January 2, 2008 at 3:54 am #2216
I am really frustrated with our public school system. Although my two youngest are currently getting a good “book education” the rest of the things they are learning are things I would prefer they didn’t. I am thinking about home schooling and am wondering if anyone could direct me to a really good program and some moms in the Milwaukee, WI area who are currently home schooling their kids. I’ve searched then net and am going in circles.January 8, 2008 at 9:21 pm #3816
I grew up in Milwaukee and I agree that the schools there do promote a lot of subtle anti-Christian doctrine — google the term “secular humanism” sometime and link to a pro-Christian site, and you’ll see what I mean. But I think there is also a big network of Catholic schools in Milwaukee, too, many of which have tuition discounts for Catholics and sliding scales based on income. I also googled and found http://www.gmche.com — the Greater Milwaukee Catholic Home Educators. Good luck and God bless!January 10, 2008 at 3:15 pm #3817
Hi! I homeschool and know many others on here do too. (I think there was a thread once regarding this topic). I do live in Colorado in an area where choice is HUGE! We have many private schools, charter schools, and homeschooling groups. Even many of our private schools here team up to help the homeschoolers with state testing, enrichment classes, and field trips.
First, find out the laws in your state at HSLDA.org
Then investigate and decide which type of homeschool setting is right for you. Most people DON’T just duplicate the typical classroom setting. That doesn’t usually work well for a family school. Do you want your kids to do work via the computer? There are many resources for that. Would you rather be more relaxed with your schedule and very little structure (unschooling)?
The #1 book I can recommend to you is “The Homeschooling Book of Answers” by Linda Dobson. It should answer almost every question you have about how to homeschool effectively and also has a huge list of resources.
I’m going to look up some things for your area and will post more on this topic later.January 10, 2008 at 3:24 pm #3818
Okay I found some great resources for you!
This one lists most of the homeschooling support groups and activities in your area:
And here are some websites that do virtual learning through your local school system (basically they give you the curriculum, a computer, teacher assistance…you just do all the work at home with your kid) It’s free.
You might want to think about using Catholic curriculum as well. I really like Catholic Heritage Curricula for a more flexible schedule. I know some prefer Seton but I heard it’s very structured so you have to stay right on top of things. (You can google these companies)
HeatherJanuary 11, 2008 at 6:12 am #3819
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