High School Freshman

Demitera - posted on 03/27/2014 ( 5 moms have responded )

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My daughter will be starting high school next school year. I want to homeschool her and have never done this before, where do I start? Is it possible to homeschool a student in high school? Can I be a working mom and still homeschool?

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Ev - posted on 03/27/2014

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I do not home school my kids because one is now an adult and the youngest is in high school but he needed to be there for the help he gets provided at school for his learning delays and such. I just wanted to make sure that you thought of all the things going on and as far as a good working environment, I meant one clear of distractions and comfortable for her to work in. I can understand why you'd pull her out of that school. We do not have that type of high schools here where the police are constantly on call but they are not immune to kids bringing a gun in and getting caught with it which has happened this school year alone. I asked those questions because my kids' step mother wanted to home school my daughter for no other reason than she wanted to and my daughter wanted to do what her friend was doing. Here In Arkansas the law clearly states only the legal guardians or parents can do home schooling. That means no other relatives or step parents can do that. Also their dad and step mom do not have the means to get them to extra social activities and other things to enhance their educational needs. If you have the capacity to do this then I admire you for what you are doing. A lot of public schools are getting worse by the year with violence and teaching things to our kids we do not want our kids to be forced to learn because it goes against our beliefs, our values, or other things we consider important to our ways of life. But you should look into the laws of your state so you can do this through the proper channels and also go to the school district and find out what they require for graduation so you can keep her up on that. My daughter's friend was home schooled successfully at home in high school and she has her own business now and is working with children with speical needs. And you can work and still home school but look at the laws and see what you need to be doing so you do not get into trouble with the state or school district if you do not meet their requirements to do home schooling.

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Ev - posted on 03/27/2014

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You are welcome. My son and daughter both went to a small country school where the most they had in school population was about 1000 if that. Most kids live in the middle of the country and ride buses in to the three schools in the county. I do not know if that makes the difference or not. I know in the much bigger cities than where I live, it seems like there is more chance of things like what you described in the high school where you are supposed to send your kids. I wish you luck. I wish you well. And I know you will do the best things for your kids as I have done with mine.

Demitera - posted on 03/27/2014

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aside from the safety issues that we are facing next school year, if we are homeschooling her, she will be able to move more quickly in the subjects that come easily to her like science and social studies. On the other hand she can focus more on math, which she has always struggled with. In the past we have seen where public school teachers will spend a class or two teaching a concept and move in order to fit in everything that will be on the state exams.

We have also thought about doing this same thing for my younger daughter, who has some learning issues. She is currently getting help in school (middle school), however it seems as if things are getting any better. We recently had our yearly review for her IEP and nothing has change from when the last review (in March). We will see what happens...again thanks for your feedback :)

Demitera - posted on 03/27/2014

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Hi Evelyn
We are a family that talks about everything. We have been discussing this option for over a year and we (as a family) believe that this is a good option for her. When you ask if I can provide her with a "good working" environment, I'm not really sure what you are asking me. Are you are asking me if she would learn better at home or school, or if it is safer at home or at school? Either way the school that she is set to attend in the fall is one of the more violent schools in our area. In the past week alone, the local police were called to the school due to students having guns and Tasers. As far as her not being involved in regular school activities, she is very aware of this and we have discussed other socialization options. I am not aware of any state laws which determine the hours a homeschool must be in operation, however, my husband works 2nd shift so HE would be home during the traditional" operating hours.

Do you homeschool your children? If so, are they high school age children? I only as because in my post I asked a question and you never did answer it. You asked me questions as if I am a new mother and have no clue about what children need or want. I have five children the oldest being 20 years old and youngest being 5. I do respect your thoughts and feelings and appreciate your feedback, however, it would be helpful if you tried to answer the question that I asked while providing your other information. thanks and have an awesome day :)

Ev - posted on 03/27/2014

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Have you talked to your daughter about this and see what she thinks? What does she want out of this? Are you in a situation where you can provide her a good working environment, be there to oversee her studies, get her to extra activities so she can actually have socialization with others outside of what you usually do like say church or something like that? I am just asking these questions to be sure you have thought it out well. WHat are your reasons for wanting to home school? You have to understand that by doing this and depending on your situation, she might not have the chances to do things she would in a public or even private school setting. SHe might resent being left out of school dances and other school activities because her friends are doing them and she is not. What if she does not want to be home schooled? I think you need to sit down and talk this out first. Also, what kind of schedule do you work? Depending on state you live in and the laws that govern home schooling, you may have to be home during regular school hours to over see her work and if you work at that time it might not work.

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