How much can children teach themselves? (TED video)

Is education the process of self organization through learning environments?

As home educators can we design the future of learning? Key word…DESIGN!

Just how much can children teach themselves?

Since I went on the quest to ‘look at my homeschooling with new eyes’ I’ve landed upon so many resources that continue to challenge my thinking process.  My thinking process about how I actually homeschool. About what actually is going on in my home day in and day out.

The video below is one shared with me by one of the homeschooling Moms in my homeschool Association Erica Tjelta.

Books from the library. More videos. More conversation. Other’s views on home education.

I know I’m on to something new, unique and rewarding for my children.

With sincere honestly, there is no self proclamation of, “I’ve got it!” projecting out of my mouth just yet.

Instead there are more questions of, “What else can be done to improve my homeschool learning?” What does this ‘new’ homeschooling for the Perry family  at Shine Bright Christian Homeschool need to look like?

I share this video to promote dialogue with you.

What do you think?

Are we stifling our homeschooling children’s ability to learn beyond what they are capable of by spoon feeding them what we have ‘been taught’ is what they should be learning at their age.

Or rather, should we say here is all the hard, difficult and what you can’t even articulate. But HERE have a go at it.

Still thinking…….

(Share with a fellow homeschooling friend. This video just may be the insights that they have been looking for.)

 

Serving You and Yours,

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Angela Jordan Perry, is a wife of 24 years, homeschooling Mom of eight children, mentor, entrepreneur, Young Living direct marketer, mad’am farmer, homeschool Academy director, President of Women’s Empowerment Toastmaster-Greenville and follower of Jesus Christ. Angela and her family makes their home in Campobello, SC.

 

Since you’re ‘gonna’ get out of bed….

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For many, jumping out of the bed …… “Go!” is the course for the start of the day.

Did you realize that being GRATEFUL is the shaping factor for the start of the day?

Encourage your children (and yourself) to began the wonderful habit of GRATITUDE.

Before you rise out of the bed for the day….. Name THREE things you are grateful for.

Mentally, spiritually, emotionally in every way……..You will be set-up for great success for the day before homeschooling.

I double dare you to give it a try and see what your homeschooling day will look like.

Get ready to experience what happens. 🙂

Good Morning!

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/administrator

 

Teach Them This Tuesday: Don’t Limit Yourself

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As a little girl I remember dreaming of so many things I wanted to become once I grew up.

I’m sure you did also.

And honestly, for all of us, once we became adults, real life, we stopped dreaming.

What happened?

Why did we stop?

Most of us settled and didn’t reach the dreams we once had.

We’ve always heard that, “the sky is the limit.

While I do believe this is true, I also believe that we often build a ceiling where once the sky was.

For our children we should help them to “keep their dreams alive.”

Dreams of becoming an astronaut, scientist, artists, cardboard model maker (I have a child with this dream), violin professional, veterinarian, motivational speaker etc.

The list goes on.

Additionally, as our children take hold of these dreams we need to teach them not to allow fear to hault them from pursuing those dreams.

Around pre-teen and teen age this is when their own creation of fear causes them to stop reaching for their dreams.

Teach them to dreams.

Teach them to face fear and conquer it.

Teach them to live courageously.

Teach them that the sky truly is the limit.

If they believe it they can achieve it!

Teach them to place ……

No limits on their dreams.

Nor on themselves!

The only limits on their lives are those that they place on themselves.

Teach Them This!

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry,

UCHU owner/director/administrator

 

Tuesdays Teach Them This: Wisdom

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I betcha that even reading the words, “Teach Them Wisdom” is not computing for you. Don’t feel that this is odd. It is normal.

Clearly, I can remember when I had a discussion with my Uncle when I was 12 years old about wisdom, being smart and knowledge.

My brain was not comprehending what wisdom was.

At all!

Even to this day I understand it but it’s hard to put into words.

But I’ll give it a shot and then explain why this week’s “Teach Them This Tuesday” is all about Wisdom.

Wisdom goes beyond common sense.

Wisdom is not being smart.

Wisdom is not being intelligent.

Wisdom is not being a certain age. Old. (whatever your kids may think that number may be.)

Wisdom is not having understanding….only.

As I understand it…..WISDOM is having common sense, good judgement, recognizing and doing what is right vs. what is wrong, fore-thought on a situation before engaging in it.

Wrap all that up with DISCERNMENT and you have a beautiful display of wisdom.

Have you heard the saying, “You have wisdom beyond your years.”

Because often wisdom accompanies experience. Experience gained over a period of time.

Over a period of years. Usually.

However, it is possible to find wise children. Even at a young age.

Have you ever had a conversation with a wise child that just blew you away with their insights, articulation and fore-thought?

Shall I add…..WISDOM is indeed a rare commodity now adays.

Students (and adults too) live in the moment.

There is….

No fore-thought.

No discernment.

No common sense.

No good judgement.

No wisdom.

Just act or react.

Lord Chesterfield said to his son:

                   “Be wiser than other people if you can; but do not tell them so.”

Scripture teaches us this in Proverbs 4:6-7:

                   “Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch                           over you.  The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you                          have, get   understanding.”

My children will tell you that I always ask them,

“Now was that the wise thing to do.”

“Were you using wisdom when you made that decision.”

Even if my 4 year old has no understanding what wisdom is……he is hearing me ask those questions over and over and over again to him.

I challenge you all this week in “Teach Them This Tuesday” to not only work to impart book knowledge in homeschooling.

But WISDOM as well.

Dig into Scripture to learn what WISDOM is.

The beginning of WISDOM is to GET WISDOM.

Pray for it. Seek it. Recognize it. Desire it.

Make that a part of homeschooling.

I dare say that our future world NEEDS wise adults.

And guess what?

We are raising those WISE adults.

If we teach them what WISDOM is, what it looks like and how to operate in it.

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/director/administrator

Teach Them This Tuesday: “My 3 year old is EVERYWHERE. How can I homeschool with a toddler running all around?”

Nursing Baby.

Toddler on the move.

Littles that will not sit still.

Yep….I’ve homeschooled through all of these situations.

After 16 years of homeschooling creativity was a must and I figured out a thing or to.

  1. Nursing Babies. I homeschooled between the feeding schedule or napping schedule. If they were awake and needed my attention…….AHH…..BOUNCY CHAIRS were a great distracting tool for periods of time.
  2. .  Booster seats or high chairs (not sure if high chairs are still considered safe…Ha). But….these were used when my little tykes wanted to run all over the place.  I fully expected them to remain entertained for 1 hour while I homeschooled.

Then give a snack in between the time and start another set of two videos. They each            are around 30 mins in length.

I also ran a home day care in the early years of my homeschooling. I had a booster seat with a safety belt for each of my littles.

Then I discovered these:

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Letter Factory. The top two on the left are the same. The far left is the original one I purchased over 16 years ago. The 2nd is the replacemnt one after all the scratches on the first. The Great Numbers game on VHS. And yes, we still own a VCR.  It still works. These can be purcahse don Amazon or WalMart online (not in the store.)

I hit the jackpot for YEARS!!!! And still using them to this day.

My five year old knows all of his letters and numbers from watching these videos for  years!!

All of his siblings learned their numbers and letters THE SAME WAY. 🙂

3. Homeschool your littles using these vidoes. Back during the time I discovered these videos we only had PBS. And that was a PRECIOUS PRECIOUS jewel.

But every day littles up to 4 years old watched these videos ad naseum.

Over and over and over and over.

“Time for your schoool.” I’d say it like it was a BIG PARTY about to happen!!!

So all they knew was to be excited about watching their *homschool* videos.

I also had a Spanish video too that they watched daily. Professor Parrot. I still have it but don’t use it much now.

So at four years old guess which childen knew every letter, the sound of every letter, ever number, what it look like etc. AND they had fun watchng them every day.

4. If you are homeschooling younger students 2 hours is the most that should be needed for schooling. Two hours is about the time the littles can sit to enjoy the videos. They only watched four videos a day. I switched the videos around day to day of what they’d watch.

Two leap frog vidoes. Professor Parrot. Great Numbers Game.

or

Professor Parrot. Code Caper. The Alphabet Jngle. Letter Factory.

etc.

Give it a try!

These videos are provide music, visual stimulation, education, clean learning and lasting memories.

My older children each have fond memories of these videos. I still catch them watching them every now and then with Benjamin (the youngers Perry).

Even though Benjamin is Kindergarten now….I still have him watch Letter Factory, Great Numbers Game, Alphabet Jungle and Code Caper EVERY DAY while I school my 3rd graders and 6th graders. That gives me two hours to work with them.

Then when I’m done…I have a good 40 min. to 1 hr to work with him.

School day is done by NOON (almost) every day. 🙂

On this week’s Teach Them This Tuesday…..I hope it provides some ideas of how to Teach your littles how to enjoy learning why you are teaching your other children.

Items needed:

*Booster seat with a safety belt (to keep them in the chair). Just to keep them in one spot. The open sofa will *not* work

*Some entertaining videos (perhaps the ones I suggest)

*Maybe small snacks that will not make a mess for them to enjoy while looking at the videos.

*Nearby room. Make sure they are in your eyes sight.

*Patience. Understand that this is a season and it will pass before you know it and they’ll be off to college, or military or missions or working……but they will not be small forever. <<sniff sniff>

If you have questions let me know. I’ve been doing this for a while and it’s been a successful {HARD AND TOUCH} journey.

Share your thoughts by commenting down below! 🙂

Serving Your and Yours,

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Teach them this Tuesdays: Grammar Rap

Usually when learnng is put to music or some sort of rhythm children tend to remember and learn it well.

For our children’s learning pleasure here are a few videos that they may find to be valuable.

I introduce you to Fluency MC!

 

 

 

 

Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU owner/director/adminitrator

Tuesday’s Teach Them This: Success

The meaning of SUCCESS is following:
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  • 1. The achievement of something desired, planned, or attempted.attributed their success in business to hard work.
  • 2. The gaining of fame or prosperity.an artist spoiled by success.
  • 3. The extent of such gain.

However, followers of Christ may view SUCCESS differently.

For me personally success is OBEDIENCE  to the Lord no matter the positive or negative outcome that may come.

I’ve learned and indeed teach my children that SUCCESS doesn’t always come out ‘grand and beautiful.’

It often comes out of the satisfaction of knowing that you followed God’s plans, His will, His guidance and obeyed. The outcome of that LOOK OF SUCCESS is up to Him.

Additionally, SUCCESS IS  as God sees it to being something that is achieved that is of infinite, eternal value in this life and in the life to come. The Bible describes success in a much different way than the dictionary does.

So today I encourage you homeschool Mom to define success to your children.

Is success 100% on a paper or is it that they did their full best and earned a 86%?

Is success doing well on something that they understood well or conquering something or doing well in a concept that was super challenging even if they didn’t master it?

Keep in mind that…….

Success isn’t always pretty.

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Some levels of success will definitely take hard work.

Hard work is NOT a bad thing if it has eternal value and life changing effects.

Meditate of these Scriptures:

Walk in Success:
Psalm 1:1-3 “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers.”

Joshua 1:8 “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

Proverbs 3:1-4 “My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man.”

Proverbs 2:7 “He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.”

Success

This I would claim for my success—not fame nor gold,

Nor the throng’s changing cheers from day to day,
Not always ease and fortune’s glad display,
Though all of these are pleasant joys to hold;
But I would like to have my story told
By smiling friends with whom I’ve shared the way,
Who, thinking of me, nod their heads and say:
‘His heart was warm when other hearts were cold.
‘None turned to him for aid and found it not,
His eyes were never blind to man’s distress,
Youth and old age he lived, nor once forgot
The anguish and the ache of loneliness;
His name was free from stain or shameful blot
And in his friendship men found happiness.’

by Edgar Albert Guest

Teach them this….if you so desire.

Angela

Teach Them This Tuesday: Never Give Up (video)

 

Human nature is an interesting thing.

I’ve never paid much attention to the *thinking* of people and their motives….  until recently.

Recently dealing with a few mind boggling things within my own homeschooling community. It left me shaking my head and asking the Lord for grace and understanding.

Never the less…..it didn’t damper me doing what I felt the Lord had called me to do.

Psychology and Sociology have been two subjects I *greatly* disliked in college. I passed them each with an A+ grade. But I despised the classes.

It is my conviction that only God knows the inner workings of the heart. The mind-set of people and why people do what they do.

It’s not be until the recent months since I’ve been introduced to Psychologist Amy Cuddy and Brené Brown that this subject of *understanding people* has sparked my interest to…….

Well, understanding people and why they do what they do.

Before these recently months….I just didn’t care.

I mean….grant it. I just chuck it up to the *sin-nature.* That’s why WE DO WHAT WE DO.

These psychologists have made me think…..there may be some actual *facts* that can be put to the actions to explain people.

(To explain me. I’ll put myself in the pot as well. I am human. Ha.)

I’m still not 100% certain this is the case. But I’m open.

For me personally I think is darn right horrible to have dream killers.

I think it’s down right hateful to have those who will try and make things difficult for you just because they are having issues in their lives, issues in their relationships ….ISSUES.

So much so that they desire to come and rain on your parade.

Why? Cause they just feel obliged to do so.

I would not know this to be true if I just didn’t live this. Uuggghhh!!!

The truth is….Our Kids need to know…..

THERE. WILL. ALWAYS. BE. THOSE. WHO. ARE. NOT. FOR. YOU. when you attempt to move forward and when you have a dream that must become a reality.

Often when those who aren’t in favor of *their good will*

….. the true heart of those will manifest.

Teach your children……That They Must Never Give Up.

Persevere. Stay focused. Make it Happen.

Make the obstacle an opportunity.
Make the disappointment a triumph.
Make the impossible a reality.
Make the wound the soil for success. 

-Angela Jordan Perry

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Serving You and Yours,

Angela Jordan Perry, UCHU Owner/Administrator/Director