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Anybody Out There Homeschool.

Posted by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:10 AM
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I have been homeschooling since November when we moved into a new area where the schools were doing poorly. I feel that I am in over my head. First I have major health issues. I have had a total of 5 appointments for tests and specialists since Christmas and I have two more before the end of the month. I am also going to school online for my bachelor's degree. I feel that I have bitten off more than I can chew here. My mom does live with us and helps out with schooling when I have an appointment or one of my severe headaches where I can't get out of bed. I feel bad having her help me because she already takes care of so many things around the house. I also hate homeschooling. I love my children dearly but I don't have the creative mindset to make schooling interesting for them. I am very analytical and overcompulsive in keeping tasks and papers together. The paperwork side is okay but the teaching side I despise. It does not help that I am teaching both kindergarten and 6th grade. My son the sixth grader also has ADHD, processing of information problems, and sensory integration disorder. I wake up in the morning dreading the day ahead of me and go to bed dreading the next day. I am losing my mind and just want to cry. Will it get better? Are these feelings normal when you start homeschooling? Any suggestions to make this situation better would be appreciated. Thank you in advance for any input.

 

 

by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:10 AM
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ERNAProud
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:30 AM

I homeschooled until I found a good private school we could afford.

Don't take this the wrong way, but some people just are not cut out to be homeschoolers.

Everyone does get overwhelmed from time to time, but you don't want it to get to where you feel your child's education may be suffering because of it.

It has its ups and downs. If you feel like the ups outweigh the downs, then IMO it is worth it to continue.

Remember Malcolm in the Middle?  THATS what kind of a mom *I* am! 

hisbabybat
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:32 AM

 Please don't be offended by the suggestion- I definitely don't think feeling overwhelmed means you're necessarily not cut out for it. But have you looked into online schooling for the kids? It's quite a bit like homeschooling only YOU don't have to do so much with making the curriculum. I would look into connections academy in your state (niece goes there and it is amazing) however there are other cyber schools that are good as well :)

 best of luck !

                       "People take different roads seeking fulfillment and happiness. Just because they're not on your road doesn't mean they've gotten lost."

ERNAProud
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:56 AM

This is true. A lot of areas are actually doing the K12 program for free. They even supply the computer and pay for the internet in some areas because the school districts are overcrowded.

OP, try www.k12.com and enter your information and they will tell you what is available in your area.

Quoting hisbabybat:

 Please don't be offended by the suggestion- I definitely don't think feeling overwhelmed means you're necessarily not cut out for it. But have you looked into online schooling for the kids? It's quite a bit like homeschooling only YOU don't have to do so much with making the curriculum. I would look into connections academy in your state (niece goes there and it is amazing) however there are other cyber schools that are good as well :)

 best of luck !


Remember Malcolm in the Middle?  THATS what kind of a mom *I* am! 

EmGoodie
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:13 PM

If I were you I'd post this is a Homeschool Group like Happy Homeschoolers. ;)


ToraMay
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 3:35 PM

That was just what I was going to tell you.

Quoting EmGoodie:

If I were you I'd post this is a Homeschool Group like Happy Homeschoolers. ;)


Michele362
by on Jan. 18, 2010 at 9:01 PM

Thank you for all of the replies. I had looked into these programs before I decided to homeschool. Connections Academy is not available in the state of Maryland. We also do not have public online schools here. Private online schools are a bit out of our budget right now. We just moved here in October and we are still trying to work with the higher cost of living. I will post in one of the homeschooling groups and see what they say. Thank you again.

peachwine
by on Jan. 20, 2010 at 9:18 PM

 

Maybe you could just concentrate on unit studies, or maybe even un-schooling would work better for you. I found that you can get all the textbooks you want on amazon.com for almost nothing.

I would check and see if there are any homeschool associations in your area. They would be a great source of information for you.

Michele362
by on Jan. 27, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Thank you for your responses. But I have received some medical news and am going to have to quit homeschooling and put the kids in the local school for now. I have had neurological problems since 2004. Two of the mail symptoms are that I have seizure like episodes and short term memory loss. I had surgery in Sept 04 and Jan 06. I was good for quite awhile. Symptoms started coming back in 08 but we were stationed in Southern Mississippi and the doctors down there told me they did not know what to do. They gave me pain medication and paperwork to put together a humanitarian transfer. We are now up in Maryland and I have been to both Bethesda and Walter Reed. We moved here in October and they started their tests the day after Christmas and now they know the answers. Unfortunately the answers were not what I wanted to hear.

They have discovered that my head is slipping down on the spine and I have a soft tissue mass between the end of the front base of the skull and brainstem. As this mass grows it compressing the brain stem lowering the amount of blood flow to the brain. If nothing is done it will eventually grow to the point where it cuts off the blood flow completely and then I die. The proposed solution is to hospitalize me and put my head in traction with four bolts in my skull attached to a halo. They will slowly put pressure on my skull until it moves up some. Immediately after they will fuse my skull to the C-1 vertebrae which is fused to the C-2 vertabrae and C-3 vertabrae from a previous surgery. I will lose all ability to move my head from side to side and most of my up down motion. After this is done they want to go in through my nose and remove the mass through my nose. They will biopsy it to make sure it is not cancerous because I have a history of cancer both in my family and in myself. They do not believe it to be cancerous but they just want to make sure. Afterwards there is no guarantee that I will be better. The treatment may just stop symptoms from getting worse.

So for now I am just going to put the kids in school. I can't take the stress of trying to learn homeschooling, working on my Bachelor's degree and these medical procedures. I go to school online for myself so I am going to try and work on that because I am due to graduate this November. There is no guarantee that I will even be able to do that. Thanks for the advice anyhow. I may take homeschooling again once I am fully healed if I am ever fully healed.

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