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Offline OBrien

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Why not homeschool?
« on: July 13, 2016, 12:34:12 AM »
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  • Maybe this subject has been brought up before but since I am new here I am still learning to maneuver.

    With all the concerning things that are happening in private and public schools why not homeschool?

    How many of you use a public school or private school for your child(ren)'s education? Is the school SSPX, CMRI, SSPV?

    Why do you not homeschool?

    Just curious.

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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #1 on: July 13, 2016, 12:13:48 PM »
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  • Boy, that is a good question!  We home schooled and we never regretted it.  I, mom, just regret not doing it sooner.

    I think some parents use the public/private schools for babysitters.  Both parents work.  They work just to have medical coverage. Some say "social is so important."
    The social I have seen is rotten!  And by the time the child is age 11-12 they rebel the parents.

    Our children had no problems getting jobs.  As long as there is GED, that is what they did and just kept going.  No one turned them down for jobs, in fact, employers wanted home schoolers.  They can read and write, not like those coming from public schools.

    Those who have never home schooled don't know what they are missing.  Especially those who live in AZ.  AZ does not require you to be a licensed teacher, or look at your curriculum.  Every state is different and that might hold some parents back.


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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #2 on: July 13, 2016, 01:03:12 PM »
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  • We started homeschooling 7 years ago.  My only regret was not starting sooner.  Unfortunately my husband was not on board with me homeschooling.  He wasn't sure they would learn.  It took a very difficult senior year for our oldest son and behavior problems with our second oldest before he conceded.  

    Our second son, our first graduate, has had a little difficulty with college acceptance...but the colleges he has applied to are in New York state which has high restrictions on homeschoolers.  Some colleges just won't accept homeschoolers because they can't "guarantee" their academic qualifications.  But many of the junior colleges don't even require SAT testing anymore, so they work well for homeschooled students.  He will be starting one of those in the fall majoring in computer science.

    Why don't more people homeschool?  Many reasons.  Most don't think that public school/private school is that bad.  Really they don't.  Some mothers just don't believe they can teach 4 or 5 children at once without going crazy.  Other mothers face a lot of pressure from family and friends who think homeschooling is weird or unfair to the children---you know the "socialization" thing.  A great many families are dual income families and they just can't physically do it.  Then their are those who health or mental status just will not permit them to home educate.

    I try not to be judgmental about it.  Everyone has to come to their own conclusions in their own time.

    Yes, the schools are horrible, even the private schools.  But this modernist idea of bricks and mortar schooling is hard to rethink.  

    Homeschooling is growing though, especially as the tech people become parents.  They remember what their experiences were like--bored, made fun of, ostracized, isolated----and they don't want that for their kids.  So they are working from home---and educating their children.


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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #3 on: July 13, 2016, 01:18:25 PM »
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  • There can be some benefits to good social interaction in school ... provided it's with good Catholic kids from good Catholic families.  If not, that same consideration would be a downside.

    Another downside of homeschooling is that often the kids have less structure and discipline ... just due to the comfort of being in a home environment.

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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #4 on: July 13, 2016, 02:43:33 PM »
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  • Quote from: OBrien

    How many of you use a public school or private school for your child(ren)'s education? Is the school SSPX, CMRI, SSPV?

    Why do you not homeschool?


    We have done both school (SSPX) and homeschooling. We have been homeschooling for two years now, so I can share with you our reasons for each:

    1) School: we sent our children to an SSPX school because it was very close to us, it gave our children the opportunity to interact with other (traditional) Catholic children in a trustworthy environment, and because we wanted to support a good Catholic school. Also, since English is my wife's second language, we thought that a school would be better.

    2) Homeschool: when we found it impossible to send our children to the SSPX school due to theological reasons, homeschooling was the only option. We would NEVER EVER send our children to a public school or any private school that is not operated by solid, trustworthy traditional Catholic clergy. So our reasons for homeschooling are primarily to shield our children from the cesspool of modern society, but also so that we have control over our children's education and I believe we are giving them a better education than they were receiving at the SSPX school. Not that the SSPX school was giving a poor education, but with the one-on-one interaction, and the fact that we can push our children to excel (whereas at school everything gets dragged down to the level of the least intelligent children in the classroom) we are putting them through a much tougher curriculum than they had at the SSPX school. Plus, it turns out my wife is very good at homeschooling and English being her second language has not been an issue.

    THAT SAID ... if I had the choice, we would probably send our children to a school. This would give my wife much more time to do other duties around the house like cooking and cleaning that go by the wayside during school. It would also give our children more interaction with other Catholics and real friends. As it stands, their siblings are really their only friends. We try to invite other Catholic families over but we can't do it all the time especially since travel is involved. I would never simply abdicate my duties to a school though. As when our children were at the SSPX school, I think parents ought to take a keen interest in what's going on and pitch in as much as possible.


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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #5 on: July 14, 2016, 02:33:24 PM »
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  • I home schooled because I was led to the truth.  I was given the authority of the AZ Gov. Mecham in 1990's to read federal grants.  Other women with me guided me to truth.  Our goal was to find who was bringing sex ed. into the state of AZ.  It was the catholic dioceses.  I found that!  We went traditional and home schooled!  The documents I read, books and such was enough to make me move!

    "Change Agents in the classroom" just to mention one.  I was shocked about the dioceses but now I know that the New Order has been marxist for a long time, probably 60 - 70 years!  The dioceses around the world, New Order support Gov't and state, not God.

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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #6 on: July 19, 2016, 09:13:53 AM »
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    I home schooled because I was led to the truth.  I was given the authority of the AZ Gov. Mecham in 1990's to read federal grants.  Other women with me guided me to truth.  Our goal was to find who was bringing sex ed. into the state of AZ.  It was the catholic dioceses.  I found that!  We went traditional and home schooled!  The documents I read, books and such was enough to make me move!
    You're probably familiar with Randy Engel's recent article "Does Francis Really Love Children and the Family?" and book Sex Education: The Final Plague, then.
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    "Change Agents in the classroom" just to mention one.  I was shocked about the dioceses but now I know that the New Order has been marxist for a long time, probably 60 - 70 years!  The dioceses around the world, New Order support Gov't and state, not God.
    So Novus Ordo sex ed. spread to the public schools?
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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #7 on: July 19, 2016, 09:15:41 AM »
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    This would give my wife much more time to do other duties around the house like cooking and cleaning that go by the wayside during school.
    You don't delegate chores to the children?
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    Why not homeschool?
    « Reply #8 on: July 19, 2016, 09:33:02 AM »
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  • As they get older we are able to delegate more. Our oldest daughter is only 8 years old so she has only recently been able to start assisting with some minor cooking unsupervised. She is not able to cook a full meal though. At this point she is capable of making eggs and peeling/boiling vegetables. The children do help clean as well, but I find that the younger children (non school age) are generally more hindrance than help not because of ill will or laziness but because of incompetence/lack of physical strength. But as everyone gets older the children are progressively taking a greater share of chores. Our oldest son is 9 and he can help with yard work some but does not weigh enough to operate the riding lawn mower (plus is not tall enough to reach the pedals).

    None of them are big enough to use the vacuum cleaner yet for example and brooms pose a challenge for them as well.

    We had 5 children in 8 years though so when we first started homeschooling all of the children were still very young. It is getting better though. If the children were at a school there remains a lot of stuff that my wife could do that she doesn't have time for now (or lacks the fime to do it to the standard we would like -- maybe our standards are too high, I don't know).

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    « Reply #9 on: July 20, 2016, 01:49:15 PM »
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  • Quote from: Degrelle
    As they get older we are able to delegate more. Our oldest daughter is only 8 years old so she has only recently been able to start assisting with some minor cooking unsupervised. She is not able to cook a full meal though. At this point she is capable of making eggs and peeling/boiling vegetables. The children do help clean as well, but I find that the younger children (non school age) are generally more hindrance than help not because of ill will or laziness but because of incompetence/lack of physical strength. But as everyone gets older the children are progressively taking a greater share of chores. Our oldest son is 9 and he can help with yard work some but does not weigh enough to operate the riding lawn mower (plus is not tall enough to reach the pedals).

    None of them are big enough to use the vacuum cleaner yet for example and brooms pose a challenge for them as well.

    We had 5 children in 8 years though so when we first started homeschooling all of the children were still very young. It is getting better though. If the children were at a school there remains a lot of stuff that my wife could do that she doesn't have time for now (or lacks the fime to do it to the standard we would like -- maybe our standards are too high, I don't know).



    My husband and I had a difficult transition from public school to homeschool.  Obviously, the chores often get put aside during the day.

    It was very hard at first but we talked a lot about it.  At the time, I also had very small children and only 2 who could really help.

    But...we simplified out life.  We bought paper plates for breakfast and lunch.  We firmly finished school at a designated time, which allows for about 1 hour before my husband gets home for chores to get done.  And Saturday until 3 pm is chore day.

    Homeschooling is a huge commitment and it takes sacrifice and compromise from both parents.  We have had to try several things and continue to work on it.  By far the biggest issue is I don't have time to really clean like I want to.  

    My husband does more now than before, but so do I.   Basically, I am a school teacher and nurse only I am still home and not in the workforce.

    It can be very frustrating, especially if you have high expectations.  I have known very meticulous husbands and wives who have a very hard time homeschooling because there is just not enough time to focus on the house.

    One mother I know quit homeschooling all together because she couldn't do both.  


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    « Reply #10 on: July 20, 2016, 02:40:13 PM »
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  • You can home school year round.  We know a couple who both work at a hospital and home school 4 children.  They teach even late at night if need be.


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    « Reply #11 on: July 20, 2016, 03:15:25 PM »
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  • Mom was a fan of paper plates, crockpots, specific daily chores, VERY few toys, simple bedrooms (only a bed a nightstand). Our clothes had to be hung in the closet with a basket for socks and such. We had 5 weekday outfits, 2 Saturday outfits and 2 Sunday outfits. For her sanity she had few items that were decorative. When I asked her about it she said she didn't have time to clean all of that and homeschool.

    We spent lots of time reading. Our seated/writing work was probably only one hour of time a day while we were expected to read 3-4 hours a day.

    We were not involved in many outside activities (like homeschooling groups) because they took too much time from our homeschooling day.

    When some of the children were older my parents hired a tutor to help the younger children so they could focus their attention on the older children.

    It had its bad moments but I wouldn't change it for the world. I loved being homeschooled.



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    « Reply #12 on: July 20, 2016, 03:16:57 PM »
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    You can home school year round.  We know a couple who both work at a hospital and home school 4 children.  They teach even late at night if need be.


    I had no idea that school wasn't year round until I was 15!

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    « Reply #13 on: July 20, 2016, 04:33:45 PM »
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  • Quote from: Degrelle
    As they get older we are able to delegate more. Our oldest daughter is only 8 years old so she has only recently been able to start assisting with some minor cooking unsupervised. She is not able to cook a full meal though. At this point she is capable of making eggs and peeling/boiling vegetables. The children do help clean as well, but I find that the younger children (non school age) are generally more hindrance than help not because of ill will or laziness but because of incompetence/lack of physical strength. But as everyone gets older the children are progressively taking a greater share of chores. Our oldest son is 9 and he can help with yard work some but does not weigh enough to operate the riding lawn mower (plus is not tall enough to reach the pedals).

    None of them are big enough to use the vacuum cleaner yet for example and brooms pose a challenge for them as well.

    We had 5 children in 8 years though so when we first started homeschooling all of the children were still very young. It is getting better though. If the children were at a school there remains a lot of stuff that my wife could do that she doesn't have time for now (or lacks the fime to do it to the standard we would like -- maybe our standards are too high, I don't know).


    There's an interesting Montessori list of "what children should be able to do at each age".

    I have 1 ten year old boy, who is strong and heavy enough to run the riding lawn mower. But he only helps -- he can't do the whole 5 acres by himself. He's good at mowing, but not "finishing" (getting close to everything).

    But my other 5 kids are girls, and all of them are skinny.  The 7 year old easily handles a broom and dustpan. Between the 4 oldest, they do pretty much all the chores around here. I do outdoor stuff, and I use bleach and clean the toilets. I also have to supervise to make sure things get done. I do the dangerous things (e.g., dumping a pot of boiling water and potatoes into a colander). But that's about it.

    Regarding vacuums -- perhaps yours is too heavy. We use a nice, lightweight one like this, which is almost a pleasure to use, even for the kids:

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    It actually vacuums, and it's easy to dump as well as de-hair with a sharp knife. But it does actually "suck" as opposed to the ones which just sweep.


    For an even lighter vacuum:

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    Those only "sweep" but they do an amazing job considering how light they are, and considering even a girl can use it. Even if you had to use a "real" vacuum once a week, these would do a good enough job for daily use. Also, you can use them on hard floors as well as carpet. The kids especially enjoy using this kind of vacuum.
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    « Reply #14 on: July 20, 2016, 04:44:50 PM »
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  • Here are a couple of chore lists:

    2-4 year olds
     
    help dust
    put napkins on table
    help put away toys
    put laundry in hamper
    help feed pet



    4-7year olds - "Help" is the important word at this age. Many of the chores will be done as a helper and slowly kids can graduate to doing them independently!

    set the table or help set the table
    put away toys/things
    help feed pets
    water plants
    help make bed
    dust
    put laundry in hamper
    help put dishes in dishwasher
    water the garden
    help wipe up messes
    help with yard work (rake with child's rake or plant flowers, etc.)
    help clear table
    help put away groceries


    8-10 year olds
     
    make bed
    water plants
    clean room with direction
    set the table
    clear the table
    dust
    vacuum
    feed pets (depends on type of pet and how your comfortable your child is interacting with the pet)
    help make dinner
    put laundry in hamper
    help wash the car
    help wash dishes
    help load/empty dishwasher
    rake leaves
    take out the trash


    11 year olds and older

    take garbage out
    set the table
    clear the table
    clean room with direction
    put away groceries
    clean the bathroom with direction
    clean the kitchen
    dust
    vacuum
    mow lawn
    feed pets
    water plants
    put laundry in hamper
    help with laundry and eventually start doing own laundry
    help make dinner/make small meals on own
    help wash the car/wash car
    make bed
    help with yard work
    shovel snow
    wash dishes/load or empty dishwasher

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