JeniferName(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
DS1 (6), DD (2.5, but is more like a 4yo) and DS2 (1)What made you decide to homeschool
1. DS1 asked to be homeschooled.
2. After thinking about it I realized he was bored because he finished PS's Kindergarten requirements about 3.5 mo ahead of the rest of his class and was being held back on learning more.
3. I didn't like the influence his peers were having on him. He finished the year with more than a Kindergarten "diploma"-he got a whole new rude vocabulary and attitude to go with it!
4. DH is military and
(a) he is going to be deployed a LOT over the next year! It seems that all his times he'll be home on Leave are when PS is in session! I don't think it's fair to my kids to miss out on time with Daddy just because they say they have to be in classes!
(b) We don't know where this lifestyle with the military will take us next. Who knows what type of school systems we'll live near!
(c) When DH is away and I am homesick, we can't just up and leave to go visit family in the middle of the "school year" if they are in PS.
5. I was a child who loved school until 4th grade (when a teacher told my mother and I that I was stupid because I didn't understand her. I was in Algebra in 4th grade! I was NOT stupid- she was!
: ), then I was bored in school because it was too easy. My dad said I was very bright, but I need to be challenged!
I begged them to take me out of PS, but where we lived they couldn't afford private, there weren't Charter schools and my dad didn't have the time to HS me because he was a single parent of 4 kids (after my mother left). DS1 reminds me a LOT of me and I don't want him falling through the cracks like I did.
6. My kids love to learn and I love teaching them. Yeah, I get frustrated when DS1 doesn't 'get' something after a few gos, but I think this will teach me some more patience. See? We can ALL learn from HSing!!!
7. The MOUNDS of homework I saw all the kids come home with last year! There would be no time for playing, sports or family time! Our children are not little machines! They are CHILDREN and I believe society is forcing our children to grow up too fast and not learn those important childhood lessons all children should learn. I think too many people let PS parent their kids for them. JMO though. What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Sonlight's Core C- Geography and History, Readers, Read Alouds, Phonics Workbooks and Handwriting w/o tears 1.Math Science Nucleus
and National Geographic
Not sure how exactly we are going to go about math yet. I know DS1 doesn't know much about subtraction yet, but aces addition and counting in 5's and 10's. My MIL is donating her cussinaire (sp?) rods to us to use.
I plan on doing a lot of art projects also for the older 2 kids.
We can also go to the YMCA on Monday mornings for Family Yoga for a PE class along with soccer in the evenings and weekends.
IF we get time and on a good schedule we'll consider adding Gaelic as a family learning activity.
I bought her a Pre-K workbooks from our local Teaching store. I got her numbers, letters, shapes, colors and animal alphabet workbooks so she can work right along with her big brother. She is so excited.What you're excited about
Receiving all my books and supplies so we can START!! My kids have been asking when we can start learning again! I did a practice day w/ DS1 to see if he really did enjoy learning at home and he LOVED it. It was the most fulfilling day I had had since before he started Kindergarten at the PS. I felt MORE like a parent and more like I was doing the right thing than I did that whole year he was away. We all went to bed happy that night!What you're nervous about
I am so scared I am going to screw him up for life by not having him in PS. I am scared I am going to get so overwhelmed and frustrated that it will interfere with my teaching him.
I am afraid of not knowing what to do next. I am afraid of getting stuck in a rut. I am nervous all around!!
I just want him to continue enjoying learning and excel. I want the same for the other 2 as well.