From A Year Without the Grocery Store blog comes Homeschooling Is Preparedness.
Wow, what a year and a summer it’s been! Are you apprehensive about sending your children back to school wearing masks? Have you considered homeschooling, but you’re – if you’re very honest – kinda scared? Is there even an apprehension that you may even screw something up so badly that your child’s education will be skewed for life?
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Homeschooling as Preparedness
Have you ever considered that schooling your kids CAN BE a part of preparedness? Last year, I wrote about the fact that there may come a time when you may HAVE TO homeschool your kids. I’m sure that almost no one believed me! I have to kind of chuckle sitting here now. I was……well…..kinda right.
But the truth of the matter is we are “sitting” here now and many people have had to do a version of homeschooling earlier this year, and now, some people are considering homeschooling.
But why should you listen to me? Well, I’ve been homeschooling for more than 14 years, and I’ve graduated two children. I’ve got three more children still in school. I’m not perfect, but I’ve been at this a LONG time and tried all different kinds of curricula from boxed to DIY to combining multiple curricula together. I’ve also been writing and homeschooling as a part of preparedness and discussing cheap schooling supplies for a long time.
I have a revelation. Homeschooling is actually VERY simple though not always easy. But anyone can do it!
The hardest part of homeschooling can be just being with your kids, but even then, you CAN do that! And, it honestly does get easier over time. I’m to the point that I hand my kids their assignment sheets (which I create an entire semester in an evening) once a week, and then give me their assignments at the end of the week. I do have to grade their work, but I’m fairly hands-off other than that.
So in writing this article, I was trying to figure out the way that I could most simplify this for you.
I want you to ask yourself these questions, and choose the one that fits you best.
1.) Do you need someone else to plan the curriculum AND do the teaching?
2.) Want to do the actual teaching yourself, but you need someone to plan it for you?
3.) Do you want to create something for your kids yourself so you can play to their interests?
4.) Or does this fit you? You want your kids to learn, but you don’t want them to feel like their actually doing school.
Which number fits you? #1?
If #1 fits you best, you have a lot of options. I mostly know if Christian curricula, so that’s going to be mostly my focus. If you want someone to do the actual teaching, you have several awesome options.
ABeka has a video curriculum for grades 1-12. They have an option where they will even grade it for you and keep your transcripts. This is a Christian based curriculum with Bible stories in grade school and Bible as one of the subjects in high school. It is rigorous – so do be aware. We used the online class portal with one of our children three years ago. As the parent, we tracked their video watching and had to check to see which videos this child watched (or skipped as was the case sometimes) and which assignments they still needed to submit.
Pluses – It’s all done for you. It’s very comprehensive. The videos are first class – and every class is on video. It’s like your child is a member of the classroom, so in many ways, they will feel like they are at school. It’s immersive in that way.
Minuses – if you can call this a minus – it’s very rigorous. I had a child (in 8th grade) who was struggling terribly with grammar. I took him back to do some remedial grammar, but because Abeka is rigorous, I took him all the way back to A Beka’s second-grade grammar and spelling. It really started at the beginning. Another minus is the cost. Because it’s almost like your child is attending a classroom with a teacher and fellow students, it is more expensive. Costs range between $110 and $140/month for 10 months or one single payment of $959 for grades 1-6 or $1219 for grades 7-12.
Monarch homeschooling is through Alpha Omega press. It’s a completely online homeschooling option that allows you to use it for up to three kids and you get access to up to 50 courses. Each student takes five different core courses including Bible, History and Geography, Language Arts, Math, and Science. The student reads (or watches) all the lessons online and does the work that goes along with it. They also take tests and quizzes online. The grading is done automatically. This is really a great “Hands-Off” option if you work from home, but want to homeschool.
We’ve used the DVD curriculum version of this about four years ago. So we’re fairly familiar with it.
Pluses – You can do up to 3 children for $70/month or just one child for $40/month. It’s so very hands-off for people who need someone else to teach their children or for a mom or dad who works from home but doesn’t want to send their child to school.
Minuses – If you’re child is really at different grade levels in different subjects, it’s hard to figure out which grade to put them in. It’s not all a video, but there are some videos. Many of the lessons, however, are mostly read. If you have a child who does better as an audio or visual learner, this may not be the curriculum for you.
Which number fits you? #2?
Do you really want to teach your children yourself, but you need someone to tell you what to do? There are several options, but I want to give you a word of encouragement. You are the teacher. When you read through the curriculum, if you see something you don’t want to do, you don’t have to do everything that the curriculum tells you to. You can choose what you want your children to do and what is too much for them. No matter what curriculum you use, you can still tailor it to them!
ABeka Book Curriculum
This is different from the video school curriculum. It’s still rigorous – you use the same books for your classes, but you teach them and direct their education. You will grade their work and help them as they work through their classes. We used this curriculum for K4 and K5, and honestly loved it!
My Father’s World
Ever heard of the Charlotte Mason approach to schooling? My Father’s World is a Bible-based curriculum that employs the Charlotte Mason approach. History is studied in chronological order. Great books are read. Notebooking and narration are employed techniques of learning. We’ve never used My Father’s World, but I have to admit, it intrigues me…(continues)