: Home School



rodnok01
07-28-13, 10:15 PM
Since this is such a diverse and helpful forum I thought I would query you for information. I am looking for Home School curriculum and web sites to visit that you all would recommend.
Good point KOT, i suppose that would have been helpful :) , I am looking for Middle school information.
The sites(and curriculum) I have found seem to be either over priced for the number of subjects offered, just plain not helpful or lacking in detailed information of what is offered. Haven't been able to find reliable informative reviews and do not want to waste time/energy/money and teaching time on wrong curriculum. Leaning more towards all downloadable books/materials as any reading material will be anyways. Many thanks in advance.

Please do not turn this thread into a debate of pros/cons of either public or home schools or trashing of either. We can start another thread on that another time. :yup:

Kingoftypos
07-28-13, 10:38 PM
I don't have any experience in on line/home schooling. But I am sure it would help in what kind of degree you are looking for.

KOT

Faith76
07-28-13, 11:45 PM
Have you tried to find a local homeschool association to ask them for input?

CadillacLuke24
07-29-13, 12:25 AM
I dunno about websites, but as far as curriculum goes I (and my siblings), up till 8th grade, used Bob Jones stuff. Math, spelling, science, history, english. Good books, fairly challenging, decent teacher's manuals. I think they'd be worth a look into.

Faith76
07-29-13, 06:54 PM
I dunno about websites, but as far as curriculum goes I (and my siblings), up till 8th grade, used Bob Jones stuff. Math, spelling, science, history, english. Good books, fairly challenging, decent teacher's manuals. I think they'd be worth a look into.

Bob Jones... As in Bob Jones University Bob Jones? Seriously?

Ranger
07-29-13, 08:59 PM
I just googled "nc home school" or "nc home school programs" and came up with a shit load of info.

CadillacLuke24
07-30-13, 01:09 AM
Bob Jones... As in Bob Jones University Bob Jones? Seriously?

Would you care to argue with the track record of a 4.0 GPA salutatorian and 2 4.0 GPA valedictorians?

It may not be everybody's cup of tea belief-wise, but they have good stuff. And with the right teacher, such as my Dad (and from what it sounds like, rodnok), the kids will do very well.

talismandave
07-30-13, 01:27 AM
If it produces someone like Luke...count me in! :yup:

Hoosier Daddy
07-30-13, 06:32 AM
^^^^ This

Faith76
07-30-13, 08:26 AM
My BF went to Bob Jones. I didn't know they had homeschool stuff. That was the "seriously" part. Well, that and the racism and strange science text books are a little off putting.

rodnok01
07-30-13, 09:15 AM
Yes Range there is a ton of information online, information overload was reached. Unfortunatly I do not know anyone local to help weed through it and give an honest opinion.

I'll take a gander at Bob Jones stuff Luke, thank you.

Edit- that looked funky what I typed it.... now I know why :)
I really shouldn't post with a migraine anymore. When I read them later sometimes they make no sense.

Faith76
07-30-13, 03:08 PM
LOL Bob Ross...

Yes Range there is a ton of information online, information overload was reached. Unfortunatly I do not know anyone local to help weed through it and give an honest opinion.

I'll take a gander at Bob Ross stuff Luke, thank you.

orconn
07-30-13, 03:28 PM
From what you have said thus far, I am not sure of the objectives you hope to achieve by home schooling your children. Are you seeking a religious slant to the curriculum and if so which one of the many available? Or are just trying to isolate your kids from what may be objectionable in public or private education? I am neither a proponent or an opponent of home schooling. Case can be made for either approach to a child's education. I would think if you are looking for a particular bias to affect the curriculum you want for your kids, then there would be materials available for the teaching which supports that bias.

Do you have particular plans for their higher education? That might also affect your choice of curriculum. If you have in mind where you think you children might attend college (if in fact that is your intention) it might be a good idea to contact that institution to see if they have any home school curriculum recommendations.

CadillacLuke24
07-30-13, 05:38 PM
My BF went to Bob Jones. I didn't know they had homeschool stuff. That was the "seriously" part. Well, that and the racism and strange science text books are a little off putting.

Gotcha. I was a little testy last night, so no harm intended.

You guys :rolleyes:

rodnok01
07-30-13, 08:11 PM
Good idea Orconn, I have intentions of sending to an early college and not attending a standard High School. I will shoot them the question about curriculums.
Not looking for any particular slant, religous or otherwise and that is one of the problems finding materials.
Mainly looking for an advanced curriculum, the basics being taught are not cutting it. I paid particular attention to coursework and read most of the school books from last year and they were almost insulting the low level being taught. These were supposed to be advanced classes and half the stuff was covered the previous 2 years. It was almost a waste to send to school last year. I feel another year there will put him behind the curve. If you're not moving forward you're moving backwards...

orconn
07-30-13, 09:10 PM
^^^ I would look long and hard before I would have a kid of mine go to college early. There are a lot of experiences and insights and just plain growing up that needs to done in high school to be ready to get as much as possible from the college experience.

I am not talking theoretically here. My son, due to his birth date, was a full year age behind his class mates. While this posed no problem academically, it did impact his social development. My cousin's two youngsters both skipped their senior years and went directly to the University of Illinois. Again they both had no problem academically but they were behind the eight ball socially. This is especially important in the case of developing peer friendships, but most importantly in developing leadership skills.

If you son tests in the gifted, or more importantly the "Highly Gifted" range, I would definitely check out programs available in North Carolina for children who are intellectually and academically capable of doing much more advanced work than required in the regular curriculum. In California we had the "Highly Gifted" elementary, jr. high and high schools. Here in Virginia we have the "Governor's High Schools" which cater to the gifted student. I have heard good things about North Carolina's educational system and I would think that NC would have special schools for this group also.

I would check with your universities to see where these schools are located and what the requirements for attending one of these schools would be.

What does your son's current high school or jr high school think of you son's abilities? Has he been recommended to take an official I.Q. test ((usually this is required for entrance to intellectually gifted (not high achievement or other forms of gifted programs) )). There are very real requirements and qualifications necessary for being in the most highly advanced programs. I would think that someone specializing in the education of "gifted" or "highly gifted" at UNC or one of the first rate private institutions could give you the guidance you seem to be seeking. I would definitely give it a try.

Unfortunately, the primary and secondary education of gifted children is only just beginning to given any real thought in most of the U.S. school systems. So it is up to the parent to ferret out the resources most suitable for educating a very bright child. You may find, after much searching, that home schooling is the best route available to you, but if this is the case I would think long and hard about how you son can have the high school experiences that will make him better prepared for the college experience.

talismandave
07-30-13, 10:50 PM
Check into sailing forums. When I was active in the hobby there were always articles about schooling "on board".

Cadillac Jane
07-31-13, 05:12 AM
Hi, I have spent time with home schooled middle school students in SC and have enjoyed every minute. The students that thrive are home schooled but have a larger home schooled student group they do projects with during the school year. The parent(s) that are in charge of the home schooling have support through these groups, also. It is a lot of work to home school!! So my advice is to see if you can find other parents that are homeschooling even if you have to travel an hour or so to talk to them in person. They are a tightly knit bunch and readily share info.

Faith76
08-06-13, 09:47 AM
I saw this link and though of this thread. Might be helpful. It looks like they are mainly selling books and supplies, but I bet somebody there could give you some insight too.
http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/world-and-i-school-trial/?c=1