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    Elly,

    I ponder this everyday - so happy to hear someone else say it. We are moving to Illinois this summer so DH says there isn't any reason to homeschool because the schools are good. Right now I am homeschooling my son with autism (14) and my dd (11), the youngest is in a private school. I need the 14 yo to go to school, he needs more support and help then I can provide and I spoke with the special ed director in O'Fallon and she was very supportive and can provide him with OT and adaptive equipment. I know in my heart of hearts that my 11 yo would be better served homeschooling - she is pretty sure that she wants to hs too, but of course the unknown is always alluring. But then I know that part of why I so badly want her to homeschool is because I love homeschooling, I just love it. I don't want to return to my old job (which is what DH wants me to do) - I want to keep doing this.

    Honestly I would prefer to HS the 11 yo and the 8yo. The 8 yo is off the charts smart and is bored at school most of the time - even at his private school, he also tends to be a bit of a know-it-all so he gets bullied and yet he still doesn't want to homeschool. Sorry I am just babbling, but you hit it right on the head - I don't want to lose my homeschooling mama identity.
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Hi Beth,
    Wow, it makes me really relieved to hear someone else saying this kind of thing. The reality is, I think he is better off in a good school now. Once I wrote my post I realised that I was making it about me, which is probably not healthy!

    I actually realised that when we consider the expenses of living in Texas (the pool, DH's tennis club, bug spraying!) the private school isn't more per month than we use here. I'll see what DH says to that argument

    Elly
    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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    HI Elly,

    I know I am really trying hard to make sure that I do what is right for my daughter and not what I want for me. She will be starting middle school, so not sure that that is the place to jump in to return to public school. She also has learning difficulties, but in all her testing nothing was found. She doesn't have dyslexia because her reading comprehension is good, but she still reverses b and d. Her spelling is really bad, but her vocabulary is 12th grade. She is really slow at math and often makes little mistakes, but she understands the big concepts. She understood DNA and the code within 5 minutes of me teaching it, so she is just an enigma. She also has ADHD which hasn't required any special accommodation in the homeschooling world, but I don't know how she will fair in the public school. I am glad that you have found a good school for him, the private options in illinois are slim - usually when the public schools are good the amount of private schools decreases. So exactly, I don't want to make this about me, but it is hard to divorce myself from the equation. Thanks for getting it!
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    I totally get your concerns. Funnily enough, she sounds very like DS in the balance of strengths and weaknesses! Honestly, I'm going a bit on reputation with this school, but we still have some time to check it out and ask questions, so we'll see. I didn't go to school in the US, but I have heard your concerns about middle school before. DS is just going into 4th grade, so if he only did private school for a couple of years, I'm not sure how I'd feel about him going to public school, either

    Elly
    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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