FREE HOME SCHOOL CURRICULUM
I created my own free home school curriculum in an attempt to keep my children fascinated by history, art and science. It allows me to follow those rabbit trails that appear in 'delight directed education' in an safe and easier manner. And to avoid Common Core. Why?
I polled home schooling families from the various communities on Facebook. Here are answers from Christian homeschooling families, Single moms homeschooling, those schooling middle and high school students.
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I home school because of the CONTROL
Tracy says...So someone in my family started in on my homeschooling today saying that it is not an educational issue, but a control issue. I am trying to "control" my children. It felt like an insult at first, but now that I think about it, I guess he's right!
I looked up the definition of "control" and found:
The power to influence or direct people's behavior or the course of events.
Determine the behavior or supervise the running of.
noun. check - supervision - command - inspection - management
verb. govern - check - manage - direct - rule - supervise
Yep! My husband and I do all of that. Us. The two people on earth that love them the best. Not a bunch of people who don't share a belief in Christ. Not a bunch of people who don't truly love my children. Who is in control of me? Christ! Well, at least when I let Him.
In the world of education, I am taking control of the information and resources my children are provided. I am taking into account their past experiences (good and bad), their own unique nature and their natural talents. I am using my time, energy and resources and pouring it into each individual child, helping to shape their work ethic in a way that is suited to their individual nature.
Heidi says... I don't want someone else's influences raising my children AND I want the best education that is correct for each individual child on each of their levels.
I homeschool because I love being around my children
My kids enjoy home schooling
Our 5 children have always been homechooled and they like it. I think the biggest realization comes for them when they see how much they can do in a day outside of the regular homeschool work while other children are still locked away in a classroom for hours. They also like being able to learn about what interests them, where they want (the backyard or even the park), and having the freedom to learn about God and how he relates to everything. They also are not acting like mini-teens with “boyfriends/girlfriends” in 1st grade, dressing immodestly, and kissing as early as Kindergarten (as several of my friends’ children have done).
Was it hard at first? No, but that is because we’ve always done it. Nothing changed when our children turned 5, we continued learning as a family. They have not switched their family interdependence for peer and teacher dependence.
one mom says...
I pulled my children from the public schools because of so many reasons...many of which had to do with children getting put on the wrong school buses, school politics, and even losing a child.
That first year...Was it hard at first? Oh My goodness…YES!!!!!! Our lives up to that point were filled with school, work, activities, and anything else we could cram into a day. I basically did a family detox from life other than inside the home. For a whole year we barely covered anything other than us. We all had to learn who we were as our own self, a family, a brother, a sister, a mom, and a dad. The first year was unbelievable. I learned so much about my children that I never knew and am still learning to this day.
Each year when we re-evaluate our plans for the upcoming year I sit down with the children and ask them their thoughts, opinions, and general input on our school year. I also always ask if they would like to return to public school. The answer is always a NO WAY MOM!!!! We like it just fine right here. I am always so relieved to hear that because I know the Public School system isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.