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gem



Joined: 02 Jan 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 02, 2011 2:06 pm    Post subject: Thinking of starting... Reply with quote

Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm a former college professor who has been an at-home dad for three years. I have a third grader and a preK kid. The older is doing okay in school, though she's had some social interaction awkwardness and receives extra services for reading. The younger one has done well after a rough start to the year.

I've been reading a lot about homeschooling and like much of what I learn. Mostly, I like the opportunities to travel, which we like to do as a family, without worrying about taking the kids out of school. Also appealing is a more efficient approach to academics, instead of the waiting and waiting that takes place in public school. Finally, the type of socialization in public school -- peer pressure, bullying, cliques -- isn't appealing at all, especially considering our kids are sensitive types.

Some concerns I have...

1. Can I handle this? Do I want to? I had planned to return to teaching part-time next year, not out of necessity, just for something to do while the kids are in school. A part of me feels that one major change to my career path is enough while another part figures that HS is just a logical continuation of what I'm already doing. Can I handle being with the kids all day?

2. Socialization. I'm not the most social person, and I'm concerned that I wouldn't be up to getting the kids involved regularly with other HS families. We live in a very rural area which is conservative and traditional. There are other HS families, but most are Christian-based (we would not be) and, of course, run by moms, which makes for some uncommon ground from the get-go. An hour + away, there are some HS groups that seem to be more secular and liberal, so maybe a bi-weekly trip would be in order.

Anyway, I'm looking forward to sharing info and ideas with you all.

Best,
G
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Frank



Joined: 13 May 2005
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Location: Seattle

PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 12:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi!

I'm a stay-at-home dad (retired) who is an atheist (so, we're pretty secular) and an unschooler (that's about as far from school as you can go). I have two default resources I typically recommend. The first is the writings fo John Holt; pick up anything of his at your local library. The second is a coupla websites:
http://joyfullyrejoycing.com/
http://www.sandradodd.com/unschooling

Good luck however you choose to pursue this for your family.

Frank
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