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    Hello everyone!

    My name is Sam and I have 3 kids. My oldest was really struggling in Jr. High and we made the decision to bring him home in November of last year. He is 13, in the 7th grade and on the autism spectrum. As we are working along I am finding a lot of gaps in his learning and so I'm really struggling with finding what will work for him (I'm sure I'll be picking your brains about it later )

    Honestly, I'm feeling a bit lost when it comes to school but in the past few months I've definitely seen a big difference in my son and I know that we made the right decision (as scary and overwhelming as it may be at the moment). An honestly, it is not nearly as scary or as challenging as I was imagining it (homework was like pulling teeth, and while he still complains when it is time to work is it NOTHING like it was just 6 months ago)

    Because I was so nervous, we decided to do an all in one program (Time4Learning). And while my son likes it, i find him falling behind and wanting to try something different next year. I am about neck deep in curriculum choices right now and feeling a bit overwhelmed (especially since people who homeschool middle schoolers have usually been doing this for a while and seem to speak mostly in acronyms)

    My middle son is 7 and in a classroom for the severely/moderately autistic and is thriving. My daughter will be going into kindergarten next year and is also really thriving (she had a lot of autistic-like behaviors but has really improved since spending time with typical peers during preschool). We aren't planning on homeschooling either of them next year, but I think that if we ever come upon any issues, I won't nearly so hesitant to bring them home. I am really enjoying teaching my eldest right now.

    I look forward to chatting with y'all.
    -Sam
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    Freshman DS
    3rd Grade DS
    and 1st Grade DD

    We are a neurodiverse family

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    Hello and welcome to the forums!

    It can be unnerving at first, but with time you will both get the hang of it. What you may want to figure out is what you do want to do next year and then ask for specific suggestions. We have a wide range of experiences here.

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    Did the same thing with my eldest in 7th grade. Welcome and let us know if you have need any curriculum ideas.
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    What you may want to figure out is what you do want to do next year and then ask for specific suggestions. We have a wide range of experiences here.
    To make it more manageable, make curriculum decisions one topic at a time, rather than all at once. (Unless, of course, you are looking for an all-in-one package.) Research just language arts, then make a decision on that. Then decide on science next, or math, or what you think is important.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geewhizsam View Post
    I am about neck deep in curriculum choices right now and feeling a bit overwhelmed (especially since people who homeschool middle schoolers have usually been doing this for a while and seem to speak mostly in acronyms)
    Hello and welcome! We've all been there!
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    Just from your intro, I'd say you already have things so much more in hand than many parents at the stage you are in. Time4Learning is such a great first homeschool curriculum, because everything is laid out for you and it's the perfect way to ease into homeschooling. It sounds, though, like you might be ready to branch out a bit and customize even more. That's a natural progression. We used Time4Learning as our "core" but then added lots of neat curriculum options as a supplement. It was the best of both worlds. I'm SO glad to have you as part of the community and I do hope you'll hang out with us often and keep us posted with how things are going!!


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    I realize this thread is older but I'm a new member and I'm in just about the same situation you were in when you started. My daughters (11 & 13) are both currently in public school but my wife and I would like to take them out, or at least our youngest who has ADHD. Reading through this thread has helped me realize that it doesn't have to be as overwhelming as perhaps I'm making it out to be at the moment. I'm wondering, since you first posted this topic, how has your journey been? We're looking at Time4Learing also. How long did you stay with that program? Did you end up trying something different? What has worked for you?

    Thanks!

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