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Old 02-12-2018, 09:34 AM   #1
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The wife and I are starting to look into homeschooling our son. I was just curious as to how many on here do it and what have you seen as the Pro's and Con's of it so far. Our son is 6 and will be in 2nd grade next year.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:42 AM   #2
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Bonus points if anyone is homeschooling in Oklahoma.
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:42 AM   #3
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Pro's - He'll be able to read, know about, no & know, there won't be a time, he doesn't know, about their, there, and they're .
He most likely, will not be thugging by 5th grade.

Con's - none......
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:44 AM   #4
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Pro- move at kids pace and he can advance quicker- you know exactly where kid is at
Cons- socialization can be difficult and don’t get put in negative situations that they have to solve. No school events - prom, clubs, sports. They do have leagues for activities but not the same

Weigh it- try it- you can always go back. I would say it is probably better for young kids but think pre teen years on it may have some drawbacks. I had two girls that were home schooled move in next to me in college. It was great- they had years of catching up to do and I lived next door
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Been HS'ing for about 10 years with the oldest and the youngest knows nothing different.

Pros:
  • Everything can be a educational outing (vacations, day trips, etc...) as a HS'er you tend to look at all trips as a way to do some history or educational outing. e.g. we did the colonial triangle (virgiana) for Christmas (williamsburg, yorktown, richmond) as well as a week in D.C. So the kids got to see the places they were studying or will study for American history
  • You set the curriculum (cater to the kids pace and likes, but you still have to do things they don't like at times)
  • There is an ENDLESS amount of resources on the internet
  • Texas is very pro-homeschool, unlike some other states
  • You don't have to do it alone. There are co-op organizations, which we are part of one. So this is a hybrid system where your kids go to a "school" one or two days a week and the rest of the week they are doing their work at home, etc...
  • You don't have to be an expert in everything. There are resources for your kids to get classes in topics you are not good at or don't have experience in
  • If you do things right, you'll see your kid become way more proficient at self-study and being able to think on their own.
Cons:
  • it's a lot of work. there are parents that do homeschool and I feel sorry for their kids, as they aren't learning anything.
  • You have to be diligent
  • You have to be a hard*** with them at times
  • There will be crying, both you and the kids
  • There will be times you want to quit, but you have to stick it out
  • Your kid will begin to think on their own and question everything..HAHA...get ready for debates, that's all I have to say
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Old 02-12-2018, 09:57 AM   #6
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My kids go to private school 2 days a week and home school 3 days a week.
Pro. They are learning more real info. With this curriculum than they would be in public school.
Con. Wife only works part time 2 days a week so fracturing in lost income, school cost, fuel...it cost us about 30k a year
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:09 AM   #7
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Following... I recently started a thread about homework and it basically ended with info on homeschooling as we have basically decided to start this next year doing so. I received a few good PMs with info as well. Currently attend a Private Christian Academy and it feels as if we are homeschooling anyways.

http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=681586

Will be checking back on this thread to see what others have to say.

Good luck to you!
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:14 AM   #8
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I think a lot depends on the kids personality as well. I know my youngest would have hated it. He lives to goto school events.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:27 AM   #9
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Are any of you concerned with not having enough credits / correct credits, etc. when it comes time to enroll in college?

Also...when it comes time for graduation...do they walk with the kids from the closest school, or???
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:33 AM   #10
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I employ several HS kids, along with many public school kids. About 25% are HS and I have 40 at a time. If I can, Iíll give you my observations.

The HS kids are very polite. They are all very quiet and reserved. They say yes sir and no sir and are slightly more compliant than the public kids.
The public kids are all more outgoing than the HS kids. They also get into more trouble.

The HS kids have a MUCH more difficult time adapting to the different personality types and socialization. They spend a lot of their time staring at the people around them with confused looks and they are extremely judgmental which seems to further alienate them from their peers.

Iíve had several quit because they canít adjust or itís too overwhelming. I even had a young man, who was going to start college in the fall, give notice because ďbeing around so many girls was causing him to commit the son of lustĒ. We have a disproportionate amount of HS kids come home after their first semester of college and they didnít do well.

I understand the desire to keep your kids home and sheild them. But, youíve got to send them out into the real world at some point and most are ill prepared. I think there is no replacement for exposure and guidance.

Let me be clear, some of these kids do great and achieve wonderful things. And lots of public kids are idiots until they are 30. But statistically speaking from what Iíve seen, HS kids have a lot of struggles in the real world.


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Old 02-12-2018, 10:43 AM   #11
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I think i would do private school over home school if you can afford it
for a while them go to regular school I know home school works for some but not for all kids. AT some point they need to be exposed to out side world while still under your wing
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Hillbilly- They will have events for HS kids in Texas. Not sure about your area. They will have 6 man football teams- don’t play with public programs. The way our public school system is set up they have to attend. They do have events but would not plan on a packed stadium on Friday nights- Also I don’t think they offer near as many clubs
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Are any of you concerned with not having enough credits / correct credits, etc. when it comes time to enroll in college?

Also...when it comes time for graduation...do they walk with the kids from the closest school, or???
Everything I have researched says homeschooled kids almost always come out advanced when compared to Public Schools. Many colleges love seeing homeschool kids.

I personally have my opinion on college. I think it's a joke. My sister went to Dallas Baptist University on a full ride track scholarship. She graduated still student loan debt and paid on it for 4-5 yrs. Many friends I graduated with went off to college coming out in debt and some are still paying on it today 15 yrs later. They can't afford a mortgage and barely get by. I had a full ride to Texas Tech and didn't go. Parents were upset with me and I didn't care. I have a great full time job making more than some with college, own my own business, own my home and acreage and honestly blessed. Married with 3 kids and couldn't be more thankful. Sad when you hear people say they can't afford to have kids because of student loan debt and having to feed another mouth isn't possible. With that mindset not much will happen.

Believe and have Faith in God and leave it to him for he has a path for you! Try to do it yourself and you won't go anywhere.

With that said I won't force college on my kids. Get a job and find what you like. Many times you think you will like something and end up hating it. Once you find something you enjoy pursue it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:50 AM   #14
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I love how people always try and act like homeschooled kids are a bunch of geeks that canít operate in the real world. We homeschooled 3 of our 4 children. The most socialist awkward one is the one who went to daycare, then public school and has never been homeschooled.

Some kids are just socially awkward. Those children are going to be socially awkward as homeschool, public school, private school kids. Itís just the way God made em.

Homeschooling was the best choice for our family.atthe time we choose to do it. My oldest is in college now and doing great. My son is in public Highschool and doing great. He was gonna end up in public school no matter what as he has always wanted to play sports. Figure out why you want to homeschool. Count the costs and if it works for your family, I bet itíll be the best thing you ever do.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:01 AM   #15
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I volunteer with a bunch of kids and about 1/2 of them are home schooled. I have seen home schooled kids that are extremely grown up and smart and I have seen some 15 year olds that don't even know how to spell their last name. From the outside it looks like you can do a great job or an awful job with your kids.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:03 AM   #16
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My wife has been successfully doing this for years

Best teacher : student ratio you can find

...there's usually plenty of CO-OP's that kids can be involved in and helps the parents who aren't able to teach chemistry to have their kids in chemistry.
There are entire sports organizations (HSAA, CHANT, etc) for homeschool students and Boy Scout groups (Plano Troop 226).

***People always are worried about socializing....that's never been an issues, never...these kids get involved in the CO-OP's, sports and etc they'll make plenty of friends

Many of the HS students excel academically, have better communication skills and even do well with sports vs non-HS students

I'd say go for it...
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:12 AM   #17
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Check out post #5.

This is what I know about the social awkwardness, that is a inherited characteristic. We home school our daughter and there aint a awkward bone in her body. She converses with adults like she is an adult. We do not shelter or shield her, she plays with PS kids, plays public/select soccer, she is being taught by a college music professor on the piano. She thinks for herself, which isn't encouraged in PS. I actually have to pull the reigns on this sometimes.

The reason we home school is, the education system isn't educating. We saw this to late in our youngest son and decided to HS our daughter. We have no regrets.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:14 AM   #18
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Nothing is 100%. Every kid / person is different. Learn your kiddo, and determine what is best for their personality.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:23 AM   #19
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Regarding the whole "social" aspect of HS'ing.

My oldest hasn't met a stranger she couldn't discuss things with. On the other hand, my youngest is very shy, but once she gets to know you, she does become more sociable. The oldest is a free spirit and the youngest is very methodical, not because of HS'ing, just their personalities. Kids are unique persons and they'll be who they are, either in public school, home school, or private school.

My oldest, because she's homeschooled is able to actually work on her business after she's done with her work that day and not have to rush things when getting home after 4 or 5 . She's started a french macaron business. already selling to friends, teachers, and even has an order for a local business this week.

HS'ing is what you make of it, like all parts of life. You get out what you put into it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:32 AM   #20
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Been HS'ing for about 10 years with the oldest and the youngest knows nothing different.

Pros:
  • Everything can be a educational outing (vacations, day trips, etc...) as a HS'er you tend to look at all trips as a way to do some history or educational outing. e.g. we did the colonial triangle (virgiana) for Christmas (williamsburg, yorktown, richmond) as well as a week in D.C. So the kids got to see the places they were studying or will study for American history
  • You set the curriculum (cater to the kids pace and likes, but you still have to do things they don't like at times)
  • There is an ENDLESS amount of resources on the internet
  • Texas is very pro-homeschool, unlike some other states
  • You don't have to do it alone. There are co-op organizations, which we are part of one. So this is a hybrid system where your kids go to a "school" one or two days a week and the rest of the week they are doing their work at home, etc...
  • You don't have to be an expert in everything. There are resources for your kids to get classes in topics you are not good at or don't have experience in
  • If you do things right, you'll see your kid become way more proficient at self-study and being able to think on their own.
Cons:
  • it's a lot of work. there are parents that do homeschool and I feel sorry for their kids, as they aren't learning anything.
  • You have to be diligent
  • You have to be a hard*** with them at times
  • There will be crying, both you and the kids
  • There will be times you want to quit, but you have to stick it out
  • Your kid will begin to think on their own and question everything..HAHA...get ready for debates, that's all I have to say
This sums it up pretty good!! I am an administrator in a public school I see parents taking kids out to home school all the time 99% of them don't do the kid justice at all and most come back and then we are left with a kid that is behind.
Also public schools magically get better right about the time kids enter 7th grade!!! sports!!
I would never tell a parent that homeschooling is not a good idea that is a personal choice all I can tell you is that it is not as easy as it seems and most parents (that I have dealt with) failed their children.

I went to public school all 13 years, then a private college and then a public University for my masters. I make 6 figures and well adjusted.(so i think).

Personal choice IMO and good parents will have kids in public schools that do great!!! Bad parents will fail their children in either setting.
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Old 02-12-2018, 11:33 AM   #21
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Hey, thanks everyone for the input. Some great information on here.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:06 PM   #22
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I have weighed in on this before. http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=457455

I was Home schooled K-12

You can read my posts in the link. I am NOT for Homeschooling
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:19 PM   #23
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We homeschooled our oldest completely through high school and home schooled the other 2 for awhile until we felt it made sense to send them to school. All have been above average academically, and have better social skills than I do. We did make a great effort to utilize CO-OPs and other opportunities to make sure our kids were around other kids and adults so that they would get adequate socialization. It is a personal decision that may change over time. There are a lot or resources for a parent that really wants to pursue it.
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Old 02-12-2018, 12:29 PM   #24
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Ill toss my 0.02 in here. I have never been homeschooled or homeschooled anyone but I have spent some time with a few good friends that were home schooled and have observed something that all three of them showed despite different experiences from different families.

All three had issues in social settings and skills. Of course for my example there is someone somewhere that will say that have never seen that so YMMV. One was and still is severely awkward in everyday interactions and another is mostly normal in social settings but you can see little things here and there that are off.

I think it is all dependent upon how they are raised as they grow older. My daughter was behind socially when she was younger. When she was put in daycare/preschool it helped her growth tremendously having that social interaction. I hope you get it figured out either way and whatever you do stick with it!

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We plan to start home schooling next year. The kids will be going into the 1st and 4th grades, although we have considered letting the youngest do 1st grade at public school for a variety of reasons. My wife has been a PS educator for, but she is not entrenched in the system and has some non-conformist beliefs on educating.

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Check out post #5.

This is what I know about the social awkwardness, that is a inherited characteristic. We home school our daughter and there aint a awkward bone in her body. She converses with adults like she is an adult. We do not shelter or shield her, she plays with PS kids, plays public/select soccer, she is being taught by a college music professor on the piano. She thinks for herself, which isn't encouraged in PS. I actually have to pull the reigns on this sometimes.

The reason we home school is, the education system isn't educating. We saw this to late in our youngest son and decided to HS our daughter. We have no regrets.
I have often said that HS kids that are weird are weird because their parents are weird. They would be weird in public school (and bullied in the 1990's). I went to a small private school and we had a lot of home schoolers that were associated with the school and play sports with us and such. That is the basis for my opinion.

I have known HS kids with normal parents and they were just as normal as public school (but smarter than average).

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I understand the desire to keep your kids home and sheild them. But, youíve got to send them out into the real world at some point and most are ill prepared. I think there is no replacement for exposure and guidance.
I think that home schooling to shield one's kids is a mistake. If the goal is a superior education and the parent has proper goals to develop a well rounded kid, then everything should work out.
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:09 PM   #26
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Home school is what the parents make of it. If you push good study habits, the kid will have good study habits. If you let your kids screw off then that's what you'll get.

Home school kids have just as many opportunities for being socialized as public school kids. You can enter home school sports teams, which generally play private schools or enter other outside sports programs.
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Posts #17 and #19 are very similar to my experience with my two kids.
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There is no one size fits all. I don't think you can attribute everything about a "home school kid" due to the fact that they are home schooled. There are a lot of generalizations about it that may/may not be true.

My wife is a teacher and we started home schooling our kids because they simply could not learn in a school environment. There are many reasons as to why, that I don't need to get into here. For them home school was the best option. Prior to that they attended a private school.

I think there are a lot of pros/cons to consider. And they will not apply equally to all kids.

Good luck whatever you decide.
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There is no one size fits all. I don't think you can attribute everything about a "home school kid" due to the fact that they are home schooled. There are a lot of generalizations about it that may/may not be true.

My wife is a teacher and we started home schooling our kids because they simply could not learn in a school environment. There are many reasons as to why, that I don't need to get into here. For them home school was the best option. Prior to that they attended a private school.

I think there are a lot of pros/cons to consider. And they will not apply equally to all kids.

Good luck whatever you decide.
That being said I will list some pros/cons that come to mind.

Pros
1) Flexible schedule, you are not tied to a school calendar. My son and I got to take advantage of that this year, we spent a lot of time hunting.
2) One on one (or close to) attention from the teacher. The teacher can actually take the time to teach and make sure they understand before moving on.
3) No need to worry about the kids being exposed to things they are not ready for. This can be good/bad. They will need to go out into the world eventually, so of course they need to be prepared. However, with home schooling I think there is a little more opportunity to provide guidance.

Cons
1) It takes a lot of discipline and work on the part of the teacher. The teacher has to maintain lesson plans and make sure the kids are on track.
2) Kids can be hard to motivate.
3) For the parent that is primarily responsible for the education there can be very little in the way of breaks and time away from the kids.
4) Sometimes it is difficult for family/friends to understand that you are not on summer vacation 24/7/365, there actually has to be times when school has to get done and other things take a back seat.

This was mentioned above, but something else you may look into is a hybrid program. Where the kids attend school 2 days a week and spend 3 days home schooled. We have some friends who do this at a school in Austin. It works well for them.
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Pro: too many to list. We homeschooled our kid and he seems to socialize fine, and graduated with honors from college. Everyone that meets him seems to like him. I agree with the poster that said, "some people are just weird and so their kids tend to be too".

Cons: It is a lot of work. Your kid will get out of it what you put in and if you screw it up, you cant blame some one else if you screw it up.

With all that said, you have to ask yourself, "Who do you really want to raise your kid? The public school system, other kids in school, or you"?
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Been HS'ing for about 10 years with the oldest and the youngest knows nothing different.

Pros:
  • Everything can be a educational outing (vacations, day trips, etc...) as a HS'er you tend to look at all trips as a way to do some history or educational outing. e.g. we did the colonial triangle (virgiana) for Christmas (williamsburg, yorktown, richmond) as well as a week in D.C. So the kids got to see the places they were studying or will study for American history
  • You set the curriculum (cater to the kids pace and likes, but you still have to do things they don't like at times)
  • There is an ENDLESS amount of resources on the internet
  • Texas is very pro-homeschool, unlike some other states
  • You don't have to do it alone. There are co-op organizations, which we are part of one. So this is a hybrid system where your kids go to a "school" one or two days a week and the rest of the week they are doing their work at home, etc...
  • You don't have to be an expert in everything. There are resources for your kids to get classes in topics you are not good at or don't have experience in
  • If you do things right, you'll see your kid become way more proficient at self-study and being able to think on their own.
Cons:
  • it's a lot of work. there are parents that do homeschool and I feel sorry for their kids, as they aren't learning anything.
  • You have to be diligent
  • You have to be a hard*** with them at times
  • There will be crying, both you and the kids
  • There will be times you want to quit, but you have to stick it out
  • Your kid will begin to think on their own and question everything..HAHA...get ready for debates, that's all I have to say
This^^^^^
We HS'd both of our boys. One is in College now and the other is in the Army. My Son that chose the Army, the main thing we had to produce was a diploma for them to verify. There are online options such as Connections Academy out of Houston ISD I believe and another one is Time For Learning, I believe that one is on line type of curriculum and not affiliated with any public school like Connections Academy. In our area, we have a group that has grown almost into a school type setting where parents teach classes to the kids. they do field trips, sports etc.
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How do yall have time to homeschool a kid daily? Seems like a full time job lol

Personally, I would not have time. Plus already paying school taxes. And want my kids in sports and socialized so that is my only worry
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:51 PM   #33
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You will be told that there are competitive sports. If your child is an athlete and it is what they want they will not like the programs. We had a kid come out that he and his parents thought he was a top notch prospect. He could not make a good travel squad even though for years he had been praised. Again it may not be a factor as all kids have different wants and dreams - they can participate in a league but it’s not the same
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Old 02-12-2018, 01:56 PM   #34
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If you have a child that is exceptional on either side of the curve the public school system will fail them. That said that doesn't make you qualified to help them succeed.

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Old 02-12-2018, 02:13 PM   #35
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Another thing about HS'ing is that you can teach topics that are not taught in public school anymore or only a select few.

for example, my oldest has had 4+ years of latin, which she fought us on the first couple of years, but we kept telling her, stick with it, it'll pay off. Now, she is a language nerd. She is always trying to teach herself new languages. She's really into Arabic right now, but she reads about french, german, spanish, etc... she's not proficient in them, but she has a real interest in linguistics, which probably couldn't happen in public school. Latin has paid off for her now because she understands that many languages she's into have a latin base and she gets the meaning even if she doesn't know the language. Yes, we always "told you so" ever so often when it comes to languages and studying latin.

She also had to take Logic classes, which she found very interesting.

So, there are some great things about HS'ing that open up a whole new world to you and your kids that public school at times cannot provide or just don't even provide.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:21 PM   #36
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We homeschool our two daughters and use Sonlight curriculum. When I travel for work, we all go together and we can take fishing or hunting or garden trips whenever is best.
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Old 02-12-2018, 02:31 PM   #37
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If you homeschool, either you or your wife please don't forget to teach them how to call odd or even in three man coin toss!
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:17 PM   #38
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We've home schooled for over 20 years. My Daughter's first public school experience was and is Texas A&M University where she is a Junior majoring in Biological Sciences.(Scholarships and grants have paid for all tuition and books so far).Our Home school Co-op has a College Fair every year with reps from more than 80 colleges present. My son is a high school junior and his math, science, music and social skills are way beyond mine when I was his age.(probably beyond mine now). The most rewarding Pro for us is getting to spend more time with our kids(they still grow up too fast). The "Socialization" concern is non existent in our kids and never has been an issue. Between Church, football, baseball, soccer, 4-H, Boy scouts, Music lessons I guess they had no choice. On that same subject, I teach other people's public, private and home schooled kids 4 days per week and there are some who are awkward, loners, aggressive, nice, mean, loud, unruly, quiet, reserved etc. from all of these types of schools. As someone said earlier we all have different personalities. Another major pro is that you can tailor how you teach to your child's learning style (mine were totally opposite). As for events, prom, graduation etc. our co-op has done an extremely good job of organizing these.

The only con I have seen is the workload for the parents, it's a full time job especially in high school.

I don't consider having to be the "bad guy" a con because that's something we have to do no matter how we choose to school them.
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How do yall have time to homeschool a kid daily? Seems like a full time job lol

Personally, I would not have time. Plus already paying school taxes. And want my kids in sports and socialized so that is my only worry
It is a full time job. Then there is the extra-curricular activities that we still have to pay for. Paying school taxes...well that's the price homeschool parents pay, but there are people that pay school taxes that have no children.


I will throw this in the ring. My oldest wanted us to homeschool him the last 2 years of high school, but my wife was very insecure about it and did not do it, but this woke her up. When we had our 4th, we started planning on homeschool.
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We homeschool our two daughters and use Sonlight curriculum. When I travel for work, we all go together and we can take fishing or hunting or garden trips whenever is best.
Another plus....we have taken hunting trips and homeschool goes with us.
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Old 02-12-2018, 03:36 PM   #41
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If you have a child that is exceptional on either side of the curve the public school system will fail them. That said that doesn't make you qualified to help them succeed.

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Of course it does, the parent is the most denominator of a childs success, homeschool or not.
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Old 02-12-2018, 04:15 PM   #42
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My wife homeschooled all 4 of our children, we now have 3 daughters with college degrees and the oldest and youngest daughters are going for their masters. My middle girl has a career and is doing well for herself. We stopped homeschooling my son his sophomore year to put him in private school so he could play sports because he was very good at them and he is a straight A honor roll student and the most popular kid in school. My kids stayed busy with sports and church activities and all have excellent social skills and are productive members of society. My wife took the girls to test into college and the Dean told her that they love homeschool students because they do well and bring up the schools GPA. My goal was to have 4 kids with college degrees and I have 3 out of 4 there so far and my son graduates this year and will be the last one to get his degree. I was very happy that my wife did this and it worked out well for us. I'm proud of what all my kids accomplished in school and in life. The bad thing is that I had to pay school taxes the whole time my kids were homeschooled even though they didn't go to public school along with all the homeschool supplies and I pay them and Private school tuition for my son now.
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We HS our two boys, well my wife does 99% of it(Iím a shift worker). We are very blessed because she works full time from home and is still able to HS them. This is our second year and it seems to be going pretty well. Our neighbor is a PS teacher and she is giving them a placement test, just for us to know where they are, very soon. Like stated above, there are pros and cons. But the pros are pretty outstanding.....History lesson by the pond
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We HS our two boys, well my wife does 99% of it(Iím a shift worker). We are very blessed because she works full time from home and is still able to HS them. This is our second year and it seems to be going pretty well. Our neighbor is a PS teacher and she is giving them a placement test, just for us to know where they are, very soon. Like stated above, there are pros and cons. But the pros are pretty outstanding.....History lesson by the pond
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Old 02-12-2018, 08:33 PM   #45
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I'm homeschooled and I love it. Being homeschooled has allowed Me to work full time take college classes at night and also start my own welding business. All while maintaining a B average. I would recommend homeschooling to anyone.
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Old 02-12-2018, 10:56 PM   #46
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Pros: Depends on how hard you work at homeschooling.

Cons: Depends on how hard you work at homeschooling.

Best thing we ever did for Gage. Roz is a stay at home mom and has done all the heavy lifting with the book based school work. They have been a part of many co-ops and other clubs.

I did all the other stuff, building, welding, survival stuff, outdoors, archery everything is based around teaching while doing and is learning, not schooling.

Gage has been involved socially since he was a toddler, he has never met a stranger and can (and will) carry on a conversation with anyone of any age.

Homeschooling is full time all the time; if you just do it between the hours of 8 Am and 3 PM you aren't homeschooling, you are schooling at home. Big difference...
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Pros: Depends on how hard you work at homeschooling.

Cons: Depends on how hard you work at homeschooling.

Best thing we ever did for Gage. Roz is a stay at home mom and has done all the heavy lifting with the book based school work. They have been a part of many co-ops and other clubs.

I did all the other stuff, building, welding, survival stuff, outdoors, archery everything is based around teaching while doing and is learning, not schooling.

Gage has been involved socially since he was a toddler, he has never met a stranger and can (and will) carry on a conversation with anyone of any age.

Homeschooling is full time all the time; if you just do it between the hours of 8 Am and 3 PM you aren't homeschooling, you are schooling at home. Big difference...
Great answer
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Old 02-13-2018, 12:34 AM   #48
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Got 4 kids and we homeschool. Did private school for 3 years and we probably won't ever go back. Never even considered public school because you have zero control over who they hire and their qualifications, the classroom sizes, or the curriculum and if it's something you don't agree with the worst part about it is you usually find out after it's already been taught.

Check out Liberty University online. It's been great for us.
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Old 02-13-2018, 07:47 AM   #49
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Hey thanks again ya'll for all of the reply's, both good and bad. Some of you brought up bad points about homeschooling that I hadn't even considered. On the flip side of that, there were a lot of great points brought up that I hadn't considered. It will definitely be a tough decision, but we are going to pray about it and see what happens.
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Old 02-13-2018, 09:16 AM   #50
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I'm homeschooled and I love it. Being homeschooled has allowed Me to work full time take college classes at night and also start my own welding business. All while maintaining a B average. I would recommend homeschooling to anyone.
Thanks Son I will have to make sure your Mom see this.
To the op as my son said he loves it. As others have said you get to adapt your school to the kid. My son above has and is doing very will for himself because we taught him what he needed to know to succeed in what he wanted to do. He has always wanted to be a welder, even though I tried to talk him out of it. But once we figured out that was what he wanted then we chose his subjects to match his career choice. Last time I checked very few welders need latin but they do need math, geometery, business so he is ready. Ferrelv gets up before everyone else in the house and gets his school work done, is at work t his full time job at 7:30am works until 5 or 6pm, 3 days per week, and until 2pm the other 2 days and on these days he goes to night school welding classes until 10pm. Plus he does welding jobs on the weekends. He has bought his own welding truck and carries his own insurance on it.

Our daughter on the other hand learns totally different she is not a morning person which works good for my wife as she is not either. we have to teach a whole different curriculum for her than we used for our son. She is doing very well.

Both kids know what it takes to keep a house, plant a garden, raise animals, kill and process their own animals.

Both kids know exactly what they want to do in life and have a plan to do it.
Both kids know how to interact with other people, they may not interact with someone but it is because they realize that, that person is not good for them.

Both kids are Godly people and give him the credit for their success.
Both kids Love their Mom for putting her life on hold in order to teach them.

Cons. Mom does not get anytime off she is with the kids 24/7 so make sure you get Mom away every once in a while for some adult conversation and activities

It is expensive because everything comes out of your pocket.

But we would not change it.
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