Homeschooling trouble? PLEASE HELP?

Homeschooling trouble? PLEASE HELP? Topic: How to write a work history summary
June 17, 2019 / By Danni
Question: Okay, so my mom is about to fill out paperwork in the next week or so to send me back to high school. I just started homeschooling this year, I'm a sophmore in high school. This is what we've been doing...my mom works full time so I've been doing most of it on my own. We talk about what I'll be doing that week, the sunday before, or sometimes the night before and she'll email and call me asking how im doing and telling me other things she wants me to do until she gets home. We do a lot of reading - and writing summarys after every reading session (which can be one chapter up to three or four chapters in a sitting) I'm learning spanish- throughout reading a book, and rosetta stone For gym- I am ice skating Then also, just because I like art, I do a picture of the day and I put it up on the wall of the room I do my schooling in (it helps me concentrate) The only subject we're missing out on is Math...and my mom's trying to get me into a community college to take a class there (while she's signing me up for a high school just incase the community college thing doesnt work out) Can you guys please answer this question with things I can show my mom to remind her that homeschooling is best?! It makes me happy, and I get so depressed even thinking about going back to high school. give us tips to homeschool better or stay motivated? or something! please please!
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Aylward Aylward | 5 days ago
You have to know what's troubling her...you can't act to solve a problem unless the problem is put out there for the both of you to look at and examine. Maybe she's being given a hard time by her co-workers..."What? You mean Janie isn't taking AP Physics? OMG, Martha, she'll NEVER get into college...what are you THINKING?!?" or "Gawd, I saw this program on Oprah where this kid was homeschooled and he ate plutonium and lost half his brain. Homeschooling is SOOOOO dangerous, it's like Russian Roulette. *I* would never permit my precious little Herman to ruin his life like that. Of course, I'm sure Janie's just fine. Right?" People get WEIRD about homeschooling. They get WEIRD about anything outside of what they expect. This could be rubbing off on your mom and causing her to worry, worry, fret and worry some more. Maybe she's driving herself nuts. "Janie needs more structure! I don't know what she needs to learn, I'm not a certified teacher...oh, WHY did I think I could do this??" Maybe she had higher expectations of you that were never shared...perhaps she had totally unreasonable visions that by now you'd have solved the fossil fuel crisis using your chemistry kit and a clever application of cat litter, or that you'd be 80% on your way to the National Spelling Bee, or that you'd have to be preparing your speech to accept the honor of being the next national Poet Laureate. Maybe it's something as stupid as seeing you in a bathrobe when she comes home...not saying that you ARE in one, but I can tell you that it grates on my nerves when my kid obsesses on a video game for more than a couple of hours...even if he did all his work just beautifully, it just really GETS to me. There's mental block I have about video games being for total morons and slackers. (Probably because I suck at them, but let's not go there.) Go back to why you're homeschooling in the first place. What got you to that point? What kind of vision did each of you have for how this was going to work? If something isn't working, you can tinker with it and fix it. Reading...great, are you reading grade-level stuff, or Madeline Goes To London or One Fish, Two Fish? I kid, but you know what I mean. Does your mom expect you to be reading Chaucer, or is OK to be reading some of the classics? (I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, Alice in Wonderland, The Inferno, The Odyssey...things by DH Lawrence and Edgar Allen Poe, and the more obtuse stuff like the occasional Shakespeare and Sophocles?) Spanish is good...can you think of any volunteer applications where you could use it and learn it even more proficiently? Gym, Art... So you have reading and light writing, Spanish, Art and Gym. What happened to Science, Math and History? And writing? (I've made my living in writing and art.) Science doesn't have to horrible...figure out what your state requirements are and find a way to do that which interests you. So you have to learn about life cycles. Great. What do you want to do...hatch some frogs? Some butterflies? Raise guppies? Maybe find out about an animal in decline in your local area and work to provide a habitat for it that would support its life cycle. Work with the local Dept of Nat Resources and follow what interests you...learn how to hunt mushrooms, go out on a midnight Owl Prowl, spend two hours on an icy bridge with a pair of binoculars looking for the Bald Eagles. Learn about the wetlands and the river habitats, and then grab a kayak and explore them. Join a group working to rehabilitate a wildlife area, learn about the integration of the wildlife there. Volunteer to gather data for a graduate student at the local university. Math is more enjoyable if you know WHY you're doing what you're doing. It ties into Science so very nicely, too. A book series you might want to look at is "The Life of Fred." It has an unorthodox approach, but many families swear by it. That's not to say that the classes at the community college wouldn't be good, it's just another option. History...gosh, there's so much there. My kids are so little (K and 2nd) and we're sort of going chronologically. The littlest is learning where the continents and oceans are, and the oldest just finished a unit on Ancient Greece and is starting Ancient India. Have you read The Teenage Liberation Handbook? There's a lot in there about building your own curriculum, and the kinds of resources that might help. Give it a try, it's a good book!
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Aylward Originally Answered: Homeschooling Questions?
It is good to start homeschooling as young as possible. There are many groups that help with home schooling such as "Abeka Accedemy" (idk how to spell that). They video tape there classes so you can watch them on a dvd. you have to order them with books. Your mom wouldn't have to do anything except grade tests and quizzes. It is a great organization. There are also homeschooling groups that have other kids in home school. They have writing club and stuff like that. you could look them up, or ask a teacher or pasture about it. When I was in home school I started at 7:00am and ended around 11:00 or 1:00. I understand what you meen being busy. I play soccer and it takes a lot of time like five hours.Good luck, it's a great program, but you knead determination. I think you have it.
Aylward Originally Answered: Homeschooling Questions?
First of all, you are not an Olympic Gymnast. Y ou might hope to be some day, and that is a great goal-but you are too young as of yet. Second of all, keep in mind that your Olympic career-if you ever make it that far-will be over in a few short years from now (there are only two Olympic gymnasts that I know of that have ever competed past their teens). Your education is much more important than your gymnastics, and y ou have to prove you have a good scholastic record to compete. Keep that in mind. Now, your mother needs to start by visiting http://www.HSLDA.org to learn the laws concerning homeschooling in your state. She does not need to have a college education herself, and homeschooling is not necessarily expensive (in fact, there is a book available at the book store about homeschooling for free-or nearly so). Now, know that I am not trying to discourage you from following your dream. Just keep things in perspective, and focus on what is most important in the long run above and beyond the gymnastics. But, do have fun with gymnastics!

Vonda Vonda
Ok, I was home schooled my entire life, except for 1/2 a semester in 8th and 9th grade when I attended public school. Here is what i have to say. 1. I was SO excited when I got into all three colleges that i applied for(2 being ivy leagues!) Homeschoolers do get into college if they want it. 2. If you switch from homeschooling and then back to public school, you may loose some of your credit work, meaning an additional year in high school and failing a grade 3. Check out Face book's fan page called East Coast Homeschoolers. It gives tons of pros, and I am the admin, which by the way, gives my personal tips. 4. Tell her it makes her happy, she wants your happiness as well. I hope that you check out East Coast homeschooling, where you can show your mom the wonderful things about homeschooling.
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Shannon Shannon
If all you are concerned about is Math, why not take a class on line through one of the on line high school programs. Some states offer them for free to their residents. There are also computer programs. I home schooled my daughter using Florida Virtual High School. I also considered using Keystone High School. When you research on line high schools there are several that you may consider. It is hard for a young person to be disciplined enough to get an education on the own but it is definitely possible. In fact without the distraction of peer pressure of the classroom you can get a better education since a lot of time is wasted in a school classroom setting.
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Shannon Originally Answered: Information on homeschooling?
Depends on who you're signing up with, mainly. I've heard a lot of horror stories, mostly that schools despise the online options, so they tend to make them harder than usual in order to discourage the "casual" student from signing up. Heaven forbid you should find something valuable to do with your time, eh? You have several options...the main point is that you have to remain legal no matter what you choose. In the U.S., be sure to look up the homeschooling laws in your state...each state gets to decide their education laws, so what works for you in Ohio is gonna change once you move to Georgia or for your buddy in Michigan. The next thing to realize is that there's a whole spectrum of what's called "homeschool." Some people sign up with an online version of public school; that’s really technically not “homeschool,” since you're counted as public school student and you have to have regular contact with teachers, submit work and tests, etc. The dirty little secret here is that the school district gets to keep the federal funds for you, as you’re a public school student this way. (Quite obviously, your school district will like this option best. Often when one queries the school as to the options available for “homeschool,” the school administrators will smile sweetly and mention just such an arrangement, conveniently omitting the rest of your options. This “lie by omission” quietly implies that this is the one and only way “homeschooling is done.” There’s a quite a debate in the homeschooling community about whether or not this constitutes an effort by the educational bureaucracy to redefine the meaning of homeschool, and what effect that would have on legislation and regulation of more traditional homeschool. But I digress.) Other people may choose to buy materials from companies and enroll with online schools, but they're "independent" of the school districts, and they don't owe anyone a darned thing...their test scores (if any; few homeschoolers in the traditional sense are obligated to take state standardized tests) are their own business, as is the pace, order or depth at which they choose to go through the material. Other people make up their own curriculum, based on their own personal criteria. Some states want you to keep a portfolio of material to prove you're doing something there at home, other states want you to submit your curriculum for the year for approval, others may require testing that could send you back to public or private school if you fall below a particular percentile...just in case. Again, depends on the state. Still other people endorse what they call "unschooling," and they throw out all books and tests altogether and simply follow what interests them. (See the writings of John Holt, or Google "unschooling" for more on that theory of education.) A good book for anyone over 12 years old is “The Teenage Liberation Handbook: How to Quit School and Get a Real Life and Education,” by Grace Llewellyn. Here’s an excerpt: "Did your guidance counselor ever tell you to consider quitting school? That you have other choices, quite beyond lifelong hamburger flipping or inner-city crack dealing? That legally you can find a way out of school, that once you're out you'll learn and grow better, faster, and more naturally than you ever did in school, that there are zillions of alternatives, that you can quit school and still go to A Good College and even have a Real Life in the Suburbs if you so desire? Just in case your counselor never told you these things, I'm going to. That's what this book is for." Even if you don’t hold with what the author has to say, the point of view she has is dramatically different and can be a great springboard to help you get in touch with what you believe school and learning should be like. As with many things, there’s a wide spectrum of “unschoolers,” as well. Many of them have a certain set of concepts they want their kids to get and don’t care HOW they get the information, while others take a much more laid-back approach and allow the student to set the list of concepts themselves...or not set one at all. All of these people will still consider themselves “unschoolers.”

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