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From: Sarah (
Subject:         HELP! and advice please - new here!
Date: November 1, 2009 at 2:12 pm PST

I have 3 children aged 9, 11 and 13 that are in school in
Spain. They are now in their 7th year of Spanish school.
They of course do all their school work in Spanish. They
start at 3 and do 3 years of infants before entering 1st
grade at 6. There is no help here for children who are
highly intelligent only for those who struggle.

My 9yo son is failing everything (although from everything I
see he is extremely intelligent) and yet all the summer work
we have done he did really well. He has no interest in
school and from what his teachers say he shuts down in
lessons. They say he has no problem and should be doing
really well. He started school here at 3 and rapidly
learned the language and was one of the top of the class
until entering 2nd grade when he just stopped having any

My 11yo daughter is doing well and always puts in her best
effort, she will I believe do well in any enviroment. She
is excelling in maths but is complaining of being bored.

My 13yo daughter is also really intelligent but completely
uninterested. She learned the language sufficiently to do
all her schoolwork alone in just 10 weeks at age 7. She has
suffered for many years with bullying and recently this has
escalated to the point that the police have become involved
- long story. I no longer feel they are completely safe.

My dilema is this - I homeschooled her for over a year until
my husband left and I had to put her into school part way
through first grade before moving to Spain. She tested 3
years ahead and now is scraping by. I have always wanted to
return to homeschooling as I feel very strongly that the 9
and 13yo do not respond well in the classroom enviroment and
the 11yo could do more but it is against the law here. My
ex husband and I are now considering the option that we
return to the States and take up the homeschooling again.
For this to work we will have to move in with him and make
the best of it. We are not the type of couple to scream and
fight and generally get along quite well but obviously we
are divorced.

Sorry its so long - any suggestions/cautions? If we do this
what sort of things will I need to work on with two of the
children having so little interest in school work?

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