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From: Mychelle (
Subject:         Prospective Single Parent Homeschooler [Long w/Questions]
Date: August 6, 2006 at 7:45 am PST

Hello everyone!

This is my first time on this site. I'm here to really decide if it is possible for me to homeschool my daughter who is entering the 7th grade and who cried when I told her that she would have to return to the same public school. I would love to get any and all advice from everyone.

I don't feel like my daughter's school is fostering her creativity and teaching her anything beyond the state's testing requirements. Her grades declined last year and she was normally an excellent, A/B, student. This was her second year of public school; she previously went to Christian school, but I cannot afford it right now. She's more of a regular/advanced student whereas I was gifted. My classes allowed for more freedom and creativity because they were small and the curriculum was geared towards our learning style. I think our styles are similar, she just requires more oversight. Florida has a virtual school online that I can use to help her with her core subjects, but I also want her to learn spanish and she's interested in technology and home economics, which we can pick together. As well, I have located tennis lessons and other sports outside of the home that she can participate in so that she can socialize with other children her age.

The dilemma for me is that I am in graduate school. I would need to go to classes three to four days a week. Right now, I work doing research part time that allows me to work from home and earn a small salary. I have taken her to class with me before and I am sure that she can stay occupied with her school work during my classes. The problem is that I may need to travel on class days to another city that is five hours away. She has been on airplanes visiting relatives since she was born and as a family we travel a lot for recreation and family visits. She says that she loves to travel, but I wonder if this would be too unstructured for her and if should consider keeping her in an environment that is more traditional, but with me only being around on weekends.

I guess my question is:

How damaging would it be to my daughter to be with me on a schedule that involves two different cities each week?

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