Investing in Precious Metals 101 ad

Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

Login or register to post comments Last Post 16787 reads   70 posts
Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 70 total)
  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 03:13pm

    #1

    JAG

    Status Silver Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 26 2008

    Posts: 240

    count placeholder

    Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

Hi Everyone,

I’m looking for advise from anyone home schooling their kids. I must admit that given the choice, I would choose traditional schooling for my child over home schooling because I believe that kids learn so much more than academics in the traditional school experience. But I’m aware that the day may soon arrive that, for a variety of reasons, I will need to home school my daughter.

Can anyone recommend a particular curriculum or materials?

I have been accumulating textbooks in PDF and e-book format that I hope to use with the Apple iPad, but most of these are college-level material. I need material and a “plan of attack” for K-12.

Thanks for your help…Jeff

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 03:23pm

    #2
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

Jeff,

See http://www.k12.com

It’s the best online program I’ve seen and I’ve been looking at them for years.  Our brick & mortar school adopted it last year to expand offerings and the kids and parents love it.  I’ve also visited their corporate HQ in Herndon, VA and can tell you it’s a top-notch operation and group of people who are serious about eductaion.

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 03:40pm

    #3
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

 

Our three boys will definitely be home schooled. The oldest is now five and we just started a home school program. Way better than Government schools. I’ve got a lot to say on this, but unfortunately no time now. Gotta go earn a few FRN’s to buy some beans for the gang.

Later.

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 03:41pm

    #4
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

JAG,

Yes, K12 is excellent. My daughter used it for grades 4 thru 8. She consistently scored in the upper 90’s on the standardized state exam (homeschooled students have to prove they are learning!). We have put her in public high school now and she has 8 courses (three of which are honors courses) and her last report card was 7 A+’s and one A.

But, as is the definition of life, you get out of it what you put into it.

The adventure continues…

 

 

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 04:11pm

    #5
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

JAG,

We are homeschooling our 2 boys this year for the first time. I can share with you what we are doing, but it is still clearly a work in process and I am not an authority on the subject. I can say we are very happy with our decision, and regret we did not start sooner.

FWIW – I was resistant for the same reasons you mention – that they learn more and different things in PS. I have come to realize just how much PS is BS, and I was very wrong in my ignorance. You may find the same thing once you dive in and really learn what and how your child is learning at PS.

Not much time now- I’ll backchannel you tonight with some detail.

R

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 04:16pm

    #6
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

If you are interested in a classical education for your children I would recommend , “The Well Trained Mind”  by Susan Bauer

“If, on the other hand, you are contemplating teaching your children at home because public (and even private) traditional schools have watered down the content of your children’s academic learning, and you truly want to give your child a world-class education at home in the classical tradition, you need look no further than this remarkable resource.

The authors have compiled a complete list of what to teach, where to find the resources with which to teach it, and, if you need it, some suggestions for working out a schedule that will accomplish it all (The authors acknowledge that the schedules in the book won’t work for all families, but are merely meant to be examples).”

I also like the Lisa VanDamme method of teaching,

http://pc.blogspot.com/2006/08/good-news-for-parents-in-search-of.html

Her home page

http://www.vandammeacademy.com/index.html

 

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 04:22pm

    #7
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

My girlfriend is a public school teacher (kindergarten) so I get a first hand account of the current state of disrepair of the public school system. Essentially public school has devolved into government subsidized baby-sitting.  

However, I think anyone who home schools MUST make sure that they get their kids involved in activities that allow them to develop socially (e.g. sports, clubs, scouts, etc.). 

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 04:29pm

    #8
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

Thanks everyone for the replies.

How do you provide socialization skills/experience for your kids?

I often see groups of home-schooled kids at parks and playgrounds, is this the extent of the socializing for home schoolers?

Thanks in advanced…Jeff

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 04:41pm

    #9
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

[quote=JAG]

How do you provide socialization skills/experience for your kids?

I often see groups of home-schooled kids at parks and playgrounds, is this the extent of the socializing for home schoolers?

[/quote]

We just give ’em nintendo and they don’t seem to need other kids.

Seriously, we are a part of a group of fellow homeschoolers we call the homey’s that do group activities, they are in a bowling league, sports teams, play with neighbors, yada yada yada. They also stay in touch with friends they made at PS too. Socialization is not a problem in the slightest, which was one of my major concerns to start with. That’s just the devil talking, Jeff.

PS – you would be surprised just how many like minded folks there are out there homeschooling. I was amazed at the quantity and quality of kids and parents doing this.

  • Wed, Feb 24, 2010 - 04:53pm

    #10
    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Peak Prosperity Admin

    Status Bronze Member (Offline)

    Joined: Oct 31 2017

    Posts: 1611

    count placeholder

    Re: Anybody Home Schooling Their Kids?

i wish I had home schooled my kids totally. I did quite a bit at home to fill in the many gaps left by the PS.

Many of my friends home schooled their kids and I would say they are better educated and much better behaved than kids I have been around from the PS system.

One thing we have in our neck of the woods which I think is a brilliant idea is  Community run school for home schooled kids. Once you get into home schooling you will find many others doing the same thing. If you can get a group together and find a location and a willing “teacher” then you can have a “school” where the children get socialization and are encouraged to learn. I have worked with the local community school and it is a blast. You can bring in all kinds of folks to share their particular area of expertise. The kids can go any amount of time they wish. Their is no grading and the emphasis is on learning and exploring. The parents pay for the support of the facility and the stipend for the “teacher”  The teacher is the key. Finding a retired teacher who is interested is a good place to start. We had one who would occasionally bring fresh roadkill in so the kids could dissect it ( then have it for lunch……just joking.) A local hunter would sometimes come in and show the kids how to dress game and handle skins. I live in a rural area but the same thing could be adapted to various locales. We had local musicians come and perform as well as dancers. Local artists would also come by from time to time. People who make things come and show the kids how things are made. We have an Apple seeds program where the kids learn about food. Everything from growing it to cooking it and its nutritional value.

The flexibility is amazing. You dont have to spend one hour doing math. You can spend half a day exploring math with a mathematician from a local college. 

JAG your kids will learn more in a home schooled environment and be better socialized. It comes down to what you put into it and if you can find a community of support.

V

Viewing 10 posts - 1 through 10 (of 70 total)

Login or Register to post comments