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Frequently Asked Questions about Homeschooling

Now that I am Homeschooling Alex this year I find I do get a lot of questions about it. This little video, done by a once homeschooled kid, is a bit sarcastic…but humorous. These are some of the questions we hear about homeschooling. Just today, Alex commented to me that he doesn’t want to go back to a regular school. He doesn’t feel stupid here and there is no peer pressure. I think he misses the activity of going to school, but I have him enrolled in plenty of extra-curricular activities so he gets to socialize a lot with other kids.
Here’s the video. What do you think?

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach
Everything for Adoption

Online Teaching Program for Homeschoolers

Granted, I am new to homeschooling but I have found an online teaching program that is reinforcing skills for my son in a way that is fun and amusing. It is called Time 4 Learning. You can find it at
Today I worked on synonyms and antonyms. We watched the Lesson video and then did a Quiz video. It was animated like a Game Show and there were big cheers for the Bonus Round…just like on TV. He had to read passages and answer questions. If he answered incorrectly it went through an explanation of what his answer meant and then had him go back and re-choose another answer. He liked it and it made the lesson more fun than just teaching from a book or a worksheet.

I have already had to change the educational level we are working on and they let you do this at any time. So if you find your child is lacking skills in a particular area you can go to an earlier level and re-teach it.

It keeps track of the time your child spends on an activity and also the scores on all the quizzes. If your child needs a break it has a fun area called The Playground. There they can choose fun games and activities to play. You set the timer on this. Alex has 12 minutes for recess and then the activity stops and the child must return back to School.

Check it out!
Time 4 Learning

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach
Everything for Adoption

Having Faith when Life gets Difficult

Hi All!
Sometimes I think God is constantly testing me to see if I really have faith in Him. I do believe I am a good Christian, but wonder why I have to keep proving it.

First…we adopt two kids from Russia and that process was more than most people would ever be able to endure. We get them home and then we have the rollercoaster of life…adjusting to these kids and their issues, finding schools, therapists,and more! We spent the last year getting help for our teenage daughter so she could learn to believe in herself and learn to make good choices in her life. It was rough, but now we are seeing a beautiful girl who is so much stronger because of the therapy we have committed her to.

Just when things were starting to look brighter, my youngest son’s school tells us they aren’t a good fit for him…and recommend home school! Home school? That would involve me…a lot….right? I searched all summer for a school that might be able to work with him. But, no…he is just too far behind academically.

Sitting at church last week the priest seemingly did his sermon just for me. Do we trust in God? Do we know we are not alone and that he is always there to help us? I actually listened intently as I pondered the thought of homeschooling. In my head I was screaming at the priest, “But I don’t want to homeschool him! I am scared I might do it all wrong!”

Then, amazingly, just as I thought these things a woman’s voice announced, “Please open your hymnals and sing, ‘Be not Afraid!”
I felt like standing up and saying, “Really? Can this be happening to me? I am afraid…how can I not be afraid?” As I sang the song with the rest of the church I became more calm and realized God was speaking to me at that moment. I needed to have faith and know that I need to teach my son this year.

Is it going to be easy? Probably not. But I do think God is giving me a chance to save this boy from going down the same path his sister did…feeling inadequate, stupid and thinking he can only be friends with kids who have problems.

And, the best part…I really am not alone. I have God. I have friends who have offered to help me. I am discovering a whole new world of homeschoolers who are willing to help me. I’ll be the first to tell you this isn’t going to be easy. But adoption was not easy. Being a parent is not easy. It is another challenge for me that will probably just make me stronger! (again!)
Do you think God will ever think I am strong enough now and quit throwing challenges my way? I don’t know. Maybe he thinks these things all make me a better person. And maybe it is.

I love my life, my husband, and my kids. So I guess I just have to keep my faith when life gets difficult. I am not alone.

Deborah Mumm, The Adoption Coach
Everything for Adoption

Homeschooling the Older Child

I made the commitment this week that I will be homeschooling Alex this school year. He is just too far behind to fit into a classroom with 20 other kids…and make progress. Of course, since he was adopted from Russia and wasn’t speaking English at age 6 he was off to a slow start right off the bat. We had him tested and it shows him to be very bright, with no real learning disabilities that we can pin point, but just VERY far behind kids his age.
So…I am jumping into Homeschooling. At first, I was dreading it and I know there will be days I will find it not fitting into ‘my’ schedule the best. But it has to be done and I know that one on one education will be the way he makes the most progress.

I have been getting tips from friends on Facebook which helps. The public library has many resources also that I am learning about. Wow! How many things have I learned since we adopted from Russia? I thought I learned a lot by being a mom of 3 boys, but adding these two children from a Russian institution has really taught me a lot! It is amazing.

If you have suggestions for me, I’d be glad to read about them. Alex is an active 12 yr. old boy…interested in Wars, guns, science, legos, video games and loves nature! He is not quite up to 4th grade level, so I need things that keep his interest and aren’t too ‘babyish!’

Deborah Mumm
Everything for Adoption