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    No matter what homeschool style you use, if you have homeschooled for any time at all you have probably taken a detour through a unit study or two. Unit ...
    Published on 06-21-2011 06:30 PM
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    Member Name: dbmamaz
    Length of Time Homeschooling: almost 2 years


    I was raised Jewish, but I was raised that religion is a private matter. It certainly never had any impact on our education – even when we went to a Quaker school for a few years. I pretty quickly drifted away from it as a young adult. Later, as a parent, when my kids started asking questions, we went to a UU church, where all beliefs are pretty much welcome.

    But homeschooling was a much longer and more intricate path.

    Before I was a mom, I lived on a commune for a few years. When I was managing the younger children’s program, we couldn’t find anyone to teach our Montessori preschool. But several of us read John Holt (Learning All the Time, I think), and we started doing it ourselves. Sure enough, our oldest kid was reading by the time he was 6.

    Around that time, I left the commune and moved to VA with my partner and our 18 mo old daughter. I realized that deciding how to educate my child was a huge decision – it eclipsed all other parenting decisions so far. I didn’t feel I had the patience for homeschooling, ...
    Published on 06-14-2011 05:30 AM
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    Member Name: mama2fouraz
    Length of Time Homeschooling: 8 years


    When I was in college, I worked in a small-town ice cream shop. One of my co-workers was a 16 year old girl who was homeschooled--and her five siblings were also homeschooled! They seemed so "normal" (not at all like the images I conjured in my head when hearing the phrase "home schooled") and their dad was actually our little city's police chief! I was fascinated with their family and this concept! I decided that once I had children that I would like to try home schooling them! School had been a miserable existence my entire childhood--as a sensitive, introverted person I just never quite fit in. I'd been teased, harassed, molested by fellow students twice, threatened and worse. Part of my issues may have come from the fact that we'd moved so often that I attended twelve schools by graduation. There were times I did fit in (I even was a cheerleader--twice!) but more often than not, school was a nightmare.

    Fast-forward several years: I'd married my college sweetheart and we'd had a baby girl, K. I "secretly" always hoped to home school her but knew my mother would be extremely opposed. I shared my wishes with my husband and he was supportive. When it was time to register our daughter for public kindergarten, I nervously told my mother we'd decided to home school. She listed probably a hundred reasons why I shouldn't, including that I was too young, I was too immature ...
    Published on 06-07-2011 08:13 AM
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    Member Name: scoobymummy
    Length of Time Homeschooling: 3 years

    My homeschooling journey started with my son - - my sweet, tempermental, square-peg-in-a-round-hole-world little boy.

    We always knew my ds was different and suspected that he wouldn't find schooling easy. I had even thought about the possibility of homescholing him and his sister, but it really seemed like a pie-in-the-sky idea...kind of like my dream of living in a small town near family, away from the stress, noise and bustle of the city. Surely, with a child who challenged me consistently, I wouldn't be able to manage to teach him myself. Despite my credentials as a teacher, surely school was the place to address his differences.

    My ds was luckier than some. He had a wonderful teacher - truly compassionate, loving, kind. One of those golden teachers who really want the best for the children in their care. He had the good fortune of having her for JK, SK and grade 1 - unheard of in the public school system.

    It wasn't enough. The cacophony of daily life was just too much for my child. The noise; the blinking, blue neon lights that buzzed constantly; the frequent transitions from activity to activity; the push to always do more, quicker; the boring curriculum; the even more boring readers he was forced by the provincial curriculum to attempt to read; the D he received for his inability to read in grade one...these all lead to him being utterly overwhelmed, to tantruming when he couldn't explain what he was feeling, ...
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