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Home Education vs Homeschooling

Published August 8, 2018 by lynn k scott

I will preface this particular post with a disclaimer.  This post is non-judgmental on how any family chooses to educate their child(ren).  You must do what is right for your family.

That being said, I have changed my category name from Homeschooling to Home Education.  One might think they are the same thing, but they really aren’t.  With public education promoting K12 online education or public charters, using a certified teachers to monitor students and mandating academic testing, this truly is not home education.  It’s homeschooling or public school at home.

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Some public charter schools will give stipends to parents to use their charter school aka public education.  Those charters are still receiving government funding and in essence, bribing parents, to use their program instead of a traditional brick and mortar school.

I choose to home educate and all posts on this topic, where my daughter’s education is concerned, will state “home education” in order to provide a distinction.

First, we follow a Christ-based curriculum.  I purchase all the books with my own funds (while still paying property taxes to the public school).  I want my daughter brought up in the Word of God not in the ways of the world.  I want her faith paramount, followed by a solid education.  Not all who home educate do so for faith-based reasons, but many do.  This is not allowed in public schools.  So if you can’t use a Christian curriculum, you are not home educating.

There is also more than just book learning.  It’s learning life skills.  It’s learning effective communication.  It’s non-common core.  It’s taking a break instead of pushing through a lesson, when it’s obvious the child needs it.  There’s regrouping.  The education is based on what is best for the student; not the school district.  I won’t even go into “unschooling” (follows no set curriculum; all child-led).

There is no bullying.  There aren’t any threats of violence; gun shots.  There isn’t forced socialization among cohorts.  There is the ability to learn from a diverse group of people of all ages.  Not sure about you, but I don’t want my child, who is still impressionable and learning to receive knowledge from cohorts who are in the same boat.  Thirty 12-year olds do not have the same knowledge as a 20, 30, 45, or even 70-year old person can impart on my daughter.

Home educated children surpass their public school counterparts on testing, studying ability and working independently.  Colleges, the military and trades all accept home educated children for these vary reasons.  We are teaching education; not teaching to test.

Again, educating your child is a personal and family decision.  I am strictly pointing out that using a public education is not the same as educating your child outside the rigid confines of the government.  Homeschooling used to mean this.  However, the public school system is trying to corner another educational avenue.  Those who truly educate at home want to impress that our children are not part of the public educational process; hence the need for distinction.

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Back to Home Education

Published August 7, 2018 by lynn k scott

It’s officially less than a week a way:  Back to Educating at Home.

My tween is definitely not looking forward to next week.  Back to a pseudo-routine, new lessons, homework, crafts, physical exercise, learning a new language, formal course (or formal for us) on watercolor and painting.

Throw in weekend field trips, some type of volunteer work or give-back opportunities, learning meal prep, more life skills and it can be a bit overwhelming; esp. while I work a full-time job.

Yet, my working and our home education evenings and weekends with assignments completed during the day, work for us.  Maybe with my daughter choosing to learn Spanish, I’ll improve my skills as well.  There is a small mountain of books for me to go through to prepare her lessons and get myself situated as well.

It is a lot of work home educate (not using a charter).  It’s a lot of work to have a full time job and run a household.  Regardless of how busy it keeps me, this is a special time with my daughter.  We may have mini arguments and attitude about assignment completion, yet, she will remember these days when she has moved onto college and when she starts her own family.

I love the option of not having my daughter receive a cookie-cutter education.  More than that, I love she is receiving a Christian education, with Christian texts, and is able to have Bible as one of her core subjects.

Often times, I will have our pastor look at her text books, esp. when I am really excited to use them.  Ok, that’s where my inner nerd surfaces.  I love books.  I hope my daughter eventually reaches my level of excitement.  She does enjoy going to the bookstore.  I just love reading and if it’s history-based, even better.

One of her projects this year will be to interview various people about their jobs.  While she’s still in junior high, it’s not too early for her to think about what she may want to do as a part-time job in her teens or find something she’s passionate about.  First hand accounts, from people in specific industries, is more valuable than what you can read about a particular job (imo).  It also teaches interviewing and note-taking skills and how to effectively communicate.  This project will span over several years.  I look forward to comparing her first interviews to her last ones and seeing her growth.

I hope you will join us on this year’s educational journey.

Pet Peeve

Published July 10, 2018 by lynn k scott

A huge pet peeve of mine is when homeschooling parents encounter parents who say they can’t homescool or couldn’t imagine spending all day.  While, these types of comments are common, what I find some homeschooling parents berate working parents.

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While I believe homeschooling could be (and should be) an option for every family, it’s doable IF the parent believes they are up for it.  However, to make snide remarks about working parents using brick and mortar schools or daycares to “justify” working so they won’t feel guilty for working because they “choose” to.

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I cannot stress enough, working parents are the only ones with the ability to assess their family’s needs.  Do I think public schools are acceptable?  Not in this day and age.  However, that is my opinion.  I also don’t care for public charter schools that offer stipends.  To me, it’s the same public education, with a bit more freedom, but parents are essentially bribed by the stipends to follow the rules by the district.  Yet, it works for many families; just not mine.

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I work choose to homeschool, while working full-time, because I believe that’s what’s best for MY family.  We complete new lessons at night, ‘homework’ is completed during the day.  We utilize weekends for completing assignments; if need be.  We also have our field trips on the weekend or I may take off a day here and there to attend special field events not offered on the weekends.

Here’s an idea:  whether you are a stay-at-home parent or a working one, you do what is best for your family.  You decide if you can live on one or two incomes.  Your values are not necessarily the same as someone else’s.  Every famly is unique.  Please be careful painting everyone with the same brush; esp. when they differ with your beliefs.  Homeschooling is challenging enough.  Last I knew, none of us were God, so save your judgement and perhaps offer support instead of criticism.

Reblog: …Critical Thinking Detective – Book 1…

Published June 5, 2018 by lynn k scott

As a homeschooling mom, picking out the right curriculum can be challenging.  Getting reviews from other homeschoolers is a blessing.  It’s one thing to be able to see samples, but actual reviews are even better!  Had to share this review.  In case you’re wondering (like I was), this is gender neutral.  ~Lynn

When our family first began homeschooling, I found myself overwhelmed by the wealth of information available. I was undecided regarding personal goals for our children or which method of homeschooling was best. Through prayer and my husband’s leading, we determined there were three goals we were seeking for our children. We wanted them to read […]

via Review: Critical Thinking Detective Book 1 from The Critical Thinking Co.™ — A Homeschool Mom

She’s a bit abstact

Published May 25, 2018 by lynn k scott

My daughter has a love of painting.  She sometimes paints pictures but she paints a lot of abstract pieces.  I found a really good deal on canvas and some acrylic paints and she’s having a blast letting her creativity flow.   IMG_20180512_193938_494.jpg

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To be honest, her preferred medium is watercolor paints, and I continue to buy them for her, but she is learning to use a variety of paints and seeing how they work with her creations.

Sometimes her paintings are “unique” but some I just fall in love with immediately.  I have never been a big art person, but my appreciation for what someone can create is growing.  We have a small collection of her artwork lining various walls and doorways in our home.  She’s even had an offer to buy one of her pieces.

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I am incredibly proud of my lil miss.  She isn’t afraid to show people her work.  She is having fun but also learning a variety of skills.  Sometimes, she will paint just to paint.  Other times, I’ll assign something for school.  Regardless of the reason she paints, I truly hope she continues to develop her art; wherever it may lead her.

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Clay Creations

Published May 25, 2018 by lynn k scott

School may be winding down, but we still had time to get in another creative, clay creation.  I stopped off at the store to get a few new pens and my daughter HAD to have some clay.  Who am I to crush her creativity?  So we purchased more clay.  We normally go through a couple tubs a year.

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My daughter loves using her imagination to create.  Normally, painting is her primary form of art, but I encourage her to explore and play with different mediums.  I was pretty impressed with her two clay creations.  She made a couch; complete with pillows.  Her other piece..hmm…not sure what to call it.  It reminds me of something you’d see in a city park or something.  Regardless…it’s cute.

My daughter used some newly acquired, glitter glue, to give some color to her arches piece.  I like the simplistic look she chose and the contrast of the colored sections to the original clay.

 

Another school year is ending

Published May 22, 2018 by lynn k scott

My daughter is very much looking forward to next Friday; when her 6th year of school officially ends.  As a homeschooling mom, while she gets to enjoy a couple months off from academics, I am not so lucky.

Ok, it’s not that bad.  Today, I began my curriculum search.  I’m a “book geek”.  I enjoy reviewing the different options and what might suit my daughter best.  I typically order from one Christian site.  I add everything I want to my cart, then compare the books on Ebay and Amazon.  After all, no need to overspend, right?

When all is said and done, I’ll typically spend between $200-$300 for all her school books.  It may seem like a lot to some, however, when you factor in the public “school list” of all the supplies they ask the parents to provide, school shopping, etc., I definitely save more by homeschooling.

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I’ve already purchased her spelling and first set of math booklets (they are workbooks that the student moves through at their pace).  I selected her science, grammar and language art books today.  We will finish the second half of her history at the start of 7th grade and then I’ll figure out what we will do for the rest of the year.  There are so many options.  I have 8th grade history already selected.  If you homeschool, I highly recommend Notgrass for history.

I have to purchase her books early, so I can start reviewing them and planning out the upcoming lessons.  I know many parents like to take each day as it comes, but I am a working mom, so planning out the coursework helps me accomplish her studies and my work.

I am grateful and blessed to be able to home educate.  With all my medical issues that we faced this year, my daughter would have missed a lot of school.  I was able to teach from my hospital bed and while I was recovering.  I am so glad we returned to homeschooling.  I know we were led to do this.  It has brought us closer together and we’re constantly reinforcing our faith through her lessons.

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