The school system is so laid back. I don't see how my kids will find themselves getting equipped to face the future. So I'm snatching them away from the school and deciding to take care of their education myself. What do you think how I may be able to sustain the idea?
Facing the future will have a lot to do with how kids behave and interact with others. Removing them from that environment may do more harm than good.
Thank you everyone. It does help a lot to hear different views.
I tend to agree with this. It seems the wise parent pays a close eye on the homework, ensuring their child is provided with both, a learning challenge, and that they are meeting the challenge to the best of their ability. In other words, spend time on their homework with them. There are loads of extra curricular activities that can stimulate and challenge a young mind and get it working.
I am about to head off on a camping holiday with my niece and nephew and if you think they wont be learning the whole time you are wrong
We will be learning French! All of us, that includes me!
Well at least enough to order a cup of coffee or ask where the bathrooms are
(we did practice last year while camping here in the UK, simply because Ella had taken a french course at school and wanted to show off
When they grow up, are they going to live on the Moon? if you do not like their education - supplement it by extra lessons either by you or other qualified teachers or talented students, - that will be effective; and mostly teach your kids how to be selfeducated, how and where look for knowledge above school.
I am sure you will do great,since your motivation is in the right place!
It used to be that socialization was perhaps a negative ,years ago ,when the movement was new(ish) but not anymore.
There are several hundreds of kids who are homeschooled out of necessity as well ,isolated on islands or high back stations etc,they certainly appear very well rounded and adapt quickly to social situations.
School does not prepare you well for the 'real world' anyway IMO.
I wish you well in your endeavours~
I think that if you are willing to commit then its a wonderful idea. You will be closer to your kids, they will quite probably be better educated.
The biggest concern you will hear is about socialization. My general response is "Have you seen the public school system? Drugs, teenage pregnancy, truancy, violence? Socialization is what I'm trying to avoid!"
There are probably homeschool groups in your area, even my podunk town has 3. They gather for field trips and play groups. Sports like little league and community teams are open to homeschoolers as well. If you have a local YMCA then they usually have homeschooler hours for physical education.
Curriculum comes as either prepackaged or mix and match (the second option is good if you have a child a grade ahead or behind on a specific subject)There are literally thousands of websites that have supplemental materials as well.
If you suspect that someone in your life is going to start trouble about your decision or if you live in a liberal-leaning state (sorry lefties, you know I love you!) then you might want to consider investing in a membership to the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) besides providing free legal assistance should you need it, their website has a slew of information, discounts, and even a curriculum exchange.
P.S. If you are having difficulty finding a secular homeschooling curriculum you can always ask for a list of text books used in your childs grade by the school system and then ebay or half.com them for cheap. Religious curriculum, however, are everywhere.
If schools in your area are so bad, you can move to a different region, I guess. Are you going to protect your kids from real life that has good and bad people, drugs and violence, just by keeping them safely at home, till what age? And then what? Send them to a monastery? If they are not disabled or super talented, they can only benefit from a real school and socialization.
I would have to move to a different country I fear. When my older boys expressed interest in public schooling, I let them make the choice. They both entered the school system at different ages (10 and 16). Both are well-rounded, drug free, and blowing the doors off of the standardized testing.
And yes, if I need to I will protect my children until they are old enough to fully understand the choices that are offered to them. What do you do with your children?
My children have, and always will be happily socialized. Segregation by one year age groups is actually contrary to "real world" social situations. Where else in your life are you exposed to only people your exact age? And what socialization is occurring in a class room in which they are supposed to sit quietly and listen to lectures? The bus ride and recess/lunch are easily replaced by community sports, volunteer work, play groups etc.
i tend to agree with you a lot. and when i get to learn lately that many high paying jobs are actually mostly realized six years ago and that school system isn't making my kids get ready to get techy to face the swift changing times, ey i needed time to spend with them to figure things out taking at least a few steps ahead of their peers. Have we often heard of a ten year old boy already into filmmaking? photography? and now begins to make few bucks putting together a collage of photos to sell to his friends? I told him that he should be able to get out of my house when he reach age 12! Well, I was making a living at the age of five and paid my own high school tuition...no big deal.
Je voudrais/veux (voudrais is more formal) un cafe au lait s'il vous plait
Have fun kirsten
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