We Are Thinking About Homeschooling And Would Like Your Help

We are considering homeschooling our daughter who is currently two years old. We have been talking to parents whom homeschool, and family and friends regarding the position on the subject and of course everyone has something to say. The people I want to hear from the most though is you. You, the person that has been or currently is homeschooling can tell me what it feels like to grow up this way. If you like it, why? What did your parents do right, and how often did they do it? If you do not like it, why? What went wrong, and how could your experience of been better? I am do not want my daughter to be unsure around new people, how often is it important to play with other like aged people? Is it ok to just to be around other random kids during structured activities, or should I really strive to encourage long term relationships with other kids. Is plain free time the answer? Maybe, homeschooling is not a good idea in your view. Please let me know your experience and how you would have had it better or not at all. Thank You for your time, as your response will make a difference to our daughter.
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8 Responses Jan 19, 2013

I have been homeschooled rhight now I have been my whole life I love it as long as she gets activities out side like I go to the gym and I do a local theatre I like it a lot because I have a lot more time to do things with my friends I am closer with my family i think if I went to public school I wondent like it

I have been homeschooled rhight now I have been my whole life I love it as long as she gets activities out side like I go to the gym and I do a local theatre I like it a lot because I have a lot more time to do things with my friends I am closer with my family i think if I went to public school I wondent like it

I have been homeschooled rhight now I have been my whole life I love it as long as she gets activities out side like I go to the gym and I do a local theatre I like it a lot because I have a lot more time to do things with my friends I am closer with my family i think if I went to public school I wondent like it

I was a homeschooler for ten years, grades 1 to 10. I can fully say that it was an amazing ten years. I don't feel deprived or lacking in any way, I learnt to teach myself( which is by the way extremely important for ANY student), and most of all, my parents being Christians, I learnt about the importance of helping others and not just being absorbed in my own activities. And I teach my siblings and younger homeschooled friends, give them exams, and love it.
There are some things that I would change if i could - I would have done strict and regular exams every year, and I would have made the effort to have a stricter schedule. These things are being corrected in my siblings' education, and I'm glad of it.
People have written about having social problems. I can tell you that if you make the effort to introduce them to people whom you know will benefit your daughter ( they need not always be the same age or younger), there is no reason why your daughter should suffer. I am not saying this will always work, there are always exceptions, but I feel that it will be beneficial from my own experience.
Sometimes it's good for the children to learn how to help others too. I was taken to nursing homes from a young age by my parents, and shown how to make them happy.
Extracurricular activities outside the home are good too as the child gets to talk with kids like her. I studied music outside the home.
Altogether, I loved being homeschooled, and yes, I will definitely homeschool my own kids. I wish you all the best.

I was homeschooled from K-12 with a quick trial of public school in grade 8 and I can say with all honestly I loved being homeschooled. Growing up both my brother and myself where homeschooled, my mom always make sure we were finished with our school by the May long weekend so we could have a longer summer vacation and when I hit high school I was allowed to decide when I felt like doing my school during the day which for me was at night because I hated being in doors during the day. I tried public school for 3 months in grade 8 and hated every second of it, my classmates hated me and I was beat up on a nearly daily basis, I was thrilled to go back to homeschooling.

Also, there is a lot more support for homeschooling these days, depending on where you live you can most likely find a homeschooling group some where near by. The group we were a part of allowed the parents to find other people who had also decided to homeschool and the kids a chance to participate in activities together. We went on swimming trips, to the beach, we had gymnastics a couple times a month and once a week we all met at the library and did art projects and stuff.

I personally would 100% recommend homeschooling, it was an amazing experience for me and I don't have any issues socializing, in fact I get along with nearly everyone I meet and I'm a well rounded, well adjusted woman of 22 years and a huge supporter of homeschooling.

I was home schooled from preschool through my sophomore year of high school. I loved it when I was in my elementary years of school. I was able to learn at my own pace while learning the basics of reading and math. I do wish my mom had given it up in middle school though. She was trying to school three kids all while suffering from depression. We were all unhappy and isolated because we were not involved in any sort of support group. If you want to go this route, I would suggest making sure you are well involved in home school groups or an umbrella school so that you as the parent and your daughter get the support you need. I would also look at letting her go to public school in middle or high school so that she will have an easier time once she graduates. The two years that I attended high school were huge for me because I gained social skills that I had previously lacked. If you are willing to put forth the huge effort that is required to home school, I say go for it.

I was homeschooled and do not recomend it. At 38 I still suffer from social anxiety- mainly with ppl around my age-older ppl I'm fine with. There is a new site that just launched in March called homeschoolers anonymous where former homeschoolers are speaking out about their experiences. I will warn you some include tales of abuse and are upsetting. There are also stories from ppl who were not abused but still have emotional issues.
Now that have kids and when I see the education they are getting I realize how little education I got.
One thing you must consider too is that if you homeschool you will be together pretty much 24/7 and even super mom needs a break ...

Hey thanks I am going to go check out that site now. I also have a lot of negative to say about my h.s. Experience

Homeschooling is great. If you have the time/resources for it, it's - in my opinion - the best educational path out there - it's completely customized!

I wish my homeschooling experience was more structured and strict. If I were to do it over again, I would have taken an official test at the end of each year to know where I was and if I was keeping up with(or ahead of) kids my age. I also wanted my parents to be more strict with written work. We followed mostly the Charlotte Mason Method, which I think is really great, but I wish we had incorporated other methods too (like Montessori).

I really loved being able to go on field trips as part of my schooling way more often than if I was in regular school. We also did classes outdoors when it was nice out. It was so nice to be able to do school when I felt my best, not starting too early. Also being able to actually take a sick day without catching up on work and instead just resuming schoolwork on a Saturday. I loved instead of mostly relying on boring textbooks, I was given "living books" to read - "books usually written by one person who has a passion for the subject and writes in conversational or narrative style." It made subjects way more interesting.
Also to note: I did have a math and science tutor for high school, which I recommend if parents don't have college degrees.

Probably the best things I got out of being homeschooled: 1) My parents and I are very close. I saw every day how much they did and sacrificed for me; it made me appreciate them and realize they are on my side, not against me. 2) I generally liked myself. I spoke, dressed, ate, acted how I wanted to, liked and didn't like what I wanted to. Having friends outside of the regular schooling environment erases a lot of the peer pressure (but definitely not all of it). I had no fear of being bullied, no pressure to fit in, I could just be me.

How long do you plan on homeschooling your daughter?