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Old 12-17-2012, 08:04 PM
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My daughter is in Pre-k this year. She doesn't like going to school at all. Every morning it is the same thing, crying and not wanting to go. My husband and I are thinking of homeschooling her if nothing changes. She's only started doing this the last few weeks. My aunt home schools my cousin and said she would help with anything she could. I do have a few questions though.

Where do you guys get your supplies from?
Does your children do other activities to get them out of the house?
Is it harder for your children to learn?

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Does your children do other activities to get them out of the house?

I know there are groups in my area that is for homeschoolers. Where they go to fieldtrips, have "school outings and get togethers"
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i have been considering homeschooling since the beginning of the year, just dont know where to start.

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My boyfriend's mother is also considering homeschooling his 11 year old sister.

She was looking into K12, and doesn't know where to start either.

As far as I know K12 sends you everything you need... As far as getting out of the house, I've been told that they count going to the park as 'p.e'.
Learning? Homeschooling allows the child to learn at his/her own pace. I don't know how much harder that is than regular schooling though.
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I am just a beginning homeschooler myself, but I've got a little information. Probably someone else who's been at this longer can give you more in-depth answers, but here's what I can tell you.

Supplies - There are a lot of different places to get supplies - if by that you mean curriculum. If you want to whatever they are doing in your public schools but do it at home, there is a way that you can enroll in the public school but homeschool. Then the school provides all of your materials. You can also do your own thing. Some folks buy a boxed curriculum, which has all (or almost all ) subjects form one company. Other people takes little bits from here and there and make up their own stuff. Here might be a place to start looking at different curriculum. They've got reviews on a lot of different things, so it can give you an idea of what people like and don't like about it. Here is a sight that gives you some different things to consider as you're thinking and planning what you're going to do.

Activities outside the house - Mine are still young enough that they go to story time at the public library. They also go to church. I know that there are some homeschool groups around, but I'm waiting until my kids get a little older to get involved. Probably if you just Google your state and "homeschool group" that can give you some idea of is available in your area.

Learning - I think learning can be easier because what you teach can be tailored specifically to how your child learns. It's not what works for the greatest percentage of the group or the teacher - it's what works for you and your child. And if something just is not working, it's a lot easier to change it for one or two in a homeschool setting than it is for a whole classroom of kids.

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Thanks everyone for posting. There is a group around here that does outings and such. We're thinking of letting her finish this year out. Then just start home schooling next year. But then again if she doesn't change with the crying and such, I may just do it in January.

My biggest fear is that she is being bullied.

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Middle of the school year (right now) is a good time. I would examine why she is crying. Is she shy, immature (needing mom a little longer) or is there other issues with the class room. I remember years ago my son was in a class room where the teacher did not control the rowdiness. My son is quiet and his nerves was frayed by the end of the day. He would take a nap after school each day (I think it just exhausted him being around the noise). He finished that year out but eventually we did end up home schooling him through high school.

I chose Alpha Omega. they tested him and assigned work books for his level. I administered at my own pace. He had electives that I selected and set up such as photography, soil conservation. Kindergarten of course would have different subjects but the same pinciple would apply. As far as social: he did everything a child would have done in traditional school to include graduation - he was a class of 1 and his dignatary that spoke that night was his great grandmother (who has since passed away).

Our local Christan book store has a whole area for home school supplies. There are also places online that sell home school supplies. I have also seen for trade places.

Good lunch in your decision.

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I homeschooled my daughter and she got a 24 on the ACT, which is a good score since the average for public school in our state is 18. I believe if you put effort into it the kids will learn so much more and be more social.
I did not go with one method, I used several and the library. I did print a lot of things, so that was probably the most I spent on homeschool for her. We kept a notebook each year, for planning and to show how she grew in learning. She became more of a reader, so as she got older those are methods we focused on, which probably hurt her. She got a lower score in Math on the ACT.
We participated in a local theater group, sometimes in the local Homeschool group (it wasn't a great fit for us) and girl scouts. She participate in other organizations as she got older and has never been socially awkward. My daughter is very outgoing, so homeschooling didn't hurt her socially. I got asked that all the time.
It will be a huge responsibility on your part. A friend of mine does an online school for her daughter, it cost her about $1500 a semester but it is worth it to her. I wanted to make decisions and be part of her learning experience, and didn't feel like a lot of money needed to be spent. My advice would be to read about it first, talk to people about their experiences and then decide whatever is best for you and your family.
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I think as long as follow the curriculum in ur state u can teach them with school books cd's or online programs, you as a parent will figure out what is better for ur child, I have tried all 3 and the one I like better is alpha omega but if u would rather do textbooks look online there are many websites that can give u ideas on what kind of books will help ur child...
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