I’m Going to Home-School!?!?!?

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Hello All;

Due to personal reasons and Gods great sovereignty over everything in our lives;

We are homeschooling the boy this year.

So what I would like to ask you is…… HELP ME!!!!!

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I have no idea what I am doing, i know there is 800 different home-school methods and ideas and factions and co-ops and and and …..

Here is a little synopsis of our situation, then please, please, please comment!

Boy: 10th grade

his scheduled classes from TBS:

Rosetta Stone (latin)

Strength and Development

English II

Bible II

Geometry

Geography

Leadership (he was elected to be class secretary)

So we would like to stay with these classes in case He goes back to his private baptist school next year.

My ideas:

get him a computer, do a program that includes both computer and paper work.

someone else grading his papers and keeping his grades.

We can do a strength training program here, i have great program for him (but don’t know how to make it a credited class)

We can get him a Rosetta Stone program.

Do I need to be accredited somewhere? Who needs to be contacted that he is homeschooled?

Will these credits be transferrable to either his old school or a running start program next year?

How do co-ops work?

Yeah, basically I know nothing, so use baby words when leaving a comment.

🙂 my head right now is whirling.

thanks for the help in advance.

God’s Peace, Kristina

1 A good name is to be more desired than great wealth,

Favor is better than silver and gold.

2 The rich and the poor have a common bond,

The LORD is the maker of them all.

3 The prudent sees the evil and hides himself,

But the naive go on, and are punished for it.

4 The reward of humility and the fear of the LORD

Are riches, honor and life.

5 Thorns  and snares are in the way of the perverse;

He who guards himself will be far from them.

6 Train up a child in he way he should go,

Even when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22

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7 responses »

  1. I was home schooled for a few years using the Robinson Method, which is a great option for kids who like reading. You would need to provide science and math texts, and someone would need to track progress and grading, but it’s GREAT for teaching responsibility. This website has information on legalities state by state. For example, in Ohio (where I was home schooled) a certified teacher must review and compile all information pertaining to home schooling. So my mother found a teacher who would meet with me monthly, review my grades, and write a formal report for the state. My current state, Indiana, does not require this.

    Good luck with everything!

  2. You aren’t the only home schooling in your area. Ask around to find out who else has children in your son’s grade level. You guys could get together and co-op your teaching time.

    The only other advice I would offer is FIELD TRIPS!!

  3. First, as a former homeschooler for many years, let me say that if you don’t “kill” him by Christmas, you are going to make it. Taking back the authority as a teacher/parent is often a difficult transition. Second, consider ABEKA or others that allow you to get a transcript or have video instruction in areas you may feel less than confident. Third, like your first commentor, find others in your area. Homeschoolers often co-op, know curriculum fairs in your area.(ABEKA is a good source of info for this. If they are going to one, other major suppliers will be too. And yes, field trips – but, with a purpose and accountability afterward. Good luck!

  4. Congratulations!

    Obviously I’m biased, but I think that is great. I wish I could tell you I know what to do in High School, but we are just starting grade school. One resource I could recommend would be Christian Heritage Home Educators of WA (www.christianheritageonline.org). We have gone to their conferences for the last three years and have all the CD’s. I have the last years CD available for you it you want to borrow the. 2006 and 2007 are loaned out right now but can be reacquired in reasonably short order if there are sessions that sound especially helpful. See the order form here to pick out sessions that interest you (but then borrow them from me). Our neighbors homeschool and have a lovely daughter as a graduate and a couple sons in highschool, along with their younger kids. We also have a family at church who might be able to give you some direction if your interested. Their youngest is finishing up highschool, and all the rest have completed their schooling at home. Have you talked to Alyce B? She would be a great resource for you and from what I’ve seen there kids have turned out great.

    There is also a Home school kick-off picnic in Puyallup at Bradley Lake Park on Sept 20th.

    There are tons of options for curriculum. If you want to physically manipulate some there is a small store in Tacoma, behind the McDonalds at Portland and 112th.

    Rosetta Stone (latin) – I just saw an add for this last night in the back of the Homeschool Legal Defense Magazine (I don’t remember if it had Latin in the Homeschool version)

    Strength and Development – You had that covered.

    English II – Tons of options. You might go different ways depending on if this is a strength or a weakness. Do you want to delve into it more.

    Bible II – Have him study with you and you can’t go wrong.

    Geometry – We use Math-u-see. I don’t remember if they go up to geometry or not. You can probably also get the same curriculum he was using at TBS.

    Geography – I don’t know of any specifically, but I have seen lots of little lessons online when I was looking for our kids. Most we too old for Abby. We are using the mystery of History and Story of the world in conjunction with something called biblioplan for history.

    Leadership (he was elected to be class secretary). At work we are reading a book called Leadership Gold by John Maxwell. He is a Christian leadership trainer. He can probably get lots of ideas from reading different materials or finding different podcasts online. The problem at that age will be implementing. Volunteer options might be someplace to look. We are also doing some field trips with a couple families in church. They are geared younger, but you could probably tag along if you wanted.

    I can share some gradebook or record keeping tools that we have from Sharletta’s teaching and modifying what Alyce B used.

    Holy smokes that is a long comment, obviously you hit a nerve with me.

    P.S. Are you interested in a half of a fall share at Terry’s Berries. We haven’t decided yet if we want a full of a half.

  5. You’re timing is perfect…we homeschooled the kids for 12 yrs w/ all sorts of variables….it’s not for every family and it’s not even for every child, but it is a viable option…see you guys tomorrow after noon

  6. K –

    Not that we’re experts, but if you need someone to bounce ideas off, my wife is always willing to chat over email or the phone.

    Stuart
    ~~cool, thanks!

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