Home school families

Lisa - posted on 10/19/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I think there should be a section were us home school families could share ideas and communicate easily. Is there anyway to add this catagory to Circle of Moms?

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Lisa - posted on 04/19/2011

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One of the things I love most about home schooling is the fact our children can excel in the subject they want to. This has allowed my son to focus more on his reading and sciences. He needs more direction in math and social studies and has to be guided more in those subjects. By allowing him to finish those subjects first the rest of the school day goes smoothly. His reading has improved to a 12th grade level and he is now finally in the right grade for his math when he was severely behind in public school.

Teaching our children young is a definate plus as they learn so much in there early years. My grand daughter just turned three and is extremely intelligent. She knows all her letters, number, colors, shapes and is even learning spanish and sign language. She can spell her name and is currently learning how to form her letters on paper. Start young and don't quit. Our children deserve the best we can offer and deserve the chance to excel.

Michele - posted on 04/19/2011

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I've been homeschooling for 3 years and it's worth the effort, I notice the growth in my kids personal development the most, they are fab! Very good at holding a conversation and listening to people, kind, helpful and understanding. They are 11 and 13!
My son tied an elderly ladies shoelace for her with her permission after he offered. Most boys would think that was uncool, but my son didn't think of that he was just thinking that woman is going to trip and fall. My daughter has complimented a woman on what she was wearing, again a mature thing to do.
I love being at home with them! I love seeing them happier and less stressed!
I was very disappointed with all they had learned in school, I didn't realise how little it was until we started to homeschool. Basically my children were sent into school ahead of their peers and apparently going by school my daughter fell behind, and my son was one of the brightest.
When I took them out I realised my daughter was brighter than the school gave her credit for, and my son knew how to pass tests whithout having the in-depth knowledge needed to fully understand the topic.
VERY DISHEARTENED!
The lack of discipline was annoying too!

Michele - posted on 04/19/2011

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I've been homeschooling for 3 years and it's worth the effort, I notice the growth in my kids personal development the most, they are fab! Very good at holding a conversation and listening to people, kind, helpful and understanding. They are 11 and 13!
My son tied an elderly ladies shoelace for her with her permission after he offered. Most boys would think that was uncool, but my son didn't think of that he was just thinking that woman is going to trip and fall. My daughter has complimented a woman on what she was wearing, again a mature thing to do.
I love being at home with them! I love seeing them happier and less stressed!
I was very disappointed with all they had learned in school, I didn't realise how little it was until we started to homeschool. Basically my children were sent into school ahead of their peers and apparently going by school my daughter fell behind, and my son was one of the brightest.
When I took them out I realised my daughter was brighter than the school gave her credit for, and my son knew how to pass tests whithout having the in-depth knowledge needed to fully understand the topic.
VERY DISHEARTENED!
The lack of discipline was annoying too!

Lisa - posted on 10/22/2009

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Oliver Van DeMille was the author of "A Thomas Jefferson Education". You can buy this book from Amazon.com for under $19 used.

Kelli - posted on 10/21/2009

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I just started homeschooling my oldest, he's 4, will be 5 in a couple of weeks, and it was a tough decision. So far we are doing good. I liked that I was able to start him with kindergarten curriculum this year and not worry about him being too young. I also didn't want the negative influences of other kids on him. Furthermore, I wanted to be in control of what I taught him.

A really good book to read is "A Thomas Jefferson Education" I can't remember who it is by but that really confirmed my decision to homeschool.

Lisa - posted on 10/21/2009

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Making the decision to home school should not be taken lightly. First you have to consider the amount of time it will take to home school. If you are already a stay at home mom you will probably find that you will have the time needed to do it. Homeschooling has many advantages due to the flexibility. Yuo may decide to teach during the day or at night. I have even made shorter days on occasion and filled the gaps I missed on weekends. I decided to home school because I wanted to be in control of what my children learn and how they learn it. My son was not learning in public school. The distractions were too much for him to handle and there were too many students for one teacher to be sure that each child was learning. The next deciding factor for me was the negative influences from public school children. Not only was my son being bullied, he was witnessing some other children being beat on. He decided to stop a few fights which made him a target for the bullies. I was also worried about the violence involved with large groups of kids. By homeschooling my son I have increased his math level by three grades in one year. He is sailing through the lessons quickly now so our schooling is done quicker which allows us time to do other activities he's interested in. What takes the public school a year to accomplish we complete in less than half the time. This allows for him to continue at his own pace. At his current pace he should complete high school around age 16. Once he passes high school by my standards he can attend college. I'm not saying that it will be easy because it's not by any means but I will say that it is well worth my time and efforts to be sure he is safe and that he is in fact learning. Before you decide you should check the laws for your state. Each state is different and some don't require much. I would suggest contacting other home school families in your area to see if they could give you suggestions. Where do you live?

Becky - posted on 10/20/2009

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I am planning on home schooling. I was home schooled all through high school. The reason why I am gonna home school is because I want to be in charge of what my kids are learning and not rely on a public school system. I would highly recommend it. I think that is a great idea Lisa... Maybe someone could talk to an administrator

Chantel - posted on 10/20/2009

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How do you make the decision whether or not to home school? i'm seriously considering it but I face challenges with a 2 year old and seven year old.

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