Is Middle School too late to begin homeschooling?
Good morning Moms! I am mother to three children (17 son - rising senior, 11 daughter -rising 6th grd, and 4 daughter -rising K). My 4 yr old completed pre-k in a private school, my 11 yr old completed K-5 in the public school, and my 17 yr will graduate from the public school in our area. Unfortunately, the value of the education offered in our public schools zoned for our area have declined to the point that it is no longer acceptable even with additional tutoring and teachings at home. Not only is the education subpar, but also there is a high rate of pregnancy and gang activity in the middle school.
Unfortunately, with limited income, we are not in the position to afford private school for the upcoming school year. My daughter's teacher mentioned the cyber academy offered through the school system (GA - DekalbCo.). However, I have come across numerous reviews that state it's nearly impossible to keep up withand extremely daunting as the kids spend hours on the computer. With my 11 yr old being recently diagnosed with adhd, I really feel the extensive time at the computer would prove to be more overwhelming than managing the changing of classes, impatient teachers and constant distractions she struggled through this year in the 5th grade.
Homeschooling has been placed on my heart and heavily considered. Surprisingly, my husband was instantly agreeable to the idea. Because I'm not a trained educator, I researched home schools in my area and found two that seemed great. However, they charged between $150-$160 a week. Although I have a degree in English, I question if I am adequately prepared to teach a comprehensive 6th grade curriculum. Despite my fear, I know that home school would be beneficial as it would allow me to go back over some content I feel my 11 yr old barely mastered in 5th grade.
Are there any middle school homeschoolers that may be able to share their experience, insight, and/or curriculum choices? Also, it is common to be nervous about serving as the teacher of all subjects? Thanks in advance!