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May 4th, 2010, 06:37 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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Don't worry about the degree. Really. I have an education degree, but it helps me ZILCH in homeschooling. When you get a degree in education, you take classes that are in your area of interest (mine were music and science). That prepares you to get any job in the field of your major (I can get any music job. Science was my minor, so it only allows me to further my science education.) You also take a bunch of "education" classes. That prepares you for all the "stuff" that goes along with teaching.... managing a classroom full of kids who are at different levels of ability, dealing with parents, filling out forms, keeping in compliance with local laws, etc. You also do an internship (unpaid teaching/subbing). That helps you realize you either are or aren't cut out for classroom teaching.

None of that prepares you for teaching your own child. You love your own child more than any kid in any classroom. You know your child. You know what he/she knows. You don't have to start from scratch every year with a whole new set of kids. You don't have to teach the same subject/grade over and over and over every year. You get to grow with your kids, and you get to see every milestone they reach. You've watched them learn to eat and walk. Now you get to watch them learn to read and write and do algebra.

Don't let anyone tell you that you aren't qualified to teach your own kids. As long as you know the material you're teaching, you can teach it. You'll be able to get teacher's manuals, co-op classes, etc. for anything you're not sure about.

... by the way, what state are you in, and what's your highest level of education? Do you plan to HS through high school?
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May 4th, 2010, 09:20 PM
Mama To 3 Amazing Boys
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Thanks Chrystal, this helped a lot. My main arguement to homeschooling is I have my child's best interest and I can teach them with love vs. force the way I think traditional schooling teaches.

I live in Colorado, I graduated high school with some college in Certified Nursing Assistance. I plan to teach through high school. But I also want to give my children the choice to go to high school if they want to, but I won't force it. I'm on the fence about letting them go to public/private high school...that part of it, I'll see when the time comes!
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Baby #4 - Went to Heaven on 1.20.14
Proud Christian, Jesus Loving,Extended Breastfeeding, Co-sleeping, Babywearing, Cloth Diapering, Non-Vaxing, Homeschooling Mama!
I choose to Homeschool so I can give my children a Godly foundation, So they know His word and His truths!
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May 4th, 2010, 11:04 PM
BensMom's Avatar Ephesians 4:29
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Ugh! Colorado isn't the most friendly homeschool state. That's for sure. Here's a link to the law there... http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/Colorado.pdf Thankfully, educational background isn't part of CO's law. It doesn't matter that you don't have a degree in education. If you choose to use a tutor, they'll have to be certified, but you don't.
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May 6th, 2010, 09:20 AM
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Thank you so much for posting the link to Colorado Homeschooling Law!!! I have been searching high and low and haven't found anything that concrete and thorough!!! Although, it does scare me a bit!
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Wife to Chris (9.17.04)-Mama to Edward (7.15.05)-Preston (5.28.08)-Mason (11.4.10)-
Baby #4 - Went to Heaven on 1.20.14
Proud Christian, Jesus Loving,Extended Breastfeeding, Co-sleeping, Babywearing, Cloth Diapering, Non-Vaxing, Homeschooling Mama!
I choose to Homeschool so I can give my children a Godly foundation, So they know His word and His truths!
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