ckd0822 wrote:OK, my children have been in public school for years. My oldest is in 7th this year, middle in 4th, and my youngest in 1st(because his birthday was a week after the cutoff). I have thought about it for months and have decided that I want to homeschool next school year. I believe that it will benefit our family as a whole.
My only concern is that my oldest is in all gifted classes in Middle school and scores over 95% in all placement tests. He is already in all the 8th grade curriculum in public school. So, should I repeat it with the ECC supplement or should I get him the high school curriculum.
Also, I am having a hard time getting my husband to understand that they will not miss out on socializing with other children. They have friends that they have made in school and I am happy with them. Plus, we belong to a large church where they also have many friends. There are homeschool associations and co-ops around our area and I would most likely join up with them for field trips and fun days. He is from a family of public educators, so it is looking to be a hard "sell"
Any suggestions would be greatly welcomed!
In addition to any of our suggestions between ECC or AHL, I want to suggest calling mfw's office for their input as well. Sometimes on phones, it's better for catching small details to make it personalized. But we have this forum for customers like us... so.... here's my opinion.
I was "cursed" with the gifted and talented label in public schools in the 80's. You can use ECC with the jr. high research and reading packet for academically advanced children. One of the biggest advantages your child will have over "grade based" classroom social studies will be learning to follow a syllabus on his own from the lesson plans. There are plenty of writing assignments each country in ECC for the advanced child. You just expect longer paragraphs and more independent research. Add in current events. Math, language arts, science, foreign language at placement levels. Consider doing Logic from the high school electives. And have him really work on staying focused on school schedule and doing chores. Go for "gifted" enrichment with co-ops, sports, music and service projects. Let this first year of homeschooling feel successful to everyone and look to challenge in ways that aren't about grade levels on some books. That's just my opinion based on my experiences in the "gifted program" when I was in jr. high. We enriched with fun stuff like theatre, music, new arts to try, unit studies on topics not otherwise covered, home ec. I would definitely lean toward a year of that kind of enrichment that doesn't have to end up on a transcript. I'm just one opinion. Others might make the case for go to AHL and graduate early.
for your husband’s consideration:
I don't know if it's any help or not, but MFW's author has advanced degrees in education and has taught in public and private classrooms in the US and even in other parts of the world. They want top high achieving academics. They want it without forgetting who God is.
Another consideration with your dh.... homeschooling works for smart kids. We have the good stuff with socialization without the fear factor going down in the hallways or any of the other stuff that are in the mix with teens not really leading each other. Even in gifted classes we had that.
Homeschooling can be for hermits. But not all homeschoolers are hermits.
Homeschooling can be an excuse for lazy, but you aren’t like that! It’s work. and you're going to do that.
and more than that, it gives you the right ingredients for being a family, and raising them to serve the Lord. One of my dearest friends didn't start homeschooling until his 3rd child was in middle of 10th grade. He and his wife often say they wish they had done it sooner. The dad in that family was a pastor who thought "a good pastor would never homeschool his kids." but.... God had different plans.
I one time described homeschooling as everything that the best classroom teachers really want to do, but don’t have funds to do, nor the clearance from red tape to get it done. Homeschooling is one on one tutoring model. It is the best of having consistency in instructor from year to year. It’s about knowing the student. And it’s about being able to be a family while doing all of this.
Lisa M shared recently with good stuff.
http://board.mfwbooks.com/viewtopic.php ... 406#p80406
Here's another article on homeschooled students excel in college
perhaps your husband will enjoy reading it?