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| 21/12 2013 07:31
I know someone who home schools. It is a job that needs your undivided attention and if you are working full time, there is not enough time in the day to home school a child after dinner and before their bedtime. There are studies that children learn best in the morning/day after being well rested, not later at night after dinner. That is wind down time, not a time to use tired brain power to learn. If you have your own office, then perhaps you can adjust your hours or work part time in order to provide the education your child needs. You cannot possibly be supermom by working full time, have no social life, come straight home, prepare dinner, then spend time home schooling every day. You will burn out quickly and be no good for anyone, including your husband. So, adjust your work schedule if you really want to put your efforts into homeschooling. My friend, who is a seasoned home schooler did so for three years, then she got a job and could not keep up with her well established routine to school her kids, so she sent them to public school that year. They were failing miserably because they were bored as they knew more than the other students and could not excel or continue on the learning path she set up for them. So, she left work and home schooled again. Those kids of hers know more about things that really matter than any family I know. You can do this if you work less.
| 21/12 2013 09:55
I know of families with older kids who basically switched their "school hours" to be in the evening in order to keep working. But you still have a big chunk of time there where someone will need to be watching your daughter. Perhaps grandma can homeschool her? I've been homeschooling for seven years now, and the further you go the more time you'll spend on it. I freelance on the side and make a whopping $3K per year. My spouse is the one who pays the bills.
| 21/12 2013 09:41
simple answer - you cannot. Homeschooling requires heavy parental involvement with the children and their education. That is why it works - it's one-on-one education. Homeschooling is just one of those things parents come to with no reservations convinced it is the right way to raise their children. They don't have any problem with making sacrifices to make sure their children are educated. Our children had me home full time and their Dad works from home. Home is where our family functions. Homeschooling is truly a lifestyle, not just throwing textbooks and worksheets at a child and going off to continue your life without them. It would seem you have no idea what homeschooling is. It would seem you have replaced a loving home where children are learning as a family with keeping the child out of corporate school. My suggestion would be to learn more about homeschooling before deciding on your course of action. These websites may help: http://homeedmag.com/ http://www.parentatthehelm.com/ http://www.johnholtgws.com/ http://a2zhomeschooling.com/ I also recommend this interview with John Holt about homeschooling: http://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/at-home-schooling-zmaz80jazraw.aspx#axzz2o8FCmvi2 Yes, it's 1980 but the concepts are still valid. It seems that you are unable to even entertain the idea that a decision to homeschool might have an impact on your life. Take a look at what you wrote - there is no suggestion that you might be open to changing your life to benefit your child. sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but I'm thinking of your child, and you wanted us old timers experience. Homeschooling is not for every family and it's okay to send your child to school if that's what fits for your family, but I see no way to be there and not be there at the same time. And there is no such thing as a 'homeschool teacher'. Homeschooling is not about (you) teaching - it's about (your child) LEARNING. When you understand the difference, you will understand homeschooling.
| 21/12 2013 10:53
Kindergarten does not take very long, often 1.5 - 2 hours per day. There is nothing that says that you must homeschool during the traditional school hours. You could easily homeschool her after you get home and on weekends.
| 21/12 2013 21:41
You cannot homeschool your child if you are not at home to teach her. If there's isn't any kind of serious reason she cannot attend a school, but you still want her to have the best education possible, I would suggest sending her to a private school, it will give her the best and most opportunities.
| 21/12 2013 18:19
First, you can get a little help from whoever is watching her during the day, if you can find the right person. Second, as others have said, there does not need to be a set time to homeschool. You can school at any time, any place, any day of the week - sort of. At this age, your husband homeschooling some when he gets home, and maybe you helping when you get back for a little while - that's all she'd be getting in kindergarten. When she gets older, unless you have her childcare provider as part of the homeschooling, you will have to change your hours to make it work. I know of a couple who both work full time who homeschool. one is a nurse and one is an engineer, and they altered their work schedule so one does night shift working more frequently. With both of you having daytime hours, one of you might have to cut down on hours, or perhaps you could offer more appointments at odd hours, if you offered more time that was, say, before people go to work, or after people get off of work, instead of the middle of the day. It might be that you'd see your daughter more during the day and help with schooling, and your husband do bedtime, but that's one way to do it. The couple who is doing this have two children, the oldest who is 15 years old, and they've homeschooled from kindergarten on - so it CAN be done. That said - you need to find out the homeschooling laws in your state, because they vary HUGELY depending on the state. Some states you fill out a form that says you are homeschooling and that's it. Nothing more. Some you have to meet with representatives of the school district you are in yearly, or potentially more frequently, might have to take tests, might have to take attendance, and other things. You may also want to check out different styles and types of homeschooling, from Charlotte Mason methodology to Thomas Jefferson philosophy of homeschooling to unschooling to just-like-school. The biggest thing to know is this: everything our schools teach, and the order, is actually kind of arbitrary. Countries frequently teach different subjects at different ages than we do, and using different methods, and each country tends to think that their way of teaching is THE way to do it. In my experience (10 years of homeschooling now), the best way to succeed at homeschooling is to remember to stay flexible. If one way of homeschooling doesn't work, try something new; most new homeschoolers I've known who gave up had a vision of what homeschooling would be like and when that wasn't the case, they couldn't adjust or change and end up feeling like homeschooling was a failure, rather than feeling that their vision of homeschooling needed revamping. Most people I know who succeeded still had failures - some things are going to go wrong, guaranteed - but they simply shifted gears, changed how they learned, made things more regimented, or less regimented, or slowed it down, or jumped ahead, whatever turned out to be necessary. But as a homeschooler? It's been wonderful. It's great to be with your child for so much of their life that you KNOW them. Most homeschoolers I know stay so much closer to their kids as they get older. The kids get used to interacting with people of all ages as opposed to being less comfortable with adults or kids older or younger than them. It's FUN. ...and the house will be messier, most the time. ;-) When the children never leave the house, that means there is no time when they are NOT making the house a bit messier, and it shows. But it's worth it.
| 22/12 2013 18:56
Homeschooling a kindergartener shouldn't take very much time. An hour a day tops. You could work with her before work. If you woke your daughter up at 7 am and did work for an hour or less, that would be perfect. Another option would be for your husband to homeschool your daughter after he gets off work. Homeschooling doesn't have to follow a traditional public school schedule.
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