Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Tell Me About: Homeschooling

I read your blogs and wonder how you all do it?  Then I read further and to top it off you home school. 

Homeschooling is a very unfamiliar subject to me.  I went to public school.  I really didn't even know of any kids that were home schooled.  Wait, I had three cousins that were home schooled.  I think way back in my day it was a pretty new thing.  All I remember as a  kid is that when I was having a good time with my friends homeschooling wouldn't have been any fun.  Of course, when I wasn't getting along with a friend homeschooling would be awesome.  I think you might get the picture, school = socializing.  Go figure.




Now as a parent who will be thinking of school in the near future, I still really don't know very much about homeschooling.  Here's what I do know:


  1. I don't think I would be a very good teacher.

That's about all I know.  So would you help me?  Will you tell me about your homeschooling?  I am looking for more than, "it's the best thing ever".  And I am also looking for reasons why somebody wouldn't home-school.

Please tell me:


  1. How long have you been doing it?


  2. How many kids do you have and their ages.


  3. How many hours do you teach a day?


  4. Where do you buy your supplies?


  5. Do you get a tax break for buying your supplies?


  6. Do you swap teaching with other mothers?


  7. If so, what age did you start doing that?


  8. If you have more than one child, what are the other children, not ready for school doing?


  9. How do you keep your kids focused on "school time"?


  10. Do your kids have to meet state guidelines? Or in other words are they tested by a state prepared test to see where they are at?


  11. Have you home-schooled and decided it wasn't for you/them after all? 


  12. If so, why wasn't it for you or them?


  13. Do public/private school some of your children and home-school some?  If so, why?


  14. Is your homeschooling for religious reasons? 


  15. Is it only for religious reasons?


  16. What other reasons?


  17. Do they have social interaction with other kids?  If so, how?


  18. Do you keep a strict schedule?  Do you follow a public/private school schedule (breaks, days off)?


  19. Do you think I have a lot of questions?

I seek to understand more about homeschooling and in no way think negative about anybody who does or does not home-school.  Right now, for me, it's something to think about.  The "homeschooling" we do now are the basics of:  colors, ABC's, coloring, matching, games.  That sort of thing.  But nothing is formal or even at a formal time.  I am thinking it should be started about now.

Looking forward to your replies either via comments below or by my e-mail of:  tinafisher5@gmail.com

Thanks!


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