I have successfully made it through a year with awesome results and love to hear others advice!!
I would tell them to try and change there own thinking first, from conventional schooling methods to home schooling.
Do not try to imitate, or bring the "school" home.
If the child is being pulled from a conventional school, give him/her, as well as yourself a period (a few weeks to a few months) to de-school.
De-schooling means do no, or next to nothing academically.
Go do fun stuff, read, and just get to know each other.
Find out your teaching, and his/her learning style before buying any materials.
If possible go to some workshops at a home school convention, and join a local home school support group.
dont do it
well, i wouldnt homeschool,
but good for u
i go to reg. school. why would you want to be homeschooled? i think its dumb.
^^ yes sorry about that it was mean. my bad.
Keep going on. Keep your kids in activities. Let them invest their time in things they like.
I wouldn't really recommend homeschooling. There are some social skills that just aren't developed by homeschooling.
if you are doing it for religious reasons just so you can fit in a few bible classes and not get exposed to evolution theory don't do it beause in these cases the people are never ready for the world they will enter later
I would have to say that the world is yours to learn anything you want and how you want.
I would not home school a child.
Keep up the great work! I would say that the best thing would be to find a local homeschool group or at a minimum an online group for support share ideas etc.
Too bad that those that don't understand homeschooling have to show their ignorance here.
What do teachers tell the kids when in class "be quiet and socialize on your own time"
Don't listen to negative remarks. My kids started in the public school system. They were only a shell of what they could have been. I pulled them out and hs them. They are so happy I can not believe that I even left them in so long. I used to worry about them before now I know they are ok. Good luck and join lots of groups.
I have been homeschooled for eight years and it is the best way to go. I don't have much advice, but I just want to say congratulations on your success!
My children are almost grown and all back in school (my oldest is homeschooling at the cc) but I will always cherish the 7 years that we spent homeschooling. It brought us closer together as a family and I have so many fond memories of our time together.
Homeschooing is not for everyone but if you have the committment, it can be a wonderful rewarding experience for the mom and the kids.
My biggest piece of advice is to relax. Folks go into hs'ing thinking that they have to do it all and do it NOW. You don't
You have so much one-on-one time with your kids that the schools cannot possibly provide. Everything will get done in it's own time.
Don't try to set up school-at-home. Homeschooling is different usually. There are some that like the school-at-home but your kids are going to sit in a desk for 7 hours a day they might as well be in a school frankly.
With homeschooling you can get out and experience the world a lot more then the poor kids with their tails sitting in a seat all day with only kids their own age to deal with.
My dd was always told she "socialized" too much at school. *grin* But then all these anti-hs'ers tell you that you should send your kids to school for the "socialization". LOL What a contradiction. My dd gets so much more "socialization" at home then she ever did at school.
My best advice would be Always keep moving on I mean some kids are a challenge and always want to fight but keep teaching and giving assingments they will be thankful in the long run!
Hope this helps!
I would tell them to ignore all the nay sayers and do what is best for their family. Have fun with your studies and kids and do lots of "field trips". They will remember and cherish them.
With having an adhd child, homeschooling is right up my alley. My advice to you would to go for it! No matter how each and every day goes, having your child home with you is one of the most important family decision you could make. Your child will always remember as they grow that you took your time to believe in your child and how she/he is learning and what they are learning. PS this past year as the schedule went for 1st grade, my son had a total of 3 1/2 hours of instruction. With this information, homeschooling is the way to go! Go for it!
<--- home schooled and public school and private school. I have to say, interaction with other children and groups is the best way to learn. Private school where you can more attention but still have some interaction was definitely the best. The main benefits of home schooling is the individual attention from someone who knows the children, and can monitor progress. I think Home schooling in high school is optimum if available. In the younger years it is key to social developement to be in a group setting. I have been a pediatric nurse and the number of children who get sick suprisingly is a high relative percentage of home schooled children. I think in part this has to do with building up immunity by being around all these other germs and getting sick a little here and a little there. Once past 6th grade I recommend Home schooling, before then absolutely not.
Take some time and journal your own thoughts on why you want to homeschool. What is your purpose and what do you want to accomplish? What are your goals for your children? After you have expressed all your reasons and thoughts, compile your main ideas into a "Mission Statement" or a "Motto" for your homeschool. Print it out and post it somewhere in your main home school room or area, so that you can easily see it.
When you have a hard day with your children, or you're being abused with anti-homeschooling propaganda and well-meaning friends, or just feeling the normal day-to-day frustrations, you can re-read your statement and remind yourself of why you are homeschooling. It will help you get through the hard times (and there will definitely be some)!
Best of luck!
My advice to enjoy the time with your kids and have fun, next I would say to not "marry yourself" to one method or curriculum strictly, but to try different things and find what works best for each subject, for each child. The other thing would be not to worry too much about all the nay-sayers. Most just like to criticize what they don't understand.
Push the envelope.
I went to private school for a while and they learned elementary French in 4th grad (age 10) and Spanish in 5th grade (age 11).
I got a telescope at age 11 and unschooled myself in Astronomy.
I got movie equipment and recording equipment and unschooled myself in sound and filmmking and animation
I went to private school for electronics at age 12.
My mother homeschooled me in touch typing at age 7.
I wrote my first book at age 8.
Got published in Sky and Telescope at age 16.
Push the envelope.
A 10 or 11 year old can handle programming in BASIC
That includes dealing with trigonomic operators.
A 10 or 11 year old can handle Photoshop.
There is no reason why the average 16 year old can't go to college or be college ready.
One of the smartest kids I knew when I was growing up ended up driving a taxi after flunking out of the best technical school in the country. He couldn't handle the people part of it. Socialization is important. That is possible for a homeschooled kid, just a little more difficult. You have to work at it.
I can't narrow it down to one piece of advice, LOL! it's too hard!
I would advice them to relax, absolutely! Most newbie homeschoolers are super nervous thinking they won't be able to do it all, thinking they won't be able to "keep up" with the public school, thinking "What if I mess my kids up?!".
First of all, you don't HAVE to do it all. What is "doing it all" anyways? One of the joys of homeschooling (and there are many) is allowing your children to work at their own pace.
As for keeping up with the public school, why would you want to keep up with a failing system?
And you won't mess up your kids, unless you let them sit around watching tv or playing video games all day long.
Another piece of advise I'd give, would be to realize the signs of "burnout" and let up a little when you see it occurring. If you're using a program that doesn't work, sell it and get something new. Sometimes, just taking a much needed break can do wonders. Take a week off or even a few days just to go to the park, read, and just relax.
Also, the first year is usually the hardest so I'd tell them to just keep on keeping on...it will get better as you find your niche.
I homeschool all my kids. Really, you just have to find what works for you. What I do and what someone else does might be totally different, but it works for us! I completely understand what you mean about people who are so negative. Why do they care so much? I don't criticize them for sending their kids to school, so why criticize me for homeschooling mine? You have to learn to ignore those people. You're doing what you feel is best and that's nobody elses decision to make! Good Luck!
P.S. I have noticed that alot of the people who don't like homeschooling say it's because your children won't know how to interact with other kids, or that they get sick more because they haven't built up an immunity to other sick kids, or that everyone who homeschools is some sort of religious fanatic.
Good grief! Do they really think that we just sit, shut up in our homes all day long and never leave the house or touch other people? Or go to the park? Or go to the many, many other activities that are available for those who homeschool? Or play with friends (most of whom go to public school)? Or have sleepovers? Yeah, they're probably right. I never go to the grocery store, or the library, or anywhere outside the home LOL. For me, the beauty of homeschool is the fact that it gives you so much freedom to do other things, both educational and not. We go on field trips with other homeschoolers, our kids play T-ball and basketball and soccer on real teams against other public schools. The only thing our kids don't have is a crowded classroom with only one teacher for everyone. Our kids get one on one time everyday. We know right away if they are failing to grasp something or if they are excelling! My family actually belongs to a program that is connected directly to our school district, where we have access to teachers and all the other resources available to public school kids. Maybe you can check to see if something like this exists in your community. I love homeschool, and I can't imagine sending my kids to public school. But I'm not going to go around bad-mouthing people who do. It's every parents own decision and I wish some people could appreciate that.
Homeschool is the best idea, as far as I am concerned, if the parent is willing to invest time in their children. A parent is the only person who truly understands their child's strengths and weaknesses, and the curriculum can be adjusted accordingly. Homeschool offers one on one teaching, which is proven to be the best way to learn. Socialization is not a problem. The child can still be friends with the children in the neighborhood, and can be active in group activities like sports, clubs, dance or music lessons, or church groups. The parent also has control over what the child is taught and not taught, removing the worry (these days) that the school is teaching their child something inappropriate or against their beliefs. Also, homeschool removes the problem of bullies, or school violence in general, that so many schools have these days. All in all, it is the best way to get the best education for your child, and have peace of mind about what your child is learning, and who they are hanging out with.
First CONGRATULATIONS on your first year! Isn't it the BEST feeling in the world?!
As far as telling someone who was concidering it - my advice would be to speak from your heart.
Some of the things that I mention when defending myself to the idiots out there (you know close-minded folk) or when telling someone who is on the edge of it are:
1- I know what my child is learning and when. Even more importantly I know what she ISN'T learning.
2- "How was your day" is a cold statement that won't ever be needed. "How about the playground to celebrate you finally understanding that tough concept" isn't.
3- I can challenge my child when she needs to be challenged, and I can give her a break when she needs one. It is on OUR schedule - not on the schedule of the majority of 30+ students.
4- My child is an individual. She will never be a statistic to a cold system of childhood limitations. She will use her imagination, she will flourish, and there is nothing wrong with doing your homework in crayon!
5 - I love my kids. I want what is best for them. A teacher - no matter how dedicated - will ever be their #1 supporter.
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