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    Hi, my name is Heather and I am just starting to homeschool my daughter. She has health issues and I finally got sick and tired of being harassed by the school about her absences. I have doctor's notes upon doctor's notes, taking her to 5 different specialists to discover why she was always ill, and kept in constant communication with the school, even going to pick up her assignments and books, yet they still kept sending me letters threatening to file truancy charges. When she was able to attend school, she was harassed by the teachers for being absent, and once when she raised her hand to say she was having trouble understanding, the teacher said, "Hmmph, I wonder why..." in front of the whole class! When I discovered they were now harassing her pediatrician's office for issuing doctor's notes, I was finished. Fortunately for my daughter, not only am I a mama bear, but also a law student who knows how to research the heck of anything and who understands all my rights. So I wrote a letter of intent to the school district and hand delivered a copy to her principal. He read it and realized he was not dealing with the average local parent who takes the school's word as gospel. He said he could see that I had done my homework and given it a lot of thought, and even admitted that I would probably give my daughter a more comprehensive education than they could. So now we are excited about embarking on this journey, although I am still a little nervous about it. From the very start, we are told that the public schools are the only way to ensure our kids get a "proper" education, and I guess I am worried that I will somehow miss some vital skill that she will need to succeed later in life. It's a little crazy, since I know I will be teaching her things and exposing her to experiences that she wouldn't get in school, especially on their ever-shrinking budgets. Anyway, any suggestions or ideas anyone has would be appreciated.

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    Heather,
    I can certainly relate to the problems you are having. Reasons similar to yours are among the reasons I chose to pull my daughter out in the middle of 1st grade. I, too, was concerned that I would miss teaching something vital. After over 7 years of homeschooling I discovered that if you miss teaching something and you find out later that they need that "something" you go back and teach it, no problem!

    The great news is that homeschooling is flexible. If you daughter gets a concept in one day, there is no need for her to repeat it for a week ecause that is how long the teacher had planned it for. You just move on! And, if she needs a little longer, or needs to go back for a review, you can do that, too.

    I am so sorry that you and your daughter had to put up with the attitude of the teacher. I don't know what grade your daughter is in, but the other thing you need to do is allow a period of decompression. This time allows her to adjust from one way of teaching (traditional schooling) to another (homeschooling). However, because she has been sick and missed out on school and you have been helping her with her lessons at home, she is already familiar with learning at home.

    We love Time4Learning, and have been using it for over 7 years. It takes some of the pressure off of me as the teacher because it plans the lessons, grades the work (except for Odyssey Writer assignments), and keeps excellent, sortable records. With access to the grade registered for, the one above, and the one below your daughter will always have just the right level to study. Don't forget to check out Spelling City for additional spelling, vocabulary, and language arts materials.

    Hope this help. Let us know how things go!
    Linda
    Homeschooling one for 8 years and counting!

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    Hello. We have decided to home school due to similar reasons. We are very overwhelmed at how to go about getting started. Hoping a kind soul on here would be willing to point us in the right direction. Thanks in advance.

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    Welcome to Homeschooling Guide by Time4Learning is one place for you to look to get started. There is useful advice from homeschooling parents there. The other place you might look is A2ZHomeschooling.com for more information on the legal aspects of homeschooling in NJ.
    Linda
    Homeschooling one for 8 years and counting!

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