*This poem was written by a home school mom & may help bring you back to sanity if you've found that you're a slave to your curriculum! :)
'Twas 10 minutes to midnight
and all through the house not a creature was stirring except for me and my mouse. The curriculum websites were all bookmarked and filed, while I had visions of great books to my ceiling being piled. And me with my finger poised to click on the "buy", a little voice in my head said "Show some restraint - oh, please try!" "Go away," I said. "I don't want a fight. I'll get all free shipping if I purchase tonight!"
"It's not fair" I cried out, "they all look so good." but the voice in my head said, "What if you could? Do you think your children would know what to do? They don't need more books, they just need more of you!"
The more I read, the more I come across moms who
wish they discovered this secret: home school is NOT
school at home! Your own reasoning prompted
you to keep your children out of public schools, so why
would you want to bring that very school system into
your home? Such is done in the method of
Virtual Schooling, to the detriment of students,
parents, and the home schooling community. However, virtual schools are not the topic I wish to
discuss. What I'm talking about is bringing the
classroom methodology, scheduling and general mentality
into your home schooling approach. This may be a
natural first tendency, especially if you were
public/private schooled, or you've been a school teacher. It is what you know... what
you're familiar with. But... it is not the ideal for
helping your children reach their learning potential,
nor for inspiring a life-long love of
Virtual schooling is a method through which your children receive a public school education at home, graduating with a public school diploma. The main reason people who have decided to homeschool consider virtual schooling instead of independently teaching their children is the lure of freebies! You'll be provided with free curriculum and materials, sometimes even a computer.
At What Price?
Student academics arelessthen those of students who attend regular public school (whereasindependent home schoolers outperform their peersacross the board- ineverysubject ofeverygrade!). So, basically, you are highly likely to lose the academic advantages of home schooling. But that's not all...
Your educational philosophy will serve you in many ways and is a valuable reference as you navigate your way through home schooling. Here are some open-ended questions to think about together with your spouse. Referring back to your answers will help you set goals and decide whether particular methods, curricula or materials are a good fit or not. Use these as a starting point to get you thinking about what education can and should be for your children.
Below I list short summaries of the main home schooling methods. There are probably as many philosophies on home schooling as there are home schoolers, but these are the main home school methods you'll hear referred to by name. I think there's something to learn from each method. Perhaps that puts me in the "ecclectic" category! :)
The thing to remember is that there's no one-size-fits all method or curriculum, which is why many families use a custom blend that works best for them. Read about the different methods and slowly develop your own approach, taking into consideration youreducational philosophy,and your child'slearning style.