New Jersey’s Star Ledger posted a parent’s experience at home. He’s done with homeschooling.
Our year of homeschooling and why our kids are now back in public school By Phil Giannotti
Seriously, I love my kids, but keeping them together 24/7 only proved that the best thing for everyone involved is lots of space, lots of distance. Keeping them in close proximity for long stretches of time is like driving a truckload of nitroglycerine down an unpaved potholed road. Inevitably, the smallest arguments would lead to full-blown war.
It wasn’t just my kids, though. Homeschooling simply didn’t work for me and my wife. My work schedule keeps me out of the house all afternoon and night. That would leave my wife to do the majority of the work by herself. Difficult work when you have a 7-year-old boy with ADHD and a 9-year-old girl can be as stubborn and exasperating as a teenager. That along with the amount of work needed to teach our kids and hold their attention just did not add up. While homeschooling might work wonderfully for some, it is definitely not something for everyone.
Phil Giannotti was certainly excited about his homeschooling adventure a year ago.
Homeschooling also lets parents alleviate any concerns they may have about the condition of public schools. Academic standards at our schools can be dubious. There are a lot of negative things across a very wide spectrum that will give any parent pause when it comes to public schools. Situations will arise involving bullying and gossip, gangs, drugs, cheating and all other kinds of peer pressure.
We don’t all live in blue ribbon school districts, our children don’t always get the best teachers or classes and not every family can afford private education. Homeschooling offers a practical alternative.
Best of wishes for the Giannotti family going back to school. It sounds as though the family might have benefited from some deschooling coming out of the school system.
Following that, I’m passing along a few of the activities across the country taken advantage of by homeschoolers. Through all that, homeschoolers tend to socialize. School socialization was left in the classroom.
(HSA) Not Back to School Picnic Voice of the Valley
Homeschoolers’ Support Association (HSA) Not Back to School Picnic will be held at Gene Coulon Park South Shelter #1, 1201 Lake Washington Blvd N, Renton on September 20, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. There will be games, playground toys, beach and a potluck lunch. A-J please bring salad or dessert/K-Z please bring main dish.
From New Jersey:
Homeschool program offered at Macculloch Hall Museum Independent Press
With our architectural “tool kits”, students learn how to identify basic building elements: material, form, color, and ornament, and how the past influences the present. Each session includes mini-building team exercises which lead to a larger, final building challenge.
Students will see firsthand how math+science+art=architecture and how this is reflected in the world we have built.
Homeschool Days Daily Press
Homeschool Days returned to the Jamestown Settlement this week, which offers hands-on history lessons and family tours through Sept. 22.
Tickets for home-schooled students — $12 each, with free admission for children ages 3 and younger — provide unlimited access to the museum of 17th-century Virginia and to the Yorktown Victory Center, a museum of the American Revolution.
The ticket also allows families to participate in colonial games from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays, Sept. 14 and 21, at the Jamestown Settlement, and on Sundays, Sept. 15 and 22, at the Yorktown Victory Center.
Belvoir Home Educators bring homeschool community together Belvoir Eagle
Parents reconnected and welcomed potential new members of the Belvoir Home Educators during the club’s second annual Ice Cream Social at the Fairfax Village Community Center, Thursday.
More than 100 people attended the event, which the group sponsors each year to bring Fort Belvoir’s homeschool community together.
Those in attendance enjoyed vanilla and chocolate ice cream and various toppings, including whipped cream, chocolate syrup, sprinkles and M&Ms.
Open meeting to talk collaboration at Faribault’s Paradise Faribault Daily News
Home-school parents and students are invited to meet with the Paradise Center for the Arts Education Coordinator and Dianne Lockerby(clay instructor) to discuss education/classes at the Paradise. How can we work together?
From New York:
Homeschool Day at Fort Ticonderoga Glens Falls Post-Star
Homeschool groups are invited to join us for a day exclusively reserved for them. Spend a day at Fort Ticonderoga and take part in a series of programs designed for homeschool families. During the day students can learn about the French troops who came to Ticonderoga in the fall of 1755 to build Fort Carillon. Interacting with these French soldiers, students can ask about the life of an 18th-century soldier. What did he eat? Where did he sleep? What did he wear? Where did his clothes come from?
Open House: Homeschool Science Workshop Community Impact Newspaper
An open house for the human body, a 20-week science workshop for homeschool students ages 7-9 years old.Meet the teacher, learn about the course, ask questions and register.
The course will be a fun intensive on the human body, everything from skin, bones and muscles to nerves, organs and the brain. The workshop will be project-based with a focus on developing knowledge, critical thinking and increasing awareness and understanding. Children will explore and develop an understanding of anatomy, physiology, neurology, body systems, how individual body parts and systems function and how everything works together (or doesn’t work so well). Nutrition will be a big part. This is a science class that includes reading, writing and some math.
St. Lucie County Community Calendar-Oxbow Homeschool Open House Treasure Coast Newspapers
Representative from Savannas Preserve State Park, St. Lucie County 4-H, Wrensong Science & Environmental Education, Heathcote Botanical Gardens, Smithsonian Marine Science Station , Treasure Coast Art Association, Manatee Observation & Education Center and the Oxbow Eco-Center were on hand to share their educational programs available to home schoolers. “This is our second year of having an open house,” Said Sandra Bogan, Education and Outreach Coordinator at Oxbow. “Last year we were pleasantly surprised. We had 25 people sign up and 60 people showed up so obviously there is a need in the community and we’re trying to provide that service.” Programs offered at the open house focused on environment, sciences and and art. “The most important thing is just the involvement with the kids, the bond with the parents and the kids learning together,”
There is plenty more in various states. Relax and enjoy!