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  1. That's a lovely piece! Before all of this, I would have expected a sound bite from some department education expert for 'balance' but they went to the hea instead!
  2. It's not been a pure homeschooling board for a long time, no one has said that, and that's fine. The variety of posters has always been interesting. But it's not a school board either, it is founded on the premise of alternative education, of opting out or modifying. Critiquing the system we're leaving behind shouldn't be so offensive. I'm not actually looking for support here, I'm just looking to not have to endlessly caveat everything pro-homeschooling that I say.
  3. For 500K a year I might let your kids join in with mine, here in my home. If I really like you. So probably no 😆
  4. See, I actually think that there are schools that manage a decent education for some, maybe many, students. I even think a few of my kids would have done well, academically, there. But I'm still homeschooling. Because, while I do believe that I can do a better job in academics, I absolutely believe that I can provide a better all round lifestyle for my kids to grow into whole people. That is something each family has to reckon with for themselves. That is also why the ideas of policing my community are so... antithetical. I encourage my hS community, I try to lead by example, I give a lot of time and resources to help them find their own way. Because in the end, I don't have the authority to police them, the idea that I or someone should is part of the institutionalised mindset that says some authority has to be watching and approve/manage. Actual abuse and neglect is different, and (largely, depending on where you live I guess) has laws already in place to deal with that. It is not the same thing at all as families setting their own priorities. Deigning to judge another family's homeschool based on the slivers I see is not something I'm happy to do. Some schools/teachers do an absolutely shameful job with impunity - like the creepy guy who plummeted the top math class in my highschool. Or the nasty piece of work who bullied a friend's child into 8 years and counting of anxiety while helping her skills go backwards. Or a friend currently ranting to me because her child has been tracked on the lower math track for year 11 & 12 - because she scored 85% in grade 8... Everyone has stories. If an actual institution with a chain of authority still has trouble policing their own, then how can equals outside of an institution police each other? Edit - sorry that got long! 😄
  5. First idea is a nature study notebook. Write about what he observes. For more direction, come up with a basic procedure like 1. See something new/interesting. 2. Describe where it is. 3. Describe what it looks like. You can even do this from pictures in a book, rather than actual outdoor nature if it's easier. Or, I might be tempted to pair writing with a picture study. Kind of like the queen homeschool handwriting/picture study, except instead of copywork, he could write about what he sees in various pictures. Maybe even let him study it for a Couple of minutes then take it away and let him write what he remembers?
  6. Welcome and well done! Sounds like a really lovely start to homeschooling! My main suggestion would be to get your hands on a copy of The Well Trained Mind - it really is fantastic and has many practical suggestions and curriculum recommendations - including literature lists for each grade. Off the top of my head books for 5th grade, little women, the hobbit, sword in the stone, carry on Mr bowditch, Edith nesbit and Elizabeth enright books... It sounds like you are doing a lot already, and if it's working for you both then I wouldn't feel pressure to change much. Science, at that age, in my opinion, the non-fiction reading is probably one of the best things you can do. If she has a particular interest, let her follow it, watch documentaries etc. Once a week or so, she could work through the simple experiments in a book like this one: https://www.amazon.com/Janice-VanCleaves-Biology-Every-Kid/dp/0471503819 For Language Arts, grammar for the well trained mind is for grade 5 and up. You can get the first 6 weeks as a free sample here: For writing, you could start with having her write up short summaries of what she's read, so for example if she reads a section of a science book, she could write 2 or 3 paragraphs summarizing the main points. In the story of the world activity book there are narration questions for each chapter, she could pick a few to answer in writing. Keep reading, trust your instincts and have fun, you'll find your groove!
  7. Here, schools are going back in June. I'm planning to wind up my online classes by then. They were supposed to be just for my homeschool group families, but I have a couple of school kids tagging along too and I'd like to give them closure. Once everything goes back I'll also go back to my in person classes, possibly starting with outdoor activities (weather dependent)
  8. Lol, saying that it's an influential institution is hardly a controversial statement. Your experience of Chinese public schools is more relevant? I get that I've annoyed you by persisting with my chosen language. I hope that my previous post has clarified that I'm not trying to personally attack anyone - I'm institutionalised too - but being able to use the language I need to name my experience is important, and I thought that a homeschooling board of all places would be the least controversial place to use it. Okay, I get that it's easy to legally comply. My point was that legally (even if in practice it's rarely enforced) kids are supposed to be enrolled or recorded as opted out in accordance with whatever state laws. Its still an interaction with the system that ultimately says that the government educational institution is the authority. Maybe that's different where you are, good!
  9. As if we don't have friends and family who currently learn and work in the system. As if it's all just some hidden world from us, poor sheltered homeschoolers 🙄
  10. Er, is a state approved enrollment not mandatory where you are? Of course they are locked in to school. I'm not in the U.S, but it's legal now because homeschoolers fought, hard, for it! 91% of U.S. students in public schools is still a monopoly culture. We don't exist in a vacuum, the monopoly culture is influential. I think I get the issue now, I will happily say that I was/am institutionalised too, so are my never-set-foot-in-a-school kids. They still see media which is soaked in school themes, they hear about it from friends and family. Unfortunately (imo) they have still managed to internalize that school=Normal. Why do you think homeschoolers recommend a period of deschooling? I spent a lot of my life in the system and it definitely still affects how I think.
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