Thursday, September 29, 2011

Homeschooling . . . wait, what?

Homeschooling has never been on any to-do list I created. I never dreamed of the possibility of teaching any of my children at home. I needed my "me" time and it was never a possibility.

Unfortunately, my oldest is having difficulties in school and his behaviors are escalating. In good conscience, I couldn't let him continue disrupting class and without being at school, I can't tell the teachers what was triggering his behaviors.

We jumped into homeschooling rather fast and I am still determining what curriculum we will use but the lessons we have done so far are working well. Spencer is much more relaxed and we get through the material quickly.

So, how many of you home-school? How did you decide on the curriculum? Any tips for a newbie?


  1. I was homeschooled my entire life and plan to home school the little one my husband and I have on the way! :) Growing up we used PACE'S made by ACE Christian Academy and for math we used Math-U-See. I lovrd bring homeschooled and encourage you to continue to teach your children from home! :) Please refer to my mom's friend Tina Farewell (!/profile.php?id=679296934&sk=info) if you should have any more questions. :) She is awesome! Thanks!

  2. Thank you Lyndsey! I appreciate the feedback. I'll look into those systems.

  3. Hi Sabrina,

    I'll be glad to help any way I can! How old are your children? Curriculum is not too big a deal, especially for young children.

    Bob and I have five--16, 19, 21, 25, 28--and four grandchildren. We have homeschooled for 28 years and have helped homeschoolers all over the country most of that time.

    Here are a couple of my favorite quotes from Dr. Ruth Beechick, who has been a friend and mentor to me.

    "Some educators question whether textbooks, even at their best, could ever do the job. ‘The very nature of textbooks is to present information that is predigested, prethought, preanalyzed and presynthesized’ says a school learning specialist. A steady diet of such books deprives children of the joy of original thought. It turns them off to learning." ~ Dr. Ruth Beechick

    "For some children and for some time, certain books will happen to be just right. But if you find yourself struggling to mold your child to a book, try reversing priorities. It’s the child you are teaching, not the book. Bend the book or find another; make the studies fit the child." ~ Dr. Ruth Beechick, You Can Teach Your Child Successfully

    Here is one of her articles to get you started.
    “Simplify the Curriculum”

    I look forward to hearing from you!

    God bless you and yours,

    Tina Farewell

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    I tried to sign up for your newsletter but the link on your site isn't working. :(

    I'll look into the expo. It doesn't seem interesting!