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Homeschooling July 15, 2004 10:28 AM

I've realized our homeschooling was a very natural next step in AP. It was a natural thing for me, too! DO-ya?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Ooh.. I really wanted to July 15, 2004 11:45 AM

And my ex even supported that thinking... however divorcing him led me in another direction... that of my son's and my survival. So he ended up going "public".. same school district that I graduated from... it isn't that bad. But I think about the possibility of homeschooling yet.. he's going into the 3rd grade and with his personality I'm not sure that homeschooling would have worked with him. I have however "homeschooled" during the summer to keep thigns fresh... this is the first summer I haven't done much with him though. Now with DD we're hoping against hope that by the time she's 5 or so, I won't have to work full time... if that's the case we'll extend our parenting and teaching as she's getting now into homeschooling if at all possible. Especially because she'll miss the cutoff for public school Kindergarten so she'll be practicaly 6 when she starts Kindergarten... I have a feeling that by then she'll be past that and I don't want to dumb my kids down... but we'll have to see what happens til then. Plus the thought of an 18 year old going through senior year... I don't know.. I was 17 when I graduated just fine... heck, many of us were!  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
homeschooling July 18, 2004 8:50 PM

Yes, I graduated high school after only three years and I was barely 17. i actually planned that when I was in 8th grade and the high school counselor visited with planning info *grin* I sympathize with the divorce situation. I went to work in private homeschoooling academies in order to have the kids in them. Their dad never could support me teaching them, and wanted me to take my M.Ed. and go get a job as a waitress so I could bring home free food. This is literally what I was told. Somehow we never could come to a meeting of the minds, oh really? OK I can laugh now. The boys are kind and communicative with me and have done part schooling and part unschooling. The close relationships and thoughtfulness are way worth the time I spent and the income I did without.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 July 19, 2004 3:15 PM

We've decided to homeschool too. It's definately a natural extension of AP for me. I'm lucky to be in a position where I don't have to work full time. The way I see it, I wouldn't send my kids to daycare now and I'm not going to send them away to a government school just because they hit some "magical" age of five or six.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 09, 2004 9:04 PM

We homeschool. It is very important to me to do that for my dd. I understand that some peopl have situations where they cannot homeschool, but get tired of those who are for public schools only saying, "Oh, I don't think I could do that." Translation, "what are you thinking?" Nice to have groups where we can be who we are and not worry about anything else. Jenn  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
plan to September 09, 2004 10:35 PM

We're planning to homeschool if we can. Its still kinda up in the air, but it does feel like the next logical step.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 September 11, 2004 10:15 AM

My son is homeschooled. I recommend this to all parents. My son is 2 years old and know the entire alphabet, numbers 1-5, follows directions really well, says please, thank you, welcome, bless you, speaks in whole sentences most of them time, is learning to dress himself and brush his teeth, tells us how he is feeling(mad, sad, etc), uses forks and spoons, sings along to songs,and on and on. When you teach your kids, they learn better. Parents are the best teachers! Also, when you do decide to homeschool read up on activites, make sure to plan them out. Be prepared. If you don't your child won't get the most out of the learning experience and they might as well go to public schools.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
& my 2 Cents of advice as well :-) September 23, 2004 12:03 AM

I'm glad we homeschooled. Sometimes my sons wanted to go to school with their friends and then, they went. I supported their choices as best I could, but I see that peer pressures were very harsh. The happiest and healthiest is the one who gave up institutions early to pursue his natural interests independently. As to planning, I'm of the thinking that it's good to do our best and use our instincts and, sometimes, let love override any rules we've made up or learned. While studies show that 'school success' is highly correlated with parental involvement and the primary nurturer's level of ed. -- I've never seen a study that happiness relates to how many years we were institutionalized or how many papers we had indicating social approval for our behavior. The one study I heard of, quite a while ago, indicated that happy, successful people had only one thing in common -- their parents apologized to them when they were wrong! Unschooling and spontaneity can be very healthy, too, with humble parents who are learning all the time themselves. Ya have to laugh because this is coming from a teacher :-o who has raised three sons. I've been paddling upstream for many years ... refusing to call it 'backwards'. *grin* but the more I see of people trying to plan out school-at-home the more people I see giving it up as well. I'm a '60's throwback who finally found my niche in natural learning. It's very very individual, learning is. Some families and children really go for knowing what's coming up and a bit of a routine, but if that's not you, your learning journey might be a wholehearted daily adventure. It can be discouraging if a child has a wholly different learning style than we do, but if there is stress and disagreement that's a sign there's adjustment needed. You'll enjoy the journey... There are more and more resources on the 'net all the time so if you are reading this and just curious, I hope you have fun exploring, too! ~Kit  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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