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Subject: Homeschooling ?? First time.
Date Posted: 4/22/2013 10:42 PM ET
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my 14yr old has been begging for three yrs to be homeschool. he is being kept back this yr he is in the 8th grade.  He has adhd and to much noise bothers him alot.

I just don't know anything about it, don't even know how to even get started.

Any tips, advance is much appreciated.  Thank you

Date Posted: 4/23/2013 12:06 PM ET
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I am probably going to homeschool my 12 year old next year.  I haven't decided on a curriculum yet but did find a math program that interests me.  Life of Fred mathmatics.    This is my son's hardest subject so I will be doing the elementary math before moving back up to the middleschool math. We are planning on doing the elementary math (4th and 5th grade) over the summer to see if it is something he and I can handle together or not. 

There is tons of info online just type in homeschooling middleschool and see what you can find. Know what the laws in your area are as well.  

There are some online middleschools and highschools as well in different areas you might find one in your area as well make sure you are aware of how much they charge. I know my area has a free one but I haven't checked it out just yet.


Date Posted: 4/23/2013 4:23 PM ET
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I homeschooled my daughter through high school; she's a college freshman this year in another state. :)   Both my daughter and I loved it, for many reasons.  When you're taking a kid home to school as a teen, it's important that he or she knows it's HIS job to learn--you may even ask him to sign a contract.  There is plenty of curriculum for you to use--you don't have to know everything.  Homeschooling older kids is a little different than homeschooling younger ones.  When my daughter was little, I read the material, and then taught it to her.  In high school, she read the material and did her work, and I was responsible for keeping her on track and helping her (or helping her find someone who knew what she needed) when she got stuck.  Learning how to study like that in high school has really helped her in college, by the way. 

BostonBooks, if you're in Massachusetts, there aren't free online charter schools for you.  (I've looked--I'm from there and I was helping someone out.  We have them in Ohio.)  However, there are lots of places that offer paid online classes.  The best thing you can do is find a local support group of homeschoolers--they'll have gatherings, and you'll meet lots of other parents who can talk about what curriculum works for them, and what the laws are in Massachusetts.  (Homeschooling is legal in every state, but each state has different regulations.)  They'll also know if you have local co-ops (groups of families that get together for classes).

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 7:52 AM ET
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I am guessing that you are from MA only because of your Bostonbooks title.  This link may help you understand MA guidelines. 

There are MANY groups in MA you can connect with.  I am in NH and we get together with teen groups here and there are many families from MA

that travel up to meet other teens. 

My girls are 16 and 13 and have always homeschooled.   Feel free to PM me any time if you want.  I will do my best to share my experiences with you

in the hopes that it helps.  I could also let you know about groups we meet with.  We have dances, prom, teen game nights - homeschoolers are NOT shut-ins.  :o)

There are LOTS of things for your son to be part of or not, that's the beauty of homeschooling.

Best of luck!

Date Posted: 4/24/2013 9:48 PM ET
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If you haven't already, find out about the laws in your state.  Homeschool Legal Defense has the laws for all states.  www.hslda.org  

A book that really helped me when I started was 100 top picks for homeschool curriculum by Cathy Duffy.  She goes into learning styles and which curriculum is good for your childs style.  She also rates curriculum for ease of use.  She also has a website.

Do a search for local homeschool groups.  You can find help in a local group. 

Also do a search on homeschool conventions close to you.  It is really great to be able to thumb through curriculum you are considering to get a better feel if it will work for you.



Date Posted: 4/26/2013 11:15 PM ET
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If you'd like to do public school at home, look into k12.com or connections academy. They are free and the child has a teacher besides you although you might have to help make sure the child is doing what they are supposed to. It's a good way to ease into doing school at home. But, they are public school.

Betsy W. (betsy) - ,
Date Posted: 5/2/2013 10:07 PM ET
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I made the decision today to start homeschooling my 14 year old. We are focusing on life skills while I figure out what curriculum/ method to use over the summer.

Date Posted: 5/7/2013 9:10 PM ET
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Fellow homeschoolers will probably be your best resource for ideas on what to use and how to go about homeschooling.  Find a homeschool support group that meets on a weekly or monthly basis, and attend the meetings.