Please help me with the idea of homeschooling

Posted on: Fri, 07/18/2003 - 2:11am
Tamie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

I would like to homeschool my 6 year old dd, I think it offers a lot of benefits, probably more for me because of the peace of mind, I know that sounds selfish, but the stress of school is killing me! As some of you know, I have had so many problems with my dd's school last year. She does have a 504 and it was broken a couple of times. The woman that is the coordinater for her is a real witch, and thats being nice about her. I asked for another person and there isn't anyone else. This lady has no compassion whatsoever and doesn't believe my dd's allergy is significant, anyway....I really want to homeschool, I don't know if I can deal with the stress of another school year like the last one. My dd doesn't want to be homeschooled, she likes her friends and will miss them so much. I don't have other small children, just 2 teenagers so she doesn't have any little ones to play with. The area I live in is very small and we don't have neighbors with kids, actually we only have 2 neighbors miles away. Can someone share the benefits of homeschooling and did your kids once go to school and do they miss it? It breaks my heart that my dd is not happy with this idea. Thanks so much for your support.

Posted on: Fri, 07/18/2003 - 2:15am
e-mom's picture
Joined: 04/23/2000 - 09:00

There are a ton of people of this site that do homeschool. I'm sure you will receive many responses. A thread was recently started in Off Topic by AnnaMarie, I believe asking similar questions--not sure if you already saw it I just wanted to make sure that you knew.
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Posted on: Fri, 07/18/2003 - 2:59am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

are you up to the challenge of having the kids in your home on a regular basis ?
You can invite the friends either after school, or on saturdays. Start a club of some sort, where they will learn to do crafts and see each other outside of school.
Or invite a few friends over to participate in a project. Get them to write a play and act it out, for example.
You may also try and see how open to homeschooling is the school ? Some schools (but not the majority) will let you homeschool, and still allow the child to participate in after school activities. You have the perfect case for that. You're removing a "troublesome" child from the school, making everyone's life easier (from their shelfish point of view), so maybe they will agree to have your kid attend after school stuff.
My kids have never been to school, and we get the socialisation elsewhere.

Posted on: Fri, 07/18/2003 - 3:02am
darthcleo's picture
Joined: 11/08/2000 - 09:00

Benefits to convince your daughter:
1. she can wake up whenever she wants.
2. she can do homework in her pyjamas.
3. there's no class when she's sick.
4. there's no homework to deal with after class, thus more free time to go and play with others.
5. she can do more arts (assuming she's the artsy type, substitute activities based on her interests) per day, than she does in a week at school.

Posted on: Fri, 07/18/2003 - 4:02am
MeCash's picture
Joined: 04/18/2001 - 09:00

My heart just wants to say... [b][i]"Go for it, girl!"[/b][/i]
There is a thread in Off Topic about homeschooling going on... but, you're welcome to email me (listed in profile) anytime for a more detailed response.
I love it, personally. We do have a lot of socializing options outside of school due to where we live, but I LOVE darthcleo's idea of asking the school system whether or not they would be open to allowing your DD to participate in after school activities (and potentially, some daytime activities, such as band or cheerleading later on).
My son did kindergarten at a private school, 1st grade in public and 2nd/3rd homeschooled. My step-son just finished 3rd grade in public and is now starting 4th home schooled. HE loves it. He's more challanged (which he wanted) and is done in 3 hours ~ which he can do anytime during the day... take breaks, play nintendo, do some reading, take a test.. it's so nice.
I don't plan to ever send them back or send my DD to public school. I MIGHT send my son who is Asperger's and PA to a special autism school that is opening in the county, because they could definitely offer him more in terms of services which right now I am rethinking in terms of what he really NEEDS... but I don't know yet how I feel about that. I'd want to be very involved, if I did that, but academically, he's doing GREAT. It's the other autistic spectrum issues he isn't doing so well with lately. It might just be summer, or it might be that his step-brother is now being home schooled, too. Don't know yet.
I say.. give it a try. If you try it and like it, you'll stick with it. If you try it and you or your DD hate it, then there's ALWAYS still the school!

Posted on: Fri, 07/18/2003 - 3:08pm
tgab's picture
Joined: 06/24/2000 - 09:00

If your dd is concerned about not being with her friends, you should see if there is a homeschooling group in your area. It is possible that she could take a few classes with other homeschooled kids (like PE), or get together with them during the day, etc. I homeschooled my dd for K and 1st. She will be going to public school 2nd this fall. I have no doubt that if we lived somewhere else, we would still be homeschooling. We live in a very small town, with no homeschool groups nearby. All of her friends are in public school, and so, she wants to go too. My dd is very social. I think finding groups and other homeschooling friends is the key.

Posted on: Sun, 07/20/2003 - 1:02am
Tamie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

After some discussion with my dd, she said she would like to be homeschooled, of course, we still have a month to decide for sure. Anyway, I need to start getting things (books, supplies), and have no idea where to start. My dh said he heard that the Calvert one was good, but I don't know if it's several books or one. Do I get a book for each subject? I have searched homeschooling sites but haven't seen any kind of list, can anyone help me? Thanks

Posted on: Sun, 07/20/2003 - 2:13am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Tamie ~
We use Calvert, and I've been really pleased. Some people call it "school in a box," as you receive everything you need, right down to pencils and paper! The supplies are included because Calvert is used quite a bit overseas (missionaries' and diplomats' families), and by people who sail year round with their kids - people who can't just run to their local BigMart and stock up!
Because Calvert has a private day school, some states will recognize your enrollment as enrollment in a private school, which can make some of the red tape issues easier, if your state is one that requires a lot of paperwork from homeschoolers.
They have a website, which I think they've been updating for the past day or two, where you can find out all about the curriculum, and print out sample lessons and so forth.
There are also at least two e-mail lists for Calvert users that you might be interested in -- a general one, and one for moms of "onlies" and moms homeschooling kids who are quite a bit younger than their siblings. If you plan on doing first grade, there are five or six of us on the latter list who will be starting that curriculum in August or September.
-Sue [img][/img]

Posted on: Mon, 07/21/2003 - 5:11am
Tamie's picture
Joined: 09/23/2002 - 09:00

Where do I order the whole kit from? Thanks!!

Posted on: Mon, 07/21/2003 - 6:04am
ACBaay's picture
Joined: 03/19/2002 - 09:00

Hi Tamie,
There is also a homeschool topic running in the off-topic section. It may offer additional ideas.

Posted on: Mon, 07/21/2003 - 6:13am
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Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Hi, Tamie ~
I'm going to see if this link will work:
It did. [img][/img] There's obviously a lot more to the site, but this will give you a starting point. If you click on "community," at the bottom of the page, it'll take you to a bulletin board where you can ask specific questions.
[This message has been edited by M'smom (edited July 21, 2003).]


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