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New Homeschoolers, Public School to Homeschool High School Transition

By Lynn Hogan

Added Friday, May 13, 2005

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 6 No 19 May 13, 2005
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2000-2005 Lynn Hogan. All Rights Reserved.

Welcome to the Homeschooler's Notebook --
If you like this newsletter, recommend it to a friend!



Notes from Lynn:
-- Reach Out and Touch Someone
Question of the Week:
-- Text Books with Stories
Reader's Response
-- Bringing Home a High Schooler



I got an e-mail from a mother that was feeling "out of sorts".
She has just moved and it seems as if everyone has their own
lives and really don't not have time for anyone new in them.
Some of us have felt that way and we haven't even moved! During
this summer, reach out to someone else that looks like they
might have less than you do. We all are dependent on others and
we need to reach out and help one another.

Those of us "old timers" can really get tired of answering the
same questions all the time. I watch that happen even with my
newsletter, sometimes. The new homeschoolers don't mind asking
questions, but often the more experienced homeschoolers don't
always write in and give answers. The seasoned veterans are
often not willing to write and contribute articles to the
"Things That Work for Me" section. I am not sure if it is
because they are too busy or too shy, but they might be
harboring some information that would be very helpful in MY

I have had people ask me how I do what I do, like I am
some kind of hero. I really know I am not. I just have a heart
to help others be successful with their homeschools. I am well
aware that to that new homeschooling parent our articles may be
something she really needs to hear.

When I was a new homeschooler (remember those days?), I was
scared. I KNEW the whole world rested on my shoulders alone and
that my children were going to grow up ignorant and it would be
ALL MY FAULT! By the second year of homeschooling I knew that
my children may not be the sharpest tacks in the box, but that
they would survive homeschooling. By the third year of
homeschooling, I thought I was getting it all worked out. (By
the end of the third year, I knew I was NEVER going to get it
ALL worked out!) And so it goes. After many years of homeschooling
Here are some absolutes I have decided:

1. Each year you have a new student with new goals and abilities.
2. MY school doesn't have to be like yours or anyone else's.
3. I NEED a support network. Relationships keep me sane when
the world is falling apart. I also can feel great when I help others!
4. It is helpful if I keep my husband informed of what is going
on as far as what the goals are and how he might be involved -
should he choose to be so.
5. Helping others often clarifies things in my own home and
6. Teacher work days are designed to give teachers a break. Use
them when necessary!
7. My student needs my guidance to stay well rounded, but my
students would learn SOMETHING if I did nothing at all!
8. No two students are identical. Comparing
students does more to encourage sibling rivalry than anything
9. I can't fix everything in one year.
10. No one, ABSOLUTELY no one will love my student like I will!

Go forth, newcomers and old timers alike. Share with one another.
The new person has a new perspective that an old timer may need
to hear. The old timer may have some experience that would be
helpful to others as well. We have so much to share. We just
need to DO IT.




When I began to read, my mother bought me some text books with
easy stories for grades 1-2. I really enjoyed having a bunch of
stories that I could read without help and sorting through many
books. Does anyone know where I can find similar books for my
beginning reader? I would prefer that they not have a religious
orientation. - Cheryl


NOTE: my publication of these responses does not necessarily
mean that I endorse a product or an activity. You make your own
decisions about how these responses might work in YOUR school!

I'm planning to homeschool my rising 10th grader in the fall,
after 9 yrs of public school. Is there anything I can do over
the summer to help with this transition?

I try to pick a couple of subjects in the summer that my kids
can do pretty much independently, so they won't have as heavy a
load the rest of the year. It helps with the summer not being
total play time, but doesn't take up too much of their time. I
try to make it something they can do without much help from me,
because the summer is when I try to complete projects I can't
get done while we are doing school work (i.e. - painting or
wallpapering, sewing curtains, recovering a chair). This
summer my sons are going to learn keyboard skills; I bought a
software that they can use to help them. I also have some
geography games they can do that will help them learn the
countries on other continents. Then there are some books I
want them to read and report back to me how they can implement
them in their lives or how they affect them. I'm not sure what
subjects you could do with a 10th grader, but I'm sure there
are some that would make their fall school schedule easier or
give them a head start. - Pam

Reply to Homeschooling 10th grader after 9 years of public

1) Relax! Public school is a real treadmill and homeschool
allows learning to take place. Learning through discovery.

2) Contact your school district and state for requirements and
what paperwork to fill out at the end of the 10th grade year to
prove learning happened.

3) Get a home computer with high speed internet.

4) Contact your local book stores, they usually have a Teacher
Appreciation sale in which you might be able to present your
affidavit and get the 20% teacher discount. Our Barnes and
Noble does this early in September. The discount card is good
all year and helps with enrichment texts.

5) Collect all receipts for tax purposes.

6) Begin a large file of field trip information as adjuncts to
your studies. Make arrangements in advance to receive discounts.

7) Make a daily log of your activities as well as your child's,
even for planning over the summer. You can refer to it later in
the year. Include contact information and times and dates of
people you talked with.

8) Our state has competency standards. Get a copy of your
state's by visiting the Department of Education website.

9) Join a local homeschooling organization or two.

10) Relax! Life is good and is meant to be enjoyed even though
we do work hard at it!

11) Make sure you have made the appropriate medical appointments
for schooling (physical), eye and dental exams, etc.

12) Schedule in standardized testing with your district. The
homeschool organization should be able to help with this if the
school does not. - Ellen


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