View Poll Results: Have you seen a big difference in your homeschooled child?

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  • Yes~ They are improving in attitude since being pulled out of school.

    3 6.12%
  • Yes~ They are improving academically since being pulled out of school.

    4 8.16%
  • Yes~ We are seeing improvements in both their attitude and academics.

    14 28.57%
  • Yes~ They have a better attitude and are above in academics compared to their peers.

    17 34.69%
  • Yes~ They are taking an active interest helping decide what they want to learn.

    2 4.08%
  • No~ No changes in their behavior or academically.

    3 6.12%
  • Other

    6 12.24%
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    Default Weekly Poll: Have you seen a big difference in your homeschooled child?

    Well you might think this question is only for parents/ grandparents or others who have pulled their child/children out of regular (aka~ public or private) school. It’s not just a question for those families only, though. I am sure that those who have homeschooling since the beginning can tell if your child/children are learning more, or has a better attitude than your friends or families children do about the education or the way they act around others. Not to say it is all about your child is better than another child. Just saying that they are enjoying themselves more,learning in a way that conforms to them not in a way that has to work for a class of 30+ children. Also, they have no trouble telling others what they are doing or feeling!

    In my personal experience, I can honestly say that pulling my boys out of the school system was the best thing for them. They have blossomed in ways I could have never imagined, both with their attitudes towards everyone and the knowledge that they have retained long term. (And not just for the end of the year test!) For the most part, they are active in helping decide what they want to learn and how much further they want to take a lesson. For example, when my oldest was studying Egypt (which he loves) and he went on his own further looking on the Internet for any and every thing he could find! So our choice would be option 3.(Yes~ We are seeing improvements in both their attitude and academics.)

    So what, if any, differences do you see between your child and other children the same age? Or since you pulled them out of “regular” school?
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    We've homeschooled since the start, so I don't know that I've seen "changes", per se. But my son's December birthday would have put him into 3rd grade in school this year, instead of 4th grade. So it's pleasing to know that homeschooling has placed him on a 4th grade "level" in many respects.

    I'm very curious to see the results of this poll for those who have taken their children out of school. Great question!
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    We've also homeschooled since the start, but I do have other people's stories and my sisters in law to compare to. Definitely it's been fun to nourish the fun of learning. My daughter has been interested in exploring some new ideas and finding answers to her questions. Also I'm thinking that since she's having a little trouble learning to read that it's best she's learning at home. I've seen that if you aren't on pace with the class you get left behind, also if you are ahead in anything, apparently you're a "nerd" and that's supposed to be a bad thing. Of course if you aren't at the top of the class then whoever is in front of you might just make fun of you too.

    Anyway I think my daughter has benefited from a more laid back schedule, but also not taking a two month break this summer either. I think she's also enjoying being able to explore some of her own interests and having the extra free time.
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    I don't think we have be hsing long enough to say that there is a difference in academics, but the attitudes are so much better.

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    While I agreed with the attitude and the education choice I opted for "Yes~ They are taking an active interest helping decide what they want to learn. " because this is something that I had secretly hoped for and was very happy when it happened.
    Our style is mostly eclectic and extremely relaxed.
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    I had my son in kindergarten, and it was a horrendous experience. He has definitely made better progress being at home. The teachers (DD still attends the school where he went to K) constantly ask him when he's going to come back, and he has no problems telling them that he has thought about it and prefers to remain at home.
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    I can't vote since mine are still pretty young and haven't really been in any school (Li went to preschool for 2 months lol!). But I can say that when we're around some PS kids, I'm glad my kids aren't in school with them.

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    No. I see taking him out when we did (mid way through grade 1) as more prevention than because of existing problems. True he was bored, and we could easily foresee that becoming a major problem in the near future, but as far as personality or academics he's still the same kid. He's always been curious, always been eager to learn and always been enthusiastic--those are things I was afraid ps might take away from him and so homeschooling has allowed him to be the person he is without a lot of outside peer pressure or teachers holding him back. I love that he can learn what he wants and how he wants but he did that on his own anyway, just outside of ps school hours.
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    Where's the "I put my kids in school in the first place!" option?
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    We have homeschooled since the begining except the few months my son went to the IU unit (its the next step up from early intervention), and we homeschooled then too to supplement. I can't say I have seen a change either way..but I know that when they play with kids from Public schools I can see my kids are different. They are more reserved, less judgemental, and they are more logical.....I'll take that!
    Lee~Mom to 3 boys 7(ASD),5 and 1.

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