Jane - posted on 06/11/2010
The thing to remember, after you've found your local laws, etc, is that socialization can be easily had through school, church, etc. Your local district still has to legally allow homeschooled kids to be participants in extra-curricular activities and most community ed departments have craft classes, etc for her age group.
As far as curriculum, you don't need any more for kindergarten than the "EVERYTHING BOOK FOR KINDERGARTEN" available for $5 at Walmart. Some art supplies, and plan a gym curriculum so she stays healthy. Cooking together counts as science and math, grocery shopping is math. Computers (I recommend peanut butter desktop) and the rest are already right there with you. Be creative. You and she will love it! :)
Alice - posted on 06/11/2010
We home school because my girls are bored with "traditional" school. It moves too slowly. I hated the 8 months I was in private school - they kept moving me up (I started in first grade, but was in fourth & my dad freaked when they said they were going to move me to fifth). I hated it because I was bored with lessons that were far below me.
We go to church, where my girls are highly involved with any family/children opportunities there, we do softball (for the oldest) & when they get the bug, we'll start any other sports or activity. Plus, they make friends easily every time we go to a park (at least once a week), so I'm not worried about their socializing.
Everyone gave my mom the same argument. That we were too isolated and needed school to socialize us. I had 6 siblings & there were usually 30 to 50 kids hanging out in our yard/house afterschool (my parents made their house very kid-inviting) so we had tons of social interaction.
Some children do better in school, true. But if the parent is willing, the child wants to, and the parent takes time to ensure that some kind of interaction with other people occurs, home schooling can be an amazing experience for parent & child. I always got "wow, i'm so jealous!" from other kids. Most of the parents thought my mom was crazy... but that was usually said after they found out she had 7 kids & loved it lol!
People have their reasons. School is not always the best place. Maybe she lives in a crappy school district and can't afford private school. Maybe her child is advanced and she can do more with her at home than the school can. Maybe she has a condition that would cause her to miss a lot of school and fall behind. There are all sorts of reasons for homeschooling. And kids can be with other kids at other places than just school. There's girl scouts, and church, and dance lessons, etc.
Katherine Leslie - posted on 06/06/2010
first thing is find out your state laws on homeshooling. Every state has their own laws. I was homeschooled and we are still talking about it. We don't have to school our kids in this state until 7 and that is when we will start ps or hs. I loved being homeschooled but it isn't for everyone nor every child. But good luck but you really need to find out the laws first, I think the web page is Homeschoolinglaws.org and then you pick the state you live in and find out what they want from you and all... God bless and Good luck
Alice - posted on 06/05/2010
I'm the oldest of 7 home-schooled kids. I did most of their schooling beyond the 3rd grade as my mom never graduated high school & my dad had a job where he travelled a lot. It was amazing!
I now have 4 daughters & am home schooling them (only 2 are full-time right now). I also tutor & do online teaching (distance learning) for my two youngest sisters.
The first advice I would give you is: Yes, you can do it! The first step is to contact your local school district's superintendent & find out what forms you have to fill out for your county/district. Some require that you file a month before the school year starts, so make sure you find that out ahead of time. You can find most information online by typing "(your state) department of education" in your search engine & going to the state's official website. Most have links for "Home School" somewhere (or you can search within their website for it).
I've taught the A Beka Book curriculum for 17 years & it's really nice - a fun, vivid, and challenging curriculum that gives you step-by-step instructions and everything needed in the "curriculum kits" (www.abeka.com) The K5 kit cost us $200 & the first grade was $340. Everything around you can be a textbook, though. Shopping is one (let them write the list, read the list to you, compare prices/value, count out money or "check" the change - a lady at our Home Depot knows us & she'll sometimes goof up the change to challenge my 6-year-old!). Any book can be a reading book. A good encyclopedia is an excellent tool for reading, comprehension, history, & science.
If you'd like any more suggestions, support, or help, I'd be more than happy to offer more. :) Good luck to you & your daughter... she will have the best teacher she can ever have!
I'm not planning on home schooling but I have family members that do. They love it. My sis-in-law and a few of my cousins use Sonlight curriculum. It is Christian based. I'm not sure if you are looking for a religious curriculum, but if you are, this is a good one. I was a teacher before I became a SAHM so I looked the curriculum over for my sis-in-law. I like it. It includes a ton of real classic literature and goes very in depth with history and world cultures. More so than the public school curriculum I used. Sonlight has three different options for math. You choose which works best for you and your child's learning style. Once you pay for the curriculum, books, manipulatives (for math), science experiments it will be about 1,000 a year. It's a lot to pay for up front, but that is only a fraction of what you pay for most private schools in a year. Plus you can re-use all the material for future children.
I'd also research and see if there are any home school co-ops in your area. They can help you get started, share resources, tell you about trainings and conferences, etc.
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