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New to Homeschooling...High School Freshman HELP!!

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I recently withdrew my daughter from high school 9th grade due to uncontrolled Epilespy  as well as bullying. We are struggling financially & I have been searching the Internet for things for her to do for free. I have to say I'm a bit overwhelmed. Some of the things that should be on her level she doesn't understand & is getting frustrated & other things she says are too easy. Any suggestions on what to do about curriculum...I feel Im just wasting time. She was half way through her Freshman year so I don't want to start completely over in 9th grade. Any help or suggestions are greatly appreciated!

by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 1:48 PM
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kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Hi Juicey. Welcome.  :)  

First of all, you need to just hang out with your daughter. She needs to relax and de-school the public school out of her system for awhile.  She will use that time to get a fell of homeschooling and how she likes to learn. So will you.  Then, as you two are relaxing and getting the fel of home life and education, you can be looking for things online that she likes to learn. You can also find out what her school's grade level has going for the kids to learn for 9th grade by looking up what your states grade level requirements are.  Then you can use that as a guide to base your curriculum on.  If you always start out with the basics, you will be able to move up from there any time you want to or need to.  Then when you and your daughter have de-schooled and started to understand how home education is, you can begin in earnest, your daughter's schooling.  You can apply your every day to day functions with her subjects. Like math, she can help cook to understand fractions, multiplication, dividing, then bounce from that to spelling to english to science to history.  And schooling does not look like the public school, unless you want it to.  You may take longer or you may not take as long as the public school. It all depends on you and your daughter.  But, the best advice i would like to give you is this....

You CAN do this. I promise. You ARE very capable of educating your child. Didn't you educate her on how to form sounds, then words, how to walk and talk?  Didn't you teach her her manners?  Then you CAN do this too.  And we all are here to help.  :)  Just ask any time any question. 

So go! Take your daughter and enjoy each other for a few days. You will love the wonderful effect it has on you both.  :)  

Juicey1
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:46 PM

ok well i dont feel so bad now. Im gonna take my time...in order for me to be successful I have to make lists & plans. I just want her to be successful & not have to worry. That's one of the reasons I withdrew her from public school.

I hope I find a nicer librarian too...maybe I just caughter her on a bad a day!


Quoting SusanTheWriter:

The transition to homeschool instead of outside school takes some adjustment time. Rushing it really just slows you down because there's still so much leftover anxiety and pressure from school. We took her out in mid-March, then took off all through April before she was ready to get some work done. There wasn't really much left to be done, so we were able to take it slow and finish different classes at different points throughout the summer.

I'm sorry you got a stinky librarian. Some of them are not people-friendly. Hope you find a nicer one on your next trip!

Quoting Juicey1:

lol Im so goofy...when you said you took your daughter out in Spring I thought you meant Spring High School. Thanks so much for the help...I did visit my local library last week & the librarian I spoke to was no help & rather rude. Maybe I will try again with a different lady this time!! Im sure I will figure it out I just feel so rushed but I guess i dont really need to rush! She has all summer to get caught up & back on track!!

Quoting SusanTheWriter:

Spring, Texas? I'm up in Illinois, so no help on local stuff. If you Google "homeschool group *your town/state*" you'll find some help nearby. Maybe not right in your town or right next door, but within a reasonable drive.

You might also check your local library or YMCA to see if there are any homeschool groups or classes that use their facility. Speaking of the library, if you haven't already, scour their homeschooling section and use their Request feature. Librarians have an amazing amount of information at their fingertips. They're a wonderful resource.

The one thing I discovered about homeschooling is that I have to do a lot of research to find the right tools. Follow up on trails with emails and phone calls and you'll find a lot of doors that open for you and your DD.

Quoting Juicey1:

I am so happy to have found you...I have been searchin the web for other homeschooling moms in the Spring area & there have been no results! She has 1 1/2 credits when I withdrew her just 2 weeks ago. She loves reading, writing & art. I spoke with her counselor before withdrawing her & she offered no help other than she though it would be a good idea to homeschool her.

We attend a very small church...there arent many children her age there. She is probably the oldest. I would love any info on your co op. I had a friend who suggested I get her in one & had no luck finding one in our area either.

Thanks so much...Im currently waiting on our income tax return so that I can purchase some curriculum for her. Do you know of a store in our area that I can go and actually look at the curriculum?

Quoting SusanTheWriter:

Did she receive any credit for last semester's work when you withdrew her? I took DD out in the spring of her Freshman year, too. We basically finished the work she needed to do for her classes and what she got on her final exam was her grade for the semester. For some things like Geometry, the school allowed us to keep the textbook until the end of the school year and she studied and learned from the text.

How was she doing in her classes? Do you know what she was studying? Many teachers now put their class syllabus and/or assignments online on the school website. That may give you a better idea of what they were doing in class, as well as what's left to finish out the year.

If you're planning on homeschooling her for the rest of high school, I *highly* recommend that you take some time to unschool, rather than just diving right back in. I took DD out at Easter and we kind of puttered along with different subjects through the rest of spring and summer so we were finished with 9th grade by early fall/the beginning of 10th grade. We go by the school calendar for a number of reasons, but you don't have to.

As for finances, yes, we have spent some money. I purchased a couple of study guides for Literature, a Grammar book (even though I own several grammar texts, the one I bought seemed more user friendly), a spine to use for US History plus the source document companion, a Spanish curriculum, and her Chemistry texts. All of that came to less than $200, spread over the course of several months. We were able to borrow her math curriculum from another hs family in our church, which was a blessing.

We're also members of our homeschool group and co-op, so we pay a very small fee for those classes. And she takes a Chemistry class with other homeschooled teens that costs $45/month.

95% of her reading material comes from the local library, so it's free. We use other library material and online resources to supplement other classes, too. Overall, I'm paying less to homeschool her for one year of high school than I paid into the school lunch account for a semester.

Good luck!






Juicey1
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

Thank you so much!! Yep that is not too far from where we live!! Im excited to go check them out!!

Quoting usmom3:

 You are really close to Houston right? I know that there are a few homeschool groups in Houston that you should be able to join & there is a Mardel's here .


Juicey1
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 4:59 PM

Yes I do live in Texas. I checked the state laws before withdrawing her from public school & I do have the right to choose what she learns. I did read that I do need to keep records for transcripts if she wants to go to college. I believe she has a passion for culinary arts & wants to attend a trade school. In this case I believe all she needs is a high school diploma or ged.

Quoting usmom3:

 She said she was in Texas, Homeschoolers in Texas are not required to fallow the same requirements to graduateas public schools. She can chose what she wants her daughter to know to graduate her so in theory she could graduate her now if she really wanted too.

Quoting Lullababy:

What state are you in? You need to find out your state laws and graduation requirements.

 


Juicey1
by on Feb. 6, 2013 at 5:04 PM
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Thank you so much for those encouraging words. I did teach her all of those things & I do believe I can do this too. I just want to be able to take the time & teach her things that she will actually need in life. I dont want to waste time on useless things. My time with her is so precious as she gets older I know our time is limited. So I do want to make the most out of it. She loves cooking & so do I! I have used recipes as math lessons for her. She loves it & doesnt even relate it to school work. I think homeschooling her is exactly what she needed & only wished I started sooner!!

Quoting kirbymom:

Hi Juicey. Welcome.  :)  

First of all, you need to just hang out with your daughter. She needs to relax and de-school the public school out of her system for awhile.  She will use that time to get a fell of homeschooling and how she likes to learn. So will you.  Then, as you two are relaxing and getting the fel of home life and education, you can be looking for things online that she likes to learn. You can also find out what her school's grade level has going for the kids to learn for 9th grade by looking up what your states grade level requirements are.  Then you can use that as a guide to base your curriculum on.  If you always start out with the basics, you will be able to move up from there any time you want to or need to.  Then when you and your daughter have de-schooled and started to understand how home education is, you can begin in earnest, your daughter's schooling.  You can apply your every day to day functions with her subjects. Like math, she can help cook to understand fractions, multiplication, dividing, then bounce from that to spelling to english to science to history.  And schooling does not look like the public school, unless you want it to.  You may take longer or you may not take as long as the public school. It all depends on you and your daughter.  But, the best advice i would like to give you is this....

You CAN do this. I promise. You ARE very capable of educating your child. Didn't you educate her on how to form sounds, then words, how to walk and talk?  Didn't you teach her her manners?  Then you CAN do this too.  And we all are here to help.  :)  Just ask any time any question. 

So go! Take your daughter and enjoy each other for a few days. You will love the wonderful effect it has on you both.  :)  


kirbymom
by Sonja on Feb. 6, 2013 at 5:16 PM
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Lol ~ You are most welcome!  Just one more little piece of advice, all learning is a great thing. The reason it is .. is because it touches our brains and helps it to work in ways that it would not if we just learned little amounts.  Maybe try looking at it from a different perspective....

Living life is not just about feeding the physical body. It is also about feeding the mind and the spirit.  Schooling isn't just about academic learning. It is also about how to function, how to think outside the box when normal thinking just won't get you anywhere.  And you never know just where that outside the box thinking will come from or where it needs to be learned.

So take every experience and learn from it. Be it a positive or a negative.


Life is Education and Education is Life.....  


a quote by Sonja Sharp.  

Quoting Juicey1:

Thank you so much for those encouraging words. I did teach her all of those things & I do believe I can do this too. I just want to be able to take the time & teach her things that she will actually need in life. I dont want to waste time on useless things. My time with her is so precious as she gets older I know our time is limited. So I do want to make the most out of it. She loves cooking & so do I! I have used recipes as math lessons for her. She loves it & doesnt even relate it to school work. I think homeschooling her is exactly what she needed & only wished I started sooner!!

Quoting kirbymom:

Hi Juicey. Welcome.  :)  

First of all, you need to just hang out with your daughter. She needs to relax and de-school the public school out of her system for awhile.  She will use that time to get a fell of homeschooling and how she likes to learn. So will you.  Then, as you two are relaxing and getting the fel of home life and education, you can be looking for things online that she likes to learn. You can also find out what her school's grade level has going for the kids to learn for 9th grade by looking up what your states grade level requirements are.  Then you can use that as a guide to base your curriculum on.  If you always start out with the basics, you will be able to move up from there any time you want to or need to.  Then when you and your daughter have de-schooled and started to understand how home education is, you can begin in earnest, your daughter's schooling.  You can apply your every day to day functions with her subjects. Like math, she can help cook to understand fractions, multiplication, dividing, then bounce from that to spelling to english to science to history.  And schooling does not look like the public school, unless you want it to.  You may take longer or you may not take as long as the public school. It all depends on you and your daughter.  But, the best advice i would like to give you is this....

You CAN do this. I promise. You ARE very capable of educating your child. Didn't you educate her on how to form sounds, then words, how to walk and talk?  Didn't you teach her her manners?  Then you CAN do this too.  And we all are here to help.  :)  Just ask any time any question. 

So go! Take your daughter and enjoy each other for a few days. You will love the wonderful effect it has on you both.  :)  



  

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KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 5:32 PM

I found this online... I don't know what your religious standing is, but this sounds like it's NOT a religious group.  

http://www.meetup.com/HomeExplorers/


KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Feb. 6, 2013 at 5:36 PM

also, i believe K-12 is available in tx for free.  its an online public school.

usmom3
by BJ on Feb. 6, 2013 at 5:49 PM

 You are right about her only needing the high school diploma or GED to get in to them. Have you looked in to them to see if there are any near you that she could start to attend now? If she already knows what she wants to do no need to wait to do it let her get in & start now.

I am in Texas too but very far away from you, I have friends that live in the East Texas aria that are members of the Houston homeschool groups.

Quoting Juicey1:

Yes I do live in Texas. I checked the state laws before withdrawing her from public school & I do have the right to choose what she learns. I did read that I do need to keep records for transcripts if she wants to go to college. I believe she has a passion for culinary arts & wants to attend a trade school. In this case I believe all she needs is a high school diploma or ged.

Quoting usmom3:

 She said she was in Texas, Homeschoolers in Texas are not required to fallow the same requirements to graduateas public schools. She can chose what she wants her daughter to know to graduate her so in theory she could graduate her now if she really wanted too.

Quoting Lullababy:

What state are you in? You need to find out your state laws and graduation requirements.

 


 

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