Home Schooling

User - posted on 10/22/2009 ( 8 moms have responded )

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Before I had Alexa I always said I would home school, but I am scared, I hear so many people tell me it is not good and she needs interaction. I do not like the schools in this area. and depending on if I have more kids, I guess time will tell. I dont want to short stick her. Anyhoo, I get the same doubts from people when they learn I am a SAHM.....LOL........either way, people hav eopinions

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I think homeschooling is a great idea. I actually just made the decision to homeschool. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten in the fall and we are going to homeschool with My Father's World curriculum. To make the decision I researched everything!! I sent out for pahmplets on homeschooling and checked out books from the library on the pros and cons. No matter what your decision people will disagree, bottom line is you are the mom. God gave her to YOU, noone else, so you are the only one that can decide what is best for her. This is a great link to a really good book http://www.homeschoolhelper.com/WhyHomes... check it out. Good Luck!

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Crystal - posted on 10/27/2009

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Dnt fear! homeschooling is great! My oldest children attend Connections Academy,I wouldnt even call it homeschooling(but since they're home) its an online virtual school.They still have teachers,and classmates,they have field trips all the time and lots of clubs kids can join.They also have LiveLessons every week,its really nice. You just have to find the right school because their are some good ones and then their are som bad ones.

Jenn - posted on 10/27/2009

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I couldn't do it because I don't have the patience to teach. I could see how it could work for some people though - as long as they have plenty of opportunities for socialization with peers - why not? I knew some kids who were home schooled when I was younger and they were a little bit "different" - but I think that was just the family LOL!

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The best advice i have about the situation is to investigate homeschooling styles, find out the legal requirements of your state and go from there. In IL we have guidelines as to what subjects we need to teach our children yet there is no testing or keeping track required. This entitles me to unschool my 9 and 12 yo sons.



They started out in public school and I pulled them out a year and a half ago. I was very involved and saw alot of the so called "socialization" that happens in school. Alot of which is should be considered illegal. Kids pick on each other, compare each other, and physically and mentally abuse each other. The teachers are not much better, they are constantly rewarding some and punishing others and children are not allowed to be themselves. There are a number of books on the damage that schools can do to children. I like a book called Punished by Rewards, there is so much truth to this that we do not see until it is pointed out. There is much info out there on schooling and how children learn best. I believe in the unschooling philosophy which says that children learn best when they are not taught things. John Holt has many books out about How children learn, How children fail, and many more.



when we make choices that go against the norm, people often do not understand. I will never be considered normal and I am blessed to be able to be myself. It does not matter to me what others think of me, what matters is what is best for my children. and through my wanting to know what the "best" was, I started to educate myself because it was important to me. This is the unschooling philosophy. There is an unschooling group in circle of moms, check it out.

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I think the parents and no one else will make the best decision for their child's education as long as they are the kinds that have the best interests of the child in mind as I'm sure you do. I am also considering home schooling my children, 5 and 3 years old and I already am in a soft structured and informal way. I didn't know that homeschooled children were entitled to a half day a week at a mainstream school as one of the others that replied mentioned but that's good to know. I agree that if you make it a goal to fit socialization into each week than it shouldn't be an issue. The best teachers are usually the ones that have a very comfortable and intimate relationship with the student along with a love of learning and it is often Mom and/or Dad that best suit that role. Trust your parental instincts.

Sharee - posted on 10/22/2009

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I have homeschooled my daughter for the last 2 years and absolutely love it. I also have a 3yr old who thinks that she should sit up each day and do her 'school work'. We attend playgroup at our local school every Wednesday so while we do playgroup my 7yr old goes into the class room and joins the other yr 2's. Homeschooled children are allowed to attend a mainstream school for half a day every week. The teacher has commented quite often on how polite and further advanced our daughter is. It also allows you to spend so much quality time with your children and guide them in a direction that you think is beneficial. Don't be scared, give it a go and you will soon see if its for you

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Shoot.. don't listen to them people. I home School My son. His grandma, my motherinlaw had the same claims-but she doesnt say anything now! He has a very social life. Many friends.. If you and your husband agree.. home shcool your child.. it is very rewarding and does give them the edge in education! there are many activities you can register your child for in order to get the "interaction" soccer, t-ball, dance, gymnastics.. just to name a few.. not to mention your friends with children around her age. these peeps don't understand because they have no clue.. good luck!

Jordan - posted on 10/22/2009

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My husband and I talked out homeschooling and really like the idea, we know a lot of kids who have been homeschooled and noticed a lot of the success of it hinges on which program you use. There are some that are regimented like a normal school day and have timed tests and classes in which your child watches a video of the teacher and can im with questions (which we prefer) and others that are more one on one with you acting as your child's teacher. As far as interaction, do you attend a church? Being involved in an activity (especially a youth group) gives your child interaction with other children in a positive environment. Also (depending on the age of your child) girl scouts, little gym, fun classes at places like the YMCA, sometimes your local museum has art classes all of which would be fun ways to socialize and meet new people.

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