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    Hello there -

    It looks like I joined at the perfect time, since the post about finding community (coming up on the 16th) is why I wandered in here to begin with.

    We are a family homeschooling an autistic child who loves music, art, stop-motion animation and fonts. We started homeschooling last year, at Thanksgiving break. I've written a blog about our experiences, but basically, we found that our son's brain was not calibrated to the Common Core Curriculum. We had gotten every support we asked for and had wonderful teachers, so we knew he was getting the best of what Public School had to offer. It just wasn't going to work for him.

    Now we're all at home. I'm a working voice-actor, Dad is a working television composer and Liam is a pianist, artist, filmmaker. In his areas of interest, he's autodidactic and in other areas, he's happier to learn "at home with Mom and Dad" with occasional outside classes at a local resource called Urban Homeschoolers, after-school classes at his old elementary school (we're still friendly with all of the folks there), a private art class and Mandarin Chinese at home (I teach her accent reduction in trade).

    I love seeing product reviews, personal stories and seeing so many other parents on the same path. I look forward to learning more from and about you all.

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    Welcome to the board.
    Teemie - 11 years old, 6th grade with an ecclectic mix

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    Greetings from Long Beach! We must be neighbors. I am homeschooling my 13 , year old son with ADHD. I also have one on the spectrum who is a senior at the local high school.

    We are using a charter school for funding, and it is working well for us. Are you with a charter?

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    Hello and welcome!
    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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    Welcome! Love your avatar
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at

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    I'm so glad you found your way here, AutMom!! It sounds like you are already doing an amazing job of "hybrid homeschooling" by finding so many things to outsource as well as enjoying learning together at home. What a great start you have!! And congrats on your upcoming one-year homeschool anniversary! Thanks a ton for taking the time to introduce yourself, and I look forward to getting to know you better on the forum!

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    Hi and welcome! Down in San Diego here, and my DS9 is showing some interest in stop motion animation - I may try picking your brain about it later!

    We also have a California group section - feel free to join in there too!

    And theres an ASD group as well!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Hi there -

    We are not working with a Charter at the moment. After so many years of running institutional gauntlets with both school and therapy, we are enjoying working off the grid. We're registered with West River Academy, a private school, which encourages Unschooling and other eclectic approaches. We design our curriculum and create a report on our studies at the end of the year.

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    Thanks! The avatar is a picture of one of my etch-a-sketch art pieces. You can see more on my website at Welcome to Deborah Sale-Butler's Official Web site! on the "Etch-a-Sketch" tab.

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    You should check out the site They have a self-directed animation-skills segment and they offer occasional camps ($40 for a month) where you can get a video a day with skills and challenges and feedback from the teacher. I don't know if there's a stop-motion camp at the moment, but they offer it often.

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