Not the Typical Homeschool Family

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on February 20, 2009

Ray, and I have built our family on the solid foundation of Christ and take our responsibility as parents, and teachers, of our children very seriously. Most of you know that I homeschool, but did you know that I am a second generation homeschooler? Ever since I was a little girl I have wanted to teach my kiddos at home, as I was taught.

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This school year our three oldest will be finishing up their 2nd grade work, mid-year, and will move on to 3rd grade. Josh is doing quite a bit with the older kiddos, but for the most part he’s doing K-1st grade work. So far, we have used Sonlight’s core curriculum, with Saxon Math, Total Reading’s phonics program, and Bible lessons prepared by Daddy, with various other carefully selected “random” books, and such. This hodge-podge has worked incredibly well for us and my kids are intrigued by the history lessons and read-alouds (with just a few exceptions) that Sonlight has given us.

Our school days, at this point, are pretty flexible. I imagine they will continue to be so with the two little ones demanding much of my attention! We do have a set amount of work to accomplish each week, but some days are filled with hands-on activities, while others are filled with more structured work.  We do most of our structured work at the kitchen table, while some “work” is done outside, sitting on the floor, couch, or even on my bed!

With as much traveling as I have been blessed to be given the opportunity to enjoy, we will be schooling through the summer, so as to stay “on track” with our studies. That is one of the many reasons why I so love homeschooling — It affords us the flexibility to enjoy life!

Here are some things I’ll be sharing with you over the next couple of weeks:

What else would you like to know? I DO love questions and am happy to answer any you may have. I look forward to sharing more than just a glimpse into our homeschooling adventures…

You may be surprised to discover that we’re not your typical homeschool family!

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Ashley February 20, 2009 at 6:35 am

My desire it to home school our children. However, I have a few years, my oldest is only 19 months old. I’m already in love with the fact that I will be able to be with my children and teach them and see them grow in learning. I have several friends who aren’t necessarily opposed to home schooling but in a way “look down” on me. What do you say to people who say they could never home school because they’re too much like their children (as far as temperament/personalities) and they would clash and their children wouldn’t learn anything? I’m a firm believer that parents are responsible for their children’s education and that we are the ones who will be held accountable for what our children are taught. This is not necessarily a personal question about your family but how you as a mom deal with opposition to home schooling from close friends and family.

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Luke Holzmann February 20, 2009 at 6:39 am

The flexibility of homeschooling is one of the many great features [smile]. It very exciting to hear from second generation homeschoolers as my wife and I look forward to becoming just such a family [smile].

~Luke

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Jessica February 20, 2009 at 9:18 am

Your homeschooling sounds ideal! I’ve considered it (my oldest is only 3) but I wonder if he’ll be missing out if I don’t send him to school. Will he be jealous that he doesn’t get to ride the big yellow bus? Or that he doesn’t need a new backpack and other school supplies every August? Will he resent me because he can’t play school sports? Will he lack certain communitive and social skills?
I know there are many things that I don’t like about public school but I’m not sure if homeschool is right for us. Good thing I have time to decide!

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Felicia - I Complete Me February 20, 2009 at 9:28 am

I applaud all those who home school. I guess since I was never home schooled or new any one who did, it can be easy to not agree with it. But in reality we all do things differently and that is the wonderful thing about our country. So continue to home school those kids and teach them about God, now that I feel I will do at home as well as anywhere else.

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The Happy Housewife February 20, 2009 at 9:48 am

It’s so fun to “meet” other homeschoolers. I have six kids too (well almost seven) and we run a very flexible schedule. I have a high schooler though and her schedule is a little more structured since we are thinking about things like college and credits, etc…
Can’t wait to read your homeschooling posts.
Toni

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Audra February 20, 2009 at 9:55 am

I’ve given some thought to homeschooling my little guy is only 18 months but one thing that I have always wondered is how homeschooling parents teach their children the in’s and out’s of dealing with others? Where you are a 2nd generation homeschooler I am sure you have some great insight on this topic and I would love to hear it in a future post!

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Christine - From Dates to Diapers February 20, 2009 at 10:03 am

I am so looking forward to answering your questions in future posts. Keep ‘em comin’!

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Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home February 20, 2009 at 10:39 am

I really enjoyed hearing you speak at BlssDom ’09. I knew you homeschooled, but I had no idea that you were second generation! My husband and I are too! We were both in public school until 3rd grade.

I’ve been homeschooing our children all their lives. Our oldest is in 4th grade and our youngest is 3 and will be starting informal preschool soon. I really appreciate you sharing your homeschooling life with us, thanks!

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Charlotte February 20, 2009 at 11:27 am

Christine –
Loved reading your post. I loved homeschooling. It gave me a bond with my children which continues to this day. They are both in Bible college as we speak, and I couldn’t be prouder. So nice to hear how homeschooling works for you!

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The Mother February 20, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Organized chaos is not an oxymoron.

I look upon it as a chance to teach my homeschoolers about statistical sampling.

In my house, things are organized “chronologically, by height.”

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Art Reed February 20, 2009 at 12:22 pm

Christine,

John Saxon’s math books remain the best math curriculum for mastery of the basics of mathematics on the market today.

That holds true only if you are using the correct editions, and using the textbooks as John intended them to be used.

I have taught using John Saxon’s math books from algebra 1/2 through calculus for more than a decade in a rural public high school, and I can asssure you that continually switching math curriculum prior to the sixth grade(Math 76)creates holes in the student’s math basics.

Student’s fail algebra because they never mastered fractions, percents and decimals. They fail calculus because they never mastered the concepts of algebra.

If you or your readers plan on contunuing to use John Saxon’s math books, or if someone is planning on using them in the future, please take a moment and visit my website at http://www.usingsaxon.com before you purchase any Saxon math books.

Thanks.

Art Reed

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Amo February 20, 2009 at 2:30 pm

My 5 year old will be starting kindergarten in July (we are year-round here). My question is, how does one get a child to the point that they can sit with them and teach them something, ANYTHING. I know this sounds crazy, but I was a full-time working mom for a while and they were given a decent foundation at preschool. My oldest is ready for school, with the exception of not recognizing some letters. I have a hard time sitting and working with him on things like this as I was never taught any of these skills at home myself. I’m trying to make it fun, but he sees right through it and his boredom seriously annoys me.

If you have any suggestions, I would be grateful!

Thank you and congratulations on doing such an awesome job both on here and in your home life. Balance is something I am still juggling!

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Chuck February 20, 2009 at 4:17 pm

Do you have to be accredited as a teahcer in CA? Also, how old before you can start? Our daughter is only 11mos. Look forward to reading on.

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Karin Katherine February 21, 2009 at 8:16 am

I love hearing from second generation homeschoolers. I can imagine no greater compliment than if my daughters decide to homeschool their children too—or my sons for that matter. I look forward to your upcoming posts.

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AJacobsen February 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm

I homeschool my oldest, and my middle child joins us everyday. She just turned 3, so she’s ahead for her age but not quite ready for all that is Kindergarten. But my 4 year old is doing amazing, and although I had planned on doing this year as pre-school with the Kindergarten curriculum, I am considering moving on to 1st grade with him next year since I’m worried he’ll get bored.
But, I am interested to know how you got your 3 oldest up to date to be able to do the same grade year together… That would make it SO much easier for me if I could have my oldest and middle in the same grade.
BTW, we use “My Father’s World” curriculum, and I LOVE IT!!!

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Ann March 3, 2009 at 6:44 am

Dear Christine, your new look of your blog is fabulous and I LOVE the little icons. I’ve been following a while (I’m afraid to say because of the giveaways at first)…I’m so interested to hear about your homeschooling experience. My eldest is 3 and 2nd is 1, and we’re contemplating on HS (in NYC!) and we have SOOO much questions. The biggest is the “social factor” (esp if we’re only going to have 3 or max 4 kids)…Would love to hear your comments on that!

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