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A Healthy Breakfast and Student Academics

Most of us know that as someone who has been in education for many years, I have observed that many students skip breakfast and the result is they perform under where they should be. Pediatricians will often explain the importance of nutrition and breakfast during the annual physical. There are FDA posters in most schools with the food pyramid or MyPlate to promote healthier eating. Teachers will remind their students to eat a good breakfast before a test, and the coaches will do the same to make sure their athletes perform at their peak. For these reasons, many schools have added breakfast programs to boost student test scores and academic performance. So, why are so many students still not eating breakfast? In the hustle and bustle of our busy lives, we may notice our children are not motivated or lack energy. They have more on their plate with activities than previous generations. If your family is in that place, perhaps take a look at your breakfast routine. Many studies over several years found the importance of eating right and having a balanced breakfast to start the day; this is a simple problem that has a simple solution. So much clutter will get in the way of breakfast, such as waking up late and rushing off to school. We must reorganize our morning, so our children eat better; so they are more productive throughout the day and especially in school. Significant research tells us that skipping breakfast will impair our child to learn and grow. The Food Research & Action Center compiled a list of over seventy studies that showed a significant link between breakfast and school performance. When students skip breakfast, they will experience hunger. They will not get the vital nutrition their body and mind need to function effectively. Also, they found that when students are not eating in the morning their ability to do good work in school is significantly impaired.
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Socialization

Every Homeschooler Needs a Tribe

Homeschool Families Need a Tribe  “We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow man.” -Herman Melville Back in the 50s when my mother was a young girl, she grew up in a neighborhood where it was rare to own a second car. Most of the families in her community were housebound as the breadwinner of the family took the car to work each day. My mom loves to share stories of her childhood. Each day at 5 pm, all the neighborhood families would gather under my grandmother’s large oak tree, coming outside to beat the heat and share life. Children would run around and play, and parents would gather on blankets and talk. The community built, connections made, and everyone felt they belonged. In today’s world, our culture has drastically changed. Modern conveniences have created a society where independence is valued, and a sense of community has waned. Because of this, many people live a life with a nagging feeling of loneliness, a desire to connect with others, but the uncertainty of how. As homeschoolers, there is a myriad of opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities, but in an endless sea of ever-changing names and faces, we can sometimes feel lost, without an anchor to a real sense of community and belonging. Here at Method, we know how important it is to belong, to be a part of a whole. That’s why we have created continual opportunities to connect within our Method family. We have so many amazing people within our school, and we want you to get to know one another, to establish friendships, to cultivate a sense of belonging and community together.
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how to study

5 Tips to Note Taking

What is the most effective way to take notes? Taking notes is not an easy task for most students. Most will not want to do it while others will struggle as they stare at a blank piece of paper not. At the same time, research tells us that when we write something down, we will remember it better. Here are some of the best concepts that have worked for me and my students over the years, and that can help you be better to note takers. 
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Independent Study

5 Tips for Successful Independent Study

5 Tips for Successful Independent Study  When you join the wondrous world of a quality virtual charter school, you have plenty to gain; a better education as well as the flexibility to have fun and be successful. You will find it engaging for your child, the one who get easily bored at school. For gifted learners, they will be better challenged; with those who struggle, they can move at their own pace. The “wondrous” part is that you gain flexibility and better student engagement. As with any great undertaking, there are tips that will make your child’s academic life more manageable and even easier. Here are our top five:
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community service

20 Opportunities to Give During the Holidays

 
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virtual school

My Homeschool Journey

My Homeschool Journey My journey to homeschool was an experience. The idea of homeschooling was not an easy decision. At first, I did not want to do this. I feared it would take away from my work, my time and the push-back I would receive from my family. Once I pulled the trigger and decided to go for it, it was a smoother transition than I thought it would be and my fears did not come true. Yes, there is push-back; nonetheless, he is my son, and I am responsible for finding the very best educational journey that we can have him in. My son had a great time and did well in pre K - first grade. He is bright, curious and very energetic but when second grade came, he hit a wall. He would not engage in class, nor do his work. The teacher wanted to have him medicated and retained. My wife and I didn't appreciate the suggestions. We were told to have him tested, so we did. It turns out, he is brilliant, but also had autism and ADHD as well as some learning differences. So we found him the professional help and did our best for him to succeed in a traditional school setting; however, this did not go well. Second grade was him rolling around in the back of the classroom with a teacher who could not handle him, so we had to pull him and continue our journey. We tried the public-school system, knowing the services he would need to help him were there. With an excellent teacher, she had over thirty-five students, many of them with special needs and no aids or ‘pull-outs’ for individualized instruction. We were told the school would not assess or provide any extra services until he is two years behind. Bullying from students and the marginalizing from school officials began. I was shocked and angered how bad things were. We attained an attorney, fought for our rights, joined a parent’s action group and so forth. The private school failed him, the public school failed him, and we had to face with only one solution that I knew could work. Homeschooling was our solution. I previously worked as a youth director and was in charge of a large homeschool group, and I knew it was a lot of work but worth it. I did not want to be the one to teach my son, so I looked into all the private schools and new charter schools. We started with a Cava K-12 school, and while the system and program were right, we could only meet with a teacher for a few minutes every couple weeks. There were no activities we could go to so there was no social aspect, and my son needed more. The private ones were too invasive with time and overwhelming. We finally found a charter school that had excellent teachers who did the instruction with a curriculum that was easy to follow. The school included individualized instruction, events, and hands-on classes. My son is now apart of a Robotics league that competes with other schools. So, the last four years of my son’s education have been phenomenal. He even caught up in his first year. I only wish I found the perfect fit a few years earlier. I have seen so many students flourish with an online homeschool that offers so much more than a personalized curriculum and I hope you can find that too. 
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virtual school

Finding a School That Works

 
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virtual school

What is a Virtual School?

 
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Method Schools

Home School Might Not Be What You Think

 
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