Any homeschoolers out there???
Kelly - posted on 09/08/2009
I have been homeschooling for 5 years now, and though very challenging at times, especially with the little ones running around, it is by far the beat way. Who better to teach there children, but their mother. I am currently using Mother of Divine Graces curriculm. It has the full lesson plans spely out for you, and it classical curriculm. We really like it.
I have six kids and just finished our 3rd year of Homeschooling: K, 1st and 2nd. I have used Mother of Divine Grace, A Beka, CHC and even a conglomeration. I have to say, right now CHC seems to work best for us because my oldest son really needs a gentle curriculum, but I have been looking through Seton for the next 2 boys and like what I see. It really all depends on family dynamics. I did Little Saints preschool with my first 2 but found it too tedious with multiple children while pregnant and wetting my feet with the academic grades. I agree with Kathryn, CHC really educates the child's heart and soul gently and faithfully.
Kathryn - posted on 06/11/2009
In our homeschool group most families use Seton, Mother of Divine Grace or Catholic Heritage(chc). They each have their plus and minuses. You have to find what works best for your child and your family. I started with Seton a few years ago and really enjoyed some of their activities for the preschool set but once they got into K & 1st. There was a lot of information for them to learn. I know a few kids struggling through it. I switched to chc and found it refreshing. It was simple with optional challenges. The writers understood that there was a household and sometimes a family business being run around the students school time. Many learning activites included household chores, bedtime routines, daily Mass and outdoor play with siblings, things that are already being done in the home. My kids learn that learning can be done everywhere anytime.
Kate - posted on 05/11/2009
Hi Tami! I homeschool my 4 year old. This year we've just used workbooks from the drug store and "Teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons." In the fall we will begin using the Catholic Heritage Curriculum, with a few substitutions. My older sister has been using CHC for her 5 children and really likes the ease of use and flexibility.
Amber - posted on 04/29/2009
I went to a Catholic school up to 2nd grade. Then I was homeschooled with Seton, so I don't know much about other curriculums. Seton always requires alot of writing. If you use Seton for the elementry grades and lead up into hs its not so hard. There are some who use their own curriculum and then use Seton for hs because it is accredited and prepares one well for college. In those instances it is a hard transition if one is not use to the writing. Seton is great in that in supplies the lesson plans, help online and through the phone. They have councilers for each subject. They grade the tests at the end of the quarters and keep your records and transcripts.
As the time gets closer I will go to the conference here in Southern California as well. Some of my friends were enrolled in Our Lady of Victory and Our Lady of Divine Grace, I believe they were called. We all went to the same church, Its a big homeschooling community. I am 21 so most of my friends are still single and in college now.
No, I have not heard of the Charlotte Mason approach. How do they work?
Tami - posted on 04/29/2009
Gosh! I didn't know Seton was that difficult that so many students don't finish it "on time!" Were you homeschooled from the beginning or did you start later on? Was Seton just as demanding for each grade or only high school?
I would love to go to a Catholic Homeschool conference but we're living overseas right now (my husband is in the military) so I won't be able to make it to one until after my son starts preschoool/kindergarden. I'm originally from MN and I think there's a really good conference that's hosted there every year. I have a number of friends that are (or will be) homeschooling and they've all said going to that conference has helped them a lot in making their decision about which curriculum to use. There's just so many out there it's hard to know where to begin!
Have you heard of the Charlotte Mason ("living books") approach?? What's your thoughts on that..??
Amber - posted on 04/28/2009
Seton is very demanding. I didn't finish the final quarter for my senior year. My mother changed curriculam for my younger brothers. others I know who use Seton often did not finish high school until they were in thier twenties. I liked some of their books, which I plan to use but I do not plan on being fully enrolled. The books are very nice and Catholic. Seton is accredited. I probably won't be fully enrolled ike I said before. i know there are quite a few families who use thier own curriculam and the moms made their own transcripts. as far as I know their kids have not had any trouble being accepted into colleges. My son's Godfather was one of those and he presently works for JPL, which is NASA founded. So I guess difference is not big, but you can always go with an accredited school just to be safe.
Tami - posted on 04/28/2009
Hi Amber! Great to hear from you! That's so nice that you were homeschooled yourself. That'll give you a great perspective when teaching your own kids! What did you think of the Seton curriculum? What's your opinion about accredited vs. non-accredited curriculums?
Lisa - posted on 02/19/2009
I don't homeschool for anything except religion. Two of my kids attend Catholic schools, my son however is in public school due to some special needs. I homeschool his religion instead of sending him to PRP. Our church has a homeschool program for both religion and all day school (homeschool). Are you talking about homeschooling for all day or just for religion?
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