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Excuses for not Homeschooling

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We get many questions about homeschooling when people see our family out and about.  Among those asking I often hear the responses “Oh, I wish I could do that”  Most people think that homeschooling is expensive and somewhat out of reach since they don’t have a teaching degree.  I hope I can clear some of those questions up!!!

EXCUSES FOR NOT HOMESCHOOLING:

Its just too EXPENSIVE:

Though it can be expensive if you want it to be, we school our children for around $150.00 (per student per year)  Lower grades for as little as $50.00.  Most of what we use is re-usable and in the future some of our kids will be homeschooling almost free.

I don’t have any PATIENCE:

I don’t have much either, but by God’s grace, I am learning. We are learning together EVERY DAY, and this requires patience.  Things worth doing are not always the easiest things, but they reap the greatest rewards.

What about SOCILIZATION:

This is probably the biggest excuse we hear.  Apparently, because we homeschool, our kids will turn out being reclusive hermits or something. Our kids go with us to make loans, they go to church, they know how and actively converse with adults.  They are not glued to a phone, computer screen or TV.  I have always figured it was better for kids to be socialized by socialized adults, rather than un-socialized peers. That being said, they do have “real” friends their age and we go on more learning field trips than are offered at any government school.

We have to have 2 INCOMES:

No you don’t!  Every one assumes that because we are self-employed, have 6 kids and homeschool, that we are wealthy.  We are not.  What God does give us extra, we give to His work.  Regardless of current opinion you don’t HAVE to have most of the things you think are necessities.  We could all do without these “extras” and our families would be the better for it.

You must be really SMART!

I don’t have to have a college degree to know what is best for my kids, or to provide a better education for their specific needs.  Homeschool materials are structured in a way to teach a new homeschool Mom how to teach their children.  As you learn as you go, you will see what methodologies work best for your individual children.

Good kids are needed in the Public School system: THE LIGHT TO THE WORLD MENTALITY:

I agree, there is a lack of “good” moral kids in the system, but it’s not because all the “good ones” are being homeschooled.  Its because of the system they are being indoctrinated into, and because of those PEERS, with whom you want ours to socialize with.  One rotten apple will spoil the whole bushel.  We do want our children to be a light to the world.  That’s what we are training them for. One day they will be that light in the world, when they are spiritually ready. I doubt that the government school has the same things in mind when we speak of training our children.

I think kids should be on the same level THE HERD MENTALITY:

This thinking comes from years of indoctrination.  This is exactly where they want you.  You are programmed to think that we should all be equal, no matter what our inputs.  These thoughts will lead to a socialized state.  Socialized education, socialized medicine equals communism.  The truth is, I want my kids to be smarter than their peers, I want them to be on another level, we pray for them a greater success!  Homeschool offers this!  We can stretch their potential!  They don’t have to wait till 3rd grade to write in cursive, because their peers haven’t been taught to yet (or will never be taught) They don’t have to graduate college or start a business when their peers do, they CAN and WILL be ahead of the game, and they will have SKILLS to accompany their book learning.

Well, that’s the questions and statements we usually run across from people when they find out we homeschool.  If you still have doubts, just hide and watch.   Our children’s success will speak for itself one day.  And by all means, engage them when you see us around, they will be the kids without phones who are capable of having conversations with adults.  If you have any other CONSERNS, I would be happy to give you our take on those as well. :)

 

Our Cirriculum Choices 2014-2015 & Book Reccomendations

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We have come a long way in the short time we have been homeschooling!  We have finally found our niche, at least for now :)  Charlotte Mason methodology fits our family well!  Children learn and Momma’s teach differently and you will have to find for your self what works best for your family. That’s one really cool aspect of homeschooling, you can cater to your children’s needs and they can learn more effortlessly. Here’s our Curriculum Choices for 2014-2015

PRE-SCHOOL:

Workbooks and Flashcards and not to be underrated REAL LIFE LEARNING.  Don’t miss all those little teaching opportunities, MOM!  We have been known to nix flash cards for this method!

KINDERGARTEN:

My Fathers World – God’s Creation from A to Z   www.mfwbooks.com

Handbook for Reading  www.abeka.com

2nd GRADE:

My Fathers World -Exploring Countries and Cultures

English- Language Lessons for Today   www.mfwbooks.com

Spelling- Rodd and Staff (3)

Math-Arithmetic 2 (Abeka)

4th GRADE:

My Fathers World – Exploring Countries and Cultures

English- Intermediate Language Lessons by Emma Serl

Spelling-Rod and Staff (4)

Math- Switched On Schoolhouse 4 – www.aophomeschooling.com/

 

A Little About My Father’s World (from their website) www.mfwbooks.com

Family Learning Cycle

My Father’s World’s unique INVESTIGATE Multi-age Family Learning Cycle is designed for children through 8th grade to be taught together using the same program. Bible, geography, history, literature, science, music appreciation, and art activities can be enjoyed by a range of ages. Our Teacher’s Manuals provide guidance for grade level expectations as needed. A 7th grader will complete assignments more thoroughly than a 3rd grader while using many of the same resources. The Multi-age Family Learning Cycle keeps the family together when possible and assures that the parent is only teaching one complete curriculum package each year.

Our five year-long programs begin with a one-year foundation in geography and cultures followed by four years of chronological history. A 2nd or 3rd grader continues in the cycle for 6-7 years, repeating material previously learned in 2nd or 3rd grade at an advances level.

 

We also use Character Development materials for all ages and grades from Character First  www.characterfirsteducation.com/c/shop.php

 

Good Books:

Big Book of Homeschooling By Debie Pearl

www.amazon.com/The-Book-Homeschooling-Debi-Pearl/dp/1616440686/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1406295816&sr=8-1&keywords=homeschooling+book

 

Homeschooling with a meek and Quiet Spirit  By Terri Maxwell

http://www.titus2.com/homeschooling-with-a-meek-and-quiet-spirit.html

 

Managers of Their Schools

http://www.titus2.com/managers-of-their-schools.html

 

Think Outside the Classroom

http://www.generationcedar.com/main/our-products/ebooks/think-outside-the-classroom

 

Internet Resources:

Want to know more about the Charlotte Mason methodology? Check out…  www.simplycharlottemason.com/

 

To Schedule or not to Schedule…

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And a much debated one in homeschool circles.  It all comes down to what works best for your family and lifestyle.  We have done the regimented color chart found at   http://www.titus2.com/managers-of-their-homes.html  It was beautiful, and I loved it so much it hung on the wall for a year, before I took it down, even though we never followed it!  If you are a scheduled person you will love this method.  We recommend all of their books!  I have almost ALL of them :)

Even the best schedule book couldn’t help me, apparently.  To homeschool and have 6 kids, for that matter, you do need structure.  If you don’t have some kind of structure there will be chaos!!!!  Routine, Routine ROUTINE…there I like that better!  Routine sounds better to my free spirit than schedule!  So, lets talk about our “routine”.

We get up, when we get up! Usually around 7.

We eat breakfast and get dressed.

School Starts…I do kindergarten and pre-school while big kids are doing independent work.

We do character First as a family.

Kindergarten and pre-school go play while we do our Family Cycle with 2nd grade and up.

After that, if they are done with independent work they are done.  If they are not, they finish, we do any tests we need to do and I look over their work.

All this gets done in time to prepare for lunch. We eat and then go about our day doing those things that are necessary.

This is our Routine, Life happens, but this is the general order of business.  I am available while they are doing there independent work to get them started or to answer any questions.  That’s why we built a house with an open floor plan and we have school in a central location.  I can keep my eye on progress as I am cleaning up and doing dinner prep, and tending to a new baby’s needs.

We have 4 day school, Monday – Thursday, with Friday reserved for make-up work or field trips.  Our Curriculum is set up this way and we LOVE it!!!  We are also planning year round school this year.  More about that, another time.

Also a great reference for ordering your days is a book called Large Family Logistics by Kim Brenneman

Kim’s blog is at http://largefamilylogistics.blogspot.com/

So that’s how we roll…

How about you, I would love to hear how you do it!

 

Homeschool Week

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I know, I know its summer break for all you teachers and public school-ers out there, but this is the time of year things are really gearing up for homeschool.  We like to learn all year long in our house and the last few weeks have been full of planning for next years adventures!  This year we will be starting in July.  I know this sounds crazy to a lot of people, let me explain.  The particular school curriculum we use is set up for a 4 day week, also we like the freedom to have school when the weather is yucky and explore the outdoors and enjoy our family when its nice outside, or when The Farmer is out of the field.  It is all about OUR family!

Secondly, I thought a week of Homeschool posts would be very fitting!  I usually post after we have started our schooling for the year, and this is too late for those who wish to learn more about school-at-home.  So here it is!  For those of you who have and are considering homeschooling, I hope this helps. For those who are opposed to it or confused, this is for you too!  So kick back and enjoy this week of homeschooling information overload!!!

Topics this week include:

EXCUSES FOR NOT HOMESCHOOLING

WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS ABOUT HOMESCHOOLING (Bet you’ve never heard a sermon like this!)

HOMESCHOOL INFORMATION

OUR CIRRICULUM CHOICES

THE A B C’s of HOMESCHOOLING

HOW WE MAKE IT WORK (Homeschool Cart Idea)

and TO SCHEDULE OR NOT TO SCHEDULE

 

Okay, Okay, so its going to be more than a week of posts.  I’m a little against the grain, that comes with being a homeschool mom.  Some of you will understand :)

Love is in the air…

We are so blessed to have such great homeschooling friends to get together with!  This Valentines Day, Stacy invited the Mashburn family and our family over for a party.  I have very fond memories as a child making my Valentine Box and picking out little cards and treats to carry to school.  Just because you homeschool doesn’t mean you have to miss out!  These are a few of our homemade creations…

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After we swapped our valentines with our kids at home, we headed out to the Witcher’s house.  The kids jumped right in and started playing with all their friends, they had a lot of catching up to do, and so did the mommas!  It was sweet having two little babies there.  Stella has a new little friend, Felicity, who is just a few weeks younger.  I’m sure they will be great friends one day!  After a wonderful lunch, we passed out our goodies and Valentines.  Next year I’m going to be smart like Stacy and only fill in the FROM: and not the TO: ! It took me forever to “deliver”  all the Valentines!!!!  It didn’t help that we only have 2 readers in our family!

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Happy Valentines Day 2014!

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