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Successful Home Schooling Guide

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Myriad reasons are behind the concept of home schooling and why many parents are opting for such education set-up.

For some, apart from the obvious

convenience and comfort it offers, they wanted to some religious significance to their child’s learning experience. Deciding to home school children is one tough decision most parents face. It is certainly a matter not to be taken too lightly. Home schooling is definitely a personal decision only parents can make and that no one should tell them what to do, for only parents know what is best for their children, as well as for the entire family. However, there are guiding tips to abide parents in making their decisions, at the same time, helping them achieve a successful home schooling program. In deciding whether to home school your children or not, several factors have to consider first. These are: 1) Time Commitment Expect home schooling to eat up your time for most of the day. It is not just mere sitting down with books open and your child in front of you. There are more activities to get your hands busy, like normal school does, you also have projects and experiments to be done, papers to check and grade, lessons to prepare, music lessons, field trips to take, park days and so much more. To help you better with excellent tasks to provide your children, browse online and fish for ideas. 2) Personal Sacrifice A home schooling parent has little or no time away from their children. Thus, anticipate spending fewer times on your own. However, you can arrange and organize your schedules to leave some time to be on your own and continue to do the things you enjoy, as well as time with your husband or other members of the family, and even friends. You have to unwind every once in a while too, or else,

the home schooling will catch up on you and you will be too overwhelmed and exhausted to be efficient. But for the most part, sacrifice is vital. You will give up most of your personal welfare for the best of your children and their education. Basically, you will be spending 24 hours a day together with your children. At some point, this can be frustrating for both sides but as parents, you get a grip of yourself. Sacrifice and patience are the keys. 3) Financial Stability Even with home schooling, financial difficulties can arise too. Although home schooling can be done with little cost than enrolling in customary schools, it simply requires one parent to be out of job since time is of essence to home schooling. Naturally, one cannot afford to have both, teaching at home and a real job outside. Because of this, primarily, only one parent is working. And if the family is used to two incomes, then changes and sacrifices have to be made. But for a single parent, this poses an even bigger reason to be concern. 4) Socialization As mentioned, more and more time has to be devoted to teaching your child or children at home. Therefore, socializing will have to take a backseat. Instead, spend time with your children providing them with the quality education they deserve, while at the same time, take them to meet their friends too.

It is

important for home school children to mingle with their peers, catch up on with what is going on with their generation. Spending time with other kids, especially those in their same age level is healthy for them. Do not forget that like everyone else, like every adult, your kids need to be around people of the same age bracket with them. One of the favorable benefits of home schooling is having access to whatever social contacts and associations your children make.

However, there is a

downside to it. It is the role to prepare your children by yourself on how to be

friendly and socialize with others. And do not disregard the idea that home schooling has its way of making your child or children feel isolated and at times, unwanted. It is your responsibility to spare your children from such formidable feeling. 5) Household Organization Laundry, dishes and cleaning are household chores that still need to be done. But more likely, you cannot touch them much later. One thing, you probably have no time for any of it in the morning. However, for neat freaks, you are in for surprises.

House works are not the only things that need your domestic

attention, but home schooling too can be messy and does make clutters on its own. Your organization skills have to be fully developed the instant you take home schooling into consideration. 6) Assent of Both Parents It is befitting if both parents acquiesce to home schooling. It will make things more difficult and inefficient if one parent is totally against it. If this is your case, continue doing more research or talk to people and heed advises to help you ascertain if you are right about home schooling your child. If you are sure that home schooling will make your child a better person, then convince and talk with your husband about it. Otherwise, success is slimmer. 7) Child/Children’s Willingness A willing student is vital to home schooling success. Ultimately, the decision is for parents to make, but to realize the decision and to make it successful depends on the children. If they are against it too, your patience will be tested and teaching them will be extremely complicated and arduous. An unwilling child has the potential to destruct his or her own efforts.

8) Gradual Learning Do not expect your child to learn things in an instant. In fact, give him or her enough time to process relevant information and knowledge. Remember, in real schools, it takes one year for one grade level. But if you find home schooling to be not working and is not truly worth it, you can always opt for the regular route. Home schooling may sound easy but in reality, it is not. Varying factors play important roles for a home schooling program to be considered a success. More home schooling tips proven to be effective are: •

Do not make the habit of creating a dictatorial curriculum. It is not at all necessary that your children will have to comply every bit of exercises mentioned in their working books. The idea there is for them to learn valuable lessons while at the same, have the time of their lives learning.

Make formal-kind of lessons short such as math and spelling.


drawing out boredom from your children because once a child is bored, he or she is not anymore inclined to learn. And using clear and distinctive examples is an effective way to teach. •

Most children dislike writing. Thus, they need extra help and patience from your part when writing is concerned. As a home school parent, you will eventually realize that a child can think more and is more creative if there is someone always willing and ready to assist him or her to write down his or her thoughts.

Let your children develop and draw out their potentials in their own pace. Do not push nor rush them. By doing so, you are not at all helping. Never burden your kids with too much in too short period of time.

In every lesson or home schooling session, be sure to turn off television, computers, radios, or anything distractive of attention.

Provide your

children the most suitable ambience for focus and concentration, as well as the chance to explore and learn even more. They must be also taught the need to respect proper time for everything, like time for fun and play and time for learning. •

Take your children with you on an educational trip to your local library and museum for them to be exposed to different informative stuffs and environment. If you have the luxury of time and budget, you can even make a mini library within your home and fill it with educational tools such as colorful books, spelling and math textbooks, as well as other subjects, and even interesting stories and trivia materials to create a more productive learning atmosphere.

In teaching, develop an efficacious, methodical and structural technique. You can start with the simple matters or subjects, going further to explain the more difficult and complicated concepts thenceforth. If you begin a spelling lesson with “Agitator” rather than “Apple,” do not expect your kid to fully comprehend the whole thing.

Also, it helps to keep in mind that all work and no fun make every child dull. Therefore, allow your children to take part in activities that they enjoy doing, like sports or camping or fishing trips. Find out or ask what ignites your children’s interests. It may be building blocks, computer games, modeling clays or simply reading stories.

Be aware that children learn differently and in assorted of ways. Take for example, the simplicity of touching things and the various factors it is indicative of Kinesthetic, which is clearly manifested and highlighted. And listening can be an educational tool for the essence of Auditory, while at

the same time, watching television shows or reading something out loud defines the meaning of the word Visual. Kinesthetic, Visual and Auditory are fundamental tools in the entire learning process. A child can either adopt any of these or combine the three. It is that simple, no formula, unless physically disabled. As mentors and parents, you can aid your children’s learning and memory by adapting to the significant curriculum and lessons apt to your children’s progress, learning style, and ability. •

Make use of educational materials that are appealing and truly functional. Flashcards, workbooks, textbooks, charts and matching games are just some of them. Musical instruments, rhymes or songs please auditory senses and puzzles, gardening, typing and model kits, are mostly preferred by kinesthetic learners. In short, understand and know your every child’s preference.

Home schooling is taken as an alternative approach to either private or public school especially in the United States. With its increasing popularity, home schooling is indeed going to be around for a long, long time. Additionally, public vouchers for education seem to carry complications for home school children as well as the traditional method of education. However, courts are accountable to provide answers whether or not parents of home schooling children are still eligible for these publicly funded vouchers. Numerous reasons are responsible for the changed towards home schooling. This particular method of educating is indeed an attractive approach befitting for parents with issues regarding the typical educational systems.

The latest

statistics indicate that more than two million students are home schooled in the United States. If you are one of the million of parents considering to home school one or all your children, be sure to gather enough resources and information on the matter, including state laws. Hear people’s advises and experiences before

jumping to any finale decisions. Again and again, it is your children’s future and education that is at stake. Hundreds and thousands of websites are available on the Internet for you to look into. Furthermore, you have to keep an open mind about the matter. Weigh options and information really careful and take into consideration that not all resources are useful. There are beneficial, while there are not. And there are even some that merely exist to espouse some philosophy disguising as home schooling. You can also take comfort from the networks of professionals and parents who are so much into home schooling.

These people can certainly

provide you with insights and views on the home schooling subject. Parents need not have a PhD to teach their children to home school. In fact, home schooling is the best option there is if you want to play a major role in your children’s education and learning.

Home school children are getting the

attention they deserve and want. You will then be teaching them the morals and values you hold sacredly in your heart. At the same time, you are really there, literally molding your children into the persons they are supposed to be, helping them in every aspect, setting certain standards and building their self-confidence. The success of home schooling varies and is primarily based on your relationship with your children and the manner you teach them. Dig deeper and ponder on why you really want to home school your children. Your reasons and intentions are efficacious pillars wherein the edifice of your children’s education entirely relies on. Also consult with your children on how they feel on the matter. Do not disregard their feelings and point of views on the issue. Good attitudes and adjustability are two of the cornerstones of home schooling. Do not overly stuff variations of skills in a term. Gentle parenting is among the secrets of home schooling success. Home-schooled children are generally well informed and balanced, showcasing progress and real excitement to anything worth learning.


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Holidays, like Christmas and Thanksgiving, are celebrated throughout the world every year. During these times, people from near and far away places go home to be with their families. They gather and celebrate the holidays together and the holidays won’t be complete without great foods to eat and drinks to taste. Many of us love to prepare for the holiday season. It might not be something special, but it could be something that you and your family and friends can taste and enjoy. Of all the available options left for you to prepare, baking is one of the people’s favorite. Baking during the holidays is such a great favor you can do not only for yourself, but also for your loved ones. It is one of the best gifts you can offer to your family and friends, and perhaps what makes it great is that everything that can be baked is easy to prepare. Cakes and cookies, for example, are great treats you can enjoy for that Christmas evening with your family or that beautiful afternoon during the Thanksgiving season. Whatever holiday you may be celebrating in, baking cakes, cookies, pastries and others is indeed one of the best ways to start your holiday. Now if you are one of those thousands of baking addicts out there who loves to try something new and a little different from what you used to prepare, I bet you would like to know some of the hottest favorites of today. If yes, then be merry for you’ve got the right page. Below are some of the favorite baking recipes you can prepare for the holidays. These baking recipes are a great way to start a wonderful day and what’s nice to know is that you can prepare all of these no matter what time of the day you feel like baking. Be sure, however, that you’ve got all the ingredients and other requirements needed for these mouthwatering recipes. Well, let’s begin. Holiday Cake Recipes Cakes are the most commonly prepared and baked goods on earth. This is perhaps due to the fact that cakes are so easy to prepare. Cooking amateurs and professionals alike can bake them in just a matter of minutes, and what’s great is that cakes are not just easy, but enjoyable to prepare. This is highly true especially if you are preparing that special cake recipe of yours for that holiday dinner with your beloved ones. Well, here are some of the best recipes I’ve ever encountered in my whole life. You can prepare all of these and make them the centerpiece of a holiday buffet. You can even prepare these cake recipes as a gift for your friends and colleagues. Consider the following:



Cranberry Pudding Cake Ingredients: 6 tablespoons of butter 2 cups of whiter sugar 4 cups of all-purpose flour 4 teaspoons of baking powder 1 teaspoon of salt 2 cups of evaporated milk 1 (12 ounce) package of cranberries 1 cup of butter 2 cups of white sugar 1 cup of heavy cream 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract Directions: To start, preheat the over to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour a 10-inch Bundt pan and mix the flour, baking powder and salt together. If done, set aside. Proceed by creaming together the 6 tablespoons of butter and 2 cups of sugar until it turned light and fluffy. You can use a large bowl for this. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the evaporated milk. Stir in the cranberries. Pour batter into the prepared pan. In the preheated oven, bake the mixture for about 5o to 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let it cool in pan for about 10 minutes, and turn out into a wire rack and cool completely. If cool, start making the hot butter sauce by simply combining the 1 cup of butter, 2 cups of sugar and cream in a saucepan. Then, bring it to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and let it simmer for about 10 minutes. Remove it from the heat and stir in vanilla. You can now serve the cake covered with that hot butter sauce you’ve made. Cherry Pound Cake Ingredients: 2 cups of all-purpose flour 3 teaspoons of baking powder ½ teaspoon of salt 1 cup of butter 1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese 1 and ½ cups of white sugar 4 eggs 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 teaspoon of almond extract 1 cup of maraschino cherries (drained and halved) ¼ cup of all-purpose flour ‡••ƒ‰‡ˆƒ•–‡”Ǥ…‘


Directions: As usual, preheat the oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease and flour the 8inch tube pan and blend together the baking powder, flours and salt. Then, set aside. In a large bowl, blend together the butter, cream cheese, and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in a vanilla and almond extract. Beat in the flour mixture, until incorporated. Dredge the cherries in ¼ cup of flour, and fold into batter. If done, spread it into the prepare pan. Bake the mixture in the preheated oven for about 80 minutes. You can also determine if it is already cooked by inserting a toothpick into the center of the cake. When the toothpick comes out open, it’s time for you to cool the cake. So, let it cool in pan for about 10 minutes. Turn it out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Cut into slices, if you prefer, and serve. Both of these cake recipes are also featured at So if you want to find out more about them, visit the site. You can also find a lot more cake recipes out there. But, before you go online, consider first the other delicious recipes I have mentioned below especially for you. Here are other two cake recipes taken from These cakes are perfect for that joyful Christmas of yours. Santa’s Pumpkin Crumb Cake Ingredients: 1 (18.25-ounce) package of yellow cake mix 1 (16 ounce) can of pumpkin ½ cup of brown sugar (packed) ½ cup of vegetable oil 3 large eggs ½ cup of chopped nuts 1 teaspoon of pumpkin spice For the Topping: ½ cup of granulated sugar ½ cup of all-purpose flour ¼ cup of margarine or butter (softened) 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl and blend on low speed until completely moistened. Do this for about a minute. Beat at medium speed for about 2 minutes. Spread the batter in greased 9 x 13‡••ƒ‰‡ˆƒ•–‡”Ǥ…‘


inch pan. In a medium bowl, combine the ingredients for the toppings with a fork. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the batter. If done, bake it for 40 to 45 minutes, or until the center springs back when lightly touched. This recipe actually makes 12 to 15 servings. Holiday Candy Cane Cake Ingredients: 1 (18.25-ounce) package of Betty Crocker SuperMoist yellow cake mix 1 cup milk 1 (3 ounce) package of softened cream cheese 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 3 large eggs 1 teaspoon of peppermint extract 2 tubs of Betty Crocker Whipped fluffy white frosting 2 to 3 rolls of Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot strawberry fruit snack Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease the 12-cup bundt cake pan with shortening; lightly flour. Mix the milk, cream cheese, vanilla and eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed for one minute. Scrape the bowl constantly and beat it again on medium speed for two minutes. After which, pour into pan. Bake for about 38 to 43 minutes. Cool in a pan for 15 minutes. Turn out and let it cool completely. To assemble, cut the cake in half crosswise. Then, the place the half on a serving plate to form hook of candy cane. Cut the remaining half into 5 equal pieces. Stir half of the peppermint extract into each tub of frosting. Then, attach the cut pieces to hook of candy cane with frosting. You can do this by alternating the pieces to form the straight part of the cane. Frost the cake. To decorate, simply arrange the strips of the fruit snack rolls on cake. This is what actually makes it appear like stripes on a candy cane. Lastly, store the cake loosely covered at room temperature. This holiday cake recipe can make up to 20 servings. Just a tip: You can add a few drops of red or green food color on the frosting to give it a new look. So that’s said. Do you want some more? Well, I’ll give you more. But, let’s talk about cookies this time.

Holiday Cookie Recipes ‡••ƒ‰‡ˆƒ•–‡”Ǥ…‘


Who doesn’t love to eat cookies? Hmm…your probably has a toothache. Well, cookies are also great foods to prepare for your holiday gathering. You can even bake them as gifts to your friends. All you need to do is simply to pack them for presents. Whatever your purpose is, cookies are really worth preparing. To start your cookie holiday, here are some of the cookie recipes you might be interested in. Consider the following and try preparing them to complete that sweet holiday of your life. Lemonade Drops Cookie Ingredients: 1 cup of softened butter 1 cup of granulated sugar 2 eggs 2 ¾ cups of sifted flour ¾ teaspoon of soda 1 6-ounce can of frozen lemonade concentrate (thawed) ½ cup of chopped pecans (optional) Additional sugar for topping Procedures: Cream the butter or margarine and sugar together until fluffy and light. Add eggs, one at a time. Beat until the mixture turned smooth and pale in color. Combine the flour and soda and sift together. Add to the butter mixture alternately with ½ cup of lemonade. Fold in nuts. Drop by tablespoons onto ungreased baking sheets, about 1 ½ inches apart. Bake the mixture in a preheated oven with a temperature of 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the edges are brown. Remove to wire cooling racks and lightly brush warm cookies with the remaining lemonade concentrate. Sprinkle lightly with sugar, and serve. Orange Spritz Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup of softened butter 1 cup of granulated sugar 1 egg yolk 2 tablespoons of orange juice 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon of orange peel (finely chopped) ¼ cup of finelt chopped pecans (optional)



Procedures: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream the butter and sugar in a mixing bowl. Beat the egg yolk together with the orange juice. Mix in flour, orange peel, and pecans. Mix until combined. Remember that the dough must be soft but not sticky. Then, place the dough into the cookie press. Use shapes whatever you desired. Press the cookies into the un-greased cookie sheet. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until the edges are lightly brown. Cool for 2 minutes and remove from the cookie sheet. Both of these mentioned holiday cookies recipes are presented at, one of the most visited sites online for mouthwatering recipes. You can more about cookie recipes out there. But, before you go online, here are other two great cookie recipes for you. These are adopted from again. Take a look. Cinnamon Cookies Ingredients: 1 cup of butter ½ cup of confectioner’s sugar ½ teaspoon of ground cinnamon ¼ teaspoon of salt 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract 1 and ½ cup of all-purpose flour 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon Directions: Preheat the oven to 350 degree Fahrenheit. Grease the cookie sheets. Cream the ½ cup confectioner’s sugar and butter together until smooth. Stir in vanilla and combine flour, salt, and ½ teaspoon of cinnamon. Stir into the creamed mixture to form stiff dough. Shape the dough into 1 inch balls. Blend together 1 cup of confectioner’s sugar and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Then, roll the balls in cinnamon mixture. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes or until nicely brown. Cook the cookie on wire racks, and serve when cool. Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies Ingredients: ½ cup of packed brown sugar ½ cup of white sugar ¼ cup of margarine or butter ¼ cup of shortening ‡••ƒ‰‡ˆƒ•–‡”Ǥ…‘


½ cup of plain nonfat yogurt 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract 1 ¾ cups of all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon of baking soda ½ teaspoon of salt 2 cups of semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and grease the cookie sheets. Cream the brown sugar, white sugar, margarine and shortening together in a medium bowl until light and fluffy. Stir in yogurt and vanilla. Mix the flour, baking soda and salt. Stir into the creamed mixture until incorporated, then blend in the chocolate chips. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls 2 inches apart into the prepared cookies sheets. If done, bake in for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the edges start to brown. Cool for a minute on the sheets and transfer on the wire racks to cool completely. There are a lot more cake and cookie recipes available out there today. You can find a number of them in cookbooks or recipe books, and even online. Finding these holiday recipes online is even so easy with hundreds of sites out there on the web featuring great cake and cookie recipes for your special holidays. So in case you want to find out more about it, or you want to find some helpful tips when preparing for these baking recipes, then just go online. Enjoy your search and have a great time. Keep the recipe you’ve considered and prepare it whenever is possible, be it on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year, Valentines Day, or everyday.




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