Mother’s day, and other random stuff

I hope everyone had a great mother’s day! I spent the day with my husband, kids, sisters,bil,niece, and parents. We decided to have lunch at my sister’s house since most of the restaurants would more than likely be crowded. We had barbecue sandwiches and it was delicious.
I never ask my husband and kids for anything expensive on Mother’s Day. I guess because I can always think of better way to spend money than on new jewelry or whatever. However, my husband and kids made cards for me and that was enough. Not to mention, my husband took me and the kids out to eat Mexican cuisine on Friday. He also cleaned the house for me. Of course, since I have 3 kids, plus keep a 2.5 year old, the house didn’t stay clean long. Oh well, it’s the thought that counts, right?
I’m thinking I’m going to let the kids finish up their homeschool this week. Most of the public schools will be getting out in a week or so. I know Trey will be so glad because he doesn’t like school at all. He’d rather be watching youtube videos or playing video games. Hey, but what kid wouldn’t rather be doing that? LOL. Rhiannon has been really great at getting her school work done. I think she just likes to go ahead and work on it early so she can have the rest of the day to do what she wants. It’s good that she’s going to get done this week though because she has her recital on Saturday. She will have practice nearly every day this week for 2 hours each day. I am not sure if she wants to take dance next year or not. If not, I am going to try to find another extracurricular activity for her. I wish I could take the summer off to just hang out with them but it looks like I’m gonna be keeping two extra kids over the summer, along with the 2.5 yr old I already keep. Oh well, at least I will have a break from homeschooling 🙂

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random homeschool talk

I was told a few months ago on a status I made about homeschooling (on fb) by a girl I attended school with, that she wished that the state would place some sort of “guidelines” on homeschool. I took this to mean that she wants the state to dictate what I should teach my children. That’s why I homeschool in the first place. I want to be able to teach them what I think they should learn. In my opinion, so much that is taught in schools now is unnecessary. Most of the school year is spent studying for state tests. I don’t fault the teachers at all. They are just doing what they have to do in order to keep their jobs. In the state I am in, homeschooled students are not required to take the standardized tests and I am very thankful for that. I like the freedom I have with homeschooling. If one of my children doesn’t understand something, I can work with them until they do. I don’t have to be in a hurry.
This same person also told me that some colleges are starting to not accept GEDs. I am not sure how true that is but I don’t know why she is assuming my children will have to get a GED in the first place. I just think people should do their research before expressing their opinions on a subject that they know very little about.

I have found that most people who criticize homeschooling are either jealous because they can’t homeschool their kids or because they don’t understand it. My mom was one of those people who just didn’t understand why I would want to homeschool when we live in a good school district. But after seeing how much Trey learned last year, she was convinced it was the best thing for him. And I had my doubts about letting Rhiannon homeschool. I thought she’d get bored not being around her friends or wouldn’t do her school work. She has surprised me though. She keeps up with her friends via internet and phone. She does her school work without being told. She also helps around the house without complaining.
I think most kids do so much better whenever they are allowed to finish their work in a few hours and then have the rest of the day to do what they want (as long as they do their chores).

With all of this being said, I do not think my kids are better than kids who go to public school. My oldest still goes to public school. That his choice though. He’s a junior and he wants to finish school with his classmates. As long as that makes him happy, then that’s what matters to me 🙂 .

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my random homeschool post

I have learned a lot homeschooling my youngest. I learned that I love having him here. I love the fact I get to control his education. And the fact that my state doesn’t require standardized testing is also a plus. I pray that that law doesn’t change. My older two go to public school, by their choice. However, my daughter (she’s in the 6th grade) wants to homeschool next year. My oldest is in high school and I think he likes being around his friends, which is fine with me. My daughter has friends, but I think she’s a little envious that her little brother gets to stay home all day. However, I told her that she will have to do her school work and she’s not going to just sit on the computer all day. She will do her school work, and help me around the house. And of course, she’ll have time to do what she wants as long as she does her chores.

The public school my kids go to is actually a great one. But it’s still a public school so they are required to take standardized tests every year. I think it’s starts around the 3rd grade. The teachers spend most of the year stressing the importance of these tests and doing test prep. Yes, I realize the teachers are required to do this. I don’t think it really benefits the children though. The teachers put so much pressure on the kids to do well that they get stressed out. My oldest was never really that stressed, but my daughter gets extremely worried about the tests. So I guess I will start researching some affordable jr high homeschool curriculum. I may start out using Time4learning like I do with Trey and then supplement it with other stuff. The thing I love about homeschooling is that I don’t have to limit what or how they learn. Trey loves science so we look up things online or he finds documentaries on netflix about animals. He’s currently really into snakes and other reptiles. We also visit the science museum quite often. He reads and comprehends what he’s read very well. When he was 6, they tested his reading and he was on a 4th-5th grade level then. He is a very inquisitive child so he is always asking questions. Lately, he’s been asking me the definitions to random words LOL. He is also mildly interested in social studies. The only subject I struggle to get him to work on is math. But I’m going to order some math workbooks that someone recommended last week and see if that helps. He is ADHD and has a hard time focusing and so he needs a lot of one on one teaching. He just couldn’t get that in public school. He didn’t like going to school at all but when I say “It’s time to do your school work”, he just says “ok” and never argues with me. Even if we have to work on math 🙂 .

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