OT-Who homeschools?

I just read Shawna’s thread with the beautiful snow picture and now I am just wondering, how many of us homeschool? I homeschool my 7yo son. I still find plenty of time for knitting :smiley:

Hello. I homeschool my eight-year-old daughter. Life is still so busy though. I don’t know how I would manage if I had to work outside the home. I always find some time to do the many things (including knitting) that I love to do, though. Life is good. :smiley:

I homeschool my 1st grader and preschooler.

Just out of curiosity, why do you guys choose to homeschool your kids? Are you going to continue to homeschool them, or will they eventually go to public/private school?

We homeschool our three kids ages 13, 10, and 7. We LOVE it! We have tried at various times using public schools, but they just aren’t a good match for our kids. There is so much that I can offer them that traditional schooling can’t. Our son is also autistic and school was an absolute disaster for him. He is thriving at home! We have no plans for our children to ever go to traditinal schooling unless they want to. Considering my oldest plans to have her AA before her public school friends have their high school diplomas, I can’t see her ever wanting to go back to school. My kids never talk about the things that they miss by being homeschooled, but they talk all the time about the things that they would miss out on if they were in a traditional school setting. Today is a typical day. It’s 10:30 and I’m still in my jammies. I have one watching a Harry Potter Movie, one creating a costume of Medusa for a birthday party she is going to tomorrow and my third is still asleep. She’s a night owl and usually is tucking me into bed :roflhard: We’ll all be up and going in the next hour. We will have some lunch and head outside to enjoy the lovely weather we have. Later we will be involved in various projects such as rubber stamping, knitting, reading, chatting with friends on the computer, and trying to figure out how toilets flush.

drat, just posted a long post and it disappeared!

I ‘unschooled’ my son for high school who’s now at nearly 18 years old taking the GED and applying for college.

this book helped us both with the transition:

I’m also a huge fan of John Taylor Gatto. :thumbsup:

Anyhoo, my son’s needs weren’t addressed by the small public school system. I’d elaborate more but I’m afraid my post will disappear again!

Wow! y’all are very lucky. You don’t hear too many people talk about how good their life is. Spread somma dat good feelings around :lol:

I homeschool my 3. Mike is 15, Kim is 13, and Nicole is 11. They are in grades 6, 8, and 9-11. :smiley: We were using an out of state school for their schooling. When my son wanted to change schools we found out that it wasn’t accredited. He should be a junior this year. He had a choice to take his GED or start over in 9th grade. He chose to start over. :cheering: I still don’t believe it. What 15 year old wants to add 2 years. He is doing great though. Even though he started 2 months late he is ahead. He has done a year of Algebra in 4 weeks and a year of physical science in 6 weeks. I am glad he started over though, because his last school didn’t require any writing. This is almost all writing. He was having fits to start, (all day to write 3 paragraphs). But now he gets carried away and writes 7 pages when only 4 have to be done. His teacher can’t believe the change so soon. Oh, they all go to school online now. They are public schools, but they do it all on the internet. It is so cool and easier for me.

I also have an autistic son. He is 13 now, and if I hadn’t been hired last year at a warm and fuzzy small private school as a teacher last year, I’d be homeschooling my baby too. I am lucky that our little school goes to grade 12, so he is nice and set.

His 5th grade year was his first out of special day class and it was okay. But 6th grade (middle school) was a total disaster. Even in the suburbs, there are more kids in a middle school than there were in my high school. Now that I am a teacher I can appreciate that there is no way to offer a quality education to children when you teach 200 different kids a day!

But I digress. I was just about to pull him out of public school to homeschool him when I was offered a teaching job. Now we go to school together, which is almost as nice as homeschooling and we love our schedule. The hubmeister is also a teacher, so we really have tons of time together, which is awesome!

I am jealous I’m not in my jammies right now, but in one week, when winter break starts, I will be!

Our son went to a private Christian school last year for kindergarten and he did very well academically. He is bright and like every little boy has a lot of energy. He got in trouble a lot because he finished his work quickly and would start talking and playing. Public school just is not a option for us. Most importantly because we want his education to be based on a Biblical worldview. Also because Ben tends to get “lost” in a crowd and cannot focus on what is going on around him. He is a smart little guy and he would get into so much trouble because he cannot sit still :smiley: . We love homeschooling :cheering:. We can progress at Ben’s rate and go as fast as he needs to go. Also, we get to do fun school projects. We are studying Mesopotamia and today we made cuneiform tablets with Sculpey. The best part is that Ben gets to spend a lot of time with his baby brother. They are such great friends :thumbsup:

Our reasons for homeschooling have changed. Now I simply LOVE the lifestyle. I love watching my kids lightbulbs go on. I love the freedom we have to learn what we want to. I love how the kids get excited about topics and start asking questions and going off on little “rabbit trails” that interest them. Ilove how close my children are and how we pile on the sofa to read our books. And I really love that my children love these things as well. We just love homeschooling.

Originally we started because I knew my son would not meet his potential in the public school. He has a severe speech disorder and adhd and the too make it difficult for him to pay attention and he can have extra difficulty in reading since speech and literacy are so closely related. I knew I would be able to offer more attention than a teacher with 20+ kids could give. Of course one can never say “Never” since we don’t know what the future holds; but right now I can’t see any reason why I would ever put my children in public school.

Raising my hand,too!!

I home school both our children – DS, age 11; DD, age 7-1/2. We started homeschooling DS first. He is an extremely intelligent kid w/ non-traditional learning style, and P.S. just didn’t work for him. We tried a local school for “gifted” kids, but the political environment there was horrible. So, we took the plunge & started homeschooling just DS while DD went to public K. She loved k’garten, but when we offered her the chance to homeschool for 1st grade, she jumped on it.

A few days ago, we were driving in the car, and I was having one of those days where I was wondering whether or not they are missing out on too much by being homeschooled. I asked them both, “Do you guys every wish you were back in school?” And they both, together, yelled, “No!!!” It was so funny, and just what I needed to hear!

They are both doing well despite our frequent interruptions due to DS’s cancer treatments. We are gradually getting back onto a more consistent routine, but we all struggle with that. Overall, though, we love that we homeschool and are quite enamored with the flexibility it provides us.

I could go on …

… but I won’t. :wink:

Kaye –

Where in the Louisville area do you live? We lived out in LaGrange for about 5 years. Loved it there!!

We are homeschooling as well.

We homeschool too!!! We love it!!

Get schoolwork done, chores done, then I can KNIT!!!

I’m a second grade public school teacher. My hat is off to homeschooler parents. I don’t know how you do it…I always had the hardest time working with my own kids at home. You have to be extremely disciplined and organized. Do any of you plan to do this all the way through grade 12?

That is the plan…Although we do evaluate every year…But I can’t imagine why the plan might change.

That is the plan…Although we do evaluate every year…But I can’t imagine why the plan might change.[/quote]

Likewise – or at least until DC qualify to take community college classes – that won’t be for a few years! :rofling:

And, as for the discipline & organization, well, it helps, but I really feel that homeschooling liberates you from some of that. I was getting really burned out on everything school-related – like projects being assigned at the last minute, and all the paper that kept coming home. It would never fail that we would make plans to do something, and DS would come home and say he had to build an earthquake-proof tower by Monday or something like that. I do NOT miss those days!!! Now we only build earthquake-proof towers because we want to!!

Also, the flexibility of changing things as you go along is a bonus. If we’re doing something and it’s not working, we’re free to junk it and switch to something else. My biggest thing right now is realizing that we don’t have to do everything at once AND we don’t have to be doing things just like they’re doing them in school.

I agree with Julie. Homeschooling is liberating. We have a crazy schedule that would never work with a child in public school. Yet we are able to accomidate that in our homeschool.

Yes; with three kids and three different needs being flexible is the key word. We don’t do “school at home” We don’t sit at the table and do schoolish work. It’s funny, but I feel for the poor school teachers. They have 20+ kids with 20+ learning styles and 20+ individual needs. My thinking is that they have to be disciplined and organized :slight_smile: My kids are free to homeschool as long as they want. We don’t do testing. It isn’t required where we are and how we choose to homeschool. I figure testing is for teachers who have 20+ kids and need to know how all of them are progressing. With three that get lots of individual attention, I know if they’ve gotten something or not. We get a lot of grief from my parents who recognize and acknowledge that our kids are “uber bright” but they just can’t grasp that they are actually learning stuff since we don’t have tests or lots of paperwork showing it.

Right now we are working on making a dog sweater for my parents’ dog. The sweater pattern I found has lots of measurements and we’ve been talking about porportions. Everyone is going to knit a row or two on this sweater and we are going to work together to figure out how to take a sweater meant for a Boxer and turn it into a sweater for a chihuahua/miniature schnauzer.