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    I am looking into a possible Home School solution for my 14 year old daughter, but I am not sure how much time I will have to dedicate, and I am not sure that she fully understands what this means for her either.

    I would like to find a smaller, trial-sized package, but with relevant 8th grade material that she could do during one of her Track-Outs, and it would give me the opportunity to see what would be involved from me. But, I cannot afford to just jump in to a $1000 program.

    Any suggestions?


    Thanks in advance..

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    Hi, Eric. Welcome to the forum and to potentially homeschooling.

    Most good homeschool curricula should not cost you $1000. There are a few good programs in that price range - Oak Meadow, Bookshark, Calvert, K12 as an independent, etc. However, most of us are spending much, much less on sheer books and curriculum supplies, even at 8th grade (high school can get pricier, especially science courses, but it all depends on how you do things).

    You are obviously looking primarily at what's known at box curricula. These are programs - either with physical books or online - that cover absolutely everything for the year. These are nearly always a mistake to get straight away. Some of them can be quite good. However, they are limiting, tend to be very "schooly", and don't tend to have much flexibility. And that's aside from the cost.

    Here's my suggestion. Start by getting a unit study and see how that goes. Build Your Library has a couple that would be suitable for an 8th grader - their WWII study or their Darwin and Evolution study. Those are $10 plus the cost of the books. Or Moving Beyond the Page has some other options. These might or might not be right for you long term, but it would give you a way to wet your feet. If you added in some math with a free resource, like letting her play around on Khan Academy a little, it would be a decent try out.

    But a few caveats... trying out homeschooling during a student's break is often a bad test. Kids need their breaks for... breaks. If they're pushed into a bunch of schoolish tasks it doesn't always go well, and not because they're poor candidates for homeschooling. Also, sometimes kids coming out of school really need a little time to deschool - to get away from school and the school mindset before trying something new. Plus, it can take time to really get into a groove with a curriculum. Even choosing programs that are great for other people doesn't guarantee they'll be great for you. You want to be careful not to judge the homeschooling by the program.

    I think the only way to know for school is to dive in.

    Good luck!
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    Farrar summed it up perfectly. Nothing to add, but totally agree with her synopsis.
    Beth
    DS14 with ASD, DD11 and DS8

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