May 28, 2010 at 5:07 am #252318
A bit of background (I’ll try not to write too much!) We are about to make some lifestyle changes-we have our house for sale and are looking at moving to a more rural area.
One option we have is five acres, which would make our mortgage a bit bigger so I would have to continue to work part-time. I figure Home ed would not be a possibility if I had to work, even just for one or two days. Would you agree?
Our other option, and it looks more likely, is half an acre which would leave us with a very small motgage and I wouldn’t have to work at all. So we’re thinking of home schooling.
I’ve been reading alot of the old threads here, and also had a bit of a look at the BOS requirements (we’re in NSW), and some of the home ed groups online.
My husband is a high school teacher (small private school), who loves his job. He (obviously) thinks the school system has a lot to offer, and he is a great teacher at a great school. Our kids will probably do year 9-12 at his school. He also supports my interest in home ed, so I am glad that we can be neither home ed bashers or school bashers, but give our kids lots of opportunites from both methods.
My eldest is 8 and has a network of friends where we live now. I’m concerned that if we move and he goes straight into home schooling, it will be hard for hime to make new friendships with local kids since he won’t be at school with them. He is not all that sporty. Any thoughts?
My next one is almost 5 and would be due to start school next year. She is very friendly and could make friends with a rock so I am a little concerned at how I will be able to provide enough social interaction time for her.
My youngest is almost 3. One thing I have read is that home ed is great for kids because they don’t have pressure to keep at the same level as their peers. What about younger children comparing their level with that of older siblings in a home ed situation?
My 3 year old compares her colouring in to the 4 and 8 year old and gets upset that hers is “scribbling” (her words). If I home school them, I’m concerned she might always compare her level of reading, drawing, anything to that of her siblings and find that hers is disappointing to her. If she was at school she would be comparing her work with children of the same age and potentially could feel better. Any thoughts on this? I should add that of course I try to counter her disappointment with encouragement.
Thanks for reading :hug:. Its a big decision to make and I think the more advice and info we can get the better!May 29, 2010 at 7:30 am #466769
bump!June 1, 2010 at 3:07 am #466770lorisMember
just remember, you’re not set in stone. Home schooling is like boarding school – some kids flourish and some pine. You could try it for a while and then reassess each child. You can flick them from school to home to school again. I have done this and it didn’t seem to matter to mine. I actually like it because it gave them experiences in both sectors. Home schooling may benefit some or all of your kids. Their input will help you to determine the ultimate end point of your schooling. Don’t feel that grade 7 has to be the end if the individual is flourishing in a home schooling environment.June 6, 2010 at 9:52 am #466771
Thanks for the response Loris. We’re still thinking it over. I think you’re right- theres no need to think that what we choose is it – we can always change.June 10, 2010 at 12:32 am #466772lorisMember
When we were isolated, I asked lots of people what were their experiences of boarding school. They said “some kids take to it, some kids pine.” And I got thinking that this must also be the same for classroom kids and for home school kids. Each has a different learning style and need and it can change with their development. Be guided by what you feel is going right and what is going wrong. We had a generally lovely schooling experience but just pleasing ourselves.June 10, 2010 at 1:25 am #466773mum24girlsMember
Hi I successfully home school all off my children from primary to high school, ages 8, 12 and 16. I have found there is a lot of support.
My 8 year old daughter who is in year 3 and my 12 year old daughter who is in year 8 receives classes via satellite 2 days a week and attends assembly with class mates as well. We were provided with a computer and satellite internet connection free of charge under the distance education satellite program offered by the dept of education (NSW). We also receive financial assistance from centrelink (Assistance for Isolated Children – AIC). We receive the school work in 6 week packs, have support teachers on call during working hours, there is also a program where i am able to have a support lady who comes to my home and gives me a break to help the children. The school in which my children are enrolled also organise mini school week once a term, where my children attend school activities and meet with other class mates. The school also organises a host school (which is the nearest school in the area) where my children can attend life education van, special activities, excursions and special events. My 16 year old has choosen to do her year 10 via OTEN but that is more a self adult distant education and has fewer support systems in place. I hope this has helped, my children are being schooled through the public distant education system as I am a single mum to 4 girls and boarding school isn’t an option and I have found that all of my children have excelled with the distant education system compared to when they were attending mainstream schooling. 😀June 12, 2010 at 5:51 am #466774LindyChookMember
We use australian christian college’s distance education program and it does residentials where the kids get to spend time with their class mates. My kids love it!June 12, 2010 at 6:16 am #466775
We are not isolated so I don’t think we could access that mumto4girls, although it sounds good.
How old are your kids LindyChook? And is there any flexibility in the ACC program or do you need to follow it closely?
I like the idea of having materials provided, but I am also very keen to take a flexible, relaxed approach.June 12, 2010 at 6:52 am #466776porgeyMember
nlac,I would go for the 5 acres if you can manage it financially. You can do so much with 5 acres to help you be self sufficient thus reducing your expenses and need to work for taxed money. Kids learn best by experience and the garden / nature is the best classroom especially when it is combined with more formal home schooling.June 12, 2010 at 8:43 am #466777GrethMember
My 5 year old is in distance education, because we are more than 1.5 km from the nearest public transport. They send all materials and lesson plans (which we brutalize mercilessly and remodel to our own ideas)
She has 4 lessons a week via internet, then assembly and The Big Read (library session) once a week. The materials – readers, lesson plans, everything from plaster of paris to crayons, are brilliant. We can access anything in the library, including latest videos, for free.
Her classmates live in Japan, South Africa, some are wandering around australia, some have autism or other disabilities which preclude them from a ‘normal’ class, and some way out in the outback of way out beyond the black stump. I would like to home school, but I looove all the stuff we get from distance ed.June 13, 2010 at 6:52 am #466778
Do you have a web address for the distance ed stuff you use Greth?June 13, 2010 at 6:53 am #466779
Yeah porgey thats what we were thinking- go for the five acres. We have to sell our current house first though….June 13, 2010 at 9:48 am #466780GrethMember
Here is the South Aus one, Im sure there is a NSW equivalent.
Here it is called Open Access College, for older kids they also do education in subjects like languages which may not be available at smaller schools.
Her teacher is brilliant, comments on every single page of the work we send in, I think Jessie gets more individual quality time with her than she would in a normal classroom. We got to go down to town and visit the teacher and school a few weeks ago, Jessie was thrilled to see her pictures on the wall and meet her teacher in real life. The teacher understands that the 2 year old wants to be into everything, and would happily mark Ellies work too if she wanted to send it.
And the library! I have never seen such a huge collection of childrens books! Good luck, check out the alternatives and decide what you want to do. Ask the locals how they manage too.
Would be nice to get the 8 year old into something, if he doesnt like sports, how about drama or dancing, cub scouts (yes they have distance Cubs too!) or a craft group? Or join up with Landcare and take him out treeplanting and on field trips. Tons of stuff he might like which would be sociable.June 13, 2010 at 9:41 pm #466781kerriebMember
Be interesting to see how their new national curriculam affect HS when it comes in.June 14, 2010 at 12:09 am #466782
Thanks for the link Greth, and some good ideas for social activities I hadn’t considered for DS8.
I’m not sure when the national curriculum is coming into effect kerrieb. I think the states are still squabbling over the details!
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