No offense meant, but how do you folks think people were educated before the computer and internet 20 years ago? You needn't all kinds of fancy things. We have home schooled our children
aboard a 34 footboat, and ALL have tested in the 90 percential when they have taken standardized testing. Both of the older ones have graduated college, one with an MBA (the only one to attend public and or private school until the 5th grade), and the other one won a national spelling bee years ago, has graduated college and is working in intelligence now for the US Government
. Our Youngest, 11 now, is three grade classes ahead of peers in public school his age, and is always finished with school work by 11 am. We use a computer for nothing except reference, and we no longer use Calvert or Sun Light, or any other perpared courses. We have designed our own course of study based on the child, and that childs strengths,desires, needs and weaknesses. Of course the basics are taught along with the classics, and we have all learned foreign launguages with a work book and CD's; We live in our Geology & Biology labs, "shop" is as close as our engine
room. Socially? Our kids
are conversant with adults, are not stuck up, are not mean to people who are different than them, and can relate one on one or in groups. They have spent time with peoples of the world, and do not have a warped "high-school-I-am -Cool-you-are-not-in-my-click-so I'll-pick-on or-be-picked-on" exclusionary view of other people.
People taught thier own children, especially primary education, for thousands of years before property taxes
and public schools. A good Parent is the best educator of thier children. No one cares more than the parent, no one understands the child better, and no one cares more about the future of that child than the good parent. We have been home schooling for along time compared to most, and we do not believe our children 'missed' anything, nor do they. Well, they did miss drugs, pregnency,bullies,overworked undercaring teachers, being taught values we don't, as thier parents, agree with, etc...,
I don't think you can go wrong as long as you care and love your child...We have used the Calvert and it is fine, We have used SonLight and it is fine...I've never use an online service
but if you have access I bet that is dandy too...My point is to Go For It! You AND your child will have rough times with it along the way...I promise you that... but I also promise that when the time comes to look back at it all, as it has for us with 2 or our children, you and your children will smile about the whole experience. We are a very close, caring, and loving family
, and I thank home (actually boat) schooling for that.