Thank you, Lee, and others who have commented. We learn and are encouraged by each other as we make this home school journey. I have home schooled for 9 years and still have so much to learn... especially now that we are doing high school! Thank you for the encouragement not to give up or to follow the world's standards. I need to remember, "Never give up on my children."
Thanks for the timely word today. I was making my bed and struggling with the fact that things got so crazy that I had to start having my boys read their biology text on their own instead of reading it to them. I knew they had to be learning something when we watched "Unlocking the Mysteries of Life, The scientific case for intelligent design" and they loved it, made scientific comments and would like to watch it again.
I struggled because I wasn't the one doing all the teaching. You are right about each one learning at a different pace and it's ok to let it happen and be there to give guidance.
Thank you for your encouragement. I homeschool 3 children. Two of whom are in highschool. Thank God for co op. (that is the option we use) Thank God that I am not a failure because I can not teach Algebra and Chemistry. Thank you that I am not alone!
Thanks for an encouraging article. I've read your similar posts before and they have made me feel better about our homeschooling high school.
It is the 1 to 1 tutoring, the mastery before moving on, the absolute love for the student that make homeschoolers succeed. None of those things are available at a public or private school.
Lee, didn't mean to leave you out! I love these lines because they are so true...whether the children learn in less time or more time, these 3 advantages hold true! Whether you have a gifted student or one with special needs, they still hold true. Thanks for the encouragement. Hope the wedding goes well ~ my nephew's did 2 weeks ago.
thank you for your insight! My first child was like Lee's sons...not on my timetable, but way ahead of my timetable! But my youngest is definitely not on my timetable in the other direction...and I think that is where the acceptance and getting used to the idea of giving lots more time, maybe years more time, comes in. It is an advantage to be able to give that extra time and thanks for reminding of that...that it IS an advantage.
Thanks so much! Just what I needed today! I am struggling with lit and history. I am not a strong reader, but my son is and he reads! I can't keep up with the literature analysis...nice to know I have been given "permission" not too... Thanks again for all your timely advice.
Thanks Cam! I love what you said, "She IS finishing - just not on MY timetable." Good stuff!
This is a great article -- as a homeschooler of 3, I can say that each child is different, and your approach to high school may have to be different as well. Two of mine have graduated high school, and my 3rd is a freshman with health problems. Our approach with her has had to be radically different, which was really hard for me to accept at first. I'm a very structured person, with timetables, charts, lists, etc., and that is out the window right now. I have to rest in the knowledge that this child will work hard when she can, and rest when she has to, but that the work will be finished. And, she IS finishing - just not on MY timetable. So, I would have to say that homeschooling is working...just like it is supposed to work!