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Do you home school?

If so, how did you get started? How did you find information? I am looking into home schooling. I have a three and a half year old, who is currently in Pre-School, which I am absolutely not happy with. If anyone can provide any information on how to get started I would greatly appreciate it.! I am honestly looking into this to begin as soon as possible, but I want to become very educated on the subject and stuudy all our options.

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Luisa621

Asked by Luisa621 at 7:30 AM on Dec. 7, 2010 in General Parenting

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  • I think there are some active homeschooling groups here that I'm sure would be more than happy to answer questions and provide you with all the information you need to make an informed choice.


    http://www.cafemom.com/groups/find.php?keyword=homeschool


    PS--This isn't some sort of attempt to scold you for posting the question; I just think you'll have more success in a group if you haven't tried one yet. Good luck!

    vicesix

    Answer by vicesix at 7:41 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Thanks!
    Luisa621

    Comment by Luisa621 (original poster) at 7:49 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • I am actually looking into home schooling my third grader this year. She has been sick and missed lots of school. She has a doctors note so she won't stay back because of not being there, although I don't want her to fall behind. When I asked someone said look into your state rules about home schooling first. I have also heard taht Keystone is a great place to start as well. Good Luck!
    cornflakegirl3

    Answer by cornflakegirl3 at 8:21 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • No, but I can see myself doing that with my son. If we do I have a plan. I will first check with my school district to see what hoops I have to jump through and check with other parents in my area that are homeschooling. I heard sometimes the district can be very actively discouraging to parents considering homeschooling as an option. Then I will hire a retired teacher to assist in planning lessons and tutoring a few hours a week. I will enroll him in Sylvan Learning for subjects that he needs more assistance in and extra programs: Big Brother program, ballet (we do this now), the Y sports (also do it now), and The Boys and Girls Club for some extra socialization. Lots of trips around the country, museums, and and local events. I calculated the costs because I am very serious about his educational experiences. It would be way more than what we pay for his private school now.

    frogdawg

    Answer by frogdawg at 8:24 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Find some home school groups to join. I'm in a couple because I plan to home school two children next year. One for preschool, and the other first grade. Do a lot of your own research, especially if you plan to home school beyond preschool. Check out this site http://www.hslda.org/

    Christine0813

    Answer by Christine0813 at 10:33 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Im home schooled because i have a medical condition that has it so i must.personally i think its the best way to go(not as much peer pressure and bullying).you will have to go through the schools guidence,social worker and principal to become in home schooling
    MaybeMommy1994

    Answer by MaybeMommy1994 at 10:37 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • Yes, and I love it! I wish we had started when the kids were younger. First, I would find out the requirements for your state. This is pretty simple, just google "homeschooling in ___" and you will find lots of resources. Since you are looking at preschool there probably aren't a lot of restrictions, but it will be a lot easier down the road if you start out doing things the way the state requires. There are lots of great learning sites for preschoolers, and using the Internet and your local library you can probably put together a complete curriculum for very little expense. I know when I taught preschool I was given nothing for curriculum other than religion and I found almost all of our resources online for free (the school would not pay for anything else).  Will post some links for you as well.  Good luck!

    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 10:39 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

  • http://www.learningpage.com/ (great theme units and FREE)
    http://www.makinglearningfun.com/ (we used a lot of the math resources from this site)
    http://stepbystepcc.com/themes.html (great themes from a daycare provider)
    http://www.everythingpreschool.com/themes/index.htm
    http://www.perpetualpreschool.com/
    http://www.preschoolexpress.com/theme_station.shtml (themes divide by season, great for planning your year)
    http://www.first-school.ws/ (awesome site with oodles of printables)

    scout_mom

    Answer by scout_mom at 10:43 AM on Dec. 7, 2010

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