Homeschooling PA child

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 4:19am
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Hi everyone. I am homeschooling my 5yr old this year and am looking for anyone else who may be doing so also for food sensitive children . Thanks so much. Becky

Posted on: Wed, 10/13/1999 - 1:07pm
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Hi. I am a homeschooling mom of 2 children. My oldest is 5, and SEVERELY allergic to peanuts (aren't we all *grin*). My youngest is almost 2, and we pray she's not allergic to peanuts (and don't intend to feed her any anyway!). We've been homeschooling for 2 years, last year was a trial period. And we love it.

Posted on: Thu, 10/14/1999 - 1:11pm
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Thanks for letting me know that I am not the only mom homeschooling a PA child. Sometimes everyone tries to make me feel guilty like I'm just too protective. But don't we have to be (grin). I hate the P word! Oh,by the way, we love homeschooling also. Becky

Posted on: Fri, 10/15/1999 - 9:41am
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I accidentally posted my response under Schools/Homeschool. Also, anytime you want to chat, you can email me [email]dwallace@westcolebrooke.com[/email]. Good luck.

Posted on: Tue, 03/07/2000 - 2:33pm
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I am in my second year of h.s. my p.a. child. Only 74 days left in first grade. Next year will be second grade and 5-K. We are both learning a lot but I find it stressful. I wanted to send her to private school next year but the school refuses to do any preventative measures and she is "airborne" allergic. There are 4 severely p.a. children at the school and just recently a reaction occurred but they still just don't get it! It doesn't help when the other parents don't take their child's allergy serious and don't make any demands/requests of the school to ensure safety. My husband, who is extremely logical and level headed, thinks it would be a terrible mistake to send her there. I will probably join a correspondence school next year to avoid the stress of putting my own curricul. together. We have all learned a tremendous amount and hope next year will be easier.

Posted on: Wed, 03/08/2000 - 3:04pm
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We home educate all our kids. My five year old is PA and is not 'officially' schooling but is learning to read. Homeschooling works well for our family. We've been teaching and learning at home seven years.
Donna

Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2000 - 2:31am
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From the South: Have you checked out the Horizons curriculum? (from The HomeSchool)? They offer a wonderful curriculum, each individually laid-out, and providing step-by-step instructions, so you never have to worry about "doing the right thing". Glad to hear your homeschooling is doing so well.

Posted on: Sun, 03/19/2000 - 12:25pm
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Yes, I have a friend that uses Horizon. I hope to use a curric. more in line with my faith. I have narrowed it down to Our Lady of the Rosary School or Seton Home School. Last year and this year is mostly Sonlight with supplements from Christian Liberty & Abeka (along with the tons of Scholastic Books, God's World Book Club, and Christian Book Distributor's items that I have ordered!) We just started the Children's Power Glide Spanish program. I love it! There seems to be unlimited options to choose from when putting a curric. together. Not at all what I expected when I started two years ago!

Posted on: Tue, 03/21/2000 - 2:00am
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Congratulations sahmom!
My family had a wonderful experience homeschooling.
My mother removed my two younger sisters from elementary school (10 yrs ago) due to corruption and abuse at the hands of the faculty and students.
My sisters are incredibly bright young women who academically place above their peers-despite my mother's inexperience teaching.
The homeschooling organization they are a member of is called either Conlera or Clonlera. I tried to search for them on the internet but I couldn't find it.
I plan to homeschool my 19 mos old PA son because of his allergy and because of my family's success.
The level of red tape you may encounter will depend on the state in which you live. Massachusetts is very liberal and 90% democratic, so we never had too many problems. New York is next to impossible to homeschool. The south (Georgia), as I have heard, is pretty liberal in terms of homeschooling.
Good Luck!
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Posted on: Wed, 04/05/2000 - 4:14am
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Our son is extremly allergic to peanuts. Now airboren and otherwise.We are making the committment to Home School our 12 year old next year. He will be in the 7th grade.
We have had a great experiance at the Elementary level. Support, implimented plans, wonderful teachers and support staff.
So why change now? The middle school inviroment and his sensitivity has increased to air-born allergen to Peanuts as of last week.
WOW, He hadn't had a sever reaction, at school in 2 years. The last was after touching the play equipment after another child touched it the previous recess. ( It had also rained between recesses.)
The newest reaction happened last week at school.A package of sunflower seeds that included the words "May contain Peanut Oil, was given at lunch to those students who took hot lunch. Our son doesn't take hot lunch and remains in the classroom during lunch time. All students eat in their rooms. His teacher quickly took all the packets off the trays and shut the door between his classroom and other rooms. She also asked that everyone wash their hands and that no one from outside his classroom come in without washing their hands first. We thought all the bases were covered. When the door was opened between the rooms after recesses our son started to react by having a very bad stomach-ach . Then his head and neck turned very dark red and he began to swell around the eyes and forhead. Of course we had to inject and transport.
So, I believe there is now no "safe" classroom invironment for our son. The District has suggested a separate room with a TV screen and talk switch avilible at the middle school next year. Our son's comment was don't make me a boy in a fishbowl.We hope that our District will provide a tutor for our son at home. We have a 504 plan meeting next week.
Has anyone gone though or is going though this? Is anyone home teaching a PA child in the middle school years?
Brenda

Posted on: Wed, 04/05/2000 - 12:31pm
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Brenda,
I am sorry I don't have any info on this. I just wanted to send my heartfelt sorrow to you and your son. He is right that he shouldn't have to feel so isolated. It's hard enough to BE a middle-schooler, much less have to be singled out. I have to commend his teacher and school for trying, though. I pray you find support for your decision. My sister-in-law homeschools her three older children, the oldest in middle school. There are so many great home-school networks now. I hope you find one that meets your needs. Good luck.

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