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    Default DD's 8th grade PS experience update

    For any who might be curious how DD's experience went with entering public school for the first time, this fall for 8th grade, here's an update:
    She walked right into a great social group of nice, smart girls, some of whom she had known previously, who by coincidence also all knew each other.
    She became a cheerleader, and was placed in the accelerated math class, which is Algebra I.

    We were favorably impressed by the teachers, and even though she was disappointed to be studying Earth Science (again?! She did that in homeschooling last year!) the fact that it's a really cool teacher with units called Star Fleet Academy and Hogwarts really helps. The math teacher is a good one, and goes out of his way to be available to them at lunch, even keeping a microwave in his classroom so they can do a lunch club thing.

    So far, the only class that is really challenging is Algebra (and it looks like most of the students are struggling and either barely passing, or failing, at this point) and she's finding it almost too easy to get As in everything else. But at least the classes aren't boring.

    Learning to manage her time well, put work first and be efficient, instead of giving in to temptation to chat and fulfill social needs first, then hope she can make up for it at the end of the evening when she's tired, has been the hardest part for her. That, and getting to the bus stop at 6:30 in the morning. But it has been good for her.

    I wouldn't change a thing. And she is glad she homeschooled all those years before, and had a chance to draw, daydream, think her own thoughts, write for the private creative pleasure of it, and delve deeply into things. Now, she's learning the art of gaming the system for things like time management, prioritizing strategically, and learning what it is to have a social life but be constrained by time pressure and other factors, yet take things in stride.

    It's all good, so far. She does get worn out by the end of the week, and tends to get super snappish and grumpy until she has a good cry or otherwise lets it all out, on the weekend, perhaps as a way to decompress. We'll see how things go.
    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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    That sounds terrific. (Well, not the end-of-week exhaustion and algebra struggles. Although from what I've seen in local hs kids who go to ps high school, it's quite common.) It's great that she's learning all those new, intangible skills. I love that we have varied educational options for our kids--homeschool, private, public, and virtual schools.

    Continue to keep us updated!

    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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    Im glad its going well!
    Bobo 13 yrs old - marches to the beat of her own drum, driven, out going and loud, yet she loves nature
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    I am wondering if the homeschooling makes middle school easier. My DD just started middle school here and is also loving it and found a great group of friends etc. I think that her confidence and belief in her abilities comes from homeschooling and that she wouldn't be as able to make friends and believe in herself if not for homeschooling. Just my two cents. DD also really misses homeschooling at 6:45 in the am.
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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