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    Well, it's actually happening. DS is just about accepted for school in September and we'll be finished with homeschooling. I know some other people have sent at least one kid back to school and wondered if you had any advice. I'm concerned about my ability to let go, for one thing, and also whether you thought it was worth focusing on particular skills if you knew your child had areas of weakness?

    I'm also reluctant to give him months off any learning over the summer, but I'm thinking maybe science kits, board games etc might be the way to go to keep his mind occupied...

    Anyone else in the same situation? I find it hard to believe we're done with homeschooling after 4 years, but I think it's the best choice for all of us, and the school looks really great

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    I can understand the mixed feelings.

    There is probably two things to think about, getting yourself ready for the change, as well as getting him ready. You may also want to do things to prepare yourself for the fall. Will you be teaching?

    I think you are on track for him. Do fun projects and games that involve thinking, but keep it light since he will be going into a structured atmosphere in the fall.
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    No advice, but support. My DD12 just shadowed a 7th grade student recently, and is intending to go into 8th this fall. I would support her either way at this point. She has what it takes to succeed regardless of what route she takes, now. But I admit I am eager to find out what she might need to go over to smooth the transition as much as possible. Best wishes to all of us with at least one kid transitioning to school!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    Will you be teaching?
    Hopefully! I'm waiting to hear about my contract renewal - I think it's supposed to be a technicality, but I'm always a bit paranoid. With him being in school, I can work a more regular and standard day and hopefully make better progress on my research. I'm also thinking about increasing my hours if there are any available. I think the biggest transition for him is going to be having to get out of the house each day and go to school. I can see that being painful (although, of course, most kids do it and he'd get used to it)!

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    Quote Originally Posted by crunchynerd View Post
    No advice, but support. My DD12 just shadowed a 7th grade student recently, and is intending to go into 8th this fall. I would support her either way at this point. She has what it takes to succeed regardless of what route she takes, now. But I admit I am eager to find out what she might need to go over to smooth the transition as much as possible. Best wishes to all of us with at least one kid transitioning to school!
    Thanks I've got him doing Khan for math, as it's a subject he's always disliked. He seems to be solidly on grade level. I know his writing is also weak, but when I spoke to the teachers, it sounded like they are happy to let students type. I think once he is with the other kids and sees what they do and what is expected of him, he'll be OK. I do also think that homeschooling for 4 years has given him a good foundation, both in terms of his attitude to learning and his emotional maturity, that will give him a more solid basis for school than he would have done a few years ago.

    It's a relief to know I'm not the only one in this position, at least we can provide a bit of support and encouragement during the transition!

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