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Posted by on Mar. 5, 2013 at 4:26 PM
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i am looking into homeschooling my 9th grade daughter although i am running in to the problem of finding a online school taking applications for the rest of the year this school year that are free and some of them are very expensive. please help. i am in central georgia .

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by Leader on Mar. 5, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I know very little about virtual schools so I can't help you with that. It's not something I'm interested in. I have a group here called HOMESCHOOLING OUR TEENS TOGETHER.

Here are my best tips for new homeschoolers.

1. Look up your state laws. Make sure you are in compliance. I like this site rather than HSLDA

2. Decide what your mutual goals for the future of your student are, high school degree, GED, college and so on.

3. Find out your teen's best learning styles. I'd use POC4U to aide this.

4. Research ways to do an education along with your teen. I recommend The Teenage Liberation Handbook.

5. Pick out curriculum (if any)  WITH your teen. I do not recommend buying a full curriculum the first year. It tends to lead to frustration and a waste of money.

6. Be flexible, expect change.

7. Locate local groups and resources.

8. Don't forget to make it fun, relax now and then, just enjoy each other.

9. Be sure to keep your student in touch with any friends they really want to spend time with and which you do not feel are a really bad influence.

And finally, relax, relax, relax. The very best thing you can do is de-school. Let your students find what their are passions and pursue them.

I have one that has won a four year academic scholarship and one that has won a renewable athletic scholarship. That's only my student athlete's first college visit and offer. There are more offers to come.

Stressing over making your child learn or doing what the public or private schools are doing or doing enough won't help you or them. I wish someone had told me that when I began and that I could have wrapped my head around it and believed it.

Love them. Like them. Trust them. Support their dreams even when you don't like or understand what they are. This is the best gift you can give anyone. It's also a gift that will allow them to do things that will impress you over the years.


by on Mar. 6, 2013 at 11:14 AM
I have a 9th grader as well. We use a charter school that let's me choose their curriculum.

If you can't get the program you want right away, you can supplement with free and low cost materials.

Khanacademy online is free.

Aleks math is reasonably priced.

The series Key to...series (percents,fractions,algebra,etc) are less than $5 each.

Reading is easy. Choose books they she is interested in and discuss them. Mix it with some classics.

History and science you can finish out the year with documentaries.
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