View Poll Results: How long have you been homeschooling now?

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  • Newbie here! Less than one year!

    21 5.88%
  • Between 1-3 years

    70 19.61%
  • Between 4-6 years

    95 26.61%
  • Over 6 years

    132 36.97%
  • Homeschool alumnus here! All homeschoolers graduated.

    16 4.48%
  • Not currently homeschooling

    23 6.44%
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    As the signature says, we're in our 11th, but last, year of homeschooling. I'll be a homeschool alumnus in two short months!!

    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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    We are in our third year of homeschooling. As accidental homeschoolers, it seems like I was just panicking last week of over what to do. (Oh yeah, I was panicking last week, just over something different. )

    Over the past 3 years, things that have surprised me include:

    - How much we keep changing things up. Nothing seems static.

    - That DS seems to make progress, even when it looks like goofing off.

    -That one way doesn't always work for DS. (Hence the changing it up all the time.) Sometimes it is a workbook and sometimes it is a video game. Sometimes it is with my involvement and sometimes not.

    -How hard it is to navigate the local community for truly secular science events. At best it is neutral.

    -Curriculum as a whole is a let down. There are a few gems, but otherwise I am shocked at the lack of creativity when it comes to organizing and delivering ideas and information. In a way, I am also surprised at how expensive the curriculum is. The curriculum label tends to send the price of a book through the roof. (Just like in schools and college) I can purchase a similar item, marketed towards parents for after school use, and the cost is reasonable. Slap a curriculum label, use for homeschool or in the classroom and that same book will go up significantly.

    -The federal government has an impressive amount educational materials available for free. It is hard to find, because it is all over the place, but every government agency has lesson plans for so many topics.

    -How many homeschooling blogs that are out there that are so poorly written and/or have way too much advertising. So much so, it is hard to read the text. I don't have the patience for such nonsense. If my ad-blocker doesn't work on the site, I won't read it. No matter how good the supposed information is. It's not worth it.

    And the most surprising of all is that I have become much more comfortable at developing my own curriculum. So I am very resistant to purchase something, especially for elementary use. For high school, I could see a change in that, but for now I probably won't be buying any more curriculum for the foreseeable future. Books on the other hand, are invaluable and I will purchase them at my current rate of too many books to fit in the amount of space I have.

    And obviously I have been thinking about this... hence the long post.

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    10th year here! One graduated, one graduating this year, one more to go!!!
    Homeschooling Mamarama
    Native Idahoan Atheist
    Eclectically homeschooling since 2006.

    Son (20) - Class of 2014
    Daughter (17) - Class of 2016
    Daughter (15) - Class of 2019

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    Tenth year!! Woo Hoo
    Homeschooling two sons (14 and 16) from day one. Atheist.
    Eclectic, Slackschooler covering 8th and 10th grades this year.

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    at the end of our 3rd year..

    I am amazed at how much I have changed in these 3 years. Went from a paranoid early-everything milestone-checking what-else-can-I-stuff-into-them which-school-is-the-best mom to a relaxed follow-the-child's-lead homeschooler. I am glad it happened.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    I'm at the end of my 4th year. I feel like I've finally found my groove - ha!
    DS 15, DD 13
    Year 9

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    We are in our second year. Like a few others, I change things up a lot. Something that works now won't necessarily work in a few weeks. I'm not sure why that is - I think my daughter in particular needs variety.

    I'm not sure that I've found my groove, although sometimes I have short bursts of groove-finding. Yesterday felt like we were in a really good groove. Today was a bit of a mild train-wreck, which probably means that tomorrow might be good. Homeschooling must be like moods, it can change from day to day!
    Spending my days learning with DD 10 and DS 8.

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    6th year....

    Started when DS#2 was in 5th grade.......

    He is now in 10th, at the local high school. (He is a homeschool dropout... And waiting for dual enrollment to kick in next year)

    But he started it all, and the others all came along for the ride.
    ~*~*Marta, mom to 5 boys.
    DS 1 ( 19, has his associates' degree and is off to college)
    DS 2 (17 and dual enrollment in college)
    Keegan (15 and enrolled in a PPP but still has home classes)
    Sully (10 years, 4th grade)
    Finn, (9 years, 3rd grade)

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    Hi, I am a not yet homeschooling mom. And because I am in West TN, I am feeling very alone. I can get involved in a group that is a 2 hr drive roundtrip or I can try to get along with the faith based group closer to home. So, I come here to find a little bit of belonging. I am trying to let my son finish out his first grade year in school but it gets harder everyday.

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