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Reggio Emilia Curriculum Recommended for All Ages!

Reggio Emilia curriculum recommended for all ages!

Usually, most people associate the Reggio Emilia Curriculum and method of learning with only preschoolers and toddlers. Guess what? I, an experienced teacher, have found it successful even with my undergraduate students, albeit somewhat modified. I am not about use puppetry to tutor adults with a history lesson, but I will use other methods, such as giving them broad avenues to discover on their own. This could be with film, art, and music. The driving factor is to get a student to engage in a subject through a medium of their own choosing.

As an example, I remember tutoring a 5th grade student who was interested in fishing, but not interested in reading. In fact, he said he hated to read. I asked him about his hobbies and found out that he really liked to fish. I asked if he read any fishing magazines, and in fact he did. He went on to tell me that he read his dad’s fishing magazines. Reading to him was more or less enjoying the pictures and struggling to read some of the articles, but most of them he found boring after a couple of paragraphs. We went online and I realized that he needed a fishing magazine geared for kids, rather than adults. I suggested this, and he said he didn’t think there were fishing magazines for kids his age. So, I suggested that he do a search, and sure enough he found quite a few. He became overjoyed and started to click and explore the magazine, which happened to be

The next time we met, I had some more resources for my student, which also conforms to the required reading and subject matter taught in fifth grade. I introduced him to The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Children’s Classics), which is recommended reading for fifth graders and also covers the Social Studies curriculum of the pre-Civil War era. By the way, for kids who are chained to their smart phones – it also comes in a downloadable Kindle edition, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Further, listening to audio books is also a good option for children – especially for those stubborn readers, as well as those who are having trouble reading out loud or just don’t seem interested in reading. For these children, I recommend audio books.

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Homeschooling Statistics: Structured Vis-à-Vis Unstructured

Homeschooling Statistics: Structured vis-à-vis Unstructured Environment

Homeschooling statistics continually provide evidence that home schooled children do very well with their education and in many cases exceed publicly schooled children.  According to researcher, Martin-Chang and her colleagues in a May 2010 report, this evidence is confirmed. Chang’s controlled research gathered their data from tightly controlled groups based on geographic location and the marital status of mothers.  The two groups were made up of publicly schooled children and home-schooled children. All but one of the mothers from both test groups were married or living in a committed relationship.  Therefore, the familial stability of both test groups was equal.

Mothers’ Education

The home school statistics study involved 37 homeschooled children and 37 children who attended public school.  Their ages ranged from 5 to10.  The study found that the mothers of home schooled children had attained slightly lower test scores than those mothers who sent their children to public school.  Additionally, these same mothers also earned slightly less. In both cases, researches adjusted their data to take these factors into consideration.  However, with regards earnings, mothers who homeschool their children are obviously more involved in their children’s lives and are considered stay-at-home moms, who are unlikely to make a financial contribution to the home at all.  Secondly, women who choose to be stay-at-home moms are less motivated to pursue higher degrees due to employment pressure.  There is no evidence to prove that the intelligence of either group of mothers was superior to the other; the numbers were only based on test scores, which do not necessarily prove that either group was more competent to teach their children.  In fact, stay-at-home moms have more time to spend with their children learning, as well as more time to consider the academic issues at hand, whereas full time working mothers do not.  Overall, homeschooling statistics are based on the achievements of children, not their parents.

Structured vis-à-vis Unstructured Environment

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Homeschooling Statistics

Homeschooling Statistics – Homeschooled Better Educated!

Homeschooling statistics point to several key reasons why parents are selecting to home school their kids, according to the  NCES. The cite that 80% of parents made a decision to homeschool their kids. Some attributed it to their dissatisfaction with the public – or even private school atmosphere.  Another 83% preferred homeschooling to provide religious and moral training, which seems to be linked to the general school atmosphere.  Parents were greatly fearful of the potential pressure from peers to experiment with alcohol and drugs. They blamed alcohol and drugs as a disastrous recipe to teenage sexual promiscuity – because it is despite grownups.  Most of these parents continued to send their children outside of the home when it came to religious studies.

Parental Participation
Homeschooling statistics emphasize what teachers have been saying all along – that parents who take an interest in their child’s education significantly improves GPA. This doesn’t even mean on the scheduled or regular basis, as well as always on the consistently academic level.  A young child may benefit with an adult’s knowledge and understanding discovers how you can think more significantly, and therefore perform better on tests.  Although, most parents who homeschool their kids have achieved a greater degree of education themselves, this isn’t always the case.  Some parents, who have continued their own education, either formally or on their own, set a good example for their children.  Parents, who even have a small book collection, are more likely to raise more academically conscience children.  Reading, as a family norm, is a significant factor in how a child will consider and value education.  Households that don’t own books, or show a respect for reading and learning will generally raise children who are ambivalent to education.

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