Poll: Homeschooling


#1

Any thoughts on whether or not you feel you started too early would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your replies! :smiley:


#2

My mom started me with Seton when I was in first grade. It wasn’t too early for me, because they had a great religion and reading program. I started learning that stuff very early on, and I’m glad that I did.


#3

Probably around 3rd or 4th grade. It just happened as they got older and needed more time and more sturcture.
—KCT


#4

It depends on the child. I started my eldest at 4, she was ready and did very well. I started my second daughter around 4-5… and she did well in SOME things… like math and figural logic etc… however, she was NOT ready to learn to read. Turned out, she is severely dyslexic. I let her go at her own pace and she did learn to read and is reading above grade level now and doing very well in her lessons… but early only worked in SOME things for her… Each child is different… don’t be afraid to wait for those that need it.


#5

My parents started homeschooling me in kindergarten. I don’t really think starting young is a problem, I think going on for too long is a problem. I think I would have been much better off mentally if I’d gone to high school, at least for a couple years, since I am sometimes almost incapable of being around people my own age, I have lots of anxiety problems. I just wasn’t around people my age, and so now at college, walking across campus gets to be really hard. I’m fine with kids and older people, but not with people my age.


#6

**As has been pointed out before, your problems aren’t necessarily from being homeschooled. You might have turned out exactly the same way if you went to public school. **


I have social anxiety disorder and I went to school. I ofen think that if I was homeschooled I wouldn’t be so messed up, lol. You just never know!


Malia


#7

I hope you can get help or coaching so your college life can be as pleasant as possible :slight_smile: . —KCT


#8

lol, oh well, i guess everyone has things in their life that they wish they could change.

in my situation, though, the therapists i have seen have told me that the way i was raised contributed to, if not caused some of, the problems I have(after i finally convince them that no, i was not sexually abused).It’s one of the reasons that medication wasn’t particularly helpful.

I just want homeschooling parents, or parents who consider homeschooling, to realize that it can have negative effects, too.


#9

Yeah…you’re right. That’s why I stress the importance of extra-curricular activities. I’m involved in Taekwon-Do and Church Youth Group. That stuff is very important to children.


#10

EXACTLY.


#11

Thank you for pointing that out. I agree that it would be a huge mistake to homeschool without enrolling the children in community sports and activities and without seeking out homeschool support groups.


#12

A word of caution about homeschool groups, they can be horrible. Especially if it becomes a competition about which family is the “best” or “holiest”. And, activities run by homeschooling parents aren’t so good sometimes. If the parent is dealing with their own children as well as other people’s children, it can cause problems. I took karate from a homeschooling father, and his son(who was helping teach) continually harassed me. I was so stressed out, I’d involuntarily vomit in class. And I was blamed(by the father and my own parents), and told I needed to be more charitable towards the son. I had to drop out(which i was criticized for).

The son later sexually assaulted my sister.


#13

All of our kids do “school” each day. The little ones color, our kindergardener really wanted to do real school so we bought him a math activity book. Actual classes with schedules start in first grade.


#14

I’ve started my son, age 4.5 on a few things. There’s no rush though. Sometimes he asks for schoolwork, or sometimes I mention it to see if he is interested. Most days, he is agreeable to doing a little. We ususally get in 2-3 subjects, spending about 10-15 minutes each. (We’re enrolled with Seton grade K. They give you 2 years to go through the kindergarten program.)


#15

With my oldest son, I started way too early. He wasn’t ready for formal academics.

You have to watch the readiness signs or you just end up frustrated–both of you.


#16

I started homeschooling in second grade, and I will be graduating highschool this spring with something like 30 college credits. Home schooling has its pros and cons like others have mentioned. There have been times when I think i would have liked to have been in public school, and there have been times when I thank God I was not.

Our public schools are riddled with sex, drugs, alcohol, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. And our Catholic school is worse.

If you are to homeschool your kids just be sure to keep them in plenty of extra curricular activities. Make sure at least some of them are often enough to produce good friendships. I was involved in many extra curricular activities but they were all like once a month, so I never really got very close to anyone.

I was in the same predicament as **sing **a few years ago, until I found a group of good kids my own age, and started hanging out with them regularly. Now…hehehe, well lets just say I have a reputation for not being very boring anymore ;~). Just be sure your kids get plenty of interaction, they’ll figure things out.

For anyone who is having problems socially, I would recommend finding a good group of people, and force yourself to be social. It can be awkward at first, but after awhile that goes away and you can learn to have fun. I’m contently challenging myself to move outside my comfort zone, and it has done wonders for me. Sure I fall and make a fool out of myself sometimes, but hey, if you can’t laugh at yourself sometimes you’re gonna be in big trouble down the road.

just my 2 cents.

EDIT- For clarity I went to a local kindergarten run by some nun friends of the family, and I went to Catholic school for first grade.


#17

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