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  #1  
July 27th, 2012, 07:44 PM
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Do you like your kids' school? I am majorly jealous of people who live in a good district.

We're homeschooling this year, but only because our schools are so crummy. I mean really really bad.... We tried it for a whole year, and no thanks to that!

The military will move us again in 2015, so it's not forever anyway. In the meantime I'm hoping the homeschooling will grow on me. So far I feel like I am living in a zoo. I'm seriously thinking of moving "school" to during the two year old's naptime. Or buying some kind of large playpen...oh she'd be so mad at me, lol.
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July 28th, 2012, 06:14 AM
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Homeschool just isn't for me. For any of the kids. Plus I want my younger kids to get the experience of going to school. If I tried to homeschool Becca after she's been looking forward to pre-school for the last YEAR she'd probably die.

The kids go back on the 4th? I think, their school is fine I didn't care for Noah's teacher last year, but I'm not going to like every teacher I guess. Other than that since we switched to our 'home school' (school choice here) I've had no problems. Sydney had a really really awesome teacher the year before last and she helped with getting her special help and holding her back etc. Sydney also knew she was teachers favorite, but that happens I guess lol Unfortunately this teacher moved to a different school and I can't afford gas to drive the kids to that school every day so we stay at James Madison.
We'll see how well I like having a kid in middle school this year too!
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July 28th, 2012, 06:59 AM
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No homeschooling for me either. No way, I love when they go to school. Buh-bye!!!

I am not a huge fan of the school, it is a University of Michigan charter school, better than the public crap we have around here, but not by much.
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July 28th, 2012, 07:12 AM
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I've considered homeschooling many times. However, I can't bring my kids to work with me if they don't go to school here. (I'm a bus driver and they require the kids attend school in the district if ride alongs.) Because of that and because of the fact that I am in school they are going to school again this year. Our district is mediocre.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:08 AM
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When my older kids were little I loved out school. Really it's still a good school, but it is struggling and so many of the teachers have been let go because of it. They have cut a lot of stuff out leaving kids with little choices.

We homeschooled last year, Aiden still needs help in reading, math he great at. Vanna did great, but she is one of those kids who absorbs with little effort. Cole needs more one on one because of the ADD. Next year math and science will be full online course's, thankfully. He is super excited cause this year he is getting to learn German, something he couldn't do in our homeschool. We'll go one more year and hopefully by then the school will have picked itself back up cause I do miss them leaving for a few hours a day.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:55 AM
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The 3 who attend so far love it. The older 2 have WAY TOO MUCH!!!! homework though. We live in a great school district. I will be driving to 3-4 different schools this year. I feel like I taxi.
Dd1 starts high school
ds1 starts middle school
nephew is in a different district. he only has one year left there so we all didn't want to disrupt him. if a change needs to be made it will be done at the middle school level. I may or may not have to drive him.
ds2 starts 1st grade.
ds3 was supposed to start k this year, but he will have just turned 5 and they switched to all day K so we decided to keep him home for one more year. Hopefully that will help him start off at the top of his class.
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July 28th, 2012, 09:37 AM
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Kindergarten totally depends on the child Mommy, you're right. RJ will turn 6 just 12 days before 1st grade. He is immature behavior wise, but he's one of the strongest readers in the class etc, so we made the right choice with him I guess.
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July 28th, 2012, 10:16 AM
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In our small town, we have the public school and a small private Christian school. I had kids in the public school for 5 years and we homeschooled last year and plan to continue to do so. My next choice would be the private school if I could afford it or get a scholarship for them. The public school has really went downhill lately.
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July 28th, 2012, 12:29 PM
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I had 2 of my november girls "wait" to go to kindergarten, one because she was still napping after preschool and the other because she didn't have an attention span. In both cases it's been a great decision.

My oldest child will be going to the public high school this fall. The school seems just fine. My younger kids attend a small private Christian school which I love. A lot. We have to pay tuition ($550 a month for 10 months) but we make it work, it's totally worth it.
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July 28th, 2012, 03:56 PM
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July 28th, 2012, 03:59 PM
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The ratings here were bad for the elementary schools so we home-school.
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July 28th, 2012, 04:00 PM
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Our public school is ok. It suffers from the usual problems of a small town and small budget. I could NOT homeschool my oldest. You'd have to have us both committed, but I have considered it for my younger ones.
To be honest, some days I can't wait till they all go to school. But mostly I put them in public school because I want them to be able to deal with the real world. No job, college, neighborhood etc will ever be catered specifically to any one persons needs so the best thing to do is just learn to function in a less than perfect world.
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July 28th, 2012, 04:13 PM
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My younger kids attend a small private Christian school which I love. A lot. We have to pay tuition ($550 a month for 10 months) but we make it work, it's totally worth it.
Is that for all your girls or each girl?

Around here the private schools go for about $700-$800 a month per kid. Which is how I ended up homeschooling....
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July 28th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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Proud mom of homeschooling.The benefits are priceless.I can teach about God as much as I want and they can learn as much as they want.The best thing that ever happened to my family.I have a child who is about to go to college.I have a child who is about to begin school and many more in between and many more behind.God Bless.
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July 28th, 2012, 08:05 PM
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We homeschool. I don't even know where the kids are districted. I do see our county on the news all the time with some sort of drama among the teachers and administration, and it makes me thankful that we are outside of that drama. Homeschool is going pretty well right now, and we just take it one day at a time. I know I would love the break of sending the kids to school, but at the same time I love being such a big part of their education. It's amazing to see their faces when they learn something new and figure things out.
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July 29th, 2012, 07:34 AM
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Our district is one of the best in our state. For elementary it was wonderful and my kids were always happy and challenged. And, I work in the elementary where the boys go, so it's very convenient.

This year things will be haywire. Erin is attending a private school thanks to a scholarship but it's in a totally different direction of my school. I have to drive her (or pay $2,000 for a bus) and pick her up (I don't even have that ironed out yet) and Kelsey is going to be away at college. ACK. Things are going to be VERY different for me this year!!!!
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July 29th, 2012, 06:36 PM
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Our really like our school, it's pre-k -5 at the little school and then right across the road is the 6-12 school. The average classroom size is 15 students. Alorah only had 13 in her class last year. My sil works in the school so she keeps me up to date on all the goings on. I love love love the highschool principal but this is his last year he is retiring.
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July 29th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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Our school has issues. They treat the teachers, kids and parents poorly and heaven forbid your kid have special needs.
I can't figure out if I don't homeschool because I'm overwhelmed but the thought or if it's because I enjoy watching the superintendent puff up like gigantic blow fish everytime I tick her off. Both are likely.
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July 30th, 2012, 08:58 AM
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Our tuition is per family (it lowers with less than 3 kids).

I don't think I could or want to homeschool. That said, our Christian school is like the perfect compromise. The main reason my kids are there is so they're taught from a Christian perspective throughout those years, but there's small class sizes and a lot of access. I'm the chair of the education committee, so I sit in on most of the teacher and EA interviews. I visit with the principal once of twice a month, just informally just to catch up.
If I had to choose between the public school and homeschooling I'd probably still pick the public school. I don't think I have the heart or committment or desire to homeschool, but hats off to those of you that do. We all do our best for our kids, whatever that entails.
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