Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Spotlight on Homeschooling Series: Christine

Christine is the mama of two, and has recently begun to homeschool her older daughter.

1. How old is/are your kid(s)?

I have two girls, one's 9 years old, one's 9 months old.

2. How long have you been homeschooling?

I've only been homeschooling for a little over 3 months.

3. What made you choose to homeschool?

I chose to homeschool because of the possibilities it provides. My daughter can do a research paper at any time on any subject she fancies. We can do huge messy art projects, visit museums, etc. We can learn conversions of units or division of fractions while working with recipes, making lessons more tangible than words on a page. If there's a random subject my daughter wants to learn about it, we can jump in with both feet and focus on it for a while.

4. Is there a particular style you use (e.g. Montessori, spiritual, etc) and why?

We have a few books full of worksheets that provide a complete curriculum for her "grade". We work from these to make sure we're covering everything we need to cover, but they are not the only resource we use, and we expand upon the lessons within.

5. Do you believe you will homeschool for your child(ren)'s entire academic life, or do you plan on using public, private or charter schools at some point?

I can't say for sure. It will depend on a lot of factors, and be based largely on what's available at the time and what she wants to do.

6. How do you respond to claims that homeschooling children leads to socialization issues and doesn't prepare children for the 'real world'?

I point out that homeschooling encompasses the real world moreso than a classroom setting does, and that it's not like we never leave our home! We go to events at the zoo, at local museums, to playgroups, library events, not to mention socializing in places like the park, the grocery store, coffee houses, etc.

7. What is your biggest worry about homeschooling?

I worry that she might have difficulties getting into college, but the more I look into it, the more I realize that fear is unfounded.

8. Briefly, what are your state's guidelines for homeschooling families? (If you feel comfortable saying it, feel free to indicate what state you're in)

1000 hours of instruction are required during the year. 600 of those hours must focus on reading, writing, math, social studies and/or science. 400 of those hours must take place within the home location.

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