Home School: The Choice for Me

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Respect Realty LLC 200311024

When I am out with my school aged children during traditional school time, the question they get asked the most is, “Why aren’t you in school?”  My children have been asked this so many times, it’s not even unusual for them anymore.  In fact, they usually smile when they answer because they know they are special.

For me, home schooling is a choice I have yet to regret.  My oldest child showed excitement for learning at a very young age.  She knew all her letters and numbers before she was 3 and was reading at age 4.  I knew that if I put her into public school, that she would be bored.  I found I enjoyed it so much, that I kept it up for all my children.

I did a lot of research and there are all sorts of curriculums out there to choose from.  I found one that worked for me.  Calvert School has home schooling courses in every elementary grade level.  There are lots of add ons, such as foreign languages, art, and music.  The math is separate so if your child is above or below average, you can cater to that. 

Calvert makes home schooling as smooth as can be for the parent/teacher.  The teacher manual is set up so you can just sit down at the beginning of school time and start teaching.  There is not a whole lot of “night before” prep time.  It covers all the bases so you know you won’t be leaving out any major part of a well rounded education. 

If you still feel inadequate in your teaching abilities, they have an advisory teaching service.  You send in the specified assignments, and the provided tests, and they will grade them and send back any feedback to help your child excel.  They are a partner to help you in your home schooling needs. 

Home schooling isn’t for everyone. But it was the right choice for my family.   

© 2009 Samantha Clark - Home School: The Choice for Me


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Fran Gaspari
Patriot Land Transfer, Inc. - Limerick, PA
"The Title Man" - Title Insurance - PA & NJ


For once I get to comment on the brains of the outfit...!!! You must be commended for this endeavor of home schooling...!!! You have a great looking family and I wish you well in all you do...!!! I wish you guys weren't so far away on the left coast...we could get together...!!! BTW, did you give TC the day off...??? Thanks,   Fran

Mar 26, 2009 10:53 AM #1
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

My daughter went through public school and was indeed bored a lot. She was enrolled in the gifted program and I am so grateful for her gifted teacher- Gerri Jenkins, that was part of her life for 5 years.  I was a single mom and home schooling was just not an option for me.  I applaud you for doing it.  I'm not sure I would feel capable to take it on.  Great looking family by the way.

Mar 26, 2009 11:14 AM #2
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC

Hi Todd

More families are opting to home school.

Good luck and success

Lou Ludwig

Mar 26, 2009 01:52 PM #3
Terry & Bonnie Westbrook
Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner - Grand Rapids, MI
Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re

They have made great strides in the HOME SCHOOL options and from what I see offer a great options. What a commitment.

Mar 26, 2009 02:41 PM #4
Christopher Johnston
The Johnston Team - Metairie, LA

My sister in law has started home schooling her son and while I admire her I couldn't do it. Neither my wife or myself have the patience to home school our children.

I think that you are building a bond with your children that will be felt by them and you long after the education has ended.

Mar 26, 2009 03:47 PM #5
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®,CRS,
RE/MAX Professionals. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Samatha, It's not only good for your kids it's a great learning experience for you and Todd...

Mar 26, 2009 04:46 PM #6
Samantha Clark

Fran - thank you and yes, I did give Todd the day off.  He's been begging me for a guest blog for some time now. 

Tammy - I was worried about my teaching ability as well.  The curriculum I use takes all that away. 

Lou - I've noticed that on home school days at the zoo and other places that they are getting more crowded.

Terry - Yes they have, and I am sooooo glad that they have.  When I was first considering it, the thought was quite daunting.  I have lots of resources now... the internet alone is incredible.

Christopher - WTG to your sister in law.  It does take patience, but I feel its worth it.  I think I've grown more patient over the years. 

Paul - Oh yes it is!  I learned so much just in 3rd and 4th grade history for my daughter!  Stuff that I NEVER learned in public school.  If I had learned half as much then as I learned just teaching her... I might have majored in history in college!  Totally fascinating!

Mar 26, 2009 06:31 PM #7
Tere Rottink
CoastalVa Realty Inc - Virginia Beach, VA

Samantha:  My son has some issues, and at some point I considered home schooling. Thank God we live in an are with an awesome school system, and I have received all the support so that I can say, my son is doing great.  Several of my friends home school their kids and I bow to you all.  I don't even have the Patience to check on homework.  You have a beautiful family.


Mar 27, 2009 02:07 AM #8
Larry Bettag
Larry Bettag - Cherry Creek Mortgage - Saint Charles, IL
Regional Vice-President

I would love to do this.  My wife and I are sending our kids to a parachial school.  We love it. But my wife does not have the temperment to do this.  She knows it as well.  This is good stuff though.  Keep it up my friend.

Mar 27, 2009 02:49 AM #9
John Walters
Frank Rubi Real Estate - Slidell, LA
Licensed in Louisiana

My only knock against home schooling is the interaction with other children is missing.  I just wonder how well they will blend into society when they are old enough.  Hats off to your wife for the commitment.  At least they will learn something.

Mar 27, 2009 06:37 AM #10
Samantha Clark

Tere - You got very lucky with your schools, I have heard some horror stories about schools not complying .  I'm so glad your son is doing well.

Larry - Parachial school would be my 2nd choice.  And thank you.

John - While there are some who shelter their children from everything, that's not always the case.  There are so many ways to socialize your children without sending them to public school.  My kids are involved in boy scouts and girl scouts, they have church activities, and play baseball and softball.  Plus there are the neighborhood kids that they play with.  They are very social and adore their many friends.  Most people home school because they don't like what the public school system has become, not because they are hermits.

Mar 27, 2009 06:53 AM #11
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

Yes Fran, My lovely wife did give me a couple days off so I could finish my continuing education. I do have to admit it was a little weird not being on Activerain for a couple days. Felt like I was missing something!

Samantha - I LOVE YOU and thanks for making my kids smarter than me!

Mar 27, 2009 09:51 PM #12
Margaret Oscilia
Creative Concepts-Home Staging and Contracting, Salem Oregon - Salem, OR
Home Stager, Salem Oregon

Samantha -- What a valuable gift you are giving your children!  My daughter wanted to leave private school and be home schooled when she was in high school.  It wasn't something I had planned to do, but it was the most important thing I ever did for her future.  Good for you and great for your kids!

Mar 28, 2009 10:56 AM #13
Corey & Erika Kahler
The Cascade Team - Kirkland, WA

As a fellow homeschooler, I so appreciate the tip.  I really like Sonlight, but I'll definitely check our Calvert!

Mar 30, 2009 04:55 PM #14
Samantha Clark

Margaret - Wow, how unusual that a high school student would want that.  But I commend you for making it work.  Congratulations!

Corey - Its been a few years since I've looked at all the curriculums out there, it may be time to see what else is out there.  Thanks!

Mar 30, 2009 05:51 PM #15
Kathleen Frawley
Keller Williams 916 730-4404 Elk Grove, Wilton, Folsom, Sacramento - Wilton, CA
South County Sacramento, 916 730 4404

Great post, my son is fast approaching 3, and the whole public school thing is weighing heavy on my mind.  He is like a little sponge, soaking up everything around him. I don't want him to have misguided values, or be in a place where he's not allowed to pray, but I'm not sure if I could teach him at home.

Super kudo's to you.

May 29, 2009 03:38 AM #16
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