OT Do Any Of You Homeschool Your Older Kids

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CyndiG - March 5

Morgan is 8 and in the 3rd grade. My dh and I are seriously considering homeschooling her next year. I've never done it, and I don't know where to start. We live in a county that has a large amount of homeschoolers. I'm going to talk to some of them also, but I wanted to get some of your opinions too. My questions are, what kind of curriculum do you use, what is a typical day schedule like for you, etc etc??

 

Kara H. - March 5

I am certainly not trying to start a debate, I just have a curious question. What has made you look into homeschooling. There are a fair amount of parents that homeschool in our area. We have great elementary schools with exellent ISTEP scores in our area. Most of the parents I know who are homeschooling are doing it for religous reasons. Are the schools of poor quality in your area?

 

EricaG - March 5

I'm interested in this also. Abby's only 7.5 months right now but I do plan on homeschooling her when she's old enough. (of course learning can never start early enough, but you know what I mean).

 

Erynn21 - March 5

Personally I think it depends on your child whether they should be homeschooled or not. I have a niece who is 7 and desperately does NOT want to be homeshooled anymore, she wants to be a normal kid and have a real teacher not her mom or grandma. Her sister who is 10 is fine with it. I think that the child should be part of the decision, but that JMO.

 

flower.momma - March 5

Although I am worried about what my dd will be learning when she goes to school, I am sending her there so she can get socialization. No offense to homeschoolers, but I remember a small pocket of kids in my church who were homeschooled, and they had a really hard time interacting with the rest of us. They just acted different, and it seemed kind of lonely. With that said, my dh was a part of a small homeschool group in Jr. High and he loved it. There were about 6 or 7 kids, and a different mom taught them every week. They got interaction, but the parents got the comfort of knowing EXACTLY what their children were learning, and in what environment they were learning it. He also went to several priavte schools. I personally would feel bad about homeschooling my children if it was just them, but if there was a group, I think it would be awesome.

 

CyndiG - March 5

Kara, the main reason I'm thinking of it is because I feel that she is not measuring up to her fullest potential. She is a very smart child, but she gets distracted easily. She is also a visual learner. The teacher in school just doesn't have time to "draw a picture" for her, so she comes home with LOADS of homework and I basically have to reteach what they've went over that day anyway. Once I "show" her the material in the way that she understands it, she gets it completely. She's on the A-B honor roll but I just really think that she would do so much better if we could go at her pace, whether it be fast or slow. She could learn and retain the material instead of learning it just long enough to spew it back out on a test. I know that public schools get "good grades" and all that, but I really just don't want her to go to a public school. No offense to all the public schoolers. Part of it is religious reasons, but thats not the main reason because she's in a private Christian school right now. As far as socialization, flower.momma, I'm not worried about that. There are so many opportunities for homeschoolers in my area. Besides, I don't really want her to learn her socialization skills from a bunch of kids! LOL! But seriously, there are so many homeschool co-ops, field trip opportunities, even our local government parks and rec has homeschool activities. I think that homeschooling has really evolved since people of our generation were homeschooled. I think it's a different "animal" now. As far as her being part of the decision, she will be. She's been begging me to homeschool her for 2 years now, so the other day I asked her to "persuade" me. I told her to make a list of pros and cons, and she's been working on it. She'll think of something and say, oh I have a pro, or con or whatever. Her daddy and I have thought about it, and prayed about it, and it just seems to be the right decision for now. And like he says, if it just doesn't work out, I can always put her back in school. Wow, sounds like I've made my mind up huh??? LOL! Now I just gotta figure out how to proceed....

 

sahmof3 - March 5

Cyndi... you could check with your state's Dept. of Education. I think that's where my neighbor got her info and curriculum when she home-schooled. They can probably give you details about how to go about having your dd tested (my neighbor took her dd's every so ofen to be tested) and what all needs to be done to end up gaining a diploma from the local school district.

 

sahmof3 - March 5

LOL... I hit submit and thought I was done.... I mentioned the diploma because (around here) kids can be home-schooled through their senior year, but if they've completed the appropriate curriculum they can walk in the graduation ceremony at the public school.

 

CyndiG - March 5

That's interesting. So do they get a state issued diploma? Where are you at?

 

Kara H. - March 5

CyndiG - thanks for answering my question. A friend of mine is home schooling her children for mostly religous reasons. She actually is a teacher to used to work in the public school system. She said that the no child left behind program is a nightmare and does a horrible disservice to all "average" preforming students, who make a the majority of the population because they get less time with the teachers. They have decided to home school thru 8th grade. She said that way she can make sure that the proper foundation is laid for her child's education. But they will be enrolling her in back into a traditional high school (probably private) for 9th grade. She said her research has shown her that home school children preform as well, if not better, socially and educationally thru the 8th grade. But she said her research has also shown that home schooled kids do fall behind during the highschool years to their traditionally schooled counterparts. She said not being exposed to AP cla__ses and lack of formal cla__sroom settings does seem to hamper students during college. Are you planning on home schooling thru high school? I think it is admirable that you are considering it at all. There is no way that I would ever be organized or structured enough to ever make it work for us. Good luck to you and your daughter! :)

 

CyndiG - March 5

To be honest, high school is a big concern for me. I want her to be able to attend any college she would like (within reason financially of course), but I wonder if it would even be an issue. A friend of mine has homeschooled 3 of her kids, 1 to the 10th grade, 1 to 8th grade, the other is in the 3rd grade. She said it really depends on the child whether they fall behind once they get into traditional high school. One of hers was very self motivated, and she did great in high school, and has went on to college on a music scholarship. The other one wasn't self motivated, and fell behind. She'll be graduating this year and is getting married next year. No college for her. I did read a study that said on average the homeschooled child scored 80 points higher on the SAT than the average public schooled child. That's pretty impressive I think. I think I'm going to "play it by ear" for at least a year. Try it and see how it works. It will be a learning process for me too, I'm sure. I'm researching different learning styles versus different homeschooling styles. It looks like I will be doing the "eclectic" style. Basically using lot's of different styles with her. LOL! Do you know what curriculum your friend uses? There are soooo many! I know that we will have to have a schedule. I definately won't be "unschooling". I can't stand not knowing what I'm going to be doing during the day. I'm a big planner! LOL! It's really sort of a daunting thought, that I would be responsible for my childs education, EEEK! But on the other hand, it's a very freeing thought too. I'm kind of excited.

 

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