1. Start a family storytelling (and writing) tradition. Look through old family photographs. Tell your children stories based onwhat the photos show. Point out family members. Talk about what was happening. Then look at more recent photos and ask your child to tell a story based on what they see and remember. Together, write the story stimulated by the photo.
Congratulations! You are thinking about home educating one or more of your children. Actually, everyone home schools their child until age six because every parent facilitates an education whether it is preschool, playgroups or informal reading and playing at home. Home schoolers just continue it into the school-aged years. According to the new Fraser report, Homeschooling in Canada (2015), home schooling and home-based education increases an average of 14.4 per cent per year in Canada. With the prevalence and tremendous growth of the popularity of online courses, which are not included in most statistics for traditional home schooling, the trend of “home” education is growing exponentially.
When a child comes home from school with the sniffles, parents push fluids, fire up the chicken soup and watch for a fever. Most of us can even predict an illness before it strikes based on the appearance of our little ones. Just last night I caught a glimpse of dark circles forming under my daughter’s eyes and thought: An asthma attack is on its way.
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