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    Default About to take the homeschooling leap!

    My son is in 6th grade in public school in a district just outside of Houston, TX. I realized recently that he's falling way behind and yet his grades reflect that he's doing just fine! He gets anxiety when he doesn't know something and he tries to deflect with humor. He's going to finish 6th grade in public school, then we'll take a few weeks and head to the mountains to decompress, and then start 7th grade in homeschool. The goal is to get him caught up and let him go back to high school with his friends.

    I'm excited but nervous. He'll be coming to work with me and he'll work on his laptop there. We're trying to select a curriculum. My thoughts are that we'll do a core of the basic subjects, supplement with Khan, Freckle, PhET, and CK12, take a music class, stick with existing sport, and do field trips.

    Any input or pointers are greatly appreciated! Also interested in any feedback on tracking, making sure he's on grade level, amount of time spent, etc. I think we're going to use Google Classroom to track.

    I look forward to reading through the forums to see what info is already out there.

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    I like the freeness of your supplement list! What a great way to explore and see what kinds of things work for both of you. What are you planning to use as your “spine” for your core? Im worried you may pick something expensive, or too much “school at home”, or something “all in one” while you “figure out the homeschooling” (common trap that wastes a lot of effort and money).

    Start gently when you do! You both will need to build up your homeschooling skills.
    As far as how long he should be spending every day, expect it to be a LOT less than the time he is spending in school now. Learn how to take advantage of his productive bursts, how to gauge his attention span for each subject, how much work is enough for a day. Generally speaking, a lesson a day will get you through a years worth of curriculum easily within a school year. And you dont have to do one class in each subject each day.... make it work around your schedule. Stack his “low parental oversight” activities for days when work will really take more of your attention. If there is a subject he is particularly struggling with, time it for when you will be more available to him, and can afford distractions. (You can also do these when youre not at work, on weekends, and less than 5 times a week.) If you choose a science that has fun labs, you may want to have a “Science Sunday” and spend half the day doing nothing but that, and not touch science the rest of the week.
    Do what works for you!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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