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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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Aidan (3 yrs) - so far no food allergies

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 7:23am
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We just started homeschooling, too, although I've always wanted to and have been on homeschooling email lists for years. Food allergies did end up playing a big role in our decision, but learning and behavioral problems with our eldest non-allergic one were a big part too. If my daughter didn't have multiple life threatening allergies, I'd probably feel more comfortable with sending her to a public school, but I've never been a huge fan of schools anyway, so it just worked out for us all to do this.
As far as homeschool groups go, I've been very reluctant to jump into involvement with them thus far. The food allergies are the biggest issue (I've put out feelers trying to find other homeschoolers with food allergies who would be willing to do regular food free things), but soon I may take the plunge and join a co-op. This is a huge problem for me in general.
I can't say I feel like a homeschool success story, but it's getting better!

Posted on: Sat, 02/10/2007 - 11:55am
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we joined a homeschooling group for one main reason... so that my son would know that other people are homeschooled and he wont be the only one. everybody he knew was going to start school and he needed to meet some kids that were not. he has made some friends there but he doesnt see many of them other places besides those function (a couple of them are in other classes or church with him). but most of the friends he plays with are in public school. we have had very few food issues as most of the activities dont have anything to do with food.
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Ben 4 yrs, PA and MA

Posted on: Mon, 02/12/2007 - 7:33am
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slk70, I've been where you're at several years ago and I can say that I wish I had put my energy and time into homeschool planning rather than public school planning!
However, I know that everyone's situation is unique, so you'll have to figure out what's best for you.
lauramacf, all I can say is that we are happy for now. We hope it continues!
lalow, I know what you mean about letting your child know that there's other homeschooled kids out there. DS is asking about that and he's a very social kind of kid, so I will do whatever it takes to cover that area, whether it be groups or etc. We do get in several activities through church and friends, so that helps.
TinaM
Jacob, 5 yrs., PA

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 6:27am
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I homeschooled last year, but not by choice. We were battling with our school district and were forced to homeschool until we were sure the school was safe.
Our daughter thrived academically, but was absolutely miserable socially. Every day she would ask when she could go to school. She went to preschool for three years and loved it.
If your child is not a social butterfly and can handle the situation, it might be a good alternative. I would just suggest involving your child in as many social activities, field trips and outings as possible. I know this helped our daughter and me feel less isolated. We also joined homeschooling groups and are still in contact with some of those people today. We homeschool through the virtual academy and it was great - they provide all the materials, have an incredibly rich and academically advanced curriculum with plenty of support from teachers, staff and administrators. There are chat groups, field trips and much more. It's definitely worth looking into if your are going that route.
I hope whatever you decide, you enjoy the experience.
Stay safe

Posted on: Sun, 04/09/2006 - 11:00am
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Here's another alternative. Cyberschooling! If you are already considering HSing but would rather be part of a larger "community" we've so far been very impressed with Connections Academy. They do group field trips but it evidently isn't mandatory to go on any particular field trip...
(The curriculum is from the Calvert School, which is academically superb.)
Plus because it is a public charter school, its your tax dollar hard at work! In other words, it is "free." Other than the fact that you almost have to have one SAH parent.
If you are new to Homeschooling, this has another big advantage of giving you a teacher to fall back on for professional guidance when you need it. It [i]is[/i] highly structured, however, so if you are an unschooling type, this may feel confining. But you do get to decide whether you want to do short lessons each day or "block" scheduling, and give lots of options to tailor things to different preferences. They also seem to be pretty sensitive to different learning styles.
[url="http://www.connectionsacademy.com/state/home.asp?sid=fl"]http://www.connectionsacademy.com/state/home.asp?sid=fl[/url]
DOH! Just realized that this is what the above post was also talking about!!
Wanted to also add that we did independent eclectic HS for three years (give or take) and it is not that hard either, as long as you have a child whose learning style you can figure out how to accommodate. My daughter is strongly VERBAL so this wasn't a problem. Did I mention that she talks a lot? No-- I mean [i]a lot[/i]... LOL! We virtually LIVED at the library, and she read for hours each day. Kind of a modified Charlotte Mason approach with extra math instruction. Not a bad education, really. She just wanted to experience "school," and this turned out to be our only real option. (She's class 6, w/Hx of ana and demonstrably aerosol sensitive.)
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Posted on: Thu, 04/13/2006 - 2:02pm
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We homeschool and we're in Florida!
I looked into homeschooling when I was staring preschool in the face. Couldn't imagine sending DD to the wolves without an Epi (or even WITH an epi!). Haha! But, even though PA brought us to homeschooling, DH and I know that if PA were to vanish tomorrow, we'd continue homeschooling.
Florida is one of those "tweener" states. They don't give us free reign, but the requirements are pretty easy to deal with. Have you checked out [url="http://www.fpea.com?"]www.fpea.com[/url] ? The convention is coming up at the end of May in Orlando. Might be a good time to check it out. There is always a workshop on New to Homeschooling and another one about the Law.
If you want more info, just let me know. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/img]
Carolyn
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