Home Schooling

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Hi All:

Does anybody in here home school their child? If so how do you find it and is it difficult? What are the pros and cons of homeschooling your child?

Please let me know.

Thanks!

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Candyce - posted on 10/01/2012

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I was homeschooled from 3rd grade on, and I also homeschool my own son. I think I had a wider range of classes and activities as a result. I loved being able to learn anywhere, with such a huge emphasis on doing it yourself (I remember one year I spent half of my learning time at a quarry, due to my interest). It's difficult and frustrating at times, and sometimes you do feel like an odd duck, but it's worth it, imo. As the homeschooling mom, you do need to have the motivation to get up and keep plugging away during those times when it seems like nothing's sinking in. You also have to know when it's time to try a new tactic. And don't even get me started on dealing with those who are unfamiliar with homeschooling, especially those who are totally against it and feel the need to let you know.

Lindsay - posted on 08/25/2009

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I am planning on homeschooling my daughter and a lot of my family is homeschooled, so I'm pretty familiar with it.
It can be hard if you aren't able to get your children to actually do the work, but if you set aside time every day, just like real school, it'll work out just fine. Another thing is that you have to be sure to pick a program that is actually accredited and can give you transcripts and a diploma in order to make college entry easier. There are many programs that are book based until around 4th grade and then the rest is on a computer. I think the programs are wonderful.
Also, having a really good social environment is key if you are going to homeschool. My family is very invoved with church, so the lack of schooling isn't a big deal, however, there are other ways to get your children involved, like community sports and activities like girl/boy scouts.
I hope this helps a little. :)

Michelle - posted on 08/12/2009

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I asked my 12 year old 7th grader if she wanted me to homeschool her and got an addament "NO". She wants to be taught by a teacher, have different classes, like flute, have P.E., lunchtime with her friends and a locker, etc. We are a conservative Christian family and if she starts to slide in school, homeschooling will be an option. I like the fact the the kid at school get a different atmosphere and get to be with other children. On the other hand, when they get older, watch out. I have a 21 year old and a 19 year old and they should have been home schooled!!

Stephanie - posted on 08/10/2009

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I was both homeschooled through highschool (because I begged my parents to take me out of Christian school) and I have been homeschooling my eight year old daughter all her life. For us our main social outlet is our great church. There is a homeschool coop and Jr choirs, Kids clubs, Sunday School and she helps me by being the host student in the childrens class at the addictions program. For us some of the greatest part of homeschool is that we can spend more time on what is fun for her (American History) while we plod along in less exciting areas. She is protected from many bad things now, but I am beginning to let her use the internet (always supervised) and teaching her about the dangers and how we must avoid them. I feel so blessed to be able to mold her. She was born to me, so she is my responcibility. I wish all of you the best to those who are starting on the homeschool journey. It is not always easy, but you can do it and do a good job, if you take the time and effort necesary. I consider it a long term investment, not only for her, but in the ways she can help others later.

Kari - posted on 08/08/2009

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I agree with you 100% about the foul things that kids say in school and the bad behavior! Big thumbs up on being involved with a homeschool group and other activities! If I had only known then what I know now! I give great applause to parents who homeschool. I used to hate it when people acted like I was a freak or my kid was a dropout because we chose to homeschool! I think the pluses far outweigh the minuses.

Gina - posted on 08/08/2009

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I know that's the most concern for my extended family with my kids, is if they'll get enough social interaction. We do have a local homeschool group and get together every friday and take a field trip. Plus my kids do gymnastics, and we're going to get our son to do team roping. So I'm not worried about them socially. Anyway, I have been on a field trip with my son before and was disgusted in the language the kids his age were using, I don't think I will miss him interacting with kids like that.

Kari - posted on 08/08/2009

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I homeschooled my oldest son for 9th and 10th grades (he begged me to...and I have a teaching degree, so I knew what I was in for)...It was great for him educationally, but he is a very social person. That is why I ultimately put him back in public school. In some ways, putting him back in school was a BIG mistake. I wish I would have sought out others in my area who homeschooled and gotten him involved with others his age without returning him to public school.

Cybil - posted on 08/07/2009

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RIght on. I wish my parents had considered what I felt about homeschooling. I was a very school involved kid, homeschooling to me would have been like life in the penn. Lol. Then it happened. I was devastated. No more choir, no more drama, I woldn't be able to get started in band, I wanted to be the yearbook photographer, and I never got the chance to get on a school sport team. What was tougher other then just the homeschooling, my parents didn't try to compensate by putting me in any type of club or team. Im glad your boy is excited about the idea though, more power to all of you! :-)

Gina - posted on 08/07/2009

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One of the biggest reasons I'm homeschooling is because my son who is going to be in 6th grade, had begged and pleaded to be homeschooled. So I am going to be as prepared as I can, and do my best. It is overwhelming to think about it, but we'll see how it goes!

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With the possibility of the H1N1 virus having a rebound once school starts, I am REALLY glad that I took mine out of public school last year. =)

Cybil - posted on 08/07/2009

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I was a homeschooled kid, and I must definitely say, start them at a young age, so they don't get used to public school. And if they are older, between Jr high and high school, at least ask them if thats something they would be interested in. My parents plucked me out of the middle of my 6th grade year and pretty much secluded me from other interaction with kids my age. It was super tough on me, and missed the school experience. I was involved with a lot of teams and clubs in my school and it was a very very hard transition. I know my parents meant well, but homschooling did more damage then good. My math is stuck at 6th grade level, if not worse, and had a hard time adjusting to the outside world after I moved out. I did good though, became an EMT at 18 and have been on the ambulance since then. Plopping myself into such a interactive job helped me become more confident with myself. I was very shy for a long time after "graduating". I'm better now. Lol. But yea, it definitely depends on how prepared the parents are, and how willing the kids are. At a certain age. I've seen it work great for other families.

Chicky - posted on 08/03/2009

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WOW! i am so glad to see alot of homeschool moms on here espeilly republican ones lol. what do you all think about the goverment and the school systems? i refuse to let my kids go to our public school because of the problems i experienced. now a days its all young teachers.. you hear about affairs with students, young pregancy, such as 5th and 6th grade and the statictics... they say that you need to socialize your child.. well i can tell you that socializing with other children that swear, foul laungauge such as sexually gestures, yelling, bullying, and not to metion my homeschooling is done in 2-3 hours what the heck is 8 hours a day for? study halls, recess.. i dont think so. i do enroll my kids in community sports such as soccer and baseball. but they are community not school because its all about your stature, your income, your popularity. so right on girls.. protecting your kids as long as you can is awesome!

Karen - posted on 07/29/2009

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I have 4 year old twins that I homeschooled last year. I'm going to try sending them to a religious pre-K program. If it doesn't work out, then I'll just keep them home and continue to homeschool them. I felt this summer that they needed to learn how to make friends and be among others their age. As I spoke with the director of the program, we came to the conclusion that my boys are ahead educationally of their class already. We will work on the socialization and getting along in the world without me or each other part for now. Other than that, I totally agree with what Erica said. Those are five very good reasons why I've kept my boys home and will probably end up continuing to keep them home. Good luck!

Gina - posted on 07/26/2009

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Tiffany, thanks for that info. I am going to start my kids homeschooling this year, and I am really scared. So you have made me feel better about my decision. My sister has been homeschooling her kids now for 8 years now, and she said the first year is the toughest. My biggest fear is teaching my younger ones how to read. For some reason that really scares me.

Tiffany - posted on 07/26/2009

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I am home schooling 2 of the 5. Well 2 of them are too young yet anyway. So, out of my 3 school aged kids - I home school 2 of them. Our oldest has autism and is in a wonderful special ed. program (5 kids:1 teacher:2 full time aides). There are many reasons we chose home schooling. The biggest being to keep our freedom of religion so to speak. I want my children to know the Bible, and the Lord as their savior and it just wasn't going to happen if they went to public school. I do not like the morals and values (or complete lack thereof) that are being pushed at public school. Also, my DH is in the military. It gives us great flexibility. When we move - we don't have to worry about finding the right school district. When DH comes home from deployments we can take a few days off for family time. When it snows - the kids can spend all morning out sledding down our hilly property.

I was really worried about starting - but actually starting is the hardest part. As soon as I began it really amazed me at how easy it was. We can go as slow or fast as we need to. In public school if your child is ahead or behind the teacher can not just move on or wait. They have to set their course based on the year's curriculum and the general class as a while.

Also - we get the entire day's work done by lunch most days. When the weather is nice -we just have a field trip day and spend it at the beach with other home schooling families. Lots of hands on learning, and trips. It is so great to be able to take a side step and go off on a tangent if the kids are really interested in something.

Research shows that home schooled kids are better socialized. That is because as a parent the control is with you as to who your child is socialized with. What they hear. Etc. Etc.

I recommend getting involved with a home schooling group in your area. Ours does field trips, and has mom's meetings to discuss things like record keeping, etc. We even have a "co-op" where the kids can go and take classes once a week on a specific topic.

Good luck!

Stephanie - posted on 07/22/2009

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I home schooled my 2 boys who are now teens and absolutley loved it. The curriculums that are available makes it quite easy and user friendly.

There are soooo many benefits for homeschooling that it's not worth mentioning, but one added benefit for us was the bonding that it gave us as a family.
Make sure you get connected to a good homeschool support group or network in your area, because the additional support does help.

Tamra - posted on 07/22/2009

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Hi Erica, This will be my second year homeschooling my son - 6. I have my BS in Elementary Education and 7+ years classroom experience. No one else can teach my children better than I can at this point, b/c no one knows my child or loves my child like I do. I also have a soon-to-be 4 year old who joins into some of the activities. I picked a gentle program b/c my son would balk at anything too intense, and he loves it. He was able to finish his school work in 45 minutes max each day, and by the end of the year was reading. He would have DIED going to school all day.



He was diagnosed the end of January with Type 1 Diabetes, and I am so thankful I don't have to rely on someone else to take care of him at school.



My kids are both very socially developed - they interact well with other children and adults. Our homeschool group has activities every month.

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Thank you all! I am going to research everything because I am strongly considering it and I understand that there is a home school convention that is held every summer so I will attend and try to get information on it.

Elizabeth - posted on 07/19/2009

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I just posted a similar request for advice on the "Parents of Gifted Children". I have an 8 yr old son that I am concerned may be getting dummied-down because he requires extra attention and more challenge from his course work. He is bored in school and becoming less focused. I'll share any info I get with you. Please do the same.
Good Luck!

Lindsay - posted on 07/19/2009

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I think homeschooling is great if it's done right. Nowdays there are gatherings with other homeschooled children so your kids can get the social aspect of life as well. I don't think i could homeschool my kids though. My daughter loves going to school but we're lucky we have a great school. A lot of people aren't that lucky

Gina - posted on 07/16/2009

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I am going to homeschool my kids this coming school year. It has been a long process for me to decide this. I have felt I needed to do it for a while, but have ignored it since I really do enjoy my time when they are at school. The reason I have decided to homeschool is because I feel they don't learn the right things in school anymore. After reading all of these books about the constitution I have realized that I didn't learn the right things when I was in school, so I could only imagine it is worse now. I also feel that they are better kids when they are around me more than other kids who are bad influences. My older sister homeschools her kids, and all the homeschoolers in my area get together every friday and do a homeschool field trip. That way they can interact with other homeschooled kids.



I am going to do an online private academy which is affiliated with my religion, it's called Liahona. They teach great lessons about the constitution, and teach history with god involved, since history wouldn't be history without god. They only do it for 6th grade on up, so only my oldest son will be doing it for now. My younger kids I will do the Abeka too. I have found there is a ton of information on homeschooling if you're looking.

Crystal - posted on 07/16/2009

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I homeschool because of the flexibility it gives us. We're military and so I don't have to worry about changing schools. Plus I also know and can control what they learn and make sure they actually receive a well rounded education.

I use abeka, and it's expensive but worth it to me. I have 3 kids with one on the way so I don't have the luxury of making up my own lesson plans like I would like to. We just spent a little over $300 for my oldest two to do school this year. That's including all extra things I wanted/needed.
HSLDA.org is a GREAT resource!

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Even though my baby is only three months old I can't help but worry about his education. I do recall when I went to Highschool that it seemed as though my mental thought had to conform to that of what the educators personally think and to what society wants us to be raised. I don't want my son to be raised that way and I feel that home schooling is the only option.



When it comes to cost do you feel that homeschooling is less expensive than that of public/private school?

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Quoting Paula:



Quoting Brenda:

Hi Erica

I'm not a pro homeschooler yet. My kids will start their first year in homeschool this fall. I have them in a couple different programs. First, my middle school age son is going to do the K12 program in our area. K12 is pretty much nation wide so search for your K12 on the internet. My oldest is a freshman in High School. He is going to do the iSucceed Virtual High School. It too is a nation wide organization. What I like about the high school program is that I don't have to re-enroll him if we move to another state (we are military and move every few years.) Both courses have online teachers, and lots of support for self directed learning too.

Some of the main reasons I am homeschooling them are these:
1- No more bullying.
2- Learning is intensive because teachers no longer have to manage class room behavior.
3- I am more involved and have control over their schooling.
4- No more worries about a teacher's political bias seeping into school curriculum.
5- Kids can accomplish much more and more likely to have higher grades.

Those are just some suggestions. I start them August 31. I will repost then with more on the experience. =)





Hi Brenda,  Just wanted to give you a heads up on K12 and other like programs.  It is something you may already know though, but anyway…  It is not homeschool; it is public (or private) school at home.  If you are okay with the curriculum in public schools, then this is an excellent option.  But, if you want true control over your children’s education, then this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  You still have no say over what your children learn.  I wish you the best with it; I know a few people that are working moms who say this is the best option for them. 






 





Hi Paula - 



Yes, I realize it is not 'true homeschool', but we will try this out for a year and if need be, try another route next year.  My oldest is autistic (Asperger's) as well as ADHD, and has Anxiety disorder.   A lot of his distractions will be alleviated when we educate him at home.  Besides, the bullying issue is a tired old record!  I'm tired of calling teachers/admin. etc to get to the bottom of some pretty nasty stuff.  The bullying on the buses are even worse!  



So, since I am still learning about how to go about homeschooling, I am 'getting my feet wet'.  I do plan on teaching them outside of what they get in these programs, especially about US History, the Consitution, etc along with other religious curriculum available from our church.



And, by the way, thanks for pointing out those other pros.  I'm looking forward to that. =)

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Quoting Brenda:

Hi Erica

I'm not a pro homeschooler yet. My kids will start their first year in homeschool this fall. I have them in a couple different programs. First, my middle school age son is going to do the K12 program in our area. K12 is pretty much nation wide so search for your K12 on the internet. My oldest is a freshman in High School. He is going to do the iSucceed Virtual High School. It too is a nation wide organization. What I like about the high school program is that I don't have to re-enroll him if we move to another state (we are military and move every few years.) Both courses have online teachers, and lots of support for self directed learning too.

Some of the main reasons I am homeschooling them are these:
1- No more bullying.
2- Learning is intensive because teachers no longer have to manage class room behavior.
3- I am more involved and have control over their schooling.
4- No more worries about a teacher's political bias seeping into school curriculum.
5- Kids can accomplish much more and more likely to have higher grades.

Those are just some suggestions. I start them August 31. I will repost then with more on the experience. =)


Hi Brenda,  Just wanted to give you a heads up on K12 and other like programs.  It is something you may already know though, but anyway…  It is not homeschool; it is public (or private) school at home.  If you are okay with the curriculum in public schools, then this is an excellent option.  But, if you want true control over your children’s education, then this is a wolf in sheep’s clothing.  You still have no say over what your children learn.  I wish you the best with it; I know a few people that are working moms who say this is the best option for them. 



 

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Hi Erica, I homeschool two of my three children. Homeschooling is not for every family or for every child within a homeschooling family; like I don't homeschool my oldest because he has autism and I am pleased with the way his needs are being met and education that is being provided outside of the home. As for educating my other two, I love it!! I pulled them out of public schools last October and have not looked back. My only regret is that I did not do it sooner. I will not tell you that it is easy, but the work is well worth it. The only con is that you have to do the work to provide the education that you once depended on others to do and it does take time. To me this is time well spent. The pros are endless but to start with something small...you are raising your kids not the state. Here are a few others


1. You choose what your children learn. You choose the curriculum, you choose how, when and where to teach it.


2. Amazing amount of flexibility. No more asking the school for permission to take your children to the doctor, a funeral, or to the park if you want.


3. You decide when your school year, or day, starts and ends.


4. You do not have to worry about liberal teachers, administrators, or textbooks.


5. No fighting the back to school crowds in the store. You can wait until everyone else’s children are in school and then go buy whatever you need for school supplies.


6. Which reminds me, no more running out at 10PM to get that list of things needed to complete that school project due the next day that your child forgot to tell you that he/she needed help with.


7. Which brings me to, no more 4-5 hours of nightly homework.


8. No more 30 pounds of books on your children backs as they carry them back and forth to school.


9. No more bullies in school, I am the only bully in my school ;).


10. Your family will become unbelievably close. Schools are so anti-family.


I could go on and on. Here is just one final thought, when you send your children off to school you stop becoming the authority figure in their lives and they start doubting you and your beliefs. Their teachers become the authority figures and they value their peers opinions and beliefs more than yours.


If you decide to homeschool, you will find endless support and resources out there. A good place to start is HSLDA. Here is a link to their website http://www.hslda.org/Default.asp?bhcp=1 .


I wish you the best of luck and if you have any questions just let me know.

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Hi Erica



I'm not a pro homeschooler yet. My kids will start their first year in homeschool this fall. I have them in a couple different programs. First, my middle school age son is going to do the K12 program in our area. K12 is pretty much nation wide so search for your K12 on the internet. My oldest is a freshman in High School. He is going to do the iSucceed Virtual High School. It too is a nation wide organization. What I like about the high school program is that I don't have to re-enroll him if we move to another state (we are military and move every few years.) Both courses have online teachers, and lots of support for self directed learning too.



Some of the main reasons I am homeschooling them are these:

1- No more bullying.

2- Learning is intensive because teachers no longer have to manage class room behavior.

3- I am more involved and have control over their schooling.

4- No more worries about a teacher's political bias seeping into school curriculum.

5- Kids can accomplish much more and more likely to have higher grades.



Those are just some suggestions. I start them August 31. I will repost then with more on the experience. =)

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