August 22, 2009 at 12:41 am #349251kiwimamaMember
Lol, I was one those students who was top of the class and then bombed out in my first attempt at uni! 😆 Parties 101, Skiing 101, Card Playing and Late Night Drinking 101 … those were my subjects. (I did do really well when I went back after I’d grown up a bit.) I expect her to do much better than me.
I’m encouraging my kids to take the time to gain some life experience and grow up a bit before going to uni. I think you get so much more out of it and appreciate it a lot more. Work, travel, volunteering, whatever, it’s all valuable. :tup:August 22, 2009 at 1:44 am #349252kiwimamaMember
Oooh, just saw this new research. Good ammo for showing the “naysayers”:
It shows homeschoolers, on average, way outperforming schooled kids on standardised tests. It also shows that, while there are gains for all groups, low socioeconomic groups and those where neither parent is tertiary-educated gain relatively more, narrowing the gap, when compared to how students from these groups do in school. And it reconfirms that the parent having teacher certification makes no difference. So you don’t have to have piles of money or a particular educational level to make a difference for your child.
Not that I’m saying this is a good reason for homeschooling, just it’s nice to have something to show those people who say you’re going to ruin your children academically.August 22, 2009 at 10:38 am #349253KirstyMember
I do not have children. I am not a mother. My thoughts on this topic would be gleaned from limited observation and therefore I am not able to contribute in a positive and productive way in this thread.
I do have skills in areas like bread making, soap making, growing vegies and the keeping of poultry. These are the areas I have hands on experience in and will be happy to contribute knowledge and advice on these.
What I can offer in this thread is my strong support of parents choosing to care for and educate their children in the best way they see fit.August 22, 2009 at 11:13 am #349254ali_celtMember
:hug:August 22, 2009 at 11:40 am #349255AnjaMember
What I can offer in this thread is my strong support of parents choosing to care for and educate their children in the best way they see fit.
Every child is different, every family is different. Each to their own and thank God we are free to choose what we think is right for us.March 19, 2010 at 12:20 pm #349256
I strongly considered home schooling for my daughter, as I am totally housebound and cannot get her to the school she intended to go to after kindy.
My biggest problem was resources, found it very hard to find the books, teaching tools and so on to support her formal education. Of course, being housebound, I cant just visit the library, or a bookshop, and finding useful sites on the internet has proven to be a very hit or miss.
My solution was Open Access College and distance education. Basically, I home school, I pick out what we want to work on from the curriculum ideas, just follow a regular routine of daily readers and a list of words to learn for the week. Daughter checks in with the teacher 3 mornings a week for 1/2 hour, maybe they share some reading time or draw something together. We put up photos of her drawings and work, as well as pictures of our home and other activities. On Fridays there is a virtual ‘school assembly’ where she can hear other children and see their work, followed by a library session where she gets to hear and see a bookreading, and has a chance to comment and discuss and maybe draw a picture afterwards.
Huge parcels of readers, lesson ideas, resource materials, posters, maths equipment and stationery arrive regularly, there is so much to choose from!
It is working really well for us, as she is only five I just pick and choose the activities which suit her level and interests, or adapt my own ideas to suit the theme of the curriculum. The teachers and staff have all been really great and friendly, follow up problems and work with her well.
She has learnt so much in the time we have been schooling, and loves to show her latest work photos to a caring teacher, who will make a fuss of them, add a title or a sentence about them, and save them for the next lesson.
I have several good friends who home school, for various reasons and in various ways. I think it would take so much time locating and making the quality of resources that I would like to use that it would be too difficult for me, rather just dip in the box and then get creative, but have full respect for those who run the whole show themselves.March 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm #349257narellehMember
Exactly what others have said :tup:
It is your choice and really you do not need to justify your choice to others – bottom line (yes I know that it does not actually work like that but that is a come back that can be used to others not so closely linked to you)
We actually ‘homeschool’ our kids from birth anyway – think of all we to teach them before they go to school:jawdrop: and suddenly we are not able to do so??……………
We ahve experience with both ways – currently our older DS has chosen to go back to school at 17 – more a social thing but he is doing ok so far:tup:
We have our middle DS in primary school as well and it seems to suit him too but it seemed to suit ther others too until they got to high school when it certainly did not!
But you do what is best for your family …………:tup:
:wave:March 20, 2010 at 2:01 am #349258
I have not much faith in the ability of schools to monitor children from year to year and make sure that they have a good grasp of the essentials and the study skills necessary should they want to go on to higher study, so I think the basis of all schooling is at home.
Sure its nice to have a set curriculum, and activities beyond what I can provide, but I spend a lot of time helping my year 10 come to grips with his school work too.
Ive spent something like 28 years in formal education, as a student, from kindy to post grad, and I think I have something to teach on the subject of learning.
You kids who love you are also more likely to make a special effort to please you than to please a complete stranger who they may not like, smells funny, and asks really dorky questions.March 20, 2010 at 2:34 am #349259CeresMember
My DS is homeschooled – and even worse – we’re unschoolers! This means that we get a whole lot of the usual “no school today” to which he replies “I do home schtool” (he’s 5 😀 ) with the next question almost always being “is mum a good teacher?” – and he answers “she doesn’t teach me, I learn”. I’ve become adept at rude looks and dismissive answers for random passers-by.
If there are any other unschoolers / natural learners out there we’d love to see you over at joyous learning. http://www.joyouslearning.info/forumsMarch 20, 2010 at 2:54 am #349260porgeyMember
I think if you can offer an open and inclusive environment I think homeschooling is FABULOUS particularly if there are others close by who your children can play with at appropriate times and you can swap stories and find support. There is so much information widely available know that can help you and your children HS. If you think its the best option for your family and that you are all capable of making it work I think thats enough of an answer for any opposition from family & friends. I wish you the best of luck and hope you can all enjoy the journey. 😀 Cheers porgeyMarch 20, 2010 at 5:13 am #349261
My approach is very much natural learning, but not totally without structure. For example, next weeks letter will be R, so we just had a brainstorming session on R words.
We need to fill in a large letter outline, this week we have decided that it shall be decorated with red rice and rainbows. Red rice is not an obscure variety, just what happens when you put food colouring into white rice, fun in itself to make. Lets see, reading, riding, rolling, rabbits, red, rub (maybe bark rubbings?) ribbon, rose, radishes, Red Riding Hood, reflections, ripples, rectangles, rubber bands, running, rope… I think I can put together an interesting range of 5 year old activities and by the end of it she will be pretty sure about how letter R looks and sounds, how to write it, and lots of interesting words which start with it.
That was my lesson planning, now I just tweak my weekly activities to suit. Roasts and ravioli may well be on the menu! Oh, and we will have to make rissoles from the leftover roast, with rosemary of course. Ralph the Rooster may well be champion of the week, and we might have to have a ramble among the rocks.
Our T outline included tarragon, thyme, turmeric, tomato leaf, tea and teatree!March 20, 2010 at 5:36 am #349262porgeyMember
Greth, that is fabulous, or should that be rabulous or ripper maybe. When I was at school the teacher wrote the alphabet along the top of the blackboard. I think your approach is so much better as its practical, associative, and includes so many things that children can learn by ‘osmosis’. I hope you all have great success and fun with your approach. Cheers porgey.March 20, 2010 at 5:49 am #349263
What I have learnt from the Open Access is not to do the alphabet in order. The problem is that some letters which look or sound very similar, like m and n, b and d, occur so closely that they can get confused.
Their order is a m t s i f d r o g l h u c b n k v e w j p y x q z. Couldnt think of much to stick in for the m outline, so we cut Ms out of magazines, all fonts and colours and stuck those on. Similar thing for I but we got a little more creative and used the little i words, in, if, it is. Helped her along with learning to read those too. Just having to hunt thru all different magazines, looking for those words, was enough to teach her to distinguish them confidently.
I make sure DH and older brother know the letter of the week too, they can come up with lots of jokes and games emphasizing the letter, and play along.
Her teacher is very impressed with her achievements so far, and with her enthusiasm for what is after all a rather tedious exercise, learning the alphabet, letter shapes and sounds. It aint boring the way we do it!!!
Now I have one trip out tomorrow, rainbow ribbon will be top of my hunting list….March 20, 2010 at 6:27 am #349264
Anyone got any good ideas for next week, letter is O…. And we already picked the summer crop of oregano, nuts.March 20, 2010 at 7:22 am #349265
If your child is going to have success as an adult, be able to work or study or whatever they want to do, they must be literate, numerate, and be able to work in groups or individually with confidence. That is the end point for a 16 year old, they must be able to go out into life and do what they want to do well.
Non-schooling is absolutely fine for 5 year olds, but by the time they are 6 they should be trying to know the alphabet (even the letters they dont like much) counting and beginning to add, hopefuly reading a bit, at least being exposed to and enjoying books.
Jessie never tells me it is a non school day, she loves the activities and the sense of achievement, wants me to take photos of every drawing to show the teacher. She is learning a lot, all that traditional stuff, but she loves the way I teach it, just normal life with a bit more explanation and a few exercises to do along the way.
Ceres, my five year old now loves the letter R shes gonna spend a whole week doing R things, planting in the garden, making crafts, drawing, and yes some reading and practice writing. We will learn about shapes, rectangles and even rhombus, we can make something with roses and ribbons and rainbows. We will cook with R this week, write a few things with R, sing R songs, not forever, next week we forget R and think about O.
She is totally loving it, comes up to me brimming with excitement cos she just thought of a new R thing we can do. And please can we take a pic to show the teacher.
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