Orientation Week, Part 2

The Teaching Home newsletter #24 includes:

  Back-to-School Prep  

Back-to-School Orientation Week
A Back-to-Home-School Orientation Week can help get your school year off to a good start!

This week we offer 20 activities for you to consider – whether you’ve already started school or not (continued from last issue).

Orientation Week Activities #7-13 of 20

7.  Notebooks and Supplies
•  Help each child set up a notebook or section of a notebook for each subject or unit.  In it he will keep his class syllabus (a broad course outline, listing books, chapters, topics, other materials, resources, major projects, etc.), assignments, notes, etc.

•  Pass out supplies to your children with any instructions for their use (e.g., messy art supplies) and their storage locations.

8.  Information Technology
•  Type up, tape to computer, and discuss rules for safe use of the Internet, including the length of time your child can sit at the computer.

•  Filtered Internet service is a good start, but is only the first step in providing protection for your children.

•  See 10 guidelines for safe computer use.  The safest option is to keep Internet use in an open area, often frequented by family members, or be with your child when he is on the Internet.

•  Discuss principles of how to study: concentration, preview, reading, note taking, review, drill of certain facts, etc.

•  Show where to look up information in reference books in your home library or on the Internet.

9.  Teamwork
•  Explain to your children the benefits of working together, each doing his part on time and going the second mile.  Find and memorize related Scriptures.

•  Familiarize your children with your updated chore chart (with or without allowance attached) or take time to make one with your children.  See Doorposts’ “Service Opportunities Chart.” or 148 free printable chores or behavior charts (customize – $5).

•  Review expectations of exactly how and when each chore should be done.

10.  List of Leadership Opportunities
•  Assign one of your children to be Teacher’s Assistant for each of your classes.  Your assistant can be in charge of books, supplies, special activities, supplementary videos, etc.  This will (hopefully) help you and get your child more involved as well.

•  Your older children can also help teach your younger one (see letter below).

A Reader Writes
I have received

The Teaching Home for many years, decades actually, from the hard copy issues (which still have a place on our bookshelf) to this current email format.We have taught our six children through high school and a couple through some college-level material.

As our children have matured, they have expressed gratitude for many aspects of their homeschooling experience.  One such experience was their responsibility of teaching a younger sibling.

This responsibility was not only for academic subjects, but also life skills (cooking, cleaning, changing a tire, preserving the garden harvest) for both our sons and daughters.

Having to impart understanding and skill to another person requires a high level of mastery of the subject as well as investment in the student.

It was a character training environment for both of them!  It also has played a part in their love and concern for each other as adults.  – Christine L., Vermont

11.  Issue a Spiritual Appeal
•  Dad and Mom could prepare one or more devotional times to share their goals for the spiritual growth of the family.

•  For example, both Pensacola Christian College and Bob Jones University conduct Evangelistic or Revival Meetings as part of their Orientation Week.

•  BJU’s handbook explains that their rules are intended to help students by “promoting holy living by removing as much as possible the influences of worldliness and evil from a student’s life while he learns to walk in the Spirit,” so that the student may “develop in his likeness and usefulness to Jesus Christ.”  These are great goals for Christian homeschool families to adopt.

12.  Personal Goals
•  Discuss goals and objectives, individually and privately, with each child and explain how each goal fits into the big picture of his personal future.

•  Ask each child what he thinks should be different in his life at this time next year.

•  See information on setting goals and objectives in Newsletter #403.

13.  Purpose, Goals, and Content of Classes
 •  Present an overview of what your children should expect from each class.

•  Preview the classes, discussing the purpose of the class (how the information learned will be used), the goals (what the student will learn), and the content (outline of topics).

•  See “Why Do We Have To Learn This Stuff?” below.  It lists practical uses and applications of knowledge in various subject areas.

To be continued . . .


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