Teaching With Laughter

Teaching With Humor | Just thinking about teaching with humor makes me smile. I stumbled across this recently when I tried this technique first-hand. It worked! I can’t wait to share the details with you. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastTeaching With Laughter – Episode 360

Just thinking about teaching with laughter makes me smile. I stumbled across this recently when I tried this technique first-hand. It worked! I can’t wait to share the details with you.

Thanks to our sponsor – Overcomer the Movie! In theatres at the end of August 2019 but guess what? The video is available afterward as well. This is one of the must-see movies for families (who love sports) of the year.

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We all love to laugh. Often we read things on social media that are so funny we share them with our friends. Laughter makes us happy, it reduces stress. Laughter crosses culture, all over the world people laugh. Babies even laugh before they can speak. It is a form of communication.

Teaching with Laughter has benefits!

Research shows that that laughter:

  • Increases blood flow
  • Decreases stress
  • Triggers endorphins
  • Promotes well-being

The use of humor in an education setting is beneficial and I found this out the other day. When I was working on a reading program, I found my student (aka grandson) was becoming stressed. We were pushing it to right under his frustration level in order to create new neuro-pathways. This is one of the ways to teach a child who may struggle in a specific area. We don’t want the child frustrated, so it is under this frustration level where a child will say it is too hard.

I decided to use humor to defuse the tension so I began with all the jokes I had on hand – believe me, I’m not the best teller of jokes.

  1. What time is it when the elephant sits on a fence? (Time for a new fence)
  2. Why did the man throw the clock out the window? (To see time fly) etc.

It was wonderful – he began telling me jokes and we laughed, went back to our work and they were able to get a bunch done!

Telling jokes or teaching using humorous antidotes does encourage a healthy learning environment. While humor in itself does not cause learning it does affect the brain. It causes the brain condition to fire up and get ready for learning.

You may not be a comedian – very rarely do our own kids think we are funny; we can use humor as a tool.

  1. To get your kids attention.
  2. To defuse bad behavior.
  3. Help to get their neurons to fire up.
  4. Help pave the way to learn difficult subjects.
  5. Makes learning fun.
  6. Encourage your kids to participate.
  7. Helps the kids remember the information
  8. Soothes anxiety if the child has difficulty with a subject
  9. Causes relaxation.

It is a good tool for laying groundwork for learning. But, if you are not funny – then what?

You can use the child’s names in a book you are reading. Switch out the character’s names with your children and watch them sit up and listen.

Set up a Pinterest Board –

  1. Use funny memes. (Look up.)
  2. Use video just search for funny video for kids

You are not going to use humor all the time otherwise it does not become effective.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


All About Teaching

All About Teaching | What are the insights that teachers know that you don't? Believe me, not much. How do I know? Yet I can easily sum up some teaching ideas ~ 20+ that you can easily use at home.| #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #allaboutteachingAll About Teaching ~ Insider Must Know Information For Homeschoolers Episode 359

What are the insights that teachers know that you don’t? Believe me, not much. How do I know? Yet I can easily sum up some teaching ideas ~ 20+ that you can easily use at home.

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All About Teaching:

A Blog Post ~ Must Know Teaching Tips

Question: So, trick question. Ready? What is the one thing no educator, no matter what their degree is –  has that you don’t have?

Answer: You have more love for your kids then any teacher could possibly have. Therefore you want what is best for your children and homeschooling is one way that you can be sure your children learns what is most important.

Teaching Tips:

If you’ve decided to homeschool you’ve been over the homeschool laws in your state and fielded questions on socialization. Believe me, homeschool kids don’t have the public / private school’s kids fear of peers and they won’t have the struggles most kids have of feeling they can’t say anything or people will think they are dumb! My five homeschooled kids did not have filters.

They could easily converse with adults or peers and had no difficulty ordering in a restaurant or asking for more ketchup at a fast-food counter. They are all pretty self-sufficient. Down to doing their own laundry and cooking. We made life skills part of their homeschool with chore and responsibility charts.

I never regretted one moment of homeschooling my children or the co-ops where I taught a group of children.

In my homeschool journey, I met people who homeschooled for religious reasons (we didn’t start that way, but ended up that way), those who wanted their children to know their native language as well as English and music as a prerequisite to every other subject, and those who played sports or travelled extensively. I also met people whose sole purpose was for their children to attend an Ivy League College.

Every one of those people (no judgments here) had a reason for homeschooling that was unique and different. So, just because you are listening to this podcast on teaching doesn’t mean you have to agree with every single point, but I do hope it is beneficial for you!

  • A statement of faith is a wonderful using scripture or a family statement of honor
  • Start with prayer, the Pledge of Allegiance, and memory work age-appropriate
  • Curriculum
  • Homeschool Method
  • Schedule. A list of books, time to teach, etc.
  • Don’t try to duplicate school at home
  • Organize your supplies, books, and materials. Here are some resources on dejunking, time management, organization secrets
  • Plan Outings
  • Plan Your Year Ahead
  • Public Speaking
  • Resources -charts, books biographies, this podcast website!
  • Field Trips
  • Look around you! Everything is school.
  • Online resources and classes.

Teaching techniques:

I had an amazing college instructor or taught us to find the answers rather than to memorize the work. While this was important pre-dating the digital age in our children’s case it is important to understand that information is important and the application of information is key. Someday our kids will have jobs and the idea that we can find everything online precludes learning. Why remember what we can find with a click of a button. We do not want the information to be dumbed down!

Teaching is basically easy, and people tend to make it difficult.

  • Experiential learning and hands-on for little kids with phonics, and multiple modalities
  • Reading – reading – reading! Silent and out loud. Kids love it.
  • Interest-based learning – allow kids to explore.
  • Teaching using memorization and charts
  • Prepare by reading ahead in textbooks, etc.
  • Student prepared to teach.
  • Textbooks and workbooks/questions that are answered.
  • Unit study. Topic immersion.
  • Presentations.

 

Teaching Tips

homeschooler-learning-map-skills-studies-globeTeaching Tips You Can Use In Your Homeschool

After over thirty years of homeschooling, I have so many teaching tips that really work! And, I love my children, and no one loves my children more than I do! No one. So, who is the best teacher? I am (and so are you)!

Even the most highly degreed teacher doesn’t have what you do and with all of the resources available today you don’t need to know the information to teach it. My children’s education has centered around everything from hands-on materials, science labs taught at home and trips to visit historical sites. We collected rocks in Georgia, climbed mountains (they climbed, I watched), went on hiking trips to various falls, collected fall leaves (we live in Florida so this was a treat), visited Washington DC, went to Canada and New York among many other places. Our learning was experiential and memorable.

And that is the crux. Teaching should be memorable or what is the point. Fast forward and all of my kids are now adults and successful in college, their jobs and with their families.

In a nutshell here are some of my Top 20+ Teaching Tips.

  1. One of my favorite teaching tips is creating a Family Statement of Faith – either a scripture verse or a motto. (As for me and my house we will serve the Lord.)
  2. This is another of my favorites! We begin every day with prayer – praying for others, The Pledge of Allegiance (someone got to hold the flag each day), and basic memory work depending on their age.
  3. A plan. Do you have a schedule? A list of books you will use? An actionable plan with goals.
  4. Don’t recreate the school in the home. Recess, lunch breaks, etc. Do try to take a moving break in between subjects, it helps stimulate the brain… No electronics – not even a computer except if you need it for school.Phones away from the school area.
  5. Organization is your friend. (Links) Organization Link here) Be sure to keep a large notebook with samples of the child’s work for each year. It can be divided into subjects and added to weekly or at least every two weeks. It makes the end of the year evaluation so much easier.
  6. Have time to do school and protect this time from interruption.
  7. Plan outings – field trips, or even trips to the dentist (which can be used as a field trip no matter what the age!) If these are on a master schedule it really helps.
  8. A year-long schedule
  9. Give your children a chance to speak in front of the family. This builds public speaking skills.
  10. Resources – I loved teaching with charts (more on this later), and real books, biographies (will do a podcast on this as well). This network is a great resource UHPN! Homeschool Highschool Podcast, College Prep Genius, Making Biblical Family Life Practical, Homeschool Sanity, Homeopathy for Mommies, Finish Well Radio, Homeschooling with Technology, Life as a Lifeschooler, Soft Skills, and so many more in our More Shows category.
  11. My recommendation with little kids is lots of hands-on and experiential learning.
  12. Teaching phonics, with a tactile approach (saltbox), etc, is important and basic math concepts.
  13. Multiple modalities like reading, writing, listening, discussions, and even acting or presenting the information. While tests are often expected in learning settings I avoided these and instead used opportunities to test my children’s ability to remember.
  14. Reading the kids good books begins when they are tiny and in our family extended through their teen years. We read a wonderful series like Little House on the Prarie and so many more. Some of our happiest memories surround reading.
  15. Learning is based upon the interest of the child, the interesting information and the instructor’s ability to engage. If you look at school like it is a chore your children will as well!
  16. Memorization using charts. We had number charts, fraction charts, bird charts, birds of prey, the states, the musical instruments in an orchestra and so many other charts. I used these each morning or during our breaks from schoolwork in order to break up the day, and have a fun activity that they enjoyed. I even made up a “test” of sorts. A list of the birds for example and when I pointed to them the kids could tell me the name of the bird.
  17. Read the material ahead and give a brief explanation with key points written on a marker board. (The kids can take notes. Answer questions, orally or by researching it.)
  18. Have the student read a book and write a one or two-page synopsis – they can teach the “class” what they learned.
  19. Incremental – with books you read, and workbooks/questions that are answered.
  20. Unit study. You become immersed in a topic or subject. You teach it though history, science, art – even music. You can study almost every subject (except for math) using this approach.
  21. Student lead – the child can explore topics of interest and learn all about it.
  22. Performances – kids learn by teaching others, as well as giving an oral report. Make this a key part of your homeschool even if you have an only child. Bring over friends and do this together.

Teaching tips that are the most useful are the ones that you feel will make your life easier!

Raising Spiritually Strong Kids

Raising Spiritually Strong Kids | In today's climate raising spiritually strong kids has become much more difficult. In this episode, Felice shares some foolproof ways (yes, this is a big promise) and solutions to steering your kids on the path of love, honor, friendship, integrity, compassion, and faith. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #faithandkidsRaising Spiritually Strong Kids Episode 358

In today’s climate raising spiritually strong kids has become much more difficult. In this episode, Felice shares some foolproof ways (yes, this is a big promise) and solutions to steering your kids on the path of love, honor, friendship, integrity, compassion, and faith.

Thanks to our sponsor – Overcomer the Movie! In theatres at the end of August 2019 but guess what? The video is available afterward as well. This is one of the must-see movies for families (who love sports) of the year.

Sponsor! Overcomer Movie

Trailer URL for Overcomer Movie: 

Site URL for the Overcomer Movie

Okay, roll up your sleeves we are going to talk basics here – and yes, this works, but it takes work. Pun intended.

Parenting is not for the faint of heart, we’ve heard this over and over again, but it is also not for the lazy, the parent who won’t get up off the couch to discipline a child, or worse yet, a parent who insists on raising free-range kids. Spoiler alert! Free-range kids grow up and they aren’t people that you want to be around!

What do spoiled, undisciplined or free-range kids grow up to be? Adults.

Just from personal experience, I know some of these adults and they know it all, can’t be corrected, are never wrong and don’t apologize. Do you know any of these people? Many, but of course not all are devoid of spirituality.

I’m all for letting kids explore, get dirty, and investigate the world around them, but I am also a realist that knows that at some point I have to let go and let my child, a product of their environment? Psychology calls this nature versus nurture and this has to do with human behavior. The question is human behavior formation is determined by the environment or is it determined by genetics, something we are hard-wired or predisposed to – our biological factors. I personally believe it is a combination of the two.

Kids are going to do what they see you do, not what you tell them they should do. (Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.)

Here is a quick synopsis of Raising Spiritually Strong Kids

  1. Teach them that God did indeed create the world. Not some cosmic mistake.
  2. Pray – teach them to listen to the still, small voice of God. 1 Kinges 19:11-13
  3. Teach them to have a relationship with God.
  4. Read the Bible.
  5. Praise the Lord. Everyday.
  6. Sing/play Christian music.
  7. Surround yourself with Christian art.
  8. Allow your kids to ask you questions
  9. Read Christian books.
  10. Allow faith to become their faith as they grow older.

Spiritually strong kids are the ones who have a relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I don’t care what Christian denomination you adhere to if your kids don’t have a strong relationship with the Lord they won’t stay strong when they are under pressure to change. Kids are influenced by their peer group. (Story here.)

If Jesus walked in the door, would you drop everything and follow Him?

If you want your kids to pray – teach them how to pray.
If you want your kids to hear God’s voice – teach them how to hear God’s voice. (A thought, a direction to a Scripture in answer to a question, or silence – God is listening. I promise.)
If you want your kids to read the Bible – show them by reading the Bible.
If you want your kids to pray for others – show them by praying for others, closing your eyes, laying on hands (scripture) and pray to the Lord from the heart!

Teach your kids to study the Bible, do a Bible study with your kids. (Homeschooling with Proverbs).
Read faith-filled books to your children. The lives of the Saints, Missionaries, Martyrs for the faith.
Watch movies with faith content -Overcomer. (Cleaning people story.)

You can’t be faint-hearted about this, friends, your kid’s spiritual lives are in danger. The world pulls on them from music to television, video, computer games and more! We need an army of spiritually strong Christian kids. And, it starts with you at home.

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Raising Honorable Kids

Raising Honorable Kids | Raising honorable kids takes work, it doesn't happen overnight! Here are some great tips. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #UHPNVHM – Raising Honorable Kids ~ Episode 357

Raising honorable kids takes work, it doesn’t happen overnight! In every generation, I am sure that grandparents comment that they are happy not to be raising kids in this “present” time due to all the horrible things that are happening. In today’s episode, we will discuss some of the pressing concerns for today’s parents along with real help.

Thanks to our sponsor – The Movie Overcomer – as we record this episode the movie won’t be out until August 23, 2019, however – it is not to be missed and is already on my list of movies to purchase!  OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

I’m so blessed to promote this movie to all of you!

Every parent fears the will ruin their kids from time to time. As a homeschooling parent, we think, oh my gosh! We are going to miss some part of their education. We run from place to place to be sure our kids don’t miss out on socialization or any of the activities we want them to learn. We want well-rounded kids, kids that are great students and of course, honorable children who love the Lord. Right?

However, you are the perfect parent for your child. Why? Because God doesn’t make mistakes. We make mistakes by our choices or lack of action in working to deal with discipline problems.

Raising Honorable Kids Insights:  Read Blog Post here for more.

  1. Kids pick up more from what you do, parents should model good behavior.
  2. Association – who are your kids around? Are they good role models?
  3. Studying people who are honorable.

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Best of College Prep Genius: College Grants

College Grants | What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burk shares her knowledge with you! #homeschool #homeschooling #podcastBest of College Prep Genius:  College Grants

What are college grants? And is college worth it if you are saddled in debt? You may go to college for only four years and yet have to pay for twenty! College can be for anyone and in this episode, we look at grants as a way to help pay for college tuition. Hold on to your seat and listen as Jean Burke shares her knowledge with you!

College GRANTS

College grants consist of the money you don’t have to pay back. Gov. grant FAFSA – mistakes and how to sign up for it.

Some colleges offer endowments – such as the Moody Bible Institute through federal and institutional grants. The education part is paid through grants. Keep in mind a big name or high price tag school often offers more opportunity. Test scores help but income bracket also helps – Standford by definition says 144K is low income.

For example, law schools are ranked in the top six, top ten, top sixteen. You don’t want to rule out a college because of money. Or it appears to be out of your reach, you never know.

Are you a resident of a certain state? You may be surprised at what grants are offered some in the form of entitlements.

Federal Pell Grant – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA

Federal supplemental (FFEOG)

Academic Competitiveness Grant ACG

National Smart Grant SMG

College Grants — TEACH Grant

      Cost-Containment Programs

      Tuition Equalization Grant  –Private school in-state tuition. College for all Texans, for example. If you meet the college costs and how much your family can pay. 2.5 GPA — if tuition cost is more than the private school you can qualify for a tuition grant.

      Reciprocity —

  1. Some states will provide reciprocity for other states. In-state tuition to a governing state. MSEP – Midwest Student Exchange Program. Non, resident (listen to the podcast for more information) go to a neighbor or nearby state can reduce the cost of tuition.
  2. Western undergrad exchange — Arizona, Alaska ca Idaho, Hawaii – reduces instate tuition.
  3. Look at the New England reciprocity program.

One of the best websites is the Sallie Mae website.

FAFSA – stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid. Maximize chances for getting the student aids. October 1 is the first day – and do it as early as possible or the money is gone! You must have this filled out first. LISTEN

Federal Pell Grant – FPG – not eligible until you fill out the FAFSA – the most financial money. The undergrad who has not earned a professional degree yet. Start with FAFSA – every year must be filled out. Depends on the school year, student, max. award around 6K – Cost of attendance, whether the child is working in the school or not.

Federal Pell Grant – Iraq or Afghanistan Service Grant – parent died under the military, eligible for additional money under the age of 24 and enrolled in college.

Federal supplemental (FFEOG) federal supplemental opportunity grant — low-income undergrad students who need a lot of help – 4K per year just depending on your personal situation. Most colleges participate in these grants. No additional funds are available once you get these funds. Check the college website or financial aid dept of your college for more information.

Academic Competitiveness GrantACG  and the National Smart Grant SMG-Two programs that fall under improved math and science instruction. Take on more challenging courses in high school and helps your child become more successful in these areas. High demand in the global economy – technology or engineering. Available to students.

TEACH Grant – Teacher education assistance for college and higher education. Take specific classes to get the grants themselves and do a certain type of job or it will turn into a loan. The sooner you apply the more money you can get.

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


6 Homeschooling Insider Tips

Homeschooling Insider Tips | Deanna homeschooled for many years and she is here to share her homeschooling insider tips. With kids who have different temperaments and learning styles and even with challenges, she graduated her four children. Join Deanna Cauthen-Johnson and Felice Gerwitz. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschoolingDeanna homeschooled for many years and she is here to share her homeschooling insider tips. With kids who have different temperaments and learning styles and even with challenges, she graduated her four children. Join Deanna Cauthen-Johnson and Felice Gerwitz.

6 Homeschooling Insider Tips – Episode 356

Homeschooling is a calling and there is a reason that there are over one million (closer to two) that are homeschooled just in the United States. Add to that the percentage of college-bound kids who are homeschooled is impressive, with stats are high! See more information on HSLDA’s website here.

Every day moms and dads keep the trend going and those who care deeply about not only the academic side of things but the spiritual as well go to great lengths to continue to school their children despite adversity and all odds. One such person is Deanna Cauthen-Johnson who homeschooled despite the odds against her. Here is a wonderful interview with Deanna, not a “graduated” homeschool mom with adult children, who shares her homeschooling insider tips with us.

Here are Deanna’s Top Homeschooling Insider’s Tips:

    • Persevere
    • Homeschooling isn’t easy, but be in it for the long haul.
    • Homeschooling is not a sprint but a marathon
    • Some things take time, be patient
    • Realize burnout happens, keep with it.
  1. Teachable Spirit
    • Being teachable yourself
    • You don’t have to know all the answers
    • Kids are different, what works for one doesn’t work for another
    • Be willing to listen to others
    • Build Good and lasting relationships
  2. Develop your Passion
    • Moms can develop their passions as well as the kids
    • Developed a passion for teaching other homeschool kids
    • Volunteer and develop your gifts
    • God opens doors
  3. Trust God To Provide
    • God provides jobs when needed
    • God provided to continue homeschooling
    • Be open to God’s gifting
  4. Homeschool Communities
    • Helpful environment for parents and kids
    • Wonderful friendships with like-minded people
    • Supportive community
  5. Homeschooling: A God Given Task
    • Most satisfying opportunity ever
    • Be faithful, and God will do the rest
    • Keep the course, temporary setbacks will be overcome
    • No regrets!

 

About Our Special Guest Deanna Cauthen:

Homeschooling Insider Tips | Deanna homeschooled for many years and she is here to share her homeschooling insider tips. With kids who have different temperaments and learning styles and even with challenges, she graduated her four children. Join Deanna Cauthen-Johnson and Felice Gerwitz. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #homeschooling

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


 

When Homeschoolers Judge – Best of Homeschooling IRL

Free homeschooling podcast about judgment among homeschoolers.Homeschooling is a choice born out of the freedom to choose what we feel to be the best educational option for our children. It should follow, then that if a family who has made the choice to homeschool then decides to put a child into a traditional school setting, fellow homeschoolers will support that freedom to choose, too.

Unfortunately, that’s not the reaction many receive when they announce they’ll be returning to school. Instead of encouragement and reassurance, they often receive condemnation from the homeschool community.

What’s a homeschooler to do? And what is the Biblical, grace-filled, gospel-centered response as both the homeschooling parent returning kids to a classroom and the homeschooling friend looking on?


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Emotions Affect Learning

Emotions Effect Learning | Do you realize that negative emotions can impair the ability of your child to learn? Today, our expert guest, Jessica Parnell - CEO Bridgeway Academy joins Felice Gerwitz. Jessica explains what this means and how you can use this knowledge to teach your children effectively. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayproudDo you realize a person’s emotions affect learning? Stay tuned to this special episode with Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy.

Emotions Affect Learning – Episode 355

Today we will focus on home emotions affect learning. Do you realize that negative emotions can impair the ability of your child to learn? Today, our expert guest, Jessica Parnell – CEO Bridgeway Academy joins Felice Gerwitz. Jessica explains what this means and how you can use this knowledge to teach your children effectively.

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Here is the first podcast – Tap Into Your Learning Potential with Jessica Parnell – a lot of great explanation about terminology.

Some of the questions we discussed:

  1. What part of the brain is affected by emotions?
  2. Can a child who is frustrated or upset learn?
  3. How do we help kids settle down when their emotions are high?
  4. What are some ways we can help kids reappraise?

When we are upset our brains are set for fight or flight, Kids who are struggling are approaching learning with stress and it can compound when our emotions rise. We can’t think when we are angry, and often things are said in anger that would never be said when we are calm.

When you are emotional – you can not think.

What triggers emotion? We need to be aware of this because it is different for everyone. A difficult subject can trigger an emotional response. Driving in traffic is another trigger for an adult. Think about it and think about your children and when they get upset.

Emotions and Learning;

  1. Threat to status
  2. Uncertainty – lack of certainty can put kids on edge. Consistency is important. With certainty, the child has an understanding of what he/she is supposed to do, and children need certainty to feel secure. You are meeting a child where they are.
  3. Autonomy – one of the greatest gift we can give to our children is ownership. Letting them step up to do things, this gives them a sense of autonomy and preparing them for life! It will short circuit an emotional trigger that may lead to a lack of self-control. Staying ahead can help them build the tools to keep them under self-control.

Calm Kids

  1. One strategy is labeling. Speak what they are feeling, this engages the thinking part of their brain which dampens emotions. This also encourages self-control
  2. Help kids refrain from what they are doing. Time for a break Refrain from the emotional outburst. Sometimes we battle to get a lesson completed.
  3. Stop and come back to it later

Emotions Effect Learning And Battles Don’t Help!

  1. When we battle it doesn’t help kids to stay calm, or have self-control
  2. Don’t push it – but do come back to it.
  3. When emotions are high kids can’t comprehend.
  4. When emotions are high parents and kids become tense and affect the household

What works:

  1. Sometimes changing the schedule really helps.
  2. Do come back to it after the kids have moved around, this helps their learning

Remember:

  1. Our kids have been designed for a purpose.
  2. Philippians 4:8 – One of Jessica’s favorite verse.
  3. We can program ourselves to look at our kids in a negative way and instead of a positive way
  4. We need to discipline those things that are not good, but we don’t want to use the negative to identify our children

Reappraisal Helps Our Kids Control Emotions

  1. Strategy for helping our kids get under control, it is a cognitive change. When our kids do get under control they suppress emotions (emotion is still there and there is pressure) instead of reappraising.
  2. Change through a cognitive change – what will we do to shift that emotion to something else. Allows thinking clearly.
  3. When frustrated make a cognitive change that can be taking a break. Let’s talk about it and talk about approaching it first. It helps us when we are under stress.
  4. Reappraisal dampens our emotions. We don’t need to be upset.

If you have trouble getting emotions under control

  1. The number way to regulate emotions is to control yourself.
  2. Use these tools
  3. Talk to someone
  4. Get a support network
  5. When the home is calm it makes all the difference in your homeschool efforts.

Jessica Parnell, CEO Bridgestone Academy | #bridgestoneproud

More about Bridgeway Academy:

Bridgeway was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education and the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K-12 students and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools have made Bridgeway their trusted education partner. We are passionate about providing individualized educational solutions.

With an accredited homeschool program, we ensure that our students’ hard work is recognized, that they have access to coveted scholarships and that their future is wide open. Bridgeway is committed to the highest level of service, support, and academics, which is why we have worked hard to obtain accreditation through AdvancEd, NCA CASI, and The National Association of Private Schools.

Bridgeway’s programs are designed to empower students to learn how and when is best for them. We weave flexibility into every area of our programs, including scheduling, teaching, learning, and course selection. So, whether families are seeking an alternative to public schools, have a child with special needs who needs more, or are nurturing an elite athlete with a highly-demanding schedule, Bridgeway has designed flexible, customized homeschool programs that put families’ needs first.

We offer a-la-carte course and kits including all-inclusive curriculum kits, Live Online Classes and self-paced courses.

We also offer a wide variety of our “Total Care” packages through our academy.  Each Total Care Package is tailored to how a child learns best and includes everything the family needs for their best year. All curriculum, all grades and records, with the support of an academic advisor each step of the way.


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy!

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

Click here to learn more!


Tap Into Your Child’s Learning Potential

Tap Into Your Learning Potential | Did you know you can tap into your learning potential by understanding how the brain works? Felice Gerwitz and Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy explain how a parent can benefit from this information. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #bridgewayacademy #bridgewayproudTap Into Your Learning Potential – Episode 354

Did you know you can tap into your learning potential by understanding how the brain works? Felice Gerwitz and Jessica Parnell, CEO of Bridgeway Academy explain how a parent can benefit from this information.

Thanks to our sponsor! Bridgeway Academy, your solution to online education and help for the homeschool moms.

The brain is creating new neuro-pathways throughout your entire life.  Studies show what parts of the brain are engaging as kids learn. Learning disabilities can be repaired through new neuro-pathways and the science behind education. Homeschool parents especially have the ability to tap into your child’s potential!

Working Memory:

The working memory is a term used for the pre-frontal cortex. It is responsible for conscious thought is highly important for education. This is important for learning for self-control.

  • Making decisions
  • Understanding
  • Recalling
  • Deciding
  • Self-control
  • Memory
  • Imagination

By understanding the effects of the brain’s working memory you can tap into your child’s learning potential.

Every single decision taxes our working memory.

  • Know those energy-sapping subjects for students.
  • Mix up how we use our brain, put in other subjects that are not as taxing
  • Small break replenishes the brain. 5-10 minutes…and add movement…
  • Move! That helps your working memory. Moving the spine sending new electrical signals up to their brain and getting it to think again.

Knowing Your Learning Style Helps – Ways to Help Retain Information.

  • Students learn differently
  • Need ways to get information off of working memory so that you can process – getting them off the pre-frontal cortex
  • Write down your information so your working memory is free
  • Developing metaphors, telling stories, engage the emotional side of the brain.

Basal Ganglia – Helps Preserve Working Memory

  • Drives habits
  • Things we turn into habits
  • So much more powerful and it does not take so much energy
  • Flashcards – get into basal ganglia becomes instinctive and routine, you are not taxing your brain so you can do more complex challenging tasks

Tap Into Your Learning Potential – Does the digital age help?

  • We are becoming dependent on that quick answer to things.
  • We are not developing to skills to see if the answer is correct.
  • Lack of focus and scattered attention span.
  • The social aspect has become difficult – skills learned in interaction are different than sending a text.

About our special guest, Jessica Parnell:

Jessica Parnell, CEO Bridgestone Academy | #bridgestoneproud

 

 


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Bridgeway Academy!

Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 in response to the need for more freedom in education as well as the protection that accreditation offers for homeschooling families. Since then, more than 30,000 K–12 students, and many charter and brick-and-mortar schools, have made Bridgeway Academy their trusted education partner.

As part of our commitment to personalized homeschooling, we are proud to offer both secular and Christian options for homeschool families, charter schools, state organizations, co-ops, athletic organizations, arts schools, and others who seek flexible education options for their families.

Click here to learn more!