To Homeschool or Not?

My wife and I have been discussing whether or not to homeschool next year.  We have homeschooled our daughters in the past but not the last couple years.  Next year we have decided to homeshool again, unless something unforeseen happens between now and then. They will be entering the 6th and 3rd grades.

We have been looking at curriculum again.  We really like the Bob Jones homeschool curriculum (that is what we used before) but the video formats didn’t work well with my daughters.  We have been considering the Switched On Schoolhouse curriculum.  The computer based curriculum should work well with our daughters.  We are also looking at some electives for them.  We will probably use Spanish as one elective (they have many friends who are Mexican immigrants – the kids speak English and Spanish but most of the parents don’t know much English).

Do you homeschool?  If so, what curriculum do you use?  What are its strengths and weaknesses?  Would you recommend it to others?

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3 Responses to To Homeschool or Not?

  1. workathomegranny says:

    My husband and I homeschooled our children through highschool, starting with the youngest from second grade. We used some Bob Jones, some A-Beka, some Alpha-Omega and tried Saxon math towards the end. Best reading/writing/spelling curriculum ever was Ramalda Spaldings, “The Writing Road to Reading”. Our children were all avid readers with high comprehension. This, of course, unlocks all other doors. Our oldest, who we put in public school for kindergarten, went there able to read KJV Bible. We switched to Christian school in her first grade so she would have the freedom to share her faith openly. Bad habits are learned easily. We are thrilled that the school’s water pipes burst at the beginning of her second year, giving us the needed time to decide to keep her home. We would never do it any other way.

    Our children went on to college and they all excelled. They were also socially quite comfortable. They all enjoyed it and plan to do so with their own children. Why? Because we had so much fun learning at home and we also saw attitudes that were learned in schools by children. Our children weren’t ashamed to be friends with their siblings and parents. We did not have rebellious teenagers. I do not believe that is God’s standard and it is certainly not what we should expect if we are training them up in the way they should go. The rest of what I could say would fill several volumes 🙂 If you homeschool your children, find the joy in it.

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  3. sunniemom says:

    I’ve been meaning to respond to this question- sorry it took me so long.

    Do you homeschool?I have homeschooled for 13+ years, and graduated my firstborn two years ago this June.

    If so, what curriculum do you use? What are its strengths and weaknesses? I have used a variety of resources, and found that the more flexible and reusable the resource, the better. Curricula that makes one feel as if one is ‘behind’ tends to create burn-out. If the goal is for the child to master the material, then you are going to want resources that speak to the child’s strengths, weaknesses, and interests. If the goal is to finish the book by the end of the year, stock up on Valium, because by March you will need it. :p

    I would encourage anyone considering homeschooling to read through some catalogs and online reviews, like Cathy Duffy’s and Debra Bell’s. Don’t feel bad if you purchase materials and then realize that they aren’t working (which is why the materials available at the library and through book swaps are so valuable).

    As for SOS, my kids liked it fine, (we used it for Math and Language Arts last year) but it didn’t flip their switch. They got a bit frustrated when the computer said the answer was wrong when technically it was right. For instance, typing in the answer as .30 instead of .3- KWIM?

    Would you recommend it to others? I recommend trying out different methods and resources until you get a feel for what works best. Give yourself and your kids a year or two to deschool and make the necessary lifestyle adjustments.

    Hope that helps.

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