Considering online homeschooling in the fall Any advice and encouragemeant would be great

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Considering online homeschooling in the fall Any advice and encouragemeant would be great
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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 5:14pm

I have 2 children. A girl who is second grade now and a son who is in the seventh grade now.The reason for my consideration to an online homeschool program is because at the start of this school year my son had to report one of his friends for bringing a weapon to his school. It was very disturbing to my son because there was a major shooting in our area just weeks before

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We home school through a charter school.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Now to address interuptions and errands.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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Wow, your kids (and your whole family) has had a lot of traumatic events to handle in a short time.


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I am not sure that you can offend homeschoolers when it comes to talking about problems at school! ;-) And, you have had more serious problems than most. :-( Just me, I would pull my daughter out now, get some light workbooks and call it good for the year. (Something like BrainQuest. 2nd Grade.) Let her heal in a safe place. I bet her health will improve greatly.

I have 3. We did K12 until last year. (This year we are doing a different program with our ALE so we couldn't afford both.) But, schedule is we get up about 7, and try to start by 8, but it tends to be 8:30. I try to have all three working on some stuff independent while I work on math with the with others. One kid starts with math, another with language Arts, the other does copywork. That rotates around. I have my kids work for 1/2 hour, and depending on age they get before that. We eat lunch about 11. Then as a group we do science, history and art in the afternoon. The older two also practice their musical instruments then. I aim for us to be done around 1:30 or so, but many days it is closer to 2:00.

We have classes one day a week, but I still try to fit in some work. We have speech therapy once a week, vision therapy twice a week. I try very hard to schedule appointments for later in the day because my kids concentrate best in the morning. That rather upset one therapist because they needed afternoon times for school kids and she thought as homeschoolers we should be more flexible, but my kids have a right to learn too. I save my shopping for when we are in town for the classes or other appointments.

What ever program you do, K12 or other, try to find someone else in your area with the same grade and look through the work. K12 is pretty advanced, and they no longer do placement tests for reading and math, which can be frustrating if your children have issues or come from a state with low standards in the public schools. If needed, push to do a level that is more appropriate. Also, with any curriculum, feel free to modify. If it suggests too much busy work, only do part until your child gets the idea. That may be harder if you are doing K12 for the older one as the work is more online and is not complete until the computer says so.

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I'd be more flexible if Dylan didn't require a schedule/routine.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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It is amazing how much the kids are exposed to, in negative interaction and non-supervised areas at schools! The shootings, the bulling, the pressures of academics and pressures in