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Old 05-10-2007, 12:23 PM   #11
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My wife homeschooled my son and daughter until my son was in 4th grade and my daughter was in 2nd....we then moved to a better school district and they attended public school...during that time that they were home-schooled we became involved with a local homeschool group that met on a regular basis and were very organized in activities to teach the children social skills with kids their ages....(This is a must..and any parent who is considering homeschooling has to make this part of their curriculum)
They also had parents teach specific skills to advanced students...for example...one of the Dads was a master carpenter...and he taught a class to some of the teenagers on wood-working.
Those groups are virtually in every area...be selective.
As a side note...we really pushed reading to our kids. Both are still voracious readers...with my son reading Treasure Island in 3rd grade and Lord of the Rings in 5th grade ...He now scores in the top 1% in the nation in reading when tested..my daughter scores in the top 3%. Both are well-adjusted kids...who are polite...dont buy into cultural garbage and fads...and are active in sports and music...my sone plays basketball..soccer and plays guitar....my daughter plays basketball and plays flute and piano.
We still are dealing with "typical" teenage and "tween-ager" problems but I truly believe that the foundation my kids learned at an early age has helped them deal with problems pretty well.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:14 PM   #12
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My son is wrapping up his first year of kindergarden in a few weeks. I have to admit that I'm happy about the progress he's made, but I'm less than thrilled with some of the other things that have happened this year. I'm putting some serious thought into possibly homeschooling him and his sisters in the next few years and I would like to hear some first hand stories.
Jeremy, the best thing I can tell you is that no matter where your children attend school, be involved in their education. Get to know your kid's learning style and what motivates them...and what doesn't. I have various friends that have homeschooled. Some do a much better job than others. There are many home school groups that you can hook up with where your child can get as much social interaction as you want, as well as the opportunity for field trips, fine arts, etc.

A key that I have learned with my older son (14) is that not all kids learn alike and not every learning environment works well for that particular kid's needs. My son was in a private school thru 3rd grade. We moved to an "excellent" district and put him in public school because we thought at the time that it would be better for him. It wasn't. Academically, he has always done well but it wasn't a good place for him socially. He went back into a private school and has flourished. He will be going to a Catholic high school next year and, we aren't Catholic, but they are a laptop school and have other programs and features that I believe suit his learning style the best.

I don't know for sure where my 4 year old will go yet. He will be starting a preschool program this year and we'll see what seems best for him. I know he has a very different learning style from his brother.

BTW, I did consider homeschooling for my older son as well. Actually had alot of pressure to do it from many friends. I decided it wasn't a good choice for him.

I wish you the very best in whatever choices you make for your kids.
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Old 05-10-2007, 01:41 PM   #13
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I didn't like the teachers and he was far too smart for the level of work he was doing.
Jeremy...

Homeschooling today is not the same as the homeschooling in the past. There are homeschool groups that meet for your children to come together and socialize, have P.E. together, etc. Also, there are other alternatives.

I do not know about your faith, or what you are willing to allow, but there is a something called A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education (I think)). Each student is given a book to work through AT THEIR OWN PACE. They are expected to work through 3 books a quarter. However, if your son is smart enough, he can work through 5, 6, 10 books a quarter. The whole thing is recognized and very legitamate. Our church used to run a A.C.E. school.

The advantage is that your child works at his or her own pace, yet, still gets the socialization wanted and needed. Furthermore, it is in an enviroment that is kept safe. Last but not least, they are also taught morals from scripture, and even memorize scripture.

I don't know how much you would be interested in that, but if you are, it may be a great thing for your child.
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Old 05-10-2007, 02:12 PM   #14
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Homeschooling today is not the same as the homeschooling in the past. There are homeschool groups that meet for your children to come together and socialize, have P.E. together, etc. Also, there are other alternatives.

I do not know about your faith, or what you are willing to allow, but there is a something called A.C.E. (Accelerated Christian Education (I think)). Each student is given a book to work through AT THEIR OWN PACE. They are expected to work through 3 books a quarter. However, if your son is smart enough, he can work through 5, 6, 10 books a quarter. The whole thing is recognized and very legitamate. Our church used to run a A.C.E. school.

The advantage is that your child works at his or her own pace, yet, still gets the socialization wanted and needed. Furthermore, it is in an enviroment that is kept safe. Last but not least, they are also taught morals from scripture, and even memorize scripture.

I don't know how much you would be interested in that, but if you are, it may be a great thing for your child.
Did you use the abeka program?...We liked that very much...also tried the saxon...but it didnt seem as challenging.
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Is changing schools an option? either a differnent public school or a private/parochial/religious school?

I know home schooling can be very beneficial (as many have pointed out) But in my personal experience I've known several home-schooled peers who have had a lot of trouble adjusting socially later in life. I would never say its a problem with all home-school situations--I'm sure its not---but it is something to be aware of.

Going to school is as much about learning to navigate "society" and deal with people and peers different than you as its about education. Education can always be supplemented by reading on your own, or taking gifted classes, but its hard to get the socialization of school unless you are there. The home school groups are of great value, but its still a fairly insular group and people often have the same values/attitudes.

If you do decide to homeschool pay special attention to the social development aspects, that will probably be your biggest challenge.
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Is changing schools an option? either a differnent public school or a private/parochial/religious school?

I know home schooling can be very beneficial (as many have pointed out) But in my personal experience I've known several home-schooled peers who have had a lot of trouble adjusting socially later in life. I would never say its a problem with all home-school situations--I'm sure its not---but it is something to be aware of.

Going to school is as much about learning to navigate "society" and deal with people and peers different than you as its about education. Education can always be supplemented by reading on your own, or taking gifted classes, but its hard to get the socialization of school unless you are there. The home school groups are of great value, but its still a fairly insular group and people often have the same values/attitudes.

If you do decide to homeschool pay special attention to the social development aspects, that will probably be your biggest challenge.
Very good advise...but something easily taken care of...as pastor said...legitimate home-school organizations have recognized this problem in the last 15 years...so you have to question anyone whos kids are not given opportunites for social interaction...there are no excuses at this stage in the game.
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I'd rather steer clear of the Christian home school groups. Some of them worry me with their extreme views. I have a co worker who does Christian home schooling and they have the group activities as well. But he was telling me a story that the leader of their group was starting to make teens and their parents sign a release stating they would not use the group activities for dating. I know that's only one example, but I'd rather avoid situations like that where my personal views are pretty much 180 degrees different.
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Jeremy,

I am an English Education student and teach drama to home school kids. I have a class of about 30. It is part of a group called STEPUP where home school kids meet to take classes together. I have also had offers to do Christian group home schooling, but that wasn't my thing.

What has been said by LLT and others so far is SOOO true. If you choose to do this, you MUST and I can not emphasize this enough, MUST keep the little guy involved socially. I have seen some kids who are so void of social skills that it is jaw-dropping. Its important that they interact with kids their age throughout the education or they will never have the skills to be a functionable member of any work community.

I went to public schools my whole life. I grew up in a VERY good district and hope to land a spot on their sub list when I graduate in a year and a half, but if you are genuinely concerned then I think it is a solid option.

I have to play devil's advocate and I'm not trying to be an *******, but a lot of people earnest feel the way you do about your son, that their kid is far too intellegent to be held back by public schools. All I'm saying is make sure you check everything out first, because this goes a lot farther than his education. This is going to influence his entire social makeup.

It always great to know that parents are doing their absolute best for their kids. Keep up the good work.
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My son had to have some dental work done earlier in the year and we kept him out of school for a couple of days. We asked his teacher if this was going to be a problem. She told us that we could keep him out for a week and he'd still be two weeks ahead of the rest of his class.

So either she was blowing smoke or he's that smart.
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I went to public school from kindergarten to 9th grade. My schools teachers went on strike, I felt I wasn't getting the best education I could and most of my peers were extremely dull. I stumbled upon an online school called PALCS (Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School) and decided to give it a shot. I am now a junior and in my third year with the school and have gotten a better education than I could have ever imagined without any distractions. I still play football with my old school and have a lot of friends from it plus new friends within the online school. This way I am not missing out in the social aspect of childhood at all. The school is great. Field trips every month if not week, very creative and intelligent teachers and best of all it's free. They even pay for your internet service, all of your text books and send you necessary computers and parts depending on what you need. I highly suggest PALCS if you don't have time to home school your child and are worried that a public school education isn't right for them. You should at least look into it. There are so many positive things about my school compared to public school that it truly and sincerely is awesome.

At PALCS your child can have better quality friends, learn a lot more material in less time, make their own schedule, learn about computers by every day use in a world were computers are becoming more and more important, go on field trips to other towns, states and even countries for little or no cost, get personal one on one help for free, learn about selecting colleges from knowledgeable counselors, join clubs such as radio, journalism, student government, science, etc... And do other things that most kids never have a chance to. I wish I could have found PALCS years ago… I feel I would be a much smarter and independent individual if I had.

I hope that helps, no matter what you decide I wish you the best of luck with it. The important thing is that you just find what’s best for your child.
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