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A family in education

by Leah E.
(Atlanta, GA)

About two weeks ago, my husband and I decided to take the leap of faith and pull our oldest son (7 yrs) out of the private school he was in to homeschool him. It wasn't an easy decision, but well worth it.

We decided to homeschool him for many reasons. He wasn't doing any science, little math and being made to read books below his level because they wanted him to read on grade level. Essentially, he wasn't being challenged nearly enough.

Homeschooling hasn't been exactly what I expected, but it's a lot of fun. My husband and I are both full time college students- he's an undergrad and I'm a grad student- so education and learning are non-stop in our house. With toddler twins running around, its hard to keep my older son on a regular study schedule, but we're still figuring out our groove. Some things take him longer to do and some take less time.

My son is getting a lot out of homeschooling and is really enjoying it. He gets to help pick out what he wants to study (he's currently into Greek Mythology, Ancient History and Geography) and he's learning to enjoy math- even though we do a ton of it everyday. I get to take him to morning Mass during the week so he's learning even more about our faith.

Though its a challenge with scheduling everyone's study time needs, homeschooling has been one of the greatest decisions we've made.

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Oct 11, 2015
love homeschooling but lack support
by: Naija mum

I'm a Catholic mum of 4 kids . I live in Nigeria. Education is taken very seriously here. Kids start school early and are challenged to achieve highly. Even though public schools are quite run down, private ones are very good but expensive. I know the benefits of homeschooling and would love to do it. But it's unheard of here. Historically our only contact with formal education as a nation has been with schools, right from the colonial era. Homeschooling therefore has never been tried and so no support groups or legal framework exist. The possibility of homeschooling remains unknown in Nigeria so it's really a hard nut to crack. Tried to convince my hubby without luck. There's also a large extended family likely to raise eyebrows over such a 'strange' venture. So wondering how in the world to do this, and praying for a miracle, 'cos I know I can't do it alone.

Mar 27, 2011
I love these!
by: Atara

I really love stories about kids who chose to hs over private education. Not that private education is bad but I think, generally speaking, public school is "bad" so private schools must be "good" with little wiggle room in between. Best to you on your journey!

Feb 25, 2011
by: Cathy

We are homeschooling our son, he's almost 5. I know he would be bored in "regular" schools, because he is reading Grade 2/3 books and doing math at Grade 1/2.

When we were going to story time at the local library, I discovered that our decision to homeschool was the right one. He was 4 (story time was for 3-5 year olds) he would NOT sit and listen to the stories. I couldn't figure out why (HE LOVES BOOKS!)...until he began reading out loud AHEAD of the story lady lol. She was reading very simple books, we were reading Milne, Barrie, Beatrix Potter, at home. HE WAS BORED. We always are in the "Junior" fiction section looking for our next good read...he sits with me and we read for 30-60 minutes without stopping...if he is challenged, he is not bored...

We LOVE watching him grow and learn more every day...he loves measuring things, and he helps me cook, reading me the recipe, picking out the measuring cups, measuring the ingrediants...everything can be worked into a Math or science lesson in the kitchen lol

We can pray anytime of the day, he knows the Rosary, including all the prayers "after" ;-) he can pray the Mass, this is a true Blessing for us all...this Homeschooling :-) ALthough there is the challenge of the "Naysayers" in the family....but I really don't care, when they hear him read the newspaper aloud to them, they kind of keep quiet lol

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