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    AngelaAngela is offline Junior Member Newbie
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    Default Greetings from Bradenton, Florida

    We started homeschooling our older children many years ago after our daughter was bullied mercilessly. After several meetings with school employees, the principal told us, "Look, we can't do anything more to help your daughter." We took her hand, walked out the door and never looked back. She attended private school for a year, which she loved, but then we decided to buy an RV and hit the road. We started homeschooling her and our middle son (we had a baby at the time, too, and we have 5 children total, ranging in age from 7 to 26).

    Those two eventually grew tired of traveling with mom and dad and decided to go back to public high school. Our daughter had no further bullying issues as homeschooling had helped her develop self-confidence and the ability to give the bullies what they had coming (psychologically, not physically). She did just fine. She's now a chef with two college degrees and her brother is in school to be a doctor.

    Fast forward a few years and the baby was ready for school. After seeing far too many headlines about bullying, school shootings, drugs, hazing, and even school employees molesting children and making child porn, we decided public school was no longer a place for our children. We started homeschooling the youngest one (at the time - we ended up having one more, too). He had a hard time with reading so we supplemented with Sylvan Learning Center. They did great helping with reading but we were very disappointed with the math results. He's still trying to catch up and he's almost 12 now. We have him and his little brother in Kumon for math - just signed up 2 weeks ago. He excels in reading, math and science and is an inventor. He can make anything out of scrap materials - even things with moving parts. It's unfortunate that schools don't cater to those types of children.

    Our youngest just turned 7 and he is ahead of his grade level in all things. He learns easily but has a VERY short attention span, can't sit still, and has an imagination and sense of humor that cracks everybody up. I know if he was in public school, they'd want to medicate him. Not going to happen!

    We initially tried Oak Meadow, which is a great online school. But, it is expensive and we had a bad experience with one teacher there (to their credit, they immediately assigned another one when we complained). Some of the subjects were not interesting to our children (we follow the philosophy of unschooling, which means we try to make lessons revolve around subjects they are interested in - like math, reading, and science about SHARKS, for example, for one week - multiplying and dividing numbers of sharks, reading about sharks, studying sharks, Shark Week, visiting the aquarium to learn more about sharks, etc.).

    That's worked out well but I admit the lesson planning takes a LOT of time and the boys were getting a bit bored last year. So, we decided to try something new this year to see how it works out.

    Looking forward to being part of this community! Also looking for homeschooling activities in and around Bradenton/Sarasota, Florida. The boys only have two friends in our neighborhood and we're relatively new to this area.

    Angela

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    Hi AngelaAngela. Welcome to the forums. What a great introduction. I feel like I really got to know you through it. You will probably want to go to the Florida Parent Forums. Just look at the top of this page where you will see a drop down menu that says State Forums. Click on that and then click on Florida. It's that simple. You will be able to locate others in your area on that forum. There is also a thread that has links to resources in the state. It sounds like you already have a great idea of what to do and how to do it. Keep up the good work. Please let us know if we can help with anything.
    Kathi Homeschooling Mama to Twelve year old Dakota

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    Hi Angela,

    We are new to the area as well (near Apollo Beach) and I have a 7 year old daughter who is looking for more friends. I haven't found much in the area for homeschool groups...what about you? Sarasota is our favorite beach so if you ever want to get the kids together or know of any events going on in that area, please let me know!

    Sincerely,
    Kristen

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