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When I was a kid I always thought it would be cool to be homeschooled. I don't really know why...i guess I thought you would get to slack off or something. But now I think homeschooling is a great way to bond the family together and to allow kids to explore their own interests. I am thinking of homeschooling my own children, but I worry that they will miss out on some of the fun things that happens at public school. Field trips and school plays and all that can be really good for kids. any tips on how to make my decision?
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Name: Kylesmommy | Date: Jun 24th, 2005 10:49 PM
Follow your heart. You can get involved with your local Home School Group and have more field trips and plays and activities than you could possibly participate in. 

Name: Tia | Date: Jul 1st, 2005 10:50 AM
You can take field trips with your child and get credit for them if you homeschool your child. There are probably other kids in your area that are homeschooled and you could even do the trip together. Your worried about the things he'll miss out on if he doesn't go to school but think of all you can provide him with if you homeschool like family values which this country is loosing. You'll be able to teach your child with how he's comfortable learning rather then one standard method of teaching. Your child won't have as many distractions in the home. Public schools are too crowded, there's peer pressure, bully's, class clowns that disrupt the class. Seriously look into finding others in your area who homeschool to set up activities if your worried about isolating your child. Do a search on the computer of your area, Call local churches, or even call the schools to find others in your area and talk with them about their experiences with homeschooling. 

Name: Patti | Date: Dec 13th, 2005 3:17 AM
I agree with Kylesmommy and Tia. Our homeschooling group ALWAYS has something going on. There are 50 kids in our group, ranging from K-12, so there is never a lack of something to do with the other kids.
As for allowing the kids to explore their own interests, I agree. I do make sure that my son gets all the subjects required. He has so many things he wants to explore, I told him it's going to take more than 1 yr of homeschooling, for him to learn everything he's just dying to learn, so I told him this year, he can do all astronomy for science. ( he got to choose the topic for science this year ) Next year, he'll be studying Ancient Egypt for the year ( his choice ) So it makes it wonderful, as I see him really digging deep into the topics he is so anxious to delve into.
Sorry for getting off track. LOL My son is active in church, 4-H, and there's many places that offer classes during the day to homeschoolers. He'll be starting such a class next month, when he signs up for tae kwando. He also takes guitar lessons during the day, and there are always a couple of kids there for him to play with when they are waiting their turn, or for their particular instructor to be ready for them.
This is our first year, and I have never seen such a social butterfly, as my son!!! We go out to coffee a lot, or go shopping, and let me tell ya.... he has so many friends out there, adult and children alike, that during his free time, I almost never see him, he's so busy with his friends LOL 

Name: jojowentbyby | Date: Jan 11th, 2006 8:10 PM
our school district allows us to participate in all of those thinge is we like. There are also homeschool groups who do those things with eachother. I was worried about the same thing but i have since realized how much my child was missing out on being forced to sit in a chair for 5 hours a day. While the other children were learning about the pilgrims we went to the Plymouth Plantation and saw how the colonists and natives lived and ineracted and then visited the replica of the Mayflower ans Plymouth Rock. She would have missed out on so much had I left it to a teacher stuck in a class room to tell her about those things. 

Name: LAURI | Date: Feb 7th, 2006 10:39 AM

Name: Tracy | Date: Apr 12th, 2006 4:12 AM
Dual enrollment...you can have your children take band, enjoy drama, play in sports, take speech...whatever. But, remember...there are a world of things that your children will experience that public school kids may not...like weeklong vacations visiting educational sites and just having fun, field trips without a strenouse time schedule, a bully/peer pressure free environment to be who you want to be and be loved in it, a teacher that will always have you as a favorite, days off just for lolly, field trips weekly...just because you can...lol...i could go on and on. 

Name: Heather | Date: Apr 24th, 2006 4:57 PM
i was homeschooled from 7th grade to 9th and i loved it i didnt want to go back to public school you can always make plans to go on trips to what your child is learning write now say its fish go to a planitartium for a day and inroll your child in soccer softball what ever and he wil make friends i did i i still keep in touch with them i hated school untill i was homeschooled andits a great way to bond for life with your children! 

Name: mam | Date: Jul 6th, 2006 9:52 PM
Well, can't you take your own trips to the museum and the zoo, etc.? I think we can enrich our kids with activities as well or better than public school can. We as parents can learn some new things along the way too and we wouldn't have to worry about if the head count was correct when we got back on the bus! 

Name: jade | Date: Jul 21st, 2006 6:47 PM
i think that if you teach your kids at home it would be fine i was home schooled and i think it is better then shcool
because no bulleys and well yea you have to face life but why be beten up every day by older kids i think that all kids should not have to do that but most kids don't tell there parents so i think and know that all kids do not deserve to be beeten up that is why home school is good for kids 

Name: Lynn | Date: Jul 24th, 2006 4:25 AM
Homeschooling can provide an education that is sensitive to your child's individual needs and abilities. I did it even as a single parent and my twelve year old made college entrance scores high enough for Ivy League. And... it did it unschooling...nothing formal. When I finally due to my cancer put him in public school, the principal said he did well in school in "spite" of being homeschooled, but I knew having taught in that school that he did well because he was homeschooled. Now, if you do it in a sloppy manner, with the TV always on and low expectations, you might not get good results. But, you are in control of that. 

Name: Conor | Date: Jul 26th, 2006 10:15 PM

Name: Jai | Date: Aug 21st, 2006 1:05 AM
I have been working at a school that is part-time. I have seen really successful homeschooling moms, but I have to say the majority of the parents I have worked with are failing miserably. They are not putting their best efforts into their children. I am not sure why they think they are giving their children a better education than they could get in public or private school. It is frankly frustrating to see how poorly these children are educated. The majority are far behind the kids I taught in public school in previous years. It makes me so mad. If you are seriously considering homeschooling, please be prepared to surrender most of your day to it. Take your phone off of the hook and don't get on the computer. Keep the TV shut off. Set "school" hours that are uninterrupted. The best homeschooling moms I have seen do not have a life during "school" hours. I am sure you can offer your children an excellent education, but I beg you to make the commitment that is required to do so. -Jai 

Name: Patti | Date: Aug 22nd, 2006 12:42 AM
We are active members in our homeschool group, and they have more stuff planned for the school year, than we can keep up with! 10 field trips, we're getting a band together, holiday parties, etc.

Someone asked how to find a homeschool group. Go to www.hslda.com, and look up your state, and organizations. It will give a list of umbrella schools in your area. 

Name: Cindy | Date: Aug 23rd, 2006 3:59 AM
I had the same concerns before I began to homeschool. After homeschooling now for three years; my son, now 11, has been in two plays, has many playdates through homeschool suport groups, and has been on more field trips than he ever was the three years he attended public school. He does very well on his end of the year state test and is suceeding academically. He was accepted in the Duke talented Identification Program my second year homeschooling. The biggest miracle of all is how his self esteem has grown. He was labled as attention deficit in public school and condidered unable to focus. Now he soars at the top percentiles on standard test and does better socially than ever before. I once thought homeschooling was crazy but now it has been the biggest blessing our family has ever known! I will pray for your decission. It was the best one I ever made!


Name: Lizzi | Date: Sep 5th, 2006 5:44 PM
How can you homeschool your children unless you are certified in the education department? As far as the fun stuff goes,you can take your own trips to different interesting places. 

Name: maralinn | Date: Nov 8th, 2006 7:45 PM
This is a hard decision. Once you start homeschooling it becomes a life style. It is a wonderful one for us and I love it but it means I have to work at a job that I am overqualified for and at nights and evenings. I'd rather do this than put my kids in school and daycare. I have a background in english, arts, and psychology, so I feel above qualified to homeschool. I also am doing it because I think it fits with my xhildrens personalities. They love to be active. One thing I have to say is that homeschooling has caused my children to think for themselves. Your kids may miss out on somethings and that is just the way it is. However, there are a lot of homeschoolers out there so joining a group, or other clubs my be an option. To decide think of how you want your life to look in ten years. Then twenty. And finally, what you want people to say about you at your funeral. Homeschooling is a life style and challanges your time, values, and energy. 

Name: Elle1 | Date: Mar 15th, 2007 11:17 PM
If you are scared your child will miss out on feild trips and thing like that. Why not take your child comewere for the day. Then get them to wriite a report on it. Or let them chooise somthing ot do a projetc on, and get out of the house and you both go have a look at it. And for pllays and sport, children can do that outside of school. Join a local theater group or team sport. 

Name: Elle1 | Date: Mar 15th, 2007 11:18 PM
I replied ot this in the other one you posted. 

Name: new | Date: Aug 1st, 2007 1:19 PM

Name: hateitall | Date: Aug 30th, 2007 7:21 AM
Homeschooling deprives younger kids of socilization, which they need, or else they will most likely grow up socially inept, with self esteem issues and depression, I know this because I am homeschooled, and you need to let you kids be around other kids or they will not know how to act around them, they need to learn theese skills now. 

Name: supressed home"schooler" | Date: Oct 4th, 2007 4:18 PM
DO NOT hoMESCHOOL. but if you do , make sure ur kids get tons of social outlets, sports, etc. otherwise they will be FREAKS. 

Name: jeff is cool | Date: Oct 16th, 2007 5:25 AM
homeschooling sucks.......but i'm like the coolest guy ever! 

Name: Tasha | Date: Nov 15th, 2007 2:26 PM
Hi I am really un happy at school i have already moved schools once and for a while my new school was great but good things never last forever. I really really want to be homeschooled i an in my GCSE years but i don't think my mum will let me could somone tell me what i cam do to convince her. I am in top sets at school so know i can manage i am also very commited please someone help. 

Name: Angel | Date: Dec 7th, 2007 8:18 PM
hey ppl 

Name: cjt11 | Date: Dec 13th, 2007 4:21 PM

Name: Brittney | Date: Jan 10th, 2008 5:46 PM
I would love to talk to some people that are my age (14) but no web sight will let me so I love if yall would i'm homeschooled too. 

Name: dazel | Date: Jan 16th, 2008 5:04 PM
(kid) i really really want 2 be homeschooled with my friend but my said that it is not a good i dea but i live far away from my school and it costing my mum a fortune to get me there and i am trying really hard 2 get my mum convinced that homeschooling is great cause my school is so crap and i will never get good grades 4 my GCSE's please give me some addvice 2 try and get my mum convinced....i am desperate....xx 

Name: I HATE SCHOOL | Date: Jan 16th, 2008 5:06 PM

Name: Dianne Dold | Date: Apr 11th, 2008 9:42 PM
I'd love to correspond with other Home-Schooling mum's. We 've been doing "Christian home-schooling since 2000. Mathew is now 20yrs, Joshua is 13yrs, Aaron is 5yrs and my daughter Kelly is 6 months old. I'd appreciate any kind of "Encouragement & Support" and of course "Prayer Requests" GOD BLESS U ALL, looking forward for any response, Kind Regards, Di 

Name: Stone | Date: Aug 28th, 2008 2:35 AM
As a 7th grade teacher, I get the kids that have been home schooled from kindergarten to 6th grade. The parents decide that things are getting too tough, so they then send them to school. There have been very few (2 out of around 30) that did not come to me with some sort of deficiency. If the mother was good at writing, the kids could write. If Mom could do math, they could do math. But, they lack the other skills. They tend to come in at least one grade level behind their peers, especially in spelling and writing (grammar). They read like a dream, since that is what they seem to spend most of their time doing. Science knowledge - forget it. Social studies - only the parts that Mom and Dad were interested in. Unless you live in an area where the schools are horrific, don't do it. Kids need to have experience to make good decisions. Sad, but some of these experiences have to be making bad decisions - that is the way we all learn. They don't get much experience sitting at home talking to Mom and never hearing any new ideas other than the limited views their well meaning parents supply to them. Wouldn't you rather they have some experiences with new ideas while you are still there to help them digest it, instead of when you finally let them out of your sight and you have no way to mold them? 

Name: j | Date: Oct 9th, 2008 11:37 PM

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