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From: laura (
Subject:         Re: Looking for Curriculum Advice for Single-parent Homeschooling
Date: March 13, 2011 at 2:21 pm PST

In Reply to: Looking for Curriculum Advice for Single-parent Homeschooling posted by Momto4gifts on March 2, 2011 at 7:18 am:

just to play devil's advocate: if you truly do not have time to put into homeschooling, what is the advantage of homeschooling over having them go to school?

I know what you're going through. I'm a single mom homeschooler too. But I know I did end up having my kids in school for a year while I got my ducks in a row to care for them and cover childcare while I work on weekends. It was not the end of the world; the kids were at least taught and given some structure. When they returned back home, they and I were ready, and they'd also had a taste of the other side; I no longer hear pleas to go to school. They know what they're missing - and not! Now that said, although schools in my area aren't exactly Boston Latin, they aren't armed camps, either. They're safe and not that bad in terms of achievement, teacher ratios, etc. I don't know what the situation is where you live. But although I am glad I homeschool, I don't consider it defeat or defection to have used local schools to cover the gap during the time I just wasn't able to do it all. I feel strongly that, at the age my kids were at the time (all early grades), they were not ready to teach themselves. if yours are in high school already, different situation.

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