Posted on June 8, 2012 by Frankie
My children are thriving being homeschooled as well as several other families I know. Every child is different. However, many people try to stereotype them based upon limited or no exposure to homeschool families. So if they see a well adjusted family they may think that is how all homeschoolers are. Same applies if they see a bunch of misbehaving brats with fanatical parents. It’s not. Just like public and private school children, each is different. They are just being taught at home by their parents instead of in a class.
Plus, many people think their way of schooling (public, private, or home) is the BEST way for everyone and those who do school differently are somehow inferior. That is not true. Every family and situation is unique so what works for one may not work for another. There is no one way of schooling that is best for every family all the time.
As for the idea that homeschoolers miss out on social events, that isn’t totally true. Yes. They miss daily traditional classroom things, but they get social interaction other ways. Homeschool children do not spend their entire days at home. Many regularly participate in group activities like lessons, sports, co-ops, community and church events, etc. Because they are not limited to mostly being around other children exactly their own age, homeschool children often are more comfortable interacting with people of various ages than those who attend school. Some areas even have events like prom and graduation just for homeschoolers, so they don’t even have to miss out on them.
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Posted on June 4, 2012 by Frankie
Where has the school year gone? Between Richard being sick and our vacation this spring, we have fallen rather behind. That means we will be doing summer school to finish up. If everything goes well, we will be living on our boat which means fewer distractions demanding our attention. Hopefully that will allow us the time needed to get everything done.
Even if we don’t quite manage to finish up, I still need to decide what they will be doing for next year. They will be in 3rd and 6th grade. Hard to believe Richard will be half done with school.
They will continue with Christian Light Education for reading, language arts, and Bible. Karen will probably also use them for math since she is doing better since I switched her into it. Richard will do Math-U-See level Zeta which covers decimals and percents. I always struggled with that so it will be good for me to review it with him.
They will be doing health for science. As part of that, we need to do a physical fitness test. Karen will use Health, Safety, & Manners 3 from Abeka which is a basic introduction to good health. Richard enjoyed going through it and I think she will too. This is only one semester so I’m not sure what else to do the rest of the year.
I will order Science F from Sonlight which covers health, medicine, and human anatomy for Richard. He’s already done the Abeka Health 3, so this will cover many of those topics in more detail as well as others. I can’t decide if I want to get the 4 or 5 day package. The 5 day has four more books than the 4 day. I just don’t want to get overwhelmed. On the other hand, those 4 books seem like things he is interested in like DNA and fossils. I’ve given up trying to do my own unit studies or cobble together related books. I’m just not organized enough to get through a full year like that.
I just added it all up. Richard’s will be $335 or $375 depending which science package we get (4 or 5 day). His is more expensive because of the Sonlight science. Karen’s will be less because we can use Richard’s old reader and teacher guides. It will be $145. That’s a total of about $500 for both of them.
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Posted on June 2, 2012 by Frankie
Yesterday I found out the going price for a clean bedroom. I told my son to clean his room. He HATES cleaning his room. Instead, he paid his sister to clean it for him. He just sat back and told her where things belonged. She did all the work, although I think also he helped her make the bed. I don’t care as long as it got done by anyone other than me. So what’s the going rate for hiring your little sis’ to do your chores?
Apparently it is $3 for the work, and another $2 if it passed inspection the first time. I didn’t even get out of his room before she had her hand out demanding payment. 😆
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