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How do you school your children?

  • We use public/private school.

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  • We homeschool/unschool.

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  • Other: because there must be an other.

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/winner.jpg" style="border:0px solid;" title="BFSymbol"> After an incident at our neighborhood park that left me scared and depressed about sending my sweet dcn out to school (kids between 8-13 using bad language and fighting until someone got hit in the head with a rock), dh and I had a brief schooling discussion (again), which ended with 'ds will go to school unless/until we think there is reason to pull him out to homeschool him.' This is an improvement on dh's part. I had a miserable school experience and I will not force my dc to experience that.<br><br>
Dh had a bad homeschooling experience. He and his sister (military brats) were pulled out of bad schools in New Mexico and "homeschooled". Homeschooling consisted of dh and his sister (they hated each other) taking care of their toddler brother during the day, and figuring out their school work at night. This went on for a couple of years and negatively affected dh socially and academically. <i>This</i> is homeschooling to dh (and our uber conservative Christian homeschooling neighbors who, though nice, weird dh out a bit).<br><br>
Anyway, I was wondering where MDCers send their children to school (to the school house or the kitchen table <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> ); how many are actually home/unschoolers and how many use public/private schools.W
 

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My kids are too young to be technically school age but I plan to homeschool.<br><br><br>
Homeschool will not mean 'babysit the toddler, guys, ok?' in my house <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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My kids go to public school. And even though our schools are fantastic, I have several friends and neighbors who homeschool. I have a lot of respect for them.<br><br>
To me the best thing about homeschooling that I have observed as an outsider is that kids who have a passion or a focus such as loving music get to concentrate on that, rather than on learning material for standardized tests.
 

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I picked other bc my kids are young. I plan to homeschool though. DH and I both fell through the cracks in public school and were so bored out of our minds we quit trying (we were both in the "gifted" classes in elementary school, then got cs and ds in high school)So I plan to homeschool so I can keep the learning interesting
 

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I picked "public school/private school" as well as "homeschool/unschool" because I have 2 kids in private school and one being homeschooled (relaxed, leaning towards unschooling.) The girls were in public school in the past, but I was never happy about it or really comfortable with that. I felt like I spent all the time at home un-teaching what they learned at school (not the academics but the social stuff.)
 

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We are homeschooling/unschooling and love it so far <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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My 4 year old goes to Montessori. He will continue this fall for the equivalent K.<br><br>
After that, he will go to public school...so long as we live near a school I feel comfortable with having him attend.<br><br>
And ouch. A rock to the head. Yeah, its scary. I would re-evaluate too!
 

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We did public school. Won't again. We're homeschoolers, somewhere between book learning and unschooling.
 

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It depends on where we are living. There are great Christian schools in our current city that we would send them to in an instant but if we were to move back to our small hometown we would be homeschooling.
 

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public school<br><br>
my goal is to support the system, to represent our particular cross section of needs and make them meet those needs. It's also important to me that dds learn to coexist in the mainstream and be comfortable with who they are no matter what environment they're in. We're trying it this way because I was in a sheltered, private school environment and I feel it really made things more difficult for me. I completely believe in homeschooling and unschooling, but both of my dds want to go to school, so they're not an option.
 

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I voted homeschool, which we've been doing for almost 6 mos, although my oldest did start out with 1 1/3 years of public school. I plan to hs my younger two as well (I came home with a kindergarten book for DS2 today, and DH says, "I guess you're not planning to give him a chance at public K? Um, right).<br><br>
My DH started in the same place as your DH - "well do public school unless/until we see it's a problem". It was.<br><br>
However, his negative impression of hs didn't come from personal experience, just being afraid of people like your neighbors, as well as birk-wearing, goat-farming hippies (which I aspire to be <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">)
 

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I Actually Homeschooled My Dd For 2 Years-unschooling --then Sent Her To Public School --hubby Does Not Believe Hs--<br><br>
My Ideal School Would Be 3 Days A Week At A Waldorf School----but There Are None Around Here.<br>
My Older Boys Are Public Schooled Except For 1 Year Of A Christian School
 

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My kids attend private school -- language immersion. They are learning things (even beyond the language) that I could never give them any other way. It works well for us.
 

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My kids go to school on the military base that we live on. So that would be considered a public school although some base school are DOD run and follow a different curriculum or at least that was the case a few years ago.
 

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We homeschool. Being a former public school teacher and being married to a public school teacher, I would not send my children to public school (and really not to private school either). Dh is in complete agreement with me. My pro-public schooling mom has even completely changed her beliefs and is so glad (and at times very sympathetic) that I am hs'ing her grandkids. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We're an unschooling family which means at the moment I'm <span style="text-decoration:underline;">struggling</span> with teaching myself guitar, DS is immersed in comic books and superheroes (after spending a good year studying and imitating Hawksley Workman's singing) and BF is again recording an album in the basement.<br><br>
But that's always changing and we're always finding new stuff to learn.
 

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We will probably do montessori school (i went to montessori school, i remember bits of it and i loved it!), then private school, (hubby insists on it) and then once they reach the grade level to go, I would like them to go here: <a href="http://www.kipp.org" target="_blank">www.kipp.org</a>
 

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We will do school. Most likely Montessori when they're young and public or private when they're older. It all depends on where we live and what our financial situation is. I definitely want them in a diverse school. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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We go to an alternative, Sudbury-like school at our public school. My oldest loves it.
 

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Ds is currently in public school (other children are too young for school). We are negotiating with him about next year. We prefer homeschool; ds is making his case to stay in public school.
 
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