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4/13/11 8:43 A

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I felt the same way when I started home school. Was I good enough to teach? Will my children suffer any lasting effects from being out of social circles or be unprepared for the world of education in their future?

Since I have brought my kids home, they have flourished! My daughter has Aspergers and I deal with social difficulties with her. She has blossomed and had come out of her shell since she has no pressure to conform to be like her peers. She is making friends at church which is a huge step for her. She is no longer the depressed, anxious preteen I knew last year when she was dealing with the pressures of public school.

My son was actually falling behind academically. They were going to push him on to the second grade anyway! In the last seven months, he has now caught up and is functioning on a second grade level. In fact the only thing he is still behind in is handwriting and that's because he has a learning disability in that specific subject that needs special attention.

I still struggle with feeling inadequate. Some days I want to just give up. Other days are wonderful and the kids have made huge strides and I'm on top of the world. It isn't easy but home schooling my kids was the best thing I ever did for them.

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4/11/11 11:25 P

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Hi Jenny! Susan is a good resource!!! She & I have been friends for a year now on SP and I ask her questions since I've started homeschooling my 3 1/2 yo son!
I am on the other side of the spectrum having grown up in public schools and having TAUGHT in them for 20+ years! I learned alot in them ,but did not like the trends I saw happening in education that I did not agree with . So my slant on homeschooling is coming from a different angle.While I feel that I am familiar with all the procedures & teaching{I taught elementary school},I am new to the curriculum available to homeschoolers out there so,I am planning to attend a Homeschooling Expo in July locally. I am already homeschooling since my preschooler wants to learn RIGHT NOW {as he says!}. We are using the BIG SKILLS for little hands books I happen to find @ Office Depot~I Can Cut,I Can Paste,I Can Color and I Can Trace. I prefer he do 1 or 2 pages of each book daily,but to keep him interested,I'm letting him choose which book or books he wants to work in daily [next year we will follow MY schedule!]. He enjoys pasting so we do most of those activities in the order of the page since it is done sequentially. He has done the I Can Cut book many times and I Can Color a few times. He isn't interested in the I Can Trace book yet,so we wait on that one. The books cost about $5.00 each and he & I both get a sense of satisfaction seeing him achieving the skill of cutting with child scissors under my supervision, pasting and coloring. He already knows how to read since he wanted to learn at age 2 and so I pulled out my old consonant chart [I made up a song to go with the letter sounds] plus two Leap Frog DVDS--The Talking Letter Factory , The Talking Words Factory. I want to emphasize I always make it fun , and if HE is interested . I try to do only as much work as he wishes to do for that day.We don't do homeschooling on Sat/Sun or Daddy's day off.
I would be happy to help ,too!~~~~Betsy
PS__Each book has an introductory section for help .~

Edited by: MOMWANTSNOWAIST at: 4/11/2011 (23:36)
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Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6

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The sheep of HIS pasture.
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4/9/11 1:04 A

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I have homeschooled my children since 1999, so about 12 years. My oldest is 17 1/2. I have 9 children and the youngest is turning 5 next month.
There is NOTHING about homeschooling that I regret. I have a highschool diploma, but I have learned MORE teaching my children than I ever did in public school.
It's awesome that you have BOYS!!! Boys are great to homeschool, they don't want to be locked up in a class room, they want to be busy learning how to be MEN!!!!! Homeschooling serves that purpose PERFECTLY.
I'm so excited that you're interested in this. That is most of the battle right there. With your enthusiasm, you'll be a wonderful teacher. Just remember...DO NOT try to mimic a classroom. You'll get much further using a more natural approach. If you want any ideas or have questions, I'll be glad to TRY to answer them. Just sparkmail me.
In Ohio, I don't have to sign my children up until they are 6, so you may have more time to look into this idea.
I highly recommend it.

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4/8/11 10:35 P

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I have two sweet lil boys...Wade will be 5 in June and Cole will be 2 in June. And I really want to homeschool them. I was not homeschooled nor were any of my friends. Im nervous about it. I've started doing some research...but still have alot of doubts...mainly that I won't be good at it and don't want my kids to pay the price. Im sure this is a normal apprehension with any first time homeschooling parents and I know in my heart I really want to try it. Its so nice to be here to have other parents to ask for advice and support and support them as well. I look forward to meeting all of you...have a great weekend, Jenny

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