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#755258 02/18/05 06:22 PM
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Any experiences?

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I trust you are going to teach sex ed.


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You might pm Shant , he's a homeschooler and a speaker on the subject. Sadly we don't see him much here anymore.

When Jay is a bit older, try to get hooked up with area play groups. You'll find families of all sorts with lots of different experiences to draw from...

Homeschooling was something I considered for about....a minute.... Soon you will realize that children behave MUCH differently with a parent than they do with others....The kids I have at school actually do what I say without temper tantrums! Only wish I could say that about my own! :p


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Shantinik has insights other people don't. Here is a post of his worth considering. I copied it and sent it to my wife the first time I read it.

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We are actually choosing a daycare/preschool over a nanny (cost not an issue) because we want him to socialize with other kids. He seems to love it. I was just curious if people had experiences with this. Are there curriculums or what? How do you teach enough math if you don't know calculus, that kind of stuff.

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I homeschool my three kids, Jeffrey. There are a tremendous number of options and resources available. I have one in elementary and two in highschool now.


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We are actually choosing a daycare/preschool over a nanny (cost not an issue) because we want him to socialize with other kids. He seems to love it. I was just curious if people had experiences with this. Are there curriculums or what? How do you teach enough math if you don't know calculus, that kind of stuff.
There are a number of internet based home schooling programs for every brand-- Jewish, Catholic, Secular Humanist, Waldorf, you name it.

You subscribe and they handle the curriculum, grading, test scores, supplemental materials, etc...

Check it out.


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Once I ran into a homeschooled chap upon my way to the academy. The irony of our meeting place aside, I think his mind was not in good humour, and judging by his cold, transfixing stare, I'd say he most definitely heard voices that weren't supposed to be in his head. (Forgive me for running away with the topic at hand with my most amusing of stories, but it had to be told.)

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I ran into a chap on the way to school
I thought he was a foolish fool
he heard voices that were not there
his story now is every where


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apple*, I am in awe and in gratitude to you for being able to convery my humble words in the most artistic levels thinkable to man.

Your poem structure, (if I may be so bold as to present a thesis) is simple yet elegant, and my misuse of the word thesis, is at once complicated and not elegant. Perhaps I can learn from your great art.)

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I homeschool! Started in mid elementary and gave private schooling a go again in seventh grade. (doesn't that sound like a brilliant plan :rolleyes: ) Anyway, I hated regular school, and started homsechooling again. I'm currently a junior. Up until last year I did a few classes on videos. Bob Jones university broadcasts classes for homsechoolers. That was all right. I have quite a few friends that still do that. This year I go to a tutor once a week for everything. There are usually at least 5-6 other kids in my classes, because there are a lot of homsechoolers in the area. I've really enjoyed it. I have a lot of friends at my classes and from music camp, and I've gotten to work at my own pace. To me, there didn't seem to be much point in sitting in classes for eight hours and then coming home to homework when I probably could have done it all myself in half of the time. Next year I'm doing dual credit classes at a college nearby, and I should be able to get all of my general ed requirements out of the way before I enter college as a freshman. SO, just one testimonial from a very happy homeschooler! If your highschool kids are pretty self motivated dual credit and junior colleges are definitely an option. Because odds are, if you would hate to have to teach your kid calculus, they would probably hate to take it from you. wink laugh

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Tying a couple of threads together;

Jeffrey, your son is very cute!

If I may ask, why are you considering home-schooling? Is this something you have a burning desire to do or rather something you think you "should" do?


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We seriously thought of home schooling. Couple of big factors for us:

1. It was good for me and the girls to get a break from each other.

2. I didn't have the confidence to be a "teacher" to my kids.

3. My girls wanted to go to school and couldn't wait to ride the bus, even though the only "bus" would have been Mummy.

That was the biggest factor really. My kids were so excited about the idea of GOING TO SCHOOL; I didn't have the heart to take it away from them. So, even though we live in an "excellent" school district, we found a private school for each of them.

They are still pretty young (6 and 4), so that excitement may change as they get older. But for now, they are thriving and doing well.

Jeff, your baby is still a baby, right? Perhaps you should just wait and take your cue from him.


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Friday is quite right. As my as I like homeschooling, it just wasn't the thing for my brother, so he's still in a private school.


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People homeschool for a gazillion reasons. It depends on the child, the parents, the relationship between parent and child, the parents' educational philosophy, religion in plenty of occasions--though not all.

I've known homeschooled kids who were great, outgoing, worldly and bright. I've known other homeschool kids who were waaay overly protected and couldn't handle college, I've known other homeschooled kids who frankly got a terrible education.

Just like "regular" school! smile

I agree with Friday's post 100%.

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My 3 granddaughters, 12, 6, and 3 (will be in April) are homeschooled by their mom. In NC, you do have to be registered to do it, and you do have to test the children with an accredited test and turn that in. There is some monitoring, just so you know. The 12 year old did go to a private Christian oriented school until 5th grade.

Personally, they have really liked it. The oldest actually has more time for other activities like drama, piano lessons, art, and basketball that might be hard to fit in otherwise without overload. The 6 year old is also reading and writing, takes dance lessons and will take piano next year.

The definitely do not miss out on interaction with other children. There are so many homeschooling groups in the area that they get together for projects that the parents lead. As an example, the two oldest had to prepare a presentation of a topic to present to the group. Museums, and theme parks will also have a homeschool day with reduced or free entrance.

So far, this is the 3rd year, it has worked well for them. The test scores are great.

The children can go to public school for individual classes if they need to. I believe they will at some point. Your child could go to public course for one math course only, or here they can also go to the technical college for advanced classes.

All three are very outgoing, smart, happy children. That goes double for the 3 year old. She's a pistol!

Their mom has a MS in English education. Definitely qualified to teach. I also think this is important. Temperament definitely is a factor too. I know I couldn't have done it.

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Steve: "If I may ask, why are you considering home-schooling? Is this something you have a burning desire to do or rather something you think you "should" do?"

I don't plan to do it. Just curious.

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I am a product of homeschool.

After 1 year of public highschool the ridicule was too much and I left for homeschool.
I graduated a year later, and began college at 16.

If I had known the possibilities I would have been done a few years earlier I'm sure.

Of course there are pros and cons. I personally don't want my kids going to school for socialization, but I clearly didn't have a very positive experiece there. I would much rather have a bit more control over the content of their education especially during earlier years, but don't think I'll realistically be able to do that.

It is very hard to homeschool and NOT test higher than public school counterparts. You would really have to try hard not to progess.

Like I said though, pros and cons... I wouldn't recommend it for all families, or all children, and certainly public school isn't ALWAYS 100% horrible. But there is a lot of ignorance regarding homeschool, and most opposing it I don't think quite understand the possiblities, or even options.

I turned out ok... but then I'm using a different standard than some. I'm sure "some" would see me as an example how homeschooling gives parents an opportunity to "hook" their kids on "unhealthy" and "addictive" things like religion and philosphy, and even music.

The reality is, you can learn the "three R's" in MUCH less than 12 years. Schooling for only a few hours a day your kids can have learned what they need to learn by their early teens. You can then tailor their time to things that will be more beneficial in their lives than socializing with the grab-bag of society. For instance kids interested in composition, or music performance can spend more of their time focusing on that, or political study, or art. Basically what we think of as "higher education".

I digress...

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