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    Default Take that Public School

    Okay, it's February. Judging by recent posts, we all need a pick-me-up. So what's your in-your-face school moment/accomplishment? Or maybe that's too rude for you. In any case, share what you're proud about in your homeschooling. No need to worry about bragging. We all know our kiddos are at different ages and stages. But what do you know your kiddo would not have learned or accomplished or experienced if he/she was in school?

    I'll start.

    For me, it's not totally tangible. But we read way more books together, and love it, than we did when my DS went to preschool/K. And I can totally see his growth in understanding, curiosity about characters and their world, and empathy for others as we read and talk about books. Given our prior experience with school, I really don't see this happening were he not HS'ed! I think they read a picture book a day in the class he was in, and with all the goings-on I'm not sure he was able to pay any attention.

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    My self-taught computer programming son snagged a paid computer internship with a wifi-hosting company while still a junior in high school. Gets paid AND it can go on a transcript. He wouldn't have time for this if he were in ps.

    Take that public school!

    As a side note, irony of ironies, he had to get the work permit for it at the local public school. Confused the attendance officer completing the form since his boss is another state away--ds works remotely. Not your standard run of the mill fast food or restaurant job (although he has one of those, too!).

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Hmmm...I guess it's the fact that there is no way, with the set up of almost any country's education system, a regular school (public or private) can give my son the academic enrichment he is receiving through being homeschooled.

    More specifically, I'd love to be as rude as can be, and say this to the homeschooling nay-sayers:

    "You assume homeschoolers do not get a good or thorough education? Then think on the fact that DS will have, after three months of work from start to finish of his online high school program, an official GPA, a full transcript and a diploma just as any other graduating senior from a regular school. But hang on, that's...that's...THREE MONTHS?? Why yes! The equivalent of a four-year high school education in three months! Whaaa-? Well, considering they were giving him two years to complete the course, or a year under their accelerated plan, he himself decided to do it all in three months. All while doing a multitude of other, supplemental high school and college-level courses.

    Take THAT, education system."

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    My kid was nearly debilitated by anxiety when he was in public school. And so many tears over homework every night. It took almost a calendar year for that to level out. But he's a different kid now.
    working-at-home mother of two.
    homeschooling the 11yo boy.
    the girl is 14 (8th grade) and loves her public school.
    they are very very different kids.

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    That my 9 year old can do real algebra, because we work a little bit everyday. That he was able to keep his slow and steady learn to read style.

    But pretty much today, I'm psyched about the fact that I found him doing chores around the house without being asked!
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    Not a light-hearted note, but an important one: This morning my kids are making hand-made gifts for our neighbors whose dog is about to die. Homeschooling gives us time to tend to love and grief, emotional growth and expressions of empathy.
    Homeschooling my 2 children since January 2013
    7-year-old loves animals and math; 10-year-old loves reading and magic
    Massachusetts native, now living in Latin America

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    Quote Originally Posted by alegre View Post
    ... Homeschooling gives us time to tend to love and grief, emotional growth and expressions of empathy.
    This is a *huge* one. I'd much rather my son learn to navigate the world and (hopefully) learn to be a good person with me than hope he somehow learns to act kindly and responsibly while spending most of his time with an overworked teacher and a group of age mates at school.

    Homeschooling has allowed my son to travel with me to spend time with dying relatives, to mourn with family, and to celebrate happy life events with family and community as well. Beyond any educational benefits, these simple life lessons make hs invaluable to us.
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    Two things: self assurance and time to love/experience nature.

    For DS to be able to explore his interests, likes, creativity, and so on without peer pressure about being "cool" has given him confidence, openness to explore, and self assurance.

    To have the time to explore nature, appreciate it, and live more in tune with the seasons is something that I see really lacking in many PS kids in our area. It spills over into everything for DS- his creativity (art), love of reading, being more physically active (hiking), studying biology, making time to slow down and appreciate the world around him in a mindful way.
    homeschooling one DS, age 13.

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    We visited M1's classroom from his old Montessori school last week. Asked and answered:
    "M1, how's your addition and subtraction going?" (what he did all last year)
    "I did fractions last week!"
    FKA Hordemama
    Stay-at-home-librarian parenting a horde of two sons: Marauder 1 (M1) born in 2007, and Marauder 2 (M2) born in 2012.

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    My kids each read an entire novel yesterday. No *#@% reading levels or logs. Just 'cause they wanted to and had the time to curl up on the couch with a good book.

    They also spend the day playing together, as opposed to being separated at school. They play with Legos and Star Wars figures, build elaborate wooden train track layouts, and run Dungeons and Dragons adventures for each other. They truly are best of friends.

    I wouldn't trade our homeschool lifestyle for anything.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 10 and son age 11.5.

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