How hard is it to homeschool? My son is going into the 9th grade and wants to try it...

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Louveda - posted on 04/28/2010

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There are online programs for homeschooling that are awesome. I homeschooled my daughter for 6th grade & she did really well. We used a program called time for learning. www.timeforlearning.com The instruction is very clear & can be reviewed as many times as needed. The first thing you need to do is find out what your state requires for home schoolers. I live in Texas & I just had to sign an affidavit with the school I removed my daughter from stating that I intended to homeschool. The time for learning program made it really easy to keep the records I needed. As far as socialization....check for homeschool groups & programs thru your cities parks & recreations department. It is a very common myth that homeschooled students are less educated & socialized than schooled students.

That said....why does he want to homeschool? Does he think that it will be easier than a regular school environment or is there an issue at school that is causing him anxiety? Homeschooling can be a very rewarding experience but it is not the right choice for every family. As much as I think homeschooling my daughter in 6th grade was the right choice for us at the time, we found a very small charter school that she ended up loving. She is really thriving in the smaller environment & loves being one of 10 7th graders as compared to 1 of 100.

Louise - posted on 04/27/2010

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The first question is why does he want to be homeschooled? It is a very solitary for a young child and to be honest if your maths is anything like my sons maths there is nothing on the paper that I understand. Some people thrive and others fail miserabley. My opinion for what it's worth, is to keep your child in school because they also need to learn how to problem solve with other kids. A social life is really important and a lot of skills are learnt through childrens squabbles and how they rectify them. I think it is sad that your son wishes to come out of school. Does he not like team sports or any aspect of schol that he will be giving up. What about drama and the oportunities to try out new skills like pottery or wood work. Sit down and talk this one out with him pointing out the negatives and then ask yourself do you really have the skills to teach him and the time to give him your full attention. I am sure if you do decide to go ahead there are many associations that will try and support you but be warned it will take a lot of disciplin on your and your sons part. I wish you all the best for the future. xx

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