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Homeschoolers Home School Glossary: Sight-S-word

Speaking about homeschooling can be like speaking a new language. There are so many words that new homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers may not know. For this reason, I have developed this list of 100 words a homeschooler should know.

Sight Reading

Sight-reading is a method of memorizing commonly used words so that a child can read it at a glance. It is often taught in conjunction to phonics lessons.

Socialization

Otherwise known as the last word homeschoolers want to hear, the word socialization means spending time with and learning from and with other kids. Homeschoolers find this argument against homeschoolers outdated.

Socializing

While homeschoolers do not care to socialize their kids by grouping them by age and having them learn from each other, they do make sure their kids spend plenty of time with children in their general age range just to have fun.

Standardized Tests

Standardized tests are used to evaluate if a child has retained what has been taught and to show how well a child has performed in relation to his grade and age group. While standardized tests are a useful tool to help homechooler assess their children, homeschooler do not necessarily like being forced to use these tests.

Statement of Faith

A statement of faith is required by exclusive homeschool groups before they become members of that group. It expresses the faith of the prospective member and guarantees that all group members have the same beliefs.

Structured Homeschooling

Structured homeschooling is a school-at-home approach to homeschooling where the parent attempts to recreate a school environment with the exception of the fact that the parent is the only teacher of the child. Outside classes are workshops are seldom part of a structured homeschooling experience.

Student-centered learning

Unlike in the classroom where instruction is geared to the median child, and in the teachers own learning style, student centered learning focuses on the individual needs of the child including their like, their dislikes and their pace.

Supplemental Resources

Supplemental resources are books and educational materials a homeschooler might use when the curriculum has not given enough information. For example, a person using and online math tutorial would also want to buy a few math workbooks.

Support groups

A support group will offer encouragement, support, and knowledge to new incoming families. It will also serve as a source of socializing for children and may offer local classes taught by group members.

S-Word

The S-Word is what homeschoolers call socialization when we are tired of saying the word aloud.

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