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I was home schooled for three years.. I had been in a private school up until 6th grade, but the school only went up to grade 8. At the time, I didn't want to deal with finding a new school so I begged and begged my mom to home school me. I thought it would be awesome. Turned out, it made me miserable. I had always done well academically and continued to do so. I had friends and a few extracurricular activities to keep me occupied as well, but still.. I feel like I missed out on a lot--especially the social aspect of things. I was soo unhappy. Finally, I told my mom I wanted to go back to public school and it was definitely the right thing for me to do. Because of my experience, I swore I'd never home school my children..ever.

I'm not saying any of that to discourage anyone from home schooling their children, though. It really works great for some families.. mine just wasn't one of them. I mostly just want to impress upon anyone who chooses to home school the importance of checking up on what your kids think about the whole situation from time to time.. Listen to how they feel about being home schooled and let that be your guide. As long as they're happy and doing well, everything should be fine.

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I don't homeschool but I know of mom who do. If I had the patience, I definitely would! I totally understand why parents do though. I do think it works for some and not for others. I wish you luck!!

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I tried sending you a PM but your mailbox is full. :(

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I tried sending you a PM but your mailbox is full. :(

Who did you try to reach?

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Who did you try to reach?

:smackingf Oops! I tried PM'ing Nurseybaby05.

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I'm a homeschooled senior in high school, so I'm not sure if I can accurately answer your questions, as they seem to be meant for parents.... but I'll try to do what I can. :)

Probably the biggest advantage homeschooling has provided for me is flexibility. My parents oversee my schoolwork, but I pretty much set my own schedule. Using a schedule works best for me personally (as everyone's different), but this is usually a bit difficult to manage between sports and other extracurriculars -- ie youth group, piano lessons, a part-time job, etc.

Homeschooling is really what you make it. You can accelerate or slow down the curriculum according to how well the student is grasping the materials; for example, I was able to get done with some subjects by 11th grade -- and then begin getting some college classes out of the way -- whereas I took more time with other subjects. It definitely takes discipline, though, to stay on track. But let me encourage you -- it's incredibly rewarding!! I am so grateful towards my parents for making the sacrifice to homeschool. I'll be going to college on full scholarship next Fall; but believe me, I'm no genius -- all that is completely a result of some very faithful parents I'm blessed to have. :)

Hope this helps a little and good luck if that's what you decide to do!!

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I home schooled my kids for several years when we traveled with a construction worker dad/spouse. I recommend it if you have a good curriculum. We did PACs and the kids were tested at the start and end of each year. They were tested before we began the process and where they tested is where they started, i.e. 2nd grade math, 4th grade English, etc. No sliding by if they didn't like what they needed to learn; we kept at it till they got it. Funny thing...they did well and could get all their work done by noon which gave us time to get out and explore and learn about the world around us. They went back to public school when the oldest 2 were in high school; they were all tested before public school would place them. My oldest 2 tested about freshman in college and my 6th grader tested high school senior. About 3 months after going back to public school, they wanted to get back into home schooling but I had started nursing school by then.

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I home schooled my kids for several years when we traveled with a construction worker dad/spouse. I recommend it if you have a good curriculum. We did PACs and the kids were tested at the start and end of each year. They were tested before we began the process and where they tested is where they started, i.e. 2nd grade math, 4th grade English, etc. No sliding by if they didn't like what they needed to learn; we kept at it till they got it. Funny thing...they did well and could get all their work done by noon which gave us time to get out and explore and learn about the world around us. They went back to public school when the oldest 2 were in high school; they were all tested before public school would place them. My oldest 2 tested about freshman in college and my 6th grader tested high school senior. About 3 months after going back to public school, they wanted to get back into home schooling but I had started nursing school by then.

That is one of the things I liked about it - the kids got their homework done early - by noon-ish. School wasn't an all day chore. And we could just get out of the house and DO THINGS. Field trips, hiking, swimming, skiing . . . :up:

steph

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I am currently homeschooling my children.

I enjoy being with my kids. I find that some days I may be learning as much as they are. I am a little mystified by everyones attitude about not wanting to be around their kids too much. My greatest pleasure is being with my kids.....except for those rare moments I want to pinch their cute little heads off.lol

Seriously, we are using an awesome literature based curriculum that works all together but changes the pace frequently enough to really keep my girl engaged. An added bonus to homeschooling is that when she gets interested or excited about something we can spend as much time on that subject as we want. We don't have to skim to stay on someone else's schedule.

Remember too that when you are only schooling your children that it doesn't usually take 6-8 hours a day to get a full day of schooling done.

We do belong to a coop. It is more of a social, extra-curricular group. We do PE type activities, field trips etc. Our group has a christian basis but it is not overwhelming.

Good luck to you.

pm me if you have any other questions.

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