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Old 01-16-2002, 08:41 AM
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Question Ok, I have a homeschooling question?

Those of you that homeschool? What made you come too that decision? And did you start your children off in public school or did you HS right from the start? I have a dd who starts school in Sep, but a part of me would like too homeschool. But she desperately wants too go to school, even though I am quite sure she isn't comprehending that means leaving mom and brother all day long yet. And a part of me would sort of like her too have that school experience, but then again I don't. Just wondering?
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Old 01-16-2002, 11:51 AM
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It varies from family to family

Aubry,

We chose to homeschool from the start, but will be using a private, Christian school for the higher grades. We had heard about how children can "change" when they start school - I didn't think it was an issue (peer pressure) until the older grades, but I had two people tell me about the changes in their children when they started Kindergarten!

We also found out that the local school district teaches s*x education in a round-about way in K, as well. And, when a controversial book is used in class, the children are not allowed to take it home - all work must be done in the classroom - so the parents never see the book and often don't know it's being used.

When we first started homeschooling, we spent time at the library, at the park, with other homeschooling families, and exploring our neighborhood. They liked the freedom that homeschooling allows us. We also traveled with my dh a few times a year - I made sure to point out to the kids that if they were in school, like the neighbor girl, we wouldn't be doing all that traveling.

I would suggest turning off the TV - Sesame Street really pushes "getting ready for school" - and go outside more, or play games together more. Start teaching her now! She doesn't even have to know that it's "school"!

Keep in mind, too, that just because you choose to homeschool in the early grades, doesn't mean you have to always homeschool. We won't be.

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Old 01-20-2002, 10:39 PM
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It's interesting to me that you would mention that you intend to stop homeschooling your children when they enter 7th grade. My son is in 7th grade (just finished the 1st semester last Friday) and we are considering homeschooling. Last year we kept promising him that school would be more challenging for him when he left the Elementary school, but it is turning out to be a disappointment to him - just as boring as before. We are concerned about this attitude. We also have seen how destructive (to the family relationships) peer influence can be in the high school years from our experiences with our 2 older children (one graduated and one graduating this spring). I'm not sure what is the right thing to do at this point, but I do believe that homeschooling goes a long way toward counterracting the attitude that parents are stupid and something to be avoided at all costs:mad:
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Old 01-30-2002, 06:48 PM
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Aubry-

I guess I didn't really answer your question with my last post, and I would like to see this subject remain active, so I am posting again: I didn't start out homeschooling my children. I have done it off and on a couple of times, so I have seen both sides of the issue. I know that young children want to go to school to be with other children because it is really hyped up on tv and amongst the other children. But, really, they aren't missing a lot by not going to school. I have also worked at the public school in the lower grades (one year I was the teacher's aid in the Kindergarten room), and school is stressful for little children. Sure, they are tough, and will survive it, but being at home with Mom and siblings is much more secure and therefore more conducive to learning. Noone loves your child like you do, and noone will have the patience for her like you do! My baby is 14 months, and I will definitely not start her in public school when she becomes 5. Maybe never! My boys are 11 and 13, and they are back home now, and we are all a lot more relaxed, and they all get along better, too.

But, to answer your question as to WHY? I am homeschooling because I see the public school system dumbing down their curriculum, and I don't want to lose the small window of opportunity that occurs with children where they learn the most. If they are bored with school, then they will develop an attitude that it is ok to just get by with the least amount of effort.

Hope that is helpful to you in making your decision. Ask more!

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Old 02-15-2002, 10:01 AM
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I have come to the decision that I'm never goning to be satisfied with a cookie-cutter education for my child nor can I justify sending the joy of my life off to strangers everyday to do the job for me. I am compelled to give my daughter every opportunity to learn everything she possibly can in her lifetime. I've also worked at a public school for years and I've seen how stressed the teachers and staff are over how the children perform since their monetary rewards depend on the student' scores. That stresses out the kids and no one wins. Now I am a SAHM and have the opportunity to begin homeschooling. My daugher is four years old and is enrolled in a public preschool program that is independent of the local school system. I was worried about socialization since she is an only child (for now) and it has helped her learn how to make friends. Now she makes friends on her own when we encounter new children. Although she was excited about starting school at the beginning of the year she has experienced the let down of realizing that it's not a great adventure everyday. She asks me frequently when we will start our "school at home" even though we work together on letters, numbers, handwriting, signing etc every evening. I believe this is the best direction for us to move. My husband is on board as well so this is a family venture. That makes a great difference.
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Old 02-16-2002, 05:41 PM
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Hi, I am new to this (posting) so here it goes.
We started with our son in public school and for 5 years (K-4) all we heard was ritalin, ritalin, ritalin. I was beginning to think I needed it myself.
I broke down finally after many times, and pleaded with the Lord for help, telling him I could no do this by myself, to which he answered my prayers, we started going to a church after moving to a new community, and low and behold they had a homeschool support group in that church.
We pulled our son out in 4th grade and have never been more pleased! It is work, don't let anyone tell you otherwise. But the rewards are far greater for children at home. You actually know your child. We have been doing this for almost 3 years, and it is SO liberating! We have so much more time to be a family together, and grow in the knowledge of the Lord. (something he would not be able to do in public school) and I am also getting my second education. I would recommend this to anyone who truly loves their children and would love to have a closer relationship to them. I am so thankful for the blessing of being able to homeschool my son.

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Old 02-16-2002, 08:17 PM
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Why I homeschool

I knew somehow in my heart that I would homeschool the day I brought my first born home. I knew I did not want my son to have to put up with all the stress and the things I went thru in school. Also the pressures in school are more so today. I want my childern to learn in a peaceful and safe place. I feel there no place like home. Learning the values of repect, life, and the freedom to learn at a pace that suits each child.

Jacob was born early and as a learning disability. If in public school he would be in the 5th grade. But he reads at a 3rd grade level. Yet in science he scored a 8th grade level on his sat's last year. We take one day at a time. Its a blessing each time I see a spark of improvement and his smile when he learns something new.

Michael age 7, His all born can't sat still for tolong at a time. Loves nature and loves dinosaurs. So we are having dinosaurs school. We are having Dino Math, Dino English, Dino Science. Along with other school work.

Kellie is 2. I'm using the book "Slow and Steady Get Me Redy"
She loves it. She also like checking the boys aready done worksheets with her pretty circle



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Old 02-17-2002, 06:26 AM
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Such inspiration!

You ladies are all such inspirations! I love your attitude toward your children. I know many SAHM's who, two weeks into summer vacation, will be wishing for school to start again because they can't handle having their children home with them! My question has always been "then why did you have children?"



Right now my biggest gripe is the switch in the "socialization" concern. Used to be people were just concerned about kids being able to interact with other childre. Homeschoolers have successfully pointed out that once children grow up, they won't be with people the same age as them, so they need to interact with ALL ages - which is much easier when you homeschool because you are not forced into groups with same-age people. So, now critics no longer worry about interacting, but about being "toughened up" by being teased!

Excuse me???

We're not expected to put up with that as adults, so why should our children? And even if we DO need to "have a thick skin," do we really need it at such a tender age? Children are cruel - we all know that. It's good to know how to swim, but we don't begin our swimming lessons in the ocean with the sharks! We start in a safe environment, like 3 feet of water, and work our way up to the more challenging situations. Driving is the same way - you don't hit the freeway until you've experienced the back roads. Why should it be any different for preparing our children for life? "Sheltering" is not a four-letter word! It's part of being a parent.

Okay, I'm getting off my soapbox now ...

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Old 02-17-2002, 06:05 PM
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Looks like we have hit upon a subject that elicits a lot of passion! Amen, Stacie! I am thrilled to find other mothers that think homeschooling is a blessing! Believe it or not, there are a lot of homeschooling moms who complain about what a tremendous amount of work and frustration it is - I run across them in other forums. But the Lord didn't give us this 'opportunity' without the means to carry out the duties! I for one am thankful every day that homeschooling is so easily accessible - not too many years ago it was not an option. I also agree with you that it is liberating! We no longer spend the evenings rushing to do homework, take showers, and get to bed ontime, dreading the next day. Our evenings are relaxed (no homework), and so are our weekends, because we have time during the week to easily get the house cleaned all in one afternoon after school. And I no longer have this nagging thought that I should be doing more, spending more time with my children, like maybe they aren't learning everything they should. I know they are learning everything that is important, because I am responsible for seeing to it. It is also a blessing to be able to impart my values on my children, not someone else's.
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Old 02-17-2002, 06:35 PM
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Go ahead and stand on your soap box. Just becareful and don't fall off hahahaha

I agree with ya 100 % on childern are mean on hurting other childern. And I don't thank we should put her childern in that kind of eviroment if we don't have too.

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