Today’s guest blogger is Jennifer Garcia with Pages of Grace.
She is a Christian, teacher, wife, mom, runner, cake decorator, and craft enthusiast who tries to enjoy the little things in life. I love that! Get ready. Jennifer, like me, began by disagreeing with homeschooling! I love how the Lord changed her heart!
be honest, when I was teaching in the classroom, I did not understand
why people chose to homeschool.
my college education and the years I spent working in public schools,
I was trained to believe that children should be in regular school;
it was not good for them to be deprived of the socialization that
comes from the schools.
that I have children of my own, my whole thought process has changed!
decided to take a few years off when I had my first child, always
planning on going back to the classroom when my children were in
school. Over the past year, we have spent a lot of time looking at
the different school options in our area, and I am feeling more and
more that homeschool is a very good option for us and many other
older daughter attends a Christian preschool, and I do supplemental
work at a home with her and my younger daughter. I completely
understand and respect the reasons that parents choose to homeschool
their children now. Parents know what is best for their own children.
There are many reasons, but these are the three big ones that stick
out to me and many people I know:
want more time with our children. Family time seems to be less and
less important these days, but in reality, I believe it is more
necessary than ever. By spending that extra time with our children,
we have the opportunity to pour love, wisdom, and morals into our
children that we might not have if they were in school every day.
our children to things when we feel it is right. There is such a push
to throw kids out in society and let them deal with it, because
that’s what “everybody” does. However, we feel that there
is a proper time and place for children to be exposed to certain
ideas and situations, and it should be when we feel they are ready,
not when society says they should.
reasons. While everyone has their own beliefs, we believe that Jesus
and the Bible should guide our lives. Our society has removed every
ounce of truth from our schools, to the point where I felt I had to
walk on eggshells as a teacher. It is very sad to see that the more
we push God away, the worse our society has become. Students will
eventually have to grow up and make their own choices, but I believe
that children need to spend these influential years in an atmosphere
of love and truth, so they are ready for what the world throws at
children are young, so we are mostly focused on literacy right now. I
create activities and lessons based on their interests. I know the
topic that I want to focus on, and then I mix it with the things that
my kids enjoy. For example, my girls are both really into art, so
when we are working on letter recognition, I give them lots of
different materials and have them make letters using the different
materials–rhinestones and glitter are their favorites 🙂 They also
love playing games, so when we started doing sight words, I made some
games that we could play together to reinforce the sight word
practice. I think the key to approaching new things is to know the
topic that you need to teach, and then create learning activities
around the interests of the children.
I was in the classroom, I worked with many struggling learners. Here
is my approach to helping them succeed:
and foremost, you have to know the child. Look at all of the
background information so you understand what is NOT working.
I take a different approach. If one method is not clicking, I try
something else. I also think it is important to take things one step
at a time. It can be overwhelming to look at a child who is
struggling in every area. I take the approach of tackling one thing
at a time, and also making it a point to praise every milestone and
achievement. This builds confidence in the student and helps him feel
that he is making progress and that the goals are in reach.
Teachers Pay Teachers store has a wide variety of resources, because
I have things from the classroom (4th-6th grade) and things that I
make for my own children (preschool-kindergarten). I will include
some products from different levels, in the hopes that it will help
parents with multiple children.
is my main freebie.
is a set of task cards for double digit multiplication. Task cards
are a great resource that can be used in many different ways.
is one of my phonics packets. I have a series of phonics packets that
I made to teach my children how to read. I think this is a great
homeschool resource. It is easy to follow and progresses smoothly
from one topic to the next. Each packet builds upon the last. The
packets are designed to focus on one or two word families at a time,
allowing children to focus on and master one thing and build
confidence. This is the first packet (CVC words). I have 3 other
packets in my store now, and I am working on adding more soon.
have some novel studies that are complete integrated units. These are
a fun way to really dive into a book, while covering many different
skills. This link is for the book, Holes. I also have novel studies
for Charlotte’s Web and The Tale of Desperaux, and I am in the
process of adding a few more in the next few months.
hope parents find this information helpful, and I look forward to
learning more about homeschool ideas from the other people in this
guest blog. Thank you for the opportunity to collaborate 🙂