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237 What’s the deal with homeschooling..?

April 24, 2009

I’ve seen lately that homeschooling seems to become more and more popular.. or maybe only now I’m interested enough to see it. Seems like it’s something christians do.. or am I wrong?

I’m just curious if there is anybody out there who is homeschooling – or is planning to do it by the time the kids reach school age. Who is doing it..? Why? and how? It’s quite american? isn’t it? I do see the point with it.. just curious to hear from somebody who knows more about it or is actually doing it!

Please tell me!

Please tell me!

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11 comments

  1. Hi there, holeycheese!

    I have been homeschooling for 20 years. My older child is 23 and long ago graduated from our home school – my “baby” is 17 and entering the home stretch. He will graduate next year. Yes, it is something Christians do, but nowadays it is something a lot of people of all races, creeds and nations are doing, not only in America. I know Jewish, Muslim, and atheist homeschoolers as well. Each has a different reason for homeschooling.

    My blog is about juggling homeschooling and having a home business, but there are articles there that talk about homeschooling in a general way. For instance, this is about the pros and cons of homeschooling. http://susancritelli.blogspot.com/2006/03/home-schooling-pros-and-cons.html and this one attempts to answer the question “What is home schooling?” http://susancritelli.blogspot.com/2006/03/what-exactly-is-home-schooling.html

    This is part of a series of articles about the difficulties people are experiencing trying to homeschool in Germany. http://susancritelli.blogspot.com/2008/11/homeschoolers-seek-asylum-from-nazi-era.html

    This one is about some problems homeschoolers encountered in Belgium. http://susancritelli.blogspot.com/2006/06/can-un-stop-you-from-homeschooling.html

    There are many other fine blogs about homeschooling that can answer your questions. A friend of mine in Israel actually homeschooled his daughters when they were young…and he was living in the US. Feel free to contact me if you like.

    Cheers,

    Susan


  2. I think that homeschooling helps a lot. Mainly if the child does not have the same rhythm as the others students in class.
    But it has to be fun, the child should have fun while learning.


  3. Homeschooling is done for many reasons and in many countries. The most popular countries are the US, UK, and Australia. If you search for the tags homeschooling, unschooling, and homeschool you will find blogs galore from all different kinds of people, in all walks of life!

    We personally are an American, Christian, military family that homeschools out of religious convictions, stability for our children, and societal woes.

    We have homeschooled our girls from the time my oldest was 4, and unless physically or financially unable to do so, we plan to continue through high school. We are involved with a homeschool group, that arranges field trips and classes (currently swimming and art), we go to the library book discussions, we volunteer and are active at our church and their children’s bible program (Awana), and we have started our own organic garden.

    Our method for learning is very casual/hands on, but we do use workbooks and read lots of great literature.

    I think you will find that we are not your typical homeschool family, as there is no real norm. Each family is different, we have just all agreed upon one choice: education in the home is best for our family!

    Feel free to visit my blog (and the million others out there) to get an idea of how we get along!

    Have a great day!
    Aadel in KS


  4. Hi there!

    We discovered homeschooling a few years ago and WE LOVE IT! It has worked out especially well for our family. Off the top of my head here are a few of my favorite things about homeschooling:

    1) We have 3 boys — home is an ideal place for them to learn while having freedom to be physically active and not be labeled ADD.
    2) We can get together w/ friends during the day and thus have more family time when dad is home in the evening.
    3) We can choose to stay out late for various social reasons and simply sleep in the next morning.
    4) My kids can learn at their own pace. Not one of them fits into a grade level perfectly, e.g. my 6-year old son is doing 3rd grade arithmetic yet not reading fluently. Each of them has learned at their own individual paces, and homeschooling affords us the freedom to do this w/out labeling.
    5) My boys are very close friends with each other.
    6) I know my kids very well and have thoroughly enjoyed the “extra” time I’ve had with them.

    Homeschooling has just been GREAT for us!!

    Here’s a link to The Old Schoolhouse magazine: http://www.thehomeschoolmagazine.com/
    It’s a Christian magazine, but has lots and lots of links to various curriculums, product reviews, and other resources that could be useful to anyone considering homeschooling!


  5. Det kan nog vara bra i USA men i Israel tror jag det är viktigt att de får vara med i gemenskapen i skolan, inte minst för språkets skull. Och att känna sig ett med landet.


  6. Jo självklart. Inget vi funderar på. Är bara nyfiken i största allmänhet för jag har råkat på flera stycken på nätet på sistone som gör det.


  7. deldobuss & Deborah – welcome to my blog – and thanks for sharing!

    Here in Israel I don’t even know if there is such a thing as homeschooling – and if there is – it’s not very common. That’s why it interests me – it is different! I like the concept… the perfect opportunity to give the kids the education we want them to have, and I like the idea of letting them learn at their own pace. I think many kids spend too much time in school working with too easy things – or things they don’t understand.

    Our kids go to kindergarten, and they will go to a regular school when they get older. We don’t really have any other choice.. and they need to learn the culture, the social code and the language through school. We weren’t born here and can’t teach them that ourselves. Though I want to teach them Swedish too… so somehow I’ll homeschool them Swedish in the summers.


  8. Susan – I’ll be happy to check your blog out – and also the links you posted. Thanks for sharing!

    (sorry for answering you last.. I found your comment in the spam filter)


  9. Your blog is really cute!

    Here’s a link to the Israel Homeschooling group:
    http://www.israelhomeschool.org/

    And I found these links that could be helpful as well:
    http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/regional/Israel.htm
    http://www.holtgws.com/lattisrael.html

    It is our family’s desire to visit Israel! We hope to in about 5 years, when the kids are a bit bigger!

    Actually, there is a really neat American homeschool group that tours Israel every year…maybe you could figure out their traveling agenda and secretly “spy” on them to see what homeschoolers look like 😉
    http://www.homeschooltravel.com/

    Blessings to you as you figure out what is best for your family!


  10. Wow. I didn’t know there was an Israeli homeschooling group. 🙂

    Homeschooling isn’t really an alternative for us.. but I think I can use the concept for teaching the kids things they won’t learn in school.

    hmm.. you’ll see more about this on my blog..


  11. Yes — a lot of people call that “afterschooling”! All parents are “homeschooling” parents, some just delegate more than others 😉
    Have fun!



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