Wondering what led you moms that home-school to want to do it. My daughter will be starting kindergarten in the fall of 2011 and I really can't stand the thought of sending her to a public school in our area (semi-urban area of Washington state). I also love the idea of being her teacher. I would almost feel lazy putting the job on someone else.
Any advice for a first year homeschooling mom? What were the early hoops you had to jump through?
I know this is a big question so feel free to private message me if you have any particularly helpful advice. Thanks so much :)
Answer by Fistandantalus at 12:59 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by specialwingz at 1:02 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by specialwingz at 1:04 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by brooklynohlordy at 1:05 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
I agree with PP ^^, first step is to check out the homeschooling laws for your state. We live in Oklahoma and only have to provide a letter of intent to the school district. For us, our older daughter was going into high school and was miserable. Drugs in the parking lot, sex in the bathrooms, and no one seems to care. Our younger daughter was in 5th grade and was learning very little and had 3 Sat. detentions in a month because the whole class got in trouble. She was advanced in math, but because of a state test score, was forced to come in before school and do extra work (or get an F on her report card). We had put up with so much from this school system we had finally had enough. Now the girls are learning so much more than they would in PS and aren't afraid or miserable because people are yelling at them all the time.
Answer by scout_mom at 1:09 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by 2prettylittle1s at 1:10 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by specialwingz at 1:21 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
We have our kids in different activities (though not required in our state) to give them a chance for the social interaction that everyone talks about with public school. As for socialization - in the grade school our kids attended, they were not allowed to "socialize" in class, in the hallways, in the lunch room (no talking allowed at all). They were given 15 minutes for recess each day (3rd-5th grade, younger kids get 30 minutes) and were told they had be be "up moving" for the duration of recess, not just standing/sitting around talking. The classroom teachers would tell them they could visit at recess, the recess teacher would tell them to "get out their energy" at recess. Our girls are actively involved with girl scouts, community theater and community volunteer work and we are looking into 4H. They socialize not only with kids their own age, but with a wide variety of people - just like the real world.
Answer by scout_mom at 1:40 PM on Dec. 10, 2010
Answer by specialwingz at 1:45 PM on Dec. 10, 2010