Comments on: What Is It Like to Homeschool? http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/ Sharon Astyk's Ruminations on an Ambiguous Future Thu, 17 Sep 2009 00:02:56 +0000 #?v=2.3.2 By: Erika http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24719 Erika Wed, 16 Sep 2009 13:09:39 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24719 Thanks for sharing, Sharon! I love your schedule!! I've been tempted to homeschool my son since he started going to school, but I work full-time outside the home. So far, the school has not killed his interest in learning, though he HATES homework with a passion I don't see anywhere else. He's 9, and reads at 10th grade level, but math hasn't clicked for him yet. I want to help, and we do explore all kinds of wonderful things, but he's such a perfect candidate for homeschooling...leave him alone with an idea and some books and he'll read as much as he can then ask forty million questions. It's someting I'd do in a heartbeat if circumstances change. Thanks for sharing, Sharon! I love your schedule!! I’ve been tempted to homeschool my son since he started going to school, but I work full-time outside the home.

So far, the school has not killed his interest in learning, though he HATES homework with a passion I don’t see anywhere else. He’s 9, and reads at 10th grade level, but math hasn’t clicked for him yet. I want to help, and we do explore all kinds of wonderful things, but he’s such a perfect candidate for homeschooling…leave him alone with an idea and some books and he’ll read as much as he can then ask forty million questions.

It’s someting I’d do in a heartbeat if circumstances change.

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By: Enrico Lamperti http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24658 Enrico Lamperti Sun, 13 Sep 2009 05:20:49 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24658 It's really interesting to read how you homeschool. I believe "personalized" education brings better results, though it's harder than leaving kids at school and then just teach them a couple of things at home. When I was at elementary school my mother used to give me some extra "homework" to supplement the subjects I learned at school. It wasn't "fun" for me, but I learned important things (venn diagrams, among them!) that I found useful later. It’s really interesting to read how you homeschool. I believe “personalized” education brings better results, though it’s harder than leaving kids at school and then just teach them a couple of things at home.
When I was at elementary school my mother used to give me some extra “homework” to supplement the subjects I learned at school. It wasn’t “fun” for me, but I learned important things (venn diagrams, among them!) that I found useful later.

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By: Deb http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24598 Deb Thu, 10 Sep 2009 14:05:43 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24598 Margaret, I'm going to put my two cents in, not trying to persuade you but to give you food for thought. If your child isnt thrilled with homework, can you spend a day at school and try to understand why? Too much or too little structure? Personality differences with the teacher? A curricula that doesnt fit her learning style? Problems with the other kids? If you wish to homeschool, can you keep her in school for music or art classes? Some school districts will allow that and it may be an option. Think about what you mean by social interaction. Does your child need lots of friends or just one or two good pals. Is your child a joiner--loves group activities with lots of kids. Can you give your child contact with other people outside the family thru playgroups, homeschool groups, family or activities in your community? Have you talked to anyone in your area about homeschooling? Other parents are a wealth of information, especially if you are undecided. Have you read any of the mountains of literature on homeschooling out there? There's a lot of opinionated stuff and, personally, I took most of it with a grain of salt but it is a source of ideas. Have you done a pro and con list? It seems like a simplistic thing to do but writing down what you see as good and bad really helps clarify your thoughts if you have concerns. I asked alot of people why I shouldnt homeschool my daughter rather than why I should--it was very useful. If you decide to homeschool, can you commit a couple of years, at least, before you rethink whether it's a good idea. It takes awhile to find the rhythm that works for your family and you wont know in 3 months or 6 months whether this is a good idea. Can you live with that? My 2 cents. Deb Margaret, I’m going to put my two cents in, not trying to persuade you but to give you food for thought.

If your child isnt thrilled with homework, can you spend a day at school and try to understand why? Too much or too little structure? Personality differences with the teacher? A curricula that doesnt fit her learning style? Problems with the other kids?

If you wish to homeschool, can you keep her in school for music or art classes? Some school districts will allow that and it may be an option.

Think about what you mean by social interaction. Does your child need lots of friends or just one or two good pals. Is your child a joiner–loves group activities with lots of kids. Can you give your child contact with other people outside the family thru playgroups, homeschool groups, family or activities in your community?

Have you talked to anyone in your area about homeschooling? Other parents are a wealth of information, especially if you are undecided.

Have you read any of the mountains of literature on homeschooling out there? There’s a lot of opinionated stuff and, personally, I took most of it with a grain of salt but it is a source of ideas.

Have you done a pro and con list? It seems like a simplistic thing to do but writing down what you see as good and bad really helps clarify your thoughts if you have concerns. I asked alot of people why I shouldnt homeschool my daughter rather than why I should–it was very useful.

If you decide to homeschool, can you commit a couple of years, at least, before you rethink whether it’s a good idea. It takes awhile to find the rhythm that works for your family and you wont know in 3 months or 6 months whether this is a good idea. Can you live with that?

My 2 cents.

Deb

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By: Zach Frey http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24597 Zach Frey Thu, 10 Sep 2009 13:33:14 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24597 Sharon, Ah, yes, "socialization"! I'm always tempted to answer the question "But how will your children get their socialization?" with "Let me get back to you when we're not so busy with their activities..." :) There's always the snarky right-wing answer too, of "What if I don't want them to become socialists?" ;) peace, Sharon,

Ah, yes, “socialization”!

I’m always tempted to answer the question “But how will your children get their socialization?” with “Let me get back to you when we’re not so busy with their activities…” :)

There’s always the snarky right-wing answer too, of “What if I don’t want them to become socialists?” ;)

peace,

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By: Sharon http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24596 Sharon Thu, 10 Sep 2009 12:56:53 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24596 Thanks Deb and Tammy. Margaret - my kids do get less total social interaction, perhaps, than the other kids - for both good and ill. The upside of this is that lots of the consumer culture, and some of the darwinistic social pressures of school are somewhat elided. The downside for a smaller family than ours would be less time with other kids - that said, however, my kids spend a *lot* of time with other kids. They attend Hebrew school, swimming lessons, participate in sports, sing in the chorus and go to homeschool groups, as well as having a lot of playtime with neighboring kids. This week, for example, we went apple picking with friends on Monday, on Tuesday a neighbor's son came over and had lunch and played with us. On Wednesday it was just us. This afternoon is weekly neighborhood playdate after school (a tradition for 6 years now), Friday is homeschool group, Saturday is synagogue, Sunday Hebrew school. It really depends on how you do it, but there are so many opportunities for socialization out there... Sharon Thanks Deb and Tammy. Margaret - my kids do get less total social interaction, perhaps, than the other kids - for both good and ill. The upside of this is that lots of the consumer culture, and some of the darwinistic social pressures of school are somewhat elided. The downside for a smaller family than ours would be less time with other kids - that said, however, my kids spend a *lot* of time with other kids. They attend Hebrew school, swimming lessons, participate in sports, sing in the chorus and go to homeschool groups, as well as having a lot of playtime with neighboring kids. This week, for example, we went apple picking with friends on Monday, on Tuesday a neighbor’s son came over and had lunch and played with us. On Wednesday it was just us. This afternoon is weekly neighborhood playdate after school (a tradition for 6 years now), Friday is homeschool group, Saturday is synagogue, Sunday Hebrew school. It really depends on how you do it, but there are so many opportunities for socialization out there…

Sharon

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By: margaret http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24594 margaret Thu, 10 Sep 2009 05:12:26 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24594 Thanks for this post. I am considering the homeschooling option for my 7 year old. She's not happy in school, and I'm not thrilled with the homework battles. So hearing your approach is helpful. A worry I have is that she would lose out on social interactions with other children (being an only child) if she were not in school. Thanks for this post. I am considering the homeschooling option for my 7 year old. She’s not happy in school, and I’m not thrilled with the homework battles. So hearing your approach is helpful. A worry I have is that she would lose out on social interactions with other children (being an only child) if she were not in school.

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By: Tammy and Parker http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24593 Tammy and Parker Thu, 10 Sep 2009 03:20:14 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24593 Would love to have you email. Would love to have you email.

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By: curiousalexa http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24587 curiousalexa Wed, 09 Sep 2009 20:54:41 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24587 The thing about homeschooling that intimidates me is the attention kids seem to require (hey, that applies to parenting, too!) My 7yo roommate loves school, and has no interest in homeschooling, but I keep wondering how I can add to her formal learning, as well as potentially replace it if need be. (Her mom, my adult roommate, is a nurse. Her clinic system is already seeing a lot of flu, has been all summer, and is bracing for a rough fall/winter season.) So I'm in the odd place of not being a parent, and yet somehow having this kid around... [g] (I'm the one home in the afternoons.) The thing about homeschooling that intimidates me is the attention kids seem to require (hey, that applies to parenting, too!) My 7yo roommate loves school, and has no interest in homeschooling, but I keep wondering how I can add to her formal learning, as well as potentially replace it if need be. (Her mom, my adult roommate, is a nurse. Her clinic system is already seeing a lot of flu, has been all summer, and is bracing for a rough fall/winter season.)

So I’m in the odd place of not being a parent, and yet somehow having this kid around… [g] (I’m the one home in the afternoons.)

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By: Deb http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24582 Deb Wed, 09 Sep 2009 18:08:07 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24582 You can email me, Sharon. I pretty much flew by the seat of my pants most of the time tho in the back of my head I always had an idea of where I wanted her to be in a year or so. I never had daily goals. A lot of what we were doing is learning how to learn, Abby's way, if that makes sense. I didnt buy any curricula except for a spelling book and a Latin program for 6 months. Deb You can email me, Sharon.

I pretty much flew by the seat of my pants most of the time tho in the back of my head I always had an idea of where I wanted her to be in a year or so. I never had daily goals. A lot of what we were doing is learning how to learn, Abby’s way, if that makes sense. I didnt buy any curricula except for a spelling book and a Latin program for 6 months.

Deb

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By: Brandi http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24580 Brandi Wed, 09 Sep 2009 16:00:12 +0000 http://sharonastyk.com/2009/09/08/what-is-it-like-to-homeschool/#comment-24580 The decision to homeschool is tough. After all, we want to do what is best for our kids and it can be tricky. We have decided to homeschool our two youngest children (4 & 5) and leave our oldest autistic son (9) in school. We feel our 9 year old thrives on the structure that school outside the home provides. My 5 year old also has an autism diagnosis but is very high functioning and tends more toward anxiety so homeschooling with a lot of play time with other kids seems ideal for him. He just is so much more relaxed when he knows I'm right there. Our neice lived with us for a few years and we suffered through 6th and 7th grade. It was horrible. I'm only in my 30's and I went throught the same school district but this "Oh, kids will be kids" attitude has gotten WAY out of hand. In the real world its called harrassment/sexual abuse - but the Jr. High administrators told us - "kids will be kids -- she's in 7th grade now, she needs to learn to grow up". It's really quite disconcerting. The decision to homeschool is tough. After all, we want to do what is best for our kids and it can be tricky. We have decided to homeschool our two youngest children (4 & 5) and leave our oldest autistic son (9) in school. We feel our 9 year old thrives on the structure that school outside the home provides. My 5 year old also has an autism diagnosis but is very high functioning and tends more toward anxiety so homeschooling with a lot of play time with other kids seems ideal for him. He just is so much more relaxed when he knows I’m right there.

Our neice lived with us for a few years and we suffered through 6th and 7th grade. It was horrible. I’m only in my 30’s and I went throught the same school district but this “Oh, kids will be kids” attitude has gotten WAY out of hand. In the real world its called harrassment/sexual abuse - but the Jr. High administrators told us - “kids will be kids — she’s in 7th grade now, she needs to learn to grow up”. It’s really quite disconcerting.

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