Homeschooling?

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 5:34am
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pJust curious.../p
pHave any of you considered homeschooling your children--at least until your children are old enough to better take control over their allergies?/p
pPatriciabr /
(homeschooling mom of 3)/p

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 7:00am
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I seriously considered it. I changed my mind when my attempts to get in touch in the local homeshooling groups weere rejected because my relgious practises are not the same as the majority of homeschooling parents in my town. They were not even willing to pass on advise on "schooling" because of these differences.
I was pretty disappointed by this response (or lack of it) and since I value inclusion of everyone(regardless or race, religion, health etc), I decided homeshooling was not a culture I wanted to become involved with-at least while we live here, I would like to think that things are different elsewhere.

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 8:13am
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Gee...I know exactly where you're coming from. At the homeschooling boards I've visited, this secular vs. non-secular theme comes up often.
I don't personally belong to a homeschool support group yet myself. The way I see it, I teach my kids and then they go out and play with neighborhood kids or with kids at the playground just like they would if they were enrolled in school. The only difference is that mine attend school elsewhere.
I have a hard time finding like-minded friends as it is. Still, hsing has worked well for us, especially considering my dd's allergies. Yes, I don't think I fit in with a lot of hsing families, but there are a lot of others out there that feel the same way too. Many will tell you that there are as many types of homeschoolers and homeschooling methods as there are homeschoolers. Ain't that the truth!
It's unfortunate that you couldn't find a more supportive group. I get most of my support online.
Patricia

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 9:59am
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I homeschool my five year old and will be my two 1/2 year old. My reasons of homeschooling has changed drastically in the last five years. It started because we could not afford private school at the time (my hubby and I had awful experiences in public schools), then it changed to allergies, and now it is because of how advanced he is.
I am very sorry that the two of you had difficulties finding support with local homeschooling groups. Luckily I have two very close friends whom I receive support from but alot of my support comes from the web also!!!
Patricia, how old are your children that you are homeschooling? What curriculum or materials are you using? What state do you live in and what are the laws in your state?
Hopefully others will soon join in this discussion as I know they are out there!!!

Posted on: Mon, 03/19/2001 - 12:02pm
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Hello Naomi,
I live in NJ where the HS laws are very flexible. My daughter is just completing kindergarten at home. We've used Five in a Row Unit Studies, Phonics Pathways (and a variety of scattered workbooks as well as Ruth Beechick's The Three R's), Saxon Math K (which I will soon be supplementing with Singapore Math and am already supplementing with games and manipulatives) and I also teach her Catechism. We'll be doing some literature-based unit studies this summer and plan to do some fun science lessons/experiments as well. Right now we read through her Big Back Yard magazines and play, play, play.
My second child is two and I was amazed at how much she's already learned just from walking in and out of the room (or sitting with us to take part). She learns through osmosis! Her favorite manipulatives are the geoboard and the unifix cubes. She surprised me the other day when she identified all of the shapes she made with her geobands and when I found that she put together an AB color pattern with the cubes!
My third child is only 10 months old but he takes part too. I usually carry him around in a sling or sit him on my lap during lessons. He likes to grab at everything and I expect that his early exposure to home education will make the transition for him to start schooling very easy.
For next year, I plan to loosely follow the suggestions for a Classical Education as outlined in the Well Trained Mind/Wise-Bauer.
I say "loosely" because I always like to toss things in here and there for variety and/or flexibility.
That's about it! On another thread on homeschoolin on this board, I list my favorite homeschooling books. It's the last post so you'd have to scroll all the way down--if you're interested.
Take care Naomi! Isn't it wonderful to be able to have our children home with us--especially with their peanut allergies? I couldn't imagine how much stress I'd have in my life if I wasn't able to do this.
Patricia

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 1:37pm
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I would ask her if she would like to be homeschooled. If she is interested and you have the time or a tutor go for it. It sounds like she misses a lot of school anyway. If she is homeschooled then maybe she can get more comfortable with her allergy and herself. There are so many extracurricular activities that she could do that would keep her involved with friends so she wouldn't get lonely. If she likes to dance she could go to afternoon classes at a dance studio if she likes art then check out art teacher that offer classes to homeschoolers. It seems as if the law in your state is very accepting to homeschooling. You could set it up with your school to follow there curriculum or you could chose your own curriculum with subject and activities that your dd is interested in.
Take Care and Best to you and your dd
toomanynuts

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 1:42pm
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We have always homeschooled. The sterotype of hs kids being lonely is a myth. My boys actually get more free time and down time. They socialize all day long with people at storytime, the park, the store and anywhere else they may be. They develop friendships at classes that they take (karate, art, cub scouts, etc...) and these friends are based on mutual interest (like most adult friendships are) rather than basing friendships on being thrown into a class together bacause they happen to be the same age. My boys have real friendships with kids ranging in ages from 3-13 (my boys are 7 and 4) and play with girls equally as much as boys.
Besides, didn't your teacher ever tell you to stop talking because school isn't a place for socializing? ;-)

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 2:47pm
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I homeschool my two as well...its a challenge, but I feel its well worth it, both my kids are happy, healthy, and well adjusted...and they have lots of friends.
Most areas have programs to help homeschoolers get the association they need and learn to work with others in a group setting...I recently found a great PE program...We are also in a group that gets together for field trips, puts on a talent show and science fair every year, plus holds graduation ceremonies for 8th and 12th grades...It takes effort, but you can provide plenty of opportunities for you daughter to make friends her own age...
Some good local resources are the library, the parks and recreation dept., museums, community centers, ect...
You will also find lots of resources online...heres' a good place to start:
[url="http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/Region.htm"]http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/Region.htm[/url]
you can go with prepared curriculems (we use Calvert- [url="http://www.calvertschool.org"]www.calvertschool.org[/url] ) or you can put together your own...
Something that has proved very helpful to us is HSLDA- Homeschool Legal Defense Association. [url="http://www.hslda.org"]www.hslda.org[/url]
This is a group of lawyers who will represent homeschooling families at no charge other than the yearly dues. At one time, we had problems with a school board official who was misinformed about TN homeschool law...She wouldn't listen to us, but one call from HSLDA straightened out the matter. That one phone call was worth every cent we paid and will pay for dues...hopefully we will never need their services again, but it's some peace of mind to know we have help if we need it.
edited to fix link
[This message has been edited by TJuliebeth (edited October 01, 2006).]

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 3:49pm
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Have you ever heard of a cybercharter? This is a public school like any other-- open to all and free of charge. This is what we do. No way could we have afforded Calvert's materials on our own as HSers, but this is the curriculum that our school SENDS us. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
The same national agency operates in your state. This is a great option for kids who would feel isolated if they didn't have connections with other "classmates." There is a secure web-server with on-line chats and clubs, field trips, local meet-ups, and great parents from all over the country.
It does take some time, but really no more than you are probably already spending, given how often she has been out ill.
Here's the link if you want more info:
[url="http://www.connectionsacademy.com/state/home.asp?sid=pa"]http://www.connectionsacademy.com/state/home.asp?sid=pa[/url]
HTH [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
ETA:
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Besides, didn't your teacher ever tell you to stop talking because school isn't a place for socializing? ;-)
Ohhh, MAN. Do you actually [i]know[/i] my daughter?? [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/wink.gif[/img] LOL! I once had written on a report card that I spoke... "well. And often." [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/biggrin.gif[/img] So I can't blame her dad for that one... Charlotte Mason methodology was a [i]HUGE[/i] hit at my house, as you can probably well imagine.
[This message has been edited by Corvallis Mom (edited October 01, 2006).]

Posted on: Sat, 09/30/2006 - 10:51pm
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Are you concerned for her safety, do you want to homeschool because you believe in it beyond the allergy and anxiety issue, or do you want to pull her out for her anxiety alone?
If you wanted to homeschool before this, then you should. If you're trying to protect her because of her anxiety, I'd make sure you tried everything else first. I just say this b/c I had MAJOR anxiety (full-blown panic attacks) in school. I worked with a psychologist to learn how to face this and breath through anxious situation (without meds). Now as an adult, I'm able to face many things that I wouldn't have been able to without these skills. I think, for me (you know your dd), it would have hurt me in the long run if my parents would've taken me out. Again, you know your dd and what's best for her. Listen to your instincts on this one... [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Have you talked to the school psychologist? Maybe they could help you figure out the best way to handle this...
Good luck! I really feel for you and your dd..anxiety is the most horrible feeling. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img]

Posted on: Sun, 10/01/2006 - 12:34am
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Boy! I am so glad you are all out there to give such insightfyl thought to this issue. yes, dd has missed so much school over the last few years and it does not seem to get any better the older she gets--we just get new problems!
We have been taking her to see 2 doctors (one just counsels and the other is now prescribing meds) and in the spring she was making such great progress--we had the best summer evenr (relatively little allergy syndrome and little ancxiety) but here we are again, one day in, three days out, afraid to eat, etc. She has always ahd issues since she was a baby--it likley is a redult of the severe pain she was in for so long with multiple GI issues and food allergy. (she refused to eat and was fed liguid neocate until she was 3 years old).
Our school psychologist is not helpful--doesn't belive food alelrgic children have emotional issues!--yet we do have anxiety in her 504 (got this last year,a s well as an air conditioner for her class so they would stop using a fan to blow all the pollen and dust all around the room!) for other issues)--over all the school seems to want to help, BUT we feel as thought they are trying to scare us with the legal requirements of her being in school as a way to get her there and this makes us feel as thought they are suggesting we are keeping her out unneccesarily! If she could be there, I assure you I would send her! Sometimes she will just have a low grade fever and she will be down for the count! ..sometimes hse is just wiped out--so many meds, nasal congestion, headaches, etc.
i have thought about this for many years and thought we should give regular school a try--but I cannot ignore anymore that she is not thriving in that environment=nt and I want her self esteem to grow and for her to see she can excel in subjects if we give her the right tools! Missing 5 days of class and constantly trying to catch up and still moving on is overwhelming!
What are the legal problems homeschoolers might have? I did not understand this part?
Does anyone live near Philadelphia?

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