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    I'm a Military spouse and my Family lives in Germany, at least for 3 more months. I have 2 boys one in 2nd grade and one in preschool. I'm strongly considering homeschooling my oldest son next year. He has ADHD and has just been tested for the gifted program at his school. If we were going to live here forever I'd probably keep him in the public school, however the Army has us moving every couple of years and our next duty station might not be able to accommodate his needs. I'm really looking for curriculum that will allow some flexibility but possibly allow us to rejoin a public school at some point. I do not plan to homeschool my younger son, at least not next year. I'm excited to get to know everyone as we begin our journey!

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    Welcome, Rosie!
    From what other members here have said, I think the military has a lot of.... assets.... resources? for homeschooling kids, especially “overseas”.
    I think also that its not difficult to rejoin public school at any point. Especially in the elementary years, what they learn in public schools is a disjointed crapshoot. (Hence the need for the misapplied common standards to teach all american kids the same subjects for each grade.)

    Let us know if you need help!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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    I agree with AMs comment about the disjointedness of what is taught at the elementary/primary age. Especially if you are moving countries and going from one set of standards to another. As long as your child is interested and advancing in their ability in each area, then I would be happy with that rather than trying to determine what standards you should be working towards.

    Is it a good gifted program? If it gets good reviews, if it were my child (as a mother of a gifted kid with slow processing, anxiety, and maybe more, and no access to a gifted program), I would keep him in it until you do actually move. As long as he is happy. May as well make the most of what you can access while you can.

    But if he is unhappy, for sure pull him out. My oldest was extremely unhappy when in school (though her adverse behavior all came out at home not at school), and her outlook improved rapidly and dramatically when we started homeschooling.
    Last edited by NZ_Mama; 04-28-2019 at 09:53 PM.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    As a former military wife and mother of children who were homeschooled and then transitioned to public schools late in their education, I'd say cross that bridge when you get there. The US public school system cannot deny entry or special education services (whether it is gifted services or learning disability services) to a US citizen. Only private schools in the US and schools of your host country that you are not a citizen of can deny your child entry for any reason. DOD schools can deny entry in certain cases but if you and your children are on his duty orders to be there with him, there shouldn't be any problems. So regardless of how you homeschool and where your children are in their education, if you decide at some point to enroll them in public school,they will most likely be placed with their age mates initially and then after the teachers have gotten to know your child, services or other educational accommodations may be recommended.

    As AM mentioned, some overseas locations have access to homeschooling charter school programs that can pay for curriculum and activities, provide computers and let you have access to a licensed teacher to help you make decisions or just reassure you that you are providing a good education for your child. We participated when we lived overseas but it was a program specific to PACAF bases. There is a European program that is very similar but as I don't have any experience with it, I can't really tell you who to talk to. You might ask around the base education center or the DOD school administration office. If you live off base in Germany, be very careful. You are subject to local laws in many cases and the German government has been know to hassle American ex-pat homeschoolers, including American military. Germany is known to be unfriendly at best and downright hostile at worst toward home education. If you live on base, there should not be any problems.

    As for curriculum suggestions,there really are a heap ton of options. Almost any curriculum could be described at flexible and able to let your child to transition to public school. What does your child excel at? Is there any thing that he struggles with? Does he have any interests? Strong dislikes? Do you want something that will hold your hand and tell you what to do, or even what to say, each day or would you rather work from an outline rather than a script? What subjects appeal to your son? What do you find most important in your son's education? Does any one homeschooling style appeal to you more than another? I know this is a lot of questions but it will help narrow down the field and we can provide better answers to your curriculum question.

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