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Homeschooling the Early Years

Updated on February 6, 2020
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Homeschooled mom up to 9th grade. Our daughter now in college. Homeschool had a great part in her success in high school and also college.

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Why Homeschool

This was the early years of our homeschooling. We were a homeschooled family of three. We knew a lot of families in our church that homeschooled their children; and that influenced and inspired us to do the same. I came from the Philippines, I thought it would be hard for me to homeschool. But with a lot of research and investigating about how to homeschool. We discovered that there are a lot of curriculums out there that could help families with their homeschooling needs. The internet is also flooded with a lot of information that could help family to start homeschooling. Try as many curriculum as you can handle and stick to the one that you really like and enjoy both you and your children.

I would be sharing our personal experience on this wonderful world of homeschooling. May what I'll be sharing here will be of good help to those people who are looking forward to homeschool their children.

I love the freedom of choosing what curriculum to use for my daughter. I also was not ready for her to leave the house too early in the morning to catch the bus to school. In homeschooling, you own your time. You can start school on your pajama and just be free to take breaks if needed. Homeschooling is ideal when your kids are small and have a lot of friends around your neighborhood so that they can still have the opportunity to socialize. We only have one child, it was a blessing though, that she had a lot of friends her age that she can play after school. She needs kids to interact since she was the only child and homeschooled.

The reason why we homeschooled our daughter was to first instill to her our values and beliefs. To give her a good foundation and to educate her about life and God. We believe that our duty as a parent is to teach our child first and when it's time to send her to public school she would be ready.

In this page I will be focusing more on the things we did during our early years of homeschooling. Please take time to watch the videos of our early homeschooling years. It was not perfect, but to us it was exciting. I hope you will have time to spare viewing our early years of homeschool.

Video tidbits on our homeschooling journey - Memory verses

When our child was about 5 years old I took this video. She loves memorizing Bible verses and recited it to us. It was so nice to hear her speak God's word from memory. Those were one of the most cherished moments of our homeschooling.

Bible Class - School starts with the Bible....

Those were the days when our daughter's brain was just like a sponge, she can remember a lot of Bible verses. She seems to enjoy those videos we took during Bible class.

Bible Class - Early years

From the Bible...

"The Fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." (Proverbs 9:10)

Phonics

I am so pleased that Abeka have phonics included in their curriculum. I came from the Philippines, and have an accent, that was a concern . Abeka Phonics lessons helps a lot! It made my job easy during those early years.

Video Program

We were using a variety of curriculums when we started homeschooling. We decided to use Abeka because It is a traditional way to homeschool your child. My husband and I thought it was time to switch and we were very comfortable with. We decided to venture to Abeka Academy video program because of some personal reasons. We like the freedom of this curriculum. Our daughter favored this choice too. I made an article, "Homeschooling using a Video Program." I hope you can check this out too.

Update: January 10, 2020 - We decided to have a video program when we start having some health issues in 2011. It was a blessing Abeka Academy offered that type of curriculum. It was convenient and made our life more easier. We never regret we used the video program. It helped a lot since then.

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My favorite homeschooling quote:

Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.

~ Albert Einstein

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Lorna

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    • aesta1 profile image

      Mary Norton 

      7 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I admire you for attempting to home school. It must be difficult.

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      Pastor Cher 

      7 years ago from United States

      You are doing a wonderful job with your daughter, especially using the "beka" system. I have taught it and know it is difficult, but very well put together. My favorite subjects included using the maps. They are great.

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      Takkhis 

      7 years ago

      This lens does not inspire me only but also others too. Blessed :)

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      VspaBotanicals 

      7 years ago

      I would have preferred homeschooling for my kids, when they were little. If parents are interested, this is a wonderful guide.

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      deforst 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for your informative lens, it has given me more ideas for how to homeschool my own children!

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      Magda2012 

      7 years ago

      Great information about home schooling. You inspire me too :)

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Nice lens, Mom! :-) :-) :-)

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      Deborah Carr 

      7 years ago from Orange County, California

      Homeschooling has become very popular in the United States. Many people prefer that to exposing their children to the public school system.

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      PaigSr 

      7 years ago from State of Confusion

      Two kids on the home school front on our side. We wish you well.

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      irminia 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the experience.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 

      7 years ago

      For some reason I never realized that homeschooling curriculum would have video with it. Makes a lot of sense. Guess my days in a desk and a book limit my view of educational possibilities. If I had kids I would homeschool too, worked out well for Tim Tebow.

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      NC Shepherd 

      7 years ago

      If I were doing it over, I'd want to homeschool.

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      miaponzo 

      8 years ago

      I am in awe of anyone who homeschools... I wish I could have done that! Blessed!

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      I could feel your delight as I read through your homeschooling experience, perhaps because I held that same delight in my heart when I homeschooled my children. The resources available now are amazing and are such a wonderful advantage for homeschoolers.

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      Shannon 

      8 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for sharing what you do! It's always great getting a glimpse of what other homeschoolers do.

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      buttonhead lm 

      8 years ago

      This is wonderful, and it's really nice that you've been able to document your journey. Best wishes to you and your family!

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      JoyfulPamela2 

      8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

      Thank you so much for adding my lens to yours! It's simply my list of homeschool lesson plan resources that I have either used in the past or want to use in the future. I am looking forward to reading more about what you have done with your daughter. My youngest child is only a year younger than she is. Hope you are having a great school year! =D

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      Mozaika 

      8 years ago

      Lorna, I am so glad to have found you on Squidoo! Thanks for stopping by my lens on Kindle Bible materials - I appreciate your comment!.. I have always looked up to home-schooling parents but doubt that I have what it takes. But I loved your lens and the links for ABEKA books - our son goes to a Christian school and uses those, so I might just buy a few extra ones for our studies at home. Many blessings to you and your family!

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      Lorna 

      8 years ago from USA

      @GonnaFly: Thank you very much for your kindness.

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      Jeanette 

      8 years ago from Australia

      Welcome to Squidoo from a fellow homeschooling Mum. Wishing you all the best with the years ahead.

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