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Does anyone homeschool their kids? We are thinking about pulling our son out of PS ( we have homeschooled before but he's in PS for 1st) but his needs aren't being met ( he's gifted and talented). So, next year we will have a 2nd grader and 2 K....Just wanted to know if there was anyone else out there in turk land that homeschools...
 

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I do!

I homeschool my little sister via Webcam. She's mostly in 4th.
 

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I thought seriously about homeschooling my daughter, due to her having a fatal peanut/egg allergy. I ended up finding a wonderful private school here with small class size and two on campus nurses, so she can be properly watched over.

She's pretty average across the board in smarts, but is gifted and talented in chatting too much, "visiting", and friend making. Private school ended up being very much so what she needed socially. I did see many, many advantages to homeschooling though. Good luck in making a decision of what's right for your family, and feel free to PM me. I did a lot of extensive research into homeschooling, and I have some resources/info I could share. Also, I'm sure PrincessGinaMarie 🍭 @Princess Gina Marie homeschools as well.
 

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I am considering homeschooling my two, but only if we move to a less restrictive state (PA has some pretty strict homeschooling laws). I was homeschooled until college (graduated at 19) except for first grade, so I can offer some perspective there if you need it. My parents decided it was a good idea because 1: my older sister was being bullied and not learning well due to that, and 2: I was advanced and spent a lot of my school time with my head down on my desk because I would finish my work early. My sister and I did a combo of online programs and unschooling.
 
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My little brother just started getting homeschooled because of all the bullying in school they won't take care of. I bought a USB microscope(up to 200x) for less than $50 and he thinks looking at thing in it is super cool. 8th grade. Makes science way more interesting than some dumb worksheets. Might make the science aspect more fun for your kid. School kinda sucks and SEEING some of the stuff that gets talked about grow and work can make it sink in way better than what school does. My sister is studying to be a teacher and she said she's gonna buy some of the USB microscopes for science once shes done and gets a classroom because it's way easier to see what little stuff is doing. And the old school eye piece microscopes are a pain in the ass to deal with. Even myself I've had fun playing with it. That could make certain science things more fun. I'm kinda more clever than most people and I really wish I didn't have to deal with public school. I dropped out of high school after a maddening dozen years in PS because it was driving me crazy. I'd be so much better off if they had just turned me loose in a library. I kicked ass on all the testing but the constant BS worksheets and babying really made me hate learning for so long. I'm still not 'formally' educated but with a computer you can learn so much. If you think your kid would be okay with homeschooling do it IMO. Organized schooling sucks a bag of dicks. Really fucked up my perspective on learning and stuff for years. It gets so boring working with dull people that smart people will always begin to hate it because they have to kinda work down at dumb people's level. You'd be doing the kid a favor for real.
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This post is about me in home school 15-16 years ago. I'm sure things have changed :)

I was homeschooled for the last year and a half of high school, and I honestly enjoyed it but I don't think I actually learned much. Quick back story, my parents brought me to Chile when I was 7, and we stayed there for 8 years, with two years back in the States at various intervals. The school I went to was set up for other kids in my situation, so honestly like 50 people in the entire school.

I honestly caught on quick to everything so my basic and intermediate math skills are great, but towards the end in homeschool I was given the option to kinda take whatever I needed to to get a diploma. And that screwed me for college. I went in being great at the basics, but since I went to a really weird school, then homeschool, I was basically stuck in basic classes trying to figure out what the hell everything was.

Now of course my situation is rare, and I graduated in 2001, so I'm sure it's different. But the curriculum at that time was so bare, and kind of just let the child do whatever with almost no supervision. I'm really sad I didn't try harder but I was a teen who would rather have fun than focus on studies

My niece is in homeschool now due to some bullying issues, and from what I've seen (helping with homework, or reviewing tests, etc) it's changed a lot. Her program has a gym Program where kids can play sports together, and even has a nice volleyball and basketball program.

I'm guessing it's changed, but my two cents would be that in any homeschooling program the parent has to be at least twice as invested as the kid. I love my parents to death, but my education has really really screwed me in a lot of ways.

I'm smart, but if you don't learn the basics of things, it's hard to succeed in higher education.

One thing that might help supplement home school learning is things like Khan academy. I'm 32, and have been using them to fill in gaps in my knowledge for about a year now. I think at a current homeschool level, supplementing with something like Khan or a similar program would be incredibly valuable.
 
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Oh wow- I had no clue I would get so many responses....I'm starting to read through them all now and I'm sure I will have a TON of questions...thank you all so much!
 

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I home school my 2 LOs One is 5th grade the other is 2nd/3rd .

I use a virtual school for my oldest(but this is going to be her last year in it), and the youngest I just use online programs in combination with books and projects that I find myself.
 

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we homeschool (we use an online program, though - which sort of makes it easier on me :)
For anyone thinking about starting to homeschool I do recommend using an online program. Just using it for one year, gives you insight on how to set up lessons and seeing hands on what things work great for your child while others, not so much.

I do agree the online programs make it easier on me too, cause I can send her to online class during times when I may need to directly focus on something else.
 

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I homeschool my monsters. My 18 year old just graduated, and I have a 12 yr old in 7th or so as well as a 6yr old in 2nd. We do a combo of unschooling and child led learning
 
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I home school my son who is on the spectrum. The special education services he was getting through public school were good, but I just felt my son needed more one on one attention that he wasn't necessarily getting when he transitioned from a classroom of ten students in pre-k to nearly 30 in Kindergarten. I'm so pleased with the progress my son has made since I started homeschooling. It's definitely the way to go for us.
 
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