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My boys were going into 9th grade when we began homeschooling. They wanted to homeschool so that definitely made it much easier.
They finished 8th grade in Public School. I gave them a full month off and then we did about 30 minutes of Algebra 1 everyday. I wanted to see where they were and also how it was going to work homeschooling them and one in kindergarten.
It was not as hard as I thought. The hardest part for me has been organizing everything. I think I have just now figured out the way that I want everything organized..lol.
I transitioned from a public brick and mortar school to the k12 public school-at-home. Then from Public school at home to homeschool. I think it would have been an easier transition if I had known a few things. First that Homeschooling does not need to be school-at-home. Second, that you need to be flexible. You don't need to follow the plans you make to the letter, you have time to make it up later, to delve deeper into topics, to stop and look at the baby birds hatching outside the window, etc. Third I would have found out their learning styles immediately. It would have made choosing a curriculum, planning units, and pacing so much easier to handle.
Are you asking if it is tough for you or for the kids? For my daughter, it was great. She wanted this more than I could have ever guessed. And to prove it she always tells me that it's time to start school. I don't think she will ever return to the traditional public school.
For me as the parent/teacher it was scary as heck!! Knowing that her education was in my hands and that I could "mess" it up was the scariest of all. Knowing what I should teach, how should I teach, what curriculum should we use? What teaching method is the best. Oh the questions and concerns went on and on, but then something magical happen to me last month. My daughter is being tested because of her Selective Mutism and Social Phobia and after the test was almost finished (we actually finished testing this week and next week I go for the final appt) the evaluator took me into another room and told me that my daughter was testing way above grade level and that she is doing fantastic even with her Selective Mutism and Social Phobia. He commended me for doing a great job. And that, my friend, was the best feeling ever!!!
But you can make it as hard or as easy as you want. I will say this, it is the BEST thing that I have ever done for my child. (besides loving her)
It was easy with my daughter because public school had her so down and out that I spent that first half year with her just boosting her confidence and doing things together.
Then, the following year, I pulled my son, too. I had found a really fun group style curriculum, and we still did some things like we would in school (they enjoyed things like spelling tests, flash cards, etc..) that we did together. We also had a routine in our day and they liked most of it.
I remember when I'd say, "Time for Bible lesson!"
They would shout "hooray!!!" and they'd run to get their bibles and bean bag chairs.
They aren't as eager now, but they are older and the newness has worn off. They still, however, get excited and have fun when I'm excited and have fun.
oh, and at the time, I was doing before and after school care for some kids around their ages. We also had kids that lived around us that played with both my kids and the daycare kids really well, too. So they still had daily playtime with others.
ive not read everyone replies so this is probably a repeat but for some the transition is no problem for others there problems! but i know that deschooling does help! http://www.livingjoyfully.ca/unschooling/getting_started/what_is_deschooling.htm
Quoting Sandy616:They are 9 and 11 and both have birthdays this summer. I'm thinking of transitioning this summer as well. They both are excited about the idea but it's my husband I have to convince.
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