Homeschooling. I want to home school my 9 and 7 year old.?
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You may want to do UNSCHOOLING for the first few months while you research your other options–my children were already burned out on traditional schooling when I pulled them and we all needed this transition to find a whole new way to actually enjoy learning.
For me, the first few months were allowing them to be children and have fun and for all of us to reconnect in a new way.
I am sure God will give you the wisdom you need and the direction He wants you to go ….God Bless.
We unschool seven kids, and I always say homeschooling is free. You don’t have to buy any curriculum to keep them learning, when i was really concerned about academics, i followed the PASS for our state from our local school, very easy to follow http://www.norman.k12.ok.us/088/index_files/page0001.html
When you look at second and fourth grades, you’ll see that it’s quite easy to do this. Took us less than an hour a day, in four months we were on to the next grade. We just maintained our usual schedule, lots of play time, and put this in two hours a day. When I was put on bedrest, I thought there was no way we could continue. But lo and behold, the kids were STILL learning! They would come up and share the most amazing stuff, and that’s when I was sold on unschooling. They DON’T need a bunch of books and worksheets to be amazing, smart people. What we have spent money on we probably would have done anyway, memberships to the zoo and science museum, the art and history museums, etc. We spend a bit on gas (although nothing near $8000) to drive to festivals and open houses for businesses and manufactories to see how things are made or done, or were done years ago.
Think of it as a vacation year…if nothing else. Public schools only take 13 years because of the way they are set up to serve everyone. Homeschooling takes so much less time that you could teach them an entire year in a month. And DON’T try to be a teacher, you are a mom who’s teaching them, that’s all. Being a teacher will ruin your relationship.
An online school is a good bet because they have all the subjects and teachers. The downside is that you probably don’t want your young children to be in front of the computer all day.
The biggest education fallacy people believe is that children must be taught, in the sense that you must provide them with a certain set of facts. You don’t need to fill their heads up; let them explore.
I would recommend finding some sort of Bible study program, Saxon math homeschool versions -easily found free or cheap through a homeschool group- and then ask your girls what they want to learn about. A quick Google search and a library card will do wonders.
I have never used a curriculum. I’m 15, and in my first graded class. On every test I’ve taken, I’ve scored at above-college level. I only have one tutor and that’s for math, 90 minutes once a week.
Curiosity is innate. They will end up with the education they need for the lives they’re going to live.
Don’t stress about it too much.
Best of luck.
It takes dedication, but it is well worth doing and the interesting thing is that home schooled children learn how to learn – and are often better educated than those who are only one of thirty kids in a class.
Good luck with it.
There are everything from boxed curriculums to a more eclectic way to teach. I just choose what I think will work for each individual child.
If you search for homeschool material you will find a lot of online stores. Ask for their catalogues. Spend time looking through them and you may get excited about what is out there to choose from. *grin*
There are a lot of great online support groups that can help you out. Take a look at www.theswap.com It’s a Christian support group. A wonderful place to get a lot of great info.
Plus, I’m sure you’ll find a physical support group in your area to get involved in. There are so many hs’ers out there. 🙂
make sure u still go on field trips and take them to a co-op or mettings with other homeschool kids there age/grade. You can also order books of the internet. for math i like A BEKA if that helps. (it is a cirriculum)
2. Use encyclopaedias. Picture and colours with text generally make an interestin read.
3. Do you have a PC at home? Then I suggest the following CD-ROMS available at the Discovery Store. Look in the kids category.
You can get much information and support just by reading past questions and answers here in this section.
You can do it.
All homes are schools.
You could be totally honest with her and tell her you don’t have a clue, but are willing to learn for your kids, and have her teach you what and how to teach them between her visits.
On the days she doesn’t come, follow up with easier parts of the curriculum or your own specialty (art, math, music, culture…), and take them to places where they’ll learn, like museums, worker’s unions, lakes – and you don’t have to be a trained ‘teacher’.
Lastly, google ‘home schooling support’ with the name of your state, and you WILL find groups that can help you.
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