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  1. Hi Everyone, I've homeschooled (using TWTM ) my gifted daughter (who is now 11) from the start and have written a detailed post about lessons I've learned. I hope you find it helpful: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/12/homeschooling-gifted-child.html I'd love any feedback or info about your own experiences in this area. Thanks, Holly
  2. Hi Everyone, I've homeschooled (using TWTM ) my gifted daughter (who is now 11) from the start and have written a detailed post about lessons I've learned. I hope you find it helpful: http://www.knittedthoughts.com/2010/12/homeschooling-gifted-child.html I'd love any feedback or info about your own experiences in this area. Thanks, Holly
  3. Since this is a forum that obviously supports homeschooling, most of the people, of course, believe that homeschooling is a good option for them. However, as I am tottering on the fence, I would love to hear some challenges that different families have faced with homeschooling, and how you handled them. Any regrets? Failures? I guess I'm hoping to learn from other people's mistakes! Thanks!
  4. ... and I am NOT bragging. In fact, I am crying. Have I completely ruined my children's lives? Have I totally devastated any chance at academic excellence for them in the future?? The test scores reflect the truth: 1. Two of my children are average. 2. Two of my children are very below average. Both of these have learning disabilities. The test scores reflect: 1. The areas that I have not taught well. 2. The subjects that frequently get pushed aside. 3. The subjects they have trouble concentrating on. I am constantly trying to get their attention back on thier work. They are constantly wanting to play/watch tv/get on computer/ play outside/ play on the play station. They are constantly trying to get through school as fast as possible to do those other things. If they concentrated on school with the same amount of concentration as these other things, then maybe thier brains would/could process that educational information better. I am feeling like a total failure: 1. My personal illness has GREATLY hampered school. Perhaps that is the single most influencial factor. A good teacher CAN NOT be sick all the time. A teacher that is sick all the time CAN NOT give her students the best education possible. 2. I have let discipline slide because of my illness. 3. I have let excellence slide because I am too tired to demand it. 4. I have not given the kids with real LD problems the one-on-one attention they need. 5. I have not given the average (yes, some scores were above average) students the individual attention they really need to excell. They both have the capability of really excelling. I also think I have fallen into a category of homeschoolers that I personally hate. You know, those moms that say, "Academics is not important. What is truly important is _______(fill in the blank) ________." Possible choices to fill in the blank: spiritual growth, ministering to another family, serving a sick mother, knowing Christ, learning character, etc... You probably have a list yourself to fill in the blank. But, the bottom line is: Academics are important. We must teach our children the skills they will need to be successfull in life. Plumbers, mechanics, librarians, teachers, day care workers, retail managers, artists, cooks, chefs, waitresses, doctors, lawyers, nurses, administrative assistants... every single walk of life NEEDS a basic amount of academic achievement and excellence to be successful. I feel like I am failing in teaching basic acedemics. I think a back to basics, textbook, workbook approach might be what we need. I KNOW we need a break. I've been to the doctor twice in the past week, and I took one child to doctor today. I am going to average grades for this semester. STOP school. REST a few weeks. Go on two family trips in May. I am going to re-evaluate EVERYTHING. Putting them in a classroom school is not an option. DH will not even consider it. He would not even consider it the couple of years that I ran school lessons from bed because of illness. Praise God, I am physically better. He does heal. Now, If He can just pick up the pieces of this edcuational mess that I have made and help my children actually LEARN something, I will be so grateful. To think of all the advice I've given out here on these message boards; it just makes me sick. If you had to "go back to basics" what would you do? I'm thinking grammar, writing, reading, math. My soon to be senior is very depressed over all this. Add in severe financial difficulty and I am overwhelmed, overstressed, and feel like I am going to emotionally breakdown. All of this is not brand new. I deal with these thoughts and feelings every single day. But today, Those test scores certainly CONFIRMED my feelings and fears. Sorry this has gotten so long, Thanks for letting me vent, Pam L
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