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post #1 of 42 Old 06-10-2014, 07:55 PM Thread Starter
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homeschooling? tell me about it please :)

I might be jumping ahead of myself but dh and I are seriously considering homeschooling dd when she is of school age. Trouble is I know exactly zero families or homeschool kids.

So for homeschooling parents, pros, cons? Why do you prefer to homeschool your children? Any advice for an aspiring homeschool family?

For kids that are homeschooled, pros, cons? What do you like or dislike about it?

Once concern I'm having its making sure dd is socialized, we live in a rural area and don't know many families.

Any advice anyone?
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post #2 of 42 Old 06-11-2014, 09:24 PM
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I have been homeschooled since kindergarten (11th grade now). It's been an amazing, positive experience, but only because my mom and I put so much effort into it.


Can work at your own pace
Flexible scheduling
Work is tailored to my learning style and is challenging, but not overwhelming
Learned to self-motivate, think for myself, be creative without worrying about being judged
Less outside influence, constant peer pressure is removed
Hand-picked courses and materials


Socialization can be an issue
Limited sports opportunities
May not used to classroom environment, group work, etc.

Homeschooling is a lot of work. What is your reason behind homeschooling? Evaluate how much time and effort you are willing to spend researching, buying, and organizing materials for your daughter. How good are you at teaching? Are you able to make people understand new or difficult concepts easily? Can you teach someone who learns differently than you? Do you think you and your husband can you teach all basic subjects adequately, and fill in the gaps if you can't? How long do you/can you homeschool? All the way through high school?

As for the socialization worries, you can probably find homeschooling families near you through a LEAH group or similar organization. They will be a huge and important support for you as a first-timer. My mom always says she doesn't know how she would have done it without a group of other homeschoolers to help. (Granted, she was homeschooling five kids in New York, where homeschooling is not looked upon very fondly by the schools/state). Go on field trips, participate in co-ops, enroll her in a karate class or soccer...or riding lessons ;) You get out what you put in.

Take your time and do your research. Homeschooling isn't for everyone, but if you have the motivation and stamina to do it, then go for it!
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post #3 of 42 Old 06-11-2014, 09:36 PM
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I will come back to this tomorrow! :) I homeschooled my son through graduation and my daughter will be a sophomore next year. I don't know where you are, but the first thing for you to do is check the laws where you live.
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post #4 of 42 Old 06-11-2014, 10:23 PM
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I think it really depends on the child and the parent; I homeschooled my youngest son and daughter, and you really have to prepare to be a teacher. You have to schedule fun field trips and social occasions like kids would have in school. You have to have the positive energy to teach day after day and arrange creative field trips. I think home-schooled kids have a better education, if their parents are really motivated!
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post #5 of 42 Old 06-12-2014, 07:51 PM
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I was homeschooled from 6th grade until I graduated high school.

I did the home program through a local private school as my mom wanted to augment my education. It was a religious school, but she wanted me to learn evolution and 'proper science'. There were other private schools that had home programs but this one had everything they did and was more affordable.

She did an excellent job. We did experiments, field trips, and sports.
In FL it is now illegal to exclude someone from a sport activity because they're home schooled. This law came about because of Tim Tebow of course, but it benefited all of us in homeschooling.

You'll have to be able to adjust to the child's learning style and go from there. Just make sure you keep it challenging enough to hold their attention, but not so intense that they give up.

Make and keep a schedule of how much time they have to spend on school work each day. No electronics (phones, games, et cetera.) allowed in the room during this time. If you don't then they'll use that time to play around, I've seen it happen a lot.

You have tons of options out there to use. You have computer programs for home schooling, books programs and more.

You can also, if you can find them. Get a group of other parents who homeschool together and do a weekly or communal home school day where all the kids are learning together. This works especially well for science class experiments. The only catch with this is that everyone has to agree on what to teach and the kids have to be on the same level generally. Someone who teaches creationism won't want their kids taught evolution, and vice versa.

Lastly, if you or your husband are a bit weak in a particular subject you can bring in a tutor once a week or so to keep the child up to par in that subject. My school offered free tutoring up to so many hours a week/ month to home school students, and it was a big help with math. They might have called it algebra 2, but I think it was really some kind of alien language, LOL.

All in all homeschooling is a great thing when done correctly, and is of a greater benefit than even public education as it's tailored to the child.
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post #6 of 42 Old 06-12-2014, 10:40 PM
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Where I live, very few are able to homeschool to highschool grad. Consequently, the student must attend the last grade or two in high school and that can be a difficult transition.
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I hope to avoid that, only having two more years of high school left, I've been homeschooled all the way from ground up so far, for my family it was the fact that my mom was missing her kids growing up, and then my brother was born with Down syndrome, and then both my sisters got epilepsy, so things just all kinda pointed towards homeschooling us kids ... And I am super glad my parents have :) I wouldn't worry about the not socializing part,find a homeschool group, they usually have field trips,sports, such like that; in all truth I have had many people tell me that homeschoolers are very well behaved and more mature, as instead of hanging out all day through the week with a bunch of immature teens, they ( in my case anyways, and a lot of homeschoolers I know in Indiana) tend to pick up more adult like habits and tend to mature faster from proper role models, like parents.

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post #8 of 42 Old 06-13-2014, 07:48 AM
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I see you have already had so many positive responses (and I didn't get back in this thread yesterday). I'll keep mine short. In my area, there are homeschool "groups". If you want your kids to play with other kids, look for a group. Honestly, what concerns you about "socialization" was the exact reason I chose to homeschool in the first place. I was terrified of putting my kids in a situation (public school) where they would be bullied (by teachers and students), filled with morals that were counter to those we teach them at home, and of course put in harms way (all the school shootings).
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post #9 of 42 Old 06-25-2014, 02:25 PM
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I am home schooled and I agree there are many pros and cons to both.
Pros: You can teach what you want how you want, you aren't spending extra hours in school when you can be done with school in 2 hours or less leaving you more time to do what you love like riding ;) your child is learning with you and therefore bonding with you and spending time with you not a teacher, pretty much everything counts as school, going outside, cooking, etc. You don't have to worry about school shootings. For science this year I am doing something along the lines of horse anatomy (just an example of how u can choose)

Cons: Pretty much socialization. We go to youth group and have made excellent friends there. There is also co-op which is something you go to once a week for himeschoolers to have a day of "school" so your kid can meet other homeschoolers and make friends that way as well.

Hope I could help!
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I was homeschooled and did not like it, especially for older ages. I wish I had been put into public school for high school at least, but I didn't have a choice in the matter.

I do think it is an ok thing to do when your child is younger though. I personally had some learning disabilities when I was younger cause by over-sensitivity to light that were hard to diagnose and I wouldn't have done well in a public school situation, would have ended up behind at least a year. So in my younger years, it was a very good thing.

The biggest thing that sets me against homeschooling is the way I've seen others who I was homeschooled with turn out. I was in a homeschool co-op for much of my time: we'd meet once a week for classes mostly taught by parents and we would be sent home with homework for the entire week. In general this system worked well (or should have), the problem was with the people who ran and participated in the co-op.

This was a Christian-based co-op and I have only ever known Christian families who have homeschooled. I'm sure there are non-Christians who do it, but I have never known one. We were taught strictly Christian views (generally conservative) and nothing else. History and science were therefore very one-sided and skewed as well as other subjects. The one time a "sex ed" class was offered the students were set up with a video about sexually transmitted diseases and then the part about using condoms or other birth control was fast forwarded through. You were not allowed to date anyone in a co-op and hanging out with anyone of the opposite sex meant you were very closely watched.

There were very few kids who came out of this co-op in a well-adjusted way, the majority did one of two things: stayed very "homeschooled", sheltered and clung hard to their conservative Christian beliefs or they went a bit nuts after leaving, either parting like crazy (and very unsafely because they had never experienced anything like that before and had never been taught how to be safe in such situations because parents thought that if they avoided such subjects their kids would just avoid them for life) or had huge depression/mental issues.

I guess in the end what it comes down to is how you homeschool and teach your children. I'm sure someone could do well going all the way through school homeschooled, but it would take a special parent and child set up (not saying that you aren't that).
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