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  1. For me, it really just depends on the kid.. their desires, personality, goals, etc.  Both of my children were homeschooled from the beginning. My daughter went to public school starting in middle school & is now a junior in high school. She’s dual enrolled at the college and will early admit next year. She is thriving. My son went to public school for a couple of years and asked to come home. He hated it.  He’s been back for two years now and is a freshman in high school and plans to homeschool through his senior year. He attends a co-op, takes online classes & will dual enroll in 10th grade. He honestly requires very little oversight from me. He is also thriving.  I’m not sure where you live, but in my area homeschoolers have excellent opportunities to succeed and pursue college. If it would hinder our future goals, however, Im sure we would look at the decision more objectively. But for us, I find homeschooling high school to be a lot easier than the the younger years and I feel it affords my son the same opportunity as my daughter. 

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  2. Hi,

    My daughter is in 11th grade and attends public school. The EOC really isn’t that scary. Your child doesn’t need to ace it, simply pass it with a certain percentage. It’s really not that big of deal & if your daughter did fail for some reason, she won’t fail the grade. The school should give her another chance to pass it. Her geometry teacher is correct in suggesting Khan Academy. It really does cover math as taught in the public schools here & is constantly assigned to reinforce concepts (at least in my area). It will prepare your daughter well.

    My son is in ninth grade and homeschools. We do use FLVS for a few classes, but I personally find the Algebra lacking and difficult for a non-mathy student to follow... so I personally wouldn’t go that route. Just my 2 cents.

    Good luck❤️


  3. For me, “school at home” just means you choose to educate your children at home. I wouldn’t think much about it if someone said that in conversation. However, I have met people that literally do school at home. When my daughter was 5 or 6, I remember having a mom in our homeschool group with a 4 year old. They had a schoolroom, a full day’s schedule, reward charts, full kindergarten curriculum (like all seat work), and did not take the summer off, etc. Every day was a full throttle. 


  4. If he does well online with Alpha Omega curriculum, can you just enroll him in Alpha Omega Academy? Or if that’s not cost effective, maybe just use Monarch? It’s always on sale at christanbook.com

    Most of the reviews I’ve seen for Aplha Omega Academy are very positive for the most part. And if your son loves it, you can’t beat that.  I would not consider their curriculum inferior to what he would get from the local public school. Just my 2 cents.


  5. He’s only 17. There’s still time for him to figure this out. Maybe dual enrollment will set him up for success. I’m sure he won’t be the first senior in high school to enroll in ENC 1101 & have poor writing skills. I imagine that’s more of the norm than the exception these days. If he’s willing to do the work required of him by the professor, maybe he will come out on top. And if he doesn’t put in the work, maybe the consequences will be a hard life lesson that can still benefit his future.  


  6. Thank you both!

    Yes, we will definitely talk throughout the process about what they think will happen, what did happen, why, etc. 

    Ckpeck, thank you for creating an account & sharing all of that! It was so very helpful!  It’s definitely along the lines of what I’m envisioning.  

    I’m really trying to find ways that our science time can be not only educational but really fun & engaging for them. So thank you both for your help! I really appreciate your thoughts. 


  7. I could use some help! I’ll be leading science for the little ones next year at our co-op. It will be for ages 4-6, we meet once a week, and I’ll be allotted about 30 minutes. My main focus will be doing a short lesson & experiment with them.  I was tossing around a couple of different directions. One, I could do monthly themes (but what??). Second, I considered using “The World God Made” (Kindergarten Science curriculum by CLP), and adding experiments that go along with what we read.

    Im open to all ideas. Please help me! Thank you!!

    ETA- and I’ll need 30 lessons (the number of weeks we meet). 


  8. I think that’s totally fine.

    My daughter attends public HS. They do American History, World History & American Govt/Economics - so 3 years total.  That’s all that is required here in FL. She will dual enroll for American Govt & Economics.

    My son is homeschooled, but we will follow the same college prep requirements that my daughter does.  

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  9. I would do two years at the CC just for the sake of saving money.  I have two friends with children bound for medical. One plans to be a doctor and the other a pharmacist. Both attended their first two years at the local CC & transferred. 

    Our local CC actually has an entire page dedicated to what transfer universities require so you know exactly what classes to take. 

    Anyway. Where I live this is the most common route for university bound students.

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  10. My ds14 was in public school for a couple of years & decided to return to homeschooling for eighth and beyond.  We had a bit of a learning curve this year, but I feel good about where we are.  He’s a very independent worker, so my biggest challenge has been finding curriculum that he can do alone while holding him accountable. Next year he will be taking the majority of his classes at co-op. I will add Teaching Textbooks & that’s it. 

    The biggest win this year is just seeing his joy return and the stress he was feeling dissipate. He is such a happy boy now, so I’m a happy mama!

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  11. “Folx” is definitely a new word for me. I had no idea! And I live in a seriously small, rural, cow town in the south.... where the waitress calls you darling, the Dollar General manager calls you sweetie, and a group of grown women could easily be addressed as, “Hey girls”. If Im frustrated, I don’t even call my own child by his name, but call him “son”... yet I’ve never addressed my daughter that way, lol... so that’s really weird when I think about it. Even if I don’t like a 23 year old calling me sweetie (I’m 46) I know she’s genuinely just using common language for where we live. I’m sure I’ll be listening to conversations this week with a new set of ears :-)

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  12. I think both instances were handled poorly.  

    You weren’t the one specifically called a “girl”, so to take matters into your own hands does seem like you were being the word police.

    I also think calling the other coworker out in an evaluation was unfair.  I’ve always been told you should never be hearing something for the first time as part of your evaluation. 

    Having said all that, I do think if certain words really irk you, then approaching the person privately is totally okay. I would do it in a personal conversation though, that way they can hear your tone (typing can come across as harsh when the person feels judged or accused) & you can give them the opportunity to speak their thoughts as well. 


  13. My daughter spelled poorly when she was younger. We used several things, but what seemed to work best for her was dictation. Using the words in the context of sentences really helped her a lot. I used Spelling Plus & the dictation book, but I’m sure there are other options. I liked this curriculum because it focused on the 1,000 most misspelled words & they were constantly reviewed. We did 3 sentences a day. Ones that she did correctly, I would put a check by with the date. Ones that she spelled incorrectly were just moved to the next day.  When those were mastered, I’d put the check mark and date. We just kept a spiral notebook  for her daily work. 

    Anyway, I’ll link it below. I’m sure you could find them cheap at ebay.

     

    https://www.christianbook.com/spelling-plus-1000-words-toward-success/susan-anthony/9781879478206/pd/478207?event=CPOF

     

    https://www.christianbook.com/dictation-resource-book-susan-anthony/9781879478213/pd/478216?event=CPOF

    The author has additional free resources at her website too:

    http://www.susancanthony.com/res/dictlit/-dictlit.html

    ETA- and for what it’s worth, my daughter will be 17 and spells fine now so I’m sure your child will too. I think my dd spells mainly from memory, but she figured it out :-)

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