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    Default Looks like I'll be homeschooling this fall...

    Hi all,

    I'm Heather. It looks like I'll be a brand-new, almost-accidental homeschooler this fall. Basically, while I've always been open to the idea of homeschooling my son, it was not the original plan. But plans change. So of course I'm already thinking ahead to the fall, and planning, and yes, likely *overthinking* as well. I'm good at that.

    We're lucky to live in a district with very good schools/teachers, and my son generally likes both the social and educational aspects of his school. But, distance learning was less than ideal for him over the past few months, leading to a lot of frustration and anxiety. So given that we live in a state hard-hit by covid-19, and given the likelihood of distance learning at some (all?) points in the coming school year, we'll be making the switch to homeschool until there's a viable vaccine. I can't just sit back and watch him lose interest in learning because of the method of instruction. When we talked it over as a family, he said he'd rather learn from me than from a screen. (He then asked if he had to start calling me "Mrs. Mommy." Little wiseguy.) As of now, our intention is to return him to public school once the pandemic is through - though who knows? Plans could change again!

    I'm a former middle school teacher, and my son just wrapped up 4th grade and is headed into 5th, so he's not too far off from the grades I used to teach. I don't expect homeschooling my own one-and-only kiddo to be much like my previous experience teaching as many as 35 middle schoolers per class, but there's some familiarity in the work, at least.

    Anyway, I've been poking around the forums for a few weeks and was so glad to find this community. I've got questions I'll add to specific categories (curriculum, curriculum, curriculum!), but I wanted to introduce myself and say hi, and thanks for all the q&a's already posted. What a great resource these forums have already been!


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    Hello and welcome to the forums!

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    Welcome! Glad to have you.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome to the forum.
    --Kelly--Atheist/Accidental/Alternative Homeschool Mom to one great daughter in southern Iowa since 3/1/10. Tenth Grade: TT Algebra 2, Holt World Geography, Holt Biology, myPerspectives-10/Creative Writing, BtB Spanish, and Computer Science.

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    Welcome. I hope you both enjoy homeschooling. Sounds like you have a good outlook on it all.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
    Part-time freelance science copyeditor.

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    Welcome! As a former high school math and physics teacher, you will find many former teachers homeschooling.

    We also thought our kids would return to brick-and-mortar school when we started after 1st and 2nd grade....never did. You may find benefits far beyond keeping your son safe from COVID19 and elearning.

    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 graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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