Home school?

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2013 ( 55 moms have responded )

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Hey need feedback moms. I'm really considering home school for my 4 year old and working a full time job. As a Christian mom, I feel like Christian values are being compromised nowadays and I want to raise her right. She has plenty of other kids to play with so I don't feel I'm sheltering her. I don't hear anything good any more about public schools and what they teach. I want to do the best thing for her and her educational needs but I don't know if I'm going overboard and trying yo shelter her or if I sound crazy. I mean idk if public school is better educationally or home school and I have real issues with trusting people nowadays y'all know what I'm sayn so let me know what y'all think. I honestly am confused and have been praying a while bout it

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Kristy - posted on 05/20/2013

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I started my middle child at 4, she is now finishing 1st grade and is doing quite well keeping up, better than her older brother who I kept back. My youngest has been asking to start school since she was 3 1/2. I was not ready to start kindergarten at 3 1/2, so I got her a preschool workbook thinking it would take all year to do, she finished in 4 months.

I am telling this not to brag but to let you know that starting early will not hinder the child. Be mindful of what she is taking in, if she does not understand something, stick to it. Don't move on until she gets it Dow . The beauty of homeschooling is that we don't have to rush them through

Linda - posted on 05/16/2013

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Stephanie, home schooling is not about keeping your child from evil. There's no way to extricate them from the evil in their own hearts. ("The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked" Jeremiah 17:9)

Home schooling is about taking Deuteronomy 6 seriously and training our children when we get up, when we walk along the road, when we sit down, when we get up.

Loretta - posted on 05/10/2013

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Amanda,
It sounds from prior posts that you have decided on homeschooling, so you may not need to hear from me, but thought I'd offer that I homeschooled my older daughters, who are 20 and 23 now, until they were in 7th and 8th grade. It was such a great thing for our family, for them, and for my relationship with them. I didn't do it out of fear of them encountering the real world--just felt the format of homeschooling was better for children's development and education. They are amazing adults now and never had any trouble adjusting to school either socially or academically after they were homeschooled. I feel so strongly about how this benefited them, that I am planning to homeschool my now 4 year old even though I am working full time now. It is going to be very demanding to work full time and homeschool, but I want her to have the advantages her sisters did, so I'm willing to make the extra effort.

Lee - posted on 04/24/2013

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Hey. I 100% agree with you that Christian values are compromised but I don't quite agree with home schooling. Yes the child will be raised in a Christian environment, which is a desire of every Christian parent. But will your child be able to cope in varsity and the workplace? Because a non-Christian environment is unavoidable. All you need to do is to instil Christian values in your child and model a Christian lifestyle to him/ her. The Bible says that teach a child a way that he should go and when he's older he will not depart from it. Teach your child to be a disciple for Christ, after all we are born again that others may be born again too. Also pray for your child continually and those that will befriend him/ her that they may be good friends and not friends that will contaminate him/ her.

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Carla - posted on 03/23/2014

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Absolutely correct, Sharon. My grandson's class last year had 10 ADHD boys in it. To listen to Grant describe a normal day was like re-living 'Animal House'. His poor teacher was penalized because she couldn't keep them under control, and they let her go--Grant was devastated, because he loved her so. There was one boy who climbed on the desk and just screamed. I asked Grant what Miss H did about it, and he said she tried to keep us away so he didn't hurt us. Can you believe that? That was 1st grade! Can you imagine trying to actually TEACH in that atmosphere? So yes, I can see a normal school day for 1 or 2 children taking a couple hours, leaving plenty of time to go on a field trip, to the museum, even to the livestock barns at the local college. During the summer Randi took the kids to the lake, they'd study under a tree a little, play a little--sounds like my kinda Heaven ;)

God bless, honey, keep up the good work.

Sharon - posted on 03/23/2014

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Home schooling does "help" in many aspects...especially the one-on-one time, or one-on-two, or one-on-three...however many you are home schooling. As a regular classroom teacher, who are at the ratio of 1:20 or as many as 1:36...which I had one year...TWO classrooms of 36 half day public school kindergarteners in a multi-racial community. Outside of home-schooling, the teacher's time is divided among however many students she/he has and then compound the matter with behavior management issues that take away time from your child's learning, or that the teacher may spend more time helping slower learners, thus taking away time from your child who may need help, too. You can cater to your individual child's learning speed, learning style, and interests. You can broaden their learning by many out side the home activities. Plus, a 6 hour school day can be reduced to as little as two hours learning time, and can be broken up into segments of your choosing and YOU can decide if your child starts the day with math, or science, reading, language arts, social studies, etc.

Sharon - posted on 03/23/2014

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I used A Beka Curriculum - loved it...and then I was hired as a teacher (I am a certified teacher) that used the A Beka Curriculum also. You can find some of the materials used if you look on Ebay, Craigslist, and it is sometimes in kids used clothing stores that sell other things besides clothes. See: http://www.abeka.com/

Carla - posted on 03/23/2014

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Thank you for posting the website, Sharon. I URGE every Mama to check this newest fiasco masked in the guise of 'for the common good'.

God bless

Sharon - posted on 03/22/2014

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Do some research on Common Core Curriculum Here's one just to get you started. I am an elementary school teacher.

Carla - posted on 05/25/2013

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I don't know if there's any in your area, but my daughter went to a 3-day homeschooling conference in Lansing, Mi a week or so ago. She went 'just to see', and came home fired up and ready to go! Check for one coming to your area and go. Some of the curriculum is VERY expensive, others reasonable, still others are free. She is going with one that teaches Greek (don't know why). Her children will be in 1st and 2nd grade next year, but she is going to school them both from the 2nd grade level, as her youngest is VERY smart (not just sayin' that cuz I'm her Grammy ;)

God loves that His women are becoming passionate about what they are teaching His children. Yes, it's going to be frustrating, nerve-wracking, but I believe He is also going to bless you all for taking on the hard work involved to raise Godly adults for His use.

God bless, all!

Marilyn - posted on 05/25/2013

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It sounds like you've settled on homeschool. Good for you! I plan to do that with my children also.

Before you rush out and buy a lot of expensive books, you should know that there are many free learning resources online. This is a personal choice, but for me at least I don't think it matters much whether or not the courses I choose are written from a Christian perspective. Math is math, for instance, and it doesn't have to say "St Peter had five apples and gave three to Mary Magdalene; how many does he have now?" to be an effective tool. Most important is the life I model for my children, which I have plenty of opportunity to do as a homeschooling parent!

If you are on Facebook at all, two pages that have helped me a lot with homeschooling decisions and finding resources (free and otherwise) are "The Unschool Bus" and "The Libertarian Homeschooler". I am not Libertarian, but the author of the page is Christian and has oodles of resources at her fingertips, which she graciously shares.

Best of luck to you!

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2013

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Thank you Jo I will definitely check into that is been a hard decision but when I really don't feel like I'm going to regret I am very excited to be able to do itI know the Lord will be with me every step of the way

Jo - posted on 05/20/2013

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I think its great you want to homeschool....there are great resources you can use...
you can try Accelerated Christian Education...ACE.com It will take you to resources you can purchase, it is even connected to a distance learning school that will keep up with your child's information...

Amanda - posted on 05/20/2013

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Thank u Kristy she's a very smart kid I think she will do well I'm glad ur kids are doing great in school to bout how long a day do you do school?? How does your routine go not meaning to sound nosy lol I will be starting soon completely new at all this and will take as much help as I can get lol

Amanda - posted on 05/17/2013

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Loretta thanks I love hearing that I can't wait to start next year I'm so glad you had good results I've prayed and prayed and gods ultimately stepped in answered my prayer and is working things out so I'm able to home school I'm so excited

Carla - posted on 05/17/2013

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No, Stephanie, you are absolutely right. But the training Linda and the other women who are home schooling IS going to follow them all their lives. My daughter is quitting her job to home school next year. I am thrilled! It has nothing to do with shielding or sheltering them, it is about safety and training. My granddaughter (in kindergarten) got a fork stuck in her ear, her brother (1st grade) is bullied and teased. Why would we want them to be subjected to that if there's another way?

Everyone has their own opinions, and has to ultimately answer to God on their opinions and choices. If you have prayed and feel God wants your children in public school, then that is what you should do, and don't let anyone sway you from your decision. It is good, though, to know there are options.

God bless, all

Stephanie - posted on 05/15/2013

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Homeschooling won't help. Eventually you will have to let your kid out in the real world... all you can do is teach her all you can and pray that God will help you. Scary I know but faith is good. You can keep your child from all the evil out there no matter what you do! Trust me!!

Lisa - posted on 05/07/2013

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I have been homeschooling my three children for two years now. They are rising to grades 3, 7 and 9. Homeschooling was an WONDERFUL choice for my family. We pulled our kids out in part, because of some nasty bullying issues my oldest was facing and in part for our Christian values. When my husband and I ( through much prayer) decided that God was calling us to homeschool we were nervous, fearful of how we'd handle it, confused by the enormous amounts of information we had to sift through....but everything worked out fine. The kids have friends, they are sheltered from things that we feel they don't need to be exposed to at their age and we know exactly what they are being taught and how well they are doing academically, since I am the one giving the instruction. A friend of mine made a statement the other day that if a person felt "equipped" to be a parent then they were "equipped" to teach their children. Now, lol, I don't know if I completely agree but I know where he was going with that statement. If God is leading you...and make sure He is, since He promises to bless what is in His will, not yours...then be obedient and teach your kids. You will have hard days. You will question whether or not you are ruining them, lol. You may cry...THEY may cry...but those days will pale in comparison with the days in between of enjoying each other, doing fun stuff or just doing regular stuff. I won't say it's been an easy adjustment for us, because we've had our rough days when I said ok that's it, mom is done for the day, lol, but we love each other more. We respect our family unit more and we know how to really communicate better now. God bless you and your family and whatever decision you make, I hope all works out well for you.

Debbie - posted on 05/02/2013

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I had seen a Pinterest post recently about the Proverb "A soft answer turns away wrath" where families put pompoms into a jar when people speak respectfully to one another in the family. There was also something about why do we feel like we have to bribe our children into compliance and saw a great christian website about parenting from the Garden of Eden. What an interesting take it was. I loved the ideas there for frustrated parents and parents who want to raise their children unto God in such a difficult society today. We took took those ideas & smooshed them together with that idea and got remarkable experiences with something called the happy face token system. It seems to teach all aspects of social, school, family, religious and self-regulation that I can think of. Because of the nature of the Godly inspiration of the program, the consistency factor seems to be a natural effect for me and I can teach by example and the children know I mean what I say. It has changed our lives and family health dramatically. http://biblebasedparenting101.com

Debbie - posted on 05/02/2013

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Homeschooling can be a challenge because you are with the kids 24/7 and trying to distinguish the difference between school "teacher" and home "parent" can be tricky. We went to a homeschool convention and found great parenting/teaching application in a book called From Combat Zone to Love at Home: The Happy Face Token System. This system has been a huge blessing in curbing arguments and slothfulness. The earning of tokens help children work towards a goal and feel a sense of accomplishment by achievement. We used poker chips with each color representing a different value. There is a list posted on our family bulletin board with some of the redemption rewards and their token values. Now for Easter egg hunts, the children ask if we can hunt for tokens instead of candy! It's also very helpful in our homeschooling memorization. Tokens are earned for certain goals reached. It really helps me to be consistent in my different roles and the children respond with happy obedience. With a risk-free guarantee, I don't know why anybody wouldn't try it. Here's the link: http://parentingsurvival.com

Angela - posted on 05/02/2013

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Carla, I actually enjoy those History Channel documentaries. I saw one that looked over the 10 plagues of Egypt and it was very good. OK, scientific explanations were given but at the time these events took place they were indeed regarded as plagues and just because there was a scientific explanation doesn't mean that God DIDN'T will it to happen - it happened just as they were warned. God is logical and sensible - He is the inventor of science and nature after all! Why shouldn't He carry out His plagues in such a way that fits in with nature and science? Most of all though, it was compelling evidence that these plagues really did take place. Not once did the programme presenter say "this wasn't an act of God as the Bible describes - it was nature".

Remember, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." (Romans 8:28). God as our Creator has the omnipotent power to make nature, science and the environment work together in order that He can get His point across! He did this in ancient Egypt, He also does so in these modern times!

Having said all that, I don't watch the History Channel or National Geographic etc ... very often. In fact I don't watch TV much at all. My other half has a lot of sport on, LOL!!

Whilst we should aim to nurture our children when teaching them stuff and foster a love of learning etc .... I don't feel it's right to over-shelter them and discourage them from forming opinions of their own. Nor should we prevent them from discovering information independently. Reading newspapers is good - if it's a quality newspaper and not a gossip rag or something like the British Daily Mail which insidiously tells people how to think (in a very subtle but effective way!). But kids need to know the difference between opinions and proven facts and not make sweeping statements. I have frequently (across a few different Forums on CoM - plus other places on the Internet) challenged people who have made sweeping statements which were opinions of their own and not backed up by Bible quotes or empirical evidence (factual evidence proven by research). As I always point out the plural of anecdote is NOT data!

Carla - posted on 05/01/2013

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Yes, Angela, but I believe the teachers have been so brain-washed that they BELIEVE it is fact. As I have said in other posts, the History channel takes great pains to explain away the Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, the Crucifixion, healings, etc. NOW our gov't is trying to court martial Christians who share their faith. I find this shocking, in that our country was founded so we could worship Jesus the way we wanted without gov't intervention.

Nothing we do or say is going to change things, so all we can do is spread the word and warn people. Teach your children/grandchildren the ways of the Lord. Help strengthen their faith and make sure they understand WHAT they believe. Dark days are ahead.

God bless, all

Angela - posted on 05/01/2013

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I would not like Evolution teaching to children as FACT, it is only a theory and where some aspects of this theory seem logical and likely, the theory in its entirety does not necessarily stand as fact, regardless of however much some people may want it to. Many eminent and learned scientists do not embrace Evolution anyway! We were taught Evolution as a scientific theory at the Catholic school I attended – I did not find it conflicting with my religious beliefs in my own understanding but was able to explain Evolution in a science exam and Creation in a Scripture exam to the satisfaction of both teachers.

Are today’s children too inept to differentiate?

Are today's teachers too dishonest to say that it's merely a THEORY?

Carla - posted on 04/30/2013

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You are absolutely right, Angela. In the Jewish culture, 13 is the age of responsibility, and I believe this was carried out until the last 100 years. Somewhere along the line parents started babying and coddling their children. Do children have chores anymore? Not unless they get paid for them. Are they made to clean their rooms, bring their laundry down, wash dishes, feed the cat, take out trash? 'No--I had to do that when I was young, and I hated it!' Really? Do you now know how to take care of your house because of the chores you did? Probably. I had the care of my siblings from the time I was 7, so by the time I had a home of my own and a child at 16, my house was spotless, I cooked well, and my child was spotless, in clothes I sewed for her. I paid bills and bought cars and houses. Was I remarkable? Hardly! It was a matter of necessity.

Judge Judy (an American court TV show) calls 19 and 20 y/os children. Rubbish! It's just that they have been allowed to be.

This is what George Washington was doing with the equivalent of an elementary school education: At age 17 in 1749, Washington was appointed official surveyor for Culpeper County, and Washington was appointed by Governor Dinwiddie as one of the four district adjutants in February 1753, with the rank of major in the Virginia militia.

This about Abraham Lincoln: Though both his parents were most likely illiterate, Sarah encouraged Abraham to read. It was while growing into manhood that he received his formal education—an estimated total of 18 months—a few days or weeks at a time. Reading material was in short supply in the Indiana wilderness. Neighbors recalled how Abraham would walk for miles to borrow a book. When the Black Hawk War broke out in 1832 (he was 23) between the United States and Native Americans, the volunteers in the area elected Lincoln to be their captain. Abraham Lincoln began his political career and was elected to the Illinois state legislature in 1834 (he was 25) as a member of the Whig Party.

About Ben Franklin: Despite his success at the Boston Latin School, Ben was removed at 10 to work with his father at candle making, but dipping wax and cutting wicks didn’t fire his imagination. Perhaps to dissuade him from going to sea as one of his brothers had done, Josiah apprenticed Ben at 12 to his brother James at his print shop.

So, you see, we have dummied down our children to where they are virtually incapable of caring for themselves. I hope the young mothers, and even gramas see what we are doing, the harm we are doing in allowing our young ones to 'do their own thing'.

We got wayyy off topic, didn't we, Angela, and yet, this IS education, and hopefully, a wake-up call. God bless, all!

Angela - posted on 04/30/2013

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QUOTE (from Carla):

“I CERTAINLY don't want them getting free condoms from the school nurse!”

This struck a chord with me Carla – I’ve read in one or 2 UK newspapers that some UK schools have done this as well. Now I’m aware that your objection is from a moral standpoint which I totally applaud but I hate to see that schools even NEED to do this. When a teenager who's still at school, against all advice to the contrary, decides to be sexually active, how come (when they obviously feel they’re ready for an ADULT sexual relationship) they’re not even capable of procuring their own condoms? To me they’re not very grown-up at all if they have to rely on the School Nurse! They’re behaving like they have stunning immaturity, a very poor education and an even poorer social awareness. It CERTAINLY doesn’t bode well for any relationship they might form!

I was born in 1958 and always went to Catholic schools where there is NO instruction of any kind about contraception (and there never will be in Catholic schools!). As a teenage schoolgirl I was NOT sexually active at all (not bragging here, just stating a fact!) but I knew exactly where and how I could get contraceptives and contraceptive advice. Condoms (for example) were free from the Family Planning Clinic or available at most Pharmacist stores very cheaply – this is still the case today! How did I know? I read notices and leaflets at the doctors’ surgery, stickers on the backs of the door in public toilets in shopping malls, information in women’s magazines etc …. There was no Internet back in those days. Is America any different?

I read a book a while ago which chronicled the experiences of young, British unmarried mothers – girls who got pregnant before completing their education. They were all asked how, in this day & age when contraceptives are freely available, did they still manage to get pregnant. One girl said that they’d told her at school about free contraceptives and advice being available from the local Family Planning Clinic etc …. But she still got pregnant (contrary to her wishes not to). Her issue was “It’s all very well telling us these places exist and about the help that’s available, but no-one was telling us where these Clinics ARE, how to get there, what their opening times are ….” And as I read these words I just felt terribly sorry for an incredibly stupid 15 year old girl who was incapable of consulting a telephone directory or Yellow Pages. Sadly many adults are like this too.

Therein lies the problem – and it’s not even ABOUT teenage sex and contraceptive advice. It’s about the inability to be able to do little research independently. My own kids knew how to make a telephone call when they were just 5. They knew the Public Library was at their disposal right from the time they were able to read. Also (a little later on) the University Library where I was a part-time under-graduate for 6 years commencing from when my youngest 2 children were just 9 and 10 years old was available to them!

What many of us fail to recognise is that education isn’t simply about being employable in adult life, it’s about learning basic life skills in order to be able to survive independently (even at fairly fundamental levels) in this modern world. If only a few more people applied basic arithmetic to handling their money, they’d not be in so much debt! If people bothered to even READ the labels on food, drugs and cosmetic/toiletry products they might avoid problems with their consumption of these items! Schools are certainly falling short of the mark, but so are some parents. The first and most important lesson is to learn how to do things for oneself - and if necessary, apply knowledge learned elsewhere in achieving this effectively.

Every child, even if they attend an ordinary school anyway, still needs to be educated at home as well. Both the USA and the UK (and probably most European countries) are producing ever-growing numbers of individuals who are under-educated, incapable of normal adult independence and frequently unemployable. When I look at some adults, it’s hardly surprising that their children also fall short of the mark.

I realise that my comments have not even taken on board the responsibility of Christians raising their children in a godly manner, but growing up to be a well-informed, versatile and independent individual is surely the right of every child, both Christian and non-Christian?

Sara - posted on 04/30/2013

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We are about to start homeschooling our kids next year for many many reasons. You're not crazy and not sheltering her in a bad way. God teaches us to raise them with the truth and they won't part from it. But if they learn the opposite in school who is to say they won't part from that "truth". Our 9 year old son is getting behind in school and coming home saying things we don't like. Our 4 year old son is starting to say and do things that aren't good too from preschool. they both have an eagerness to be liked and it worries us. It is our job to raise them right and God gave us parental instincts. If you feel it is best then that is all that counts. God will make a way.

Linda - posted on 04/29/2013

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Public School is great if you have a good district. One that is respected. School districts like the big ones...eg Cleveland have good schools but also bad ones. You need to talk to people in the community and find out their opinions. Home Schools at such a young grade is do-able. It also depends on your level of education and how far you feel that you can take them so they are at their educational level once they decide to go to a public school. Public Schools provide learning aides and servies such as Speech Therapists which was why we sent our son to pre-school and for socialization.

I have said my peace. Do your research and you will make the right decision.

Jill - posted on 04/28/2013

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I am a homeschooling mom & I also have a degree in elementary education. Homeschooling has been a blessing to us and the whole family loves it. That being said, it's not always easy. It takes work and dedication to homeschool. I've seen homeschool done very well & I've seen homeschool done very badly. At the same time, I've seen public school done well in Christian families & I've seen it done badly. Private Christian schools even have their problems but can still be a good option. I guess all I'm trying to say is no matter what you choose, it's going to take a lot of work & a good line of communication between you and your children. It's going to mean talking a lot about "why we do things this way" and why "we don't do things that way". I personally don't think their is any obviously right or wrong choice. Keep praying & He will lead you.

Angela - posted on 04/28/2013

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Carla, it's only 'demeaning and sexist' if male students aren't offered the same opportunities in school, and if girls aren't offered the subjects which were traditionally offered to boys only! An ex-boyfriend of mine asked me to stitch some torn clothing of his - I did this about 3 times until the final time he asked me. I said "OK - I'll stitch those trousers and I'll do it in front of you so you can learn exactly how it's done and how simple it is. Then I'll unpick my stitches and, having watched me do it, you can re-stitch it yourself and never have to ask me again!!" He mumbled "It doesn't matter ....." and didn't ask again! Some people don't want to learn and never will as long as there's some other fool doing stuff for them!

I went to a girls only school so didn't get the opportunity to learn fine metalwork until I was at college. I taught my own son to knit at the age of 7. He also learned from me how to use an electric drill. I think every parent can do a bit of "home schooling", even when the kids go to a traditional school!

Carla - posted on 04/28/2013

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Angela, I understand what you are saying. When I was in school (in the days of the dinosaurs) they taught us to cook (thank God, I SURE didn't learn THAT at home ;)), how to sew, how to set the table, even how to sit with a dress on and balance a cup of tea and a plate of cookies! I LOVED our time in home ec. Somewhere along the line this was deemed 'demeaning and sexist', and was discontinued. My youngest, almost 40, can't sew a button, is learning how to cook, can't iron, doesn't know about bleach and stain removal, etc. etc. She had no interest in learning as a teen and I got frustrated with trying to stuff knowledge into a head that was somewhere else. It wasn't for lack of trying, her interests were just elsewhere.

We tried the charter school with our grandbabies, like Terri. It was GREAT last year, but this year has been nothing but sorrow and frustration. My daughter has decided to take them out of the system and home school them. I couldn't be happier.

We have a mandate from God to raise our children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. This may mean different things to different people, and I can only go by what it means to me: I don't WANT my children/grandchildren being spoon-fed the evolution THEORY as fact. I do NOT want them reading the re-written history of the United States, or the world, for that matter. I don't want them learning about sex from people who have the morals of an alley cat, and I CERTAINLY don't want them getting free condoms from the school nurse! What are we telling our children when we try to teach them at home to be chaste and pure, then send them to 'learn' from people who will tell them their parents are hopelessly old-fashioned and out of touch? Reading is wonderful, and I encouraged my children to learn to love it as well. But I don't want them reading things that will be harmful to their souls. Their bodies are going to die some day, but their souls will live forever. So THAT is where my focus lies--in eternity. What am I gonna say to God when He asks me what I did to teach my children His ways? 'Oh, I'm sorry, Lord, the State said I had to teach them this way', or 'I thought they were learning this at school'. Even sending them to a Christian school may not be giving them what they need to cope in an ever-changing world. So, no, I am more convinced than ever that our children need to be closely supervised, and steered in the ways of Truth. I hope every mother takes the time to check out Core Curriculum and it's devastating effect it will have on our children. It scared my daughter enough to make her decide to quit her career and teach her children herself. I couldn't be prouder of her!

God bless, all. Our children are gifts from God. We need to handle this special gift/gifts with His wisdom.

Angela - posted on 04/28/2013

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QUOTE: (Alisha Neu)

“You will never regret being in control of what your child learns and is exposed to”

Not wishing to start an argument here, I’m aware there are loads of advantages with home schooling but I thought the whole idea of teaching a child to READ (yes, reading – more than anything else – is the basis for ALL education) gave them the means to discover and learn for themselves? I had a somewhat repressed & restricted upbringing but I learned to read fluently from an early age and could visit places like the public library on my own without my parents breathing down my neck at what books I chose! I remember my Dad once saying to me "You can read any book you like of mine - except my Bank book!!"

All the time I hear of influential, supposedly highly-educated people who fail to know about some simple facet of learning and I’m rolling my eyes, thinking “What’s going on here?” This includes people like High Court Judges who really should know better! Education (at all levels – including even fee-paying schools) is definitely falling short of the mark!

As well as “book-learning”, I picked up a lot of traditional skills from my mother. I couldn’t believe what I read on a chat forum the other day …. A woman in her 30’s announced to her online friends “I think I will learn to sew ….” and I’m like “What on earth is going on here? She can't SEW yet? At HER age? What do they learn at school? What do they learn in the home?”

My kids went to the local school. Some of the time in their childhood I was in work, most of the time I wasn't - but I always taught my children various things and got them involved in lots of hobbies & activities. The Head Teacher at their school (that's what we call a Principal in England!) said my children had an outstanding General Knowledge. I didn't feel it was outstanding - to me & my family it was normal!

Actually I don’t even know if these problems stem from failure to teach or failure to learn!

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I wanted to homeschool my first but my job, which was needed, did not allow it. My son has been at a charter school now since kindergarten, he's in second grade, and we could not be happier. They pledge allegiance, they have strict guidelines on behavior and dress, and my son has flourished. I do teach him Christian lessons on the side as well as his sunday school and childrens church. but mainly I exemplify God's role in our lives and how to apply it to every day life. We pray every morning on the way to school and also o talk about things going on in his life. whether it's the little girl that sits next to him that likes him to feeling uncomfortable wearing shorts, he's kinda thin and conscious about it. We talk about things! Your example of Christ and your involvement in his life and interests is what is most important no matter which educational route you choose. Good luck to you. I know you will find the best way.

Amanda - posted on 04/26/2013

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Thank y'all so much for all your advice I have decided home schooling my daughter is the way to go I greatly appreciate all the opinions and advice thanks again:)

Linda - posted on 04/25/2013

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Yes, Carla, it hasn't been letting me on....and it still seems to be acting up and not working quite right. However, they seem to have fixed the major bug that was preventing me from even logging on.

Carla - posted on 04/25/2013

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@Linda N--haven't seen you much--are you still having problems with COM? I am still not getting notifications on conversations being updated. I DO get the general COM conversations, but not for the specific communities.

Carla - posted on 04/25/2013

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Thanks for the websites, Geria. My daughter is looking into homeschooling, and any info we can find is appreciated.

God bless

Linda - posted on 04/25/2013

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Homeschooling is great--I've done it for 17 years. You are not going overboard. It is your job to train your children. Read Deuteronomy 6. Go to www.hslda.org for answers to lots of questions.

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I have been homeschooling since my daughter was 3,shes 7 now and we love it! You will never regret being in control of what your child learns and is exposed to. At 4 years old she only needs like 5-10 hours a week of sitting down work at the table. You can find tons of things online for free for kindergarten. Never think you're sheltering your child is a bad thing, they need protecting and I would like people to show me something good other kids taught their child!! Socialization in groups of children all the same age has never turned out well. Socialization with their families is how children become well rounded young people!

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I will be "officially" homeschooling my son April 29th, I got his books and materials from Christian Liberty Academy this past Sunday and had to get things in order before I jumped into it. I have plans on homeschooling him with their curriculum until third grade and then he will start Connections Academy. We also use Sonlight Education which is free downloadable materials with Torrent which is also free software.

Please visits these sites and hopefully your decision process will be a little more easier. :-]

Amanda - posted on 04/25/2013

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Carla I was reading a little bit bout it yesterday but I'm definitely going to be doing my homework on this matter I swear the government is taking control of everything but its sad that when u was in school 12 years ago u just didn't have to worry bout the kind of stuff like u do now ugh its so frustrating

Carla - posted on 04/25/2013

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My daughter is very active in her kids' school and she came across it a couple months ago. This was passed in 2010, very quietly, as most harmful things are. So thank my baby, who is very diligent. It's supposed to go into effect 2013-2014. Do your homework.

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2013

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Carla I'm very anxious to see what this is about I've never even heard of it honestly god gave you wisdom to share and I'm so thankful u shared it with me

Carla - posted on 04/24/2013

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Thanks, babe. I thank God for my wisdom, cuz I spent the first 50 years of my life screwing it up ;)

I'm glad you are checking out the CC. My daughter, who I thought would NEVER leave her career, is sufficiently scared over this to quit.

God bless!

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2013

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Thank you Carla I'm checking into core curriculum I totally agree with every thing u said u are a wise woman

Carla - posted on 04/24/2013

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Hi, Amanda. First, I understand everything you said, INCLUDING the y'alls ;)

My daughter is quitting her job to home school her two children, 7 and 6. We had put them in a charter school last year, and we LOVED it! But, this year things just aren't that rosy. Our little granddaughter was poked in the ear with a fork and our grandson is bullied because he's a gentle little soul.

These are my opinions, and everyone has their own, but you asked for opinions, so here goes--our public schools have been invaded with liberals who do not believe in our God, do not believe in Creation. They have and are in the process of re-writing our history to blot out the reasons why public schools were created in the first place--to teach reading so all could read the Bible. And there are just so many other reasons I could go on for hours, but won't. We are mandated by God to teach our children His ways. When we send them to public schools, they are being taught what the Bible says isn't true. So how can they hold onto their faith when for 8 hours a day they are being told what WE teach them isn't true? If you watch the History Channel, they explain away the Biblical events like The Flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, etc and take away any miracle-ness out of it and reduce it to chance.

It is up to you and your Hubby to pray about this and find what is right for you. But, as we have been talking about in another thread, and it might not even be on this particular community, Core Curriculum has come to America, and will affect every facet of teaching our children. If you are interested, type it in to your header and dig a little. It all sounds good on the surface, but it's NOT when you get into it.

The bottom line is--when you stand before God on Judgement Day, how will you be judged? 'Oh, Amanda, you really went overboard!' or 'Well done, thou good and faithful servant'. Pray hard, honey.

God bless

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2013

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Thank u Lee you are right thank you for your advice pray I make the best decision

Amanda - posted on 04/24/2013

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Angela no I wasn't offended at all more amused I didn't realize how country redneck that sounded lol I need to work on that lol thank you for your advice and I'd pro ally be critical to if I taught it daily lol

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I'm English and have post-graduate qualification in English usage - so I tend to be a bit critical - hope you weren't offended!!

Home schooling is far more prevalent in the USA though (it's not common at all in the UK) and I believe there are websites and free resources to help. Many of the women on here can advise you. I believe there are home schooling co-operatives in some neighbourhoods where you can "pool" your ideas, methods and resources, I'm sure this would be useful to you if such a set-up exists in your own local community.

Amanda - posted on 04/23/2013

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Yes I'd be teaching it all ain't gotta clue how to start tho lol gotta start somewhere I guess

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