Do You Home School Your Child?

United States
June 2, 2007 12:41pm CST
How is it going? Does your child seem to do better then in a public school? I am going to home school my 13 yr old this coming school year due to him getting in all kinds of trouble at school and being expelled this past school year. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and at this time we have no medication for him. We are currently reviewing this with a therapist and nurse. I am just curious to see whom else home schools there kid(s) and if it works good for your and the kiddos?
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@mehale (2200)
• United States
2 Jun 07
I do not homeschool either of my children as of yet, but have been seriously thinking about it. The biggest downside that I have found about homeschooling is that as of right now, when they apply for college, they will have to take a GED test because the colleges do not accept a home school diploma. I am uncertain if this would be a wise move for this reason. I don't want to do anything that might adversly affect my children later in their lives. I must admit though, it is still tempting, especially with the new testing regulations in place in Texas. Our local school district is one of the lowest scoring schools in the state, and the teachers definitely leave a lot to be desired! Good Luck.
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• United States
2 Jun 07
I am in a tad different type program. It is a Virtual School here in Kansas. We pay $50 for books and they supply them. If we need a laptop for the schooling that is $50 also. All refundable when you return the stuff. They are a public school too, but help people like me and my son with an education when public schools just don't work out. All work is done online with there program and they grade it, etc...he will receive an actual HS diploma from that school. I will be his teacher, but if we need help they assign a teacher to you that you can call, email, etc...for the help you need. A support system is really needed when homeschooling. I also have his 5th-6th grade teacher whom won't be teaching this coming school year that will help us if needed too. I did a lot of researching before I chose a place and did it. I just hope it works out! ;)
• United States
13 Jun 07
I was also concerned about college. Check into ACE Accelerated Christian Education - they have a private program called the Light House program. They even offer college scholarships and colleges are looking for students coming out of programs like these.
@dfollin (12768)
• United States
1 Jul 07
I went to public school and liked elementary,but not high school and I swore thatmy kids would never go to public school and then homeschool was not popular.I had never even heard of it.I worked three jobs as a single parent and had my kindergartin aged son in a christian school and the little one at a sitter.Then I was hurt and unable to work,so they had to go to public school.My oldest son that now will be twenty-seven next month wasdiagnosed in school having ADHD.The school wanted me to put him on medication.I refused at first then I said that we'd give it a try.The medicine gave him a headache and stomachache.One day I forgot to give him the meds and he went to school.His teacher called me raving about how great he was doing on the meds.I started laughing and told her,"Well guess what he didn't get it this morning".She hummed and hawed.Then the public school asked me to take him to a doctor of their choice to test how much ADHD he was.I took himto this doctor and the doctor said this boy doesn't have ADHD,he's just bored with school.I told the school that when we got back and the doctor faxed over the report to them and they still would not remove the label off him.The school system did not have any classes right for him.My younger son is dyslexic and he went to regular classes in elementary school,except for spelling and reading.When he got to high school,because he was labled LD (Learning Disabled) he could only take career classes for LD kids,where he found out that an auto mechanic class was actually sitting around table's with student's with down syndrome and other real advanced LD problems and making crafts.Neither of them graduated.When I gotmarried and was pregnant with my daughter I told my husband that this child will never go to public school.When she was about three I priced both christian and private schools and they were too expensive,we would never be able to afford that.My husband's first wife had remarried and had three kids,which she homeschooled and I called her and asked her about it.My daughter is going into fifth grade.I have always homeschooled her and we love it.I highly suggest that to you.You can give him the individual attention he might need.
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• United States
1 Jul 07
Thanks for the info! I plan to homeschool him. We are set up with a virtual school that provides all the materials for us and a laptop if needed. We go for orientation and to pick up the books in August.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
3 Jun 07
My best friend home schools her 6 year old son and soon her 5 year old son. Her oldest son seems to do great doing home school.He made all stright A's last year so it sounds like he's doing pretty well.
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• United States
3 Jun 07
Thats great it is working out for your friend! I hope it does for me too. ;)