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At New Mexico Homeschool, education takes on a student centered approach. Every child is unique and has a unique way of learning. We are all homeschooling parents/educators and have found the fact recall method doesn't always suit the needs of every child.  We use a 21st century learning design, along with key elements and values we want to integrate into what we are teaching our children. We want to make sure they are not only receiving the best education, but they are receiving an education they can carry with them into their next stages of life and become successful assets to our global community.

Our students receive so much more than an ordinary education. We pride ourselves on creating a unique, exciting environment that embraces all types of learners and promotes growth both academically and personally.  We welcome not only the students but the parents and family as well. Inclusion is so important to a child's over all emotional well being.

We offer programs to help our parents harness in the ability to  educate along with tools that allow us to create the best learning environment possible.  

 

Interested in learning more about New Mexico Homeschool? We invite you to keep exploring our website, and get in touch with questions about our values, academics, community and more. Join us today!

Our Philosophy

At New Mexico Homeschool, we understand that each of our children have individual wants and needs and that learning can only be fostered from a feeling of mutual respect and compassion. We maintain those values in everything we do. The 21st century demands change and no longer should students be the receiver of an education created by adults, we want our education to be redesigned to allow for a much greater focus on what and how the students are wanting to learn and base our teaching methods on the needs and strengths of each student.

We are committed to creating an educational atmosphere that keeps our children engaged and makes school time an exciting experience, each and every day.

We want our children to understand everyone is unique and has a place in this world. 

We are creating a pedagogy of inclusive teaching and learning practices that are project and competency-based; this requires our children to own their learning. These methods are intended to empower students to tackle challenges and take on experiences that may be new to them, while keeping learning fun and dynamic.

 

Keep exploring our site to learn more about our academics, staff and resources.

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STUDENT LIFE

Student life in our learning community puts our students in the center of their learning. They are the designers and masters of their education, which in turn makes them the owners of their future. As parent/educators, we simply help to mediate the process.  Inclusiveness is one of the core principals that NM Homeschool has been built upon, this is inclusion of both students and parents as educators.

 

It is important to develop a sense of community where a child feels a sense of belonging because it is in these environments their creativity can shine and learning is no longer a chore but a fun activity. We offer several classes that are program structured for students to complete at their own pace but the core curriculum we teach our children is developed by learning the different types of learning and what is best for each child.

Participation is Easy

We are a homeschooling co-op which means we are a group of families who meet together and work cooperatively to achieve common goals. ... All of our activities and classes are led by parents.

The Covid 19 pandemic ushered in a new era for all education establishments. We were forced to become familiar with the "Virtual Classroom" but we worked together and the kids adapted well. Reach out and ask how we did this. 

We take inclusion and innovation extremely seriously here and integrate these two concepts in everything we do. We offer our homeschooling parents, "Parents as Educator" course led by a certified Microsoft professional in order to unlock your technological potential.

What are the benefits of choosing a co-op??

A homeschool co-op can help both parents and students alike. They can help expand ​the knowledge base of an individual homeschool parent, allow parents to share their expertise with others, and provide student opportunities that would be difficult to achieve outside a group setting.

1. Promote Group Learning

A homeschool co-op provides an opportunity for homeschooled children to experience learning in a group atmosphere. Young students learn skills such as raising their hands to speak, taking turns, and waiting in lines. Older students learn more advanced group skills, such as collaborating with others on projects, class participation, and public speaking. Children of all ages learn to take instruction from someone other than a parent and to respect teachers and fellow students.

A homeschool co-op can also make what might be a boring class at home alone a much more enjoyable endeavor. It’s a relief for students not to be the one expected to give all the answers. It's also a learning experience for them to get other students' input and perspective.

2. Opportunities to Socialize

Homeschool co-ops provide socialization opportunities for both the parent and the student. Meeting on a weekly basis provides students with the opportunity to forge friendships.

Unfortunately, students may also discover that a co-op presents the opportunity to learn to deal with peer pressure, bullies, and uncooperative students. However, even this downside can lead to valuable lessons that will help kids develop the skills they need to deal with future school and workplace situations.

A regular co-op schedule also allows moms and dads to meet other homeschooling parents. They can encourage one another, ask questions, or share ideas.

3. Shared Expenses and Equipment

Some subjects require equipment or supplies that can be expensive for a single family to purchase, such as a microscope or quality lab equipment. A homeschool co-op allows for shared expenses and pooling of available resources.

If it is necessary to hire an instructor for classes that parents feel unqualified to teach, such as a foreign language or a high school level science course, the expense can be shared among participating families. This makes it possible for many parents to provide top-quality classes.

4. Some Classes Are Difficult to Teach at Home

For younger students, homeschool co-ops may offer enrichment classes or those that require more preparation and clean up than everyday studies. These courses may include science, cooking, music, art, or unit studies.

Homeschool co-op classes for older students often include lab sciences, such as biology or chemistry, advanced math, writing, or foreign language. There are often opportunities for students to take classes that function better with a group, such as drama, physical education, or orchestra.

5. Accountability

Because someone outside your immediate family is setting the schedule, a homeschool co-op can provide a level of accountability. This accountability makes co-op an excellent option for classes that may fall by the wayside at home.

Students learn to take deadlines seriously and stay on schedule. Even students who don’t mind telling a parent that they “forgot” their homework are usually much more reluctant to make such an admission when called on in a classroom setting.

While homeschool co-ops aren’t for everyone, many families find that sharing the load, even with only two or three other families, has benefits for everyone involved.

Edited by Kris Bales

Hernandez, Beverly. "5 Benefits of Joint Classes in Homeschool Co-Ops." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/homeschool-coops-benefits-of-joint-classes-1833641.

Parent Role in Education is Critical for Academic Success

Research confirms how critical their role in student success

 

By 

Melissa Kelly

Updated December 07, 2020

While parents have always had a role in their children’s education, there is a growing body of research that confirms their critical role in helping both teachers and students succeed academically.

Parental Engagement Starts Early

The parent-school relationship is one that should begin early, a fact recognized by both the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Education. In May 2016, these departments issued a joint Policy Statement called "Family Engagement from the Early Years to the Early Grades" to recognize the critical role of parents in promoting children’s success starting in early childhood systems and programs:

"Strong family engagement in early childhood systems and programs is central—not supplemental—to promoting children’s healthy intellectual, physical, and social-emotional development; preparing children for school; and supporting academic achievement in elementary school and beyond."

The policy statement reiterated the findings in an earlier report, "A New Wave of Evidence," from the Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002). This report remains the most comprehensive meta-analysis using 51 studies on parent engagement and student academic success. The report released the statement:

“When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.”

The reviewers considered backgrounds and income and included studies covering all grades, all regions of the country, diverse populations along with a variety of methods, both quantitative and qualitative. The conclusion reached was that that parent engagement led to:

  • Higher grades and test scores, and enrollment in higher-level programs

  • An increase in earned credits and promotions.

  • Improved attendance

  • Improved behavior and social skills

  • An increase in enrollment in postsecondary education

Increasing parent engagement to achieve these outcomes means schools are seeking ways to connect parents to school communities.

What Parents Think

A report commissioned by Learning Heroes and supported by the Carnegie Corporation called "Unleashing Their Power & Potential" details why communication can help.

The data for the report came from a survey that focused on the “perceptions of schools and the state and national assessment data.” More than 1,400 K–8 public school parents across the nation took part. The survey co-collaborators included Univision Communications, National PTA, National Urban League, and the United Negro College Fund.

The findings from "Unleashing Their Power & Potential" may hold one big surprise for educators; elementary school parents place more emphasis on their child’s happiness than academics. Putting happiness first, however, shifts in the middle school years as parents develop doubts about their children’s preparedness for postsecondary schools.

One primary area for concern in the survey found parents are confused about how to understand the different ways students are accessed:

“(M)ost of the communications parents receive—report cards, annual state test score reports, and curriculum summaries to name a few—are indecipherable and incomprehensible for most parents. About a quarter of parents are not aware of their child's annual state test scores.”

The authors of the report suggest there is a need for improved communications “that are responsive to parents' needs, interests, and concerns.” They note:

“Most parents rely on report card grades, quizzes, and communications with teachers to determine whether their child is achieving their grade level.”

They promote helping parents to understand the connection between these forms of assessment.

That sentiment was echoed by Claudia Barwell, director of learning, Suklaa, with her essay, "How Parents Can Change the Global Landscape of Education" in which she discusses the challenges in finding the right balance in communicating with parents. Her essay, written from a parent’s point of view, suggests that there are three fundamental areas for balance: the teacher’s relationship with parents, parents’ relationship with formal assessment, and the latent power of parents in co-designing schooling.

She suggests that schools survey parents and ask these key questions:

  • What values do you believe are essential for a developing child?

  • What part of the current curriculum is essential?

  • What should we be teaching that we are not?

  • What skills will they need for the future?

  • What role would you like to play in the education of your children?

Such questions can begin a dialogue and improve the conversations between parents and teachers and administrators. Barwell would also see value in seeing “links to brief teaching methods and a glossary of terms so that parents can support learning at home without being told we are ‘doing it wrong’ by our children.”

Barwell’s request for links illustrates an audience willing to use a growing number of technology tools designed for parents to understand how a school operates. There are also technology tools designed to help parents interact with the teachers and administrators.

How Parents Interact With Schools

If parents are looking for an explanation with details of what their child is expected to learn over the course of a week, month or year, there are multiple options schools may be using, from software platforms to mobile apps. 

For example, SeeSaw or ClassDojo, used in preschool and elementary grades, are software programs that can document and share information about student learning in real-time. For the upper elementary grades, middle and high school, the platform Edmodo allows parents to see assignments and class resources, while Google Classroom provides teachers a means to send assignments to students and send out parent/guardian updates. All of this software offers mobile apps as well. Video-conferencing programs such as Zoom and Google Meet allow for real-time interaction between students and teachers, or even students, teachers, and parents, in a virtual setting.

Because evaluation programs for teachers, support staff, and administrators include a parent communication/engagement goal, a need exists to measure communication and engagement, and these technology tools collect that data. For this reason, many schools districts encourage parents to sign up for the mobile app Remind. This app can be used by a teacher to send homework updates or by a school district to send general school updates through text messages.

Finally, most public schools now post student grades online through student-management software such as PowerSchool, BlackboardEngrade, LearnBoost, or ThinkWave. Teachers can post student performance ratings (grades) which let parents keep a watchful on student academic progress. Of course, the amount of information available through these kinds of technology can be a little overwhelming.

Technology tools designed to increase parent engagement are only effective if they are used by the parents. School districts need to consider how they will educate parents to use different technology tools to guide their decisions. But it is not only in the area of technology that parents need training. 

 

Research findings report that most parents do not understand educational policy at the local, state or federal level. To correct these gaps, the Every Students Succeed Act (ESSA), an educational reform plan that replaced the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) in 2015, places an emphasis on the importance of stakeholder engagement. There are mandates for community input; states must solicit and evaluate input from parents when developing strategic plans for schools.

Finally, while teachers need to keep parents “in the loop” they also need to respect the limited time today’s parents find themselves, stretched for time, energy, and resources.

Home and School Connection

Technology and legislation aside, there are other ways parents can be supportive of education in general, and they have been around almost as long as the institution of public education.

As early as 1910, a book on education by Chauncey P. Colegrove titled "The Teacher and the School" placed an emphasis on engaging parents. He advised teachers to “enlist the interest of parents and secure their co-operation by making them acquainted with what the schools are striving to accomplish.”

In his book, Colegrove asked, “Where there is no knowledge of each other, how can there be close sympathy and cooperation between parents and teacher?” He responded to this question by stating, “The surest way to win a parent's heart is to show an intelligent and sympathetic interest in the welfare of his children.”

Over 100 years after Colegrove published "The Teacher and the School," Secretary of Education (2009-2015) Arne Duncan added:

“We often talk about parents being partners in education. When we say that, we're usually talking about the healthy and productive relationships that can develop between the adults in a child's life at home and the adults who work with that child at school. I can't overstate how important this partnership is.”

Whether it is a handwritten note or a text message, the communication between teachers and parents is what develops the relationships described by Duncan. While a student’s education may take place within the walls of a building, the school’s connection to parents can extend those walls into the student’s home.  

Kelly, Melissa. "Parent Role in Education is Critical for Academic Success." ThoughtCo, Dec. 7, 2020, thoughtco.com/parent-role-in-education-7902.

What's The  Price

The price for our educational resources are currently dependent on the type of resource you would like to access. We are currently an HSDLA discount group and therefore offer our HSLDA members access to all resources for only $10 a month. Those who are not HSLDA members can access our resources, per class or packaged deals. Our goal is to not make money, our goal is make sure that families have good, quality resources for their homeschooling needs.  

I offer each course as a class for our cooperative members and also a shortened version directly from this website.  

 

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