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Hi I am Stephanie and have a 17 month old. NEVER in my life had I heard about homeschooling until recently and it's sounding more and more appealing!!! OF course I know not where to begin and so far broad internet searchs are a little overwhelming.
Here's my dual question....
How "smart" do you have to be to homeschool? (I know the requirements and I have a bachelors degree, but I just feel SO RUSTY and actually unqualified) which leads to my next question.
Do you not have to have some remote idea of HOW to teach kids in order to effectively homeschool?
Do you not have to have some remote idea of HOW to teach kids in order to effectively homeschool?[/quote]
I you mean does it help to have a teaching degree....no. Teachers who homeschool often say they have to get out of the ps mind set way of teaching first. Partly your child will teach you how to teach her if you listen to her cues. If you talk, play or read to your daughter, which Im sure you have, then your already teaching her. A lot of it will just come naturally.
fell free to ask any other questions you may have. This is a great group of ladies here.
"Cats are keen, cats are great, cats are clean they lick your plate."
Don't forget you already are your child's teacher. You will no doubt be teaching your child all sorts of things before he/she even reaches school age. With homeschooling, you just keep on teaching. You don't need to know "how to teach kids," you only need to know how to teach your kids. And you'll know how to do that instinctively because you are their Mom. No outside teacher can know your children (and how they learn) better than you.
Earthy-Birthy Tree-hugging Mama to 5 (6 for now) great kids:
SciGuy,14 Butterfly Girl,12 Wyldchild,7 FlowerFairy,5 and Babybird,3
I agree with Motherbird. You have already been teaching her for her entire life so far. I pulled mine out of public school last year when they were in the 4th, 2nd and 1st. I knew that I could teach them because in their lifetime already I had done so much teaching with them. I didn't send them to preschool, so I taught them their letters and stuff. However, even before that, I had taught them an entire language...we all do that for our children. We teach them so much without ever realizing it. Every child is different, so there is no one way to teach them anyway. In homeschooling, you will learn each child's teaching style and that is how you will teach them...that is the joy of it.
I felt rusty too, as it has been many years since I graduated college and had been out of my career for over 6 years. However, you will be surprised how things come back to you. Also, you will be learning right along with her. I love to learn. If you love your child and love to learn, you will do great . It's not just about teaching what you know, but being willing to learn with them.
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Wow I don't really have anything to add... these ladies covered a lot.
As to how you teach your kid... just kind of follow their lead. If that makes sense. They'll show you how they need to be teached. That's one of the great things about homeschooling... you can see your child's individual needs
Partly your child will teach you how to teach her if you listen to her cues. If you talk, play or read to your daughter, which I'm sure you have, then your already teaching her. A lot of it will just come naturally.[/b]
I just have to add that until you get use to just following there lead you'll get really frustrated. There are many sites to help learn about homeschooling DON'T overload yourself. Trust that you are teaching her even if it doesn't feel that way. It takes a lot of getting use to. Do look at the requirements of your state to see what you need. You may want to start a little notebook and write a little sentance about what she learned that day. So you can show yourself she is learning.
Hi there! Welcome to the board! I don't have much to add to what these other wonderful ladies have said, just a big DITTO! My daughter is in first grade and I've learned so much this year about what she needs to learn and HOW she learns. I think that all of us go through times when we feel wholly inadequate and think "WHAT HAVE I DONE!!" but the good days outeweigh the bad by a big margin.
Stick around here and ask as many questions as you need. Also, there are quite a few of us who have blogs that we keep about our homeschooling experiences, so you might check those out. My link is in my siggie, as are most of ours. I know that Shery keeps one, as well as Chelita (MissyPrincessEha) and MySerenity (whose REAL name completely escapes me at the moment! ), Jenn (Stellaluna) and Sherri (MyFairLadies)....wow, there are a bunch of us! Did I miss anyone? OH, Butter keeps one too, but I've not seen her posting here in a long time, so you may not be able to find hers. Reading the blogs will give you an idea of how many ways there are to go about homeschooling.
-- Lisa --
Wife to my best friend Troy, mom to Reilly and Declan
I just have to say...that you are more than qualified! And really learning together as you go is a blast! I tell ya, I read better, spell better, write better, etc...now that I have taken this journey with my sons. I will be much smarter in the end then I ever was from my own schooling. So, have fun and just learn with your child. You will make mistakes. You will get bummed. But those times are so few and the rewards are sooo great!
"I am a midwife. It is not just what I do, it is what I am, and I grow in it."