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I have a 4 and a 1 year old and we think we are going to homeschool, with unschooling leanings....anybody else?

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A friend of mine unschools her 5 kids!  They are awesome kids and my girls love to hang out with them. I wish I could homeschool but the husband is soooo against it:(  For me it seems the pros of homeschooling out weight the cons.

 

We have 5 kids...ages 12, 8, 5, 5, and almost 2, and this isour fifth year homescxhooling. Every year we get more and more relaxed. Every once in a while I get nervous and suggest that we do some "schoolwork" but after a week or so of that, we get back into real life and I come to the realization that they learn a lot better and a lot more when we are living life, rather than trying to learn from workbooks and text books. Believe it or not, some of my kids actually enjoy doing workbooks and ask me to give them math problems for fun! I say, read all you can about it. There are so many books on the subject...thank God for interlibrary loan. But, I totally recommend For the Children's Sake by Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and anything by Raymond and Dorothy Moore. There are also tons of info and encouragement on-line, as well as lots of statistics that show how the great benefits of homeschooling (may be helpful with persuading your hubby!)

This is just a little something to think about. My wife and I have thought about homeschooling our children for several reasons. BUT,here's the main point that we keep coming back to (or at least I do). What happens to our schools when we remove the families that are dedicated enough to even consider homeschooling? We're removing the leadership potential of both the child and the parent. I admire families who take the time to thoughtfully homeschool. However, I'm also disappointed that the schools, which reflect the future of our society at large, are being deprived of the participation of others who truly care about eduction.

We send our daughter to public school. We're involved in just about every aspect of her eduction. I sit on content committees, finance committees, I coach, my wife is the VP of the PTO and we both volunteer as much as possible. It takes a village. Please don't remove the brightest and best from the village. Just a thought. 

We have a 6 year old daughter that we are starting to think about home/unschooling as well. She has gone to public school for kindergarten and first grade but we are discussing pulling her out for second or third. I would love to hear about others experiences doing the same, how did your kids handle the transition? What was the hardest part for both of you?

We pulled our oldest after she went through preschool, kindergarten, and first. She is the oldest of five and none of our other kids have ever been to school. We never regretted our decision although at times some of them ask to go to school just because some of their friends are in school. Our oldest is now 12 and when asked if she likes to homeschool, she does. But it wasn't always so. She had no problem at school and enjoyed going. We thought she was doing fine and it was just something I started looking into. And the more I  read about it, the more I felt called to try it. I had my husband's support (in fact he was about the only one supporting me....since my parents and his parents thought we were crazy for pulling her!) and so, we decided not to send her back come September. She would've been going into 2nd grade.

At first, we tried schedules, and then I tried "deschooling", letting her just live life....unschooling but it's the transitioning from school to no school that makes it "de"schooling. And she cried. She wanted to go to school. It was embarrassing when people asked her if she liked unschooling and she would tell them no, she didn't. I was made to look like the enemy for making her be homeschooled when she wanted to go to school so she could sit next to her friends to learn math. But I held strong. We try the schedule thing about once or twice a year when I start getting nervous about her being behind or not doing what I think maybe she should be doing. Although with five kids now, it's harder and harder to stick to anything, and so I've learned to relax for the most part and so, we unschool or homeschool with life.

It was neat to see my 8 year old learn to read a few years ago, because my oldest learned at school and so I wasn't sure how I was ever going to teach that, but she learned and so it was exciting that she learned it despite not being in school. And my oldest devours books, so that helps. It's pretty amazing to see them all learning and living life. Take the leap...as far as I can tell and from what I've see in other families is that you won't ruin their life and you'll all be better for it! 

Amy Hickel said:

We have a 6 year old daughter that we are starting to think about home/unschooling as well. She has gone to public school for kindergarten and first grade but we are discussing pulling her out for second or third. I would love to hear about others experiences doing the same, how did your kids handle the transition? What was the hardest part for both of you?

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