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    Hello and welcome to the forum!

    You have gotten lots of good advice. One thing I will mention is that there are a couple of programs that can help you navigate the system without using an online program. Global Village and Oak Meadow both have curriculum that you can purchase, as well as teacher support.

    We use the Global Village program. They offer curriculum plan only or you can pay for teacher support. At the elementary level they are fairly reasonable for a dedicated teacher to talk with on a regular basis. The first year we homeschooled, we signed up for a teacher. Now I feel comfortable and don't pay for the support. Not because they were not excellent, but it was a cost savings for us and I was feeling very comfortable about it at that point. We will probably go back for high school when we get to that point.

    If it will help you feel better, I suggest contacting one of these schools. I felt better for that first year while I was figuring things out.
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    A mama who teaches college writing, as well as help her 11-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.

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    Wanted to give a little update!
    The private school my DD has been at came back and said they would let her come 3 days per week and I am homeschooling her on thursday (she was off at this school on fridays anyway), so she does art and we do reading or any make up work on this day. This has given us a little taste of homeschooling but the safety net of her being enrolled at the same school and somewhere for her to go the days I work.
    So far I really like this set up, it isn't perfect and dd still thinks she wants to homeschool full time, but at this time it is working pretty well. On Thursdays she is doing one math, language arts, science lesson on time4learning and then spanish on duolingo and either a coding activity or something of interest on Kahn academy.
    I work Thursday mornings at home so I am able to help her and make sure she is finishing the work. Friday is more laid back, we are reading a book together and she has private art lessons. She is also doing the work that her private school does on thursdays, but that is usually very easy to finish quickly.
    I am noticing a couple of things, which I suspected would be issues. She is pretty distracted at home and I do have to redirect and make sure she is focusing. I know this is her ADD, but I guess I hoped without other kids around talking to her all day it would not be as much of an issue. She is doing really great and finishing her work, but if I wasn't here, like the days I work I can see things not going well.
    I also find having to explain things to her that I know the time4learning has already gone over frustrating, I think she only partially focuses her attention. I know it is because I am trying to work as well and I am trying to be patient, but I think it really solidifies that she needs to be a bit older and more independent for us to full time homeschool.
    I do think that she would be able to move ahead much faster academically though with homeschooling, she tells me she is learning more new things and new concepts at home than she is at school. She also did testing with laurel springs because I was thinking about going that route and they told me she did test at a year ahead, so at a 7th grade level. I know she is learning at school, I just think because the other kids are not as advanced and just take longer to grasp concepts the pace is just slower. She is getting other things out of the private school though, being with other kids and she loves the days she has art there. I think for this year we will continue on with this. She still says she wants to completely homeschool, so we will see for next year. I know if we do homeschool next year, I will need to see if I can find another family or a sitter that will come in for a few hours at least the days I work to supervise and keep her on task. I know time4learning is not an online school, but I am kind of on the fence with it. I think the content is great, what I am seeing so far and she is learning from it. But....I do see that she tends to be distracted and not fully engaged at times, so I am seeing first hand what some of you have said about online lessons. Right now only using it once or twice a week it has been great, but I don't know how it would go if that was her only source of learning. Anyway, thank you for letting me share my thoughts! Trying to take things one year at a time, I do feel like this year is going so much better than last year at her old public charter school, so we are definately making progress!

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    It's great that the private school will work with you on this. I hope it all goes well!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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