Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Homeschool... questions please!

Psst... I have been working on something secretly.  Oh, so quietly.  Did you notice?  And it's almost ready.  Hurray!

"What's that?" you ask.  

HOMESCHOOL handmade.

A homeschool class!  Yes, a class for my online friends who are very interested in homeschooling, only a wee bit curious, totally wanting to make it happen now or anywhere on the spectrum.  A class for all of you to help you get started, or at least figure out if it's right for your family.  My two-week course is coming this May to a private blog near you, with an included Audio Version by yours truly for busy-mama listening ease.  And journaling questions, prioritizing exercises, quizzes, a million-bajllion resource links... all the stuff you need to make a strong, personalized homeschooling start.

We're going to...
- pinpoint your motivations for considering homeschooling
- get to know a bunch of diverse homeschooling styles
- find a match between your unique family and the options
- and even go through curriculum possibilities for all of the above.



Towards the end of HOMESCHOOL handmade I want to tackle all your big, hairy homeschooling questions.  You know, the reasons why you can't see it working (even though you wish it could!).  More politely known as... "Common Concerns."  That's because we've all been there.  In fact, here's the list I personally faced once upon a time...

***Aren't homeschooling kids weird and socially-awkward?  What about socialization?

***How on earth would I find the time?  I'm already busy with a baby, working part-time, other important life-thingies....

***I don't think I could make such a huge commitment.  What if we hate it?  What if my kids don't learn anything?  I don't want be responsible for their education.

***You don't understand, I need a break!  How can anyone spend that much time alone with their kids?  Sorry, but my kids would drive me c.r.a.z.y.

So, that's a good start, but I bet you have more.  I don't want to miss something important to you, so please, do tell!  Even if you're not going to be joining our little learning party, feel free to pipe up with your homeschooling questions.  Because this one's true too...



Thanks for your help!


34 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness, how did you know that I am sitting at my computer right now pulling my hair out trying to decide if we are going to move to homeschool in the fall or not! I want to participate for sure.

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    1. Perfect timing then! So glad it fits for you =)

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  2. Since we are already on this path, I won't be participating. But if you ever want another perspective, I'm here!!

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  3. I think homeschooling gives a lot more options. If you get in a network with other parents and tutors your children can be taught so many things not taught until later in school.my children went to public school until my youngest sons last 2 years,and I enjoyed working with him and he helped me learn things also. I think it is great when parents start homeschooling their children at a young age. and if your children are stair stepped,the older kids can help with the younger ones , which helps them also. May God bless those that home school.

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  4. What a lovely idea! I already homeschool my 3rd grader (and attempt to do so with my 4 yro)so I won't be participating, but its wonderful... Even though I was homeschooled myself (2nd - 12th grade) and come from an extremely supportive family, almost anti any other option, I asked those same questions.

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    1. Thanks for sharing that, Jessica. Have a great day!

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  5. I'm going to share this with my sister; she's in her second year of homeschooling my nieces and my nephew will start in September! :)

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  6. Great, I will be signing up. I am going to homeschool my kindergartner next year. She is four and didn't quite make the cut off, so she can go to k the following year if it down work out. My 7 year old wnts to be homeschooled too but I'm not sure I'm up for both of them but maybe after this class...

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    1. How, exciting, Jamie! I've really enjoyed helping people find their start in homeschooling, so figured I would love to find a way to do more of that. More details and registration next week!

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  7. How do you meet state standards? or do most home-schooled kids exceed those standards? Do the kids take standardized tests at all? Doesn't it cost a lot getting all those materials? How do you even find good teaching books/workbooks? What if your kids don't want to be home-schooled?

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  8. Rachel I am so excited and can't wait to see what you put together! Yay! :D

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  9. This is a great idea! We successfully Homeschooled all three of ours and they are all successful, kind, compassionate, grown ups. We called what we did "unschooling" but not like you see some folks doing it. We made sure our kids could exceed the State tests when they were required to take them (ever other year) and then we mainly let them choose what they wanted to focus on learning.

    Our oldest has always been a tinkerer/mechanic and now he is a Senior Journeyman Electrician, which is what he always wanted to be.

    Our middle child was always interested in literature and writing and bead crafts. She writes and reads all the time and someday she says she might actually try to get something published. Until then she and I make a little $$ here and there with our crafts.

    The youngest loved to draw and paint so we let him focus on that and he is a wonderful artist but we also made sure he had some sort of "other" thing he wanted to do. He now works for the same company his brother does and is enjoying it.

    You can be successful as a homeschooler and raise responsible, well socialized adults. I am so glad you will be helping answer the questions of others who want to take this route!

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  10. YEAH for tackling this! I homeschooled my two children for 13 years and LOVED IT! One drawback - I spent so much time with my children (basically 24/7) that now that one is finished with college, working and married and the other is a senior in college, I MISS THEM! :)

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  11. Hurray! Great idea Rachel! Count me in.

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  12. Oh I really hope I can participate this is what I need!

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  13. We homeschooled our two sons K-12 and they are now both successful adults. The question I received the most from people was "What about socialization?" I said that they went to church, played with neighbourhood children, visited with extended family and participated in some town run sports. What they didn't do was have to deal with peer pressure in a school setting. How could they not be well socialized?

    Rachel, I'm so glad you are providing this for people interested in homeschooling. I trust you will get lots of response and be able to help many people!

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  14. How long do you plan on keeping them homeschooled? Because I know that I wouldn't be able to teach Calculus when the time comes.

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    1. Good question! I had a similar one but mine was about learning a second language.

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  15. How did you know I needed this? I've been writing an email in my head to you for about 2 months wanting to pick your brain about homeschooling. I can't wait consider me signed up.

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  16. I admire homeschooling moms so much. My first thought is immediately - I could never do that. Right off the bat I just don't think I have the patience! I'm definitely afraid I'd go crazy. But my children will be entering school soon and my job is tenuous at the moment so it is definitely something I would reconsider if I lost my job. But, Rachel, the biggest barrier would be convincing my husband!

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    1. I totally know where you're coming from, Rebecca! I am not the most patient person (I usually say, "I have high standards" lol) and so I realize that the emotional toll is a serious consideration.

      We won't be looking at tactics for convincing husbands (hehe). But then again, if you open you heart to all the options out there - all the unique ways to homeschool - and think through which way might be a fantastic match for your family, you might have a whole lot to say in the way of why homeschooling could be a very good thing indeed...

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  17. I have always wanted to homeschool my kids but I work full time. My 6th grader has been asking me forever to homeschool him. This might be something I would like to sit in on just to get other peoples perspectives.

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  18. I'm so intrigued!!! We're in our 2nd year and I need a jolt in the arm ;) I'm so excited to hear about it!!!

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    1. Wonderful! Even for folks some experience, like yourself, if you want to reconsider your options and become more aware of how your personality and family dynamics could influence your homeschool, I think this class would be helpful. I'd love for you to join us!

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  19. How do you homeschool a 15-year-old if you have to work full-time outside of the home? How do you meet state standards? etc.

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    1. I personally don't know people who work full-time and homeschool. I know plenty who work part-time, or who have flexible hours so that between partners, someone is able to be home with the child most of the time. You could find a local homeschool drop-off program, but those are usually 1-2 days per week. I wouldn't recommend having a child be home alone, even an older child, for days at a time each week.

      Just wanted to put that out here publicly for those of you who work full-time...

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  20. I'd be very interested to find out more - we've been homeschooling for a year and have stalled big time!

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    1. It can definitely help to look at all the options! Hope you decide to join us =)

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  21. Just wanted to pop in and say a Big Congratulations on this new project of yours...you are just so creative!

    Curious enough, I just gave a quilting presentation at the Missouri History Museum earlier this week, as part of their HomeSchool Development monthly program. I introduced them to the basics of how to build a quilt, showed them fabrics, books, and lots of Show & Tell. It was ALOT of fun!!

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  22. How exciting! We're actually shuffling our kids' schooling around next year, having realized that the driving and scheduling involved with our current arrangement are not just ridiculous, but detrimental. Which means our almost-five-year-old will be "afternoon homeschooling" in the fall, since he'll be joining a half-day program after having been full-day for three years, and his sister will be at school full-day. We're excited but nervous--what a perfect time for you to offer this class! I'll be watching closely as it develops--I think right now, we're mostly wondering what HE will most want to do with those hours, and determining what set-up and "opportunistic supplies" will be the most advantageous to have on hand to help him choose activities outside of the norm for him. Am sure you have some awesome ideas!

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  23. I just took the plunge and pulled my children out of school. I'm not completely sure what I"m doing yet but I know it is the right move for my family righ tnow.
    How do you assess where your children are at right now to know how to best move forward? What do you most consider when choosing a curriculum? I don't want them to do all of their work online. I still want old fashioned reading and writing happening.

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    1. Oh, good questions! I am quite excited for you, but also understand how overwhelmed you must feel! We're going to talk a lot about how to choose a curriculum based on your goals, natural teaching style/parenting style and your family dynamics. Although there are options to do homeschool completely online, that is definitely not the most popular way, in my experience. I'll be including online options, but most of the curriculum segment assumes you are going to be teaching with real books and paper. I hope you'll join us!

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