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    Default Hello from Idaho.

    I accidentally and kind of randomly found this site from Google when I was researching something entirely different. I think, for maybe the first time(?), I'm actually a little early to the party.

    I recently had my first child last year in November so it's going to be quite a while before she enters school. She will turn 6 months old this month and we have been going to baby storytime at the public library twice a week.

    As a new parent I am taking things day-by-day and haven't quite thought ahead 5 years or so as to whether or not we will send her to public school, charter school, Montessori, or homeschool. I think that's why I registered. I want to learn more about homeschooling and other schooling options before its her time to start going.

    As an atheist, I'm really excited that this forum exists. Baby's father is a Catholic but not a practicing one. He's not happy with the current illuminations coming out of the church. I think we've both just been assuming that Baby will go to public elementary school, since that's just how things were done when we were little. Looking forward to learning more about and exploring the different options out there!

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    Welcome! I knew that I wanted to homeschool my oldest from near the time he was born (for a personalized education and freedom from arbitrary public school schedules). For me, doing research early was a part of that. Since you seem to be gravitating toward the gentle, child-directed learning of Montessori, homeschooling may be a good match for you.
    Preschool is totally optional, and not necessary, but if you end up sending your kid ro a Montessori preschool, try to get experience with how they interact with kids. For me, that whole “supportive, nurturing” persona was something I had to learn, and wish I had learned it earlier.

    Depending on where you live, also, you may have more options. I homeschool through an accredited public charter, it also offers a Montessori school for Elementary grades (the President of American Montessori Association spoke in the charters defense at a county board of education hearing when local school districts were trying to shut it down for ‘stealing’ students.)
    So dont forget to really look at the charters in your area! Where I live, they range from pure homeschool to attending classes 4 days a week.

    Enjoy your baby, and ask questions if you have them!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    When your children are still young enough to nap is the perfect time to research all you can on the different education options for your child. Homeschooling has come a long long way in the last 20 years since I decided I wanted to pursue homeschooling and there are tons more options for doing a hybrid of school experiences and homeschool if that is something that would interest you.

    I wasn't able to homeschool all the way through high school with my oldest children like I wanted to but we just took things one year at a time and when public school seemed like the better option, I wasn't afraid to let my children's education go that direction. You are not married to any education option for the rest of your child's school years. You can choose whatever option makes the most sense for your family each year so don't feel like you need to make a life long choice. If you want to try out homeschooling but are afraid you might not want to do it for the long haul, you can absolutely put your child in school later on. Or if you want to try out public school and then change your mind, you can pull them out to homeschool if that feels like the right decision for your family at the time.

    There are many different styles and flavors of those styles of homeschooling. Most people end up doing an eclectic mix of various styles that appeal to them. You mentioned that you go to story time at the library, you might take a look and see what they have in terms of books on homeschooling (should be in the 649 area of the adult non-fiction section). One of my current favorites is a relatively new title that just came out this year called "The Brave Learner" by Julie Bogart. The Brave Learner describes a very relaxed homeschool environment. Another book that describes a very "school-at-home" type of homeschool would be "The Well Trained Mind" by Jesse Wise and Susan Wise-Bauer. Most homeschoolers fall somewhere in between these two extremes but those two titles and any other titles you can find should give you a broad overview of just how different each homeschool family approaches their children's education.

    Our library just started a program for infants toddlers and preschoolers called 1000 Books Before Kindergarten. My kids are all too old for it now (My oldest turns 21 on Monday and my youngest is almost 6.5yo) but I wish something like it had been around when they were little. The premise is that you read 3 - 4 books a week or more to your child If you do this every week from the time they are infants, they will have had 1000 books or more read to them before they start kindergarten. Children who are read to early and often have larger vocabularies, better verbal comprehension, and usually have an easier time learning to read themselves than children who do not have someone reading to them early and often at home. It is the perfect preschool program in my opinion.

    Something I just like to mention to all perspective homeschool moms of very young children, you are already homeschooling your child. You are their first teacher. So far you have undoubtedly taught her how to babble, how to trust you to attend to her needs, how to pass a toy from hand to hand, how to express happiness through smiling and laughing and much more. Teaching your child is about so much more than just reading, writing and arithmetic. Those things will all come in good time, there is no need to rush into academics in your excitement to "really start teaching your child". You have been teaching her important skills since the day she was born. There is plenty of time for academics when her mind and body are truly ready for it. Enjoy these years and use them to your advantage to teach her manners and good habits like listening to stories and persistence at tasks which will make teaching academics later on ten times easier.

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    Hello and welcome. There are secular groups in Idaho, depending on where you live. The one thing is that it is easy to homeschool in the state.
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

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