7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool II Virtual Homeschool Co-op

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7 Ways to Respond to Negative Comments About Homeschool thefundamentalhome.com

 

Homeschoolers get negative comments from time to time.

It’s just a fact.

But let’s be real.  From the time you have your first child, you are bombarded with opinions from well-meaning family and friends (and sometimes critical strangers) who feel they need to share with you exactly where they stand on whatever it is your are doing with and for that child.

Of course, once you take a step out into the world of homeschooling, it can seem like you stepped in front of a firing squad.  Those negative questions and comments come at you so fast, you hardly know how to respond.

So, how should you respond to negative comments about your homeschool?

Let me tell you how I deal with it…

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2016 Assignment 1

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Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed? Virtual Homeschool Co-op 2016-2017 Assignment 1, The Fundamental Home

It’s a new school year!

I am so excited to, once again, be participating in the fantastic online community: The Virtual Homeschool Co-op.  This is a YouTube channel (and now a blog) where community members are assigned a question every week.  They answer that question about their homeschool and share that information online.  This can be in the form of a YouTube video or in a blog post.  Every Tuesday, we are linking up!  You should totally consider joining, too!  It’s free!  Plus!  If you don’t want to make videos or blog posts, but you are interested in learning about how other families homeschool, the Virtual Homeschool Co-op has all of this information in one place for your convenience.  We hope it will be a help and an encouragement to you.

This is the first assignment for the 2016-2017 school year: “Is Your Homeschool Structured or Relaxed?”  We were supposed to answer this question in terms of our curriculum, our schedule, and our classroom.

Let me share a little bit with you about how I responded…

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7 Things I Wish I Had Done More When Homeschooling

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We’ve talked about things I wish I had done and things I am glad I didn’t do.  Now, I want to share the things I wish I had done more.  These are the real successes- the things that worked well enough that I wished I had been able to pour my whole heart into them.

It wasn’t always possible.  There were limitations, many my own.

It’s the final installment in my reflection series, so here are 7 things I wish I had done more.

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7 Things I Am Glad I Didn’t Do As a Homeschool Mom

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We’ve been enjoying the wonders of nature this weekend as we have had a rather large snowstorm come through. Our family lives in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, to the east, and we don’t get too much precipitation of any kind.  The mountains usually block a good portion of it.  In order to get any significant accumulation, the storm has to come up from the South.  Well, this time, it was a doozy!  We were snowed in for several days.  Thankfully, the power stayed on, and we maintained our heat.  I am also pretty thankful that we had enough food to get by.  Because we almost never get snow, I didn’t take the warnings too seriously.  I didn’t rush out for bread and milk (or coffee or meats or veggies or other foods that would have been helpful to have on hand if I had known we would not be able to leave our house for days).  Like I said, it all worked out.  Yesterday evening, we were able to get our truck down the treacherous hill that is our only way out and park it in a neighbors driveway- which made for a chilly walk at 4 AM when I had to take Rick to work.  With only one vehicle, I am still in charge of taking everyone back and forth.  I tell you, nothing will wake  you up like trudging up a snowy hillside at four in the morning.  I haven’t even had my coffee yet.

It was a fun weekend, though.

Aside from the concerns about power, food, and travel, it was good to have a reason to stay home for once.  I went outside and played with my children everyday.  We cooked tasty things from scratch (did I mention that I got a beautiful Kitchen Aid mixer for Christmas?), played board games, watched movies and football games, and generally lazed around to our hearts content.  It was beautiful.  I told Rick that, if we were more prepared (wood stove and lots of food), I could live like that for a long time.

Needless to say, not much homeschooling took place.

I saw all those homeschool moms post on Facebook about their children rushing to finish school before playing in the snow.  Maybe I am just getting older (I like to think more experienced), but I am not stressed about that stuff anymore.  In fact, I don’t think I ever really was SUPER stressed about homeschooling.

While my homeschooling experience hasn’t been perfect (after all, there are some things I wish I had done), there are some things I am glad I didn’t we didn’t do, like…

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7 Things I Wish I Had Done While Homeschooling

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Homeschooling has been on my mind a lot lately.

I don’t know what it is.

Maybe it’s because I have sent another child to college and I am feeling nostalgic.  Maybe it’s because, with just me and Briana, I have more time to concentrate.  Maybe I just like thinking about it 😉

Whatever the reason, I have been giving it a lot of thought.  My mind is filled with things that I wish I had done, things I am glad I didn’t do, and things I wish I had done more.  Because I can’t get them off my mind, I am going to share them with you.  Hopefully, if you have homeschool children, my experience will be a blessing to you.

We’ll start with the things I wish I had done.

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Homeschooling When Mom is Sick

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As you all know, I have been sick with the flu for a while.  Briana was sick, too, for a few days, but she was mostly sick over the weekend.  Monday came, and she was ready to learn.

Lately, with both of her brothers in college, she is like a machine when it comes to school.  She wants to learn as much as she can as quickly as she can because she wants to graduate before her brothers.  She may or may not.  We have been considering dual enrollment as an option for her.  If we did that, we would hold off on her graduation for a little while.  I don’t think I will mention this to her just yet.  I like the initiative.  Besides, no decisions have been made.  We shall see when the time comes.

Anyway, she is ready for school.  I am still sticking close to the bed.

What’s a sick mom to do?!

Luckily, I have some backup plans.  That doesn’t mean that I literally have a substitute come and teach my children (although it sometimes happens that a grandparent, sibling, or friend is around who can fulfill the teacher’s role).  It means, instead, that I have plans for any event that requires me to be less than hands-on during the homeschool day.

Here are some ideas that we use for homeschooling when mom is sick.

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Homeschooling Your Children: How to teach the Bible

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Several weeks ago, I attended a meeting of homeschool moms where we discussed ways to teach our children the Bible.  I didn’t even bring any materials because I thought I would listen.  There had to be a lot of great ways to teach our children from this wonderful book.  The ladies had good ideas.  I found that many relied on devotionals or Bible story books.  We started that way, too, when our children were smaller.  One mom supported her church’s programs by using their memory verses and study guides at home.  We did that in the past, too.  As I listened to the ladies, I found myself sharing the techniques we now use.  Our study has changed over the years to make it more simplistic.  It seemed like those ideas were helpful to my local friends, so I have been wanting to share them with you (all the moms in blog world), too.  So, here are a few ways we teach the Bible in our home.

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How We Homeschool High School (and graduate “early”)

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All of my children graduate (or will graduate) at around 16 years old.  I have found that this is not an uncommon thing for homeschoolers.  When we lived in the DC area, many were able to graduate early and head into college.  This was when I first got the idea that Brian could graduate by 16.  In our new home state, parents more often take advantage of dual enrollment, which allows their homeschoolers to take college classes while still doing high school at home.  We haven’t yet, but it’s a consideration.

Here’s how we have done our homeschool’s high school (and graduate “early”) .

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Briana’s 7th Grade Homeschool Curriculum

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It’s a little early to come out with what we plan to use for next year’s homeschool curriculum, but let’s be honest. Every homeschooler I know is already looking ahead to next year.  Some moms have had next year’s books since February.  Is that you?

I love to read what other families have chosen to use for their curriculum.  It helps me to get ideas about what I would like to experiment with in the future.  I have been around the homeschool bend and back, but sometimes, I am still shocked by the things I have never heard of- I mean, what in the world is “Life of Fred,” anyway?  Seriously.

So, I decided to share with you all the plans I have for Briana’s curriculum next year.  They are subject to change.  If that happens, I will keep you posted.  Next week’s homeschool topic is College Prep, so I will share, then, a little about what Ricky is doing.

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