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Subject: Help - We are taking the plunge
Date Posted: 7/18/2008 9:30 AM ET
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My son who is now 9 has always attended public school, but this fall we will be enrolling him in a virtual school.

If anyone has any advice, tips or other useful information they would share, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thank you

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:39 AM ET
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Don't try to re-create the Board and bricks environment. That's a common mistake.

OTOH, I think it helps to have a regular schedule for when school occurs and a routine. And a regular space for supplies, books, computer. (A sized mouse is a big boon.) One of the best things I ever did was to get my now 10 yo his own laptop. The advantage in parent mobility is enormous. Of course, the schedule can be changed...

An advantage to schooling at home is the freedom you both have to explore, and if he should want to spend a lot of time on say Egypt, I would let him.

Whatever you do, try and find a fairly  local home school group. They can arrange field trips and classes (ours has retired teachers teach units for us sometimes.) And it helps with the socialization. I actually think home schooled children have more and better quality  socialization. Look for things like sports, 4H, Scouts, and extra-curricular lessons.

We use an school type agenda, which is really a student year big date book. They are good for the child to log what he has read or learned, and help you keep up.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:41 AM ET
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Here's a site with a lot of  resources and information in a forum: http://fosteringandadoptingolderchildren.yuku.com/forums/10

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:42 AM ET
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Thanks for the great tips.  I was wondering too, does anyone know if there is a way to get the Scholastic, Firefly etc catalogs and discounts that are offered through a public school, when actually attending a virtual school?

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 7:13 PM ET
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Many states have rules that say if something is available for a public schooler, the home schooler can take advantage of it. The librarian calls us when they have a book sale like that.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 7:20 PM ET
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Oh, and the Encarta encyclopedia (electronic) is fabulous. I bought it when B was 9 and he loves it. In addition to text, there are film clips, and great pictures, and audios. We were watching a Foyle's War set during Dunkirk. Churchill began speaking on a radio in the film. I turned and started to explain, and he replied, "Oh, I know, it's Churchil's famous speech about the little boats and 'we will fight on the beaches'. It's famous." I was flabbergasted. "Where did you learn that?" "Heard it on Encarta."

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 7:32 PM ET
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Yes, you can get all the Scholastic Book Clubs as a virtual schooler.  You can just tell them when you call, or sign up online, that you're a homeschooler - although technically you're not.

You'll still get the classroom-sized catalogs of 25 copies in each.

For the August or September catalogs, typically if you order more than $20 from the different levels, you'll get coupons for $10 free for each month you order more than $20.  You also accrue the bonus points, also.  I save them up for DVD's and CD-roms.

JC

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:13 PM ET
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Wow, thanks.  I really appreciate this.

I really do hope the Scholastic thing will work out, because this is something we took advantage of alot.

Was the Encarta expensive?

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:35 PM ET
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Around $70 from Amazon, I think, but much cheaper than a bound set. They have a special subsection for kids and an excellent dictionary.

Date Posted: 7/18/2008 11:36 PM ET
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WOW. 2007 is offered for $10, and the new 2008 for about $27. A steal. http://www.amazon.com/Microsoft-Encarta-Premium-2007-VERSION/dp/B000FL2DQS 

Date Posted: 7/19/2008 11:04 PM ET
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I expect my in -laws to be supportive of this (even though there are public school teachers in the family) and my side of the family to be unsupportive.  (just seems to be the way it is with most things in general).

Any advice?

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 1:26 PM ET
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I know that Connections Academy has it's own Scholastic Books account.  We received a virtual catalog every month.  I think there's a pretty good chance that most virtual schools are signed up.  Call your enrollment department and ask.  :)

Date Posted: 7/21/2008 2:02 PM ET
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Thanks Carrie.  I actually did that and was told they dont.. (connections academy - MN)  I am still working with scholastic to see if there is a way to do it, since we technically aren't home schoolers.

Carrie--> I also sent you a PM



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Date Posted: 7/22/2008 3:21 PM ET
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Not exactly on-topic, but make sure you get a teacher discount at places like officeMax, Borders/Waldenbooks, Barnes & Noble, JoAnn Fabrics, etc.

http://www.homeschoolingonashoestring.com/educatordiscount.html

has a list. I think they are based in Michigan, but many are not local

 

Date Posted: 7/23/2008 12:07 PM ET
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Would I still get teacher discounts when technically they are attending a virtual/public school not home schooling?