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    I've homeschooled for a few years now. So, why do I still feel butterflies when I stare at that first, blank lesson plan form I use?? I started to ponder this when I glanced at the coaster I keep on my desk (for that blessed cup of coffee that gets me going on school mornings). It's a photo coaster but instead of a photo, I have a copy of the verse, 1Peter 5:7. Ahhh, thank you Lord!

    I've finally got the schoolroom completely cleaned after a summer of crafting in here and now I only need to get the first 5 weeks of plans done..."only", sheesh! We're starting on September 7th but my husband has next week off so I'd like to get it done before he starts vacation. I love the teaching part, and normally even the lesson plans but that first set of lesson plans still makes me skip a heartbeat. Anyone else have this??

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    I home schooled one of my sons from the 6th grade on. The company that I received the books from provided lesson plans. Have you tried Google for help? I know that this can be a daunting task but it is all worth it in the end.

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    Our curriculum comes with lesson plans for each subject but I like to put all the subject's lesson plan on one form for the whole week. It's also great to use that form to schedule in some neat experiments or art projects to help cement what the girls are learning in other subjects. I could go off all the individual plans but I teach two different grades at once, and the form I use is split so I can just glance at one paper for both girls. I also, when making the lesson plans, pull out all of the appropriate worksheets, quizzes and tests that we'll need for that week and put them in a file folder per day. It gets my day going so much better and really doesn't take that long but the first one of the year still scares me sometimes, :lol: .

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    We home school. I need to get our curriculum loaded onto the computers so my kids can start. I have one loaded but need to do the other two. Also waiting on the younger two's math discs. We do just about everything on the computer-so much easier. I actually don't like home schooling but do it anyway. To me it would be a lot easier to send my kids away for a few hours every day. :mrgreen:

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    Another homeschooler here :) I have a Senior and a Freshman this year, the years have just flown by! Enjoy every minute, time goes by so fast.

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    I really love homeschooling and having all that fun. We live in NY and the homeschool requirements are a little frustrating now and then (my girls need to complete more work than the public school kids in our district and I need to file 11 papers per child per quarter!) but I think it's totally worth it all when my girls get that "Aha" look when something new clicks with them. My oldest would probably like the computer work but my youngest wouldn't. So, to make everything even, we do a little bit of both, challenging them to learn from a medium they're not comfortable with while still working with what they do like.

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    My goodness, that's a lot of paperwork to fill out! Our state's (KY) requirements are not that strict.

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    I know. It's 11 pages per child per quarter, then at the beginning of the school year I need to file 12 pages per child and at the end of the school year it's another 11 pages per child. We also have to do state tests every other year and do extra work. By state standards, I need to teach foreign language and technology (wood-working) before the sixth grade but public schools aren't enforced in that. Our local school district doesn't teach either class until seventh grade, though they're required to. Other area school districts do that but ours does not. Very frustrating!

    On another note, I finished my first week's lesson plan and pulled all the worksheets and workbooks today! YAY! Tomorrow I'll finish the last 4 weeks worth of plans. :-)

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    This is our 6th year to home school.
    I have a second and eighth grader.

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    I guess I have a different perspective on this. I was homeschooled from 5th grade on. I HATED IT! I hope your children don't feel the way I do ten years after graduation.

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    My daughter taught her children at home for several years, but last year they tried cyber school instead. She and her husband were happy with the results, and are continuing cyber school this year.

    I'm concerned about the socialization that the children miss out on when they are schooled at home.

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    I homeschooled three children for nine years. They all decided that they would like to try public school, especially to get the diploma, prom, dances, etc. My oldest daughter just graduated from high school, a year early, and is now in the first year of college. My youngest daughter is a sophmore. They have been on the honor roll, straight A's all across the board, and having been named academic achievers every year. We used School of Tomorrow and always started where they left off the year before. There wasn't any planning to it except for field trips, science experiments, gym, etc. Sometimes I wish I could go back and do it all over again.

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    No way would I have home schooled my kids. I looked forward to having the school days to myself. I didn't drive and they never had a babysitter, except when I was in the hospital, except for school I was with them 24/7, that was the way we thought it was suppose to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justwannaquilt
    I guess I have a different perspective on this. I was homeschooled from 5th grade on. I HATED IT! I hope your children don't feel the way I do ten years after graduation.
    My husband was homeschooled from 5th grade on as well. He didn't care either way but my girls love to be homeschooled. They have friends in public school and even private school but they like it at home. There were times over the summer when they'd ask me to do some workbooks. It might change as they get older but they're going into 2nd and 3rd grade now and pretty happy. I'm so sorry you had a bad experience.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingleberry
    No way would I have home schooled my kids. I looked forward to having the school days to myself. I didn't drive and they never had a babysitter, except when I was in the hospital, except for school I was with them 24/7, that was the way we thought it was suppose to be.
    Each family is different and has different needs. I totally respect each different situation. I was public schooled and was fine with that. Friends of ours send their kids to private school and that's what works for them. Our neighbor's do the cyber schools and they like that. I might do that when my kids get older but for now, I love spending time over the text books with them. And they love the hands on approach. And they have some self work they need to do each afternoon so I quilt while overseeing them doing their self work. It's a little piece of heaven in the afternoons in our house, :D

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    My kids don't have any desire to go to public school! I wouldn't say they love homeschooling or doing lessons but they love the flexibility and not having to ask or wait to go to the bathroom and being able to have lunch when we're all hungry and being able to do lessons in their pajamas, not to mention getting my full attention when they need help. They all do outside activities so they are around other kids but not all kids their own age. IMO it's better for them to socialize with people of all ages. My kids are very social and can easily converse with younger kids, older kids or adults (which is not a good thing sometimes-we have to reinforce the 'no strangers' rule every so often).

    I know this is a joke but it's one I always think about when people talk about socialization:
    "My wife and I were also concerned that our children would miss out on the socialization available in the public schools...so once a week we take our kids into the bathroom, cuss at them, push them around, steal their lunch money, and offer them drugs, and that seems to take care of it."

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    I guess I am much older than most of you... My son just finished his Masters in Public Administration. He had never been to a regular school until he started Jr. College. He loved being home schooled and has great plans to one day home educate his children... We started many years ago when we were really "strange." We had our ups and downs, but I wouldn't trade those years for anything.

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    I ran across this the other day and thought i was neat.

    10 reasons I (Don't) Homeschool
    http://www.5kidsandadog.com/2010/08/...nt-homeschool/

    And i have to agree, its a lifestyle of learning!

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    I homeschooled my kids from 1997 till 2004 when my youngest graduated and went to college. It was a lot of work (I also worked part time as an RN during all of it...but it was worth it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ps 150
    Each family is different and has different needs. I totally respect each different situation. I was public schooled and was fine with that. Friends of ours send their kids to private school and that's what works for them. Our neighbor's do the cyber schools and they like that. I might do that when my kids get older but for now, I love spending time over the text books with them. And they love the hands on approach. And they have some self work they need to do each afternoon so I quilt while overseeing them doing their self work. It's a little piece of heaven in the afternoons in our house, :D
    Text books and workbooks are used for cyber school, and the parents still oversee and help the children. Some work is done on the computer, but much of the work is hands-on.

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    It's so nice to read all of the positive comments about home schooling .

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    I don't know anything about this topic so I wondered about sports, music, art etc???
    How does that work in?

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    Well, for sports we have a local league of baseball and soccer teams. The baseball leagues are run through all the local churches and each church has a team. The soccer teams are through the three area schools. My oldest is thinking of joining the soccer team next year and I'm stocking up on Neosporin. My girls are taking piano, guitar and lap harp lessons and they have music workbooks. We do buy all the supplies to teach various arts, using various art mediums at home but there's also a local art society that gives art lessons to children and we attend that. The outside programs do help with the "socialization" but I also agree that children need to be able to relate to adults as well. I love to watch my girls easily converse with an elderly friend at church and then turn to a younger child and meet them on their level as well.

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    OOPS

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    You just reminded me of something. I went to Catholic schools growing up (Utica NY) and I took a lot of lessons outside the school, for example the art museum etc I was in Girl Scouts and took swimming lessons somewhere else Our school didn't have many extra-curriculars. My brother played baseball through the city as well. Seems we spent way too much time in church when we should have been in school!!!

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