Hello my name is Heather and i have a English paper to write about homeschooling. i have some questions about homeschooling, keep in mind they are not meant to bash you about homeschooling your kids. i just would like to learn more about it...

Why did you pick homeschooling?

Do you feel that you are qualified to teach all school subjects? Even highschool?

Do you fear your kids will fall behind in math and science?

Do you think your kids will be ready for college?

How do you get all the school books/ workbooks/ DVDs ext. for homeschooling? Does it get expensive, if so how much?

Is there a test that your kids have to take every year from the state?

Is your family on a budget because of homeschooling coast? What did you have to cut back on?

How do you keep your kids active with exercise?

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sgr123
Nov. 13, 2010 at 2:07 PM

I only homeschooled through Kindergarten, bu have met many homeschoolers, both in real life and online, and thought I could take a stab on why I did and will again in the future.  I don't know how many people will comment here, but I hope I help.

 

Why did you pick homeschooling?  For my son, he was already way ahead of the curve.  At K age he was reading on a 3rd grade level.  I had to put him in school because he was not cooperating.  When he started 1st grade, he was so far ahead that he was bored.  He is finally getting some challenge in 3rd grade, but reading on a 6th grade level, already knows his multiplication facts (has since 1st grade), but is really enjoying cursive.

Do you feel that you are qualified to teach all school subjects? Even highschool?  No, but there are co-ops and groups from which you can get help.  I have my husband to help as well.  Also, by the time they reach a certain age, the kids can generally self teach.  Of course the parent has to give direction and study material, but kids can figure it out on their own.  If not, you get help through your group.

Do you fear your kids will fall behind in math and science?  Most kids are behind in both subjects in public school settings (part of my reason for not wanting mine in school), so there really isn't too much worry of that for me.

Do you think your kids will be ready for college?  Most HS kids are taking college classes in high school.  Colleges are wanting HS kids over PS kids because they can think more freely simply because of the structure of their education.

How do you get all the school books/ workbooks/ DVDs ext. for homeschooling? Does it get expensive, if so how much?  That is up to the individual.  You can swap, buy used, not use books at all.  It depends on each family.  Mine cost very little.  I bought most of my books at Goodwill.  I found several literacy books, math and science, then filled in the blanks with online sources.

Is there a test that your kids have to take every year from the state?  Not in my state or any state that I am aware of.

Is your family on a budget because of homeschooling coast? What did you have to cut back on?  Nothing.  If anything, what you would have to spend on back to school costs here (we have to pay rent on our school books on top of the supply lists) including clothes, lunches and such, it's cheaper to keep them home.

How do you keep your kids active with exercise?  Homeschooling consists of much more than sitting in the house all day with your nose in a book.  PS kids get about 20 minutes of recess a day.  Mine could get about three hours or more since you can incorporate outdoor activities into the lesson plan.  I remember taking my son to the park and teaching him about leaves.  He ran all over the place gathering leaves for his leaf collage.  Boy, do I miss that stuff.  Since you're not teaching a class of 20-30 kids, it doesn't take as long to do an assignment, so class time at home is shorter that class time at PS. 

I plan to pull mine back out in middle school.  I have them in an excellent elementary school and plan for all three to complete 5th grade there.  Our middle school is awful.  I don't know much about the high school here, but I would rather have my kids at home getting an education, than at our local schools being exposed to who knows what.  If you would like a little more detail, PM me as I don't want to go into all of it here.  Hope this helps.

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auror...
Nov. 14, 2010 at 8:34 AM

you'll get more responses if you post to some of the many homeschooling groups here on CM

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