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This program provides remedy for curriculum confusion, wasted money, frustrated students, and it reduces homeschool burnout!
It contains The Diagnostic Grade Placement Screening which determines the functional grade level in reading decoding, math and written expression. (This particular screening is for K through 8th grades.) This screening serves as an enhancement and verifies curricula grade level placement in the three subject areas tested. (This screening is an academic assessment.)
POC4U contains curricula for Reading (includes Decoding, Comprehension, and Vocabulary), Spelling, Grammar/English, Writing/Composition, Math, History, Science, and Geography.
It gives specific instructions on when and how to teach to your child's second-level learning styles.
It accurately "listens" to your child through three simple, non-academic inventories -- not tests -- that are completed by your child without the parent's supplied answers. POC4U truly ascertains your child's learning preferences and then gives directions according to the responses supplied by the primary person - your child.
It also contains notes for adapting curricula to the distinctive learning styles.
The following is a reprint of the Introduction from POC4U:
Unlike the situation in the early to mid-1970’s, homeschooling today is a viable and robust alternative to traditional or institutionalized classroom education. One aspect of homeschooling – available, quality curricula – is one of the most prominent reasons for its success. This particular feature has mushroomed into an avalanche of educational materials. Such a situation is, in reality, often double-edged since there are actually more curricula and methodologies available from which to choose than there are philosophies of homeschooling. On the one hand, many parents and teachers are completely satisfied with the curricula and methodologies that they have chosen to apply to the children in their particular settings. Parental satisfaction often comes from finding and applying the particular curriculum and methodology that conforms to the parental teaching philosophy and style. On the other hand, however, many parents and teachers are unsatisfied or frustrated. Exacerbating the problem is the fact that there are so many materials to choose from. Frequently, these parents do not have a predetermined and fixed course of education to follow. They are often "open" to various curricula and methodologies because their teaching philosophy is a fluid one, hoping to be eclectic. This group of teachers includes both newcomers and seasoned homeschoolers. Newcomers are usually overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of what’s out there while they ask themselves, "Where do I begin and what do I do?" Often they prefer a course of action that seems right, only to later second-guess the process. Likewise, those already experienced with homeschooling often find themselves in a dilemma because the chosen course of action isn’t working for them. These are the ones familiar with the oft-recurring phrase "burnout". They often ask the question, "Why isn’t my chosen course of education working?" In all of this, however, a real reason and remedy for the frustration can be found.
There is an element, a very important element, which is repeatedly overlooked and not given its due weight among the essentials that make up successful and productive homeschooling. The frustration known by so many occurs, not simply because the homeschooling arena is deluged with various kinds of curricula and teaching methods, but primarily because the chosen curricula and methodologies do not dovetail with the unique learning preferences of the students to whom they are applied! This is the neglected element in quality education. I cannot emphasize this enough. What is essential for large-scale success concerning both quality and happily experienced education is the marrying of particular curricula and methodologies with the primary and secondary learning styles of their students. There are many good educational programs available. For success with these, it is essential that parents discover which programs are truly suited to the unique learning environment that is automatically created by their students when they set out to learn. POC4U was designed to assist parents with this discovery.
POC4U (which stands for Person Optimized Curricula For You) is a basic compilation of my learning styles assessment entitled The Concise Learning Styles Assessment with Instructional Guide and my curricula-methodologies planning program entitled Person Optimized Curriculum – The 6 Point Diagnostic Prescription. Additionally, it contains features that enhance the primary strengths of these two programs. Regarding the learning styles assessment, POC4U contains 67% more testing items for determining the primary and secondary learning styles of your students. I also augmented some of these items for more effective results. When considering how POC4U measures up to my curricula-methodologies planning program, it actually has two distinct advantages. First, I have taken all of the expertise that applied to that program, including all of the curricula suggestions, teaching methodologies for the various learning preferences, and applications regarding strengths and weakness within those preferences and put it at the fingertips of the teacher. In addition, I have added other curriculum titles that are not found in my first planning program. In that program, each POC was devised on an individual basis under a seven-part process. Accordingly, I gave only the curricula suggestions and teaching techniques that were best for the particular student being evaluated. Under this title I list what I consider to be the best curricula and teaching methodologies suited for the discovered primary and secondary learning styles. Because POC4U contains all the aforementioned features, each teaching parent is able to determine and decide on which curriculum or set of curricula is best suited for their student(s). The final decision is yours to make as the teaching parent. This leads to the second advantage. The cost of this program is much lower than that of my first planning program. As previously stated, prior to this program, all POC’s were devised by a lengthy and involved individualized process. This, by the very nature of the case, made it much more costly than the price of a book. POC4U makes available the same updated information, overall directives, curricula and methodologies in a single volume at a much lower cost. In short, by purchasing POC4U, you have the best information – plus more – which I previously included in my individualized programs for students at large.
Last, but certainly not least, POC4U will itself be evaluated for revision periodically in order to reflect current homeschool curricula. As teaching philosophies and methodologies improve or are added to the teaching arena, these will also be considered.
Here, I need to make some further remarks about learning styles which are the bedrock upon which the curricula and teaching methodologies stand. It is a statistical fact that parents are very interested in learning styles and justifiably so. It’s a clear fact that a learning styles oriented education is at the very heart of success and enjoyment in the teaching-learning process. During my years as an Educational Consultant and teacher in both the traditional and homeschool arenas, I have been moved by the number of despondent teachers and students that I have encountered. They have come to view the learning process as a dreaded chore rather than an invited adventure. I have encountered children as young as six and seven years old who are resistant to learning or school of any kind, simply because they have been forced to learn by specific methods that do not fit their individual learning styles. Many of these children in traditional schools are often diagnosed with a variety of disabilities, yet specific teaching styles and learning preferences are never questioned or addressed. Many of these "problems" can be solved easily by a simple assessment of each student’s primary and secondary learning styles.
There are several theories surrounding the issues of learning styles and preferences in circulation today. Some theories focus on different learning personalities such as the social or introspective learner, while others emphasize the methods learners use to process or arrange information. In all of my research and experience over the years with learning styles, I have simplified learning preferences into three primary categories. These include the auditory, visual, and tactile/kinesthetic modes of learning. It is my observation that all students fundamentally receive, process, and give back information either auditorally, visually, or by tactile/kinesthetic methods. Also, a person can learn by using more than one style; yet, each person has a primary learning preference. Furthermore, while proper emphasis must be placed on the primary preference for learning, secondary learning styles must not be neglected. Only as the primary and secondary preferences for learning are properly emphasized and utilized will the goal of educational pursuits be most effectively attained.
In my Consulting and Testing business, I have worked with many parents who have spent literally hundreds of dollars trying to find the "right" curriculum for their children. Once they find out how their children best learn and process information, they are better equipped to choose a curriculum or supplemental tools that will truly teach their children. I often tell parents that one of the beauties of homeschooling is that we can personally design the best materials and teaching methods for our children to insure not only a superior education for them, but to also instill in them a lifelong love of learning.
Finally, under the POC program when parents had students with learning difficulties, they would purchase the program that included a plan for those specific students. With POC4U, I suggest that parents purchase our teaching guide entitled The Homeschooler’s Guide For Attentional Difficulties for students with ADHD and The Homeschooler’s Guide To Learning Problems for students who have learning problems. Simply apply the directives found in these two special guides to these particular students when using POC4U. See pages 10 and 11 for the screenings regarding ADHD and learning problems.
As with all of our other educational products, this program contains no extraneous material, but gets right to all of the relevant issues concerned. Therefore, it is with pleasure and a real sense of privilege that I offer POC4U.
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