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    Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum and to homeschooling. My family just moved from San Jose, CA to Nashville, TN about 2 months ago. It has been a big change for me personally as I grew up in California and had my entire base of support in terms of friends and family there. I have a 3.5 year old girl (gifted) and a 13 month old boy (already talking up a storm).

    I'm currently in the research and exploration phase - meaning I am not sure I am going to homeschool yet. I'm worried I won't have the ability to do so well enough to provide my children what they need. On the other hand, I am not quite finding the right fit here yet. I am very interested in project based learning, Reggio Emilia and styles that are play based and child led. I'm also trying to learn how to go about creating my own co-op since the ones I've found here are either full or not a good fit. A lot of my research (books, blogs, videos, and talking to other people) revolves around that right now. I am also open to learning from other philosophies and curriculum as well - my philosophy in life is that you can take the good and leave the bad out of almost anything.

    About me personally - I was a 7th grade math teacher in an economically disadvantaged public school in LA for about 8 years before I moved to San Jose. After I moved, I decided to take the plunge from moving my part time photography business to full time. I took a break from teaching and pursued photography. Then I had my kids and put work on hold for a while. One of my goals is to balance time with my family while finding my way back to my photography and teaching.

    I am excited to connect with you all - I have SO MANY questions!

    Fizzah

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    Welcome! When my oldest was this age, I was exploring too.
    Are you able to challenge your kids enough? Yes! At least through kindergarten, you should have no trouble understanding the concepts you want conveyed. One year at a time, yanno.
    Your teacherness will revolve around making meaningful projects / learning for your daughter, whom you love as much as you can love anyone. You dont have to balance it with other students learning styles, dispositions, or arbitrary pacing.
    The homeschool part will be simple.
    Its the other parts of life that moving to an alien land will make challenging.

    Ask when you have questions, vent your frustrations as much as you need!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Thanks alexsmom! The more I am learning about homeschooling, the more I feel like it will be the right path for us. I am so excited to have found this forum - not just because I am already learning so much. But also because I am hoping to find a community and a sense of connection here. Looking forward to many more wonderful conversations here.

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    Let us know if theres anything we can do to help. There are some useful books for picking the direction / flavor youd like your homeschooling to look like.
    Linda Dobson (no apparent relation to infamous other Dobsons) has a few books.
    Think of how you imagine the schooling day to be... is it full of imaginative play, or is it learning through guided projects, exploration of rabbit trails inspired by museum visits, or perhaps strapped to a desk with workbooks, daily roll call, raising hands, and school-at-home?
    If you know where youre leaning towards, we can help you find books more suited to your style.
    WTM is Well-Trained Mind, by the way. (I refer to them as WTF, because according to their bible, they expect little kids to be reading shakespeare and dante.) Theyd be the strapped to the desk variety of homeschoolers. The author actually set up desks in her house and did the whole routine with pledge of allegience and everything.
    WTM does have a section of their community for “gifted”, but they are not secular.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome. How are you finding your move? Have you made any connections there yet? We have made some big moves in our lives before (NZ to San Diego and then back to NZ) so I know what it is like. NZ to San Diego was actually easy because it was all new and interesting, and people thought we were interesting because we were foreign. The hardest thing was finding other mothers to make friends as we were in an area with a lot of kids in full time daycare or with nannies. But we got there eventually and I made lots of good friends that I still miss. Moving back to NZ (same city we had left) was so much harder. Its all old and boring to us, and we have changed and feel like we don't fit in anymore. We have been back 5.5 years and still feel out of place.

    Good on you for investigate homeschool/school options. I wish I had done that more to start with as it would have saved us some years of angst. We came to homeschooling accidentally after 3 years of public school for my oldest. But I always had an inkling that school was not the right place for her and thought about homeschooling but never had the courage to investigate it as it was not the done thing in our extended family (both my mother and DH's mother were school teachers).
    New Zealand-based. DD 10 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 5 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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