Why I #Homeschool

I DON'T BAKE text above pile of flour and butter

I am not a cookie and bread-baking homeschooler, nor am I homeschooling for religious reasons.

In fact, in spite of the fact that I have twice attended a multi-denominational Christian seminary, I remain a skeptical and questioning believer.

No, I’m just a mom, trying her best, to find the right fit for her kid.

Then, again, who knows…maybe when the weather cools down, I’ll bake some bread or cookies. I’ve been know to bake cookies. Bread would be a new one for me.

38 thoughts on “Why I #Homeschool

  1. Lynz Real Cooking September 21, 2015 / 7:15 pm

    I like it ha ha your lovely explanation! My kids have been homeschooled at several different points and did k12 for a couple years!

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        • Kitt O'Malley September 22, 2015 / 5:16 pm

          I suppose both parenting and education are like that – ups and downs, positives and negatives.

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          • Lynz Real Cooking September 22, 2015 / 5:17 pm

            oh yes the home schooling was good but the kids didn’t want to do it and so now they are in school and that is working. I have home schooled several times throughout the 25 years!

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          • Kitt O'Malley September 22, 2015 / 5:19 pm

            I think you’ve got the idea – adapt as necessary. What works with one child or at one time, may not for another child or at another time.

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    • Kitt O'Malley September 22, 2015 / 3:21 pm

      Just subscribed to your YouTube channel! Cool! When I lived in Saudi Arabia in the 60s, we lived in ARAMCO compounds. I attended the private Dhahran Elementary, which was an excellent school, until we moved back to the US when I was 7.

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      • Lynz Real Cooking September 22, 2015 / 3:25 pm

        Wow cool Kitt! Thanks! I gave up on the channel but thanks for subscribing! I might do a video here and there! Wow that is so cool that you lived there!!When did you live there?

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          • Kitt O'Malley September 22, 2015 / 11:23 pm

            Interesting how Americans (US citizens) assume if someone is born in Saudi Arabia that they have Saudi citizenship. As you know, US citizens’ children and Christians cannot be Saudi citizens. Therefore, my sister and your children were born citizens of the US.

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  2. hirundine608 September 21, 2015 / 3:25 pm

    For years baking bread was not so much a passion but a necessity. Most commercial bread is made using the “chorleywood process”. Developed in Chorleywood, north of London. It is now pretty much the way commercial production of breads are made.

    It involves large quantities of yeast, sugar and salt. For anyone interested? Google it. The process is there.

    These days one hears people say ..”Oh, I’m gluten intolerant”, or some such variation. Understandable when one considers how much yeast is in commercial bread. Causes bloating and allergies, etc.

    For anyone considering baking their own bread? Kudos. If at all possible? Search out a source of live yeast. For in the end it does seem to make a superior loaf. Dried yeast would be second best and the quick acting yeast? I would steer clear of. The whole point of bread baking, for me. Is the process. And, this process … requires time. Time for the yeasts to work with the sugars to manufacture CO2 which lifts the grains into what we know as a loaf. Sourdough is it’s own story.

    Myself? I buy the occasional loaf. Yet, Ive been spoilt. For making one’s own bread means the commercial loaf is damaged goods.

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    • Kitt O'Malley September 22, 2015 / 3:12 pm

      Without doubt, there is a huge difference between high quality, freshly baked bread and commercial mass produced bread. Once it cools down, I make take up bread making. I’ve noticed, though, I do better eating the bread made fresh by the grocery’s bakery than the pre-made packaged bread in the “bread aisle.”

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      • hirundine608 September 22, 2015 / 3:25 pm

        Yes Kitt, even then a lot of it comes in buckets, from a centralized facility. Even the so-called artisan bakeries, use the chorleywood method. For commercial production it is difficult to compete the old fashioned way. The best guarantee is to do it yourself. Who knows you may find yourself doing it one day, when it is hot? The best oven is one made for wood fire and that can be done outside. There are all sorts of plans available on the net. Yes i know … Cali and wood sparks … bad combination. Still spark arresters may be installed. Just saying! Cheers Jamie.

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  3. lindenforestbrook September 21, 2015 / 11:12 am

    I hate how some people stereotype and associate homeschooling to fundamentalism. Each child has their own learning style- and whatever works for that particular child is what should be implemented. I wanted to home school my daughter since I have a 1 year old and am staying home anyway and have a a MA in education, but she is 100% extroverted and needs tons of social interaction and feeds off that energy. Thus much to my dismay I had to send her to public school- but what gives me solace and happiness is hat she is content and thriving and that’s all that matters. It sounds like your child and you are thriving and that’s what counts! 😎❤️ I also get tired of people who complain how public school is a waste of tax dollars because this or that and education is going downhill- well we all know we are the stewards of our own ship- so to those of you who do not like public education- start by realizing it’s a messed up country when CEO’s et al paper pushers make more money than teachers and doctors. If we want positive change we must initiate said change ✌🏽❤️😎 Thanks Kit you bring up a good point and post.

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    • Kitt O'Malley September 21, 2015 / 11:54 am

      I agree that teachers are underappreciated and underpaid. My son is the opposite of your daughter. I had always wanted him to attend school, but it just isn’t working right now due to absences, illness, and anxiety. He actually is attending an online public school through k12.com, so he has public school teachers and is studying a public school curriculum. I’m his “learning coach” and parent, not his teacher(s). He has a mentor teacher who serves as his guidance counselor and contact for both of us.

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      • lindenforestbrook September 21, 2015 / 12:27 pm

        I heard about that program and I’m glad to know those options are available for individuals like your son. I was like your son and hated school for so many reasons- mainly the bullying and anxiety that took away my focus from learning. I think if those options were available for me when I was younger I would have done better in school. I wish you both the best with this new program! 😎

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    • Kitt O'Malley September 21, 2015 / 11:55 am

      Your background in education will not be wasted. We are always educating our children, especially when they are young. As you know, education does not begin and end in the classroom.

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  4. Kitt – I learned the cookies and bread making and all that because my father thought they were skills I would need later in life. However, he was ever so proud that he raised a successful business woman. Even if you never bake anything, being a great mother to your child is the finest achievement a woman could have for a lasting legacy. I’ve seen the results of great homeschooling and not so good. My critique partner is homeschooling her son and he’s learning so much more than was ever offered in the private school attended. Socially he’s matured leaps and bounds and has really come into his own. My hat’s off to you every time you write how you strive to provide your son with not only a safe environment but one that meets his needs as an individual.

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  5. Leslie September 21, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Bread is actually not that hard. It’s time consuming because of how much time you spend waiting for the dough to rise.

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  6. Laura Droege September 21, 2015 / 9:57 am

    We considered homeschooling a few years ago, when the public schools went downhill. But then I went into a major depressive episode, and I realized that I wouldn’t be able to provide a healthy environment for them during my episodes. They’re now at a Christian private school, highly ranked in our state, and doing well, aside from some Common Core craziness for the third grader. A former pastor once told us that at one point, his three children were educated in three different ways: one in public school, one in private school, and one was being home schooled. It was tough on his wife, but they felt strongly that each child needed something different at that point, and wouldn’t have done well being forced to do what their brother or sister was doing that year. They were individuals and their individual needs had to be considered. Good for you for homeschooling. It’s tough but isn’t all of parenting tough? 🙂 Maybe you and your son can bake bread together; baking is part art, part science, and there’s lots of fascinating chemical aspects to what happens when all those ingredients interact in exactly the right way. It’s not often one can eat a chemical experiment!

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    • Kitt O'Malley September 21, 2015 / 11:48 am

      We may be able to bake bread once our heat wave passes. I used to believe that homeschooling would not be in his best interest because he’s shy and I’m bipolar, but he ended up at home up to 1/3 of his school days due to migraines and illnesses. Finally, I’ve decided to give it a try. He’s 15 now, and at the age when he can start taking responsibility for his education (natural consequences). Not to say that I’m not monitoring him. Both praise and nagging come with the job of parenting. Trying to focus on praise and back off of nagging. Both he and I when I was younger dig in stubbornly when pushed.

      Your pastor and his wife were wise. I agree that what works for one child may not work for another.

      God bless you, Laura. Thank you for commenting.

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  7. Billy September 21, 2015 / 9:39 am

    Thought about it! Though my math skills are too poor for me to stand a chance. Not even sure what the law says here in the UK! What do you need over there to be able to do it?

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    • Kitt O'Malley September 21, 2015 / 11:42 am

      My son is enrolled in an online public school through k12.com. His school is a California public school which receives public funding. We needed a computer, internet access, and paperwork (birth certificate, immunizations, proof of residency, transcripts, etc.). Just starting out on this journey, not sure how it will go. Some people truly homeschool their children and do not use the public or private school system. I am no expert in homeschooling.

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      • Billy September 22, 2015 / 2:37 am

        No, I can imagine, but this sounds like you’d have the guidance of the system. It may work out, maybe even for the one year to give him a break. Is something going on at school that he doesn’t want to talk about, something specific? I know my son whom I thought was really enjoying school burnt out at the end of Upper 6 (last two years of high school) and now is taking a year off, almost developed gastritis. It’s just not right for kids to be stressed out so young, bless them.

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        • Kitt O'Malley September 22, 2015 / 3:28 pm

          My son has struggled with periodic vomiting his whole life. He gets migraines and frequent illness and is anxious and depressed. Last year his illnesses led to so many absences that he fell behind and had to take incompletes. The first semester of last year, his freshman year in high school, he got straight A’s in honors, advanced placement, and International Baccalaureate® courses. His course load was very tough, but he insisted on taking it. With such a challenging course load, absences throw a student quickly behind.

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          • Billy September 23, 2015 / 2:18 am

            Yes, it’s true. Gosh how frustrating. Bless him. He’s your typical brilliant boy with high sensitivity. He’ll be ok, as my friend always says, there is always time to go back, if things are tough right now. No pressure, life is about more than this. I didn’t even know my son was having difficulty coping until after he finished high school! I am quite happy to let him have his break now. Their happiness is paramount 🙂

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          • Kitt O'Malley September 23, 2015 / 11:21 am

            Yes. Yesterday my husband was asking me how far behind he was in terms of making up work and then doing his sophomore year work, and I told him that it didn’t matter, that our son was young and that he’d get through the work in his due time. No race. He’s been a straight-A student his whole life until last semester. He deserves slowing down.

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