Saturday, August 14, 2010

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Impressive List - Can't Ignore the Facts

Wow, the list of Home-schooled famous people throughout history is quite impressive. I wanted to share because it is vital evidence that home-schooled children lead, productive, compassionate lives.
Today's list is comprised of US Presidents that were home-schooled:
• John Adams
• John Quincy Adams
• Grover Cleveland
• James Garfield
• William Henry Harrison
• Andrew Jackson
• Thomas Jefferson
• Abraham Lincoln
• James Madison
• Franklin Delano Roosevelt
• Theodore Roosevelt
• John Tyler
• George Washington
• Woodrow Wilson

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Valuable Resource

Looking for all the homeschool info I can get my hands on I came across, probably one of the most valuable sites around.

It is for the Home School Legal Defense Association. Here is the description the have:

Home School Legal Defense Association is a nonprofit advocacy organization established to defend and advance the constitutional right of parents to direct the education of their children and to protect family freedoms. Through annual memberships, HSLDA is tens of thousands of families united in service together, providing a strong voice when and where needed.

You can click on your state and you will be taken to your state page. It contains all homechool news, legal notices, current legal battles, etc. Also, it lists all requirements for homeschooling in that state. Plus so much more!

I am still checking it all out. I am so glad that I am finding so many resources, it's pretty awesome and ENCOURAGING!

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Some Things to Consider

As you know, I am traveling down the investigative path to home schooling. I have done tons of reading and have had some things really speak to me, I wanted to share:

1. One Mother pointed out that when we send our kids of to school, we are missing the best parts of their days. Their brains are sharp and ready to learn. They are enthusiastic and energetic. By the time my son goes to school for 8 hours, then I work in the evening - When I finally see him - he is so tired, cranky, you name it. This concept really clicked with me. I want to spend the most productive parts of their days with them.

2. Socializing... I already got told by my mother in law that home-schooled kids aren't socialized. One mom that I met with last week said you will hear so many times, her point - What kind of socializing are they getting? It is not all the same, there can be negative consequences for unsupervised socialization. Some people just aren't on the same page as far as appropriate behavior, appropriate media, etc. So yeah, what kind of socializing are we talking about - has to be the first question you ask back.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A Forgotten Resource

So during all my research I have names of recommended books, I have read some blogs, ordered catalogs from almost all curriculum makers, Christian and Secular. One thing that had not occurred to me, which completes baffles me, the library! Especially the library I work at.. it is huge. I was sitting at my desk and duh - it hit me ... I immediately went to the appropriate section and picked up 5 books all of which are sitting on my dining room table. Can't wait to dive in...

Another tiny tidbit - also looking at possibly combining online schools with home curriculum...

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Exploring Education Options

Here we go... I am a mother of 3 young boys. They are almost 2, 4, and almost 7 all sweet, and full of energy. Before I had children I didn't think much about education options, just didn't think about it at all. I suppose at the time, I just figured that if I ever had kids I would just send them to the local public school. Then we had children and once our oldest became of preschool age we started to discuss options.

There was headstart, local private, secular preschools, and Christian preschools. The at home option was also there. We did go with the latter, decided to test homeschooling out while he was a preschooler. We purchased workbooks and some manipulatives. I worked with him and he was very receptive. We would do lessons while the baby was sleeping. This went smoothly for a few months then I became pregnant with our third child and I was completely sick and wore out. It was at this point that we looked into a local Christian preschool. We signed him up for Tues./Thurs. 8:30-2:30. This was a great help while I was sick and taking care of our middle child. So as far as homeschooling went, I just didn't see how it would be possible with 2 little ones to take care of too.

However, here we are just a few years later. My oldest will be 7 in August and entering the 1st Grade and my middle child has the option of continuing Preschool. That being said, the tuition for the both of them at the same school is around $700.00. If I kept the oldest one in his private school it would be about $1000.00/month. Which is about what I make in a typical month. Hmmm...

Did I mention that my dream job, besides being a movie star, was to be a teacher, an elementary school teacher. Recently, I met with like minded women, 2 of which are already doing homeschool and are quite successful. I found the information they provided to be very helpful and I got very excited about the idea of teaching my kids! I am diving into curriculum options, online options, co-op's, parent groups, etc. Follow me and I will fill you in on what I learn. It is a whole new world to me but I am way excited about how much information and help there is out there. I will be attending the Colorado Homeschool Convention in June, featured speaker is Voddie Baucham.

This Week I am looking into:
Sonlight Curriculum
Alpha Omega products
Classical Conversations
Homeschool Blogs
Reviews, reviews, reviews

Come back for more...