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« on: April 30, 2014, 08:46:09 PM »

Hi, all!  I do NOT want to debate homeschooling.  I've been homeschooling my 4 children since my eldest was in 1st grade.  He's graduating and had his pick of 6 universities, so we've seen that it can work just fine!   Grin  (fyi -he's heading to James Madison Univ in VA!)

I'm new to the Orthodox world (not chrismated, but hope to be in God's timing) and am looking for like-minded homeschoolers (Orthodox, or leaning that way).  Any recommendations for forums, blogs, eloops would be so appreciated!!  Also - any curricula or other resources.  (A while ago I read a blog: "Evlogia", but I think she has quit blogging.  Anyway, she had been working on an Orthodox-based home school curriculum, but I'm not sure what became of that.)

Thank you in advance for any suggestions/help you may have to offer!

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« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2014, 09:07:47 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2014, 09:44:14 PM »

We homeschool 5 and it's a blast!  We use Rod & Staff curriculum (Mennonite curriculum).  It's excellent and biblically centered.
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Orthodox Christian Classical Homeschool Yahoo group
http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/orthodoxclassicalhs/info

Saint Emmelia Orthodox Homeschooling Conference, Antiochian Village, Ligonier, PA
http://www.antiochian.org/village-hosts-homeschooling-conference-families

Paidea Classics
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St. Raphael Orthodox Online Homeschool
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« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2014, 11:05:39 AM »

How would an Orthodox home school curriculum differ from non-Orthodox?
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« Reply #5 on: May 01, 2014, 05:48:47 PM »

How would an Orthodox home school curriculum differ from non-Orthodox?

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« Reply #6 on: May 01, 2014, 06:36:53 PM »

These are the biggest info hubs I could find. I haven't sifted through everything, so make of them what you will.

http://raphaelschool.org/
http://paideaclassics.org/index.php?sid=&show=faq&ref=105
https://www.pinterest.com/stormimay/homeschooling-the-orthodox-church/
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« Reply #7 on: May 02, 2014, 09:50:37 AM »

Thanks, all!  I do appreciate the links and suggestions.  :-)  And thank you for the forum welcome!

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« Reply #8 on: May 02, 2014, 09:52:01 AM »

We homeschool 5 and it's a blast!  We use Rod & Staff curriculum (Mennonite curriculum).  It's excellent and biblically centered.

I love homeschooling, too!  Good old Rod and Staff!   How old are your kids?
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« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2014, 10:09:40 AM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?
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Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

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Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

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« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2014, 12:19:07 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.
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Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

Really? I read that British schools were horrible. Then again, it was Theodore Dalrymple who said that and he isn't very optimistic about anything.
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« Reply #14 on: May 02, 2014, 12:35:30 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

Really? I read that British schools were horrible. Then again, it was Theodore Dalrymple who said that and he isn't very optimistic about anything.

With all the school options available here, I wonder how anyone could know enough for such a sweeping statement.

Thing is, the most important element in a school's quality seems to be the headteacher. A competent head can turn a school from failing to excellence in a couple of years. About as long as it takes an incompetent one to demolish it.
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« Reply #15 on: May 03, 2014, 08:31:28 AM »

We home educated for a while, a mixture of academics and child-directed stuff. It was fun, and everyone enjoyed and speaks well of that time. I have a good friend who uses Sonlight. My children now attend mainstream schooling in the UK, and it's going well - at least one teacher said it was because they'd had a good kick-off at home Smiley Many blessings to you as you raise yours.
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« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2014, 09:10:20 PM »

She didn't quit blogging, she just stopped blogging at evologia. She has a blog called seamless now that is more about her family, and less of a curricula. You can still find her stuff archived in some places.

We are homeschooling our kids. The eldest child is 12.5, the youngest is just about 1 year old. With deployments, and various health issues we have struggled with thru the years; we have found a pseudo-unschooling approach that works very well. It works well enough that despite not having anything formal outside of math, and handwriting, our kids surpass grade standards on their yearly assessments. Our eldest is at college level in certain subjects. We read a great deal, get out and do stuff whenever possible, and watch a lot of documentaries from various points of view. In other words; we don't tell the kids to believe the view that we lean toward, we introduce all the views whenever possible.

 
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« Reply #17 on: May 03, 2014, 11:31:24 PM »

We homeschool 5 and it's a blast!  We use Rod & Staff curriculum (Mennonite curriculum).  It's excellent and biblically centered.

I love homeschooling, too!  Good old Rod and Staff!   How old are your kids?


15 down to 5 years old. Smiley
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« Reply #18 on: May 03, 2014, 11:32:48 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.
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Thankfully not all schools. Smiley
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Thankfully not all schools. Smiley

The American education system is different from ours. We have state-funded parish schools and confessional grammar schools. The Americans have a court-imposed laïcité, modelled on the French system. Their loss.
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« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2014, 05:16:00 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

Abandoned would imply that God was in the system as a whole to begin with. It isn't coincidental that the church based indian re-education schools were the most abusive ones. I am utterly unconvinced that God had much to do with education on a national level in the US. It was a means of leveling the field. Some schools were excellent, others were awful. I think the same could be said for schools now. We unfortunately live in one of those places with a horrible educational system (50% graduation rate in some places, most can't pass the end of term classes on a given subject). Because it is so awful, we homeschool.
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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2014, 11:39:25 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

Abandoned would imply that God was in the system as a whole to begin with. It isn't coincidental that the church based indian re-education schools were the most abusive ones. I am utterly unconvinced that God had much to do with education on a national level in the US. It was a means of leveling the field. Some schools were excellent, others were awful. I think the same could be said for schools now. We unfortunately live in one of those places with a horrible educational system (50% graduation rate in some places, most can't pass the end of term classes on a given subject). Because it is so awful, we homeschool.

In the early days, "public school" was more like private school.  The parents who had children who went paid for it and were on the school boards.  Often this had prayer.

But yes, the fully public schools we know today, I agree never really had God to begin with.
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Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

And which version of Christianity are the evil public schools supposed to teach? Orthodox? Catholic? Lutheran? Anabaptist? Not all Americans are one denomination.
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2014, 06:41:58 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

And which version of Christianity are the evil public schools supposed to teach? Orthodox? Catholic? Lutheran? Anabaptist? Not all Americans are one denomination.

I agree. Teaching Protestantism (the majority American religion) in public schools would be a violation of the Constitutional rights of Muslims, Jews, Orthodox, Catholics etc.
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« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2014, 10:29:36 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

And which version of Christianity are the evil public schools supposed to teach? Orthodox? Catholic? Lutheran? Anabaptist? Not all Americans are one denomination.
Then perhaps that strengthens my argument about public schools.  Because they can't.
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« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2014, 10:30:45 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

And which version of Christianity are the evil public schools supposed to teach? Orthodox? Catholic? Lutheran? Anabaptist? Not all Americans are one denomination.

I agree. Teaching Protestantism (the majority American religion) in public schools would be a violation of the Constitutional rights of Muslims, Jews, Orthodox, Catholics etc.

Not teaching your children the scriptures is a violation of what God told us to do.  "Train your children up in the Lord"....   Most children go to an atheist school and go home to TV and video games.
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Not teaching your children the scriptures is a violation of what God told us to do.  "Train your children up in the Lord"....   Most children go to an atheist school and go home to TV and video games.

Then God should've given everyone a copy of the book, because AFAIK for most of human history, the average Joe didn't have the wealth or the literacy to afford and use a Bible. 

Or maybe "Train your children up in the Lord" means something other or more than beating a book into their little brains.   
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« Reply #29 on: May 08, 2014, 11:24:30 PM »

Not teaching your children the scriptures is a violation of what God told us to do.  "Train your children up in the Lord"....   Most children go to an atheist school and go home to TV and video games.

Then God should've given everyone a copy of the book, because AFAIK for most of human history, the average Joe didn't have the wealth or the literacy to afford and use a Bible. 

Or maybe "Train your children up in the Lord" means something other or more than beating a book into their little brains.   

I didn't say a book, nor that children should read a book.  Rather one should teach their children the scriptures.

And no thanks to the Catholic church, was the Bible repressed for a bunch of that history.
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And no thanks to the Catholic church, was the Bible repressed for a bunch of that history.

LOL.  You mean the Church whose monasteries reproduced Bibles by hand, read from it and prayed from it seven or eight times daily, and in so many other ways preserved it through the centuries so that Protestants could claim it as their own and pretend that they received it from the heavens without the benefit of fifteen centuries of tradition? 

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Not teaching your children the scriptures is a violation of what God told us to do.  "Train your children up in the Lord"....   Most children go to an atheist school and go home to TV and video games.

Then God should've given everyone a copy of the book, because AFAIK for most of human history, the average Joe didn't have the wealth or the literacy to afford and use a Bible. 

Or maybe "Train your children up in the Lord" means something other or more than beating a book into their little brains.   

I didn't say a book, nor that children should read a book.  Rather one should teach their children the scriptures.

And no thanks to the Catholic church, was the Bible repressed for a bunch of that history.

Repressed in what ways specifically?
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« Reply #32 on: May 09, 2014, 03:40:53 PM »

Why homeschooling? Doesn't that take an awful lot of time, energy and expertise in all sorts of subjects?

It also saves your kids from being indoctrinated into modern and mislead thought, ideals and suggestions.

I don't have kids, but, if I did....and knowing what goes on in my public schools, I would definitely pull for homeschooling.

If schools in my area were as abysmal as I hear about over there, I'd go hungry myself to hire a tutor for my son, and enroll him into online school when older. I'm staggeringly inadequate to handle homeschooling by myself.

Thank goodness the system is good and supportive here, so I don't have to make any such choices.

The scriptures tell us to train up our children in the Lord so that they will not depart from it.   The public school system has abandoned God and forbidden his word to be taught to the students.

And which version of Christianity are the evil public schools supposed to teach? Orthodox? Catholic? Lutheran? Anabaptist? Not all Americans are one denomination.
Then perhaps that strengthens my argument about public schools.  Because they can't.

Yesh, I think you would be better off living on an undiscovered island by yourself with your family. You against the world.
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« Reply #33 on: May 09, 2014, 03:43:06 PM »

Not teaching your children the scriptures is a violation of what God told us to do.  "Train your children up in the Lord"....   Most children go to an atheist school and go home to TV and video games.

Then God should've given everyone a copy of the book, because AFAIK for most of human history, the average Joe didn't have the wealth or the literacy to afford and use a Bible. 

Or maybe "Train your children up in the Lord" means something other or more than beating a book into their little brains.   

I didn't say a book, nor that children should read a book.  Rather one should teach their children the scriptures.

And no thanks to the Catholic church, was the Bible repressed for a bunch of that history.

Repressed in what ways specifically?

I'm assuming he's referring to the Scriptures not being in the vernacular and not available for the average layperson. Nevermind the fact that your average layperson would've been virtually or totally illiterate for most of that time.
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« Reply #34 on: May 10, 2014, 11:49:00 AM »

And no thanks to the Catholic church, was the Bible repressed for a bunch of that history.

LOL.  You mean the Church whose monasteries reproduced Bibles by hand, read from it and prayed from it seven or eight times daily, and in so many other ways preserved it through the centuries so that Protestants could claim it as their own and pretend that they received it from the heavens without the benefit of fifteen centuries of tradition? 

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