How do you know if homeschooling is right for your family?

My DD is 2 and Im so curious about Homeschooling. How did you know could do it? That is my biggest fear- Not having what it takes. What does a typical day/week to you? Do you have "summers" or take off when needed since you have your own schedule? Whats the best site to get to know IF homeschooling is right for you? And how did you talk to your DH & family about homeschooling... (i have a feeling my dh may be against it)

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Asked by Anonymous at 8:04 PM on Feb. 25, 2009 in School-Age Kids (5-8)

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  • Here are some sites listing famous homeschoolers:

    http://homeschooling.suite101.com/article.cfm/homeschooled_alumni_impressive_and_growing

    Candace Cameron Bure, the actress who played the oldest daughter on Full House, homeschools her children.

    Then you have the successful people who were high school dropouts.H.G. Wells.......best-selling British author (dropped out to help family earn income; later returned and went on to college)

    http://www.education-reform.net/dropouts2.htm

    http://www.homeschoolacademy.com/famoushomeschoolers.htm

    http://www.successful-homeschooling.com/famous-homeschoolers.html

    http://www.knowledgehouse.info/famous.html

    http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=251x582

    Plus don't forget of all those public school dropouts who have become successful adults!

    http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/lists/dropouts.h
    naturescape

    Answer by naturescape at 1:16 AM on Feb. 26, 2009

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  • you are already homeschooling- from when your baby was born, you adapted and changed what you taught or played or did as your child grew and changed, thats what homeschooling is to me, its just extention of my parenting.
    undercovermomma

    Answer by undercovermomma at 8:07 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

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  • I strongly suggest looking into the many homeschooling groups here on CafeMom, they'll be able to help you with finding a lot of resources. I'm not homeschooling yet, as my children are only 1 year old and 2 weeks old, lol, but I'm a home school graduate, as is my husband. I'd be happy to chat with you in regards to homeschooling if you want to send me a message =)
    dedicatedrider

    Answer by dedicatedrider at 8:07 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

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  • I need these answers too. I do not do not do not! Want my girls in public school. If you get the answers please pass them on to me. For mom's reading this I am not against public/private school. I went through both. I just do not want my kids to go through them I want them home schooled for personal reasons.
    Momma2beauties

    Answer by Momma2beauties at 8:08 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

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  • Read as many books as you can. Start with some sites--Home School Oasis, Practical Homeschooling, Timberdoodle, etc. It is a lifestyle and not just school at home. It is a learning process for you all:-)

    Ronnie80

    Answer by Ronnie80 at 8:57 PM on Feb. 25, 2009

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  • Go online and look for your states homeschooling resources. Find and talk with homeschooling families and groups in your area. They will help you find your way. I homeschooled my sons. You will feel unsure at first as you begin this path however, you will find your strength and grow in confidence as you see progress in your ability to teach your child and encourage your child. Just don't play teacher... your a homeschooling student as well... so prepare yourself ahead of time before you begin to share your knowledge with your child. You will all enjoy the process together! Make it fun and interesting...remember, many inspiring lessons take place away from the books and are best learned hands on. Read up on the different learning styles and pay attention to your child or children's different learning styles so you will know which style works for each child. We all learn differently and education comes in many forms!!!
    naturescape

    Answer by naturescape at 1:02 AM on Feb. 26, 2009

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  • thanks for posting this question. i've been thinking about homeschooling recently. i also have the same fear, that i don't have what it takes. i will check out those books, and join one of the groups, thanks!
    kyriesmommy13

    Answer by kyriesmommy13 at 1:06 AM on Feb. 26, 2009

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  • I love homeschooling! I am doing k5 right now with my five year old and my four year old. It is a great experience. I just knew with alittle guidence we could do it. I am using the abeka program. And it's easier for them to learn because it is more one on one. They get the attention they need while learning. And you have to do what works for you. Our day consist of eating breakfast starting on school and doing our writing. Then we look at maps and color and do fun things and enrichment. We are done by lunch. I hope this helps if you have any more concerns let me know.
    Sarah
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    www.sarahs4sweetboys.com
    ellies3boys

    Answer by ellies3boys at 1:07 AM on Feb. 26, 2009

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