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From: SonjaC (24.32.79.49)
Subject:         Re: Advice on HS behavior issues
Date: November 12, 2008 at 8:48 am PST

In Reply to: Advice on HS behavior issues posted by Tracy on October 13, 2008 at 11:21 am:

I was so glad to see this post! It is actually why I came to the website today. I usually check out the posts pretty often.
Yesterday, I had a most challenging day with my 13 yo ds. I have homeschooled him since the beginning. Like the others mentioned, he has been the model student until this year. His grades are not so much the concern; in our case, it is the amount of time he is spending on assignments (and time he is wasting by messing around). He is not very self motivated this year where he has been very self motivated in years past. Some grades are slipping, but like I said, that is not my number one concern.
I gave him until January to make the necessary changes in his attitude and behavior. After that, he will be enrolled in public school.
I completely understand the condemnation that comes with that decision. Even worse than that, I am the director of our local homeschool co-op!! How can I go back as the director next semester when one of my students will be in public school?! I really appreciated Sharon's advice. I am going to do that with both of my high school age student's. My 13 yo ds is taking 3 hs level classes this year. My 16 yo dd is taking all hs level classes. Then I have a 1st grader that is learning how to read! Having them (hs students) in on the planning and knowing the whole plan will keep me from feeling like it is all up to me! Plus, I can decide which subjects I will teach and which I will look to delegate. It has always been my vision to see my children succeed at what they are good at, while being well-rounded, productive citizens. Homeschooling has been the best fit for that, but I am willing to admit that I do not have all the answers. It may be that my son needs someone else overlooking his education for a while. There are potentially many benefits to that, but at the same time, many frightening prospects as well.
I know that on the HSLDA or THSC website, there are general graduation requirements. I will print those out as our guidelines. We will work on mapping out a plan by December.
So glad to have all the other voices of wisdom shining a beacon of light for us in the darkness of teenage boys (and girls). You have all been a wonderful blessing. I was so defeated yesterday! I feel so empowered and hopeful now.
Thank you so much!


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