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#1 Reluctant Homeschooler

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:02 AM

Yes, I'm embarrassed to say on a WTM board, that I can't push rigor for this particular child. (Gotta teach the child you have.) DS14 will be a sophomore next year, and--in my never-ending quest to find classes that will interest and motivate him--I'm looking at trying online classes for a couple of subjects next year, probably math and science. Background: DS has ADHD/ASD and hates school. So getting him through high school is looking more and more like an exercise in checking boxes.

 

I'm going over the wonderful online class list on the general ed board now. But I was wondering if any SN parents have come across or used online classes that do a good job of covering material yet aren't overly demanding. DS is smart, but just not motivated where school is concerned. (I suspect he will find his motivation a little later in life as others in the wider family have done. I'm trying to pinpoint classes that will give him the maximum amount of education/foundation for that later date without making every class, every day an ongoing struggle.)

 

Anyone have experience with such classes to help me narrow my search? Thanks for reading.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:14 AM

I'm in a similar situation, and will be interested to hear suggestions. Thanks for asking this question.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:31 AM

You could have a look at Khan Academy, which has been around for 11 years.

It is also completely free.

I'll add a link to it, where you could have your son sign up.

Then have him try a lesson for any subject and grade, and see what he thinks of it?

 

https://www.khanacademy.org/

 



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:33 AM

I posted on your other thread, but if your DS is OK with being with younger kids, I'd seriously look at the gifted providers, like Athena's, G3, and maybe GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Forum). Those programs tend to cater to younger kids who are ready for higher level content, but still have the stamina, attention span, and writing level more typical of their age. It won't work, though, if he will be annoyed by a bright 8 yr old in a high school lit or history class. Both Kirsten (Athena's) and Jaime (OnlineG3) are also really willing to talk to you and make suggestions. G3 traditionally was more Middle and high school and AAA more elementary/middle, but that is changing because there is a group of older kids who have grown up at Athena's and who don't want to leave-and as a result, classes are being created for them.
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Posted 17 April 2017 - 08:34 AM

I posted on your other thread, but if your DS is OK with being with younger kids, I'd seriously look at the gifted providers, like Athena's, G3, and maybe GHF (Gifted Homeschoolers Forum). Those programs tend to cater to younger kids who are ready for higher level content, but still have the stamina, attention span, and writing level more typical of their age. It won't work, though, if he will be annoyed by a bright 8 yr old in a high school lit or history class. Both Kirsten (Athena's) and Jaime (OnlineG3) are also really willing to talk to you and make suggestions. G3 traditionally was more Middle and high school and AAA more elementary/middle, but that is changing because there is a group of older kids who have grown up at Athena's and who don't want to leave-and as a result, classes are being created for them.

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Posted 17 April 2017 - 10:39 AM

K12 offer 'core' versions of English, math, social studies, and science classes which are simplified but interesting.



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 11:12 AM

You guys are lifesavers. I really appreciate the suggestions. Thank you, too, for not coming down on me for looking for something easier. I feel as though I should be doing so much more with him. I want to do it, but he can only handle and is only willing to handle so much as this point. Anyway, many, many thanks for pointing me in the right direction.



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Posted 17 April 2017 - 03:44 PM

You guys are lifesavers. I really appreciate the suggestions. Thank you, too, for not coming down on me for looking for something easier. I feel as though I should be doing so much more with him. I want to do it, but he can only handle and is only willing to handle so much as this point. Anyway, many, many thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

 

Never feel badly about doing what your student needs. There are plenty of us out here who have similar children, though it can seem at times that everyone in WTM-land must be advanced! Definitely not the case.


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 07:57 PM

Never feel badly about doing what your student needs. There are plenty of us out here who have similar children, though it can seem at times that everyone in WTM-land must be advanced! Definitely not the case.

 

That is so helpful to know.


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Posted 23 April 2017 - 12:21 AM

I was also going to suggest Athena's.  It has proved largely not rigorous enough (in terms of output) for my gifted 11 year old, but really good as a sort of recreational class that covers a lot of ground in a fun, engaging, easy-to-use format.



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Posted 01 May 2017 - 01:33 PM

You guys are lifesavers. I really appreciate the suggestions. Thank you, too, for not coming down on me for looking for something easier. I feel as though I should be doing so much more with him. I want to do it, but he can only handle and is only willing to handle so much as this point. Anyway, many, many thanks for pointing me in the right direction.


I understand. My son is very smart, but due to depression and migraines, I have to be reasonable.
I'm accountable to G-d and the state ( in that order) in choosing what is the best route for him.

Just shows that there's adult peer pressure, too.