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    Hello!

    I'm a 45-year-old mother of two: one middle school son diagnosed with high-functioning autism and ADD, and a six-year-old with no formal diagnosis but highly suspected sensory processing disorder. My eldest is very much an extrovert and craves the constant onslaught of stimulation that public school provides, but my youngest has been struggling since preschool (even in the tiny behavioral SpEd class he's in now), and fares much better in a calm one-on-one environment. He's an advanced reader and problem solver, and I suspect a healthy amount of sheer boredom is at play, as well. It's been damaging to his psyche, stressful for his family, and unfair to his lovely teachers and classmates. The same downward spiral every year, the same painful "detox" period at home every day. So this weekend, finally, I braved up and filed my PSA, and tomorrow we formally begin our adventure as a Humanist academy.

    I won't begin with a structured curriculum, instead using internet resources, the library, and museums, historic, and natural sites to the fullest. I plan to supplement the required subjects with lessons in community service, nutrition/cooking, gardening, library information skills, and logic & reasoning.

    My education is in science, but I was an academic and school library technician before becoming a parent. I live in the north San Francisco bay area with my husband, sons, two little dachshund mixes, and fluffy hedonistic Siamese mix.

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    Hi! My name is Jessica and I just started homeschooling my 7 year old daughter! Public school was just too much for us...the commitment, not the work. She is a type 1 diabetic and just wasn't getting enough sleep. Also, the insane attendance policies were getting to us because there was always sick kids at school and when Jae gets sick, it's usually a hospital trip! And she's a homebody. So she is very excited about this and so am I! I'm nervous about a lot of things like if she's making friends or if I'm doing enough. I hope to get over that quickly, though. We got a curriculum starter pack from rainbow resource and I'm not crazy about it, but I think I'll have a better idea on what to get next year. I'm excited about this forum because, while I don't think there's a problem with homeschooling for religious reasons, I feel kind of awkward with all of that and kind of like an outsider. I hope being a part of this forum will give me some assurance and guidance!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessicalynn030187 View Post
    Hi! My name is Jessica and I just started homeschooling my 7 year old daughter! Public school was just too much for us...the commitment, not the work. She is a type 1 diabetic and just wasn't getting enough sleep. Also, the insane attendance policies were getting to us because there was always sick kids at school and when Jae gets sick, it's usually a hospital trip! And she's a homebody. So she is very excited about this and so am I! I'm nervous about a lot of things like if she's making friends or if I'm doing enough. I hope to get over that quickly, though. We got a curriculum starter pack from rainbow resource and I'm not crazy about it, but I think I'll have a better idea on what to get next year. I'm excited about this forum because, while I don't think there's a problem with homeschooling for religious reasons, I feel kind of awkward with all of that and kind of like an outsider. I hope being a part of this forum will give me some assurance and guidance!
    GREAT to have you here, Jessicalynn! Welcome to SHS and welcome to homeschooling!! It can definitely be tough if your original foray into homeschooling is only within faith-based groups, so I'm glad you found us and I hope we'll make you feel super supported and super free to be YOU here. You already seem to have everything well in hand. Understanding that the first year is "experimental" is half the battle. By year two you will feel so much more comfortable to branch out and try all kinds of different resources and will also stop worrying as much about whether you are doing enough. If you are having fun learning together you are DOING IT RIGHT. Please do hang out with us often and keep us posted on your happenings.


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    It's scary but awesome right? I hate the testing and the worksheets to get them ready for testing. Blah!!!

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    I'm very new and learning a whole lot about homeschool. Thanks for having me. I have a one-year-old and a three-year-old.

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    Hi from Dallas,

    Not sure if this is the right window to make a Indroduction. Not easy to navigate.

    I am going to homeschool my 14yr for 10-12 grade.Looking for reviews between Plato and Odyssey on line courses.

    Thanks!! Hope to learn my way around this sight.

    Shelly

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    Hello from NC! I have just made the decision to pull my 6 yr old with Down syndrome from public school and do it from home starting August. I also have a 3 and 10 yr old.
    I'm still navigating the law and finding out what online work I can find for him.
    Thanks for adding me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by salingjj22!! View Post
    I'm very new and learning a whole lot about homeschool. Thanks for having me. I have a one-year-old and a three-year-old.

    Hello! We have a Preschool / Kinder group (located under the tab groups. Welcome to the forums!
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 10-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akitapaaw View Post
    Hi from Dallas,

    Not sure if this is the right window to make a Indroduction. Not easy to navigate.

    I am going to homeschool my 14yr for 10-12 grade.Looking for reviews between Plato and Odyssey on line courses.

    Thanks!! Hope to learn my way around this sight.

    Shelly
    Hello!

    You might want to post your request either under the Middle / High School section or under Homeschool Curriculums so that people will see your post.

    Welcome to the forums!
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 10-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leigh kim View Post
    Hello from NC! I have just made the decision to pull my 6 yr old with Down syndrome from public school and do it from home starting August. I also have a 3 and 10 yr old.
    I'm still navigating the law and finding out what online work I can find for him.
    Thanks for adding me!

    Hello and welcome to the forums!
    A mama, who teaches college writing, as well as help her 10-year-old in
    choosing his own life adventure. Using Global Village School to support our desire to develop a sense of social justice and global awareness.
    I also share free and low-cost educational resources at
    http://chooseourownadventures.blogspot.com

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