Help me. My son and I are beginnig real Homeschool.

United States
February 28, 2007 4:55pm CST
My son has turned 5 and we are going to start kindergarten homeschool. I have done home preschool for 2 years now and we have done great but the jump to kindergarten is a bit scary for me. We have had a lot of comments about how I will be taking his social time away and he will be " The weird kid". I think if we were to get him into some programs and sports he would be great. Does anyone have any experience with this? Any tips for success? Also do you make your own cirrculum or do you get it from somewhere else?
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@pilbara (1436)
• Australia
28 Feb 07
I don't homeschool but have talked to people who do. Usually they get their curriculum from organisations that organise home schooling. In terms of socialisation I have heard that many belong to homeschooling networks and these groups often do activities together such as excursions and camps. Maybe you could try to find out if there is such a group or groups in your area.
• United States
1 Mar 07
There is curriculum that you can buy but you don't really need to since there's so much free stuff available for young elementary school children. Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
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• United States
5 Mar 07
I have just joined a yahoo group for homeschoolers. I am awaiting approval butI am hoping that it will help me find some groups to meet with. I have searched online for a few groups. They are not as common as I had hoped. I am hoping that when we get into the yahoo group it will open up some more doors for me. We will see.
• United States
5 Mar 07
Thanks for the helpful links. I would love to do it for free. I will look into them.
• United States
28 Feb 07
I think it's fantastic that you are homeschooling your child. I used to home school my kids (they're all grown up now), and I loved it. We would both learn together, and to me it was always fun. As far as social interaction goes, I wouldn't worry a whole lot about that. Do you go to a church? Are there social activities that involve the children? Have you gotten in touch with anyone else who is homeschooling their children in the area? Sometimes homeschoolers get together and go on field trips with other homeschoolers, and in that way the children get to be with each other and learn to interact. Sometimes public schools will even work with homeschoolers and offer programs, like physical education, or art or music classes. Your child will not be wierd...mine didn't turn out weird at all, they all turned out very open minded and intelligent and are muture young adults. Public schools are scary these days, I feel, I think if we knew of some of the activities that were going on under our noses with public school children, we would be shocked and very concerned on what they are really learning. Probably not what we think they are. Don't listen to those negative comments, home school for as long as you can, you won't regret it.
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• United States
1 Mar 07
I agree with you that public schools are very scarey. I don't know 1/2 of what goes on in them but the 1/2 that I do is enough to really scare me. Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
• United States
5 Mar 07
I go to church each sunday and they have a great primary program for the kids to get involved in. As for people around me who homeschool. I had one neighbor that does but she sold her home and is moving this week. I have thought about getting the kids involved in dance or karate classes. I remember when I went to school I learned most of what I absorbed from the other kids. I picked up a colorful voacbulary too. I think I can teach my kinds in 2 hours what they learn in 8 at school, plus we could go see great places to learn more. I hope I know what I am doing!
• United States
6 Mar 07
You're right about it taking a lot less time to teach your kids at home. I spend 30 minutes a day on real book work, and the rest of the time we unschool. Our church is great too, and so is our library. Those places are where my dd gets most of her socialization. Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
@lillake (1634)
• United States
2 Mar 07
I think its great that you're going to homeschool your son. Don't worry about him being the weird kid, that's just myths being spread as truth. In reality public school kids spend all day behind a desk, unable to talk to others except for a few minutes here and there. Homeschool kids get to go out and explore the world and socialize with people of all ages and backgrounds. There are hundred of curriculum choices out there, some religious some not. And then there are some who don't use curriculum at all. I have a homeschool blog if you are interested, http://momisteaching.com And here is an awesome site about homeschooling younger kids www.besthomeschooling.org
• United States
3 Mar 07
I just wanted to say that I really like your blog. It's very informative. Brenda Marie Homeschool 4 Us (My homeschool blog): http://homeschool4us.blogspot.com/ My ebook: "Homeschooling Without The Headaches" http://stores.lulu.com/store.php?fAcctID=812683
• United States
5 Mar 07
I am very excited to begin a new year. Thank you for the support. I love mylot just for that reason. When I am stressed about a new challenge in life I can come here and find people with great resourses that share great tips with me. Thanks for the links. And thanks for your supportive comments.