Homeschooling?
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(08-26-2019, 11:56 PM)Moira Wrote: Long time watcher here, don't think I've ever replied on a thread but I had a question for elsewhere and saw this one so thought I'd chime in, even if I'm a little past date.

Going into our tenth year of home schooling, my oldest just graduated and is in college now.

We have been eclectic with our curriculum, we use a lot of different resources, and that really works for us.  Each family will be different, but if you're having fun pulling from lots of different sources, that's not a wrong way to go.  My oldest had no problem being admitted to public and private colleges and getting offers of scholarships and grants even though we didn't pick one program and stick with it (of course, that system works for many families, also).

Congrats on your start, have a ball!

(12-13-2019, 06:15 AM)Lumuss Wrote:
(08-26-2019, 11:56 PM)Moira Wrote: Long time watcher here, don't think I've ever replied on a thread but I had a question for elsewhere and saw this one so thought I'd chime in, even if I'm a little past date.

Going into our tenth year of home schooling, my oldest just graduated and is in college now.

We have been eclectic with our curriculum, we use a lot of different resources, and that really works for us.  Each family will be different, but if you're having fun pulling from lots of different sources, that's not a wrong way to go.  My oldest had no problem being admitted to public and private colleges and getting offers of scholarships and casinority my grants even though we didn't pick one program and stick with it (of course, that system works for many families, also).

Congrats on your start, have a ball!



Please share your secrets of home schooling success and some resources, if possible. I gave up after 7-9 months of homeschooling, because it nearly grew into a nightmare with me being panicky and hot-tempered and my granddaughter crying all the time... My son was skeptical about all that and watched us carelessly. So eventually, we sent her to Kolbe Immaculata School.
Yeah, I am absolutelly agree, that would be very interesting to know..
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I was homeschooled by a patient and wonderful mother, so I can give you a student's perspective on the matter. 

1. Be willing to be flexible. Each kid is different. I was a visual and "touch" learner. My sister was an auditory learner. You will have to find out what works for each kid, and be willing to go through lots of different curriculum and books. It can be helpful to ask friends who are also homeschooling if they will let you try out their books/programs/etc. before you commit to buying something that doesn't work for your child. 

2. READ ALOUD. I cannot stress this enough. Read everything you can get your hands on to the kids. They can color or put together a puzzle while you read to them. My most favorite memories of growing up are of my mother reading to me for hours a day. It taught me a love of books, a love of a good story, and really helped my reading comprehension. 

3. Let the kids have at least one extra-curricular activity, but no more than three. My sister and I both had music lessons and gymnastics. It helped us meet other kids and gave us a little break from the books. 

4. Take lots of field trips. Many local businesses are happy to give a free tour of their facilities if you give them proper advance notice. My mother would organize a group of local kids and tour a bakery, a brewery, a shoe factory, etc. This also helps kids think about what they might like to be later in life. 

5. Finally, perhaps most importantly, give the kids a sense of purpose and direction. Instill in them early the value of hard work, and make them do chores around the house (taking care of animals is great too). So much valuable learning and social conditioning happens on the home front. Teach them basic life skills and how to be a functional adult! And don't pressure them to go to a 4-year college if they don't want to. My one regret is how my folks pressured me into attending a 4-year college where I was miserable and graduated with a worthless degree that I have never used. I wish I could have gone to technical school instead. Encourage the boys to be mechanics, plumbers, carpenters, technicians. Encourage the girls to be nurses, teachers, or CNAs so they can support themselves until they get married. I floated around many different jobs because I didn't have a marketable degree. I ended up taking a job at a grocery store as a cashier and remember crying in the bathroom on my first day because here I had a college degree and I was stocking shelves (it ended up being the best job I'd ever had, but that's another story). 

Homeschooling is hard but oh so worth it. I fully intend to homeschool my kids.


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Our Lady of Victory has been publishing a monthly homeschooling newsletter, which occasionally has some nice articles with tips. They post them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lepantopress/

Or here is the link to the latest issue I received from their email: http://bit.ly/2FrOAQN
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Our Lady of Victory has been publishing a monthly homeschooling newsletter, which occasionally has some nice articles with tips. They post them on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lepantopress/

Or here is the link to the latest issue I received from their email: http://bit.ly/2FrOAQN
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Thank you for sharing about OLVS, Piscis. I saw on one of their other posts that one of the young ladies who wrote an article in the latest issue is now in a Carmelite convent. 

We homeschooled for quite a few years and used a mix of OLVS, Seton, and real Catholic books in an MODG way. 

We learned of Dr. Art Robinson from a dear friend whose oldest is now a priest to combine classes, use Saxon Math, have the children read for an hour, and write for half an hour. I would not use some of his curriculum because the Henty books are known to be anti-Catholic; yet he had a super excellent method with very good ideas. 

Well, we did not live up to all of that, but having OLVS and Seton for a backbone, and in the early years as a training ground, was super helpful. We now have three religious, one happily married with two children so far, one in university (no government tests needed - my signature on their diplomas only), one working full time with good pay, one home to help me and her nephews, and one left studying. 

Our main program was to find good books. Once you have a good book the lesson plan is simple, "Turn to the next page". 

It's nearing the end of our homeschooling career and we are so happy for it. Thanking St. Anne, patroness of homeschooling.

Hopefully, many will see the merit in homeschooling now during this crisis in the world. May God preserve us all. +
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Thanks to everyone contributing here. We are new to homeschooling (with a 12 year old granddaughter) and it couldn't be better! She is now recovering from a tumultuous infancy and early childhood, and the homeschooling is largely accomplishing this.

Again, thanks!
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