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    I'm so excited to have found this forum. I'm going to be homeschooling my 11 year old daughter for the first time this year. She has Asperger's and ADHD as well as dyscalculia and dyslexia, which has been too many problems for school to get a handle on as well as educated her.

    I'm hoping that with individual attention I can get her closer to where she needs to be with her peers.

    I'm a trained scientist, my PhD is in pharmaceutical chemistry so a secular/scientific education is a must for our family. This seems *extremely* difficult but I think (hope) I'm getting a handle on it.

    Thank you all.

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    Homeschooling isnt difficult to do secularly, although if you believed advertisers, itd be non-existent. Even if you live in Alabama, and legally need to register with a “church school”. (That might not be Alabama, but it might!)
    I agree that individualized attention and tailored curriculum will likely help your kid more than being in an institutional, factory environment, even with a committed and professional educator. Finding the right materials is a challenge, especially when the world assumes you admire the Druggers.
    You dont have to rely on written essays to gauge if she has gotten the main points and nuances of a novel, you can stop an activity when its not working for her, you can do algebra and geometry games (like Dragonbox) that dont involve handwritten pages of math problems. She can show you her understanding from more ways than tests and essays!

    Let us know if you would like help finding products or advice about homeschooling in the bible belt. At least we can sympathize!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome! I hope you and your daughter enjoy homeschooling together. It has been wonderful for my daughter (we started 3 years ago) who also did not fit in school.

    I also have a PhD in chemistry (analytical with a forensics focus) and now freelance as a science editor.

    If you have any questions about what curricula to use or how to structure learning, ask away, there are many very helpful homeschoolers on here that way more experienced than myself.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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