For Those Considering Homeschooling… What are Your Questions? Ask a Veteran!

by GfG on March 18, 2014 · 4 comments

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This is the time of the year that families who are currently using the public school system or private schools start considering homeschooling instead.  They start tip toeing around the topic, checking the scene.  It can be incredibly daunting.

The good news is there are a lot of people out there who want to help.  That’s also the bad news because it can be incredibly overwhelming.

I have written more than a few posts that can be helpful for newbies or those considering homeschooling for the first time…. here are  few:

Homeschooling: Is it for You?

The Best Advice I was Given  (aka: The Most Important Consideration Before Choosing Curriculum)

Just Starting Your Homeschool Year?  (aka: How to Handle the First Weekss)

But…. there may be questions that you or your friends/acquaintances/strangers you meet at the park have and I’d like to help.   While I don’t have all the answers, I am about to finish my fifteenth year homeschooling and that officially makes me a veteran.  Whether I like to admit my age or not.

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If you are already homeschooling, but know someone who may have questions, please share this post with them.  Anyone and everyone.  People you know or meet or want to meet… anyone that is tossing the idea of homeschooling around and already has questions as well as those who are considering asking questions.

You can all come here and post you question(s).  I will answer them in another post and my readers (who are fabulous) can also chime in on the questions.

The questions can be as specific or general as you’d/they’d like.

Pretend we are sitting on the sofa having chai latte together (I’m probably doing that anyway) and let’s chat.

Ask away, readers, new and old!

What are your questions about homeschooling? 

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Melissa March 19, 2014 at 11:35 am

My son is currently an eighth grader and homeschooled half of this year before deciding he wanted to return to public school. 2 months in and he is already asking to be home schooled again. My question- how do you keep your kids on track of their schooling daily and how are ways to keep them accountable? I work from home, so I am available to help him but before returning to public school I had to constantly be on him about getting through his work. It was exhausting while trying to work but his attitude and learning were far better while he was homeschooling.

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Laura May 19, 2014 at 8:23 am

I currently live in N Africa with my family (husband and 4 kids). They are 7, 5, 3 & 18m. We just moved to here
To serve a group of refugees. Needless to say, life is difficult and I feel that I don’t have a lot of time to devote to homeschooling. We may be getting some house help this coming school year which would free me up. In general, I am trying to figure out what type of curriculum is going to work for us right now. My 7 yr old will be in 2nd grade in 2014, and te 5 yr old will be at the Kindergarten level. I think that combining as many of their subjects as possible will be most helpful. At this point I have been using Right Start Math (parent intensive), and have loosely followed Sonlight, mostly using book lists. I use primary phonics for reading, and a basic spelling list from the internet. I think I would be more relieved by using a more systematic approach to reading/writing/spelling (all things language arts). I am interested in encouraging some independent study (possibly a science dvd curriculum). I also like the idea of teaching the same thing to all children, but just at age appropriate levels. Any suggestions?

In summary: I need a really efficient approach for the early years, not every subject can be parent intensive, not heavy reading, combined study if subjects at age appropriate levels. Also, not big on studying things that aren’t essential right now, more natural learning about science & geography, etc.

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michelle clemons August 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm

I was not a strong student in JR high or HS, but I want to homeschool starting with pre k for my son. Is having a strong education background important in being a homeschooling parent?
Is starting with PreK necessary? Or too early to start homeschooling?
How do you even get a 3 yr old to sit still and pay attention at home?
I feel like there are hundreds of different types of curriculum to choose from, where do you start?
Are co-ops worth the $ to join, if you aren’t even 100% sure you are able to tackle homeschooling?

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GfG August 25, 2016 at 1:08 pm

1) Having a strong educational background is not important to being a homeschool parent (and that’s not just my opinion, research proves it out… google about it).
2) I don’t think so. For PreK, I think it’s important to read a ton to your child, explore nature, go on educational field trips, read a ton, look up whatever the child is interested in, read a ton, and enjoy learning.
3) I don’t think that’s necessary either. 😉
4) Yes, this is difficult. I think the first step should be figuring out your educational philosophy. Then you can choose from curricula that matches that.
http://gratefulforgrace.com/2014/03/homeschooling-101-philosophies-of-education/

Then decide your method
http://gratefulforgrace.com/2014/04/homeschooling-101-methods-of-education-part-1/

5) It depends on the co-op and your goals. If the co-op doesn’t meet your goals, then no. If you aren’t ready, then no.

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