Interested in homeschooling - FamilyEducation
Interested in homeschooling
04/19/2008 at 19:07 PM

I am a stay at home mom to four kids, my three oldest are in private school and doing well. My youngest just turned five March 30 and I don't think he is ready for school but I don't want to hold him back. I have seriously been thinking that I would like to homeschool him and see how it goes. If it is just something that is not for us, I guess we could always enroll him later on.

My problem is, I don't know where to even begin. The nearest homeschooling support group is 30 minutes away and I'm just totally unsure of what I would need to homeschool him for kindergarten as far as books etc. and how to even begin... in my heart I feel like this is right but I keep talking myself out of it because I don't know if I can do it. I'm from a rural small town in MN.

Any help and advice is very much appreciated. thank you!

Hi, here is a link from the HSLDA - it gives the requirements of your state ( each state is different. ) I hope this helps! I'm a homeschool mom in Arkansas. Our requirements are not as strict as yours, but I hope you are able to HS anyway. There are some wonderful websites out there for support. Here's one Best of luck to you, Kristy

I have a friend who teachers teachers to teach reading/writing. She says that having the kids write the letters over and over again to practice correct letter formation is a total waste of time--studies have shown, she says. She is the head of such instruction at the university. So, if your child doesn't want to write five h's, just have the child write one correctly.

repetitive practice is not a waste of time. making it less boring is a challenge to the teacher, and a reflection on the teacher not the process. it builds stamina and strength in the hand. to say that practice does not help you improve is ludicrous IMO. discipline is very important in all aspects of learning. i agree that you can over do it, but to say repetitive practice of letters is a waste of time is wrong IMO. i would like to see published material to back up the claims that repetition does not work. what university does this professor instruct at? please email me any info that would help back these claims. if this is legitimate then i will post my findings with a retraction.

She teaches at Utah State University--she just mentioned it in passing, but her point was that writing letters in isolation-- h h h h h--filling a page or a line, is a waste of time. Developing stamina starts with coloring. Teaching spelling, and giving feedback on letter formation as you do so, is a better use of time. Don't have the research information, but Dr. Reed said that this has been known since the 1920's. The handwriting program that I developed is on "My Daughter's Story" message board. I would use this if I were homeschooling a kindergartner, and I would use whatever Math program the child would be going to if you think you will be enrolling the child in school the next year. For the rest of the curriculum, ride the bus. Go to the Library. Talk to your grocer.

i see nothing here to disuade me from my opinion. we will have to agree to disagree. "writing letters in isolation" as practice, is still the best way to practice imo. stamina is not the goal i was refering to but a benefit of practice. i keep a close eye during handwriting practice and make sure there is plenty of variation in the session. starting with lines and shapes is the best way to start before going to letters. mastering printing before cursive is often overlooked as well. --- Kathryn L. Stout B.S.Ed., M.Ed. has written and published many course books widely used today. Her handwriting book, as well as her spelling book are what i use to teach my children, and many HS'rs i've advised have thanked me for suggesting them. ------ i didn't mean to show disrespect towards your friend. i'm sure as the "head" of a University Dept. she knows much more about teaching teachers to teach then i do. however i will stick with what works best for me. i was only asking pointed questions because this method you say has been known not to work since the 1920's works very well here in 2008 at my home and at many others as well. i am always interested in finding new and better ways to teach my kids.

All states follow basically the same pattern as far as required courses for graduation. 24 credit for a standard diploma in certain subject areas. Some classes are mandatory for graduation regardless of what state you live because these courses are designed to meet requirements that major universities have set for admission. With the exception of your own states history which is a must.