Hello. I am seriously considering home schooling my 2nd and 3rd grader next year and taking them out of their public school. We live in Ga. and I have been reading up on it, but there is just SO much info via internet that I am feeling very overwhelmed. Was hoping someone might be able to help point me in the right direction or give me some information or tips. Thanks so much. :)
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I know here in Nevada they offer a home schooling program through the public school. They make a program to specially fit your childs needs and the school checks your progress to make sure all is going well. I think that would be the first place to look. Make sure you get into a program where it's actually going to count as schooling because there are a lot of things out there that aren't accredited for. I was home schooled almost my entire life and my mother just gave me the books and told me to teach myself, it was horrible and I got no credit for any of it. Be dedicated and prepaired because it's going to have a huge impact on your kids.
My Top three reasons would be (Social )- 8 year old girls saying they had sex with 15 boys and have been pregnant and also threatening to get a knife and gun and kill my daughter and playing out Baby's part in Devils Rejects " Chinese, Japanese, Dirty Knees, Look at these" and having my son come home saying " Basketball's a Black mans sport", (Staff) - The fact the the teachers and board of education don't seem to care at all about the safety or or education of the kids, and (Methods)- they are trying to teach the kids to "work through" being sick. and go to school anyways... My children missed 15 days last year mostly due to kids going to school sick, so this makes NO sense to me.
I'm not sure they offer that here Nightmarequeen, but I'll look into it. Thank you. If we could move I would but at the moment it simply isn't an option. So, I'm just trying to figure out what else I can do. I can't believe that taking them out will have as much of a negative impact on them as actually attending the school. Thank you for replying tho.
Considering their ages, I can't see home schooling having a negative impact on them academically. Based on what I remember from school when I was in those grades, I'd say the biggest things are keeping them interested in learning, reading, asking questions, exploring, and staying active. Your best first step is probably to get a copy of the required curriculum for their respective grades (and perhaps one ahead and behind just to be thorough). That way you'll know what, theoretically, they would be learning if they were still in public school. Socially, as long as they still are interacting with other children through play dates, park outings, or extra curriculars like dance, sports, choir, crafts, etc... they should be fine. There's a lot I think we learn simply by being forced to interact with a group of people, (many useful, if sometimes painful lessons that equip us for the rest of our lives). That said, if the situation is even half as bad as you just described it- home schooling, at least until they can go somewhere else, definitely sounds like a necessity.
Wish I could offer a bit more than this in the way of suggestions/information, but being in a different country and not having been home schooled myself, there isn't really anything. I do have one friend who was home school through middle school before returning to public school for high school, and she's doing very well academically, if a little awkwardly socially at times. That said, I believe both of those traits to be general aspects of her personality, and I'm not exactly how her home schooling has played into how they're expressed.
Good luck. :)
(ps. I'm really happy that you're asking these things, and even considering it- I've seen too many kids where the parents couldn't seemt to care less about what goes on at school... Your kids are very lucky to have you. :D )
This site give info from Seattle area.Good friends of ours homeschool and they are great.We have frequent homeschoolers come to visit the Arts Museum and our local kids museum runs a science club for them.
Thanks so much Serpen, Rachel, Debs, and Jeanette. Today my son got sick and is throwing up, but I refuse to send him to school tomorrow, regardless of what they would like. So I won't have much time to read up on the Homeschooling, but I do thank you all for your replies. and Jeanette I am going to mail out your package tomorrow. :) Hope you all have a wonderful day. Take Care. Be Well.
I was home schooled and I am 100% against it as a result. I was homeschooled in the couple of years leading up to my entering Junior high and it had a massive negative impact on me socially. Aside from the fact that I was a socially awkward kid to begin with I went into jr high with no friends and no social skills. I developed an Eating Disorder and almost died. Not trying to scare you, just giving you a realization of what its like taking a child out of a social setting and throwing them back into one. I was a very lonely child growing up and it did a bad number on my self-esteem.
I agree that its scary hearing young kids talk about sex and whatnot. Kids are growing up really fast now adays. I worked at a junior high school here and was pretty amazed by how adult the kids were. But be grateful that your kids trust you enough to come to you when these things happen and to ask you about it. This is your chance to be a parent and to teach them right from wrong. To answer their questions and to educate them. Your children need to learn how to pick their friends and how to deal with bullies and peer pressure and they wonâ€™t get that education if they are at home with you all day.
I would recommend trying to keep your kids involved in social activities so that they don't lose out on the social skills like many homeschooled kids do. It would be good to possibly send them to high school though so that they can have a diploma at the end of it and maybe some good experiences.
I was homeschooled up untill i was 15. I started the transition from homeschool to highschool through an independent study program hosted by my highschool that enabled me to earn credits toward graduating without attending school physically. also through this program I was able to take elective classes twice a week .I then started attending highschool regularly in 10th grade and exelled academically because of my intelligence from being taught in an alternative way.
So I recommend doing something similar, i know it worked for me and several other people I know who went through the same experience. good luck!
That's really scary and I don't blame you for wanting to keep your children away from an environment like that.
Considering their ages it probably wouldn't be that hard a transition - but when my parents chose to homeschool me, it was presented as a form of punishment, and when I finally asked them about it, years later, they had no idea that this had anything to do with my self-esteem issues, they had very understandable reasons that I wish they had explained before they forced their decision on me. That said, my advice would be to talk to your kids, and see how they feel about it, and explain your reasons in a positive light. It's also VERY important that they have a group activity with other kids their ages, so they aren't stuck with the same social skills they have now when they reach age 18.
There are groups of homeschooled kids everywhere with drama groups, marching bands, science clubs etc etc - so you might look into something like that to accompany your curriculum.
Another thing - be prepared to relearn almost everything as your kids do. Neither of my parents understood the math I was doing so when I went back to public school I was so far behind, and that was another blow because before I was pulled out, I was so far ahead. Science is a hard one to effectively teach from home as well. Being a hands on learner and being stuck alone with a textbook really wasn't effective, so you'll definitely want to come up with relevant projects/different explanations/etc.
Have you looked into private schools? Many offer scholarships and, at least here in Oregon, they have so many programs and activities unavailable in a public school, not to mention better teachers.