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From: Sarra (
Subject:         new to homeschooling for my 9th grader
Date: January 23, 2010 at 11:04 pm PST

Hi everyone. I'm deciding to homeschool my son who loathes school to the point he's starting to defy everyone and hates the kids. So I figure it'd be best to pull him out which I'll be doing once this term is done.

I'm in Illinois where we don't have to be certified, show test scores, give tests or anything so that is good. I want to do the unschooling route where the world is his classroom and all day is a possible learning environment. Like, if we got to the museum, he can learn about history, science, you name it. If we go to tthe local state park, he can get his P.E. in by walking the whole time, learn history because it was a site of a rev. war fort and before that Indians took up there and some died due to other tribes. Also he can learn science by us finding different plants, moss, bugs, insects etc and looking them up online to learn what they are. You never know who you'll meet and can talk to either (ww2 vets, etc)., so I definitely am going this route.

I like how there are really no school books as the internet can provide all he needs. And with unschooling (just means school is not in a building 7 hours a day 5 days a week), the child learns what is important to him. My son for example likes history, science and maths so that's going to be what we focus on. I don't think anything past algebra is ever used in the real world (I'm 36 and have NEVER used trig or calculus or geometry in life once!) so that's not that big of deal to me. I also like how Ivy League schools take home schoolers in (no need for diploma or equivalent either!) - that shows me home schooling is perfect. I do think letting kids learn on their own is better than being in a public school where they get a crazy 50 to 60 percentile on tests but homeschoolers get 90s and up. I think my son will really do good with this. He's already learning! Just today he came from showering and asked me how soap was made.

it was an instant classroom, hahah. WE looked on line and he got to learn history and science in a few moments. I'm telling everyone I know to get into unschooling. From all I've read so far, it seems THE best way to go.

I'm in college online right now for web design and interactive media, pulling a 4.0 with pride. I'm a little nervous about having my son home but I truly think this is what I'm to do with him. Public school just makes him beyond angry and hostile. He hates all the kids, has no friends and is just miserable all around.

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