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    Default I am considering HomeSchooling but I have alot of questions?

    I have 3 daughters, 17 (12th grade), 12 (6th grade), and 8 (3rd grade). I am exhausted! I have been fighting with my school for my 8 year old for 2 years now. She has an atypical archnoid left middle fossa cyst (cyst the size of an orange), ADHD, nonverbal learning disability, and orthographic dyslexia. She has no 504 in place because she hasn't failed a grade. She is in the 2nd tier of the tier process. I have called the school district's superintendent and the state department of education to be told that until she fails they can not and will not do anything. She is VERY smart and I refuse to allow her to fail. The doctor tells me that my daughter is probably suffering from depression. That means another specialist. She can learn but it takes her a little more time than she is allowed in the public school. I have asked the neuropsychologist about homeschooling but they didn't recommend because she needs other children to interact with. She is SO MISERABLE at school. I can't transfer her to another one and I won't allow her to fail. Do you think she would benefit from homeschooling? Would it be harmful to withdrawal her in January?

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    Two things strike me about your post. 1) "She is SO MISERABLE at school." and"I won't allow her to fail." Homeschooling should be MUCH more preferable to being miserable. As long as she is learning, "failure" is not part of the equation. Just because you homeschool, doesn't mean that your child will never interact with other children. You child can still play with neighborhood kids, join brownies or campfire girls or a church youth group. She also has two sisters who count as kids for her interact with, not to mention that a family is a "social group."

    Look for a co-op in your area and check in with the MS group in this parents' forum....you are not alone and YOU are the one who knows what's best for YOUR child. deni.
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    Please forgive my delay in responding - I've had some computer difficulties over the last couple of weeks!!

    Of course I have to agree with denimay - you know what's best for your daughter. Don't second-guess yourself. The brick walls you've run into should stand as assurance -- no one cares as much about your girl than you do. With that motivation and qualification -- what an extraordinary teacher you will be for her!! You will get nothing from encouragement from me when it comes to taking the step to homeschool.

    Do I believe it would be harmful to take her out of the school system in January? Absolutely not - especially if the alternative is simply 'waiting for her to fail'!! I personally waited until the end of a school year when we made the decision to take our two oldest out of school and I have regretted waiting ever since. We could have used those last few months of the school year in making the transition to homeschool -- had more time to relax our way into it.

    Please please sign up with the local Peak Network for your area -- www.peaknetwork.org. The parents in this group are a tremendous help!!

    The best of luck to you. Please feel free to stop back through here to post specific questions as they come up or just to let us know what's going on. Again - I apologize for the delay!

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    Quote Originally Posted by msmomx3
    I have 3 daughters, 17 (12th grade), 12 (6th grade), and 8 (3rd grade). I am exhausted! I have been fighting with my school for my 8 year old for 2 years now. She has an atypical archnoid left middle fossa cyst (cyst the size of an orange), ADHD, nonverbal learning disability, and orthographic dyslexia. She has no 504 in place because she hasn't failed a grade. She is in the 2nd tier of the tier process. I have called the school district's superintendent and the state department of education to be told that until she fails they can not and will not do anything. She is VERY smart and I refuse to allow her to fail. The doctor tells me that my daughter is probably suffering from depression. That means another specialist. She can learn but it takes her a little more time than she is allowed in the public school. I have asked the neuropsychologist about homeschooling but they didn't recommend because she needs other children to interact with. She is SO MISERABLE at school. I can't transfer her to another one and I won't allow her to fail. Do you think she would benefit from homeschooling? Would it be harmful to withdrawal her in January?
    First of all, Welcome! As I read through your post all I could see was the heart of one amazing Mama! You are doing an incredible being an advocate for your youngest daughter. It is NO MISTAKE that you are her parent. As a mom who has homeschooled for twelve years let me just say that it would NOT be harmful to bring you sweet little girl home. As a matter of fact I think it would help her greatly. You definitely have the heart of a homeschool mom already. I'm not sure where you live, but should you decide to bring her home I would do these things:

    1- Ease in slowly with Time4Learning. Let her get used to the program before making big assignments. Spend time reading a loud books, watching movies together, going for walks, doing those things that you love.

    2- Find out what your STATE homeschool support group is and then contact them to see if there is a local support group in your area. If you plug in with your support group you will find that there are all kinds of opportunities such as co-op's, park days, field trips, etc.., Though you don't have to, this adds a nice flavor to your journey.

    3- I HIGHLY recommend reading "The Joyful Homeschooler" by Mary Hood. It helps to bring perspective to the homeschool journey and I think it will validate your choice.

    You can do this! We are here to support you.

    Mary, Mama to four sons, three of which have learning disabilities, preparing to graduate her oldest son after 12 years. I wouldn't trade a single moment!
    Mary, Child of the King of Kings, Jesus Christ! Wife to best friend and Mama to her four boys 91, 96, 00, 02, Homeschooling since 1998! Come visit us on our blog! http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/MamaMary/

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