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Amish and Homeschooling

I have read this past year that Lovina is homeschooling her oldest one point she mentioned waiting for schoolbooks to arrive.  I also homeschool my youngest is going into 7th grade...just a bit younger than Lovina's oldest.  I am wondering if many others in her community homeschool and would she mind sharing about which schoolbooks that she uses?

Re: Amish and Homeschooling

Another source of homeschooling materials other than Pathway publishers would be Rod and Staff. Rod and Staff is an AMish-Mennonite or Beachy Amish company that has very good school books. I taught for five years in a private Christian school and I introduced them to Rod and Staff English grammar. These are superlative grammar books and are lauded on most homeschool websites. They are also incredibly inexpensive, particularly when compared with other company's offerings. Rod and Staff has a full range of materials for grades 1-10 , but I believe they are extending it to 12th grade soon or perhaps already. I think their science books are terrific as well. I used the fifth and sixth grade curriculum and it included the text, a teacher's text, workbooks, and a test booklet. The cost of each was very reasonable, in fact the tests were about $1. They will send you a sample of curiculum for any specific grade you are interested in as well. I also have used Schoolaid books which are used both by Amish and Mennonites.  An O.O. Mennonite schoolteacher friend of mine wrote the health book which was well researched and very science based. Rod and Staff can be ordered directly from their business or online through sites like Anabaptistbookstore. com. Susan

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I have homeschooled 18 year (and have another 11 to go!) We have found it useful to use the Pathway Readers (an Amish reading series) with our children.  The readers do a pretty good job of gaining the interest of the beginner reader and I find the stories found in later readers good for thoughtful reflection on behavior. The kids also find the stories interesting because I grew up not far from Holmes County and had relatives in the communities there.


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Welcome to the forum, LB...yes, you are exactly right: Pathway Publishing is an Amish-run printing/curriculum house with offices in Kitchener, Ontario and Shipshewana-Lagrage, Indiana. It is this publishing house that comprises the bulk of curriculum for Amish schools and Amish home-schoolers....

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Home-schooling has emerged relatively recently in Amish culture as a "third way" of educating children.  Public schools - long the choice for Amish parents - have become too secular, too violent, too technological (I could go on and on) for many.  Although a fair number of Amish parents do still send their children to publics  Amish-run parochial schools (the "one room" schools) are on the other end of the spectrum.  With the exception of the tragedy at Nickel Mines, Amish schools are generally quiet, private, religious, and devoid of the technological intrusions of public schools.  However, some Amish parents believe that separating their children from the mainstream public schools creates a "forbidden fruit" that their teenagers may one day long for.  By exposing the children early on to technology and modern amenities they are, in theory, "immunized" from their temptations.  Computers, cars, ipods aren't a big deal to Amish children in public schools because they've grown up around them.  This is generally the philosophy Lovina espouses and I think her children are LESS like to leave the Amish because they've been exposed so much to the "English" world.  Her youngest children all attend public school.  That said, there are still the issues of violence, drugs, and secularism that public schools offer up, so someone like Lovina might choose to "split the difference" between the two parenting philosophy and home-school their children.  Lovina home-schools her oldest daughter, Elizabeth, simply to remove her from the "dangers" (sex, drugs, booze) that begin to emerge in middle school, sadly.

As far as curriculum, the local Amish-run bookstore offers a wide range of home-schooling packets and texts for "scholars" (the term Amish often use in place of "student").  I picked up a "how to learn German" book from the Amish store, but I'm not doing so well at learning!

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