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What Kind of School Do You Do?

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So, I’m curious. I teach my children at home. But, there are many of you out there you have chosen different options for your child’s education. Would you mind sharing with me?

One of my goals for the year is to make this site a place where moms can be encouraged in all areas of life. And while we have so much in common, we each walk a slightly different path. The challenges of a homeschooler are slightly different than a public schooler which are slightly different than a private schooler.

So, if you don’t mind, I’d love your feedback! Just take a few minutes to complete this simple form and let me know where you are in that whole school thing. If I can’t speak to these topics, personally, I’ll find someone who can.

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  1. Sherri Remington says:

    Your links under today’s post to previous posts are not working. I tried to click on the “End of the School Year or Is It” post and got an error message.

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      Thank you! That’s due to the move to WordPress and my lack of time to fix all the broken links. I’ll see what I can do.

  2. Very interested in this subject…I’m currently trying to decide about homeschool and am looking into curriculum.

  3. I currently homeschool our preschooler and our 3rd grade girl goes to public school. After reading so many wonderful homeschool blogs, I’ve been inspired to keep our son home.. now if I could just convince our daughter. It’s nice to know there are so many support systems in place for homeschool parents.

  4. Our son is only two years old, but this is a topic that my husband and I discuss frequently. Part of our decision will be based upon our location when our son reaches kindergarten age–the homeschool laws in the state, the availability and price of a private school, what we know of the local public schools, etc. I attended all three forms of school growing up–public, private, and home! Since I have “been there, done that” with homeschooling, I’m not afraid of the challenge, but I do know what an impact homeschooling has upon the home life. It’s not bad, by any means! Just busier, and a needs a bit more structure. We have already decided that we will handle preschool on our own at home. We’ll see what happens with the rest! Thanks for bringing up this topic–I’m excited to see what people have to say about it!

  5. I really really wish we could homeschool. My husband and the rest of our family is totally against it though. Where we grew up not that many people did it, and the ones that did usually didn’t do it right so their kids we WAY behind. They also didn’t socialize their kids either. I’ve looked at different curriculm and I liked SonLight the best. If we do get to do it one day this is what I would use.

  6. My oldest attends public school and we love it. We moved for the schools as he was about to enter kindergarten this year. My daughter attends a local church preschool. It’s funny this post came up today-I just started writing up a post for my blog last night on why we send our son to public school (not done yet).
    I am so impressed by you; homeschooling, cooking queen, blogger…

  7. We send our son to a private montessori school. The public schools in our area in southern california are so overcrowded and the teachers are pressured to teach to get the kids to have better test scores so that the school can get more funding, leaving out fundamental skills for the children. It was not even an option for us to go public. The school system in California is very sad right now.

  8. My two children attend a Classical School. The teaching method is amazing as well as the curriculum. This is a little information to explain what Classical education is all about: (taken from our school website).
    It is based on what has been called the Trivium. No matter how your child learns, he or she goes through three phases. In grades K-6, students are excellent at memorizing. In grades 7-8, students become more argument-oriented. They are ready to be taught logic and critical thinking. In grades 9-12, students become independent thinkers and communicators particularly concerned with their appearance to others. To this end, classical education teaches them “rhetoric,” the art of speaking, communicating, and writing.
    Classical teaching methods range from class lectures, to debates, to Socratic (discussion-oriented) teaching. Independent learning skills are sharpened at all grade levels.
    Is classical Christian education still relevant? Yes, more now than ever. Our world is accelerating as technological, cultural, and geo-political forces reshape our daily lives. The subject matter and skills required in the market are evolving and changing rapidly. However, thinking, articulate people are always in demand. Those who are able to acquire new skills rapidly and independently are sought after regardless of the field. Classical Christian education has a proven track record of turning out these types of students.
    This method and curriculum is also used by many people who home school.

  9. We have 9 children (6 still at home), and we have done homeschooling, public school, co-ops, and college. I think ALL school settings have their place, and no one type is best. I enjoy homeschooling through grade school, and after that, our kids reach a point where they need to get out of the house more and into a different setting. Of course there are drawbacks to public school, but then again, I can’t teach algebra worth squat so there you go. All families have to do what works for them. Every year and every child is different. We should all support each other regardless of what path we choose.

  10. My daughter is only 2 as well and I have been looking into public schools as I currently work full time. I am also concerned because of where my daughter’s birthday falls she will not be in Kindergarten until she is almost 6. We are thinking about starting to try to have another baby this fall and would be interested in knowing if there is any financial incentives or drawbacks from homeschooling.

  11. I taught public school for middle school aged children, but have chosen to stay home and homeschool my four small children. I struggled with the decision to go against the grain of so many in our society, but enjoy seeing my children grow and learn (most of the time anyways).

    I’m glad that we have the chance in America to choose what schooling is best for our children.

  12. I’ve had this conversation with many friends lately, as some of them are deciding on a game plan for beginning kindergarten. After having taught in the public school system, I would absolutely still send my own children to public school. We are called to not be “of” the world, but if we aren’t “in” the world, we lose so many opportunities to share our faith. As much as I’d like to shield my kids from the junk that’s out there (and it’s definitely getting worse as years go on), I’d truly be doing them a disservice if they weren’t given the chance to put their faith into practice. Teachers have received so much training to do what they do (at each individual grade level) and are far more qualified than I am! And there really are teachers out there who are believers!!

  13. My daughter is only 6 months old, so we have plenty of time to decide about her schooling. We always assumed we would send our children to public school. We both went to public school, we liked it just fine and we turned out great! Lately, though, I’ve become very interested in the idea of homeschooling. I’m glad that we have some time to decide. We also have the option of private Christian school, cyber school, and private Performing Arts School (although the latter is only highschool age…but it is free, no tuition!).

    I know it may seem like a stupid reason to some people, but one of the things pulling me back to public school is a family legacy, so to speak. I attended the same school that my parents did and that my grandparents did. If our kids attended there as well they would be the 4th generation in that school & would be attending the same school that their great-grandparents did (although all of the buildings are different now). I think that’s really cool…but I’m a nerd.

  14. I have a 4 y.o. and 2 y.o. – both girls. I currently homeschool. I am not rigid about it because my 4 y.o. is still young for a rigid school schedule. I am reading The Well-Trained Mind, and sort of following it. I use BEKA curriculum. She can write all of her letters and numbers to 20. She also knows a lot of other “stuff.” I send her to Awana Cubbies, where she memorizes scripture. I’ve been checking into kindergarten for next year, but she misses the cut-off by about 2 weeks, so it looks like I’ll be sticking with homeschooling.

  15. Debbie in PA says:

    I have two children, one in 5th and the other in 8th, both in public school. They did go to a private preschool thru kindergarten, which I loved. The 8th grader only wants to be in public school; the 5th grader gets bullied and is begging me to homeschool her. I love the idea of it, but not sure of the reality! I am not sure if either of us has it in us to succeed. She is not self motivated, and I am worried that it may be a disaster. HELP!

  16. My son is only 8 months old, but we are planning on homeschooling. I am very excited about homeschooling and would love to read more about other people’s experiences with homeschooling.

  17. The form isn’t loading for me this so time (I saw it earlier) so I’ll just leave a comment.

    I currently do a combination of homeschooling and a small group setting. I have kindergarten twins who go to a group of 6 kids with teacher/tutor 2 days a week, and I homeschool the other 3 days. We do follow a general lesson plan for the whole group for core subjects (mainly reading, phonics and math.) I like that they get some time with other kids their age and I get a little break from schooling. On the down side, I don’t have as much flexibility in terms of curriculum and the pacing isn’t perfect for where my 2 kids are. My 3 year old does a small group for preschool 1 day a week (a day when I’m homeschooling the other 2.)

    I love having the focused time with my kids. I love relearning thing myself. I love being able to direct our conversation to reflect our faith and values. I’m a former high school teaching and really enjoy the role of teacher.

    I find it challenging to balance my other household tasks and the needs of my other 2 children (3 and 8 mths.) I’m also struggling with patience with one of my kids as he/she is HIGHLY distractable. It’s also been a little tricky that I have 2 kids that are the same age/grade but that are in very different places academically.

    I love your site and would love more articles on schooling! =)

  18. I have a 3 year old DD and 1 year old DS. We are planning on sending DD to a private church preschool this fall. She needs it mostly for the socialization, as she counts to 50, knows her ABCs, colors, and is starting to read. We recently moved, and have no family here and know so few people, and the interaction with peers will be great for her.
    I am not against homeschooling in the least (my siblings and their families homeschool); however, I don’t feel it’s for me. If we lived in an area with terrible schools, then I would in a heartbeat. But for now, we aren’t looking into it. I think my daughter would be better suited for a well-structured environment like the formal classroom. My son may prove different. :)

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