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What is Home Schooling?

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What is Home Schooling?

Homeschooling is an educational option that allows parents to teach their children at home instead of sending them to school. Parents take charge of organizing subjects, teaching lessons or arranging for tutors, evaluating progress, and supervising social contacts. Homeschool parents believe that one-on-one attention and individualized study produce the best education possible. Parents are also able to adapt their lessons to their child’s learning methods, speed and interests and encourage a love of learning in the children that is so often ignored in schools.Today one can find a wealth of resources and opportunities available to homeschooling families. Some families choose a ready-made curriculum to follow to the dot, others may choose an online curriculum and others may choose to build their own curriculum themselves.

Why do families choose to Homeschool?

Parents choose homeschooling for a wide variety of reasons. Some parents have concerns about the social environment or academic quality of local public schools. Some want to ensure that their children are educated in accordance with their religious beliefs. Some believe their children will learn better through child-directed learning outside of a classroom setting. Some have children who were bullied in school or have health problems or demanding practice schedules. A growing number of families enjoy the flexibility homeschooling offers, and many children may find that homeschooling is a good fit for their natural learning styles or personalities.Research has shown that children who are homeschooled can succeed academically, especially when given support and resources from their parents. Many homeschool parents are driven and motivated, and are extremely involved in their children’s education. They educate themselves as they go along and seek out resources, tutors, or classes for those subjects they may not be able to teach themselves. In many ways these parents are more facilitators or coordinators than teachers.

What about Socialization?

Families who choose to Homeschool will have to prepare themselves to hear this question possibly daily!! It is annoying I know from experiance but I have learnt to ignore it, while I am firm in our family’s decision, some people understand but others are not worth the fight! Here are a few reason why your children won’t grow up to be weirdos. Homeschooled children are typically involved in an array of social activities, including homeschool cooperatives, dance and music lessons, church and Sunday school, field trip groups, and other classes, clubs, and groups outside of the home. They also have a greater connection with nature and with the community. “Socialization is actually meant to prepare children for the real world, which means learning to interact and deal with people of all ages, races, and backgrounds,” says Diane Flynn Keith. “In this case, homeschooling actually does a better job of this because homeschoolers spend more actual time out in society.” Research supports this.  According to Home Schooling and the Question of Socialization by Richard G. Medlin, “Home-schooled children are taking part in the daily routines of their communities. They are certainly not isolated; in fact, they associate with–and feel close to–all sorts of people.”

Upcoming activities for Autumn

Field trips will happen every 2nd week of the month at 1030 hrs. Days will be determined nearer to date but possibly Wednesday, Friday.

  • September – farm
  • October – Majjistral Park guided tour: price Eur 3 per child it will incl. activities + walk by the parks’ guide
  • November -Manikata trail
  • December – Ghadira/Simar Nature Reserve

December will also get us together for our first family party.

Homeschool for Beginners

Have you chosen to Homeschool? Are you still considering the pros and cons? Have you lost your way and need to get back to basics? Then this blog post is for you!

The first steps into your homeschool journey can be a very daunting task. As you dive into this unknown world, we start to doubt ourselves and our ability to educate our children. The task o11915734_10153596148821204_2651901080522140087_nf  gathering a curriculum, buying books and supplies and preparing to teach children of different ages at the same time may be disheartening. I am going to try to give you some hints on how to proceed. I do not have it all figured out and I do have my weak days but I am just putting together my experiences with lots of reading and research that I have done and hoping that it would make your journey a tiny bit easier.

1.Know the Education Law

Read the education law and make sure you know all your rights as well as your duties in order to be able to plan your homeschool journey without encountering problems with authorities on the way. (I WILL UPDATE THIS AS SOON AS THE NEW EDUCATION ACT IS IN FORCE)

2. Get a Vision

Create a vision statement for your homeschool journey. This will be your backbone to fall upon every time doubt and uncertainties creep in. Define your goals and why you are choosing to homeschool in the first place. This will help you solidify your decision and get you back on track if you lose focus or get discouraged.

3. Get online

As a homeschool mom, you WILL get lonely, you will feel that you are alone and cut off from the world. This page is a good place to start for any Maltese Homeschool Family. We would love to hear from you and encourage you in any way we can. Join our Homeschool in Malta facebook group and there are also lots of international homeschool groups on Facebook with lots of moms who are in your same boat!! Don’t let yourself be cut off alone! As that will affect you, your husbands and your children.

4. Homeschool Methods

As homeschool became an increasingly popular choice across the world, several different approaches to homeschool have also emerged . Get informed and choose what best method fits your family. You may want to choose one method or merge them together or even create your own. Very often as you read through these, one or two may stand out to you and sound like they are just what you want for your kids’ education, well that’s a good place to start. But remember never to box yourself into a specific approach, remain flexible in order to best accommodate all your children’s learning styles. You can read about all the Homeschool methods here.

5. Set a budget

Set a spending limit per child per year depending on what you can afford. Homeschool will cost as much as you want it to. I suggest keeping a record of where you are spending most money in order to re-evaluate your budget better the following year. Please do not get carried away with buy stuff!! There are a lot of free resources online, our library is available for you too and do speak up before buying books, we may have it sitting on our shelf ready for you!

6. Choosing Curriculum

This links up with my previous point. I will not go into too much detail about curricula as that would take me a week. This really depends on your family’s needs, teaching method you are leaning towards and your budget. I usually start by choosing which subject I want to teach each child. Find what is available online, if I find nothing that fits my plan, I ask other moms, read reviews and then buy books. Amazon is usually a great place to start, I often buy used books from there are they are quite cheap.

7. Team Work

Homeschool will take up quite a bit of your time. However, all your other household chores still need to be done. Get your kids to help out. Have the family work as a team. This teaches your children all about responsibility, caring for others and good stewardship. From my experience, I know that husbands do not want to come home to messy floors and a kitchen table full of crayons and papers so just before hubby comes home, we dedicate about half an hour to pick up everything and clean all the dirty dishes. Creating (or downloading) a chore chart may help.

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One thing I have learnt in my time with the kids at home is grace!! Grace with kids and their messes, grace with my husband and most of all grace with myself and my plans that often times don’t work out. Rest when you need to and ask for help whenever you are
feeling weak. Other homeschool moms know what you are going through and I find that they judge much less than everyone else around you.

There is a lot more to write about the subject really but I know you will find all you need for you and your family. Do not put too much pressure on yourself, do not get carried away with all the amazing ideas that you find all over facebook and on pinterest. I personally find that when I choose to be simple and minimal in all aspects in our house, things work much smoother.

I hope that you find this helpful. Please leave a comment for us, we love to hear from you.

Abigail

Welcome to Malta Homeschooling Families

As we gear up for the new Malta Education Act which will include provisions to homeschool, we are taking the lead and joining up forces to help and support each other as well as give information to families who are considering taking this path towards educating their children.

Please go to About to learn more about us.  Check out our lending library. Learn more about curriculums and resources available.  Keep yourself updated with regards to the Malta Homeschooling Law and activities that we organise; and lastly but not least become a member for added benefits.

Thank you!