My son is only 2 years old right now and we have baby #2 otw. I keep thinking about both of their futures and how much education means to me. But I also see how public schools seems to be getting worse with shootings, bullying, etc. And even elementary school aged kids are bringing in weapons to school. So I keep thinking how in 3 years when my son's ready for school, and in 5 years, when my daughter's ready to go....how much worse will the crime in schools be? It scares me so much. So I want to hear from the moms and dad's who home school.... Tell me more about it. How do you manage 2 different age groups when teaching your kids? Where do you get your lessons/supplies? Is there any certifications you must have? Any info I can get would be great. And what can I do NOW to get my son on a head start? I'll appreciate any input. I'm truly considering this so I wanna get prepared. Thanks in advance!
Re: considering homeschooling.... looking for info
I have a 5 year old, a 3 year old, and a 1 year old. The boys do school while baby girl naps. Whatever we can do together, we do (history, science, Bible). The 3 year old sometimes participates in math and phonics and sometimes I give him another activity. I'm often surprised by what he's picked up just hanging out in the room with us during school time! I keep playdoh, puzzles, arts and craft supplies, and educational games in our school room for him to play with whenever he is bored with the 5 year old's work. I bought our curriculum from our state's big homeschool convention, but you can order it online. I think I even saw ours on Amazon. Each state has different requirements. In VA, we do not have to have any certificate (although you need a high school diploma). Kids need to be tested or evaluated each year starting in 1st grade, but that's it. You'll have to check what the requirements are in your state. As far as what to do now, read read read to your kids. You want learning to be fun, so I wouldn't do anything formal beyond that. My boys learned shapes by playing an "I spy" type game while driving (we pointed out all of the shapes on the signs as we passed them. They got a kick out of it!) They learned colors simply by us pointing them out. "Oh look, there's a blue ball, a red one, and a yellow one!" It wasn't anything formal.
Married to J since 5/05, Mommy to T (10/08), L (08/10) and C (02/13) who was born at home.
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