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    I am desperate from info on the cheapest way to start homeschooling 3 kids. I am considering pulling my kids out of public school. I don't know if I have the sanity to do it though. My twin boys have Bi-Polar and really need the structured set up of school. Having said that, one of my boys was beat up AGAIN today for the 2nd time since school started. His nose is broken. He was covered in blood from head to toe when I picked him up. Long story short, I was not happy how any of it was handled or the Principle's attitude and answers. The Principle and I went at it. The boys go to an all boys middle school, which is the only one in our town. The school has a reputation for problems. The first time (same son), he came home (3rd day of school) with 2 black eyes, a busted mouth and a badly bruised temple. And the school never called me. Today, they didn't call me, my son did.

    I cannot afford private school and really can't afford to order the homeschooling materials. If I do this, I will also have to really juggle things, as I work from home also.

    I have always given others who homeschool so much respect and never thought this was something I could handle on so many levels. But, after today, I am seriously thinking about it. Any advice would be helpful.

    On a side note of concern......after he called me, I got there within a couple minutes as we live one street from the school, there was NO ONE in ANY of the offices. Both of my sons were in front of the school watching for me and we searched and searched for someone and finally ran across their band teacher who seemed not too concerned and didn't help us find someone and went into some room. We finally found the Principle on the play ground and that is when the fireworks began. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE could have come into that school and done ANYTHING they wanted. The first thought that came into my mind is the threats we have been talking about here regarding the elementary and middle schools.

    Needless to say, I am at my wits end today!!!!!

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    Oh, boy. I am very sorry about this, and it just makes me very angry.


    The first thing I think you should do, is call the police right now, and file a police a report, and file charges against the principal. Then find an attorney who will work with you probono, and go after that school.

    Second, DO NOT send your children to school tomorrow. If you are in a state where you have to notify that you will be homeschooling then start doing that today. Don't worry, that you aren't ready to start your schooling, that's not as important as the schools make it out to be. The important thing is keeping your children safe.

    Which state are you in, and I will get you as much information as you need on homeschooling on your state. I'll post in a different post.

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    • #3
      Here is a link to help you find groups in your state:
      http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp
      When you get in contact with a group they will help guide you to the resources in your area. They will often be able to point you in the right direction for used curriculum as well.

      I am so sorry that this is happening

      This is a link to a curriculum catalog: They have good pricing and a huge selection. Ask them to send you a catalog.
      http://rainbowresource.com

      What grades are your children in?

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      • #4
        HSLDA is the link I was going to give you, but I was burning my spaghetti.

        There's lots you can do to keep the cost down. Unit studies are a great way to do that, because you can homeschool children who are at different levels, using the same curriculum, except for math. You may just have to supplement.

        There's another homeschooling thread here in the ladies forum, where I posted a whole bunch of homeschooling links. You may want to check it out. but one I posted is for Learning Adventures. It's an all inclusive unit study program, that is for grades 4 through 8. It covers all subjects, except math. The only thing you may have to do is supplement for some langauge, but you can do that for free by printing worksheets off the internet, or going to the library and using their resources.

        I have to take my daughter to cheerleading practice, so I can't post too much right now, but PM me if you want to talk.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by NewWorldOrder View Post
          Oh, boy. I am very sorry about this, and it just makes me very angry.


          The first thing I think you should do, is call the police right now, and file a police a report, and file charges against the principal. Then find an attorney who will work with you probono, and go after that school.

          Second, DO NOT send your children to school tomorrow. If you are in a state where you have to notify that you will be homeschooling then start doing that today. Don't worry, that you aren't ready to start your schooling, that's not as important as the schools make it out to be. The important thing is keeping your children safe.

          Which state are you in, and I will get you as much information as you need on homeschooling on your state. I'll post in a different post.
          I was going to file charges and decided against it for several reasons. There is a police officer who floats between my daughter's elementary school and the middle school that I talked to today about it. He happened to be at the middle school today but wasn't around when it happened. In fact, he told me that had he seen it, he would've had to arrest both boys. When I talked to him about filing a report he told me I would also have to agree to appear and testify in court if the other child was arrested. And depending on the judge, my child could also get into trouble as he pushed the boy when it happened. Because my son had "layed hands" on the other boy, he could also get into trouble. Not to mention, I would lose time and money from work going through all of the procedures. I work from home as as independant employee and can't afford to lose any money. The worst that would happen to the other kid is that he gets into trouble with the judge. There are no medical costs they would have to pay as my sons are on medicaid due to their Bi-Polar and being on SSI. Then of course, I was worried about retaliation from that kid and his friends and them maybe cornering my son in a bathroom or something one day.

          I don't think I can file charges on the principle, cause the police officer I talked to said the principle was going my school procedure. He did suspend the other kid though.

          I have to say I am scared to death to homeschool, I just don't know if I have it in me, especially with the boys. But I am starting to wonder if I have a choice. I live in Jacksonville,AR. I would definately appreciate any help on this as I am SO clueless with this. Thanks for offering to help NewWorldOrder.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by lisaann View Post
            Here is a link to help you find groups in your state:
            http://www.hslda.org/hs/state/default.asp
            When you get in contact with a group they will help guide you to the resources in your area. They will often be able to point you in the right direction for used curriculum as well.

            I am so sorry that this is happening

            This is a link to a curriculum catalog: They have good pricing and a huge selection. Ask them to send you a catalog.
            http://rainbowresource.com

            What grades are your children in?
            Thanks lisaann, I will check those out. My boys are in the 6th grade and my daughter is in the 1st.

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            • #7
              Here is a link to a free online Christian curriculum that can get you started and the kids started: http://www.oldfashionededucation.com/index.html

              You can use this now with the kids and in the meantime do your researching, saving money, gathering materials etc. for other curriculum or things you might want in the future.

              Basically, homeschooling can cost as much or as little as you want it to.
              Last edited by Green Darner; September 17th, 2007, 05:30 PM.

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              • #8
                Here is another free online curriculum that is very good and based on the Charlotte Mason approach: http://www.amblesideonline.org/

                If you don't know who Charlotte Mason is (was) - the above website explains everything you ever wanted to know LOL!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Green Darner View Post
                  Here is a link to a free online Christian curriculum that can get you started and the kids started: http://www.oldfashionededucation.com/index.html

                  You can use this now with the kids and in the meantime do your researching, saving money, gathering materials etc. for other curriculum or things you might want in the future.

                  The best advice I was ever given is to take your time seeing what's out there and finding out how your kids learn before buying anything. I took a whole year to really find out what was really needed and what would really work with my kids. While I was working all that out, we did a lot of "deschooling" as a family. We read a lot of books from the library, played a lot of board games, and got really involved in several hobbies and activities.

                  Basically, homeschooling can cost as much or as little as you want it to.
                  Free!!! Now that is what I am talking about!!! Headed to that site right after this post.

                  When you took that year searching and "deschooling", didn't you to have to be accountable to someone? I thought this stuff was regulated and you are held accountable for your kid's schooling. Doesn't it have to be on par with the school system?

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                  • #10
                    Homeschool - Sequential Spelling

                    I have to say that I am totally blown away by this approach to learning spelling!

                    My ds is in 4th this year and is a very slow reader and has had a hard time with spelling as well. I was pretty unsure of this approach when I first got the book because it is very different. I decided to give it a month and see how well it goes but we are only on day 8 and ds is doing unbelievably better!!

                    http://www.sonlight.com/RL50.html
                    Last edited by lisaann; September 17th, 2007, 07:59 PM.

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                    • #11
                      I have heard loads of good things about this program. I am glad that it is working for him!!!!
                      Last edited by wife; September 17th, 2007, 08:00 PM.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by lisaann View Post
                          :gossip he
                          oopsie... I changed it

                          I really should stop speed reading

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                          • #14
                            Ya know, with all the interest lately on this site about homeschooling, we should put up a homeschool sticky. We could put up the link to HSLDA, and lot's of links to curriculum sites, and other homeschooling sites as well as tips and advice. Then all anyone would need to do is click on the links.

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                            • #15
                              I was thinking ,also ,that if you do homeschool you will have to "deschool" your children and yourself just like green darner said. But for now I would take them out, call HSLDA and get advice on how to get started. They can give you info on state regulations for homeschooling. Each state varies in their requirements. I live in CA and the state requirements are very minimal. you can pretty much do what you want.

                              Take it one day at a time. Don't worry if you feel they might be getting behind. Because you have 2 children with BP that could end up being quite a challenge for you but don't worry about that now.

                              Just curious, are your 2 children with BP on any sort of neurodevelopmental plan? My son has struggled with learning and development for years. I haven't officially had him diagnosed but if I did he probably would be diagnosed with ADD. For a year now he's been on a developmental plan with a neurodevelpmentalist and he's made incredible progress.

                              I will pray for you.

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