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February 4, 2013

CurrClick Weekly News: Setting Up A Student Directed Program For All Subjects, amazing freebies also

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I thought it would be fitting to mark down 50% on all my products in keeping with this Chinese Unit Study and Activity Pack you get as a FREEBIE, for free, nothing gratis, as this week’s awesome download. And feel free to share this information.

So I am sharing the majority of their newsletter and hope you will take advantage of some of the amazing products Currclick Publishers have created for you, the homeschool family.

Our link for 50% off of everything this week can be found here

Snagged and sharing

From: CurrClick Newsletter
Date: 04 February 2013 10:26:07 PM SAST
Subject: CurrClick Weekly News: Setting Up A Student Directed Program For All Subjects

Curriculum and Classes in a Click!

CurrClick Weekly Newsletter

Free Product of the Week

Free weekly productChinese New Year Comprehensive Unit Study and Activity Pack
by St Aiden’s Homeschool

This Chinese New Year Activity Pack and Comprehensive Unit Study comprises a unit study in simple English, that is suitable to almost any homeschool setting, and can be adapted for learners from around grade 2, but created specifically for grades 3/4 upwards.

It covers the basic history, meaning and origins of the Chinese New Year holiday. Original coloring pages and mazes have been included for younger chldren. These images were created by myself from sourced photographs and clipart, and so won’t be found anywhere else.

Activities include:

Chinese New Year’s Eve Text and Comprehension

Chinese New Year Text and Comprehension

Chinese New Year’s Day Text and Comprehension

Modern New Year Celebrations

Historical Dates for the New Year

Coloring Pages and for Little Folks

Worksheets and Activities for Elementary Learners

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Setting Up A Student Directed Program For All Subjects

Why should you encourage student directed learning? The main reason is it enables a child to be an active participant in their learning process instead of dependent on being told when and what they should do and learn. A student directed program empowers students to become independent learners, which translates directly into becoming independent, self directed and responsible adults.

How to begin:
1. Relinquish control of when, where and how the students do their assignments because it makes them dependent.

2. Look upon the job of teaching students as one where you motivate and facilitate by gathering challenging material and being there if they ask for guidance.

3. Allow students to do their assignments in their own learning style. For example:

a. Some students procrastinate and put off their assignments until the very last minute.
b. Some like to budget their time by using an assignment sheet and figuring out what they will do and when.
c. Some like to do the hard assignments first and save the easy for last.
d. Some like to do the easy assignments first and save the hard for last.
e. Some like to do it all on the first day and spend the rest of the week doing exactly what they want, within the parental guidelines.

4. Provide a comfortable learning environment, which allows for appropriate music and a snack, but don’t be surprised if the student chooses some other place because they feel comfortable there and it is conducive to learning for them. The goal is to get the assignments completed in the time specified.

Setting up your program:
1. Give students a weekly calendar, date book or scheduling sheet so they can allocate when they will be working on their weekly assignments.

2. On Monday:

a. Provide your student/students with a folder that contains all of their assignments for the week. It should include any books, workbooks and worksheets; all instructions with due dates and any rubrics and scoring guides that go with the assignments.
b. Teach any new skills that are being introduced, so student will be well prepared to do the lessons and assignments.
c. Go over all instructions including:

• Due dates so there will be no misunderstanding on when you expect them to turn in their papers.
• Rubrics that help students accomplish the lessons.
• Scoring guides that let students know what the expectations are and how they will be evaluated

d. Explain the consequence if they do not get their assignments in on the specified date. This is HUGE! They must know what will happen if they do not schedule their work correctly or if they procrastinate and don’t get it finished at all. Here is a suggested consequence that works because the student chooses how long it will last, which is huge. Make sure they understand that they are in control of the duration and not you, the parent. The student will have no one to blame but themselves if the choose to spend the entire weekend doing the late or unfinished assignments.

• Set up a special area with a desk or table, a chair and any materials the child might need to do the assignments such as a computer, pencils, pens, paper, dictionary, thesaurus, etc.
• Inform the student that this special area will be where they will reside until their assignments are finished. Meaning they may only go to the bathroom, eat at the desk and sleep in their bed until any and all late papers and assignments are finished correctly and to the very best of their ability. Sloppy work will not be accepted.
• Do not allow the student to play any electronic games, read for pleasure, play with friends, socialize on the phone by talking or texting, go to the movies, or any other activity other than finishing their assignments. (Do not stop doing activities that must be done as a family like shopping for food, going to church, etc., but bring th! e child back to the study areas as soon as you return. The movies, or fun shopping sprees and activities should be postponed until the assignments are finished.)
• Initially students may deliberately choose to not complete any or all of the assignments according to the weekly plan. If this happens, the expectation can and should be that they have to spend their free time making up for not budgeting their time wisely by completing all unfinished assignments in the designated area. It only takes a few lost hours of a weekend and having fun with friends and family to cure the problem.

3. Now step back and allow student/students to work on their assignments for the week. Keep in mind that it may take some time before being a self-directed learner really becomes fully realized, but it is certainly worth the effort for the future of the child.

My book The Book On How To Really Teach Writing has the scheduling guides, rubrics, and scoring guides for setting up an individualized student directed program. It will also show you how to teach all types of writing, offers wonderful writing prompts and even includes a poetry unit.

Razzle DazzleJudith spent ten ! years teaching elementary school, grades K, 1st, 4th, 5th, 6th and twenty years teaching middle school language arts/social studies in the 6th, 7th, 8th grades. She taught in New Mexico, Texas, and Alaska, She is currently helping homeschool her two granddaughters by helping set up their program and providing them with all of their language arts lessons.

All of the lessons she’s developed promote independent student directed learning. Her writing and language arts curriculum relieves the stress of teaching by greatly reducing grading and paperwork time, and makes learning more productive and less stressful for students. Parents are constantly giving positive feedback on the way the lessons take the paperwork out of teaching, and how much the students like being independent learners because they feel empowered. She is currently working on a social studies program that will teach American history.

Judith writes and self publishes all of the materials offe! red on her web site. Her titles are also offer at

She has six beautiful grandchildren that fill her life up to the brim.


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