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    Hi! My name is Apryl! My children have gone to school all over the United States as my husband was in the Air Force. He's been out now since 2011. We lived in Virginia for 5 1/2 years and moved to Kansas last July.

    My oldest daughter is a high school graduate and has done two years of college so far. My middle two daughters just finished their 8th and 5th grade years. My son just finished kindergarten and I started homeschooling him in November when we realized how unhappy he was in school (long story there).

    This fall I will be homeschooling my 1st, 6th, and 9th graders. We are on a budget. Our small town has a homeschooling community but they are Christian, I have not checked them out yet. Kansas does not require schooling until age seven so for my son's kindergarten year I taught him what I thought he needed. Next year teaching all three with two in older grades is new to me.

    I am looking for guidance, support, and resources!

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    Welcome! Homeschooling early elementary, middle school, and high school may keep you busy! Do you have ideas on how youre going to manage three handfuls?
    The local co-op could be fine - or it could make your allerjesus kick up. You wont know until you get a feel for them. Tag along to their park days, see how they react to you not praying with them. Even if you dont use the same curriculum as them, sometimes its nice to chit chat with other moms who understand the whole homeschooling routine.
    I hope its working out well with your baby back at the house, that hes happier now.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    We've gone to public school in NE, CA, KS, NC, VA, and now back in KS but a different city.

    I think if we can find some good guidelines for what our state requires we can work from there. I think it will be a lot of planning as I don't want to fail them. I am going to do my best over the summer to plan things out and get their input.

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    One of the nice things about homeschooling is that you don't have to follow what your state requires. You can follow some other state, or follow a sequence in a book you like (such as Well-Trained Mind or Core Knowledge) or you can just do your own thing.

    In your situation, I'd focus most on your 9th grader first. Be sure you're clear about whether or not they can return to high school in your state and that you're okay with your decision if returning to school won't be an option. In some states, it's basically impossible for a homeschooled student to return to public school without losing all credits, no matter how you document them. You also want to make sure that you're following a path that leads to whatever post-high school goals your student has - whether it's military, trades, community college, 4 year college, or a competitive college... If you want to keep their options open, you also want to make sure you're on a path to do that. It doesn't mean you can't be creative with their classes and what they do, but it does mean you need to keep records and that there are certain boxes you basically have to check off.

    Welcome to homeschooling! It's really a wonderful way to live. I hope you love it.
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