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HOME SCHOOLING CHILDREN

Check Calvert School and University of Nebraska.

Home schooled my children most of their lives until high school. They are in University now.

All the best.
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HOME SCHOOLING CHILDREN

we are trying to start a family run charter with our 2 sons. We need to find a home based computer school that is affordable Do you have some suggestions? We have 3 weeks to do this (today is 9/3/04) Our local schools were going to offer a digital program but did not check out the legalities of the district till now and now we are stuck. Thanks
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HOME SCHOOLING CHILDREN

You might consider <a href="http://www.k12.com"><b>K12</b></a>, a computer-based private school.
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HOME SCHOOLING CHILDREN

MY EX AND I HOME SCHOOLED 4 KIDS. DON''T DO IT. WE DISCOVERED THEY MISS TOO MUCH. SOCIAL INTERACTIONS ETC. ALSO UNLESS YOUE A PHYSICIST OR ENGINEER (I AM), THE MATH AND SCIENCE MAY WELL BE WAY OVER YOUR HEAD. NOT TO MENTION COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY ETC.

SECONDLY, COLLEGE ENTRANCE AND SAT TESTS WILL BE OUTRAGEOUSLY DIFFICULT.

IN MY EXPERIENCE, TOO MANY PARENTS WANT TO HOME SCHOOL FOR THEIR OWN EGO''S. YOUR KIDS ONLY GET ONE CHANCE AT CHILDHOOD AND ADOLESCENCE, LET THEM HAVE IT.

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HOME SCHOOLING CHILDREN

Well, both my children were born on board and home schooled much of the time and are now in US Universities . . . I would not change the experience for them or myself. We are all better people for it and a very close family. Cruising life is so rich and full of all the things that land locked life can not offer, would be a shame to deny your children that terrific and unique experience.
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Aloha,
I am a teacher working on my PhD (yes I live aboard & sail) and have been doing some research on home schooling. Nearly all the research on academics and testing shows homeschoolers on the average score in the 80th to 90th percentile and above average in the SATs- As hard as it is for me to admit (being a certified, educated science teacher and all!!!)Many Many Many parents with limited schooling are able to teach their children- (especially cruising and in the Marinas)- maybe they admit what they don''t know- maybe it is more motivating for children to be independent learners..I don''t know- ask me in three years when I finish!!!
My recommendation is to go for it- I see college students far better prepared and the socialization is not an issue- There are always kids to interact with-
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Our two daughters have been living aboard since they were three years old and have been homeschooled all of their lives. Our oldest daughter just completed her first year of college. She was accepted to and offered full scholarships to every college that she applied to, including prestigious Caltech. She scored a near perfect score on her SATs despite having rarely taken a test before her high school years. Our younger (by three months)adopted daughter is special needs. I believe that cruising and homeschooling offered both girls the best way for them to succeed. I can''t imagine a better way to raise our children. We have a variety of homeschool resources on our website www.TheCruisingLife.com. I would also be happy to answer any questions that anyone might have regarding homeschooling while cruising.
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Thanks for your suggestions. The one thing our daughter wants to do is learn Italian.
I speak a little Spanish. Does Calvert do languages? I''ll check out that book.
I homeschooled both my children until high school (when they went to a great prep school that shared all my values) and they have now finished university. After homeschooling, Josh was valedictorian of his graduating class and the teachers thought him a marvel of intelligent conversation. That's what a homeschooling versus peer-controlled environment can give a child.

We used a variety of materials--must have tried them all--and found that a literature-based curriculum did the most to prepare them for prep school and university. Because they read, they could write. Because they read classical literature as well as more modern pieces, they learned to think. And because I made them back up every one of their theories and study logic, they learned to examine ideas instead of swallowing things whole. Which I think will make them better citizens. (Joshua read Doystoyevski's The Idiot at 12 and used it as the basis for an essay that got him into Duke's TIP program to take college classes while in high school.)

In exchange for a scientist friend teaching all the children science, I taught French. This might be hard to manage on board, but I'd suggest usiing whatever resources you can find--and they are myriad. Where you are weak, there are always others who can augment in a certain area if you keep your ears open and ask questions.

As for learning Italian--I speak Italian fluently, and that only came by living in the country. I had five years of French, so I can still read it and teach the basics. But a few months of living and going to school in Italy did more for my language acquisition than all those years of classroom French. If you can possibly do some of your cruising in Italy and get your daughter enrolled in a class or two there--even for a few months--you'll give her a huge gift. The Universita per gli Stranieri in Perugia, while inland, has great 3-month language classes.

Buona fortuna!

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Granted, home schooling children, especially those living aboard a cruising sailboat are going to miss out on certain facets of school and the socialization that comes with it. However, if you are travelling between different cultures, and socializing with people of different ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds, the experience will probably make up for it quite a bit, if not exceed what they are otherwise missing.

I think the independence and self-reliance that a cruising sailboat can give a child is a excellent foundation for the rest of their life. They will probably not be as conventional or rigid a thinker as children raised more traditionally.
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"The one thing our daughter wants to do is learn Italian."
Are you planning to have a ham radio on the boat? You might "accidentally" wind uphaving a lot of fun, and teaching her a lot of science, by getting a ham radio and studying for licenses together. Then, on the boat, she can try to make contacts with Italian stations and actually learn Italian by TALKING with Italians--all over the world.
Ways to make learning fun.
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