What was the Most Influencing Factor in deciding to homeschool?

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 10:48am
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Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 11:23am
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For us it was spiritual beliefs followed by better educational choices , followed by a better control of the child's social activities.
I've seen pa/ta kids public school successfully without issues, so that didn't even enter into our decision.
Of course reading all ya'lls trouble with pa/ta in the classroom , it makes me even more grateful that we homeschool.

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 1:16pm
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[b]flexible curriculum[/b], that could fit a child able to read Harry Potter at age 5 and who hates drawing and crafts.
Can you imagine him spending a whole year in kindergarden?? Not me.
Also found out how inflexible the private schools were in my area.
PA was somewhat of a factor, but not the most important one. Just an added bonus, I guess.

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 1:52pm
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We had 'heard' of homeschooling before DS was diagnosed, but I'm not sure we would have done it. The multiple allergies were the number one factor in our decision, followed closely by a desire to have better control over our child's academics. Having spent a year or so looking into it, spiritual aspects have started to become more of an issue.

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 4:56pm
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I loved the idea of homeschooling before ds was born. Individualized curriculum at the time the child needs instruction looked really appealing! We live in an urban area, so why not take advantage of the art museums, nature centers, orchestras, libraries and all the marvelous "field trips" whenever we want. I also thought that my DH and I make a good teaching team.
DS's multiple food allergies were what convinced my husband. We'll take it one year at a time. But I've come a long way in convincing him, DH asked to be the one at home during the day when I finish nursing school.
Jacqueline

Posted on: Sat, 01/03/2004 - 5:15pm
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I felt like the school did not have any concern for my daughter. The principal is the type of person that is not going to do anything that she doesnt have to do. The teacher my daughter had that didn't take her PA allergy serious and at 5 she thought my daughter was old enough to take on the responsibility herself. A teachers comment that it was impossible to monitor everything that came into the classrooms, how it was the parents responsiblity, (I took that as the PA child should be the parents responsibility not the schools), and that it was a good thing I took her out of school. The classroom aide that ate the snicker bar at my daughters classroom table, I told the teacher about it and apparently she didn't see it necessary to tell the aide it was a peanut free classroom because the next day I asked the aide if the teacher had explained anything to her and she hadnt. The day of the x-mas party I found the butterfinger in my daughters book bag then told the teacher and she just took the bag of candy said oh with sort of a laugh and tossed the bag on the classroom table. This is just some of the reasons.
Doesn't make me too confident in the school. This is what influenced me to homeschool.
I think she is learning more at home then she would be in school but she is missing out on friends. Thats the only down fall I can see about homeschooling.
Lynn

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2004 - 2:32am
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Lynn , check around , there should be a homeschooling club of sorts where your daughter can meet new friends. We've got two really good homeschool groups in the area and our town only has 4,000 people in it. Certainly in a bigger area they'd have more clubs.

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2004 - 4:07am
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I live in a town of 3000. There are no homeschooling groups here.
Lynn

Posted on: Sun, 01/04/2004 - 4:30am
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If we decide to homeschool over private Catholic school, the peanut allergy issue will be the #1 reason. This is because we are extremely opposed to public schools, and if we can't safely go to the private school, we would never consider the public one. Every day we hear of another reason for this. The moral climate, the 'socializing' messages in the curriculum that we feel are opposed to not only our personal beliefs, but actual reality, also, the quality of the education in *OUR* local public schools is substandard. Also, we have noticed a disturbing trend of NOT *no* religion in schools, but just no Christianity, while other religions are not only allowed symbolically, but actually TAUGHT or are part of enrichment exercises whereby, for example, the students pretend to be muslim for a week or Hindu, including praying in those particular ways. BUT Christianity, our faith, is simply FORBIDDEN outright. We feel this sends the wrong message to our children.
These are just a few examples.

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 8:13am
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Oh, definitely the peanut allergy. After our dd was taken out of kindergarten in an ambulance because the school was lackladasical about handwashing rules, they REALLY didn't want her there. It seemed they looked for any excuse to exclude or humiliate her, so that we would take her out. (Such as making her eat alone at a table on a stage in front of the whole first grade, or saying they were taking all the other kids to a class party (serving unsafe food) and leaving her behind. )
One thing about peanut allergy is that often it is easy to make "the problem" go away, in that if they make it unsafe enough, a parent feels compelled to pull their child from school. And even though I have sometimes felt like a complete failure because I didn't fight longer or harder for my daughter to stay in school, at least my heart doesn't pound every time I hear an ambulance pass by -- wondering if it's racing to save my daughter. And on the upside, she's able to work well above grade level in several areas.
Kay

Posted on: Mon, 01/05/2004 - 10:07pm
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Quote:Originally posted by Kay B:
[b]Oh, definitely the peanut allergy. After our dd was taken out of kindergarten in an ambulance because the school was lackladasical about handwashing rules, they REALLY didn't want her there. It seemed they looked for any excuse to exclude or humiliate her, so that we would take her out. (Such as making her eat alone at a table on a stage in front of the whole first grade, or saying they were taking all the other kids to a class party (serving unsafe food) and leaving her behind. )
One thing about peanut allergy is that often it is easy to make "the problem" go away, in that if they make it unsafe enough, a parent feels compelled to pull their child from school. And even though I have sometimes felt like a complete failure because I didn't fight longer or harder for my daughter to stay in school, at least my heart doesn't pound every time I hear an ambulance pass by -- wondering if it's racing to save my daughter. And on the upside, she's able to work well above grade level in several areas.
Kay[/b]
your words gave me chills, they hit so close to home. Little goosebumps, even.

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