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Posted on: Tue, 12/19/2006 - 8:37am
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We are homeschooling too.
Our five year old is nka and our three year old is mfa. We love the homeschool lifestyle!
Good luck to you on this new journey.

Posted on: Tue, 12/19/2006 - 2:40pm
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Thank you all so much for sharing with me!
KS mom- I understand about the worry and frustration, we've been there for 5 months now, it's stress city.
Corvallis mom- thanks for all the tips! I have read alot about H.S. and I have decided to go the traditional approach for now. I am a certified teacher still and that way only comes natural to me! We will be flexible though, I'm sure. I'm going to start talking to groups after Christmas, I'll proceed with caution!
lalow-I know what you mean about kids just naturally learning! My son seems to be teaching himself how to tell time lately, it's amazing! This age is fun to watch.
2BusyBoys- OOOOhh! the lifestyle. The flexiblity for vacations, and etc. is one thing I will certainly enjoy.
I've got one thing to ask all of you. How hard is it to work with the allergy through HS groups??? I'm sure different people (and regions) are not alike, but just in general??
I'm nervous, but looking forward to the adventure!

Posted on: Tue, 12/19/2006 - 7:44pm
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We are homeschooling as well, for a variety of reasons. My 7 yo and my 9 yo are both in 3rd grade. I don't think that public schools would let a 7 yo (he just turned 7 in April) in 3rd grade. My 9 yo is very immature for her age and somewhat slow and has a pronounced stutter (we are getting ready to take her to a speech therapist for that) so I'm not really sure how she would fare in public school. She often needs extra help with her lessons, which I'm not sure she would get in a public school. My just-turned 11 yo (pa/tna) is in 5th grade. All three are doing very well at home but they still complain every day when they have to do their lessons. They've never been to public school so they don't realize how good they have it. lol.
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Posted on: Tue, 12/19/2006 - 10:17pm
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Quote:Originally posted by TinaM:
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I've got one thing to ask all of you. How hard is it to work with the allergy through HS groups??? I'm sure different people (and regions) are not alike, but just in general??
I'm nervous, but looking forward to the adventure! [/b]
Our main hs group is small (about 15 families) and has been so understanding and careful! It truly has been amazing for us. It helps that another family in our group is also dealing with pa. Of course there are times when an activity just seems too risky and we skip it. Those have been few and far between. We joined a group that was just getting started. I think that helped vs. jumping into an established group with established habits.

Posted on: Wed, 12/20/2006 - 12:18am
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Quote:
...I don't think that public schools would let a 7 yo (he just turned 7 in April) in 3rd grade.....
All three are doing very well at home but they still complain every day when they have to do their lessons. They've never been to public school so they don't realize how good they have it. lol.
Isn't THAT the truth!!! This is our situation as well. There are times that my um, "little princess" doesn't think much of homeschooling, or of Mom, for that matter. She pines for a "real" school and a "real teacher" which makes Dad and I grit our teeth... We're both ex-educators.
Anyway-- we eventually went to a cyberschool so that she has an "official" school record. It was important to us so that people would stop diminishing her capability and accomplishments with a dismissive "Oh, but she's homeschooled." So what. She's homeschooled so we're making it up? Is that it? Unfortunately, you do end up needing to "prove it" to a fair number of people and this allows her to be involved in ability-appropriate activities that her age makes her too young for. (She's 7 and entering 5th grade in Feb.)
Homeschool groups. We have not found an inclusive HS group that we were comfortable hanging around with. Locally we have two groups of people-- those who HS because they are afraid of what PS is teaching their kids, and those who HS because they believe that kids should be free to follow their every impulse. Neither philosophy is very compatible with ours... and the second can be a dangerous group from a FA standpoint.
We have met some great homeschooling families in the places they hang out during the day, however. The library... swimming lessons. (Lessons and practices for school-aged kids that occur during the regular school day are great places to find them.) School supply stores!
I also wanted to plug Singapore math. Both from our experience and also from a pedagogical standpoint-- this one is a real standout. It gives kids critical thinking skills about problem solving. That is the foundation for all higher math and all science, too. We mourn its loss each day with Calvert math. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/frown.gif[/img] (Which is what our cyberschool supplies.)
Personally, we found that Charlotte Mason worked GREAT for us. My DD is quite the reader and quite the talker. But we used Montessori methods for preK/K.
We definitely started out homeschooling with MFA as a huge part of the picture... but it soon became apparent that a profoundly gifted child was also going to have a great deal of difficulty in getting FAPE out of a school as well. Even without her MFA, we would be reluctant to enroll her in a B+M school now. Of course, our cybercharter means that finally my tax dollars are doing [i]something for ME.[/i]

Posted on: Wed, 12/20/2006 - 4:22am
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our homeschool group has been ok with it all but it depends on the people. we have a small group and they range some are VERY accomidating and others frankly just forget or dont care. for the most part it isnt a great issue cause we typically dont eat together but sometimes on park days there is an occasional incident. I have had to ask people to have their kids wash their hands which they did very willingly. (one 9 year old was just covered with PB) we do alot at the library where eating isnt allowed and i bring his own food or skip some other activities where it is there. There are several homeschool groups in this area and I chose a small one cause we are pretty compatable and i figured the fewer people to explain it all to the better. Different groups seem to have their own personalities and sometimes can be very judgemental. We dont do school at home or anything close but I like our group cause many there that do and they dont care that we dont... as long as you dont call them in the mornings [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img] They are deffinately more accepting of what ever works for you family.
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Ben 3 yrs, PA and MA and SA

Posted on: Thu, 12/21/2006 - 4:10am
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Well, I guess we'll start looking at groups soon, but we're in no hurry. We live in a very small southern town and it will be hard trying to find activities and etc., but we will manage and hopefully much better!
To rid ourselves of the fear and frustration that we've gone through will be an advancement to say the least!
I'm glad many of you have had positive experiences with your groups and homeschooling in general, it gives me hope!

Posted on: Thu, 12/21/2006 - 12:20pm
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We've had no luck finding groups around here. My kids go to the YMCA twice a week for swimming and sometimes they go for other sports too. My oldest goes to horseback riding lessons once a week. I'm always hoping they'll make some friends out of these activities but they haven't so far-but at least they're around other kids (all ages, not just their own age). They are "friends" but they don't see each other outside the activities.
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Posted on: Fri, 02/09/2007 - 11:56pm
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Just wanted to bring this back up to the top again...
I want to thank each of you who responded to my thread. It has been most helpful and supportive.
To update...
We are really enjoying homeschooling! Just getting rid of the pain of public school is a blessing in itself! DS is doing great and is learning by leaps and bounds.
We are taking it one day at a time. We haven't gotten into the groups yet, as we're taking things slowly. We especially love the flexibility of H.S. We do have a regular schedule, but it's nice to be able to accomodate sick days and etc.
Thanks again for the re-assuring thoughts about homeschooling!

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 3:37am
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Up until last weekend I never thought of homeschooling my children. Now that my baby has a PA and I am researching and finding out how scary this is I am starting to wonder if I need to do that when he is school-aged. It is so overwhelming right now. I am sure I will have a better idea when he is old enough for kindergarten.
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