Finding a host family to stay with when studying a foreign language abroad can be an extremely daunting and overwhelming task for most people. Students and parents must work together very closely to find the perfect host family who will enhance the learning experience and provide a healthy, supportive and family atmosphere for students of a different nationality. Staying with a host family in England for example, is an exciting and exhilarating prospect for any student. However, the host family selection process must be well researched and be as thorough as possible. There are many questions to ask and to be answered, and safety, health and dietary aspects should also be considered seriously. The choice of agent or representative from where to source your ideal host family is another important consideration. Planning ahead is vital in order to have the time to receive satisfactory answers to your questions. Can the host family provide the home from home support a student needs when studying?
Can the student keep in contact with his/her family via the internet and mobile phone? Take into account that staying in contact by phone or Skype might prove to be a little difficult due to time differences. If you are a student from South East Asia and living and studying in England, there is a six or seven hour difference in the time which could pose some problems. A pre-arranged call at weekends is the best way to handle this and by sending emails and posting messages via Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites, regular communication should be maintained at all times. Living with a host family is a positive study option that every English language student should consider. Mixing with native speakers who speak only English will result in a definite improvement in every student’s language skills and the confidence gained from staying with a host family will be reflected in future English language study grades and achievements. Alex Logan has many years experience running English language courses in the UK for overseas foreign students. Alex has taught many ages & nationalities. FREE eBook 50 Essential Tips BEFORE becoming a Host Family.
They provided lots of useful tips and information about homeschooling regulations which helped me feel at ease. I also spoke to Kalyra’s school principal. He assured me that if we came back to Australia, the schools are required by law to take the kids regardless of where they have been previously. If we’ve been residents of another country, then it won’t matter at all. It’s not something they’ll actually chase up. But, he emphasized to me several times the importance of keeping them up to grade level and check off the curriculum objectives, so they don’t fall behind. I assured him I’d take care of it. What about registering for homeschooling in the USA? I will register them as homeschoolers when we get to the US. From my research, registering for homeschooling in the USA could be an easy process. Each state has different rules and regulations when it comes to registering for homeschooling. Ensure you do your due diligence as there may be documentation requirements.
North Carolina is where we will probably end up living, so I’m considering registering for homeschooling in North Carolina there to keep it neat and tidy. I have learned that Florida and Texas are the best and easiest states to register for homeschooling. They are the less rigid and strict, so that may be the best option considering our nomadic lifestyle. It does mean we have to set up a domicile in either of those states, which seems relatively easy to do. Texas and Florida are also best for car registration, and with Orlando, you can get local prices for the theme parks if you have a domicile there. So this is also an attractive option. I’m going to do a little more research before I decide. Here’s a great resource to help you know how to register for a domicile. I also found that when it comes time to register the girl’s back into school in the US, they will have to take a placement test to ensure they are on grade level. So if I make sure I keep them on grade level and keep documentation of their work, we should be okay.
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More about that below. The last thing I want is for my girls to return back to school and be behind. I don’t want to disadvantage them in that way and make things difficult for their teachers when they go back to school. I have a lot of experience teaching grade four and five. Kalyra is in grade four, so I am quite in tune with the learning outcomes at this stage. However, I will be keeping an eye on curriculum outcomes for both Australia and the US to ensure that I cover them in case we settle in either country. I don’t want to do the full unschooling thing. I’m not saying unschooling is a wrong approach – I think it’s great. But, since homeschooling on the road is not going to be a lifetime thing for us, I feel keeping them up to grade level is important. We’ll be mixing a bit of unschooling and world schooling with homeschooling.
Roadschooling Makepeace style is what it’s going to be! It’s taken me awhile to research, test the best homeschooling resources and to formulate a homeschooling plan. I’m happy with how the roadschooling is working out and so are the girls. I’m glad I had the space before going to the US to figure it out and find the groove with our homeschool routine. Our travel and life experiences (i.e. unschooling) will check off most of the above boxes. This reduces the amount of time to teach formalized lessons they really have no interest in. I want them to be engaged, active learners in relevant, real-to-life experiences. You know that’s how you absorb lessons and grow best yourself. What are our higher order thinking skills? Bloom’s Taxonomy gives a framework for teaching thinking and is kinda the Bible that helps teachers plan lessons. Bloom’s aim was to promote higher forms of thinking in education, such as analysing and evaluating, rather than just teaching students to remember facts (rote learning).
All three domains are essential for developing a well-rounded person – someone who thrives in life. Travel and life experiences more than covers each of the three areas. Schooling focuses more on the cognitive domain. The abilities and skills in the cognitive domain listed below start from the simple to the more complex. It’s generally accepted that you master each behavior before moving onto the next, but I don’t see it as always being so linear. Knowledge – recall of data or information. Comprehension – understanding what you are learning. Application – use a concept in a new situation. Analysis – breaking down concepts into parts and determining how they relate and to better understand it. Synthesis – building or creation/ combining ideas to form a new whole. Evaluation – making judgements about the value of ideas or materials. As you can see the higher order thinking skills help children learn how to solve problems, think for themselves, find connections and relevance, create and be able to reframe, refine, and evaluate. You can read more here on Bloom’s Taxonomy and how you can apply it to learning.