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kiloyd 06-01-2005 08:29 AM

What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
DS will be 4 next week so we have another year.

But I thihk my reasons would be more individual attention and that I've heard the HS kids are usually ahead of their grade. I have cousins that were homeschooled and they are at the top of their class in college.


Teribear 06-01-2005 09:13 AM

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1) Because I believe that it is what God wants for my child. If I didn't then I wouldn't be doing it.

2) Our public schools are abysmal. The two elementary schools she would have attended will be taken over by the state this summer unless their test scores improved dramatically.

3) The Christian schools in our area seem to foster an entitlement mentality that I don't find attractive or for that matter very Christian. We had her on a waiting list for the day school connected to our church before God pressed it on my heart that she wasn't to go there.

4) I see an age appropriate innocence in homeschooled children that is absent in the conventionally schooled children that I know. I also see an ability to interact with people of all ages and races that isn't present (ironically...since the accusation I face often is that homeschooling in our area is racially motivated) in the conventionally schooled children that I know.


Singingmom 06-01-2005 11:53 AM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
I homeschool so that I, not the public schools, can lay a moral foundation for my children. So that I can teach them right from wrong and guide them through the day's challenges.

I homeschool so that I can be with my children and know their hearts, and so they can be with me and know my heart.

I homeschool so that our family is the number one influence in their lives, rather than peers and teachers.

I homeschool so that my children can "have a life" outside of school. Eight hours spent traveling and in school, 1-3 hours doing homework, chores, dinner ...when do they get to climb trees, curl up with a book, collect rocks, draw pictures...

I homeschool so that my children can learn at their own paces, not be pulled along or held back by 25 other dear children.

I homeschool because my heart and my God tell me it's the right thing for our family, and I am thankful every day that I can. :heart :heart


Sara 06-01-2005 11:58 AM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
I didn't write this, but I did put it on my website because I think it is a great list of reasons why someone might homeschool! :)

http://www.interactivedesigncompany....schooling.html

CelticJourney 06-01-2005 12:35 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
1) Protection - spiritual and physical. Dh is law enforcement and I know more about what can happen with a 30 to 1 ratio than I care to think about.

2) achievement - homeschooling gives the opportunity to work to whatever academic level they are challenged at. It also gives more time for outside achievements in other areas, such as Girl Scouts, etc. For example, we are learning American Sign Language

3) flexibility - whether it is starting the day early or late, doing Saturday school, or skipping a week, we have control of our time to use as we see fit.

4) experience - they have the opportunity to go more places, see more things, meet more people, do more things than traditionally schooled children. For example dd1 gave an opening prayer at our denominations state convention when she was 7, and last month she read scripture at the local National Day of Prayer commemeration.

5) cold, wet, winter mornings - nothing solidifies my desire to homeschool like watching the schoolbus drive by at 6:45 on those cold, wet, winter mornings, knowing my children are still safe, warm and dry in their beds.


I'm sure there are more, but those are the ones that spring to mind first.

blessedmomof4 06-01-2005 12:55 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
A few of them are.....

1. Because we believe God wants us to.
2. We believe we are the best teachers for our children.
3. Protect them from a negative environment, negative peer-pressure, etc.
4. To give them the best education possible.
5. To allow them to learn at their pace.

erinee 06-01-2005 01:28 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
My reasons don't have so much to do with the public school here, it's really quite good. But we weren't happening with the way a few things were handled on an administrative level. At any rate, here are my reasons:

1. The most immediate one and the one that really pushed dh over is that Zach was coming home almost daily with reports of bullying. In a lot of cases, I think he was being oversensitive, but at any rate, it was affecting him in an unacceptable way.

2. Zach was also bringing home a lot of not-so-nice imitative behavior. I know he'll still get this from TV (which I let him watch more liberally than probably most people here do) and his friends in the neighborhood, but hopefully the extra time spent with me will make him imitate me more than those other things.

3. Time. After spending 6 hours in school (7 when he was still riding the bus, but I had went to taking him & picking him up because of the bullying), I wanted to let Zach do what he wanted to do when he got home, and that was usually playing with his friends. He was so dead-dog tired at the end of the day, he crashed at 8, and dh & I felt like we were hardly seeing him. Next year, in 2nd grade, the homework picks up considerably, and so he'd be spending 6 hours a day at school and coming home to do more seatwork. I just can't imagine that!

4. There are things I want him to learn that the school just isn't able to offer. We were spending less and less time reading together, and we were in danger of skipping some really important works of literature. I was wanting to work on Spanish with him as well as start giving him some piano lessons, and we just couldn't fit those things in.

5. One-on-one attention. I think Zach will thrive on this, and that I will be able to teach him good habits that the school couldn't because they couldn't spend the time focusing on it -- not their fault, they just can't possibly do it with all those kids.

There are other reasons, but those are the main ones.

heartofjoy 06-01-2005 01:55 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
My reasons for homeschooling are pretty similar to everyone else's. I wanted to write them out anyway, so that I could refer back to them.

1. Connection - to foster a connection with my kids, to teach them that I love them and will always be there for them, to be the number one person in their lives, to keep other people (teachers and students) from becoming more important than their parents

2. Moral purity - to keep my children from losing their innocence, to teach them about Jesus on a daily, hourly basis (a goal that I have yet to completely realize, but I am trying!), to tie in the big questions of life with our religious beliefs, to keep them from false religions until they are mature enough to handle it, to make sure they hear and understand the gospel

3. Education - to give them the very best learning experience possible, to teach them things that they cannot get in public or private school, to let them learn at their own pace, to let them follow their own dreams and desire, to keep them from humanistic philosophy, to teach them according to their learning styles and use curriculum that is fun and interesting or no curriculum at all

4. Freedom - to sleep as late as we want (which is not real late around here!), to stay home all day if we want, to be out all day if we want, to go on vacation in September, to not be a slave to the school schedule, to take field trips where we want, to be with daddy when he's off (shift-worker)

5. Safety - to keep them from bullies, negative teachers, sexual predators, scary images in curriculum (I saw a video in 7th grade that showed what happens to drug users. Very graphic. I fainted and peed in my pants. Another boy vomited. I still tried drugs when I was 19.)

6. Time - to keep from wasting time!


Celeste 06-01-2005 03:16 PM

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I used to teach in the public school system. Nuff said.

hearttender4 06-01-2005 03:37 PM

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It's encouraging to read through these and be reminded of some motivators I had forgotten. :) I think I'll make this thread a sticky so others can find it and be encouraged.

Gailmegan 06-01-2005 03:59 PM

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This is great information - thanks everyone. I had a woman at the playground today ask me if Justin was in preschool. I said, "No." She then asked if he was going next year and I again said, "No." Then she asked if I was really going to wait until kindergarten, at which point I responded that I was homeschooling. "Oh, why would you want to do that? I teach dance classes and all the homeschooled children ask the most useless questions." Thankfully Nathan was running to the sliding board on the other side of the playground, so I had to chase after him before I said anything rude. It would have been great to have a list like these to rattle off the top of my head. :mrgreen

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The Christian schools in our area seem to foster an entitlement mentality that I don't find attractive or for that matter very Christian.
Terri - I think I understand what you are saying, but I was wondering if you could explain this more. I'm not thrilled with Christian schools either and I can't exactly put my finger on it, so maybe your point here would help me. Thanks! :-)

Teribear 06-01-2005 04:07 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
I posted a reply here and then realized I don't want to take this thread in that direction. I'll start another thread to discuss the question posed above.

hsgbdmama 06-01-2005 04:57 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
  • Dh and I attended both public and parochial schools and had very negative experiences in both, and in good conscience will not force that upon our children. We decided we want something different for them.
  • Led to homeschool through prayer and Lord-directed research.
  • Like the flexibility to direct our days, based on our children's interests, or what is going on in our lives ... we get to schedule school around our lives, not schedule our lives around school.
  • We know our children best, and feel that we can best give them the individualized attention they need.
  • We not only love our children, we also like them and enjoy spending our days with them!
  • We can incorporate our beliefs, values and morals into our learning, showing how our faith is intertwined into our beings, and cannot (and should not) be separated from daily things (like our jobs).
  • We can pick and choose the curriculum that we feel will work best for us.
  • We like the fact that if something doesn't work, we can easily move to something else, rather than :banghead with something that does not work, or have to go through a bureacracy to get it changed.
  • We can stay with something until we know our child has mastered it and understands it, rather than being forced to move on to the next thing before he is ready for it.

Piper2 06-01-2005 05:45 PM

Re: What are some of your reasons to HS?
 
1. This is probably an incredibly selfish one, but Kevin is my only child, and I want to be able to spend as much time with him as I can.

2. I enjoy being there when he learns something for the first time. It was so cool this year to watch him "get" the idea of silent e! :D

3. Socially, I know Kevin is a bit "different". I was "different", my youngest brother was "different", and we both had some bad experiences in school because of it.

4. Kevin's not on the same level in every subject, so I know there's no way one teacher with one group of kids in one classroom can effectively meet his educational needs.

5. I also like not being a slave to the county school year calendar. Next year, we're starting on July 5th and will be done at the end of April, with several breaks along the way, including nearly a month off for Christmas and a week and a half off for Spring Break!

6. DH does some traveling for business and can also work from home and take half-days off frequently. Having Kevin at home allows him to take advantage of the extra time with Dad.

7. Homeschooling allows us to be flexible when emergencies come up. When DH's grandmother passed away last August, we were able to hop in the van the next morning, drive to FL and stay for the rest of the week and not miss a day's lessons because we brought it all with us -- We were doing Language Arts on I-75 between Atlanta and Macon one day, Math-U-See at my MIL's dining room table another day, and demonstrating rotation and revolution (solar system) in the hotel room one evening! ;) I hate to think what a hassle it would have been to try to gather and complete make-up work (and he'd still surely miss something) if we were in school -- or that we might even have not been able to go because of having to miss school.

8. I'm not a morning person, and I quite frankly had my fill of rushing around before dawn trying to catch a school bus (and they come earlier now than they did when I rode it). Plus, like someone else said, seeing kids waiting out in the cold and rain before 7am (and knowing they've probably got another hour to go before they even get to school) just makes me feel so blessed that mine is safe and warm in bed and will stay safe and warm up to the time he starts his lessons without any extra distractions to inhibit the learning process.

9. He doesn't need special clothes.. or even good clothes...to wear to school. ;) If the situation ever arises (and knowing me, I'm sure it will eventually), I would have no problems having him do his math sitting at the kitchen table in his boxers on laundry day! :giggle

10. Bottom line, I believe God gave me this child to take care of and raise, and that includes educating him. For some people, that may mean providing the best education outside the home as possible, but for as long as I am capable of doing it, I feel I'm shirking the responsibility God gave me if I don't educate him at home.

kiloyd 06-01-2005 08:26 PM

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Thanks for all the great replies! I'm glad I posted that question.

Katherine


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