Blog Topic: Personal Stories

School Failure to Assist the Learning Disabled

As a teacher I never thought I would be home schooling my children one day. I always thought that if I had a child with learning disabilities, I don’t know what I would do, but certainly I would become bald trying! Our children were in the school system for the first few years. We pulled

Topics: Critiques of the School System, Personal Stories, Special Needs

Home Education Memoirs: A Personal Biography of Our Journey – Part 2

In the April 2002 issue of Home Rules, Jeanne wrote about her family’s ‘journey’ through the school system and ultimately discovering homeschooling. This is Part 2 of her story. How did we do it? In 1989, we started out very simply as far as school work; using Golden Work books and lots of field trips.

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Home Education Memoirs: A Personal Biography of Our Journey – Part I

Our research about preschool: When our eldest, Leigh, was a toddler there was much talk about nursery schools, preschool programs and Four Year Old Kindergarten which was the school issue of the early 80’s. Though we had already chosen many alternatives as far as birthing and diet we were pretty steeped in the idea of

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How Do Homeschooling Parents Know Their Children Are Learning?

The assumption that homeschooling parents somehow lack awareness of their children’’s progress, and therefore require formal evaluation of that progress, is related to the fact that homeschoolers function beyond the arena of the schools, and our philosophies and methods are not always well-understood. How do homeschooling parents know their children are learning? The answer to

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Topics: How People Learn, Personal Stories, Testing & Assessment, Unschooling

No School Support for Migraines

May I sound off a bit? I had three children who went through ‘the system’ schools, extremely intelligent children, bored with the curriculum… the usual.  I supported them and was very interactive with the teachers. The youngest, once in high school, developed serious migraines and missed numerous days.  Doctors prescribed strong medications, not without side

Topics: Critiques of the School System, Personal Stories, Reasons for Homeschooling

The Blaring Radio Analogy

When my daughter started kindergarten, I admit I heaved a sigh of relief. I had worked very hard for the first four years of her life.  I had done a good job.  Now my daytime focus could go to my work and my business.  I could see her sense of calm and confidence about herself. 

Topics: Critiques of the School System, Personal Stories, Reasons for Homeschooling

How Do I Maintain My Child’s Interest?

When can the kids quit? I think one of the more difficult questions in homeschooling is deciding when to let the kids quit something they don’t like and when to insist that they persevere. A few points to consider, when weighing the pros and cons: There are infinite numbers of different ways to learn and

Topics: How People Learn, Personal Stories

Learning to Tell Time the Unschooling Way

Most parents who are new to homeschooling, probably put in more hours than are necessary, making it more like school than it needs to be. Since my children have never been to school, this has made it easier to steer clear of unnecessary structure.  I have just continued with the sort of life we led

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Topics: Personal Stories, Unschooling