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Old 05-31-2012, 02:09 PM
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LOL - this video made me laugh because in my experience it is SO true. I got so many of the same questions that he talks about in this video (especially the sheltered one!), lol.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJHt-m3VX6o

The #2 reason (have no lives) was SO true in my case! Me and my siblings would always get up early to finish our school work so we could go do fun stuff... it was the best

I was home schooled starting at 1st grade and graduated in 2010 in my very own (well with my two cousins) graduation I loved being home schooled and had to deal with SO many people telling me "my school was easy" and "I didn't have a social life", etc., it was kind of crazy.

When done right... homeschooling is the bomb! As my mom says to many parents who call her asking about homeschooling (she is the director of a homeschool umbrella): Homeschooling is not for every parent and is not for every student.

Who knows though, maybe only people who have been home schooled find this video funny.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:20 PM
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There are so many misconceptions about homeschooling.

My favorite is the sheltered/socialization one. For me, one of hte biggest reasons I chose to homeschool so was that my children DO learn about the real world, not a controlled one where you are ranked by age and "grades". For us, we do not do "school at home"...we use the whole world as our classroom and its rare we have more than one day a week spent at home. No set hours, no set work to be done...just learning all the time.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:26 PM
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How does it affect university application? How do parents know whether they are doing a good enough job of it? When you get into high school, how can one person teach everything at a high enough level? Are co-ops basically the only viable way to do it?
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:31 PM
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How does it affect university application? How do parents know whether they are doing a good enough job of it? When you get into high school, how can one person teach everything at a high enough level? Are co-ops basically the only viable way to do it?
Are co-ops the only viable way? Nope, not at all....when a child is ready to go to university (which actively recruit homeschooled children btw) it is not hard to figure out what the requirements are and if you are not up to snuff, get there. Many homeschoolers start taking community college classes at 16 or so as well.

For ME, I dont teach, I lead the children to where they can learn. We learn from books, from videos, from other people, etc.
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:38 PM
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How does it affect university application?
I can't answer how it affects university application because I graduated with an actual high school diploma.

Some home schoolers graduate with a certificate, when you are "enrolled" in my mom's home school umbrella (which is listed as a private school in FL) you complete the requirements for graduation and graduate with an actual diploma.

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I think if the child is getting good grades on their tests, understanding the material, etc., they are doing a pretty good job. Since I've never home schooled anyone nor am I a parent, I can't answer that question really well.

We also took achievement tests every year, even though it wasn't required. I believe that gave my parents a good idea on how well each of us were learning.

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I can't answer for anyone else because I think everyone home schools differently, but when I got into high school we used videos from Abeka (which is the material we mostly used) for Algebra and Algebra 2. For Geometry we used paces.

Then again, my junior & senior years I took most of my classes at the college by dual-enrolling. I took my English 1 & 2 through the college, as well as many electives.

We were never in a co-op. Though we did have quite a few friends that were home schooled as well and we would do field trips, etc., with them. So, no, I don't think co-ops are the only viable way.

I will say that I think my parents had a good idea on WHAT to teach us because my Dad is (well was because today he retired!) a middle/high school teacher
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Old 05-31-2012, 02:48 PM
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Not that I have to... but proof of my actual graduation with my cousins


Crazy to think that I'm going to be graduating college after Fall semester (well for the first time - still have another graduation to go after that )! It doesn't seem like that long ago.. geez.
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I only know 2 people who were home educated. Both in the USA, so I don't really understand the system over there. But I know both of them hated it, and are both now very uncomfortable in social situations, and not really achieved anything with their lives.

I know they won't represent a lot of people who are home schooled, but I do feel sorry for them, and its not for everyone.
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I know lots of adults and children both who went to school and have social anxiety. I know lots of kids who hate school

There ARE people who use homeschooling as an excuse to shelter their children from the world, keep them from learning about ANYTHING they "dont believe in" etc...and I do find that wrong. However, they are NOT the majority. The think is, most homeschoolers you cant tell they are
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How does it affect university application? How do parents know whether they are doing a good enough job of it? When you get into high school, how can one person teach everything at a high enough level? Are co-ops basically the only viable way to do it?
I wasn't home schooled and I think like you that one person being able to teach it all is an impossibility, but I dropped out of highschool and got my GED. It got me into college no problem
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I wasn't home schooled and I think like you that one person being able to teach it all is an impossibility,
Well, my nieces and nephews are mostly homeschooled. In one family, one is now a vet, got into one of the hardest schools to get into. Her younger sister is travelling the world right now, and their brother went military. They were all more "traditionally" homeschooled as they live way out in the country....so pretty much all mom teaching them. Thats the jist though...you can LEARN anything you want, you dont have to have a teacher
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