning

Some parents worry that online schooling won’t provide enough social interaction for their kids. However, there are many ways to ensure that your child still gets plenty of social interaction. You can sign them up for extracurricular activities or have them join a homeschooling co-op. You can also connect with other families who are homeschooling and set up playdates or field trips. With a little planning and effort, you can make sure that your child gets plenty of social interaction. Our live, virtual dynamic classes have a social outlet baked in. The classes take place via Zoom, where students interact with other students and the teacher.

Is Online Learning a Good Fit for Your Family?

As you can see, online learning has many benefits. If you are considering homeschooling your child, online learning should definitely be a part of your plan. With online learning, you can give your child the best possible education while still maintaining a flexible schedule and providing a more individualized learning experience. Online learning is an excellent way to level up your homeschooling game.

Do you homeschool your child? What online learning resources do you use? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments below!

Organize Your Homeschool

Organize Your Homeschool

Even for the naturally tidy parent, the ability to organize your homeschool can feel like a daunting task. 
This is so much more than laundry, meals, and getting to ball practice on time. You’ve taken on the immense responsibility of educating your children. Disorganization in your homeschool can leave mom feeling overwhelmed and on the edge of burnout. As bad as that is, there’s more. 

Disorganization by Definition

What is disorganization, anyway? You might think organization is cleanliness, but that’s just the fruit of organization.
So, what are we talking about? Disorganization is defined as a “lack of proper planning and control” or “inability to plan one’s affairs or activities efficiently.”
If we apply this definition to homeschooling, it’s easy to get a mental picture. Every homeschool parent has been there.  It might look like being late to important events or not being able to find papers, books, curriculum, supplies when you need them. It can make the homeschooling parent look out of control of the situation to outsiders and even her own family.
And does she feel this? She does. The stress of disorganization is real and it can completely derail your homeschool!

How Disorganization Impacts Homeschool Children

  1. Disrupts focus. Disorganization keeps everyone in multitasking mode rather than deep focus mode. This can make study time more challenging.
  2. Disruptive behavior surfaces. This study demonstrates the impact of clutter and disorganization on our children’s brains. Emotionally regulation is impacted.
  3. Embarrassment.  When children are small, they don’t show embarrassment the same way an older child might experience embarrassment about their surroundings, but disorganization on our part can be a painful experience for our kids.

Disorganization Impacts the Homeschool Mom, too.

When we homeschool, the truth is our homes are in a perpetual state of looking pretty lived-in. Our kids have Lego projects going on, science experiments on the kitchen table, and don’t even get me started on books! 
So, there is a certain amount of clutter we’re likely to live with in this step of our mom journey. But, when it tips over and touches our inability to keep our head on straight (can’t I just have a quiet corner to sip this cup of coffee?), or getting to important places on time (why can’t I find my keys?), or simply finding a pair of matching shoes or socks — it impacts our blood pressure, cortisol, and general mood. 

What We Can Do to Organize Our Homeschool

While the idea of getting organized can feel a little scary, it will bless our families in the long run. And you’ll feel relief at being able to relax in your surroundings!

What can we do?

  1. Set up systems in our home that support us.
  2. Make decisions about what is most important in our surroundings.
  3. Create a rhythm of organization in your homeschool.

No need to embrace mom-guilt, take simple steps to start organizing today. 

 

Still need help? We’ve got you covered with this How to Organize Your Homeschool Masterclass. 

 

Summer Splash! Sale

Summer Splash! Sale

Our Best & Biggest Sale on ALL THINGS SUMMER!
Make this your best summer yet!

Summer Classes

SUMMER FUN WITH AN EDUCATIONAL TWIST!

The 2022 Summer Session will last for 6 weeks and run from June 6, 2022, to July 15, 2022.

Build and sharpen academic skills so that your student can head into the full academic year with confidence! Classes are taught by trusted True North Homeschool Academy Teachers.

And right now (through 6/5/2022) we are ready to Splash into summer with our BEST, BIGGEST, and FINAL SALE on all.things.summer. 

Choose from fourteen Summer Classes that will build students’ academic skills, setting them up for future academic success!  Students will meet fellow True North Homeschool Academy students, learn from one of our world-class teachers, and learn to navigate our online campus! Choose from the following:

Each class leads into a full-year class in the fall, for students that want to continue their educational journey with True North Homeschool Academy!

Slow your roll, and get ready to get excited. <3  Ready? 3-2-1…

 

#1 ALL Summer School Classes are now just $69! (regularly $149).

#2  Summer Bootcamp Bundle (best deal!) is just $169! Summer Bootcamp Bundle allows you to choose 3 Summer Classes for an extra 20% off over ala carte classes!

#3 BONUSES!! With the purchase of any Summer School class collect the following Bonuses:

The total value of these BONUSES? 

Over $195. Yep, that’s right. 

So, act fast & start your summer with a SPLASH! 

Love, 

Lisa & The True North Homeschool Academy Team

Homeschooling and Socialization: A Cause for Concern?

Homeschooling and Socialization: A Cause for Concern?

Parents choose to homeschool their children for a variety of very good reasons, and the evidence has proven that homeschooling and socialization aren’t at odds with the success of homeschooling. Let’s dive into some facts.

Homeschooling for Good Reason

If you’re considering homeschooling, you’ve likely come to that point for any number of good reasons:

  • a desire to transmit a culture or worldview to your child
  • academic opportunity
  • build a strong family unit
  • traveling sports
  • the opportunity to involve your child in entrepreneurship
  • travel or RV life
  • special needs or twice-exceptional child
  • a child has been bullied
  • safety not found in public schools
  • the cost of private schooling

Isn’t Homeschooling and Socialization Important?

Yes, it is. But, how do we actually define socialization? Is it only peer-to-peer interaction? Or is it reasonable to define socialization as the ability to be social with individuals from all ages and walks of life?

Statistics indicate that homeschoolers have positive outcomes regarding socialization, and in some instances even better.

So, when we talk about homeschooling and socialization, what are we really talking about? What are we actually being asked?

Socialization or Accommodation

There may be a true concern from some about the child’s ability to interact with others. Actually, what may be being asked is how well-adjust the child might be to the ways of the world. Are they accommodating? Will they bend to the demands of the culture at large?

Homeschoolers with vision have something else in mind. They do want to pass on a culture, but not the one the world hands them. At True North Homeschool Academy we believe that Education is the Transmission of Culture. We are coming from a decidedly Judeo-Christian point of view. We are people of the Book. 

So, why then do we care about socialization? We care because socialization helps us with our most important given task, to share the Gospel.

Life Skills, Soft Skills,

Now, this doesn’t mean we’re raising little missionaries in the traditional sense. It means “always being ready to give an answer for the hope that we have.” So, what kind of socialization do we need to have in order to make an impact for the Kingdom? Two things: life skills and soft skills.

Life Skills are the building blocks of knowing what to do and how to do it in our personal life. Learning these things requires a level of socialization. We do by seeing others do. We apprentice. And we are an apprentice to others.

Think of how Jesus apprenticed to his earthly father, Joseph. Ponder how that prepared him for the task given him. Life skills are essential.

Soft Skills are those personal attributes that allow us to interact well with others, allowing us to have peaceful and healthy relationships.

They are also known as power skills or personality traits. Soft skills are those skills that everyone seems to understand implicitly. They are related to manners and social moves. For kids with learning disabilities, however, soft skills can be elusive and confusing. This is the art and science of socialization!

And this type of socialization is necessary for every single person, including homeschoolers. As homeschoolers, we have to be able to think creatively and critically to communicate with the world around us. As Christians, this is essential in sharing the Gospel and helping others find True North.

Finding True North

In a nutshell, this is the entire point of socialization – the ability to transmit truth and help others find their hope in Christ, their True North.

Education is the perfect companion to this socialization, but it doesn’t have to take place in a traditional school setting where peer-to-peer socialization is the measure of successful socialization.

We are called to give an answer (defense) for what we believe with gentleness and respect. This goes beyond mere logic (though we do love our Logic!) and relies on the soft skill of communicating with creativity, clarity, and grace.

That’s socialization homeschoolers can feel good about.

Preparing Your Kids for Socialization

Homeschooling is more than school at home, it’s the school at the heart of the home. And this is such a great opportunity to embrace training in socialization for the Gospel.

True North Homeschool Academy is committed to equipping and nurturing parents as they educate their children. We believe that Education is the Transmission of Culture and are coming from a decidedly Judeo-Christian point of view. We are people of the Book. 

So, how can we help? We have the only small-class, live, dynamic education platform designed for homeschoolers on a mission.

True North Homeschool Academy teachers are a group of passionate, qualified, creative educators providing carefully curated Core Courses and Clubs, delivered by utilizing cutting-edge technology, gamification, and solid academic pedagogy. We understand the unique challenges and opportunities of homeschooling.

Providing more than academics, we give our students the opportunity to develop wisdom. They collaborate and learn with students from around the world. A perfect setting to socialize in a way homeschool parents can trust.

Summer and Fall Classes and Clubs are Enrolling Now.