I’m now offering fully customizable homeschooling! Middle School through High Scool.
I’ve done this in the past on a smaller scale, but now I’d like to open the doors a little wider!
How homeschooling works…
If you’d like one on one teaching, that will be like booking tutoring with me; however, there are differences in how I approach things here. We would talk further about creating a custom lesson plan for your son or daughter. Fill out the form below, and we can start with a phone call to understand what you’re looking for and how I can help.
With classes, I can reach more students and you all save a lot of money! All you need to do is fill out the form below and I will let you know where things stand. If there is enough demand (minimum of three students) we can start putting the class together. If you help to put a class together, you can expect further discounts or a minimum of a “finders fee.” The more students there are, the better the rate I can offer for everyone, but I would still like to keep class sizes at 10 or under to ensure focused attention and flexibility. Otherwise… what’s the point of homeschooling?!
All classes will meet 2-3 times per week depending on class size, and curriculum in general. Classes will be 45-minutes to 1-hour.
I will be gearing the classes to be as flexible as possible, so students who need room to expand and go ahead, can; and, students who need time to slow down and understand, can do so as well. I’m a big believer in: “everyone is capable but at their own speed.”
MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH
CREATIVE (Stories, Poetry, Scripting)
ESSAYS (Arguments, Research, etc.)
(note: all subjects I teach will emphasize problem-solving, and independent thinking at the core)
THE CHOICE IS YOURS
For example: ALGEBRA I
I would follow the standard curriculum of NYS for instance, or Common Core, hitting all the topics and concepts required in ALGEBRA I.
We still get some flexibility though. If the situation calls for it, if I feel it is best, I can switch the order of topics in the curriculum. We can go slower over some topics, and faster over others.
For example: LEVELS OF MATH
I design a curriculum based on levels. This would be similar to a “belt system” in martial arts. The first level is our basics, and builds a foundation. Students move to the next level when they are ready.
Our second level expands on the first and so on. We introduce new skills at each level, as well as new concepts and theories. This has increased flexibility, as parents may contribute to topics they’d like to see covered… as well as students!
This can be applied to all subjects.
For example: MATH of FLIGHT
If you’ve never heard of the “unschooling” movement, this might sound crazy at first!
It’s not. It’s a type of homeschooling that puts more control in the hands of the student. We learn math based on their current interests, as needed, and as desired. If they’re into planes and flight, I’ll teach them math and science principles that revolve around this.
I act as a guide as well as a teacher here. Guiding students towards experimenting with their interests, and providing pathways for further exploration and growth.
Main Teaching Principles:
Problem-solving and critical thinking are number one.
I already mentioned this as an important part of anything I teach. It doesn’t matter if we’re working out a math problem, or outlining a creative short story… the principles are the same. Can you think for yourself? Can you find a path to a solution? Being a thinker is how students become great at math, science, writing, music, and so on. I will teach this principle within everything.
Actual Standards will be met.
I understand the world we live in and the standards that students have to meet in terms of standardized tests, and final exams. We’ll discuss these, and I’ll ensure that students hit them.
Testing is a tool, not the goal, and will be used as such.
Testing is supposed to be utilized to showcase when one is ready for the next level. That’s how I’ll use it. All students will not be moved to the next level until they’re ready. Also, most topics will have levels to them. Example: for solving quadratic equations, there are five levels with each situation getting more complex (involving more steps). Students will start at level one and progress to level five at their own pace, and of course with my help.
This doesn’t mean students will fall behind. Studies have shown that if students are given the time to go slower, allowed to master each topic before moving to the next step, they end up progressing faster and further as time goes on. It’s like learning to walk… don’t expect a toddler to start sprinting until they’ve mastered a few steps first ; )
There’s a lot to discuss, and the best way forward from here is for us to connect, talk on the phone, and ask some questions. If you’d prefer, simply send me a text message here: 631-664-8063 and we’ll get the conversation started that way!