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Name: confused23
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I am thinking about homeschooling my kids, but I am unsure about how to organize my classroom. Should it be like a classroom, or should it be like a home? Do I need a blackboard, chalk, and all the fixings? Someone fill me in!
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Name: Patti | Date: Dec 13th, 2005 3:22 AM
This is my first year, so maybe I"m not the one to answer this. I just have mine as home setting. He chose a corner of the couch as his favorite spot to do his work in ( no tv on, tho!! ) I have nothing more than 1 corkboard, that I post his weekly assignements on, and I have a couple of folders in my file cabinet, for work completed, and to keep the homeschooling papers in ( the paperwork from the umbrella school, his shot records, etc in case anyone ever comes to question me about his not being in school..... which hasn't happened )
I am sooooo unorganized at home, it's not funny, but I keep his school stuff together, and we have a 3 drawer rolling bin that I keep odds and ends in for when he wants to do art or science projects ( empty pop bottles, scraps of paper, wires, string, and the like ) That's about the extent of how close to a classroom set up I have, and it works great for me.
It all depends on how YOU want it set up. It doesn't have to be anything elaborate. 

Name: stephanie | Date: Dec 16th, 2005 1:42 AM
Home setting is all that you need. If kids want to be in their pjs and work that is fine too.If they choose to do it in the evening instead of daytime,that is what we have decided works best for us.Homeschool is about fitting it in to your schedule and what you want.I have been doing it for 3 years now and my son is ADHD so there are times we get no work done.If thats the case we have to make up for it on his "good" days.The main thing to keep in mind is keep all the childrens work in a portfolio and take pictures of any little thing they do.Organization and a portfolio to show their work is the main things you need.I am a parent who is 100 percent for homeschooling. My son is 12 years old. The socialization he gets is in baseball and sports as well as church functions.If you decide to go this route good luck. 

Name: Flashcelmat | Date: Dec 19th, 2005 3:31 AM
Sephanie can you tell me some website or books I can home school my daughter with [email protected] 

Name: Tracy | Date: Jan 3rd, 2006 8:29 PM
My experience is what works for you...and your children. I have the kitchen table if they want to be around the activity of the day...they have desks in their rooms if they need peace and quiet...they have the patio table if they have spring fever...we have field trips, both some educational, some fun, some both if we have cabin fever...the couch works as well as the floor or their bed-hey, it's homeschool! That is the beauty of it. If you have the luxery of a spare room to make into a classroom-go for it! Bookshelves are a must for all those schooling books and the wealth of resourses you will collect! Have fun discovering your childrens learning styles... 

Name: Kathy | Date: Jan 4th, 2006 9:00 PM
It depends on what type of homeschooling you plan to do. Unschooling is letting the kids learn what they want when they want. Whats great about that is one lesson leads to another. Our daughter wanted to learn about money, Then ? about presidents on the back, Then all presidents, then it lead to history and geography on where they lived. That is just one subject that leads to others. We actually do eclectic. Some unschooling and I throw in what she needs to learn a little at a time. Right now she is turning seven and so into dinosaurs, We have leap pad dinosaurs book, tons of dino books from the library, charts on the wall with all different ones. She has done four dino digs from plaster you can get at toy stores or ebay. She has tons of toy dinos we do math with. Then she learns what state the fossils where found(geography). We have a 25 yr old dghtr, a 19 yr old son and then 7 yr old dghtr. I have learned that kids choke when unwanted,to much info to fast is shoved on them. But when they get to choose what they want to learn for as long as they want ,when they want, they soak it up like sponges and have fun doing it. Cooking class is math(fractions). Homeschooling means life learning, all day, all year long. I suggest fun learning. We have a game we play ,she sits at her dryerase board I set a childs chair next to her with a baby blanket over it, then hide an object under the blanket. She unveals the object like a magician and then writes the name of the object on the board. Like (cat). She then draws a picture of the cat. We do this with abot 15 to 20 objects .We call it the blanket game. I run at at home dayschool and our whole basement(finished) is set up with tons of books, maps, toys, charts, calanders, clocks,crafts. Tons of learning info at their finger tips when they want to. I make an income while I homeschool. Rest time she gets one on one. All educational iteams and toys I buy are a write off. Bottom line enjoy your kids and let them be kids. They will learn even if you dont want them to. 

Name: RhonaG | Date: Jan 7th, 2006 1:33 AM
Hi, I have a very smart 3 year old daughter, along with a 2 and 1 year old too. Unfortunatly we can't afford daycare and I need to wait another 8 months for her to go to school. I want her to be up to date when she actually gets there. Any tips on what to do, where to get some worksheets, what should she no at this point. 


Name: Ellen | Date: Jan 13th, 2006 12:38 AM
I am going to start home schooling my child who was asked to leave kindergarten in a parocial school setting. Is sitting at a diningroom table a good start or do I need a desk ? How much time should a 5 1/2 yo be sitting and learning at one time? Shoul;d I gop back to teaching throughout the day? any sites that could helpp real true beginners? 

Name: Debi | Date: Feb 20th, 2006 2:37 AM
I'm replying to the amount of time a 5 and a half year old should do school. My daughter is seven. We are doing about an hour to an hour and a half a day actual work book time. The rest of the day is crafts or whatever she wants. Sometimes she wants to do more, so I let her. She is reading and doing work at a 2nd grade level. She breezed right through 1st grade stuff. I don't know if you are using a specific curriculum or coming up with your own lesson plan? But I would say that an hour a day of actual instruction and work book time for a child 5 years old would be plenty. My boys who are 10 and 12 can get their work done in 3 hours. 

Name: mary | Date: Feb 25th, 2006 3:57 AM
Ellen why was your daughter asked to leave? In kindergarten, she should be spending between 2-3 hours a day on work.
The rest can be spent on creative/learning activities that are of interest. She should know all of the states and how to locate them, how to read level one and level 2 books, as well as how to write simple sentences, these are the basics ofcource.
This is what most children in a school setting know by the time the year is over as well. 

Name: Tracy | Date: Apr 11th, 2006 5:27 PM
Hey Debi, i have boys the same age...cool. I would love to chat with you sometime. How long have you been homeschooling? What style do you use? Do you plan to continue homeschooling on into highschool/graduation? 

Name: denise | Date: May 1st, 2006 5:02 PM
Hey confused 23 how areyou 

Name: adnna | Date: May 16th, 2008 9:55 PM
how old r u 

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