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Updated on February 23, 2013

Why We Homeschool

Choosing to Homeschool my children was due to the ineptitude of the public schools to keep their accreditation. They also refused to show any restraint in trying to force parents to put their children on Ritalin to make them zombies so the teacher could have a silent class.

My grandmother was a teacher so I always had the highest respect for teachers when I was in school.

It's not just the schools, a lot of their actions are reactive to the fact that entirely too many parents don't do their share in raising the children. They expect the school to be a babysitter and teach their children everything, including manners.

Things are not so good in some of the public schools anymore. The stories coming from the public education sector get more horrifying each year. Nearly every night there are stories on the news that have to do with school violence and teacher / student relationships, even in Elementary School!

Currently, the county I live in is fighting to keep it's accreditation and has been for a few years. There was a time a couple of years ago when the parents were offered placement for their students in other counties because the Board of Education just couldn't get it right.

How It Started

A Little Background

My youngest son, Christopher, has 3 older brothers, Michael, Billy, and Joey, who were homeschooled. Christopher was always present because he was a baby at the time. He learned quite a bit and was very far ahead when he started kindergarten. He never talked like a baby. He was always clearly understood and his sentences for the most part were correctly formed.

He started in public school because I had gone back to work when he was younger and he wanted to be with his friends in school. So, he did very well through the 5th grade. He was always at the top of his class, on the honor roll, and classified as a genius.

Our Homeschool Journey

Chris

When Chris graduated to the 6th grade I was little concerned. We lived about 1.5 miles from the school and they wanted him to walk, crossing a very busy road, to school. This bothered me but we agreed that he would walk with a group that were all going to the same school.

The very first day of school, he was met with aggression from another kid. He came home and stated firmly "I'm not going back to that school." Of course once he explained what happened I tried to talk to him and said I would talk to the teacher, counselor, principle...ANYONE who would listen and get it resolved. He very calmly explained to me that he could and would just NOT go to school. He left the house after me and I would never know the difference. As a working and now divorced parent I was trying to think how I was going to deal with this.

At that time he was 12 and I couldn't leave him home by himself for 10 hours a day. Even if I thought he was mature enough (which I didn't), the law wouldn't have allowed it. His older brothers had gone to live with their biological mom after my divorce from their dad.

I called my best friend, who had just moved back into town with her 4 children. She said it was funny I called because two of her daughters were going to homeschool instead of going to our broken down public schools. Well, thank God for my best friend. She was a stay-at-home mom and said he could come over there and study with her girls. One of them being only a few months older than Chris.

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Curriculum

Homeschooling materials

During the homeschooling decision making process the question is always "What curriculum, what method and by whom?"

For this particular child, it was pretty simple. He was going to school online. We signed him up at PennFoster for the high school program. This school is ACCREDITED.

I caught it at a time when it was $925. I made a down payment of $85 and monthly payments of $35. Actually, my parents volunteered to make payments because they wanted him homeschooled too! I couldn't beat that! This takes him all the way through high school! It will be paid for before he graduates.

He is currently carrying a 4.0 GPA and he only has 7 more courses. He should graduate with his peers if not before. Chris will be 16 next month. It's learn at your own pace so if we decide to take a vacation, we can. It just makes life easier not having to go by someone else's calendar.

The Misunderstandings of Homeschooling

What people don't know or understand can hurt sometimes

Homeschoolers have taken a really bad rap for many years. They have been thought of as religious freaks, socially disfunctional, mentally challenged or just plain weird. While some of these things MAY apply to some, on the whole it is not true.

Most of us are just tired of dealing with the Board of Education and the constant interference in our everyday lives. We can't even go to work without the school calling to say "your child has a nosebleed, you have to come get him" (not caring that I worked 60 miles from home) or "we feel your child needs to be on (some drug)." "The next time your child comes to school with a bruised knee, we'll have to call the authorities." No wonder our kids aren't getting the exercise they need. They can't play outside for fear of getting a scratch. Does any of this sound familiar?


Things to know

Homeschool supplies can be very expensive

As anyone who has ever thought about homeschooling their chid(ren) knows, the supplies can very cost prohibitive. Depending on the curriculum it can be in the thousands of dollars.

For Michael, Billy and Joey I found used books from the library and the schools. I also searched the internet for the next days lesson. This truly was a chore. The best place now to get your curriculum would be ebay. Used books, software, etc. that will help you in your journey to be free of having someone sitting in your back pocket telling you how to raise your child.

Homeschooled Vs Homeschooler

I hope this has helped someone to understand the homeschooling issues and WHY we do it!

Do You Homeschool?

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      Spiderlily321 5 years ago

      I have been homeschooling my 3 year old son. He's epileptic and had a bit of a speech delay and I decided that I wanted to start teaching him on my own. I LOVE homeschooling him. He is so smart. I have a few lenses about him. He can sign, knows his ABCs, can count to 50, knows all of his shapes, colors, days of the week, and so much more. He can even read several books on his own.

      I think more people should really try to homeschool, if they are able to. Thank you so much for sharing this lens. I added you to my featured lens list on my lens called, "A 3 yr old wrote that?"

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      Homeschooling is a huge responsibility and I am really amazed by all the parents who do succeed with it...At points I am not sure if any other viable option is better. but I am glad its working out for you

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      Dianne Loomos 6 years ago

      I'm very glad that we homeschooled. I think it's very beneficial for the children and the family.

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      Lisa Morris 6 years ago

      I have thought about homeschooling, we have an only child and feel he needs to be around other kids. Homeschooling is an excellent choice. A great lens, you have been blessed.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I do homeschool both of my children and for many of the same reasons that you have stated here. I love homeschooling, I was using curriculum for awhile but I'm not really a "planner" so we just wing it day by day, it's more fun this way. My son does ABCMouse.com and he whizzes through it daily, its $7.95 a month but there are no ads, everything is recorded and specialized to your child's learning level. I love that! The daily lessons are laid out for them so he can just hop on and go (he is five). Loved hearing your story, well written, great job,

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      Nice lens

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      SquirrelWhispers 6 years ago

      I went to public school. I would have learned more and been much happier then if I had been homeschooled.

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      satto76 6 years ago

      A very fine lens. Well written and very informative. Enjoyable reading, funny. :-)

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      krakensquid 6 years ago

      Fantastic lens, very informative. Thanks for sharing!

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      PapaKork 6 years ago

      I homeschool as well. This is a great resource, awesome job!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The key to successful "social" homeschooling is to be involved in a strong local support group that plans regular activities for the children. Also, community sports and choirs, local scout troops, and churches provide all kinds of social interaction. Almost all of the homeschoolers with whom I work are socially well adjusted, some better than their counterparts in public schools. Bullying is an unknown entity in the homeschooling world.

      Marsha Hubler, PA certified homeschool consultant

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      jimmyworldstar 6 years ago

      I think homeschooling can be good if the parents are properly trained and know the material. At the same time, school helps children with proper socialization and they can have dialogues with lots of classmates that isn't really possible at home.

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      MintySea 6 years ago

      I after school right now which is hybrid of public and home schooling with my oldest.

      Schools are mostly broken because administrators, and board members arenât forced to be class aids for a couple a days a month. They would know better whatâs going on in the classrooms.

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      misterjake 6 years ago

      I really enjoy reading your lens. Good job.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens you have here. Thanks for sharing.

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      hsschulte 6 years ago

      I recently began homeschooling because my youngest two children have special needs. The IEP process left me alarmed... to say the least. It amazes me how many teachers I know (my sister included) that are opting to homeschool their children. Something seems to have gone very wrong with public education lately. I know a lot of it is funding, but there also seems to be a lot of outrageous behavior from the children, including bullying, that isn't dealt with. I always love reading about other homeschoolers.

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      lasertek lm 6 years ago

      Your lens have a lot of useful information about homeschooling . Kudos!

      We actually cover the same topic, maybe you can visit ours:

      Homeschooling 101: Guide to Free Curriculum and Other Resources.

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      mhubler 6 years ago

      Each state in the USA has different requirements to earn a homeschool high school diploma. For the gal whose son is in Kuwait, I recommend she call the local school district in her home state of NY and ask them for the stipulations.

      I'm a homeschool evaluator and tester in PA. I've worked with several families who are in other countries. They've decided to earn a diploma through a homeschool curriculum company that provides all credit subjects, all materials, and grants credit for completed work. At graduation, they issue a diploma from their company, which is accepted in all colleges and armed services.

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      Sanam 6 years ago

      Very informative lens on homeschooling.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Thank you for sharing this! I wish I could home school my son.. I was wondering if you could give me any advice on this.. my son is in Kuwait.. how could the diploma be gotten? (I am a legal resident of NY State, owning a home there...but we live and work here in Kuwait)...

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      bidzinger 6 years ago

      Love your homeschool lens; I have added it to my homeschool featured lens. If you would kindly reciprocate, much kindly appreciated! Thanks!

      https://hubpages.com/education/advicefromahomescho

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      sushilkin lm 6 years ago

      Thanks to be on Squidoo for sharing your knowledge. Please PRAY FOR JAPAN

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      Linda Pogue 6 years ago from Missouri

      I homeschooled my daughter her senior year of high school, and my son from 7th grade through high school. We were in a large city at the time, and the school violence was so bad children were being shot every month. Homeschool was the best thing that ever happened to my children. They blossumed. At that time, the Internet was in its infancy, and I used the library extensively for curriculum. Great lens!

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      Carol 7 years ago from Arkansas

      I also homeschooled all 3 of my children. It was a great adventure back in the 80's and 90's - felt like pioneers. There's so much more to choose from these days. Thanks for sharing your homeschool story.

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      Philippians468 7 years ago

      thank you for sharing this wonderful lens on homeschooling! appreciate all your efforts! cheers

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      mhubler 7 years ago

      Homeschooling Moms, Just remember that education isn't always books, books, books. Taking meaningful field trips, doing arts and crafts, taking care of pets, learning a musical instrument, etc. can all be quality education. Just remember to take your MOM cap off and put your TEACHER cap on each day, so the kids know who's boss.

      Marsha Hubler, PA Homeschool Evaluator and Author of the Best-selling Keystone Stables Books

      www.marshahubler.com

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      Ann Hinds 7 years ago from So Cal

      These are things I need to know since we are going to homeschool for the 5th grade. I am not happy that he is losing ground in school because they teach to the test and the other subjects are overlooked. Angel blessed for great info.

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      Ayngel Overson 7 years ago from Crestone, Co

      Just stopping by to drop a Happy Experts Day blessing upon you. Not just for this lens, but for ALL that you do!

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      ChrisDay LM 7 years ago

      We had to go this way for our family (home education is what we call what we do). It's been a great joy and success so far.

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      glowchick 7 years ago

      I also homeschool and I really appreciate your lens :)

      Thanks for sharing your homeschooling life with us!

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      MarshaHubler 7 years ago

      After working with homeschoolers for twenty years, I've found that the most successful homeschooling parents are those who are organized and follow a schedule. The kids are happier, too. Kids learn best in a structured setting with frequent breaks for "controlled chaos." www.marshahubler.com

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      amandahobbs 7 years ago

      Homeschooling has become a very good business and an option in recent times. Loved the topic...

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      noushki 7 years ago

      Hi ive just started homeshooling my 7 year old daughter and am forever looking for new info , im also new to squidoo , i created my first lens today on things ive found usefull for teaching my daughter about nature it would be nice if you could stop by to check it out x https://hubpages.com/education/great-free-workshee...

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      kguru1979 lm 7 years ago

      What an useful information Holley...! This information is very useful for me since I am in India. In India it is very essential to follow homeschooling systems to grow child brilliant...!

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      MarshaHubler 7 years ago

      @Vcize: Homeschoolers have a bad reputation because many folks do not understand the excellent education available by homeschooling. If a parent is organized, uses a reputable curriculum, which teaches all core subjects, and joins a local support group for social interaction, he/she will be successful, and the kids will love homeschooling.

      www.marshahubler.com

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      MarshaHubler 7 years ago

      I'm a homeschool evaluator in the state of PA for the last 20 yrs. Once a yr. every homeschooler needs to submit a written report to the state education dept. I'm one of the certified evaluators who can write the evaluation.

      I have been totally impressed with the homeschool movement in this state & country. Homeschoolers are, for the most part, academically two to three years ahead of their public school counterparts. Homeschooling families are generally well bonded, and the kids, including the teens, are well behaved and well mannered. Their social skills do not suffer; in fact, I see more maturity in homeschoolers than in many other kids attending public school.

      The curricula available are outstanding, offering any subject, course, or discipline on all twelve levels. Also, homeschoolers generally have an insatiable desire to read, which is not a character trait of many public school students. Homeschoolers score high on standardized achievement tests and they do extremely well in college.

      Homeschoolers need not hang their heads in shame; rather, they need to hold their heads high, realizing they are getting an education that promotes high academics and a deep love for God and country.

      www.marshahubler.com

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      TheresaMarkham 7 years ago

      Great lens!

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      Glenn619 7 years ago

      I know many parents who home-school their kids and i also write about online education. liked the way you shared your story about homeschooling.

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      beeducated 7 years ago

      Good and inciteful article - my recommendation for young under 5 kids - flash cards, books, parental interaction - puzzles (Melinda and Doug) , flash cards (Galloping Minds)

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      Excellency 7 years ago

      Nice pictures, where did you get the cartoon pic and doid you have to pay for the pic? If so, how much?

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      JuDiMango 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your insight about homeschooling. I've been thinking about homeschooling my toddler but didn't know whom to ask. I'll definitely check out the resources included in your lens.

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      Zokomo 7 years ago

      Nice picture with dogs.

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      danaseilhan 7 years ago

      @JodiVee: I must remember more of my public school experience than you do of yours. Every time I turned around, some teacher was telling us to be quiet because "you are at school to learn, not for Social Hour." It follows that "a social life" is not a good reason to send your kids to school. Particularly considering that when they grow up, kids will need to be able to cope with people from all different age groups, not just people within 1-2 years of their own age. A homeschooled child has many more opportunities to interact with people from many different age groups than a public-schooled (or privately-schooled for that matter) child will.

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      GardenArbor 7 years ago

      Sounds very sensible, especially if kids are keen to learn.

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      jojokaya lm 7 years ago

      I agree with your opinion about public schools. I am very interested to homeschool my son but due to some reason I still have to send him to public school but we do supplemental curriculum at home especially for math and science.

      Nice lens

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      Vcize 7 years ago

      My cousins are homeschooled and it has worked out very well for them. The days of home-schooling seeming like a bad thing in society are coming to and end I think.

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      dogodor 7 years ago

      Very interesting lens you have here!

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      JodiVee 7 years ago

      While I concede that homeschooling is probably the best option in situations like yours, I think another good approach is middle-of-the-road -- going to public school and having a tutor to fill in the gaps (the educational system here in Canada is not the greatest, either). This way, your child has a better social life as well as extra help with tough homework. It worked for me ;)

      (JobVirtue.com)

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      Luna_Moth 7 years ago

      I homeschooled my way through half of my junior year and all of my senior year, and I wish I'd started much sooner! I totally think homeschooling is the way of the future, so thanks for this great lens!

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      Sara Duggan 7 years ago from California

      Thanks for being so candid about your experience. I'm am so proud of your guy [and you]. I enjoy hearing of Moms who fight for their children. Blessed by a Rocketmom SquidAngel.

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      vickeylynn 7 years ago

      As dangerous as the schools are and there is so much violence now in the school system., I am a believer of home schooling... I think once the kids get mixed in with all of these other kids , they can loose their way real fast.. Parents cant protect their kids or be around their kids all of the time... I wish I had been able to do this but at the time my child was in school, the person who would do the schooling had to have 4 years of education higher than the grade that you were teaching... SO, when she became of age to be in the 10th grade, I would of had to of had 2 years of college . The higher the grade the higher my education had to be...To my knowledge they were trying to change this law but havent followed up on it...

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      AllyVuitton 7 years ago

      I think home schooling is great, because it teaches kids to discipline themselves, whilst you are still around yourself. Love this lens - blessed!

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      TeacherSerenia 7 years ago

      I would love to home school my son but he is a very social kid and needs his friends. I did my best to home school him as a preschooler and he went off to kindergarten at age 4 with very good skills. I had teachers telling me several times just how much more he knew than the rest of the kids in his class. Now he is reading and typing above grade level but hates handwriting. He is on the computer a lot which has helped his reading, typing and spelling. He always asks me very interesting questions - most of which stem from the computer games he plays.

      Today for example - first he asked me about EMP players. I told him the only EMP I knew of were Electo-Magnetic Pulse and did he mean a pulse? No he was sure he meant player. A few minutes later he was asking about Tactical nukes. So I explained what a nuclear bomb is and exactly how much damage it can do. Then I went back to the subject of EMPs and explains that he was talking about an EMP pulse which will fry every single computer in the blast zone including his brand new Nintendo DS-XL (which he got for Xmas) but not directly harm a human. He was interested and scared at the same time. "what if it happens to us?" We live in Canada and I told him that it is highly unlikely that anything like that will happen to anyone in Canada.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      I've rated this page before, but I wanted to come back and bless it.

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      MoonShrine 7 years ago

      nice lens, we homeschool and the number 1 thing people ask us is, how do we socialize our son, honestly I think this is silly, he is around a wide variety of people every day, and participates in sports. I don't really want him to be around 30 kids every day, teasing, bullyiing, and how to behave badly is what most kids learn at school.

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      Stephen Carr 7 years ago from Corona, CA

      It's a huge commitment, but has even bigger rewards.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I agree with the quality of eduction for the child being higher than in most public institutions. My concern is lack of interaction with others that a child would receive from a classroom setting. Interesting and good lens.

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      Holley Web 7 years ago

      @anonymous: I will totally agree on all points. If the schools would focus more on education, things would improve. I also don't feel like every parent is competent to homeschool a child. For our family, it was not worth the hassle of dealing with the public school systems, and much safer at home. It was easier and more beneficial for my children in this case to be homeschooled. They also had plenty of friends and a social life as some have shown concern about in previous comments. Thank you for reading and commenting :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Highly debatable issue but worth pondering upon, standard of schools must improve instead of challenging that attending schools is not worth it. I agree that home schooling is more focused but can be hard for most parents, especially if they are working and so may not be an option for all.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh, I homeschooled my two youngest kids. We had a Christian program of classes that they followed including one on the Bible. Its was funny because when they were older they asked, "Did I graduate or not?" They certainly did, with way more credits than was needed.

      They did attend public school for extra credits in music and band, ... and graphic arts. The other students were jealous because they only had to be in public for one or two hours a day, and not everyday. It was rewarding for me, and they turned out okay.

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      Cynthia Arre 7 years ago from Quezon City

      I'm not familiar with the concept of homeschooling (since I'm not a parent yet and I don't think it's common in my country) but after reading about your experiences and your explanation I completely understand why lots of moms prefer it. Congrats for homeschooling your children successfully. I'm sorry though to hear that the county lost its accreditation, Holly, I do hope everything will work out someday. ~Blessed~

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      Firdhani 7 years ago

      I agree with ZablonMukuba.

      I think a children must to learning about how to interact with other people too.

      But this is a great lens about homeschooling. :)

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      ZablonMukuba 7 years ago

      homeschooling is great, but i need my kids to develop better with their social skills so i will take them to school, and still teach them when we are at home

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      Tarra99 7 years ago

      Kudos to you! I don't think I could home school effectively but admire those that do...my mother was a teacher and like you I have great respect for the good ones. Blessed and featured here: http://www.squidoo.com/100-blessings

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to homeschooling with my teenagers. Is this a good idea?

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      julieannbrady 7 years ago

      I wonder how many of us older folk would have benefited from homeschooling? Back when I was a wee young person, there really was no such thing. I know my mom would have been a super homeschooling mom!

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      Addy Bell 7 years ago

      I've never heard of an entire school district losing its accreditation. That's just appalling. I definitely understand why you made your choice!

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Great information! I think homeschooling is a great way to educate children.

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      teamlane 7 years ago

      Hi Holley,

      We've are a home schooling family as well. In fact, our oldest (of 5) is graduating college at 20 with her teaching credentials from Washington State University. Home schooled kids have a bunch of advantages others do not, and/or neglect to take advantage of.

      Congrats on your recent selection to the SquidAngel gang! ~ Colleen :)

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      Dianne Loomos 7 years ago

      The library is a homeschooler's best friend! Kudos from a retired homeschool mom for finding the best solution for your son.

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      tandemonimom lm 7 years ago

      Great homeschooling story! FYI: The Homeschool Club is now open for business - future homeschool lenses built at HomeschoolClub/HQ will have the new club header!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      you have lots of great info here and it's fun getting to know other homeschoolers.

      We often are asked what curriculum we use.....and often put down because we don't have a certain brand of books we use. I use whatever I find, online, at library book sales, yard sales etc. But, yes, if I had the money I would strictly use just one company.

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      Superwife 8 years ago

      we are a homeschooling family here too and we love it, super lens!

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      JuneMary LM 8 years ago

      Hi Holley,

      I had heard whispers that it was difficult sometimes in your country but to have such interference and threats from the school itself is unacceptable. I didn't know it could be that bad. My son was bullied== school did nothing so I sorted him out myself when he attacked my son at a Cub meeting. I was a teacher so I knew exactly what to do. The overt bullying stopped but there are sneaky ways to bully so I took him out of school and sent him to a Private School. We don't have Homeschooling here. I applaud you making a stand.

      Love the poster. June.

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      GrowWear 8 years ago

      Kudos for you Holley!

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      HorseAndPony LM 8 years ago

      This was very helpful lens. I am homeschooling our daughter and it is very nice to read a homeschooling story like yours. I especially loved your section titled The Misunderstandings of Homeschooling.

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      amy1980 8 years ago

      Interesting to see information on online homeschooling, as this wasn't an option when I was younger. I wish your son continued success!

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      julieannbrady 8 years ago

      Your county lost its accreditation? That is very disconcerting news to hear that any county would lose its accreditation. Growing up, homeschooling was a future-forward concept -- don't know of anyone who might have been homeschooled. Today, courtesy of Squidoo, you hear so much about this schooling choice.

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      Anthony Godinho 8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Very informative lens and it's great to hear your personal success story. I'm going to share this lens with a friend of mine, who is contemplating homeschooling her kids. All the best to you!

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      marsha32 8 years ago

      I found you through zut's golden heart award lens, but I sure don't know why we weren't already connected....coupons and homeschooling...2 of my most favorite things!!

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Welcome to the Unit Studies: Fun, Creative Hands-On Leaning Group where your lens is now featured.

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      Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Wonderful lens! I especially like the section where you explain your thinking and the cerconstances behind your decision to homeschool Christopher.I think a story like this can help parents who are facing similar decisions.

      This is the first homeschooling story I have read where someone decided to homeschool online exclusively. I had never though of homeschooling exclusively on-line but through your explanation of how you came to that decision and why you choose that avenue makes it the only logical decision in your case.

      Lensrolled to John Holt:Unschooling.

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      Heather Burns 8 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      great lens! You might want to check out Carma Tandemonimom's homeschooling lenses too.

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      Natalie W Schorr 8 years ago

      Well done! 5* from a fellow homeschooler

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      Holley Web 9 years ago

      [in reply to hlkljgk] She is so adorable!

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      hlkljgk 9 years ago from Western Mass

      thanks for sharing your story. i am still debating homeschooling or montessori for my little girl.

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      enslavedbyfaeries 9 years ago

      This is an option I would most definitely consider if my girls still attended public school. We had the opportunity last year to attend a Montessori/Liberal Arts school and it's probably the best thing that's happened to our family. Great lens!! :)

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