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Homeschooling Moms! (And Opinions in General) Iron Man 6 kids; 1 angel baby; 1700 posts
9th Sep '13

I am the parent to an extremely rambunctious, soon to be 6 year old boy. He's my complete wild child, and while my other kids have done/are doing really well with and in school, he absolutely hates it. I mean, hates it with a passion. For a wide assortment of reasons, (One of them being that I'm pretty sure he's like his Mother, with some ADD going on) but the fact is that every day he gets SO upset when he has to go to school, because, as he told me this morning, "I hate it there Mom." The second problem is that his twin sister is one of those perfectionist kids that does really well in school, and it bugs him. (Hence the, "Mom, it's so easy for Emma. It's not fair." comments) He's in Grade 1. Grade 1 is supposed to be fun, but he hates it with a passion.



My DH and I have discussed the possibility of homeschooling him, at least for the time being. I'm wondering how the heck you even go about something like that. Where do you get workbooks? Are there support groups/someone who can tell me if he's learning everything he needs to in Grade 1? How do I know that I'm not totally screwing up my kid's schooling? Is it too late to jump into homeschooling with him?



Can somebody give me some sort of advice here? TIA!

1inpink2inblue Switzerland 11961 posts
9th Sep '13

Have you thought about the new online public school thing they are doing?

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 45941 posts
9th Sep '13

Have you had him assessed for learning difficulties/disabilities?



That would be the first move, before pulling him out and homeschooling.

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60979 posts
9th Sep '13

First thing you'll want to do is look at your state laws. Find out the requirements. http://www.hslda.org/laws/ Once you know what they are, I'd start looking for co-ops, or support groups to plug into.



Another good resource is homeschoolreviews.com. They have a great forum, filled with wonderful women.



There are a ton of curriculum options out there, and it really depends on what you're wanting. Secular, christian, catholic, etc. I'd be happy to help you dig around!

~**germaphobic**~ 3 kids; Georgia 2208 posts
9th Sep '13

we are in the k12 cyber academy...my 1st grader loves it!! and so do I, they provide us with everything! :)

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60979 posts
9th Sep '13

I loathe the K12 thing :lol: the thing that matters is trying to find something that works for your family! I'd look at reviews, talk to others homeschool moms, etc.

Iron Man 6 kids; 1 angel baby; 1700 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting speaktruth2powr:" Have you had him assessed for learning difficulties/disabilities? That would be the first move, before pulling him out and homeschooling."


I had asked his teacher if we needed to last year...she had said that she didn't anything especially concerning, besides the fact that he just didn't seem to have any interest in what was being taught.



Which makes sense. He loves anything sciency, and will learn it like a champ. But you throw, I don't know...you tell him to read anything that's not tractors, cars, or superheroes, and he just balks at it.

**Blessed_Insanity** 7 kids; Wyoming 18896 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting homes cool:" I loathe the K12 thing :lol: the thing that matters is trying to find something that works for your family! I'd look at reviews, talk to others homeschool moms, etc. "



I agree, I hated K12.

Iron Man 6 kids; 1 angel baby; 1700 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting homes cool:" I loathe the K12 thing :lol: the thing that matters is trying to find something that works for your family! I'd look at reviews, talk to others homeschool moms, etc. "


If we do go in this direction, I'll take you up on help with finding curriculum...:D Knowing him, he needs something with a little less structure and...almost something where he can learn at his own pace, if that makes sense?

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60979 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting Iron Man:" If we do go in this direction, I'll take you up on help with finding curriculum...:D Knowing him, he ... [snip!] ... he needs something with a little less structure and...almost something where he can learn at his own pace, if that makes sense?"


Totally. Are you looking for something secular?

Good Queen Bess 2 kids; Ontario 45941 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting Iron Man:" I had asked his teacher if we needed to last year...she had said that she didn't anything especially ... [snip!] ... But you throw, I don't know...you tell him to read anything that's not tractors, cars, or superheroes, and he just balks at it."


Have you had his hearing checked, his vision checked and talked to his family doctor? If you suspect ADD, you should get it checked out.



Maybe I'm feeling little unsympathetic here, but there are going to be things he has to learn that he doesn't really like whether it is with you at home or in class. How will you handle trying to teach him something he doesn't want to learn or has no interest in learning?

A mother & wife 2 kids; Pennsylvania 4817 posts
9th Sep '13

Have you had him assessed? For a learning disability?



I think and this is MY OPINION (for others reading as well) that home schooling takes alot away from a child. When they do get faced with outside world problems they do not know how to face them because they have never been in a classroom setting with other children.

**Blessed_Insanity** 7 kids; Wyoming 18896 posts
9th Sep '13

The curriculum we use for our kids is love 2 learn. I love it. I love that it has the lessons planned out and activities to go along with the lessons.

**Blessed_Insanity** 7 kids; Wyoming 18896 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting A mother & wife:" Have you had him assessed? For a learning disability? I think and this is MY OPINION (for others reading ... [snip!] ... world problems they do not know how to face them because they have never been in a classroom setting with other children. "


Homeschooling is not just about teaching your kid within the home. Many who homeschool get together with others who homeschool and do group activities and lessons.

homes cool TTC since May 2014; 2 kids; 2 angel babies; Indiana 60979 posts
9th Sep '13
Quoting A mother & wife:" Have you had him assessed? For a learning disability? I think and this is MY OPINION (for others reading ... [snip!] ... world problems they do not know how to face them because they have never been in a classroom setting with other children. "


Meh. That's true of some public schoolers, too. Public schools don't teach you everything you need to know - nor does simply being homeschooled. Being a good parent means you expose your children to a variety of situations to ensure they are well balanced in these areas.