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Writer's Block: School daze

Do you have negative or positive associations with the beginning of the school year?

Mostly positive.

I’ve been home schooling each of my six children up to a certain age for quite a few years now (nineteen years, actually).

It’s been a challenge, to say the least.

Why would I do such a crazy thing?

I call it the “green house” effect …
Shelter them until their roots are deep and strong enough to withstand anything.



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Sep. 2nd, 2010 12:50 pm (UTC)
VERY admirable!! My congrats to you! At what age did you then send them to public school?
Sep. 2nd, 2010 02:12 pm (UTC)
Anywhere between 5th and 7th grade, depending on the child. My son is the last one I'm still homeschooling. I'm having to repeat 3rd grade with him (shhh, don't tell him!) but I am hoping this will be the year things "click" for him and maybe we'll even be able to do two years in one.
If I tried to put him in a classroom right now and make him sit all day - everyone (including the teacher) would need a tranquilizer by the end of the day! Bless his heart - he just doesn't fit the "be-quiet-and-sit-still" mold!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:55 pm (UTC)
I find boys in general have problems with that aspect. Taking into account his impulsivity and being accident prone (I may be wrong here-it's an impression I've gotten from your stories), do you think he could have ADD? I have two ADD sons and just KNOWING has helped us deal better.
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:20 pm (UTC)
He doesn't have any trouble concentrating and paying attention to the things that interest him! Put him in front of a interactive stratgey video game and he could play for hours.
Now, math, that's a different story...
Sep. 2nd, 2010 03:34 pm (UTC)
I'm really glad I home schooled through 6th grade. : )
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:26 pm (UTC)
Me too!!
Sep. 2nd, 2010 04:30 pm (UTC)
5th-7th grade... such an encouragement that you "send them out" so early!

I got saved while attending a public high school because I had Christian friends there. As a youth leader passionate about ministering to middle and high schoolers in a way that effectively prevents them from "graduating from God" when they graduate from high school, "depending on the child" is MUSIC TO MY EARS!

Too many kids in my youth group are Christian-schooled or home-schooled through high school, and it isn't because the child still needs deeper roots, it's because the parents don't know how to shepherd their children. The result? Ineffective Christians who are likely to graduate from God, AND public schools emptied of Christian witness.
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:44 pm (UTC)
I love your perspective as a youth leader!!
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Home schooling
You've been holding out on me! All this time and I had no idea you were homeschooling too!! What else do I need to learn about you, my dear trustinghim4u?
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Sep. 3rd, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Home schooling
"it usually brings out such passionate and controversial reactions in people."

I know, right?
Sep. 2nd, 2010 11:26 pm (UTC)
My elder daughter is a senior in our homeschool. She works at it all the time! She wants to be ready for college. She chose her degree first, then chose the closest school that offered it. She has a list of things she needs to do for admissions. I typed up her transcripts today. She's 16.

The younger has a lot of catching up to do. She didn't read until age nine, and is still doing 4th grade math at age 12. I have to be with her every minute in order for her to do the work. I considered putting her into public school, but her dad won't hear of it. What a contrast I have!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
You are so much better at homeschooling than I could ever hope to be!! Nice job and keep it up!! Your diligence will pay off!
Sep. 3rd, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
You are one amazing lady :)
Sep. 3rd, 2010 12:43 pm (UTC)
So are you, my friend. So are you!!
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