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    Red face Well, we are starting 6th grade today. EEK!

    I have no idea what I am doing!! Okay, that is my freakout. Because she has been in school for the past 7 years (pre-K-5th) she is still in rigid school paradigm mode. I plan to start with Math and Science since I have those curriculums ready to go. History will be arriving in the next few days and I have not chosen a LA curriculum. Will be doing vocab and spelling out of the science and history books since I am using Joy Hakim for both and she already includes those. After we get used to doing these core subjects, I will introduce the rest required by the state. The unknown is making itself known today.
    Jennifer
    Mom to Andy 14 and Elisabeth 11. No longer hs'ing.

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    Just chiming in to say I FEEL YOUR FREAKOUT! While not technically a middle schooler yet, we started 5th grade this past month after attending K-4 in PS. My child is still completely in public school mode and I'm anticipating a long transition. Good luck with everything!
    Amy, Southern California.
    DD 15, 10th grade. Working towards college admittance into a BFA program in Musical Theatre or Theatre Arts
    Curriculum: Filing privately in California, a blend of classically-inspired, unschooly learning through the performing arts lens with a healthy dose of social activism.

    "I'm through with playing by the rules of someone else's game." -Elphaba, from Wicked


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    The thing to remember is that homeschooling older children has its own rewards In a lot of ways, it's easier!

    Jennifer, have you considered a period of deschooling ? I know you've just had the summer break, but I seem to remember that deschooling was considered seperate to normal school breaks.

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    I agree with deschooling. It helps to give time to change gears. It can take awhile.


    ETA: My now 7th grader was so excited and happy to not being going to school that he jumped right into homeschooling with little effort. My now 4th grader took quite some time to deschool.
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    Wow! good luck I'm sure you will do great. I will be starting with my ds13 soon and I'm very scared of the math this year!!!

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    Help! What is deschooling? I am so ready to cry right now. She is being so stubborn and doesn't want to do this now. She wants to go back to her old school, which I refuse to do or the public school. Our MS is ranked pretty low in the state and I think it might be too late to get a variance for the other district. I really want to HS her. I have been preparing all summer and have purchased fun curriculum and I am excited to learn right along with her.
    Jennifer
    Mom to Andy 14 and Elisabeth 11. No longer hs'ing.

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    More info: She told me this morning that she wants the structure of school and a "stranger" aka teacher telling her what to do. I did a google search and read a couple of articles on deschooling. I am just not sure how to go about that. My hubs is pressuring me to make sure she "doesn't fall behind" (his words). He is supportive of my choice to HS but he is also in the school mindset.
    Jennifer
    Mom to Andy 14 and Elisabeth 11. No longer hs'ing.

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    Hi Jennifer - I've got a sixth grader, too - we're three weeks into our school year. I started homeschooling DD last year for fifth grade. We took the summer off (not sure if that counts as "deschooling", though) - then plunged into our 5th grade curriculum. It really took us over a month to start getting some semblance of a "groove" and to feel more at home as homeschoolers.



    DD was not unhappy to be home, but really had a hard time adjusting from the PS mindset.I was just as uptight about things, BTW. These kids have spent many, many years learning the rules and regulations of a classroom, and I do think it takes some time to understand they are learning for THEMSELVES - not to please or placate a teacher, or to keep in lockstep with everyone else in the classroom. I can tell you that this new school year has been much easier, and we've both relaxed considerably in our daily and weekly tasks. I think it will be easier as you both grow more comfortable with long-term learning goals and aspirations. Hopefully, your husband will grow more comfortable, as well.

    Best of luck with 6th grade!
    Mom to DD - The Mink (12). In our third year of classically-influenced homeschooling.

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    Thanks for the reassurance Cafdog. It really helps.

    It doesn't help that my dad is a retired high school teacher and is expecting me to follow my education training and teach her like I would if she was in a classroom.
    Jennifer
    Mom to Andy 14 and Elisabeth 11. No longer hs'ing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mom2AandE View Post
    More info: She told me this morning that she wants the structure of school and a "stranger" aka teacher telling her what to do. I did a google search and read a couple of articles on deschooling. I am just not sure how to go about that. My hubs is pressuring me to make sure she "doesn't fall behind" (his words). He is supportive of my choice to HS but he is also in the school mindset.
    Oh Jennifer, that's tough.

    If you need to get started, you can just introduce one or two main subject at a time. And make plenty of time for long walks or bike rides or whatever will help your dd settle. Maybe you can explain it to dh as homeschool orientation.

    Even schools take a while at the beginning of the year to find out about their students and to settle them in.


    Hugs. give it time.

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Well, we are starting 6th grade today. EEK!