This is really no surprise to me for a number of reasons:
- Parents who have made the switch to alternative education are obviously quite invested and involved in their children’s education. This involvement and interest of course often results in greater support and positive reinforcement that will of course benefit the student.
- Homeschooled children tend to to be more flexible and adaptable which are desirable traits in education and learning.
- There are so many options for alternative schooling arrangements that a parent or guardian is bound to find one that matches their child’s learning style and personality. My two are in two different programs each one according to his own learning style. The public school environment is much more traditional and rigid, which may be great for some children but a setback for others.
- Individualized learning takes place with homeschoolers. As an educator I can tell you that any students who receives more one on one learning time in any environment most often performs better.
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When 13 year-old Logan LaPlante grows up, he wants to be happy and healthy. He discusses how hacking his education is helping him achieve this goal. About TE…
This TED talk really resonated with me. I like this young man also believe in hack schooling. I believe in breaking the mold of the traditional, conventional classroom, as this new world in which we live is hardly traditional or conventional. As a mom who has decided to remove my own children from traditional schooling and as an edu-entrepreneur – I too have had to field those questions from those who believe in the “system”. My daughter deals with it well (she is in an online school), when asked why she isn’t in class by random adults she says “I have a sick day”. Smile. I have since thought why should we feel as if we are doing something wrong? Perhaps not the norm (and I think this will soon change) but surely not anything wrong! What could be wrong about wanting your children to experience the world to, be different and creative, to view the world through a different lens, to develop self reliance and engage with the world on their own terms.
When we stifle difference, creativity and experimentation we all lose – society loses. Why? Well what leader, innovator, billionaire or inventor do you know who accepted the conventional, the traditional? None!
My final word on this is – I don’t question your love of the box – so don’t question my desire to be unconfined. Leave me alone – I am busy preparing my children for the not too distant future and you are getting on my nerves!
View LaPlante’s TED Talk here.
Not all children learn the same way! That is a fact some are more audio-visual learners others more technical. Here are some resources to creatively engage them and all other children.
The Meanie by Tamu Browne on GoAnimate
There are lots of free resources online to educate children in a wholesome way. You can check out the latest episode of The Adventures of J and T created by my two children above. Encourage your children to make a short clip themselves. My children used Goanimate to create their adorable characters. You can use this to reinforce a lesson if your are a teacher, or home school parent, or just for fun. Do encourage my kids and become a follower of J and T!
Another great free resource that my own children have enjoyed for years is Story Nory. Free audio stories of all genres. Each story is read in a clear, entertaining voice and there are so many of them you are bound to find one that you and your child will love. Click on the frog to get to their site. He is so cute!
Many kids are keen on video games. Why not introduce them to programming and allow them to create their own games. My son has begun using Scratch, which was developed by a team at the famed MIT. Scratch is absolutely free and uses a smart method of pre programmed blocks of code which children combine to create their own programs. It challenges them to figure out how to create the correct combinations or codes to get their creations to work. Programming teaches discipline, creativity and diligence. Visit Scratch here.
Finally I just want to share a little chat about motivating students I had via Twitter with Connections Academy – a virtual school.
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