Pen Posted November 29, 2015 Share Posted November 29, 2015 (edited) Original message: I'm thinking about whether we can do this and looking for ideas. We would actually not be completely without internet, but unable to do most online classes, khanacademy, duolingo, etc. Revised: In the course of this thread I came to realize that a major issue is not the lack of internet, but the problem of driving to this and to that. We live in a rural area. We have been home schooling for around 6 years. In earlier years things like nature study, keeping mason orchard bees, chickens, gardening, and so on was great. Also there was another best friend home schooler across the street so a main social opportunity was not so hard. There is no family farm to pass on. Where we live could be developed into a farm, but at this time it does not look like that is a direction ds is interested in. He seems to be more interested in doing a standard college prep course of study with the idea of going into something as yet undetermined (he has spoken of something in a tech field, law, engineering from time to time as areas of interest). The local school is not considered to be very good, but is potentially a resource for one class by state law, or for everything if returning to public school would seem like the least bad option. My son's level in different areas ranges from around 7th grade to 11th grade. He is 13.5 years old. My son wants secular materials. As far as the internet goes, we have limited dial-up capacity. My son has already experienced Duolingo, Khan Academy, Alcumus, and a computer based Brave Writer course and has loved these, making me think that online learning would be a good fit for him, but, other than perhaps once per week to go to the library where we can get fast internet, this is mostly unrealistic. My son's sport is ice skating, which requires a minimum of once or twice per week driving him to that. I have health problems so while I have been trying to get him to more things than just that, in part to make up for his social gap due to his friend moving away, it is too much for me. Home schooling does work well with the ice skating since my son has been able to go to one session midday middle of the week when the rink is almost empty. He has been going to and loving a co-op for acting and city planning, but I think we will have to drop that for the next term, unless some way of doing it without my becoming exhausted from the driving can be figured out. He is at a stage where he is able to learn independently for history using books, documentaries, Great Courses. This is not the case for other education areas where he needs help still, but in terms of temperament would be best off if that help could be given by someone other than me, whether that is a person or a computer. So far this year he has done United States History, Your Deceptive Mind, Espionage, and Basic Math and part of Geology and Geometry as Great Courses. The "history" type courses have gone much better for him than the science and math have. He has dyslexia which is remediated to where he can read quite well, but very "busy" materials in the visual sense, such as used in Chalkdust and Lial's do not work well for him. Realistically, the outside stuff needs to be cut down to ice skating (during which time I can do errands for the week, or rest and watch), possibly a writing workshop which gives some writing for him and some social contact for me, and one trip to library per week maximum. For all things that require me to drive. If he can do other things without my driving that would be okay. I guess I have been seeing internet nowadays as way that he could have something similar to outside classes, other teachers, and so on, without my needing to drive. Computer feedback from things like Alcumus, Khan Academy, and Duolingo has been helpful to him to know immediately whether a problem is right or wrong. (Maybe I should look at TT again?) Edited November 30, 2015 by Pen Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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