Parenting Little Heathens

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Home schooling

Does anyone have experience home schooling?  Although we do not have children yet, I am planning on home schooling when the time comes.  I am just trying to see what it is like and whether or not I can handle the responsibility.  Also, is there anywhere one can see and check a particular curriculum?

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    It's also a commitment in terms of not being able to work and earn extra money - school is great for child care :)

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      We are crazy homeschoolers as well.  I have 2 girls, 7 and 8 years. 

      It has been a few years now and I can't say I regret it at all.  Initially I wanted to homeschool because I wanted my kids to love learning and was afraid that there was a pretty good chance that school system would try to quash that. 

      We unschool and that seems to be a great fit for us.  The whole "freedom from religion" has just been an added bonus.  Here is a little post that made a lot of sense to me;

      * because the kids waiting at the bus stop down the road, laden with heavy backpacks, seemed so little
      * because it didn’t feel right for my children to be away from me more of their waking hours than they were with me
      * because I’m a better mom at the beginning of the day than at the end of it
      * because I believe my kids have inner genius, and I want to help them uncover it
      * because no one is as committed to their success as I am
      * because I want them to have freedom–and extra time in their day to play, to think, to imagine
      * because I don’t believe staring out the window longingly during a lesson deserves a punishment–instead, it deserves a break
      * because children are not parts on a assembly line–they’re individuals in need of unique nurturing
      * because I am in the privileged place to consider making this choice
      * because the investment I’m making in them will one day reap dividends in the fruit of their lives
      * because I cling to that belief on the hard days when it seems I’m making no difference whatsoever
      * because I think traveling 6-8 weeks of the years makes for better learning than a year at a desk
      * because hearts, not minds, most need reaching at this delicate age–and who better to reach hearts than a mom?
      * because I am learning just as much as they are, and that’s fun
      * because this choice has been the right one…for us

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        Ruth Anthony-Gardner

        Atheist Nexus has two groups you might like, Atheist Homeschooling and Heathen HomeSchool.