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rk11925 Said,
May 23rd, 2011 @2:47 am  

Our eight year old will be entering the third grade. We have given the public school system three years and I was NOT impressed. Our little girl is sick all the time. I have had several incidents this year where she came home from school with a fever as high as 104.2. She even went to the school nurse who shipped her back to class with a cough drop. (I was not happy & yes I told them about it) I have done so much research on homeschooling I think I can write a book.LOL I can implement areas of studies important to our upbringing, such as Bible studies. I can teach her science in true facts instead of the false teaching they do in public schools. There is alot of information out there, I suggest that you do research and gather as much info as possible. If you are interested in a Christian homeschool curriculum. My Fathers World is awesome and inexpensive. The website There are many cyber schools as well. I simply got on the Internet and typed in homeschooling and WOW!
I wish you and your family the best. Their education is the most important decision you as their parent can make. If I can help you any more please contact me Thur my profile.
P.S. Yes, my daughter gets sick easily, she was born sick. When she returns to school after missing a week she ends up with a relapse because parents send their children to school sick, instead of keeping them and their germs at home. It just seems as thou I am teaching her at home as much as she goes to school, so she does not fall too far behind. I will follow all of the states guidelines so please be sure to check your states protocol.
I just wanted to add that our daughter is really excited and has been telling all of her friends for weeks now of our decision. They even made her a card because they will miss her.(I think that is precious)Thanks.

Belle Said,
May 23rd, 2011 @3:04 am  

You need to decide which is more important – yourself or your children/family.

The rest follows from that decision.

hsmom Said,
May 23rd, 2011 @3:17 am  

Well first of all, you’re right. You do have PLENTY of time to figure it all out.

Most of us who home school our children are independent and want to contribute to the family as well. It’s all about balance.

I don’t contribute by making the money, but I do make sure that it’s spent properly. I don’t hang out with other adults all day but I do make sure that I make time for friends. It’s important not to get too wrapped up in any one thing. That’s true with life in general. Also, burn out is very common among home school moms.

Everyone comes to the decision in a different way. For us one of the biggest factors was because we had absolutely no time as a family anymore. The kids were gone all day, when they came home they only had a couple of hours before they had to go to bed just to get up and do it all over again the next day. And they were only 7 and 8 years old! They were soooo burned out. They didn’t like learning. I could see the love for it being crushed by the monotony of school.

So, I decided to home school them. I did my research and presented the idea to my husband. He said we could try it for 1 year and if it didn’t work out they would go back to public school. We are now going into year 3 and my husband is the biggest fan of home schooling you are likely to find. LOL

Keep researching and asking questions. You’ll know what’s right when the time comes. :)

RE Said,
May 23rd, 2011 @3:59 am  

Public school and homeschooling are not mutually exclusive. I enjoyed going to excellent public schools but also received a lot of enrichment education at home and in the community. You can take your kids to the library and on field trips, to art events and classical concerts, get them involved in playing sports and musical instruments, and expose them to vacation travel and almost all of the same extracurricular experiences that home-schooled children brag about. One of the most important of these is to have the whole family sit down to dinner together and talk. Kids who regularly participate in adult conversations, especially if they include current events and philosophical and ethical discussions, do very well in school and in life.

While the kids are in school you can work part-time without feeling that you are depriving them in any way, and yet still be there for them all the hours that they are home from school. Meanwhile, you will be more fulfilled and will contribute to the family resources. As for college tuition, I always promised my kids to pay for it at the state college level. If they wanted to go to better schools than that, I encouraged them to study hard, get good grades, and earn scholarships to pay for it. Which they did.

Many choices in life are not either/or, but both/and.

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