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    Default Excitedly Terrified in IN

    Good morning!!

    I am so excited to have found a homeschool group to be a part of that seems to have members from many different places...geographically and academically. We have 6 kiddos in a blended family ranging in age from almost 2 years old to almost 19 years old. Our oldest is headed for college, next up is our senior who is headed to the US Navy, our Freshman is navigating her own course in public high school, and our eighth grader is an honor student who enjoys public school, along with all of his extracurriculars. However, our first grader is O-V-E-R public school. She is also in advanced placement and is bored every day. She has a wonderful teacher, but with the current confines of teaching to the test in Indiana, she is simply not being challenged. My S.O. and I both work full-time, but I have a non-traditional schedule and feel that homeschooling is something we can do for our two youngest children. The area in which we live offers only non-secular groups, and while we align a specific way with our spirituality, I prefer to have academics be separate from religion. We live in a rural area about 30 minutes outside of a major city, unfortunately it is in a different state. In searching for secular groups near us, the closest looks to be at least 90 minutes away. My hope is that I can come here for help, advice, and guidance from more seasoned homeschool parents. I love to see/hear varying perspectives and I am excited to find out about the multitude of ways others are educating their children. Thank you for making me a part of your academic world!! Good day to you all!!

    Shyla

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    Welcome! Dont panic! Or be terrified.
    Its great that Public School is working for the kids its working for!
    Try not to worry about not having a social network of secular homeschoolers in your backyard - for people who have a bunch of like-minded cohorts thats great, but the rest of us get by fine, too. Your daughter may keep some of her school friends, may meet new ones in her adventures. (Dont look to socialize with only homeschoolers.)
    There are as many different homeschooling styles as there are homeschoolers - if you share what you have in mind as your pie-in-the-sky homeschooling day, we may help steer you to products that you will like.
    Other advice is: Dont buy anything expensive or promising young Einstein results. Or something marketed as being “for every X grader.”

    Happy days ahead!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shyla RB View Post
    We live in a rural area about 30 minutes outside of a major city, unfortunately it is in a different state. In searching for secular groups near us, the closest looks to be at least 90 minutes away. My hope is that I can come here for help, advice, and guidance from more seasoned homeschool parents. I love to see/hear varying perspectives and I am excited to find out about the multitude of ways others are educating their children. Thank you for making me a part of your academic world!! Good day to you all!!

    Shyla
    Welcome Shyla,

    Alexsmom has given you some great advice. I am also a Hoosier and a former public school teacher. I too am disgusted by the teach to the test mentality our state has, in addition to it's treatment of teachers. No wonder our state is suffering from a huge teacher loss. You must be somewhere on the edge of Indiana, so you may be where I am (near Chicago), but I could be wrong.

    Your young daughter sounds like my kids at the same age--bored. They also had great teachers, but there is only so much they could do with 25ish kids in the classroom. Like Alexsmom said, tell us what you think a perfect homeschooling day would be like. I know they are young, but ask your youngsters what THEY would like to learn. Kids are inquisitive--let them run with it!
    Carol

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


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

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

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    Shyla Hello and welcome to the community. Do you use teachers ' manuals? my mother is a teacher and I can find out more about where to start!

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