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    Smile Hello, I'm XYHomeschoolDad.

    Firstly, thank you to all the forum members ... it is the hard work of the admins plus an active membership that makes a forum great, and this is a great forum!

    Secondly, thank you for reading about me/us. Hopefully this post will be of value down the road if something comes up and our background could be of help.

    About me/us-

    We are a family of 4, daughter (b.2008), daughter (b.2005), mom, and dad. We hail from a suburb of Orlando, Florida in Orange county.

    We are fortunate enough that one parent working provides enough means for our lifestyle. My wife took the first watch of full time at home parenting, putting her career on hold for 10 years. We transitioned last year, and I'm now home full time with the responsibility of carrying our girls through their home based education.

    Our reasons for homeschooling are wide-ranging, but the two most important reasons for us are to provide our daughters the best preparation for life we can and to get as much time with them as we can.

    Our family has operated under the premise that we would start homeschooling once a child begins middle school (6th grade). For us, that begins this next school year!

    We've been reading, planning, thinking, and prototyping homeschool models for multiple years now and are quite eager to go all in. Lots of theory and ideas fall by the wayside, though, once you're doing something for real full-time, and the advice of others who've traveled the road can be invaluable hence our joining this forum. Plus, maybe something we do will be of value and help to someone else.

    Our home environment has always been very education and knowledge rich, with reading, board-game play, history podcasts, and travel being staples of our life. We are also heavily involved in Martial Arts, training 5 days a week, and our girls compete in a few tournaments each year. We watch zero broadcast or cable TV; we are active movie watchers.

    As our eldest daughter begins the homeschooling adventure this fall, we will be sending her off to Space Camp for a week to kick things off. Our goal in doing this is to help her mentally transition into a more experience based education model, something we strongly believe in and will actively infuse throughout.

    We are so grateful to have found this forum for its secular perspective, which seems to be a minority in social media systems. In the same vein, I've noticed that many of the blogs out there are mom based, with interludes into mom topics. So, I've begun chronicling my adventures as a home school dad in hopes other dudes find motivation to keep going or even inspiration to take on this awesome role (there will be no posts about going out in public with a new hairdos, but rather interludes may be about a manly man-beard!).

    Sincerely,
    XYHomeschool Dad
    DD (b.2005), DD (b.2008)
    Will be full-time homeschooling August 2017.

    This dudes homeschooling adventure can be found at www.XYHomeschool.com.

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    Welcome to the forum! There are a few guys here. It's always nice to have a new voice join the conversation. Sounds like you have thought things out pretty thoroughly. What do your girls think of the idea?
    Melissa

    Mommy to Girl-12 and Boy-10, trying to keep my head above water with farm, school, home and art.

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    Welcome to the forum. Indeed, it seems like you have given quite a bit of thought as how you want to approach homeschooling. New and different perspectives, particularly from the men in the group, are also welcome.

    Middle school is a great time to homeschool. The basics are (usually) already learned and now the kids can really take off in terms of their interests, which is what worked for my two (now in college). We homeschooled all the way through. Do you intend to also homeschool through high school, or just for the middle school years?
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Welcome! It will be great to have more dads on board. Will check out your blog!

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    Happy New Year!

    Sorry for the delay... for some reason, my computer will no longer connect to the website. I am having to do this post through my phone.

    [After a few low level checks, it's like some security software and server between me and SecularHomeSchool.com isn't allowing me through. As I trace the packets, it seems they are stopping at a domain called "privatesystems.net." It is like my IP has become blacklisted or something. ]

    Thank you for the warm welcome everyone, and for explicitly sharing that alternative and new ideas are welcome.

    "What do your girls think of the idea?"

    Fortunately, both are excited and want to start. They are both particularly keen on going at their own pace, studying and actively engaging in areas of interest to them and going as deep as they want, and being able to travel more. DD8 worries about keeping in contact with her friends, how she will find new ones, and recess time. When I ask my DD11 about her worries, she simply replies with "why worry about something I've not experienced yet Dad? I don't have any worries."

    "The basics are (usually) already learned and now the kids can really take off in terms of their interests, which is what worked for my two (now in college). "

    The affirmation of your experience is great! Thank you for sharing it. Our thinking has gone along the same lines, that by 6th grade the basics would be built out (between common school and home) and that they could then go forward where they are interested. The balance and tricky point has been ensuring that their natural love of learning was not squashed in the system and that they not loose their beautiful and unique self-identities. We've been fortunate in both regards with the cautionary note that as they went along, those ugly forces got stronger and stronger so we had to push back harder and harder.

    "Do you intend to also homeschool through high school, or just for the middle school years? "

    Our plan is to homeschool through high school. Both of our girls are keen on college and as such we are going in with that as the plan, chronicling their activities accordingly for admissions and ensuring they are sufficiently academically prepared. We've decided against tracking them to graduate early; we will be aggressively dual-enrolling in the local community colleges.

    "Will check out your blog"
    Thank you Zombxx. Hopefully you will find something of value within the posts. It is a new blog, so the number of entries is quite small and mostly background information as I build up my voice.

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    SO great to have you here, XY. We've definitely got some dads who drop in and out of things around here. Some of our most active ones have been quiet for a while so maybe they are lurking and your post will pull them out of lurkdom for a few. I'm truly excited for all of you as you embark on this cool journey, but most especially for your lucky daughter who will be kicking things off with SPACE CAMP!!! How fun would THAT be?! I'm assuming she has a strong interest in the world beyond?


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    Hello and welcome from another homeschool dad! I'm happy that you've found this forum. It was a very supportive community for me getting started with homeschooling; and it remains so.

    A couple sentences about us: I'm a retired physician having left my practice shortly after our daughter was born. I have 3 children, one still at home. She's 8 y/o, Grade 3ish. We've been homeschooling for about 3 years now. Started out in Minnesota but now live in southwestern Ontario. We began homeschooling in part because my daughter is a musician; and it was very hard to find time for her to practice without the ability to structure our day around it. Since then, we've completely embraced the flexibility and opportunities with HS. Our plan is to continue HS from year-to-year so long as it's still the best option. For secondary school, we'll have to see. There are a lot of music-related opportunities here that are open mainly to students enrolled in public school.

    I look forward to reading your blog.
    DD age 8, Grade 3ish

    Eclectic. We do music, math English, history/geography/culture, Russian and science. Lots and lots of reading. I blog at suzukiexperience.com

    WARNING: Unwittingly, I may occasionally say things to which you take offence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XYHomeschoolDad View Post
    Our plan is to homeschool through high school. Both of our girls are keen on college and as such we are going in with that as the plan, chronicling their activities accordingly for admissions and ensuring they are sufficiently academically prepared. We've decided against tracking them to graduate early; we will be aggressively dual-enrolling in the local community colleges.
    It seems like you've done quite a bit of research already, but if you need ideas or examples of how to present transcripts, let us know.

    We also decided against graduating our two early, though it was possible. Instead, we also dual enrolled. Dual enrollment is great for homeschoolers as it gives the students experience in college level classes (pacing, professor expectations, etc) while still having a support system at home. When my kids headed to college, they had no problem with either the class load, class difficulties, or time management. They also worked part time from age 15.

    As a result of the dual enrollment credits, my dd was able to apply all 27 of her credits to U of Iowa, essentially having satisfied all the freshman requirements (composition, foreign language, speech, lab science). My son transferred 57 credits, and even though he's only been at Purdue a semester, he's classified as a junior. It really helps at registration and housing sign up times, as he gets to pick earlier than the freshmen.

    As they get older and have a sense of where they'd like to attend college, check out the admissions websites for both requirements to be admitted and whether or not they accept transfer credit. Not all do.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years

    Daughter (20), a University of Iowa junior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women's & Sexuality Studies

    Son (19), a Purdue University sophomore majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    "I'm assuming she has a strong interest in the world beyond?"

    She does indeed have a strong interest in space science, along with business, dragons, plants, and animals. Alas, we didn't find a good dragon camp. This will be her first "travel on her own" experience, flying up to Huntsville AL on her own and staying for the week. While I believe she will have some "missing home" periods, it will be us (mom and dad) that will have the hardest time!

    Thank you for the welcome MNDad, for sharing your background, and confirming what I've suspected (SecuarlHomeschool.com being a supportive community). I've been blown away by the courtesy I've seen thus far. I see from your signature that you blog as well..... I will be visiting your blog too.

    "They also worked part time from age 15" -inmom

    This is great to read as our plan is to have our girls start and run their own businesses as a formal part of their education. The wins from doing this are enormous and worth the effort as we've done a few businesses ourselves and the lessons learned were invaluable. I had planned on bringing this up in the secularhomeschool forums and asking if others have done this, what their experiences were, and what advice they had. [Once our daughter is back from Space Camp, she will be doing some market research, creating a business plan, and pitching her idea to some entrepreneur friends of ours for advice. If her idea is viable, then she shall go forth with it, otherwise she will revise and try again.]

    WOW! That's an amazing amount of transfer credits inmom. Factoring in transfer-ability is important for sure (one that I had been penalized with many many moons ago myself). One of the angles you bring up that had never crossed my mind is the notion that as an automatic Junior, your sons place in the hierarchy for school would help with things like choice housing. Great great great point, and super nice side effect.

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