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  1. #21
    Originally posted by 30something:

    Hi Jewel,

    I hope you didn't think I was disagreeing with you. I quoted Indy in my last post and was disagreeing with him!

    Shannon
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    I'm sorry I wasn't clearer about it Shannon, I got that you were disagreeing and appreciate your input. You are so right, there are some bad teachers out there now but for the most part I think they're overwhelmed. Last year Melissa was in a different school (they moved some of the students to different schools claiming there were too many students) and had less than 20 people in her class there. Now she has almost 30, which is the biggest class she's ever been in.

    Thanks again Shannon .

    Jewel

  2. #22
    http://homeschoolcentral.com/support...homeschool.htm

    Ok so...have you seen this yet? I am sure that you have begun this research but I remembered the need my friends had of some kind of Homeschool Legal Defense...and a bunch of coordination to get their kids out of public school in such a way as they could get back in when or if they chose to. Seems like there are lots of topics in here.

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  3. #23
    I'm glad to see that there are parents out there who care enough about there kids to do this, it sounds like a great thing.

    I had one caregiver who thought that teachers should be the only people teaching, not parents. She was so extreme that she thought preschool should teach potty training and how to tie shoes. She would also not help her kids (she has 6) with homework or encourage reading.

    I hope everything goes well for you, I have seen some great results from home schooling.

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    home school is one of the biggest reasons i'm so weird and have problems relating to people.

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    Hi Diamond,

    I am a school counselor for a academic recovery charter school. We have both an independent study and home school programs. IMO, homeschooling isn't for everyone. We have students who do well, and others who drop out (well, we actually drop them). It really depends on the parents and family structure. Also the reasoning as to why they want their child homeschooled.
    There are different types of "homeschooling." I do not recommend the programs where parents are basically on their own to provide students with curriculum, classes, etc. We have had families come to our program after they "self taught" their child from home and the child was actually behind in grade level.
    I would recommend finding a program where they provide curriculum, courses, and tests. Also where they assign you a credentialed instructor to visit every month and monitor the instruction and answer questions.
    The home school program at my school assesses the student to find their reading and math levels prior to assigning classes. The family meets with the I.S. (Instructional Specialist-credentialed teacher) every 20 days to collect/hand-out materials, answer questions, etc. This assures that the student is getting classes that meet the state standards, the students level, and records acheivement. The biggest advantage is to ensure that although the student is going at their pace..they are not falling behind.
    The other thing to keep in mind is if/when your child decides to go back to traditional school. Will the school accept the credits/classes that you had given? Since your child is 5th grade, there shouldn't be a problem. But make sure that the curriculum you provide is state standard material.
    One more thing. If you put your child into outside sports, activities, and clubs then their should be no worries in regards to socialization.
    Good luck.
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    Originally posted by scaligirl:

    One more thing. If you put your child into outside sports, activities, and clubs then their should be no worries in regards to socialization.
    i strongly disagree.

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    Originally posted by Cspine:

    Originally posted by scaligirl:
    One more thing. If you put your child into outside sports, activities, and clubs then their should be no worries in regards to socialization.
    i strongly disagree.

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    Why do you strongly disagree? Just curious.

  8. #28
    Jewel - I think homeschooling is a good idea. I'm considering it for my kids (when I have them some day). The only thing I ever worried about with homeschooling was socialization, and that problem seems to be solved. Good luck to you and your daughter.

    If you homeschool right through to grade 12 isn't it true that you write a GED test at the end to prove that you've learned everything you should have? If this is the case, can your daughter get into university with a GED? I'm not meaning to be negative, I just don't want you to overlook anything that is potentially very important. In Canada you can get into college, but not university with a GED.... but, if you take a year of college first you can get in to some of the universities.

    I could be completely wrong about this, it was just something I remember hearing somewhere. It's worth looking into though, if you ask me. I wouldn't want you unknowingly limit what your daughter can do later in life.

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    Krysi,

    In the US, you can get into a community college with a GED, but not a four year university. You can transfer from a community college to a four year with the appropriate classes and credits.

    Some homeschooling programs (like the one I work with) works toward a high school diploma. We are accredited, and the diploma is equivalent to a traditional high school.

    I'm not sure how things work in Canada though.

  10. #30
    okay my two cents

    1st:scaligirl what you describe in your "perfect world" where there are checks by trained officials....this is why most people go to homeschooling in the first place..... gov't intervention in every part of our lives is not the answer

    2nd: if you want to make a homeschooler mad say "well what about socialization?" duh there again one of the main reasons we don't want our developing children thrown in the pit of hell you call normilazation "school"

    3rd developmental our children are always complemented on their manners, politeness, and their ability to cope with any social situation......... with the local homeschool group we have over 160 families that have multiple activities on a daily basis. What you don't realize is that while your at work that we are taking advantage of local discounts at buisnesses that appreciate our morning and afternoon buisness (bowling,skating, gaming areas, play areas, museums, theatrical companies, the arts, play grounds, and sooooo many more) we have to pick and choose between tooooo many activites....

    my 6 year old is doing multiplication and division, can count money and read books.......

    if school is tough we stop and work with it in a none threating atmosphere, when it is easy we advance, all at his pace not the slowest in the room

    my oldest made straight "A's" except for conduct and that was explained to us as "it is because he gets finished too early and then tries to talk in class" oh heavens me a little boy who tries to talk in class..........

    what is the best part? I get to see the expression on his face when he gets it, really gets it....it is as important to me (and him) as his first steps

    but in your world I would see his first steps on a surveilance camera at some day care, while some minimum wage works applauds his efforts? no no no no and again I say NO!

    why do you worry so much about those who want to homeschool? oh I know, it threatens your job security? or is it you think you are the only one qualified to teach our children? and when the children become unmanageable? well we have a drug for that makes the easy to teach......

    oh well just my opinion as a stupid homeschool father

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