Homeschooling

August brings with it thoughts of going back to school after a long, hot summer, so this edition of Sunday School with Universal Class will contain examples of classes to help families with homeschooling. Classes available through Universal Class are free to patrons who hold Beauregard Parish library cards.

Here are some sample courses you might consider taking, but there are many others available. The descriptions are shortened, but there is more detail at Universal Class.

How to Teach Reading Fundamentals
"Reading is the process of absorbing the written word. Whether in English or another language, reading is an essential part of communication between human beings. Reading comprehension is the ability to process, think through and connect ideas that are expressed on paper. Understanding the difficulties that may face many students, as focused on helping students gain the most from their reading experiences, this reading basics course is designed to encourage students to excel in their reading adventures and endeavors."
[12 lessons]
Child Psychology 101
"This course introduces the methods, theories and main concepts used by psychologists to develop a real insight into the world of children. This course is for all those who want to find out what psychology can tell us about the nature and development of children. This study is intended for students of psychology , those training to work with children in a variety of professional roles, or anyone just interested in understanding how children develop."
[11 lessons]
Learning Disabilities 101
"Learning disabilities affect thousands of students (and adult non-students) from all areas of life. In this course, adults as well as students, parents, relatives and teachers will learn the basics regarding the identification and characteristics of different learning disabilities, and which types are most commonly diagnosed. While this course is not intended to provide an in-depth view of learning disabilities, students will learn the basics regarding causes of learning disabilities, and how they're diagnosed and classified."
[11 lessons]
First Grade Curriculum 101
"The view of schooling is no longer the textbook-based, one-sided lecture method of the 19th and even 20th Centuries. Education theory has shifted dramatically in recent decades. The passive learning styles of our past are now understood to be inferior methods of teaching that ignore the learning needs of children. For each subject, the course summarizes basic curriculum elements for first grade. Each lesson includes suggested age-appropriate activities to reinforce the lesson topics. Each lesson also includes teaching tips from experts on how to engage students in learning."
[10 lessons]
Second Grade Curriculum 101
"In recent decades there has been some general agreement on the kinds of information students in different years and different subjects should be learning. Various professional teaching organizations have worked to knit together some guidelines on curriculum substance. Forty-eight states have signed onto the concept of core standards. This course builds from those suggested national standards in eight subject areas: Reading, Writing, Math, Science, Social Studies, Art, Music and Movement, and Creative Dramatics. For each subject, the course summarizes basic curriculum elements for second grade. Each lesson includes suggested age-appropriate activities to reinforce the lesson topics. Each lesson also includes teaching tips from experts on how to engage students in learning."
[10 lessons]

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