Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Thinking about homeschooling?

 So, this is our homeschooling journey. As I mentioned previously, I had had a blog dedicated to just homeschooling at one time, but decided to combine them. So from time to time you will see blog posts about homeschooling here.Why I decided to do it,what we are using and what weare doing,etc.
    The  choice to homeschool isnt for everyone.It has its disadvantages, for example, if money and financial security is important to you, and you like to make lots of it,then this isnt the best option for you. This has been thegreatest struggle for me personally. But through this journey I have come to realize that Time=Money. It is perhaps even more valuable.
   Speaking of time, you dont really get much to yourself,that is unless you are willing to wake up in the wee hours of the morning before everyone is out of bed. Yeah, I dont do a whole lot of You have to sometimes be really creative,in my case, often retreating to the bathroom for some alone time. To this day, my daughter still *thinks* I have a potty
   Thinking about homeschooling and dont know where to start? Or is it something you have just always wondered about? How does it work? Well, to start, to need to find out what your states rules are. Alot of states require mandatory testing,have attendance laws, require you to keep records,etc. Fortunately, my state does none of that(or guess I should say unfortunately for some) You can find out your states rules here .
    What about curriculum and books and such?Well, there are several ways you can go for this. Did you know that there are online public schools? In this particular situation, your child would have a teacher, and you would be considered their "learning coach" .Although its not for everybody,it is definately an option for parents who are having issues with their local school system.Or maybe for families who move around or travel alot.
  As far as teaching your child yourself, anyone can do it. You dont have to write out your own lessons plans, there are some wonderful curriculums out there that do it for you. You dont have to "teach" them everything. Figure out what your strongest subjects are, as well as your weakest and go from there. My favorite subjects to teach are science and history, and while i am pretty good at those, i am terrible at math. So, we do a DVD/CD rom math curriculum where actual teachers tutor her. Its great.
    You will want to start buy figuring out what your childs learning style is. here is a little quiz to help you determine that. Because every child has different needs and learnes differently, this is very important.Here  you will find an article about the four main types of learning styles.
   So, hopefully this has been some help to you and will be enough info to get your started. I am always open to questions, so if you have one, just leave it in the comments section.

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