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Homeschooling is Fabulous

I’ve been trying to catch up on writing about the craziness in our life. Let’s not leave out the good craziness.ย 

The kids started begging me to homeschool them almost as soon as they came to live with us. They spent some time in a foster home with homeschoolers, which prompted the begging.

That particular household embraced the philosophy that many of the minutes during a public school day are wasted.

I agree with the logic.

Kids in private school also deal with transitions and lost moments, but in a large public system, the problem is exponentially larger. Time is wasted in transitions, in moving between classrooms, waiting for everyone to get a drink of water at the fountain, waiting for everyone to finish toileting, waiting for everyone to finish lunch, waiting, waiting…

And waiting for at least 80 percent of the class to catch on to ideas.

Kids who “get it” more quickly must wait, bored…and even worse, the child who might understand with some one-on-one attention is left further and further behind.

At least in the U.S., I don’t see a viable solution within the public school system (especially for the child who misses the first step and struggles to climb the second step as his classmates sprint up steps four, five and six).

It’s not a “bad” system for most kids. It’s the best possible education for a grand spectrum of children, targeting the widest possible swath of average kids.

I agree that one-on-one attention can be better, but I didn’t particularly agree with the homeschooling philosophy of the family with whom they stayed.

The mother informed me that her kids (spanning elementary, middle and high school grades) were almost always finished with school in two hours per day. I imagine this could be possible for the lower grades, but homeschool done well in upper grades can’t be finished in a couple hours per day.

I’m no inexperienced snob…our family was one of the first in our area to school children at home (although each of us spent at least two years in either public or private school as well). At that time, the choice to homeschool was unpopular with the school system, county officials and even our church. My mom ensured our education was stellar—and it definitely took more than two hours per day.

All that in a nutshell: Public school wastes tons of time and leaves slower children behind. Homeschool can be a great alternative IF—and only if—done properly.

Sorry, I’m soapboxing. I digress.

Because of their need to learn how to integrate with society, we agreed with counselors and school administration that public school was the best beginning solution for our two.

However, Hubby and I promised them we’d consider home school when they successfully completed elementary school.

Fifth grade finished last year. We decided to take the plunge.

The school had me convinced that our girl required special needs support in math and reading.ย I had mild concerns about my ability to give her what she needs, but reasoned that I could learn anything necessary to help her.

We purchased the 5th grade math curriculum and completed it over the summer. The ease with which she moved through the program surprised me, but we weren’t studying other subjects.

When we began grade 6 in September, I expected she’d struggle. In some ways, this was true; if she considered a concept difficult, she gave up easily. We worked together and she began to realize that difficult math problems became easier once she learned the strategy. As long as she followed the strategy we put in place, she had almost no trouble.

Finally, I convinced her that the size of the number wasn’t an issue as long as she followed the math strategy (by requiring her to complete a long division problem involving a ten-digit number).

She stopped hating math.

Her handwriting improved.

She slowed her reading, decoding instead of skipping unknown words.

Quoting The Help, I informedย Hubby that he is smart, kind and important.

Grinning wildly, she corrected my grammar.

She loves finding facts I don’t already know.

She is bright. She is talented. She is fabulous.

Although we wish he didn’t have to be at the treatment center, our son’s absence has allowed me to spend twice as much time with our daughter, helping her finally catch up academically (due in part to their time in foster care, she’s two years behind).

In December, we completed the core subjects for grade 6. We started grade 7 in January. As long as we stay on task, we should be able to complete 7th by June.

School is cool.

 

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About Casey

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Posted on February 10, 2018, in Adoption and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 20 Comments.

  1. Casey i am sooo glad to know about the fact that some people are really trying to improve the present education system . Reading this gave me hope . Thank you .
    Do follow https://saishabloomdotcom.wordpress.com/2018/02/02/learn-from-the-mistakes/
    She writes beautiful poems blogs about nature and philosophy and human emotions. Do read her blog and support her by following .๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Your homeschool blog is very nice.
    I have a post featuring Singapore Math, feel free to share with your readers: https://goo.gl/Bb5jt1

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  3. Reblogged this on Survivors Blog Here and commented:
    Casey shares the up’s and down’s of homeschooling in her usual honest heart. M

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  4. Hello Casey
    Life has been quite a ride for you this past year. Your son is having such a had time, I know you want what is best for both. I wanted to reblog your last post on Home Schooling. There is no reblog button. Did you want to keep that post only on your site? Have a great day. I miss you and understand the difficulty of writing and running a school. ๐Ÿ™‚ M

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  5. I love this. A beacon of light in the darkness. Thank you.

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  6. What a treat to have you posting again so soon!
    Thank you for sharing. Love you all so much! ๐Ÿ™‚

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  7. I was smiling big through this! So glad to hear that homeschooling has been rewarding for you and your dear daughter! Its great that she is doing so well! I pray that it keeps going well and that God can keep shining down blessings for amidst your other storm that you are going through.

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    • Yes! The real prayers will be needed when our guy comes home…right now, she’s the center of attention and loving it. I’m a little concerned about what will happen when he’s taking half (or more) the attention. For now, though, I’m enjoying the ability to give her everything she needs. Thanks so much for the encouragement and prayers! ๐Ÿ™‚

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