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  1. I think it really depends on the specific school/district and if they have space. I have known families to do this part-time option at a local brick and mortar, then be told the next year, due to overcrowding, they had to enroll full-time or not at all. But overall, Oregon has pretty ok homeschool laws. We have to register, test during particular grade levels, and get our districts sign-off for the DMV (kind of weird to me) before getting driver's permit, at least that was the rule when my oldest started driving. I am not sure I would consider them progressive, I think it just helps fund the schools if they get more students into the classrooms, but maybe that is negative thinking on my part.
  2. I haven't read all the replies, but I grade skipped in elementary school and then completed high school in 2.5 years and I don't resent my parents or the school, however, it seems like most kids that need to grade skip will probably need to accelerate more than one grade to make any impact. Overall, grade skipping doesn't solve much long term, that is the main reason I homeschool my daughter-even if it is costing me a small fortune :) I was a late bloomer, and being extremely young made that all the more obvious, especially in the middle school years. I think that is just something to keep in mind. Entering college early wasn't a problem for me, it was the first time I enjoyed school. In hindsight, I should have gone sooner. On the other hand, I have a sister that is still angry that she skipped a grade and went to college so young.... there are no easy answers.
  3. My husband deals with chronic pain and only after numerous physicians suggested he tried it, did it even cross our minds. He has been using it for a couple years now and for him, the tinctures work way better (and cost waaaay more) than the other forms of cannabis oil. We live in a state that recently made marijuana legal recreationally, and we now are unable to find the right tinctures, party due to the new regs and partly due to the profit margins, but that is another issue. Anyway, for him the tincture works better than morphine for pain. He does use the less expensive cannabis oil mixed with lotion and some essential oils (rosemary and mint, mostly to combat the cannabis odor) and uses it like lotion over his most painful areas and that seems to help quite a bit, but not as much as taking it orally. I must warn you, it tastes and smells awful, so you might want to buy gelatin capsules, usually in the health food store, to put the oil/tincture into that way you don't taste it. I was never a pro-pot person, but I have seen that medical cannabis can have a positive impact. It has not been a miraculous cure for him, but it does help more than anything else he has tried, and hasn't really had negative side effects. We have a family friend with Parkinson's and she also found the high CBDs helpful, but can't afford to continue use. In our experience, the shops are a mixed bag with advice. A lot of the owners seem to just be stoners who now can make a legal living, so they don't necessarily understand you don't want the mind altering affects, just the pain reduction. It seems like you pretty much have to experiment with dosage and what percentages work for you, and that can be costly and frustrating. If it were my child, I would try high CBDs. I personally don't think it has nearly the side effects of most major prescription pain meds. We have pretty much kept it to ourselves that my husband uses medical marijuana because there is so much negativity surrounding it. So just be prepared for that aspect if you should choose to try it. Even though it's helped my husband, even close family has been pretty rude about it.
  4. I started homeschooling my oldest over 15 years ago and didn't give a lot of thought to homeschooling my youngest (now 10) until dad became chronically ill and now on permanent disability. He is a disabled veteran with a lot of chronic symptoms/syndromes and unexplained neuromuscular issues. I have had to go back to college and try to start up a career after a nearly 20 year stint as a stay at home mom, now dad is homeschooling (something he never dreamed of) and is ill to boot. Not the ideal situation, but our daughter wants to keep homeschooling. He will be glad to know others teach from the couch, recliner, bed, etc on bad days. We are actually trying to find some more independent options for next year, so she can work mostly on her own if necessary. I appreciate his efforts homeschooling, and I know my daughter appreciates the time she gets to spend with her dad. Overall, we are just taking it one year at a time.
  5. Thank you for all the replies. I didn't understand about the course swaps, that makes it a lot more appealing.
  6. I have been homeschooling a long time and really enjoy pouring over curriculum choices and spending the day homeschooling my kids. Unfortunately, life has been turned upside down and I find myself tackling the CPA exam and starting grad school, while my now disabled husband homeschools our youngest dd10. He isn't well, so he doesn't have a lot of energy most days, but our kid really wants to stay homeschooling so we are hoping to make it work. I am trying to find more independent options (preferably secular) for 5th grade and I am wondering how much teacher involvement is needed for K12 5th-6th grade levels. I am not referring to using K12 through a charter school, we would be purchasing it as independent users. From the sample lessons it looks confusing, like you are reading online but need to get out books, CDs, etc to finish a lesson. Is this something a 10 yo would need a lot of parental involvement with? And any thoughts on the quality of the courses? Thanks
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