Subscribed. I would love to see a post about Homeschooling lots of kids of different ages.
Jess Mama to Doodle 12, Bubby 10, K Shay 8, Boo 6, Monkey 4 and, Bear 1.
I've subscribed to the blog but haven't read enough to know what has been covered yet and what has not. Of the few entries I read the handwriting one made me tear up. My son almost 4 was writing most letters with such pride about 6 - 8 months ago then his interest was gone very quickly. Come to find out after the fact that it was because his montessori teacher was focused on pencil grip and told him since he was doing it wrong that he wasn't to write in class.
Thank you all for the wonderful posts and for sharing the giveaway with family and friends, and especially for the great blog post topics suggestions for our sponsor, Oak Meadow.
I am pleased to congratulate two of our members who were chosen at random using Random.org (and numbers based on excluding my post from the total).
Our first place winner is Shianne
Our second place winner is mleigh23
Congratulations to you both! Shianne will receive a complete homeschool curriculum package for one PreK-8 grade of your choice (value: $120-$420) from Oak Meadow. Curriculum packages include a full year's worth of engaging assignments, creative projects, and flexible weekly lesson plans. Oak Meadow’s curriculum educates and engages the whole child with assignments that ask children to read, write, think, paint, draw, play music, write poetry, and build things.
mleight23 will receive the second prize, the 35th anniversary edition of The Heart of Learning. Written by Oak Meadow founder Lawrence Williams, this book guides the home teacher toward a deeper understanding of child development, the learning process, mindful parenting, and how to create a rich learning environment in the home. (Value: $40).
Thank you all again for your wonderful posts and participation and a huge thank you to Oak Meadow for the awesome prizes!!
Be sure to check out our latest contest, Mothering's Annual Back-to-School Giveaway!
Wow! I was pretty sure I didn't want to homeschool, but now I'm thinking again. I would like to see some posts that address how parents can overcome their fears and weaknesses when it comes to homeschooling. I had decided I didn't want to homeschool because I really struggle to keep basic routines in place (like bedtime and getting ready for the day). Also, my husband and I recognize that although we love learning (and going to college), we are terrible students (it is a miracle I passed college English because I can't turn a paper in on time to save my life). Maybe we need to do unschooling or roamschooling (thanks to Oak Meadow for teaching me those terms!), but I am not confident that I could remember and cover all of the things my kids need to know.
I just want to offer you encouragement that if you want to do it you can. we homeschool our 3 & 6 year old so we are just starting out & it is so rewarding. I can't imagine sending our 6 year old away to school for 7 hours 5 days a week! I think homeschooling has made us much closer than we would have been if he had gone to traditional school. Also we are able to go at his pace which is important for him because he is easily flustrated when pushed. I just read John Holts book (why children fail my favorite of his books is "teach your own")--so i am extra inspired. I just think that anyone who wants to homeschool should try it, I know it won't work for all families, but it has been a lot of fun for our family!
You can absolutely do it! We've homeschooled 3 so far - oldest is 16 and is a senior in highschool in terms of course work. Other ages are 14, 12 and 1 :-). We were uncertain at the beginning but it has been great and you develop very close relationships with your kids because of the time you spend with them. I wouldn't trade it for anything. They grow up so fast - I don't think you will regret it. It is hard of course at times but so is everything in life worth doing :-). Just take it a little at a time - there are so many resources to help you along the way and people/forums/groups who will help!
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