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Name: reeta
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I am thinking about homeschooling my kids, but I can't really see the benefits of it. I am not a teacher, and don't know how to direct my children's schooling experience. But i've heard that homeschool is pretty effective in making kids learn. What should i do?
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Name: Victoria Taylor | Date: Aug 15th, 2005 1:23 AM
Read, research and talk to homeschooling families. The book: family matters is a good one. It seems to me most of the posts on this Board don't know much about homeschooling- find one that is more active, I am a member of several. We are stating our tenth year of homeschooling with three children. 

Name: demi | Date: Oct 10th, 2005 6:48 PM
HI im 13 and im homeschooled . if you homeschooled your kids, have a gym class and fun things to do. Dont let your kids sleep in it messes up their life.trust me my mom do all those things wrong. 

Name: Angie | Date: Nov 18th, 2005 1:48 AM
We're in our 5th year of homeschooling. I'm not a teacher either, nor do I have a college degree, but I did a lot of research, have joined a couple of groups and use bits and pieces of everything, including as much of real life as possible, to teach my children. I never cease to be amazed at what they learn in spite of me! Some families copy the gov't school model and do "school at home" (you know, around the table with the mom standing in front of her kids--just like school); some "unschool" (learn more about that at unschooling.com); and the rest fall somewhere in between--called "eclectic". I'm eclectic but I lean toward the unschooling method and I am floored at what my kids learn even when I think they didn't learn anything! Do your research, read a couple of books (John Taylor Gatto is good) and dive in. The only regret I have is that I didn't start sooner. 

Name: brooke&Jack'smom | Date: Nov 20th, 2005 6:36 PM
The benefits of home-schooling are numerous. You don't need a college degree to teach your kids the math and science. the textbooks used for math (like Saxon Math) are so awesome that the kids can just read the book and learn it themselves...that's how great it is at explaining the concepts!
Kids learn SO MUCH MORE homeschooling then they ever could at public school.
Do more research! 

Name: me | Date: Nov 27th, 2005 7:43 AM
I was home schooled in the 10-12th grade and now I wish I never was b/c I did not finish! I was class of 2005 and now I will have to be class of 06, If I even feel like doing it! When I got home schooled I got wild and well now I have a app. a job and a baby! I had to much free time on my hands and I fell in with the wrong crowd! other than that I loved it! It was so easy! 

Name: Patti | Date: Dec 13th, 2005 2:58 AM
My 5th grade son is homeschooled, BY ME. We are having the time of our lives! We go on field trips whenever we want, he gets to learn about things that interest HIM, not just learning about something for a week, and having to move on to something else. He wants to be an astronaut, so this year, for science, he's doing all astronomy, and LOVING it! We're going to go up to Space Camp, go down to the JFK space center and have lunch with a real astronaut, etc. I understand a lot of families can't afford to do things to that extreme, but it can be so much fun, and the learning never ends! Yes, at times it does get boring, but that's when he and I brainstorm together to make it more fun. Spelling lessons....... I take his spelling lists, give him a dictionary, and play Scrabble. We play Win Lose or Draw, based on topics he's learning in history, instead of tests, I make up crossword puzzles ( and word searches, using clues, instead of the words )
Homeschooling takes time and effort, but once you get started, it's not really that difficult. I'm not a certified teacher, just a plain mom who got her GED in 11th grade. My son is learning Algebra, which I had a VERY difficult time with in high school, so we're learning TOGETHER!!
There are many ups and downs to homeschooling, but for us, it was the right choice. It's not for everyone. You have to really think about if you have the time to commit to it. He only studies for 2 - 4 hrs a day, and the rest of our day is ours to do with as we please.
Yes, I'm very pro homeschool, but it's not right for everyone. The choice is totally yours. It can be a very rewarding experience, not only for your child(ren) but for you as well. I'm learning things I had either long forgotten, or new things that I find fascinating.
Whatever you choose to do, I wish you the best! I know you'll make the right decision for you and yours. 


Name: megan | Date: Feb 7th, 2006 6:17 PM
how much is homeschooling? 

Name: Tabatha | Date: Feb 7th, 2006 6:48 PM
Mine was $628.00 but I was in High School 

Name: Bev | Date: Feb 11th, 2006 11:50 AM
Honestly- I have only heard negative things about it - because although they may be more advanced academically, I have heard that their social skills suffer, and today, you really need both. I know at my church alot of the women home school because they dont want their children exposed to all the craziness in the world and the things that go on at public schools, and when they become adults, they are going to have to go out into this "crazy" world, and they need to be prepared. 

Name: Deb | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 12:38 AM
Do you really think we can keep our kids sheltered from all the garbage in this world? Not a chance! It's everywhere! Television, radio, billboards, grocery stores, the neighborhood....etc. Homeschooling allows us to raise our children the best way WE see. Our duty as parents is to raise up a child in the way they should go. Unfortunately with the way things are many of us cannot do that because we are forced to work outside the homes and so have to depend on others to raise our children for us. For those of us who have the desire to homeschool, go for it! My oldest was in public school, coming home telling me I was a lier because the teacher told him this or that and I had no chance in being a respected truthful adult in his eyes. He was raised to believe that he and his friends came first, he was in charge of himself, could do whatever he wanted, and his family and parents were not in the equation. This he was taught at school by his peers and reinforced by his teachers. This may not be the case where you live, just happens to be what has happened here. I look at my younger three now whom I homeschool and think of how much different it is for them, how much more respectful they are of me, their father and other adults compared to my oldest at that age. I wish I would have known then what I know now. I try to reinforce that God, your and your family is most important in life. They will not learn that in school. And even if you don't believe in God, your family should still be more important than anything else. 

Name: Patti | Date: Feb 13th, 2006 6:17 AM
Bev, I understand your concerns about the socialization. My son is very active in his church, and is joining the Y, we have many get togethers with the homeschool group we're with, etc. We live in an apt complex and he has many friends here that he plays with, he knows and can hold intelligent conversations wtih the grocery store people, people that we go have coffee with on a daily basis, etc. Adults and kids alike. He is being exposed to all kinds of people, and isn't afraid to sit down and talk with any of them LOL as a matter of fact, he has more friends than I do ( adult OR children! ) 

Name: Jazz | Date: May 11th, 2006 2:32 PM
Homeschooling can be effective in making kids learn but at the same time in schools these days kids are learning in fourth grade what I learned in tenth grade. you and your children may be learning together. Another thing to take into account is your childrens social inter action with other children. Alot of the times when children are homeschooled they are more shy and quiet in social situations. If you do choose to homeschool make shure that your children have good interaction with friends and meet new people often. 

Name: mo | Date: May 12th, 2006 5:23 AM
Do some research. If you don't even know any of the benefits of it, why would you want to do it? 

Name: n.n. | Date: May 23rd, 2006 6:31 PM
My neice was (home schooled) by her mother and all she did was watched t.v. all day and they did nothing that had to do with school. Personally I don't see how a parent can possibly home-school a child unless the parent has some sort of teaching experience along with a certificate,it shouldn't be allowed! Even teachers assistants now have to be certified so if a parent isn't then they have no business homeschooling their children!!!!!! 

Name: l | Date: May 26th, 2006 6:38 AM
Where was your neices parents when all this happened???? WHO THE HECK LETS THEIR CHILD WATCH TV WHEN THEY'RE SUPPOSE TO BE HS???? Any idiot who lets their child do that has no business being homeschooled parents.. and have you read the news lately ... any "true" homeschooled kid.. will blow a public schooled kids grades out of academic water... GOOD LUCK 

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