Thursday, September 21, 2017

Why I Continue Educating My Kids Once They’re Home From School

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.


School is school, and home is home, right? Well, not really. School is a primary extension of learning for children, but I believe learning starts, continues and ends at home. It is my educated guess that there are approximately 20 students enrolled in the majority of public classrooms in the United States. Ideally, each and every child, in every single class, should receive 100% of the teacher's attention. Realistically, that is of course not true, nor even possible, due to time constraints (among other things). In counting down from 3 to 1, with (1) being the most important, that is the #3 reason why I continue to educate my kids once they are home from school.


I want to make sure that any way, time or place that presents an opportunity for learning, my kids are taking advantage of it. That means in school, of course, but it also means at home, on the beach, during activities, or even standing in line at the grocery store. There are always ways to teach, everywhere you go, and often times, kids don't even realize they're learning as much as they are if you can find ways to make the teaching fun. For example, in looking at the Fall-themed magazines at the supermarket, while waiting for our turn to check out and bag our groceries, we recently had a discussion about publishing, and the all of the processes, hard work and time that go into making each one of those periodicals. My youngest was enthralled to learn some of the things I was telling him. It piqued his curiosity enough to ask a bunch of questions, and for him to continue to do research for the ones I couldn't answer, once we got back home.

Second, children learn in different ways. While classroom instruction might entail independent, partner, group, or entire class discussion/participation, each child processes what they learn in a unique way. That means no matter the method their teacher is using at any given time, there are going to be ones utilized that are not easy to relate to for your child. While that may be good in some ways...you do want to introduce your child to new ways of learning, it can also be challenging in other obvious and not so obvious ways. Continuing education at home, you can hone in on those skills and preferences you know your child has, when it comes to learning. 

For us, homework time is an example for when we can utilize this kind of strategy. For example, I will sometimes sit with my youngest and go over his homework with him. I know that he is a visual learner, so no matter how his teacher has taught him, I will bring in visuals or use imagery techniques with him while we are working together. This has resulted in quite a few 'aha' moments every single school year, but most especially this year with his Math class. His teacher does not use a lot of visuals, outside of what is already in the text, so by doing so with him at home, I'm helping reinforce that content in a different way, and in a way I know my child embraces.

The first and foremost reason that I continue to educate my kids once they are home from school, is that I want them to be prepared for life. The old saying, 'life isn't always a bowl of cherries,' can be so very true. Educating my children in common, as well as book sense, is the best way to ensure they are properly prepared to handle whatever it is life happens to throw at them, as they continue to grow up. Teaching them problem-solving skills, and how to look at things from more than one perspective will help them academically and beyond. That is important to me, and it is and will continue to be (whether they know it or not) important to them. 

One way that I believe I can better help prepare my kids at home for life, is by encouraging them to enroll in higher learning when their time comes. Groza Learning Center  agrees that college matters, and to do their part, they are offering one lucky person the chance to win a $1,000 Scholarship towards their college tuition. 

The submission deadline is November 30, 2017.  Qualifications: You must be a high school student already accepted by a college, OR you must be a student who is enrolled in a college or university. What better way to get off on the right foot, than to have $1,000 of your tuition already paid?! I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply, to go for it! Having previously worked in a college, I have seen where scholarship opportunities have helped many students to more easily work towards their goals and dreams. Groza is making this one easy but compelling, by allowing students to write an essay on 'redemption' (see rules before you start to write). Good luck to all who enter!

40 comments:

  1. My parents used to educate me at home as well and I think, that was when I learnt best, they you used to make it fun, where as I struggled at school with my dyslexia and some of the teachers love of dictation. I love that you also carry it on at home as well.

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  2. I love this! I think it's important not to let education end at the school bell. We always need to be enriching our kids' minds.

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  3. Learning isn't limited to in classroom time. You need to reinforce it.

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  4. Scholarships are awesome and they help so very much. Love this.

    Have a fabulous day. ☺

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  5. I think this is a great way to think about learning. It really is helpful to approach it from multiple angles by providing opportunities to learn at home as well as at school.

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  6. Education matters. The where and how? Not nearly so much.

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  7. I also believe that learning starts, continues and ends at home but I know some who don't follow that rule of thumb. I just might need to check out the Groza Learning Center.

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  8. I think it is so important to keep educating your kids when they are not at school. It really helps them out. School can only cover so much.

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  9. What a great scholarship offer! I think it is so important for parents to continue to educate their children even after school. We have to help guide them through every aspect of life.

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  10. I try to do the same! It's so important for kids to learn at school and at home. I wish my mom were to have done a little more!

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  11. We educate our kids at every opportunity we can. I think it makes them more well rounded people!

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  12. I think it's important to always educate kids too. I'm always giving my kids info and lessons about things since we all love history. That's so cool about the scholarship!

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  13. You definitely need to continue the learning process when they get home from school, especially the younger ones because they easily forget. I think it's a good move for parents.

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  14. I wouldn't mind continuing the education when they get home from school. It's such a smart thing to do, actually. There's always more room for learning.

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  15. That's actually a brilliant idea! It's good to keep them learning, especially when they're home from school. Keeping their minds active is important for me as well.

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  16. The school can't teach our kids every little detail about everything. We have to be active in teaching them even outside of school!

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  17. I'm glad I'm not the only one! I didn't want to sound like a super strict parent but I like to have well-rounded kids!

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  18. I totally agree! I've always tried to find creative ways to take my children's learning beyond the class room and it totally pays off. I have one about to graduate college and two AP/Honors students in high school. It makes a huge difference.

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  19. Really a great approach - education is so very important and we are always treating, so a big win for everyone!

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  20. I agree, learning doesn't stop when school is dismissed. Some of the most essential learning happens at home. I love your outlook on your children's education.

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  21. I totally agree, educating kids should start at and end at home because kids learn differently and some might need more support at home than they get in class to put it all together in their minds

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  22. I totally agree! I think this is super important, and wish more parents would do it!

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  23. Learning shouldn't stop when school ends. It is our responsibility as parents to also make sure we are educating our children! Totally agree.

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  24. There are so many ways to learn indeed, and at home it doesn't have to be done at a desk. Can be more fun. Would be nice for practical things to be taught in schools too.

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  25. No matter how good schools are, they can't teach kids everything they should know.

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  26. I did the same thing with my daughter. The results were excellent.

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  27. I agree! You can always teach kids when at home with a formal or different approach. I like to play with my niece while teaching her things.

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  28. You don't have time to learn everything at school and school does not teach everything so that's important that we educate kids at home

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  29. I agree learning doesn't take place just at school. I am always working with my kids. I make it fun and they enjoy it.

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  30. A scholarship is such an important thing with the rapidly rising costs of school going on now. That's so great that Groza is offering that. And I am with you, we still need to educate our children when we get home.

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  31. I just moved to a new state, and there are 40 kids in my daughter's class! I will definitely be continuing to educate her after she gets home. There's no way a teacher can give that many kids personal attention. I'm with you!

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  32. Hi Rosie - how wise you are and how much your kids will have appreciated your approach for them ... cheers Hilary

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  33. Me and my husband do this with our kids. It is important that they learn their academics, and life skills as well. I also make it a point that they are street smart so they can stay away and protect themselves when they are out. Thanks for letting us know about the chance to win $1000 towards college tuition. I will let friends know about it.

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  34. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I was teacher before becoming a mom and I would always stress to my student's parents how important it was to continue practicing skills at home!

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  35. I still have little kiddos so we aren't near college yet. This is an amazing opportunity though!

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  36. I think it's so important to continue learning well after the final bell rings. I try to sneak in educational activities that are fun so my girls think they are playing instead of having more work piled on to their day.

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  37. Props to you! We aren't near that time frame yet but definitely something I will consider when the time comes.

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  38. This is a great subject and I do believe children along with adults are always learning new things daily. I think it is a great thing that Groza Learning Center is doing for one lucky kid. Thanks for sharing the information.

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  39. Yeah I think it's important to have healthy learning habits and no matter how and what they learn in school, they need to be reinforced at home too... in a balanced way no doubt. All study and no play makes Jake a sad boy!!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  40. I hate that I don't get as much time as I used to with the kids each day, but we do continue the learning as much as we can after school!

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