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    Default Combination Schooler (if that's a thing)

    I doubt I'm the only one out there doing this, but I came to homeschooling as an option late. Three of my kids are already in public school, the older two having been in for years now and they enjoy the social aspect of it so I'm on the fence as far as pulling them out to homeschool, but with my two-year-old I'm considering homeschooling. My biggest concern with him (and any future kids) is that they'll wonder why my oldest son and my step-daughters go to school everyday but they don't. This makes me think that maybe sending him to public school but practicing some homeschooling elements in their off-time might still be beneficial...

    Any advice would be appreciated as I'm not sure where to start. And no judgment, please. We're all trying our best

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    One of th3 best part of homeschooling is acknowledging that every kid is different. Especially on a secular site, homeschooling isnt some sort of dogmatic religion.
    Many families homeschool some kids, send the others to public school.
    Your homeschooled littles may be curious about what their siblings do all day, might want to try it. If you figure out the crux of why they want to try it (It might be that they want to ride on a schoolbus!], Im sure it would work out for the best.

    Your olders will probably be envious that the littles get to do “school” in their pajamas, sleep when their bodies tell them theyre tired, and never have homework.

    Itll be alright.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    Even among homeschoolers, there are those who are able to take advantage of a few classes from a brick-and-mortar school while homeschooling other subjects. Like Alexsmom said, the beauty of homeschooling is that each family can find what works for them and for each of their kids.

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Many people cannot fully commit to homeschooling for whatever reason do something called "afterschooling" to supplement their child's public or private school education. It is actually really common in Asian countries for children to have at least one class or tutor outside of their regular school or do additional studies at home in the evenings or on the weekend.

    I would start with whatever interests you and/or your children. It can be something you are passionate about or something you just want to learn more about. Get some history books and read aloud from them in the evening. Go to the park or for a hike on the weekend and do some nature study. Order some science kits and do experiments on rainy days. Keep bookshelves for the children filled with books on many different subjects and some classic children's literature. Make regular trips to the library and find out what they have available. Ours for instance has guest speakers come in on Saturday mornings and give presentations. They had a herpetologist last summer who brought all kinds of reptiles for the children to get to see and touch. They had Jan Brett one Saturday come in and do a story time with her books. They have art classes now and then, knitting and crochet classes, lego club... and if your library doesn't have these things, ask who you could talk to about getting some of these things in your library.

    You don't have to homeschool to create a family culture of learning and discovery, you just need to show your children your enthusiasm for learning new things and it will become contagious.

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    I have two in school and two not, currently (well, the littlest just turned 4 so he doesn't count as receiving a formal education in any manner, to my way of thinking). But last year marked the first year any of my 4 kids went to school, and it was 8th grade (which a few weeks later became 9th, long story) and then this year, the next oldest entered school in 5th. The 8-year-old remains homeschooled though I waver.

    My philosophy now is, it's not a permanent decision either way, so if what you're doing isn't satisfactory, try the other thing. If it's better, great. If it's worse, go back to what you were doing, and try to change things up until they work better than before.
    Middle-aged mom of 4 kids spanning a 10-year age range, homeschooling since 2009, and a public school mom also, since 2017.

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    My college age son was through school before we discovered homeschooling. My 14 year old has Down syndrome and is doing wonderful in her public school. Even IF homeschooling had been an option, it would not have worked for her or for I. My youngest two do beautifully with home education.

    Mine have never asked, but if they did, we would just say we did what was best for each of them and everyone has different needs.
    CJ (Mom)
    Bug: 8 years old
    Doodle: 4 years old

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    Both my sister and I had/have a similar situation. My sister's oldest went to public, and when she decided to homeschool her younger daughter it didn't make sense to pull her son from school since he was already established and happy there. Every situation is different, but for her family there was no issue with two different education choices in the same family. Her daughter enjoyed homeschool (and btw she is now 22 years old and still only has wonderful things to say about the way she was educated) and her son was content continuing public. They just did what seemed right for each kid and it worked out just fine.
    Coincidentally, I am following the same path. my older son is content at public school, but my 2nd child is a different learner and asked to be homeschooled. Neither one envies the other, they are where they are supposed to be, and where they want to be. I think every child is different, and every family is different. I admire people who truly see each child as an individual with different needs even if it means going to separate schools. There shouldn't be a one size fits all education. I would say do what works for you and your kids. If you think your youngest will benefit from homeschool, go with your gut and if things change later down the road for anyone, that's ok too.

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    Thank you all so very much. This will give my husband and I more to think about. We're about 90% sure at this point that our two year old will be homeschooled, unless he wants to go to public school, and we'll be trying some "afterschooling" with our other kids on the weekends when we know we have all of them under one roof.
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