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    Hi All!

    I am a new homeschool mom; my son is eight. He has been asking to be homeschooled since he started school. I thought that it might just be the school and the fit, so we tried a few different schools. Apparently, that was not it. Our last try was pretty dismal, and we are leaving disappointed in the school system although excited about homeschooling.

    I was a high school biology teacher and a long-time sub in Poland at an international school where I taught 5th grade, middle school and IB Chemistry. Homeschooling seems like a new educational challenge!

    I am excited to join this group to ask about and share experiences. Cheers.

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    Welcome! I hope your son enjoys the homeschool experience!
    There seem to be a lot of (former) school teachers that homeschool.
    Ask, share, vent!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome to the forums.

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    Welcome to the forums. We homeschooled our two from about the same age as your son, all the way through high school. It is definitely an adventure!

    I'm also a former public school educator--physics and math. Now I tutor and offer math/physics classes to homeschooled high school students.

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Welcome. I also started homeschooling my oldest at about that age after progressively worsening experiences in school and trying out a number of different schools. She has loved it and currently never wants to go back to school.

    That's really cool that you taught at an IB school. I would like if there was an IB school to try for either of my kids where we live but there are very few of them in New Zealand. In our city, there are none that my girls could go to.

    I have a chemistry PhD but no teaching experience. My mother (ex teacher) thinks that it is horrifying that I think I can teach my kids. So I think being a ex-teacher as a homeschooler may come with some benefits as you will hopefully avoid that whole set of questions about why do you think you are qualified to teach your kids.

    Have fun starting out with homeschool!
    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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