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Kathy Ceceri

Homeschooling FAQ: Send Me Your Questions!

By January 17, 2013

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I'm putting together a Homeschooling FAQ, and I'd like to know what YOU'D like to know.

If you're new to homeschooling or just thinking about it, what are the questions you need answered?

If you've been at this a few years, is there anything that would have been good to know that you only learned later?

If you've got suggestions for my FAQ, leave them in the comments below or in the About.com Homeschooling Forum. And thanks in advance!

Comments

January 18, 2013 at 8:22 pm
(1) Meridith says:

I’ve been homeschooling for several years, but here are few questions I wish I had asked or figured out earlier on:
How do we meet other homeschoolers in our area?
How do I explain to people what we do, when it looks nothing like traditional school?
What sports can my child participate in when we aren’t allowed to join school sports teams? – For us it’s been triathlons for the whole family!
What are some creative ways to encourage a reluctant writer?

January 19, 2013 at 12:10 am
(2) Kathy Ceceri says:

Those are great questions. Adding them to my list…

January 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm
(3) DBS says:

How do you get your child to actually do the work?! If online charter schooling doesnt work should i try a different schooling? What if they should b a senior next year? I dont want to ruin their opportunities for any future education.

January 22, 2013 at 10:54 am
(4) Lori says:

Great question! Here’s what I would have liked to tell the “me” of ten years ago, now that I have a decade of homeschooling experience.

You have a choice – it is YOUR child, YOUR decision, YOUR life. You are the consumer, and are free to fire your school if you don’t think it’s the best place for your child. Hold your head up, throw your shoulders back, and confidently choose for yourself! Don’t be bullied by teachers or school administrators who treat you like you’re making a mistake, or tell you your child will fall behind, or well-meaning friends and relatives who think your kids won’t have social skills or a well-rounded education. Looking back, I wish I would have worried less, and enjoyed the journey from the beginning!

Your kids will learn, and frankly, will be ahead of their peers in many ways. I was worried I may somehow “ruin” their education. Instead, I found that my kids flourished with a daily “personal tutor” – me! I did get outside help when they needed assistance in math (not my strength). My youngest recently told me he knows which of his friends go to public school because “they don’t know things!” it is true it’s so easy to “hide under the radar” in public school. I know that my kids are learning, they can not hide!

Have fun! We began our weekday mornings with a lea surly breakfast and Bible reading. I loved where these conversations led, from profound to silly. To me, this was one of the best
things about homeschooling! I loved our un-rushing mornings.
Fridays, we took a field trip somewhere, or had some kind of adventure.
When things got boring, we found a park or even a coffee shop to hang out in.

These are just a few meandering thoughts as I reflect on my homeschooling years as they come to an end, with the last child about to
enter college. I am so thankful I chose this path. My kids are smart, educated, and ready to take on the world. I know I enjoyed their childhood to the fullest, and I have no regrets.

January 22, 2013 at 10:57 am
(5) Martha says:

I’ve been homeschooling a few years, but as my kids get older, I’m finding it more challenging to keep finding good, inexpensive materials at their grade level for my eclectic approach. Is it practical to try to continue this approach through high school? I’d also like to know what kind of records I should keep in high school to present to colleges when they are ready to apply. Currently I keep a portfolio of work for review by a certified teacher, but will colleges want grades and such?

January 22, 2013 at 12:08 pm
(6) Kathy Ceceri says:

Thanks for that, Lori! I would love to quote some of that in an article about “What I Would Tell Myself.”

And I have some more “how to get into college” articles in the works, in addition to the“Getting Ready for College” piece I did a little while back.

January 22, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(7) Amy says:

Homeschooling is for everyone and I wish I had known that all homeschoolers are not strict Christians who make you sign a statement of faith to be allowed to hold a class or a position in their group. I let myself be browbeaten too often because I didn’t know if I kept looking I would find really inclusive groups.

January 28, 2013 at 6:56 pm
(8) Shirley says:

I had wanted to home school my children from the time I found out I was pregnant with my oldest child. Fast forward six years, another child and a divorce later, I honestly thought I couldn’t do it because I “had to work” and reluctantly put my son in a public school. Let me just say that from the time he was enrolled until the time I pulled him out of that institution, it was nothing but stress and worries. I honestly wish I could go back and know then what I know now. When I first started two years ago, I was so concerned with trying to mirror what I had always been raised to believe school should be. I truly wish I could go back, look myself straight in the eyes and just say “relax and enjoy this time”. Once it’s gone, it’s gone.

January 29, 2013 at 12:53 am
(9) angel escort says:

my personal reality check which keeps me from stressing out when our homeschool time is a lot shorter on some days is this: my child doesn’t need a math sheet with 20-plus math problems because I’m not working with 20 plus kids. The schools are. I’m working with just one, and when we do math, we do only one of each kind of math we have been working on. I just need to know my kid understands the process {smiling}

My salvation on difficult days is what? REVIEWS!
Nothing spanking brand new is introduced that day, but that’s fine because we are checking our “anchors-of-education” already put into place. So what if my kid is having it rough getting started one morning, or even two mornings? I simply give my kid something I know has already been accomplished, and make it a simple Review Day. Yaaaay! It’s “sample” day. Samples for everyone! “Here honey try this. Great job! Now I need you to just write your name in cursive. Just your name. We’ll do 2 sentences tomorrow, ok? Good. Ok, now here’s your fraction. Is it written horizontal or vertical? Great, now go ahead and do that. Wonderful! Now look up the word “skip” in your dictionary book. Great job! Now lets go to the computer so you can find that same word in the dictionary online. Super!”

Review is a major part of teaching as far as I can tell. It also helps to brisk you through what could have been a “NO school at all” kinda day. Nothing’s wrong with a day off, but when it comes to easing my kid into a school day, reviews have been a sho-nuff help. It helps to reinforce what they’ve already learned, let’s you in on something they may be forgetting, helps to lock out stress, It allows me to still teach, even if I have to do “drive-by directions.”

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