Re: SURVEY: How did you start?
- Hi! My name is Kath. We are in our second year of home schooling. When we started my husband was not really for
the idea. I felt very strongly about not wanting them to go to public school. I did not want some one teaching
our children things that we don't believe in. (example .....that homosexuality is just another way of life...or
someone else teaching our children about sex , influencing their beliefs on our children.etc..) I kept after my
husband and asked him to let me try and if he was not satisfied with the results that we could then put our
daughter in school. (Our oldest was about to start her kindergarten year.) He agreed and within a few weeks
time he seen how much the girls were learning and has supported me all the way. We are also in a cooperative
learning group and we love home schooling. There are so many benefits from home schooling... no peer pressure,
the girls learning at their pace and not someone else's, instilling family morals and bonding. And the girls can
learn and talk about God ...something that public schools don't teach or allow.
- Dear folk of the Reviews list:
Would you be kind enough to tell me how it is you came to be
a homeschooler? I am particularly interested in your reasons
for taking your babeeze out of public school, but I'd also
love to hear from those of you convicted enough to have NEVER
--lauramaery, she of the seven babeeze...
> Would you be kind enough to tell me how it is you came to beMy kiddies have never gone to ps. When my oldest, now 11, was just barely 2
> a homeschooler? I am particularly interested in your reasons
> for taking your babeeze out of public school, but I'd also
> love to hear from those of you convicted enough to have NEVER
and in the church's nursery, he couldn't sit still. He'd finish with the
little cut and paste activity very quickly and then want to move on other
things. Usually running around because all the other kids were sitting
still and trying to find where to paste the circle and where to paste the
I got very tired of him being treated as if he were a behavior problem.
I had only heard of homeschooling on a sit-com. the mom started hs'ing her
son because he was getting mixed up with the wrong kids at school. I didn't
think that this kind of thing really existed, until I learned that there was
a homeschool family 5 doors down! I picked their brains and learned that
there were homeschool families at my church. I picked their brains.
At this time my dh was in Saudi Arabia with the air force. One day he
called and I told him that I had decided that we'd homeschool. He said that
we should think about it, and I told him,"No. You don't understand. I've
already decided." I've never looked back.
At that time I had no idea that homeschooling was such a huge movement. I
figured that I'd just have to find books at Barnes & Noble and fake it.
Funny that 9 years later, we do exactly this!
To sum it up, we started because I couldn't bare the thought of my sweet
active child being forced to sit in one seat all day long. How unnatural!
We do it now because we love it.
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I Love Homeschool
- In a message dated 2/24/00 8:07:50 PM Eastern Standard Time,
<< My hs closet is
total chaos <G>, filled with books and materials that looked great in the
catalog but turned into busy work and not fun. >>
I had this also and found <http://www.vegsource.com> and sold them all.
Of course, once I did that I bought a bunch of new ones!! :o)
Christine from MA
Justice - When you get what you deserve
Mercy - When you don't get what you deserve
Grace - When you get what you don't deserve
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever
believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16
- This is our first year of Homeschooling. My children are 4 and 6. I felt
led by the lord to homeschool and am constantly confirmed that we are doing
the best for our children. Among many other reasons, we were concerned with
the vulnerability of our children's characters and desired to keep them under
our protective influence until they are able to stand firm against peer
pressure. Our oldest has already enjoyed learning and we have always enjoyed
teaching her, so once I found out what public schools were teaching, I
realized that she would not be very challenged academically.
The first thing I did was establish a daily routine and schedule. This
included teaching the kids to be responsible for getting themselves ready
(with some prompting), making their beds, and taking turns at feeding our
dogs. To encourage them to do this I made up a "job chart" that each morning
they got to put a sticker on for each job completed. After about two months,
they forgot about the stickers and usually do their responsibilities without
We aim to start "school" at 9am each morning but if we don't get started
until later or are ready earlier, that works. I had to become more flexible
so as to make myself easier to live with and make learning a fun experience.
I started by writing a weekly lesson plan which works for us very well. It
was especially helpful in the beginning to keep us all on track with the
learning goals for the day. Though again, I have become more flexible with
this and allow the interest of the kids take us away from the plan if it is
- lmg writes:
<<Would you be kind enough to tell me how it is you came to be a
homeschooler? I am particularly interested in your reasons for taking your
babeeze out of public school, but I'd also love to hear from those of you
convicted enough to have NEVER ps'ed. >>
My husband first introduced me to homeschooling. He told me he wanted our
children homeschooled shortly after our first was born. He had children from
a prior marriage and had some experience with homeschooling, and was adamant
that our children be taught at home. I was opposed at first, but for sake of
peace, I felt compelled to study into it more deeply. I read several books
on the subject at the library, including one by Raymond & Dorothy Moore. My
initial response to the books I read was surprise. I was completely
surprised that there were parents out there who were homeschooling their
children successfully, and their children were growing up well-educated and
well-rounded. I was very impressed. So, I borrowed some notes from that
year's homeschooling convention, and read them all. I started to become
excited about the prospect of homeschooling. I attended the homeschooling
convention the following year, and that sealed it for me. I knew
homeschooling was something I had to do!
For me, homeschooling started as an exciting opportunity to really explore
life and bond with my children. In order to work through my initial
insecurities about teaching my children by myself, and doing a good enough
job at it, I bought the entire 1st grade Abeka curriculum, and started
working through it with my little 3-year-old. The phonics didn't work for
me, so I ended up experimenting with other phonics programs until I settled
on Sing, Spell, Read, Write. I was very focussed at that time to keep my
children one grade level above where they WOULD be had they gone to ps, so
that I could be reassured that they were not falling behind their peers, etc.
It helped give me confidence in the beginning. I don't do that anymore.
My children are: Luke (9), Jamie (8), Sylvie (7), Penny (5), Tristan (3),
and Holly (2). I have taught and plan to teach them all at home. I have a
supportive and talented husband who speaks 3 foreign languages and plays the
piano, so when the time comes, I plan to lean on him for help in instructing
the children in a foreign language (or more!), and music. We both sing, and
the children love to sing with us.
I have relaxed over the years and have decided to natural flow of learning to
push aside worksheets, etc. I still use a lot of Abeka materials for
English, history, science, and health, but I use Saxon (Horizons for the 2nd
and 3rd grades) for math, and we move as rapidly or as slowly as we need to
from day to day. The use these materials as a base, a place to leap off
from, and add whatever else we want when we want. We also have several
Jumpstart CDs, Math-It, and Somebody games for variety.
I realize I have veered off the subject, so I'll get right back on. I may
not have started homeschooling because of deep-seated convictions or
religious beliefs, or a desire to protect my kids, but I do have those things
now. I believe that I am the best person to teach my children. The reason I
know this is that teaching academics, although very important, is only ONE of
a variety of necessary factors in preparing a child for adulthood. Why
remove a child from a loving, nurturing home for the majority of the day, for
the entirety of his or her childhood (the formative years in particular), to
be taught and guided by strangers??? It makes NO sense to me. I am a
stay-at-home-mom. I want my children to be stay-at-home-children. I have
been homeschooling now for about 6 years (intensively for the last four
years!). I've taught every one of them to read in turn (the last 2 are still
coming up). I absolutely LOVE having them home with me! I LOVE learning
with them when we study something that I may not have known or studied. I
love them to see my own excitement when I learn something, and I LOVE to see
THEIR excitement when they learn something. I want to experience the first
time they really start reading, and see the thrill on their little faces when
they realize they've cracked the code to language! Why would that be less
important or less exciting than being there for my child's first step? first
smile? first spoken word? On the contrary, it is equally important, and I
don't feel I should be deprived of the experience, and more than my children
should be deprived of sharing it with me!
[MODERATOR: What a great story, Mary! Thanks for sharing! -- lauramaery]