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Kids Craft Projects and Ideas

We found some beautiful ideas in this website Homeschooling-ideas.. Hopefully these creative ideas benefit the children and the parents to encourage their creativity.

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Fabric Crafts

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Despite the sharp needles, I have found this to be an easy craft that children from about the age of six can manage. Make toys or quilts.

Needlefelting with Kids

Dyeing Yarn

 

You get a real sense of satisfaction from dyeing yarn to use in other projects. Easy and fun.

 

Easy Clay Projects for Kids

Clay Projects for Kids

Children love working with clay, but are of often stuck for ideas about what to make. Here are my kids craft ideas for pottery.

How to Make Clay – Homemade Clay Recipes

Smoke Firing in a Trash CanThis one will stretch you but it is really fun to try. Learn how to fire pottery without a kiln

Firing Clay at Home

Natural Clay Art WorkArtist Kiko Denzer shares how to make something beautiful from mud.

Natural Clay Art Work

Homemade ChalkNot quite clay but just as much fun.

Homemade Chalk

Clay Projects for KidsHandmade books are perfect for all sorts of projects. And make wonderful gifts.

Making books with children

Try this creative art form used for stress reduction, and to help develop dexterity in children.

 

How to Age Paper for KidsAging paper is a terrific homeschool trick – useful for all sorts of crafts projects.

How to Age Paper – Making Paper Look Old

How to Make Pop Up BooksPop Up Books are fun for all ages. And easy to make!

How to make Pop Up Books

Educational ScrapbookNot photo memory books, but old-fashioned cutting and pasting.

Educational Scrapbooks

Nature Art for KidsUse natural materials to make art! This project is great to try on a nature walk or at the beach.

Nature Art for Kids

Home Schooling Science - Nature TreeBring the seasons into your home. This tree decorating activity brings natural balance.

The Tree Project

Group Art Projects Looking for something collaborative for a homeschool group? Or a longer term project that you can work on piece by piece?

These ideas will work for for several children working together. Or make an ideal longer-term family project.

Group Art Projects

 

 

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Countries that have made HOME SCHOOLING “illegal schooling”


Which countries have banned home schooling?

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Homeschooling is legal in many countries. Countries with the most prevalent home education movements include Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Some countries have highly regulated home education programs as an extension of the compulsory school system; others, such as Germany,[1] have outlawed it entirely. Brazil has a law project in process. In other countries, while not restricted by law, homeschooling is not socially acceptable or considered undesirable and is virtually non-existent.

Most homeschoolers know that Germany has banned homeschooling, but many people do not realize how many other countries have made home education illegal. Indeed, twenty-eight countries have explicitly banned homeschooling and nine more have made it nearly impossible to practice.

In fact, Germany is actually more tolerant of homeschooling than many other countries, since it allows exceptions to its no-homeschooling rule in cases where “continued school attendance would create undue hardship for an individual child.” More than two dozen countries have outlawed homeschooling for any reason.

Thirty countries have laws that allow for home education, though they are often restrictive. Other countries officially ban homeschooling but rarely prosecute, and others do not address homeschooling at all in their laws.

Curious what the homeschooling laws are around the world? Here are the current lists of countries that have outlawed homeschooling and those that have passed laws that make it virtually impossible, along with those who legally allow homeschooling for their citizens.

The following countries have explicitly forbidden homeschooling in their national laws with no exceptions:

  • Albania
  • Andorra
  • Armenia
  • Azerbaijan

  • Belarus
  • Bosnia and Herz
  • Brazil
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • El Salvador
  • Georgia
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Guatemala
  • Kazakhstan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Macedonia
  • Malta
  • Moldova
  • Montenegro
  • San Marino
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turkey

The following countries allow very limited homeschooling, with severe restrictions:

  • Bulgaria (illegal except for children with special needs, and then under strict government control)
  • Estonia (allowed in “exceptional cases”)
  • Germany (the only exception being where continued school attendance would create undue hardship for an individual child)
  • Iceland (only if the homeschooling parents have teaching certificates)

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  • Luxembourg (legal only for primary school age)
  • Netherlands (only legal if parents cannot find a school fitting their beliefs in their area)
  • Romania (only when children are disabled or have special needs, and then under the supervision of an accredited teacher)
  • Slovak Republic (only by an accredited tutor and only to grade 4)
  • Sweden (illegal except under exceptional circumstances but these are virtually never approved; the government has threatened, fined and removed children from homeschooling parents)

The following countries have declared that homeschooling is legal; at least temporarily. There may be severe oversights and restrictions.

  • Australia
  • Austria (instruction must be equal to that of the state school)
  • Belgium (with testing at 8, 10, 12 and 14)
  • Canada (each province and territory has its own policies, with varying levels of regulation)
  • Colombia (regulated by Ministry of Education, students must pass tests to be admitted to college)
  • Czech Republic (currently allowed with restrictions as part of an experiment, up to 9th grade)
  • Denmark
  • Finland (written and oral examinations to check on progress are mandatory)
  • France (with mandatory inspections)
  • Honduras
  • Hungary (every homeschooled child must be supervised by an authorized school and pass annual exams)
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Kenya (though homeschooling is now in jeopardy)
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Peru (prior registration with the Ministerio de Educación is required)
  • Poland (must be supervised by an authorized school and pass annual exams)
  • Portugal
  • Russia (students are attached to local schools and must pass periodic appraisals of their work)
  • Slovenia (students must “enroll” in local schools and pass annual tests in various subjects)
  • South Africa (though many parents do not register because of legalities)
  • Surinam
  • Switzerland (legal in most but not all cantons, some are quite restrictive)
  • Taiwan
  • Ukraine
  • United Kingdom
  • United States (various restrictions and regulations apply, varying by state)

Some countries do not address homeschooling at all in their laws or have very ambiguous laws. Some examples of these are:

  • Japan (there are ambiguous laws, though more and more students are not in school)
  • Monaco (no known laws)
  • Spain (legal according to the constitution but illegal according to education law, currently considered illegal)
  • Ukraine (the law seems to support homeschooling but it is often disputed by local authorities)

Other countries have made homeschooling technically illegal but they do not typically prosecute. Examples of these are:

  • China (homeschooling is illegal for national citizens but schools are not always free and the large numbers of migrant workers mean that school attendance is almost never checked)
  • Hong Kong (it is officially illegal but the government does not typically issue a school attendance order)

It is important to note that most countries’ home education laws only apply to their citizens. Therefore, military families and foreign visitors are not typically obligated to follow local education laws.

 Read more on home schooling from WIKIPEDIA HOME SCHOOLING

The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling


The Pros and Cons of Homeschooling

Introduction

Making the decision to home school is often a difficult process, but that process is worth it. You definitely wouldn’t want to home school if it’s not right for you; and you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on homeschooling if it is right for you.

So do your home school pros and cons research carefully and take the time you need to make an informed decision.

Homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. There are about two million children currently learning at home. Homeschooled kids do well on standardized tests, are welcome at colleges and universities, and as adults, have a reputation for being self-directed learners and reliable employees.

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To help other parents who are considering homeschooling, here is a new list of pros and cons

Pros

Educational Freedom. Most homeschooled students have the choice to study and learn what they want, when they want, for as long as they want. This is not to say that all the basics (and more!) aren’t covered. But those basics may be covered at age six for one child, and at age ten for another, depending on ability, maturity, and interest levels.

Physical Freedom. After the initial shock of leaving the school system has passed, parents who home school say they experience a real sense of freedom. With their lives no longer revolving around school hours, homework, and the school calendar, these families plan off-season vacations, visit parks and museums during the week, and live their lives according to what works for them.

Emotional Freedom. Sadly, peer pressure, competition, boredom, and bullies — are all part of a typical school day. This can be a particular problem for girls. According to studies, self-esteem plummets in middle-school girls. However, similar studies of homeschooled girls have shown that self-esteem remains intact and that these girls continue to thrive. (Read A Sense of Self: Listening to Homeschooled Adolescent Girls by Susannah Sheffer.) Homeschooled kids can dress and act and think the way they want, without fear of ridicule or a need to “fit in.” They live in the real world, where lives aren’t dictated by adolescent trends and dangerous experimentation.

Religious Freedom. Many families feel their religious and spiritual beliefs are an important part of who they are. Homeschooling provides the opportunity for parents to incorporate their beliefs into their daily lives.

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Closer Family Relationships. Just about every family stressed the important role that homeschooling played in helping them find time to foster loving ties between all family members. Teens seem to benefit enormously from this interaction, and rebellious, destructive behavior often begins to diminish soon after homeschooling begins.

Stability During Difficult Times. Whether there’s a new baby, an illness, a death in the family, or another obstacle or transition, homeschooling helps families cope during challenging periods. Dauri, who homeschools her three boys, described how homeschooling helped her family adjust to a move from Europe back to the US, followed by another move across the country: “It was a great comfort that we homeschooled throughout the moves. It was a stabilizing factor in our otherwise mixed-up lives.”

Well-Rested Kids. As more and more studies are illustrating, sleep is vital to the emotional and physical well-being of kids, especially teens and preteens. The effects of early morning classes can be devastating to many children, especially those who are not morning people. After realizing that lack of sleep and hours of busy work often left her boy in a zombie-like stupor, Haya has decided to try homeschooling: “My oldest (age 13), is up at 6:30 in order to catch the bus at 7:15 and start school at 7:30. He comes home at 3:00 and does homework — sometimes until midnight. He’s often exhausted. I’m hoping that when we home school next year, the dark circles under his eyes will disappear and his real personality will emerge again.”

No Busywork. Homeschooled children can accomplish in a few hours what takes a typical classroom a week or more to cover. In a recent interview, John Taylor Gatto, New York City Teacher of the Year and a 26-year teaching veteran, said that in many classrooms less than one hour out of each school day is spent on task” learning. No wonder these kids have so much homework. And that brings us to a major “pro” of homeschooling: No more homework!

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Cons

Financial Restraints.

For married parents, one partner often forgoes full-time employment out of the home in order to home school. This can be a big sacrifice for families who are struggling to balance their budget. Surprisingly, most homeschooling families believe that the brief loss of income is well worth the satisfaction of watching their kids grow and learn in freedom.

Being with Your Kids 24/7.

There’s no denying it — if you choose to home school, you’re going to be with your kids most of the time. If you don’t enjoy being together, then homeschooling is not for you. While it can sometimes be difficult, most home school parents view their daily interactions with their kids — the ups as well as the downs — as opportunities for personal and familial growth.

Limited Team Sports.

While community sports activities fill the void for younger kids, teens often find limited opportunities to join sports teams, especially competitive ones. Depending on where you live, homeschoolers may or may not be welcome to participate on teams with their public-schooled peers. Several parents did mention that a few families overcame this problem by creating their own teams.

Living Outside the Norm.

Like any activity that challenges mainstream thinking, homeschooling may be seen as an oddity at best, or even as a threat to those who are unable to accept ordinary parents succeeding where trained professionals often fail. My family has developed a bit of a tough exterior over the years, but negative comments and criticisms still filter in occasionally. If you are unable to live “outside of the box,” then homeschooling is not for you

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