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OMG, I did it! 
4th-Jan-2008 04:30 pm
I just called the school principal and told him my son would not be returning for the rest of the year. AAAK! I've been thinking about homeschooling him (and his brother) for a while now and more worried that my abilities won't be good enough than their ability to do well at it. The school finally forced my hand (IMHO) so we are homeschoolers!

Owen is in 7th grade this year, and was in magnet/gifted classes so I have no idea where he really falls course level wise. I guess that will be our first few weeks, really finding out where he is and what he needs. He's already signed up to take the ACT in February.

I'm freaking a little. My son is thrilled, and my husband is excited (He's preparing his first C programming 'class' for tomorrow and has already started to help us plan for the planning and organizing as I am hopelessly disorganized!)

I think I need a little handholding, tell me I can do this and it will be ok!
5th-Jan-2008 12:32 am (UTC)
You'll be fine! It will take some adjusting to find what works best for everyone, but it is really not as difficult as people think it will be to get started.

This is my first year of homeschooling, too. My oldest is 7th grade, too, and my middle child is 4th grade.

Believe me, if my family can do it, anyone can!(and I'm hopelessly disorganized, also!)

Yay, homeschool!
5th-Jan-2008 06:08 am (UTC)
I feel ok for most of it, except the math. not that I can't teach math, but that we do plan to let him go back in the system for high school and math is one of those areas that just keeps going forward, if he gets off track, he could end up having to backtrack later on to get back on par with his peers.
5th-Jan-2008 12:40 am (UTC)
You can do this, and it will be OK. Seriously. :)

The first few weeks are always a bit awkward as you try to figure things out and get your feet under you. But after that, you'll probably find that you really enjoy homeschooling. Just remember that it doesn't have to look like school at home. Take some time to try different approaches and see what works for you.
5th-Jan-2008 06:11 am (UTC)
Thanks. He's thrilled and has been bouncing off the walls all day in happy anticipation of NOT going back to school. Hubby and I talked much of the evening and we feel like we have a good plan to move forward. I doubt much, if any of it will look like school at home, that's just not the way my son works, or I for that matter! We are planning much more open ended approach.
17th-Aug-2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
I was wondering if you have checked out A Beka Academy, dvd homeschooling? It's accredited and a very good program. My daughter is entering the 10th grade, and it's her third year using this. Just a thought I would share.

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