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Grizzly Mama

There's a Grizzly who has escaped the City of Brotherly Love..(and she's going back to homeschooling!!)

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Location: Out of Philly, Pennsylvania, United States

"All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth." Aristotle - Greek Philosopher.

Sunday, November 28, 2004

More about homeschooling

Never did specify the reasons that we homeschool.

One of the most important reasons for doing so is the academic excellence that can be acheived by doing school at home. Also - we don't like the leftist agenda behind decisions made for curriculum etc.. Examples would be the 'bully' program, the sex-ed program, having 1st graders of the same sex pretend to get married in class, outcome based education, ebonics, lowering of standards so that everyone 'feels good'.

Here are our thoughts on those items:

Bully - if someone hits you - punch them right in the face. They won't be back to bully you again.

Sex-ed - we talk to the kids in an age appropriate way about sexuality. As they become older we will talk more of the specifics.

Gay marriage - This isn't a big issue in our house. We have gay friends and in fact one of our babysitters is gay. We feel they are too young at this point to talk specifics on this issue as well. People are people and their worth is determined by their character - that's what we teach them.

They get high marks and praise when they understand a concept fully and can demonstrate that they know it.

The English language is to be spoken and written properly.

We chose a challenging curriculum because we feel that our children are capable of grasping concepts at their own pace. That's the beauty of homeschooling - we know our children (and love them) more than anyone. We know if a concept needs more time or if we can move on.

Having girls - I was very concerned about the studies done showing that girls are ignored in the classroom or guided in a subtle way into the non-science classes. I remember when my oldest daughter - as a 3 year old in a squeaky sneakers class at the 'Y' - was completely ignored along with the other girls while the boys were encouraged and pushed to be the 'winner' in a game - and then got the awards.

The LAST hurdle in making the decision was the 'SOCIALIZATION' - er - problem. I truly was worried about it but I've found that the concern was baseless. One particular double blind study was done measuring socialization of regular schoolers and homeschoolers. The study showed the homeschoolers were more mature and had the ability to relate to people of all ages(including their peers) - where the regular schoolers seemed only to be able to relate to their peers. My kids are very busy with many kids of all ages and races. I love to watch them on the block playing. They are very open and accepting of differences. There are a couple of books out there that show the traditional classroom can be damaging to kids as well. I think because of my early concerns about this - they are both involved in a lot of stuff. Swimming, Gymnastics, Library reading hour, etc...

That's it in a nutshell.

Once I figure out how to do links and also show links to my favorite blogs I will do so. I have to do this mainly at night when the kids are in bed.

The decision to homeschool

Hi! My husband and I have 2 girls - 4 and 8. We have been homeschooling the oldest since kindergarten and we are very happy with it. We use the K-12 curriculum - awesome curriculum. I guess you could not call us homeschool 'purists' as we actually have her enrolled in an online 'virtual charter school'. We do everything at home and the charter school takes care of all the legal requirements for doing that. I have been generally happy with this setup, but this year new requirements have been added to the school and it's making me feel very hemmed in. I don't like that and we may consider just buying the curriculum in the future and going without the charter school.

The 4 year old is in a pre-school for the 1st time this year. This is a decision my husband and I made to help enable her to 'sprout her wings' as she said to me on the couch the other day. I have had a couple of go-rounds already with the head teacher of the school so we shall see how it works out. It's a great program - just so...many....leftists....aaaawwwwkk!

That's all to start. I am very protective of my girls and love them and their little souls and personalities to death. I consider it an honor and a priviledge to be their mom. My mother sent me a Christmas tree ornament a few years ago with a mama bear and her two babies being well protected by her side. I AM THAT BEAR!!! Grrrrowwwlll.

This will be my journal as I don't regularly keep a journal. Many things to put down as I have a family who some support us homeschooling and others are rabidly against it.