10 Replies to “Homeschooling for Dummies”

  1. I love this comic, it is too true! I can get so wrapped up trying to figure out the best way to teach the kiddos, that I forget just to interact with them and let them lead, to take my cues from them. I never knew that getting rid of that public-school mentality (since I went to public schools) would be so hard to do!!

      1. The boys are doing good, thanks! 🙂 Teaching them is “weird” though, in the sense that it is totally different than how I thought it would be. If Shannon suspects you’re trying to “quiz” him on anything at all, he’ll shut-down and not talk or answer. So, we’ve had to learn to ask him things in different ways. Rather than asking, for example, “what color is the grass” we’ll ask “is the grass red?” He realizes it is a joke, thinks the notion of red grass is funny, thinks the fact that we think the grass is red is funny, and feels quite superior when he replies “no, it is green!” Sometimes you can almost here him rolling his eyes at our stupidity!
        We usually do a work-book page a day with him and the rest we just let him do his own thing and try to show him lots of things, answer his questions, point out lessons we’ve been working on in the world around us, and so on.
        It’s different because you can’t measure things the way they do in public schools. Especially since he is still so young, there is nothing “set” to measure. He knows his ABC’s, can count up to 20 & almost 30, knows his colors and shapes, and is learning to spell. He can’t write very well at all. But, he also can identify lots of things in the world around us: trees, flowers (and I’m talking varieties of), definitely any edible plant/veggie/fruit, knows about where food comes from and how (he’s almost completely watched us process a chicken), knows about composting and recycling, knows about turning things off so we don’t waste electricity and so on.
        We see even more of an impact with the way we are on Tristan. For example, he won’t instantly recognize bread products as bread because he is so used to home-baked bread. He’s only just turned 2, so our focus with him is on helping him learn to talk and pronounce words (a late talker, and he had to have his tongue clipped, so..).
        We just mainly let them do what they do and try to provide them with as much of a positive, stimuli-enriched environment as possible.

        1. Wow, that sounds great. 🙂 I’ve always had homeschooling in mind for when I finally start a family, but my husband-to-be is still hesistant. He likes the idea, he’s just worried that the kids won’t get a lot of interaction with others. I’ve told him that I’m definitely going to get them involved with other kids their age, like sports, after school programs, or whatever they’re interested in. I want them to join atleast one activity, whether it be acting or baseball, whatever they want. I don’t want to be one of those parents that forces them to do a certain activity because I wasn’t able to do it when I was little, kind of like living through my kids. I think that’s sick that some parents do that, like certain football dads and beauty pagaent moms. Are your boys into anything specific?

        2. They like music a lot, so we have several instruments. Justin (hubby) plays guitar and bass, and one of his best friends gave Shannon a full size drum set when he was younger (the guy was a drummer so he had an extra set). I have a guitar of my own as well as a didj, and a djembe drum. We have bongos for the boys and they have a guitar too. We’ll probably start them on lessons in a year or so (at least for Shannon).
          Shannon is also interested in riding a cow so we’ve told him he has to start by learning to ride a horse. They both love anything with wheels. They both like playing golf (Shannon actually knows the names of the clubs and when to use what) as well as soccer and football.
          They’re interested in photography some, and of course homesteading.
          Like I said, pretty much we just try to have a lot of different options for them to play with and then let them see what they like.
          We were hesitant about homeschooling at first as well, but I checked out some books from the library and read up and educated myself about it. Turns out I had some pretty big misconceptions. It is still a scary path, but anything new and unexplored is that way – you just have to trust your gut!

        3. Haha, that’s cute he wants to ride a cow. And he knows a lot more about golf than I do lol.

          Thanks, I’m definitely goinig to read more about homeschooling. I’m pretty sure my town library has a few books on the subject. 🙂

        4. Sadie and Mama T, I was wondering…do you ever use educational games/toys like Leap Frog or Baby Einstein to help teach your kids? I don’t know if these things are helpful or just the lazy way to teach and occupy your kids.

        5. Baby Einstein no, Leap Frog yes. I don’t use it intentionally so much as it seems a better alternative to other things I could use. Does that make sense? Like, I let the boys watch PBS and, in particular, ‘Super Why’ because they enjoy it, it is a reading show and I use it as a chance to help them learn.
          And, as much as I hate to admit this, I was one of those parents who always swore that I’d never even let my kids watch any tv at all. BUT …. having a chance to occupy your kids and give yourself time to take a bathroom break all by yourself is SO worth it!

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