Terry wrote:This is our third day at homeschool. I have two children ages 12 and 14. They really wanted to be homeschooled and I was really nervous about taking them out of public school. They both have IEP's that need to be closed through the public school. Can the IEP team deny us closure at our meeting?
Well, if you have taken the dc out of school to hs them, then it doesn't matter whether the IEP is closed or not.
This is my first experience with homeschooling and I know of no one else in my area, yet I have heard of a group that meets at a nearby park. I suppose I will eventually meet them, being that I will need support and encouragement.
I started hsing in 1982. No groups around, either
If I did it, you can do it
I chose a district transfer into a ISP/ homeschool program becuse I don't yet have the confidence to be on my own. In just three days my children have taken all the textbooks and found their place and completd all their daily work in about three hours. They just ask a question here and there and then I correct the work.
So you're in California? Then technically, legally, your dc are still public school students, even though their classroom is at home. It would be good for you to do some more research in the differences between being public school at home and private homeschooling. There are MANY private homeschoolers in the state; you should have no trouble whatsoever finding support and information.
I spent about five hours preparing daily assignment schedules for them and they laughed at me and said they did not need them. There are tests that wil be taken at the end of each semester at the district and I need to make sure they know the material. That really worries me. We also have to compete science labs and I really want that to be fun, but they just want to do it alone.
That is one of the problems of being enrolled in a public school program; you still have to answer to someone else for your dc's achievements. Your dc will probably do fine, though.
This seems too strange to me. They don't want to be taught at all, just facsilitated when needed. Am I doing this the right way?
You're in the honeymoon stage of hsing, lol. If they're happy being facilitated, then go with that. At some point they may begin to need more direct instruction/intervention from you, so just be ready to make that transition.
Also, what about the stuff they need help with? What if I don't know the subject or how to help, for instance, math? Can I hire a tudor?
Theoretically, your ISP should be able to give you help. Also, most of the materials that we hsers buy have teacher editions of one kind or another, and there are many programs/products which are self teaching. Yes, you could probably hire a tutor (if it's ok with your ISP).