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    Hi! My name is Sara and I'm a mom to two kids, ages 8 and 12. We have not yet begun homeschooling and I'm hoping that I might find answers to some questions and perhaps insight from some of you who have made the leap already! I assume that some of you can relate, but I am very nervous! Public schools have not met our needs and I fear that my oldest has lost his excitement for learning, already created a negative self-image (thanks, standardized testing) and is simply not receiving the help he needs! My youngest still loves school, but she is also 'behind' by the school's measure.

    My husband and I own small businesses but do manage to homeschool during the summer months without issue. I work from home but I hear that most homeschool families need a full-time teacher/parent to make it work. Are we being unreasonable to believe that we could provide adequate education if we also work?

    Lastly, neither of us have bachelor's degrees (we both have our associates). After starting our businesses, we did not find it necessary to seek higher education. We are intelligent, self-motivated and absolutely dedicated to our children. Still, our district mandates that we have a degree or that we be overseen by someone who has a bachelors in order to request to remove our children from public schools. This is a little intimidating and I find myself questioning whether or not we're really qualified (if there is such a thing).

    This is all so overwhelming and any insight at all would be most appreciated!

    Thank you, thank you


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    Welcome to the wonderful world of homeschooling Sara. I'm sorry to hear that your oldest has lost that natural love for learning. Hopefully homeschooling will bring it back for him. Everyone in Ohio who does not hold a teacher's license must have a supervising teacher or use standardized testing. A local homeschool support group would be beneficial in helping you find a good supervising teacher. It's not as scary as it seems.

    Many families homeschool with both parents working or with a single parent. It can be done. It just requires some working with your schedule. Remember, school does not have to happen between 9 and 3 Monday through Friday. I'm sure you'll work it out.
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    While my district/state does not mandate being overseen I have found it very helpful schooling through a charter and having a licensed teacher at my disposal. I love being able to ask her questions and get feedback on everything. Don't let this deter you if it is what you think is right. Something like Time4Learning or k12 might work well if you're working from home.

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    Hi Sara,

    To keep this brief, if you can train your employees to do tasks at work, you can HS. If you know how to look up things you don't know, you can HS.

    IMO, a formal degree isn't nearly as important as having the desire to learn, the desire & ability to share that information with those around you, and the willingness to outsource when you know your personal best isn't quite what you'd like it to be. I've had many BADDDD teachers throughout my life. They all had degrees. Having a degree didn't make them a good teacher.

    We have always HSed, so I'm not sure how critical it is, but I've heard of many people giving their previously public schooled-kids a breather before launching into HSing. A decompression period, so to speak. I think the general rule of thumb is one month for each year they were in B&M school. You might want to read up on it and decide if it's something that would benefit your kids. And you.

    As for the work thing, I have to be honest and say that my kid can get all her HSing (8yo; starting 5th grade work) done in probably 2-3hr if she's on task. And she is, most days. Some kids will take longer, some will take less time. Only you know your kiddos. There's no rule in our state that mandates I have to teach DD for 7 or 8hr a day. The only hard and fast rule we have in our state is that we have to show evidence of 'regular and thorough instruction'. They might have a thing about the required number of days of instruction for the calendar year...not sure. Kind of irrelevant. We HS when it works for all of us. We set the schedule can you. There's not usually a rule that says kids have to school M-F between 8 and 3. If evenings and weekends work better for you all, go for it.

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    My DH and I both have full-time jobs. I work 1st shift, DH works 2nd. We utilize "after-school care" for the overlap. DS receives most of his instruction during the evening hours, and sleeps in every morning with dad. You do what works for your family.

    You can do this!

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    Hi Sara! I think you are qualified. In fact, I think that there have been studies of hsing students that show parents with a 4 year degree have only a slight edge over parents with just a high school degree, really insignificant difference. And an AA degree is not no degree. And the kids being hsed by a parent who never went to college still performed better than ps students with parents who did not go to college. Among hsers there is not a big racial difference in performance either. Hsing equalizes a lot of those variables. So I really think you can just put that fear aside and welcome!
    Former Homeschooler to two daughters, age 20 and in college and age 12 back in ps.

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    You said: We are intelligent, self-motivated and absolutely dedicated to our children

    To me I would say you're qualified to homeschool in my eyes!

    The supervising teacher does sound intimidating but I'm sure it's not so bad. (Anyone from Ohio care to enlighten me on that one?)

    I work full time and my husband is home with the children-but we balance the schoolwork. So that means some evenings I'm teaching spelling on my bed after dinner...but it works out just fine for us.

    I second the suggestion to find a support group. You could start by looking at Yahoo groups or even check out the groups here. They are pretty dead from what I see but you might find answers to the supervising teacher specific question has already been answered.

    I hope that your son regains his love of learning! I know from experience with my 2 oldest that those schools can suck it out of them pretty quickly! (Ps-my younger of the 2 oldest probably will never love "school work" but she's not as crabby as she used to be. )
    Our style is mostly eclectic, child-led and extremely relaxed.
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    I just wanted to chime in and say that I work from home (admittedly part time and I'm an academic, so it isn't full on year round). It does require some planning, IMHO. I need to make sure I schedule time for me to work, which might mean that we don't go out to more than one thing per day, or that I spread certain errands through the week.

    I can't comment on the supervising teacher thing. I do think, like others have said, that it's more about putting in the effort. Frankly, my degrees aren't really that relevant on a day to day basis!

    4th year of homeschooling DS, now 9!

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    Thank you all for the words of encouragement! We're preparing our letter of intent to withdraw and are trying to select our curriculum now. Exciting and scary at the same time. We'll see what the next few months hold!

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    Hello Sara!

    I am new to homeschooling as well and although does not require a supervising teacher or a bachelors - have you looked into

    K12 schools here

    I do not know how your little ones would learn best, but perhaps using k12 as a supplement that would work for your local school district? I know my niece prefers the structured method of school whereas my son needs to be more hands on and cannot bare to sit through a lesson or reading as much.

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