Homeschooling 101

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Homeschooling while working from home is definitely not for the faint of heart. I mentioned in another post that this year will be an experiment, so we’re trying out different things to see what works.

One thing I’ve noticed is that my daughter has an affinity and a love for science, which isn’t surprising considering I have degree in biology. But what is surprising is her interest in geography and social studies. I borderline hated those two subjects in school.

We’ve explored China and Asia in general, she’s taken a Mandarin Chinese class or two, we take “trips” on the map and globe, and things of that sort. She’s also very good at art, so the shapes of countries and details of things like cars are something she notices a great deal.

Math and reading aren’t high on her list of fun things, though. When I was a child, reading and writing were like breathing to me, and math was pretty fun too. I’m not too worried, since I firmly believe in child-led learning (and a love of science and social studies will be enhanced by reading, as she’ll figure out soon enough). But during this experimental stage, I’m open to different ideas.

I’ve been hearing about several online programs for homeschoolers, and I decided to do some exploring. I read reviews and looked at sites, and I made contact with some.

This year (and every year) will be full of learning for both me and my daughter. There’s a lot of knowledge to be acquired, and no one will ever know it all. Life is just one big adventure full of things to learn, and the best way to learn is to live!

8 Responses to “Homeschooling 101”

  1. That is most probably and hopefully to your child’s benefit, that you are careful to help her maximize the subjects she now likes and still learn at least the basics of the others. She will hopefully thank you eventually.

  2. Ben says:

    I was home schooled and was so grateful that my parents chose that path, but it was not easy for them as you say!

  3. Christy says:

    I was homeschooled. I am so thankful my parents put the time and effort into it. Now that I have a son, my husband and I are seriously considering homeschool for him. I’ll check out Time4learning, thanks!

  4. Its a brave decision for any parent to home school, but it helps that your daughter shares your love for science, I share this love with my kids too. We’re off the science museum this weekend! :) PS: Dont forget that young children will benefit from structured playtimes too!

  5. I work from home and we are thinking about homeschooling. Not sure how it would work but wish us luck!

  6. Guy Smith says:

    Homeschooling isn’t for the lazy but I feel my son has benefited. I was a bit worried he might not be socialising enough so I made sure to keep him up with his friends. I’ll be interested to see how Time4Learning shapes up for you. I don’t think I would’ve been able to home school without the excellent Internet resources available.

  7. Brian Dalton says:

    I know the frustration of being an avid reader and an English teacher of going on 20 years, yet having your own child (or a few of them) lacking the motivation to read. I always wonder, I love to read and to teach reading and writing . . . shouldn’t this rub off on my own kids? Well, sometimes it takes some creative work and some research. To look into ways to increase reading readiness and interest in the basics of reading, I’ve been writing articles on my educational site geared specifically for this concept. The concept being, if you catch them early enough, your chances of creating a life long reader increase greatly. By the way, I like your site. Good job!

  8. I love to read and to teach reading and writing . . . shouldn’t this rub off on my own kids? Well, sometimes it takes some creative work and some research. To look into ways to increase reading readiness and interest in the basics of reading, I’ve been writing articles on my educational site geared specifically for this concept. The concept being, if you catch them early enough, your chances of creating a life long reader increase greatly. By the way, I like your site. Good job!
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