Welcome back to The Hall Pass where I'll talk about homeschooling issues. I want to remind everybody, that I'll post every other week so you can mark your calendars and be expecting more.
On my mind this session is about the safety of our children. I know that schools do everything they can to stop those attacks. Every attack leads to tighter measures schools have to take and eventually, that fun and exciting campus will become something like a prison. It is beyond scary. There are so many school shootings and the bullying has spread like a wildfire.
A couple of years ago, a school nearby had a bomb scare. They bussed kids to a safer area. And parents were contacted to pick up their student there. I asked one of the officials what happens if this failure causes the attacker to get aggravated and they try again - what do we do then? Their reply was that they have to deal with that everyday.
My heart sank. While I don't scare easily, my heart was so saddened at how much school has changed since I was a child. The pressure on the authorities to have to watch for that everyday; listen they need all the prayers we can give them.
I don't recommend you run in fear and yank your children from school, especially if they are thriving there. But if your location has a lot of attacks, you may wish to consider homeschooling. Homeschooling can be much safer. That said, you need to also consider the neighborhood you are in. Is it safer to take your child out for a walk, get to the city library, or go for field trips?
Attackers look for areas where they can do mass damage. But don't mistake that other kinds of attacks can't hit your home just because you choose to homeschool your children. Drive-by shootings fill newspapers daily.
For many areas, safety is a big reason to homeschool your child. Was safety a big reason why you chose to homeschool your child(ren)? Is it something you may need to consider? How has this challenged you and what did you do about it? To share your comments click on the blue comments link below.
I hope your Spring season is off to a great start.
Will see you again May 13th.
Last week, we talked about making the decision to home school your kids. There is a lot that goes into making that decision.
And I realize, for some, you may have been home schooling for several years. But if this is something new to you, then this particular blog issue is for you.
Some questions you may need to consider might be:
As a parent, you may tend to be tougher on your child because you want the best for them. You’ll want them to become self starters, disciplined, and develop healthy work and social habits that will serve them well in their careers.
We also had to consider whether we would be able to travel with our child and how much would the state allow on that.
What other questions are you facing in making the decision to homeschool your child? Comment below and let us know how you are handling the situation. If you already homeschool, what things did you have to consider?
Thanks for joining me again. On the next post we will talk about knowing what to teach your child for your child’s grade level. And in future posts, we'll tackle some of these and other questions.
I invite your thoughts and questions. Look forward to hearing from you.
Welcome to my new blog, The Hall Pass. Join me here every other week for discussions concerning homeschooling today as an alternative to public schools and even private or parochial schools.
Some of you that have followed me on Twitter know that I homeschool our youngest. Making this decision wasn't easy but it was absolutely necessary.
Our local public school did wonders with our child but when common core kicked in, our child was entering the 7th grade and was required to perform at a 9th grade level. Any ding bat can tell you that you don't learn 2 x 2 before leaning 2 + 2. It would prove to be disastrous to ask a student to perform at a 9th grade level without a firm foundation of 7th and 8th grade.
For many schools, 7th grade is mainly spent reviewing 1st through 6th grade. But, there is a growing process during those middle school years that helps the student to become a little more academically grounded as well as emotionally grounded to handle the more difficult curriculum and social atmosphere. Education is not a one size fits all issue as our government thinks it should be.
This common core arrangement, in my opinion, is the worst academic blunder in U.S. history. And I know many of you share the same or similar opinion. Like many students, our child fell through the cracks of the system and we found ourselves facing the tough decision to pull our child out of a school we thoroughly believed in and whose effort we will continue to praise. As a side note, common core is not our schools faults - that was a federal level decision, but it affected every student here in the U.S.
I have several friends who are state certified school teachers and they each taught special ed. So, it was a major advantage to me to be able to call on their help and support.
But what do you do when you don't have that? There are two programs I highly recommend that you research: ACE, Accelerated Christian Education and the
Alpha-Omega system. And for more support visit a Mardels, Christian teacher supply and bookstore, near you.
We use a combination of ACE and products from Mardels - it's a win - win situation for us.
In closing, how and why did you make the decision to homeschool? What curriculum do you follow if you are not a school teacher?
Hope you all had
a safe and refreshing