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From: Lisa (76.186.55.245)
Subject:         Please help, give up homeschooling?start homeschooling?
Date: November 19, 2008 at 6:11 am PST

I am having a big issue. First, we did not know that many homeschoolers where we live. In fact, we know none in our town. We have to drive 30 minutes or more to get to any other homeschoolers. The public schoolers stay so late at school and have so many activities that my daughter has kept no friendships with any public schoolers. Plus, when people who have their children at public school find out my child homeschools, their eyes just sort of gloss over.

To make matters worse, her brother who is about the same age, is in public school. We already told her brother that this is the last year. I hate to say this, but her brother is not the nicest person. Perhaps it is just the influence of the public school, but I know he could not keep his place if he went to a private school. I believe he would be quickly kicked out. He is not a bully or anything like that. He just lies a lot and skips doing his school work and will write on his papers stuff like their schoolwork is stupid, etc. He is going through a psychological evaluation right now over all this. Since he has made it adamently clear he does not want to homeschool, we decided to leave him there while all this is going on. Basically, right now, he is diagnosed with high-functioning autism which really does explain a lot.

So, DD is lonely at home and she sees her brother's school on a regular basis. She is very conservative and very sweet and of good moral values and behavior. Now she is starting to talk about maybe going back to school because she is so lonely. She would be in 7th grade.

Problem is, the school is so big and morally deplete. The football players run the school. My son has been bullied bigtime at that school. The newest thing is putting videos on youtube of other kids. I am extremely worried over the dressing out in the locker room for PE ever since I found out about the youtube thing. I can possibly get her an exemption from PE.

I suspect the football players won't so much pick on the girls, but I have been told that within the girls groups, there are huge issues with a more of an emotional bullying abuse type behaviors.

My neice started middle school this year too. Now all my daughter ever seems to hear about is things going on with the public schoolers and she is very lonely. The last of her homeschooled friends is returning to public school next fall. Since she is doing one of those online charter schools, she seems to be busy all the time trying to do that work so we have done very little together this year. That is it.

So if my son were not at the middle school, my daughter would not be exposed to it like this anymore and she would have someone at home with her. That is at least 50% of the problem.

I could seek out a homeschool group that is the 30+ minutes drive away so that my daughter would have people to do things with. Also, she is taking an instrument now and by next year, she will likely qualify to play in the town orchestra.

I need to add that one of the issues is that my son's special issues take up so much of our time, it is hard to do much with my daughter. This week, my son sees the psychologist twice, that takes the whole day as I have to drive so far for that. And it seems as if homeschoolers really want to already know nd be friends with the parent before they will let their children play. This means, since we do not know anyone really, making new friends is just about impossible.

There is a charter high school she really wants to go to. She is advanced enough to go in the fall, but I wanted her to wait an extra year to start high school. There is a University Model school in reasonable driving distance, but paying for it is an issue, and she could not start until next year anyway as they do not take midyear admissions.


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