Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
10th Dec '12

I think you need to spend a bit longer on each subject. He will just start getting interested and then have to change to something else. Although if that's the case I guess you could extend.



I would allocate longer for each subject and if he does well or finishes it sooner he can work on an art / craft or read a book or have it as extra play time.



Your brave home schooling. I wouldn't have the patience

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting Onalee's Mummy:" I think you need to spend a bit longer on each subject. He will just start getting interested and then ... [snip!] ... work on an art / craft or read a book or have it as extra play time. Your brave home schooling. I wouldn't have the patience"


Thank you for the compliment.
I was very scared by the idea, but when I realized how much his particular school slowed down his pace and never really focused on each child as individual learners...I got very concerned because I dont want him to be just like his peers if that means they are barely having their brains stretched.



I figure since its only been a month its been a good schedule close to what his school have been doing as far as "inside the school" time.
You are right though, as he learns and I see how well hes doing taking in his subjects I will definitely take on more minutes to each subject.
I want him to have fun being home since it is different from being around a bunch of kids and learn at his full capacity .



Everyday i think to myself



Here goes nothing lol!
to some thats literal lol!

Onalee's Mummy Due August 26; 1 child; Newcastle, Australia 5355 posts
10th Dec '12

Good luck!! Glad I have you pt I want to see how it goes.



I was worried about that with my daughter too. She turned 3 on 30 September a d is reading and writing simple words but is really shy. Her daycare is excellent and started a preschool programme for her and one other boy in her age group who is at the same level.



She is really shy and I worry she will just get lost in her normal classes over here and they won't have the time for her to reach her full potential.



We have decided to send her to the local private Christian school. They have small classes so will have more time. Also most of her friends from daycare will go there. I'm so nervous about it already.



Will you still involve him in a team sport or similar so he can socialise with other kids his age?



Over here the home schooled kids have regular meetings so they socialise with each other as well.

♥ ILU ♥ 1 child; Redding, Connecticut 3303 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting Janell C.:" Thank you for the compliment. I was very scared by the idea, but when I realized how much his particular ... [snip!] ... a bunch of kids and learn at his full capacity . Everyday i think to myself Here goes nothing lol! to some thats literal lol!"

What's the name of the history videos you use? I'd like to find decent children's ones.

Live-Laugh-Love 3 kids; Kitchener, ON, Canada 7678 posts
10th Dec '12

IMO the tv should be left out of the schooling regardless if it is educational or not. I would rather take my kid outside to play, do a science experiment, cook/bake, etc There are tons of fun/educational activities and there is plenty of time to watch tv AFTER their work is finished.
Personally, I think that splitting up the times (10 mins of math here, 10 mins of math there) it unnecessary and confusing. I would do 20-30 mins of math and i would also introduce the "currency system" with math..not separately.



Anyways..Good for you for homeschooling..It's definitely not always easy!

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting ♥ ILU ♥:" What's the name of the history videos you use? I'd like to find decent children's ones."


There isnt a specific video, but we actually get it sent by the association we go through! It's great because its a frigging hard trying to find a way to make history more interesting to someone of his age when its not truly even introduced til maybe 3rd grade.
Do you homeschool? If you go through a particular association they may have certain programs to help the homeschooling parent out! We are associated with a Christian association. It was who I went through and I saw how well it did for me.

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12

Also it's usually movies you can find at the library or order online but they take the work out of it for you and review it before sending it.
Say for example we are learning about George Washington...
They will go into their movie bank and chose which movies will help teach the subject for his level of understanding :) I absolutely love it!

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
10th Dec '12

Instead of the History movies, why don't you go to an interactive museum, read F is for Flag, and make your own flags? Movies, no matter how educational, do not provide the level of teaching a child needs to grasp a subject.

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting Live-Laugh-Love:" IMO the tv should be left out of the schooling regardless if it is educational or not. I would rather ... [snip!] ... the "currency system" with math..not separately. Anyways..Good for you for homeschooling..It's definitely not always easy!"



Well to touch on each thing you've mentioned
Television as long as it is used the correct way will not harm his growing brain. I dont use it for "fun". I use it for education. If he is retaining a subject that a normal child his age would squirm at and would no understand, then I will def introduce a video to help along. Idk why it is that ppl are so opposed to a television as if he seriously is watching cable and not a designated educational video. I do a lot with him thats hands on, but as I said this is not a normal subject that is taught to a child of his age. So you have to become creative.



Currency is an extension of his math class, but it is teaching him different things that I would rather have his father teach him while I stay on t he matter of how to add and subtract so that he's not being bombarded with something else a 4 yr old doesnt really learn at this time. Its not just knowing what a coin is worth. He knows that. Hes learning the every changing value, what ppl do to earn it different things that dont really deal with math per say



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He is doing 20+ minutes with math as the schedule says. Its broken so he may refresh his brain and come back to it so that I know for sure he has caught on and what needs to be worked on for the next half of the class.



Homeschooling is only hard if you make it hard. If you find a method that makes learning fun and your child is either where he needs to be or is above average then youre doing a good job.
You have to treat the child as an individual not just another kid. If he exceeds his peers why not nurture that? Because of a system laid out 100 yrs ago by Rockefeller? I dare say no, not in Armons case. He needs a different system.
But I will be tacking on time with each subject as it will be more material as we move forward

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting khigh:" Instead of the History movies, why don't you go to an interactive museum, read F is for Flag, and make ... [snip!] ... make your own flags? Movies, no matter how educational, do not provide the level of teaching a child needs to grasp a subject."


I dont understand your logic. I learned how to read based on Hooked on Phonics videos before I even went to school. I was the only child actually reading in my class. My mother sat down with me and we did the video together. Videos are not the devil and if you are teaching something that is beyond foreign to a small little kid who hasnt even heard the word history....And now he can tell you a little about Black history ...yeah I think a video would not do damage. If you do not interact with the child and youre just putting something in his face to keep him occupied it will always fail.
But putting a book in front of him can fail just as well as a video if the PARENT / TEACHER isnt doing their part by interacting, testing, talking about it at random to make sure its not forgotten. Masonry schools have VERY different approaches but the kids are usually very successful!
You see a video as damning. I see it as a neat way to teach a subject thats very confusing for a 4yr old

Devil's Advocate Beverly Hills, California 18191 posts
10th Dec '12

You really love gloating about yourself don't you?

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting khigh:" Instead of the History movies, why don't you go to an interactive museum, read F is for Flag, and make ... [snip!] ... make your own flags? Movies, no matter how educational, do not provide the level of teaching a child needs to grasp a subject."

Also as far as the museum goes.
Beaufort doesnt really have a museum geared for any child...at all.



We have to go far into another state or at least an hr to two hrs away just to do something he may find interesting. I would rather teach him the way I have then only being able to do something like that once a month and hoping he retains more education then the fun we had.
He will go to the museum when we can make it, but 3 kids and a pregnancy and me not traveling hell and high waters everyday to teach him a subject that he does everyday....isn't worth what hes getting now if I can plan a field trip and do what I am doing already.

khigh 1 child; Fort Sill, Oklahoma 8101 posts
10th Dec '12

Did I ever say it was damaging? Nope. I didn't.



And, history is not a hard thing to grasp for a child that age if you teach it correctly. DD can tell you all about the presidents, the government, politics, and current events because we spend so much time on it. She's 5. She can tell you who her senators are, who the president and vice president are, and who our representative is. We use books, a little School House Rock, talk radio, the internet, museums, and she will watch CSPAN with me.

Devil's Advocate Beverly Hills, California 18191 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting khigh:" Instead of the History movies, why don't you go to an interactive museum, read F is for Flag, and make ... [snip!] ... make your own flags? Movies, no matter how educational, do not provide the level of teaching a child needs to grasp a subject."

I agree with the museum. I don't home school but I take DD to a hands-on science museum and she loves it! She was 2 but it helped a lot with her motor skills and cause and effect.

Janell C. Due March 3; 4 kids; South Carolina 5328 posts
10th Dec '12
Quoting Devil's Advocate:" You really love gloating about yourself don't you?"

Lol hello
Good Morning
I gloat about the stuff I know I have already accomplished or that he has when there is denial in the way that I know can be done if you stay on your game.



However, I am done with you so um...
Hope you enjoy stalking this post some more lol and getting sensitive because I know my skills and my childs and wont have someone say otherwise who has not been in my shoes or his and thinks they have a valuable opinion.
I will not take you seriously.
I will not take you more than a grain of salt.
Until you can see that there is a good chance that my method could work instead of thinking if its not the way you think it should be handled that hes not learning anything..../
Yeah...you tire me.
But I hope you have a wonderful day :)