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Differing opinions and uncertainties.

 
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Double-A
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:36 am    Post subject: Differing opinions and uncertainties. Reply with quote

Well I suppose this is where I say hello so...hello! Very Happy

I'm going to start home schooling my boys this coming year, one will be in 6th grade and the other in 9th. My older son is really looking forward to this because he has had numerous difficulties with the school system since 1st grade. My younger son, on the other hand, is fighting me. His biggest concern is that he'll never see his friends again.

This is something I've always wanted to do but as a single mom who worked and went to school full time, it just wasn't feasible until now (I'm graduating in a couple of weeks finally, am waiting on my grad school acceptance, and can pick up a part time job to help supplement the part time wages).

The boys know that this is going to happen but I'd rather not have my YS fight me the entire way. Right now we're talking about it when he's ready so he's not being over loaded. I'm also leaving around the house all the "So you want to home school" and "The first year of home schooling your kid" books that I got from the library. He asked me to give him a list of the top 10 reasons why we should home school and after I handed it to him I asked for the top 10 reasons why we shouldn't (I'm still waiting on this lol).

Does anyone have any advice for how to handle this situation? He's never really had any bad experiences with the school system or teachers and is very much a social person. How do I make the transition from the PS to home easier for him?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 10:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Your younger son could still keep in touch with his old friends from public school. You can make sure that he has the opportunities to continue to get together with them. But also, he can make new friends with other kids his age who are homeschooled. The best way to do this is to attend a homeschool co-op or join a support group. If you enroll in a co-op, it's kind of like going to school, but only one day out of the week. He can make lots of new friends there. Here is a link for one in your area. Welcome to the forum!

http://www.teachtricities.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you so much for the link, it will be a wonderful help. Do you also happen to have the link for a co-op or support group that is not religious? I would love to see all of the options in the area.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 5:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here are two links where you can check to see if there are other groups that are not religious in your area.

http://www.home-school.com/groups/

http://www.localhs.com/
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2011 7:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you! It seems so difficult to find more than one or two options in my area. I think this has been the most frustrating thing so :/
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