Thursday, March 26, 2020

Homeschooling with Kelly Bates

Homeschooling tips from mother of 19 Kelly Bates
Homeschooling tips from mother of 19 Kelly Bates

"Remember that your attitude is going to set the atmosphere for your school room."
-Kelly Bates

The Bates have been homeschooling their children from day one, so they have a leg up on the rest of the world right now. The coronavirus pandemic has forced parents across the globe into homeschooling for the time being, and Kelly Bates has some words of wisdom (video below).


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Photo/video courtesy of UPtv

13 comments:

  1. I had many wonderful teachers over the years, from elementary school right on through college and grad school. What set them apart was their ability to share their own love for learning. It was contagious.
    An old proverb explains it very well: “A good teacher is like a candle—it consumes itself to light the way for others.”

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  2. Kelly is an excellent source for all the parents who have been made instant homeschoolers to go to for advice. I think this would be a great time for her to break it down for the newbies. Maybe she could post her daily schedule and assignment notebooks. I am a public school teacher and my parents think they need to recreate a classroom in their home. Their getting much resistance from their students. I have tried to give them many examples of how to educate at home but they are struggling.

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    1. My daughter-in-law is a public school teacher in Minnesota. Schools will be closed until at least the beginning of May (likely for the rest of the school year) and they are required to provide distance learning for all students. They have a comprehensive online distance learning program set up and students who need them have been provided ChromeBooks. Printed materials are also available at the school. There are daily recorded lessons for the students to view, accompanying assignments, and live class sessions every morning with the teacher via Google HangOut. Teachers are also available everyday to connect with individual parents/students by email, phone or FaceTime. Detailed lesson plans are found online for each grade level and tech help is also available for parents. It's all very organized and self-explanatory for families. I'm a retired teacher and am quite impressed to see how much effort has been put into keeping the learning going in our state, as well as making it as user-friendly as possible for parents and guardians.

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  3. Is it true that next week, April 2nd, is the last Bringing Up Bates episode for season 9?

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    1. Hi there,

      Nope, there are still plenty of new episodes in store on this season of 'Bringing Up Bates.' :)

      Have a great day,
      Lily and Ellie

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  4. I have been homeschooled since first grade, and I'm in 11th grade now. My mom was my teacher for the first four years of school then my family now uses A Becka Book videos. A Becka Book Videos are not for everyone I get that, but they work for me.

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  5. I thought Kelly gave up homeschooling her children herself. The available unmarried older daughter did it for her. I don't think homeschooling laws allow anyone but the parent to 'teach'? How do they get around that?

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    1. You are quit misinformed on homeschool laws- you might want to check up on your facts before commenting.

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    2. I wonder about that too. The homeschooling law of their state allows homeschooling to be done by the parents or legal guardian. I'm not sure how the Bates reconcile this.

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    3. I never heard that Kelly wasn’t schooling them. I think she had help to tutor some of the kids. It would be very hard to answer every question and help all of the kids by herself with as many grade levels as she has. It is acceptable in Tennessee to have certain classes taught by someone else as long as you are the main one schooling your children.

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    4. Maybe she does some of it and her daughter helped? Not sure.

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  6. I do k12, it’s a great curriculum. You get to interact with your teachers and other students through class connects. You also have field trips, this is a great resource, I use one of the k12 powered schools and it’s free. If it’s tuition free you get a loaner computer, a printer, headphones, and book supplies for all classes that you have. The only thing they do not supply is paper, pencils, pens, binders, etc. If anyone who is looking for an option I suggest this highly. It’s for grades k-12.

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