School Methods

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School Methods

Postby Nungi » Thu Mar 30, 2006 2:45 pm

My son isn't actually due until July 14th, 2006 but my husband is already not thrilled wiith the idea of public school. So I've spent all day today on this website and several others getting all the information on HS I can find. Here in Florida your don't have to start HS until the child is 6. But I wanted to start earlier like a pre-k program. Here's my question... Do most people do a year-round program or is the "tradtional" method better? Also does anyone know a place to figure out what the State standards of what your child must learn in each grade? I know I'm crazy for wanting to know all this a head of time but I like to plan a head! :D


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Re: School Methods [FL]

Postby Theodore » Thu Mar 30, 2006 4:46 pm

I don't know of a site that lists standards for all the states, but the following site should tell you what you need to know regarding your state:

As for "traditional" vs year-round, year-round is better imho because:

1) You can do less per day
2) You get more done per year
3) There isn't a large gap of time during which you conveniently forget everything you learned the year before

Of course, you might take out a few weeks for special things like vacation or visiting a relative or attending a homeschool convention, and any outside classes will still follow a semester schedule, but overall you'll just spread things out more. The amount of homework each child has to complete per day, even in the later grades, shouldn't require more than 2-3 hours, leaving most of the day free for fun things and extracurriculars.

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traditional vs year round hs

Postby SOPHIE » Tue Apr 04, 2006 7:58 am

I agree with Theodore. I believe schooling year round is a good idea. The only downfall that I found with that was the peer response to my girls' schedule, when their friends, who mostly are public school educated, would comment on having the summer off and wonder why they didn't. My eldest was very much effected by the opinion of her peers and still is. I believe that learning should be active part of life and an enjoyable one at that!

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Postby Nungi » Tue Apr 04, 2006 9:24 am

Thanks yall for the input. I had liked the year around idea better as well. I was homeschooled for 5 years but due to my parents' missionary work my school was always different. I was wondering what most people liked better. And thanks Theodore for the website!

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Postby Tabz » Fri Apr 07, 2006 1:36 pm

I like a combo of traditional and "Unschooling" approaches. The idea is that education can happen anywhere AND we need to be disciplined sometimes in our studies really appeals to me.

I did an article on Unschooling in my blog:

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Postby easyhomeschooling » Fri Apr 14, 2006 1:44 pm

Hi Val,

We actually decided to homeschool before any of my children were born. It is a good thing that you are doing your research now! From birth to about age 5 the very best thing to do is to read to your child, along with always responding, expecially when he/she begins talking.
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