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andall
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 11:54 am    Post subject: I need Advise on which way to go. Reply with quote

Hi, I am considering homeschooling my kids and would like to ask you if anybody is using or heard of Connections Academy. It is a Public school at home, the students do their work online, the Academy provides all the material for them to learn. Do you think this would be good for me to start, since I just panic to think I would not have what it takes to homeschool on my own. My son is been desperately crying for help I see him sad all the time he says school is the one that makes him like that. He is happy at home. I guess I haven't done anything also because of what my family is going to say, I know I would be critized forever. Please let me know what you think of this Connections Academy.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Personally, I think you don't need the state to homeschool your dc.

I would much rather have the freedom to choose what I'm going to do, even if I make some mistakes here and there, than to do public school at home.

And it's so easy to homeschool in California (I'm assuming that's where you are). Why get entangled with the public school and all its requirements when you can start your own private school free from those requirements?
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes I am in located in California. I thank you for your advice, I think you're right I have to use a system that will work for my kids so we don't feel the stress we have in the Public School.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wouldn't use a public school online either. The public school already failed your child, why give them another chance? I'm sure you'll do a wonderful job. Your child will surely do much better under the loving guidance of a parent. We all make mistakes in homeschooling but kids are resilient and a mistake here and there won't destroy their education. That's more likely to happen in the public schools system.

There's ton of help here so just relax, hang in there and I'm sure you'll find your groove soon.

Don't worry about what others say. Most of us have family or friends who don't approve and are vocal about it. The bottom line is that this is your child and you know what's best for him. I find that most objectors are either completely ignorant, misinformed or biased about homeschooling vs. public school. In those cases, it's not even worth discussing it with them since you can't overcome ignorance or biases - only they can do that. You can attempt to educate them on homeschooling and that's the best you can do - the rest is up to them. If you feel you're doing the right thing, then you probably are (and it does sound like you are doing the right thing).
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: I need Advise on which way to go. Reply with quote

andall wrote:
I guess I haven't done anything also because of what my family is going to say, I know I would be critized forever.

Hey! What are you doing with my family? Laughing My deciding to homeschool my kids this past fall was not only a shock to my husband and I (hehe) but a real surprise to my very vocal family. I had a situation where my son was literally making himself sick every morning because of stress or anticipatory anxiety or whatever you want to call it. He was hurting terribly and I had to do something. It's that mother bear instinct, I guess. When it came right down to it, I would rather catch the flack from those willing to throw it than have my son continue to suffer. So...go for it! Very Happy It will turn out great. And, most surprising of all, you'll probably find amongst all those opinionated family members one or three who will keep asking you questions and bringing up "problems" (until you want to tell them to mind their own business) who will finally confess that they've been thinking about doing the same thing! Laughing

As far a curriculums go, go over to the "Curriculums" area and check out what others have posted or put up a request for advice on homeschool curriculums for whatever age your son is. You'll get lots of help, I'm sure.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know I guess I'm so afraid of homeschooling and the family talking...I'm just a big chicken. But I have to do this I will let you know just give me a few more days to do this. You know I'm also afraid that my son won't want to do his work,that he gets to confident at home and think that he doesn't have to do anything anymore. Thank you for your support and encouragement. I really need all this good advise I am receiving from all of you. I am so happy I found this forum.

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 27, 2007 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a well known rule here that not doing schoolwork is simply not an option. There have been some battles of wills here, but when it came right down to it, he has a job and his job is to learn. My son would sit in front of the tv and computer games all day if I'd let him, but since I don't, he needs to do his schoolwork. After a few days of forcing him to do his schoolwork, he loves it now. So I know it wasn't the curriculum or the style that was wrong, he was just trying to draw me into a power struggle - tends to happen a lot with smart, strong-willed kids. If I were you, I'd brace for a few of those days yourself but it does get better. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 28, 2007 4:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all for your replies, I will have to do some research on what to teach them (curriculum and all that). Thanks again.
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