Homeschool?


Homeschool students were once thought of as students who were socially inept, “holy rollers” and nerds who read all the time.  That’s not the case now for sure.  Home school is effective and is turning students into great members of society who go on to college, to be business owners, socially successful, athletically successful….

Had you told me years ago that I’d be contemplating homeschool as an option for my kids, I would have told you that you were crazy.

Well, well, well.  Surprise, surprise.  I am now toying with the idea of homeschooling my girls.

Over the years we’ve had several issues with our school district for various reasons when it comes to Sienna’s schooling.  Her special needs are unique and have put her in a somewhat No Man’s Land in the middle and it’s been very difficult to figure out exactly how to educate her.  The administration has already told us that she will not get a regular diploma.  It will be a “modified diploma”.  This declaration during her 7th grade year annoyed me in that if felt like they were giving up on any real hope of her achieving a “regular” diploma.

Additionally, it’s pretty hard to communicate as effectively as needed with some of Sienna’s teachers with regards to clarification of assignments.  Consequently, her grades suffer.

Couple that with issues stemming from mistreatment from other students and I’m really starting to wonder if homeschooling would be more condusive to effecient learning for Sienna.

I’m finding there are more resources than ever before for home schoolers.

You’re probably thinking, “How would that effect her twin and her schooling?”  Well, crazy enough, Sierra is actually intrigued by the thought of home schooling.

For years now, she has wanted to graduate early like her aunt and I did and that’s actually a much harder task to do now than it was in the past.  Homeschooling would allow her a better opportunity at a chance to graduate early.

I would love to get y’all’s thoughts.

Things I have to consider:

1. Extracurricular involvement such as sports and dances

2. Resources for subjects that aren’t my forte

3. Potential costs

4. Making sure that I still teach Sienna how to deal with people mistreating her and making sure she doesn’t perceive home school as running away

Are you currently homeschooling your children or have you in the past?  What else do you think I should consider?

2 thoughts on “Homeschool?

  1. Hi! My name is Amanda Johnson and our son, Landen has Primordial Dwarfism. He will be three in January. He has the newest discovered type of PD. I have enjoyed reading your blog. I really appreciated the post, “Your Path Always Has a Purpose.” It was very encouraging to me! I am heartbroken to read how Sienna is treated at school and the issues you have faced with her education. It is very disturbing and wrong!

    We are actually a homeschool family! Landen’s older brother, Brayden has just started Kindergarten! We had actually decided to homeschool before Landen even came into the picture. After we received Landen’s diagnosis we felt even better about our decision. I can’t offer too much advice since this is my first year however we love it and it is going really well! Initially it is quite overwhelming; however there is an abundance of resources available these days! If homeschool continues to be the best option for us I am considering online or DVD curriculum’s for the higher grades. There are also a lot of free resources available and even the option to homeschool through the public school for free: http://www.k12.com/. I hope this little bit of info helps! It definitely makes sense to consider homeschool! I hope things go well as you make a decision that is best for your family! 🙂

  2. Hi, my name is Caitlin and I was homeschooled through all the grades by my parents. I am now 24, have an Associates of Arts degree and am working on my BA in History. Homeschooling is a wonderful opportunity for parents to connect with their children and both parties learn during the process. I have known homeschoolers who skipped grades and graduated early, but my parents were careful in allowing me time to understand subjects. I had a troubled birth, being a preemie and weighing 2 pounds, 1 ounce. I spent three months in the hospital before they could take me home and have had various medical problems and issues over the years. Being homeschooled meant that my mother could care for me closely, but I never felt I was missing out. Of course, it was the 90s and there were not the same resources available today, which makes homeschooling so much more appealing now. Still, I went on field trips to national monuments and parks, visited museums, and studied subjects now offered in public school. Today I am pleased by my education and have continued on in pursuing it to the fullest, as I’m sure your daughter can do.

    In direct answer to your questions:

    1. Extracurricular involvement such as sports and dances. – I was involved in Ballet as a child and church activities like Sunday School. Unfortunately, homeschooling was not common and there were no support groups at that time. Today, I should think homeschool parents could find whatever supplemental classes they need, either by asking at libraries that support homeschool or looking online.

    2. Resources for subjects that aren’t my forte. – If you are not good in a subject, like math, a tutor may be beneficial. But more than that, there are libraries that offer free tutoring for kids and teens in difficult subjects.

    3. Potential costs. – It really didn’t seem to cost much for my mom and dad. They purchased books, of course, but didn’t have to pay for school lunches and could ensure I ate proper meals by being at home. Finding a local homeschool committee or group to ask about costs would be a good starting place. They can answer many other questions for you, too.

    4. Making sure that I still teach Sienna how to deal with people mistreating her and making sure she doesn’t perceive home school as running away. – My parents took my older sister and I out of public school (I was in preschool) out of concern for our education. It was not running away. It was making certain we had the best possible plan for a future. I also had health issues that made me look a little funny, my forehead is really high and rounded from sitting upside down in my mom’s womb, where my head pressed against her bladder (She was leaking amniotic fluid and there was no other support). I have large front teeth and was very small for my age for years (a head shorter than other girls my age). By not going to public school, I was not bullied and so have rather good self-esteem and can shrug off the odd comment. I know I look funny, but I also know why I look funny and I think just living through my birth was a miracle. It makes me a more gracious person when people give the odd ill-thought comment and I accept it as part of life.

    I hope this helps in some ways and that your daughter succeeds in whatever she wants to do in life! God bless!

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