Homeschool DURING an emergency situation, and why it’s a great idea

by- Yolanda Newton

     First I start with the preface that in no way am I saying that if you are facing and an emergency event you should  continue to homeschool “as normal”. The time before, during, and after an emergency event not normal. Always follow the advice of your local government and emergency personnel. If they tell you to prepare, prepare. If they tell you to evacuate, do it. However when you’re dealing with children there are other things you should consider beyond physical well-being. Young children may not understand possible dangers. Older children may become very frightened by imaging negative possibilities. Can you homeschool during an emergency?

 

     This is the time where you should embrace the fact that you homeschool. Unlike traditional brick-and-mortar schools where the learning stops if the doors close, homeschool students can be educated at anytime, in anyplace, and through any event or circumstance. If learning is occurring you should be counting these days toward your schooling. In fact using an emergency event as a teaching opportunity cannot not only extend to make what the student’s learning concrete in real life, it can also help the student maintain calm by continuing with part of their normal routine.

 

Here are just a three ways that you can homeschool during an emergency.

Math it up

So you have to go out to buy plywood to cover the windows. Exactly how much plywood will you need? How much will all of the plywood cost? Is your vehicle large enough to carry the plywood home? These are realistic life-based math problems that students can solve during emergency preparations. Let multiplication, algebra, and geometry leap off of the math page and into your student’s life by helping them find an immediate use for their knowledge.

If you homeschool during an emergency you can reenforce lessons and provide calm.
If you homeschool during an emergency you can reenforce lessons and provide calm.

Get your science on

Have you ever heard the term that knowledge is power? Most emergency events that might occur where you live are no mystery. There are entire sciences dedicated to the movement of storms, predicting weather patterns, understanding the behavior of fire, and even creating structures to withstand earthquakes. Some of your student’s fears can be alleviated if they understand the science behind the emergency event that faces you. So head to official government websites, as well as science sites, and other reputable sources of information about the emergency event that faces you and use it as an opportunity to understand the science behind it. Don’t use local news, as it’s intention is to inform, and not educate. Also, the constant repetition of results felt by others might have a agitating effect on some students. Remember you focus is the science behind the event. Empower your student to know exactly what is going on in the world and earth around them.

 

Be a survivor

Unfortunately common sense isn’t so common today. Have you talked to your student about avoiding downed power lines, and why it’s important? Do they know the safest place in your home to be if there happens to be an earthquake? What should they do in case there is a fire? Do they understand what every human needs in order to survive? Use the opportunity of creating an emergency kit, “go bags”, and family emergency planning to help teach your student the important things they need to know in order to survive.

 

These are just a few ideas that might help your family make use out of emergency days. Finding solace in your homeschool routine can help your student grow, stay calm, and be prepared. Do you have any other ideas for how to make use of a rough situation to teach your student?

 


The director of Education Revolution was classroom teacher, who has a passion for the creative flexibility that homeschool allows her own family, and the families that she works with. Learn more about Yolanda Newton.

Blowing Bubbles: An example of everyday learning

Everyday learning can be shown during something as simple as bubble time.
Everyday learning can be shown during something as simple as bubble time.

Learning does not have to take place behind a book. Kids don’t show what they know with the use of pen and paper. Everyday learning occurs during simple tasks–chores, conversations, even play.

 

 

Everyday learning: it is something amazing to see in action. It was just a normal few minutes playing with my sons on the porch. Their dad had just bought a new bubble machine for his business, and like all good children, my sons were doing a quality assurance check. There is something pure and simple about the joy of children as they run around, trying to pop rainbow orbs that dance in the wind.

 

“Oh, look at that one!” I exclaimed. “A double bubble!”

 

     Pop!

 

My three-year-old squealed with glee, “Double bubble!”

 

     Pop!

 

It became a competition of who could spot one first and pop it. I’ll be honest, he was winning.

 

Then a thought occurred to me, Who taught him what the word ‘double’ means?

 

Even though I never explicitly taught him the meaning of the word, it was obvious that he knew what it meant. He demonstrated it by only pointing out and popping double bubbles.

 

I let the educator hat slip on for a second, and looked at what we were doing. There was the obvious reinforcement of the vocabulary word, but there was more. This was an industrial bubble maker, pumping out hundreds of bubbles a minute; imagine the control to look past all of the floating bubbles to look for only the “double bubble” — talk about an eye workout! Then we added the layer of hand-and-eye coordination, to physically pop the bubble quicker than me, and it gets even more complexed.

 

And don’t forget the social lessons — he was learning to take turns. The game itself was made up on the spur of the moment. We never formally decided on ground rules. He was able to fall into the natural rhythm, and follow the unspoken rules. That’s not something to take for granted. Adults sometimes have difficulty following the social nuances of unspoken rules.

 

Did I feel super proud of my well-crafted, multi-layered lesson?

 

Nope. Because it wasn’t a lesson. It was playing. No planning necessary. But just because it isn’t a formal lesson, doesn’t mean learning wasn’t occurring. This fun bit of double bubble time reminded me that playing for humans of all ages can be learning opportunities.

 

Director of Education Revolution

 

Learn more about the author of this piece, and the Director of Education Revolution, Yolanda Newton. Feel free to contact her with questions and comments.”

Announcing An All Included Homeschool Option for 2017-18 year

While homeschoolers can select what their calendar year looks like, many follow the same, or similar schedule, to the local public school system. If you happen to be one of them, then maybe you’re trying to figure out what curriculum you are going to use, what classes your kids will sign up for, and how you are going to budget it all. Wouldn’t it be nice to have an all included homeschool option?

 

Education Revolution has got your back. Not only are we offering hybrid lessons (physical and virtual aspects) for elementary and middle/high school levels, we also have an all included homeschool option that can end your hunt for core curriculum and tutoring in one sweep at a fraction of the cost!

 

 

Introducing the Simple Revolution Solution!

For one flat rate your student will get the core curriculum, lessons, tutoring, and supplements for the entire year. That’s right, one cost has your whole year covered. To make this all included homeschool option even more home-school friendly you can pay upfront or month-by-month!

 

 

A case example that shows how this all included solution could save you money, time, and stress.
NOTE: The course is pro-rated! That means it is $100 per month–you don’t pay for months you weren’t enrolled for! For example, join in November and your total cost is $700–you don’t pay for August through October!

 

 

 

 

Let’s talk courses, curriculum, and simplicity! Offerings for August – October 2017 Something for ALL grades!

Posted by Education Revolution on Wednesday, June 21, 2017

 

Interested? Contact me and let’s talk to see if this amazing program in the right fit for your family!

 

 

  • Check out all of the current offerings for the months of August – October in one place, our current brochure.

  • If you’d like to hear these offerings in video format, check out the two live videos posted to Facebook that discusses the offerings and answers some follow up questions.

Homeschool virtual lessons for first quarter 2017-18 school year

It’s that time of year again! Many parents across the country are in the mode of school year planning. Maybe you’re one looking for homeschool virtual lessons, trips, or local face-to-face options.

 

Here at Education Revolution we’re in the business of supporting homeschool families in Florida and beyond. Therefore I’m super excited to announce some great all-in-one courses to support students in grades kindergarten, 1, and 5 for the first quarter of the school year.

 

And when I say all-in-one, that is exactly what we mean. With these Education Revolution’s courses you get physical curriculum to keep, live lessons, supplemental material, super-simple science hands-on/lab ideas, and the ability to work directly with me on future planning or questions your students might have!

 

Sounds pretty great huh?

 

And the price? That’s pretty great too! With early bird specials starting at $50, these course solutions are budget friendly!

 

But it gets even better because you can enroll now and pay later. That means you can snag the great price a deal even if you don’t have cash in hand today to pay.

 

So what are you still reading this post for? I can’t wait to start working with students–including yours!

 

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Summer 2017 Home School Workshops

Are you looking for a home school summer educational opportunity that is affordable and flexible? In need of virtual classes for your student? If you home school summer is just another season to learn!

 

The summer doesn’t mean that it is time to shut down the brain and forget all you’ve learned all year. Life longer learners find ways to make learning happen no matter the month, or the season.

 

This summer Education Revolution is offer 4 asynchronous, work at your own pace, workshops–some of which include bonus live lesson sessions! All of these session are led by the director who is already planning. The workshops are all kept small–with 10 students or less. This means that each student can expect to get personalized attention and feedback. It also means that space is truly limited!

 

 

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