Homeschooling while in Nursing School? LONG!!

  1. Hi all,

    I have a major problem and I need some advise

    I have 4 children, ages 17 [daughter], 13, 12, and 9 [sons].

    My 13 y/o [Josh] is in the 5th grade. He had severe dyslexia and didn't learn to read until this time last year. I called his school in January to see about having him tested for gifted, but they refused. The principal told me that he is where he needs to be. :angryfire

    On his first report card he made the Honor roll!! 1st time ever!! I was happy and so was Josh. Problems started shortly there after. He grades fell and he had no homework. I asked what was going on and he said he got it done in school.

    Here are his grades for this yr. so far:

    Conduct: A A A

    Work and study habits: A- B B

    Reading: A B C
    [Reading level 5th grade] This is bull. He is reading my nursing books!!

    Language: A- B B-

    Spelling: B- C+ B-

    Handwritng: U U U [unsatisfactory]

    Math: A- C B

    Social Studies: B B- B+

    Science/Health: B+ A- B-

    He also passed ISTEP. State required test for the 5th grade. He took it in the FALL before having any instruction in 5th grade!!

    When I asked him why his grades went down, he told me he was bored. So I started testing him at home to see if he was telling the truth. He is reading my Maternal and newborn nursing book. I thought he was looking at the pictures of naked ladies. I mean after all he is a boy. He also reads my A & P book and my Med/Surg book.

    When I asked about math he said he had the assignments done before the class period was over. So I tested his math skills on He passed 6th grade math and 7th grade math with flying colors!!! He can do things I didn't even know what they were. Probibility jumps out.

    In Science, he is reading Apollo 13, plus all my nursing and A & P books. In Social Studies, he has read so many biographies, I can't keep track.

    My son wants me to homeschool him. I have done this before but I wasn't in school. I put them all in school 2 yrs. before I started back.

    I already have his math program arranged. He will take ALEKS. It is a computer program similar to Deep Blue. It is NOT a game and it teaches and tutors from arthmetic all the way through College physics. Here is the link if anyone else is interested:

    Now to my schedule for Next Fall:

    I am taking Peds the first 8 weeks and my hours are as follows, [this is also my med/surg 2 schedule]:

    Monday Lecture 1-150
    Tuesday no class
    Wednesday: 1-2:50 lecture and 3.30-5.20
    Thursday: 8-2.50 clinical
    Friday: 1-2.50 Lecture

    My husband works nights and will be home with Josh every day except Thursday. He should be home at about 9 am.

    Josh has a mustache and is really developing. The principal said to just keep bolstering his self-esteem. He will be in 8th grade and will be able to DRIVE!! if we stay on the PS shedule.] The principal said that the corp. doesn't advance student unless they have been pulled out of the corp. [i.e. homeschooled] Then when Josh comes back they will place him with his peers [8th grade].

    I am just frustrated and overwhelmed and need to know what you think. Can I do this? Will it cause me major problems with my classes? I can't just ignore Josh. He is losing his mind r/t boredem. To make matters worse his 12 y/o brother is also in 5th grade.

    He basically told me that he just quit trying. His exact words were: "Mom, why should I try to do better when I KNOW it won't matter?"

    He wants to be an OB Dr. and already knows that he is looking at 12 yrs after HS. But he said that by the time he graduates high school he could have had 2 yrs of college under his belt.

    Am I crazy for attempting to do this? My heart is telling me to do it. I can't have my son failing to reach his goal because my schooling got in his way. I am a Mom first and then a nurse.

    Thanks for your advise and for reading this.
  2. 11 Comments

  3. by   Noney
    You're the only one who knows if you can do it. You've done it in the past so you how much work is involved. I actually think you've already made your mind up

    Good luck going to school and home schooling your son.

    I think you can do it.

  4. by   SmilingBluEyes
    HI there. I am Deb, and I Homeschool 2 kids. I think it will be exceedingly hard to homeschool 4 kids and study nursing yourself, but not impossible, with really good planning and a very supportive network of family and friends....find a homeschool association ASAP! This is your first step. They can help you learn of the laws regarding homeschooling in your particular state. This of course, is paramount.

    Also, they can tell you how they creatively schedule and teach each child according to his/her particular aptitudes and learning styles.

    The book: Discover your Child's Learning Style, is a great resource to help you adapt to each child's abilities/ways he/she processes information. MANY people homeschool eclectically, others using online academies and/or curricula.

    Another book: The Everything Homeschooling Book is an invaluable resource to help you get started and point out all the types/names of curricula/academies, etc you may want to explore.

    Now you WILL Have to get REALLY creative to homeschool AND go to nursing school. You will have to schedule things around your classes and I would not pretend that is easy. I Would spend a bit of time starting NOW, inteviewing homeschooling parents and kids and SEE how THEY do it and if it's something you can do. Are you married? If so, MAKE DARN SURE YOUR SPOUSE IS ON BOARD, too. This is NOT something you do alone; the WHOLE family is involved, trust me. He can help you achieve your goals as you set them for each child.

    I wish you well. If you have more specific questions, please feel free to PM me so I can help. Meantime, do a search for homeschool associations/parent groups in your area and START THERE. You will need lots of support to do this....and know-how about the pitfalls to avoid is essential, too! Best of luck, whatever you decide.
  5. by   SmilingBluEyes
  6. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Some more references:

    I have a list of probably 50 other sites you can explore if you choose to undertake homeschooling your kids. Just ask!

  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Don't forget your local library can be an invaluable resource for homeschooling information and materials. And it's FREE!
  8. by   kwagner_51

    Thjanks for the advise and encouragement. I already know the homeschool association in my area. I have made arrangements for Josh to be tested in May, so that I know where to start.

    Josh is the only one I'm homeschooling right now. I also applied to the HSLDA because I expect to have trouble when I pull him out.

    I have already registered with the State Board of Education. I am also testing him myself in June to make sure we are on the right track.

    Can you recommend a good English Grammar site/book?

    Thanks again for your advise and I will be PMing you with more questions!!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I am using Switched-on-Schoolhouse for my son for all basic subjects...the grammar and spelling areas are a challenge for him because this is his toughest area. I like it...program is very exacting and picky, so good habits are established to "do it right" the first time.

    considering A-beka next year for him for other subjects as the CD ROM programs seem to be so time-intensive......extra steps for computer use that is not involved in books.

    In high school I will likely use Laurel Springs online academy for college prep, but we have a lot of work to do before then. Public school left a WHOLE lot to be desired and he did NOT learn all that he should thru 5th grade, so a lot of hard work and catching-up is going on now, as we prepare for high school. (he is in 6th grade now).

    GOOD LUCK and let me know if I can help.
  10. by   jaimealmostRN
    For the record I'd like to say that homeschooling may not be a bad idea for your son, he may thrive from the individualized attention and learning plans. But I'm sure your husband and children (eventually) will not want you to give up your dreams/educational and career goals. I believe that adolesence is hard for everyone, but even more difficult for some (maybe your son). Do you have the means for a small private school or afterschool tutors? That may be a good compromise. Good luck!
  11. by   CVnurse08
    I was homeschooled from 7th grade on and had a really great experience with it. What I thought of when I read your post was how about joining a correspondence school. I know there are some that do younger grades, not just high school. That way the school will mail you all your books and tests for the courses you chose and then all you have to do is have your child do the assignments and take the tests and then send them back to the school for grading. I did that all through high school and it is great for a busy mom like you. Also, make sure and tell your son that homeschooling is going to take a WHOLE LOT of self-determination especially since you won't be there to monitor him some of the time. But I would check into the correspondence school thing ~ some of them I know of are American School, Cambridge Academy, and Thompson. Hope this helps. And by the way, I was a member of the HSLDA and it is well worth the cost of you ever do run into any trouble.
  12. by   SmilingBluEyes
    In case you do not know what the HSLDA is, here is their site:

    Homeschooling Legal Defense Association.
  13. by   nekhismom
    I say you know your child best. DO what's in the best interest of you and your family. Best wishes, and keep us updated!