"Hello everyone new to the club. I have been homeschooling for about 4 years now. I have a 9 year old ( 4th ), a 5 year old (1st ), a 3 year old ( pre-k ) and a 6 month old. My children go to agora and we love it. Have a good day."
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I am a mother of 3 wonderful children. I currently homeschool two of them and I love it. The majority of my time is spent finding ways to make learning fun and revelant to the real world.
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Hi LaTonia, I just made the decision to homeschool my son and I'm looking for any advice you can give me so that i can make this transition a little easier for my son. How does your day start with your children? How many subjects do you teach a day?
I'm in Illinois and the laws are fairly simple. At this point i'm working on consistency in terms of keeping a schedule going. I also understand thats one of the benefits of homeschooling, having lots of flexibility. I have to say that I havent gotten lots of support in this area. Maybe homeschooling isnt widely amongst our culture in comparison to other cultures. Regardless, I'm moving forward! because this is so much more than finding acceptance. I have a preschooler whos home as well and after were done with our lessons I feel a great sense of staisfaction. I have to say I'm learning more about my children as well, there strengths and weaknessess. Any advice you can give would be greatly appreciated, I look forward to hearing from you soon.
I'm sorry it has taken so long for me to respond to your last post, but I check my messages when I have some down time, and that is not very often.
Please believe me when I tell you I really understand when you say you don't have much support in this area. My family (mother, sisters and brother) have been surprisingly very supportive, but my husband has and continues to struggle with my decision.
Many times my children and I are the only family of color at homeschool events, and braking the sterotypes are sometimes a problem. Even when there are other familes of color at these events, some try to distance themselves as much as possible.
During my first year, I took all of this to heart, and felt a little discouraged. By year two, I have a different perspective. I have learned to embrace what I have with my children, and not worry about the insecurities of others. Now when we walk into a room, and we are the only black family, I don't feel the need to "fit" in.
In my home, my husband is tolerant of my decision, but not very active in the process. Again, I embrace this as one of the many challenges of life, and we move forward. He doesn't discourage me, but he has this vision that a childs education should be completed in the traditional way.
Life isn't perfect, and neither is homeschooling. There isn't a right or wrong way to do any of this, but I know in my heart, homeschooling is right for us. If you would like to email me directly, my email is email@example.com. Keep in touch, Tonia
My name is Sherrie and I homeschool all of my children. I have six the ages are 18(senior year), 16(sophmore year), 15(freshman year), 11(sixth grade), 9(fourth grade), & 8(third grade). It has been a wonderful expirience for all of us. My children originally started out in the public school system and I was dissatified with the quality of education that my children were getting and it was also a issue of safety because at that time we lived in Gary, IN which is a VERY dangerous place to live.
I had to apply to homeschool and I recieved a non public school number that made me into a private academy. I am well aware of the trials and tribulations of homeschooling. We had many obstacles to overcome and we have overcame most of them. We now live in Chicago, Illinois and the homeschool laws aren't that bad. They require that you teach the core subjects. If you contact the local public school about books they must provide them for you. Although I chose to use other curriculum this was provided to me when I tried to register in this state. I have been homeschooling for four years now and I enjoy it.
It is refreshing to hear from someone who is a pro at homeschooling. As I noted earlier, the choice to homeschool has not been a very easy road to follow, but I feel this is what is the best for my children.
What curriculum or curriculums do you use. We are currently using Abeka.
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