Education

Trying to find the best educational fit for your child, adolescent, or young adult is challenging. We want the best well-rounded education for our kids but we tend not to know where to begin. Not to mention that planning for college is a whole different animal than in the past 12 years. I will try to explore ways that you can judge if a school is right for your child by showing you examples of how to read school "report cards" and learn about the different school classifications (charter, magnet, etc.). Sometimes a charter school isn't any better than a public school and sometimes private schools don't necessarily prepare students for college as we assume. A school is a school.

Key elements that you may want to think about when selecting a school:
  • Teacher certification and experience
  • Student to teacher ratio
  • Parent participation
  • Is the local university involved with the school?
  • Music and Arts program
  • Sports program (They don't need to be national champs, just offer sports.)
  • Percentage of students that graduate and go on to college (high school)
  • Hands on learning rather than just bubble in a circle.
  • Community involvement
  • Administration applications for grants to increase the quality of the curriculum

Soon, I will try to elaborate on each item. I'm probably missing a few but I think you get the gist.

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Alternative Break programs are for students who, during their school breaks, can volunteer in social welfare programs. To be a member, there is an expected donation ($25), but then you will have access to their database. This is great for a student's self-enhancement but also an asset for their college application.


Homeschooling:

There's nothing really new about homeschooling children it's just hard to do when you have to rely on two incomes. It is the best solution for your child to receive the best education possible. Yes, I said it. There's no other place that a child will not only learn life experiences, but learn just about anything he or she wants, at their pace, and practice it.
If you are worried about social skills then you still have an obscure opinion on the subject. Nowadays, demonic mommy drivers are shuttling their kids everywhere to each after school event possible. Guess what? Homeschooled kids can also join the same events! Thanks to park districts, libraries, dance/theater programs, community sport teams, etc. Social development is the least of your worries when children are being bogged down my standardized tests instead of creative learning.

Homeschooling Odyssey is a great book to wet your feet on this subject.
Multiple Intelligences talks about how we learn.
Nurture Shock is based on facts/research and pretty much explains why the average American student is going downhill in academics.  

Need to create an unschooling portfolio for your state? Check out Lovely Bookshelf.

Online Education for Kids

Nanooze! Learn everything about Nano Techonology 



Nutrients for Life- for teachers 


We are Teachers- Once you sign up on this free site (I was able to do it easily) there are a lot of resources that can be tedious to navigate. However, there are so many themes, you might find something helpful for you to teach your kids. I found the lessons on financial literacy a great way to teach that subject to my son. 

Kids Discover- a wealth of information that includes lessons

BrainPOP- It's a fun way to learn with insight to little known facts

TED-Ed- Be careful with this one. You can get sucked in watching these amazing educational videos of just about everything. Lessons are included.

EEME- Teach your kids electronics!