Thursday, April 16, 2009

Meet Carol Barnier

I'm live blogging the Midwest Convention and the first workshop I attended was by Carol Barnier, "Help! I Fell Off My Lesson Plan!

Barnier's main point was that life happens and we must decide what we are going to do about?

Her answer is that homeschooling is incredibly efficient and forgiving even when life tosses us into unexpected situations. And for those who've homeschooled for a while, they'll know how true that statement really is.

Some of her tips for surviving and thriving include:

1. Put catch up days in the lesson plan.
2. Reassess "the list" and what is essential and what is too much.
3. Focus on the core of learning which is the 3R's.
4. Put the "home" back in homeschooling.

Her strongest point was that if the day has totally gone away done get frustrated, use it as an opportunity to reconnect with your children and find out what they're thinking about life. And those days are never wasted.

Barnier is the author of the book, How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning and her newest book, The Big WHAT NOW Book of Learning Styles.

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