Almost time for school!

Seriously, what is it with the attitude some people have about homeschooling? I homeschooled my youngest last year because I didn’t feel like he was getting what he needed from the public school system. He’s ADHD and he does so much better with one-on-one teaching. He is also way ahead in some subjects. He hates math so that’s one area we are definitely going to work on more this school year. He was reading on a 4th-5th grade level in kindergarten though. I’m not even sure what level he’s on now. He likes to read, except, not what you’d expect. He reads medical encyclopedias. He can recite what he’s read verbatim. I have no clue where he gets that talent from though because I’m lucky if I can remember what I went to Wal-mart to get. Ok, back to people’s attitude on homeschooling. Rhiannon decided she wants to be homeschooled this year. I tried to talk her out of it. She made jr high choir and I really wanted her to pursue that. She has an amazing voice and I want her to use it. But that wasn’t enough for her to want to go to public school this year. She had her fill of drama with the girls at school last year, I think. Everybody keeps telling me “Well, I’m sure she’ll miss her friends.” Well, seeing as how they took break away from the middle school and high school, I don’t see when she’d have much time to talk to her friends anyway. She can still have friends over and go to their houses. Not to mention, she has a cell phone and ipod. She can facetime her friends when they get home from school. I don’t know why people tend to think that homeschooled kids are kept from socializing.

I’m also going to save a ton of money because I won’t have to buy uniforms or school supplies. I mean, I will buy a few things for homeschool, but not as much as what the public schools want parents to buy. I always used to get so mad when my kids were in elementary school because of the school supply lists. I don’t mind providing for my kids, but I know that many times all of the school supplies are shared by the entire class. Some parents know that so they aren’t going to buy their kids supplies. At least when I homeschool, I know I am buying for my kids. I’m not selfish, but it would just tick me off whenever I would find out later what the teachers were doing (I know not all of them do that, but many around here do). It just seemed kind of shady that they weren’t upfront about the whole class using the supplies.

I think I am going to start a homeschooling blog and letting the kids participate with it and maybe write a few posts. I’ll have to run the idea by them and see what they thing. If I do decide to do that, I’ll be sure to post the link here :).

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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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