A story of how a family came to the decision to homeschool. A great testimony of what public school are really like is how many public school teachers say they wouldn't send their own kids there.
By HALLIE KEMPER
When our kids were young, we believed we would be sending them to public school as soon as they were old enough. After all, both my husband and I went to public schools and turned out okay.
Then, when our daughter, Danielle, and our son, Nick, were still toddlers, I went to a community meeting held at our local school. The end of the meeting featured a meet-and-greet time, and I struck up a conversation with a woman who had been teaching there for over twenty years. Perfect! Just the person I needed to speak with.
I explained that this was our neighborhood school, and we were considering sending our daughter here in a few years. She took a step closer to me, grasped my arm and looked at me sternly. "Why would you do that to your child?" [more...]
In this article the author begins by explaining the chaos that has been created in school systems today by all the expectations placed upon them. As a result they have no clear plan or purpose and thus the call to return to the basic. But what are these basics? Some have suggested that we turn back the 1950's when things seemed simpler, but the basics in reality go back centuries. By looking at these early Christian education systems that produced thinking Christians we can learn what it means to provide our students with a true Christian Education. This approach can be called, Classical Christian Education and this article is a great read.
Another objection might be: Why this type of education? Why not something more relevant, more modern, more accommodating to a non-literate, non-theological age? Classical Christian education is not designed to fit the student for our times. It is designed to transform the student to God's times (Romans 12:2). It is designed to produce an student with the mental discipline and ability to read an in-depth book (even one with more than one hundred pages), write discerning, thoughtful essays on the book, present lectures or debates on the contents of the book, and evaluate its contents in light of the Christian worldview. "Paces," multiple choice questions, computer games, and entertaining films cannot accomplish these results. Classical Christian education is "word-oriented." It can and has produced workmen who can rightly divide the Word of God and who do not need to be ashamed to confront and unmask the idols of our age. [more...]
The decision to home school your children is a major one. It should not be made lightly. It will have an affect on your lives and the lives of your children, but it will also have a ripple effect on your extended family and hopefully society. At a recent home school conference and a speaker indicated that her main goal in home schooling was to raise her children to be "nice people." Home schooling can truly give us this opportunity. You need to affirm your decision with yourself, your spouse and your children everyday. You need to commit yourself to striving everyday to do the work and to constantly look for better solutions for you and your children. [more...]
Don't be scared off by the ones that tell you that you must have an impeccably clean house and be well organized. If that were so there would only be one or two homeschooling families in existence. Face it, with kids home all day - doing the most interesting things - a mess is inevitable; enjoy it! Don't be scared off by the ones that tell you that a strict schedule is necessary and must be adhered to. Life isn't like that. It would be great if it were, but life is unpredictable. Enjoy the surprises. Think of them as opportunities. [ more... ]
Informal Learning. You can give preschool children a good start on an excellent education in many informal ways. These include real-life experiences such as working with parents, creating useful or decorative items, gardening, walking or driving in various environments, visiting different places and people, and conversing with parents and others. Listen to children's ideas and questions, and give appropriate explanations of what they see and experience. Add to this a regular program of reading aloud to your children. Choose good books in all areas of knowledge. Children vary immensely in their development. Some may be ready at age 2 to 4 for a few minutes of phonics or numbers drill in the form of playing with flash cards and manipulatives every day. [more...]
The internet is a valuable source that most families can't live without. From researching essay papers to curriculum, anything you need to search for is available online for free and right in the convenience of your own home. Online auctions are a great way to purchase used curriculum programs and books. A trip to your local library will probably fit most of your needs. Not only do you get to borrow books for free but it makes a fun family outing. Before heading off, make a list of the books and topics you need to borrow so you don't forget what's needed. [more...]
At 34 years old, I was convinced that there would be no children in my future, and that was just fine with me! Only a year later, after an uneventful pregnancy, and an even more uneventful delivery, I became determined to take motherhood in stride-Butt-kins and all. Now, I find myself completely overwhelmed in regard to the education of my child. For so many years of my life I tuned out what was going on with schools, much like a diaper commercial. I now find myself considering homeschooling for what sometimes seems to be my reasons alone. During the meetings and activities of homeschooling parents I attend, it seems like I am the only person who does not currently have a child of school age. The meetings provide a great atmosphere of support for those who are currently homeschooling and offer encouragement to the people with school age children who are considering homeschooling. However, while the reasons for homeschooling are obvious for those who are currently homeschooling, there is little discussed about the reasons that someone would consider a homeschool education for their child while the child is still a toddler I would like to explore the reasons why I am considering homeschooling, perhaps they are some of the reasons that homeschooling started in the first place.
If you are, for the first time, considering this arena of homeschooling with many questions and doubts, you are very likely feeling overwhelmed and frustrated at the many choices before you. Or if you have already been homeschooling for some time and are now burning out and/or frustrated with the results thus far, you are probably feeling overwhelmed too, mixed with a lot of regret and frustration. [more...]
If you have never done anything with "homeschooling," this is an extremely interesting question! Homeschooling can seem very mysterious. How can you learn anything if there is not a professional teacher standing in front of you presenting the material? Most people are so familiar with that scenario in the U.S. that it seems impossible for there to be any other way. [more...]
The reason I entitled this article, Homeschooling Is Not About Education is because I think we have a tendency to lose sight of or, perhaps, we have never really understood why we were led to homeschool. I draw this conclusion because what I hear as most homeschooling parents' primary concerns are issues such as, "Will this be the best curriculum for my child?" or "How do I know I'm going to cover it all?" [more...]