Homeschooling, On the Fence

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I have started thinking about homeschooling 4 years ago when my daughter was diagnosed with food allergies. I am already a stay-at-home-mom so why not keep her safe at home and teach her from here? We have battled so much, and I know it will be beneficial to her because she can go at her own pace. She will be able to do what she wants, and she can excel in the subjects or categories she wants to.

However, here is my dilemma.
Will they miss out on the social skills with friends? 
Right now Grayson really doesn’t understand so I am going with my daughter. She says she don’t talk at school, she is scared she will get in trouble. She said she is pretty much quiet throughout the day, and only talks when she is allowed. To me this sets off alarms.
My child’s voice is being held from learning.
How will she miss her friends? Will she miss that recess time of 20 minutes with her friends?

I just don’t know how homeschool moms go through the social thing. She loves the communication, the friendships, the knowledge that people are about her outside her home.

Another thing I am on the fence about is the Common Core.
I don’t want to teach my child about Common Core. It is boring, pointless and utterly ridiculous. I see no point in it, and I am sure a lot of you all agree. I just want her to know an easy way to do things. The onsite of eye-rolling at homework, and she barely has any but with homeschool, she will never have homework.

Gosh, do you see what I mean? I am just going in circles. I have no clue what is coming and going. All these mixed emotions are so weird for me, usually I don’t have mixed emotions. I just “do“.

How does one go about teaching a child at home if you don’t know how to teach them? Do they have teachers? Will there be others to call on for help? How does this work? Btw – if anyone knows any of the questions feel free to let me know, or maybe even where to look for the answers. I do know I don’t want to be in K12, or a Public Online School which is controlled by the state, because I do not want Common Core.

I want to be able to teach my child life experiences. Things they can look forward to as they grow. I love being with my kids, sure, some days I might want to pull my hair out, but we will have to find the happy medium in it all. Sure, I do love when they go to school and I have that extra time to take a power nap, but I think it will be beneficial to figure out what will help them grow into their own little grown humans.

At what age do you start with your kids homeschooling. There are so many things that are wanting me to go for it. Lockdown Drills, so many school shooting now a days, and it seems it will only get worse. Her anxiety with what everyone else is eating, and my anxiety on what others are doing around her as well.

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  1. kellicraftstudio

     /  October 10, 2016

    Every parent is their child’s first teacher. You know your child and you can help nurture her interests. The kind of socialization children get in school is not usually the best. As an elementary teacher, I have witnessed the kind of interactions that occur on the playground that eventually bleeds into the classroom. It’s hard to teach multiplication to a class when you have to spend 10 minutes settling the chaos that happened on the yard. Some playground politics interferes with the child education. A lot of children succeed in that environment, some do not. There are many ways to homeschool. Depending on where you live you can find co-ops where the parents teach their strengths to the children. For example, if your strength is arts and crafts, you can be the art teacher. There are conventions where homeschoolers, parents, and leaders in the communities get together to support, share, and exchange information. Curriculum materials can be bought to facilitate teaching traditional subjects. Local park day groups are great resources for support and information. As for socialization, through sports, specialized interests, field trips, park days, and organized classes, your child will know how to interact with children and adults of all ages. A bonus is you have control over who they play with in various meet ups.

    As you can see, I have a lot to say on this. I’ll be touching on some of these subjects later. For right now, seek out a local park day homeschool meet up. Go on a day when your daughter is not in school (summer/spring/winter break) and talk to the moms. You will see there are many ways to homeschool.

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    • We are in Georgia. Where do you think I should start? There are so many questions I have, like what do I look into for which one I choose to do? I can’t wait to hear your input!

  2. I am big in pro and con lists when it is a big decision like this. Does she want to homeschool? We homeschool and for us it was the best decision ever. I make sure that he is involved in other sport. He is also one of five children in our home, so no lack of social interaction there. Do a list though. It is a huge decision to make.

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    • She is 8 years old, so she really doesn’t know or understand what homeschooling is. I think she would really benefit from it and my pros and cons list, there are way more pros. I already did one of those. 😉

    • Then you seem to know the answer to that 🙂

  3. I trust your judgement.
    You should too.

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  4. Homemakersunited

     /  October 10, 2016

    The best advice I can give is don’t be afraid to teach to the beat of your own drums. You can be as creative as you want when you teach. That’s the purpose of homeschooling. You get to run the show. As far as socialising, you can create play dates or enroll her in recreational classes like art, dance, swimming, and so on.

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    • Yes, I agree to this. I will have to figure out something soon. I did try getting her in cheer and that was a nightmare :/ needless to say the coach didn’t have a heart when it came to her food allergies and we had to stop going when she handed my daughter her allergens.

    • Homemakersunited

       /  October 10, 2016

      Yikes! I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe supervised playdates are better😕.

    • Yes, I think so, just got to figure out where to find homeschooling fb groups for our area. 🙂

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