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I am a home schooling parent. The recent events concerning the terrorism drill in Denver have reinforced my feeling on continuing the home school, (actually online school situation).

Thread: Terror Drill Terrorizes Children - Denver Video

The truth is, that for most parents, if the government wants to control you, all that they need do is to “detain” your child.

Other problems such as avoidance of bullies, and public schools overreacting and misinterpreting common childhood events have been highlighted on previous GLP threads. Also the schools have become “petri dishes” of infection, and excuses for sometimes unwanted and unwarranted vaccination programs.

I had never considered this as an option, until our now 11-year-old son (6th grade currently) ran into a problem with a teacher two years ago. To make a long story short, the school was never able to resolve the issue to our satisfaction, and my husband and I agreed that this would be our resolution.

We are all am now very happy with our on line school. Our son is enrolled in WYVA (Wyoming Virtual Academy) (Each state has their own “public school” virtual academy which can usually be located on google)


[link to zsem.k12.com]

[link to www.k12.com]


[link to www.k12.com]

Our virtual academy uses a K-12 program; they send all of the books, materials without charge, as it is a State funded school and as such, is still considered a “public school”. Our son takes regular public school achievement tests; he just does them online.

The only real requirement is a reliable Internet connection, but even if the connection fails, he has books and workbooks that we can use, and catch up later if necessary. He has an online teacher, and some virtual classes, as well as optional field trips, but for the most part my son does all of his class work online and he loves it.


We love this program, our son is learning at an advanced rate, and not bored by the busy work, or bothered by the “problem kids” in class.

I am a working mom, but we have arranged my hours so that I can still be his learning coach. Scheduling is more flexible than you might think. If the parents are able to arrange shift work as long as the school work is completed in a 24-hour period it is acceptable. (This seems to work well for many nurses and I am surprised at how many nurses home school their children.)

If one parent is able to stay at home, that is ideal, however if both parents work there are still other options, especially for children who are a bit older. I have taken my son to work, and have an area set up for him to work online when the need arises, after making sure that this will not disturb others in my office. I have been surprised at how receptive and supportive the people I work with have been to this concept. I also have a person to stay at the house with him when I am not able to do this. This can be a trusted friend, relative, or someone that you hire to supervise your child and also do a bit of housework. (Yes, it does cost a bit of money, but it is more than worth it.) When one of us arrives home (my husband or myself), we spend quality time reviewing the lessons, and answering any questions that our son has about the day’s work. (We also have done "school" at Barnes & Noble to have a "fun day" for a good job)

The school provides instruction books for us as well, plus I can always call his teacher if I am not sure of how to present something.


As far as socialization and manners, I believe it is the parent’s job to teach these skills rather than the school system, so my husband and I take the responsibility for this. The school does organize regular field trips for students, and some of the online classes are interactive, so the students can communicate with each other as well as the teacher. He also has friends that he plays with outside of school, but these are children with parents who also supervise them and teach them appropriate social skills.


I wish that we would have done this years ago, and he will probably stay in this program rather than go to a bricks and mortar school for Junior High. We haven’t decided about High School yet, but we have some time. Most importantly, he loves it.

On a final note these quotes:

“The tax-supported "public school" system is in trouble. There are chronic problems with discipline, mounting violence, declining test scores, and administrative costs spiraling out of control. Government schools continue to graduate functional illiterates, and US public school students' math skills are now among the worst in the industrialized world.”
“ How bad is it? The US has 27 million illiterates as well as 40 to 50 million people who can barely read at the fourth-grade level. The US is also among the worst industrialized countries in the areas of math and science. More than half of all 18-year-olds cannot find Britain or France on a map.”
“ The defenders of the government schools claim the problem is a lack of money. However, in real terms, spending on education has actually risen over the last 40 years. The US ranks near the top in the world in per student spending – more than either the Germans or the Japanese. The cost per student in government schools is nearly twice that of a typical private school, yet the results are distinctly inferior. “
[link to www.isil.org]

“Free men and women do not entrust to the state the molding of their children's minds and character. As we wouldn't trust the state to feed our kids, or to clothe them, or to get them to bed on time, neither should we trust the state to teach them.
What 19th-century Democrats understood, 21st-century Americans need to relearn: Education is too important to be left to the government.”

[link to www.boston.com]




I would be happy in this thread to answer questions for other parents who are considering this as an option.

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God bless you for homeschooling your child!!!
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We homeschool our kids also, have for the last 5 years. It is a rewarding experience. I wish more parents were able to or wanted to.

Good job Mom!hf
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Thanks for the positive comments.hf

I thought I would start this thread in case others had considered this as a possibility but were unsure as to how to proceed, or had other questions that I could answer.

One of the beautiful things about GLP is that we can exchange ideas and information to help others.coffee4
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God bless you for homeschooling your child!!!
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Congratulations on home schooling your child. This is our 3rd year of homeschooling. My daughter is a junior this year. I'm also working part time & going to school part time. (yeah, not much free time)


Keep up the good work, it will pay off in the end.
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God bless you for homeschooling your child!!!
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Yeah, and thanks for being hot!
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Yeah...I'm an intuitive
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rofl Yes, you are an intuitive, and correct.
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I actually think that many here are uncomfortable with the public school system, or have had a problem with it, and are not aware of the alternative of an online public school.
It sounds really scary to be responsible for teaching your child, but the curriculum that we are using (K-12) is very complete and self-explanatory.

[link to www.k12.com]

[link to www.k12.com]


You can also tailor the educational experience of your child to include things that are not on the regular curriculum. As an example, this afternoon, my son is coming to my workplace for a lesson in microbiology, using our microscopes. (I am in health care, so this works for me, but other parents may have other equally good resources.) It has been my experience that employers might be very supportive, if you sat down and had a talk with them, as long as whatever your plan is did not disrupt your workplace, or your ability to do your work.


I would be happy to answer any questions from GLPers base upon my experience with this thus far. I will be honest and fair with my answers, and I realize that what is working for me (and my family) may not work for everyone else. hf
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Congratulations on home schooling your child. This is our 3rd year of homeschooling. My daughter is a junior this year. I'm also working part time & going to school part time. (yeah, not much free time)


Keep up the good work, it will pay off in the end.
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Thanks,hf

I know that there are many of us out there, but somehow we don't seem to get much attention, or the attention that we do get seems to paint us as somewhat crazy or weird.crazy

I think that this is a purposeful situation designed to frighten many away from the idea of home schooling. Thanks so much for your experience and information on this thread. hearts
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My Goodness, how awful to only see your mother the whole day in different self imposed roles! Not even thinking about the lack of "social contacts" to other pupils...glad i went to public school for better or worse !!!!
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because you have a bachelors in each of math, physics, chemistry, biology, english, and computer science?


Oh you dont?


You dont want little squirt exposed to the real world?


You know how many friends, girls, memories I have from HS?


You are sick.
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eye...we(my wife 99% me 1%) home schooled both of our boys best thing we ever did
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My Goodness, how awful to only see your mother the whole day in different self imposed roles! Not even thinking about the lack of "social contacts" to other pupils...glad i went to public school for better or worse !!!!
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My son has many different and varied experiences. He spends some time at my workplace, so he experiences an adult world as well as other adults. He spends time with an elementary education college student who works for me part-time, and also with his grandparents and father. He attends fieldtrips with his online class and other students, as well as having playtime with other children. This works for us, and he is very happy with his current situation. If he expresses any unhappiness with it, we can always revisit the public school situation as an option.

It is also possible to arrange some classes like band or speech and debate in the bricks and mortar public school, while keeping the majority of the classes online, if the student feels that would better suit him or her.hf

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dont be surprised shut-in GLPers agree with you. If your kid has problems at school you are a bad parent (nature (genes) or nurture (poor little billy)). Think of the millions of kids that attend school who excel, graduate college, etc. The only reason your little billy is different is you.
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clappa

way to go !
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lets cut to the chase


Buy 1 course $22.00 $22.00 $18.04 $18.04
Buy 2 courses $19.00 $38.00 $15.58 $31.16
Buy 3 courses $18.67 $56.01 $15.31 $45.93
Buy 4 courses $18.00 $72.00 $14.76 $59.04
Buy 5 courses $16.40 $82.00 $13.45 $67.25
Buy 6 courses $15.67 $94.02 $12.85 $77.10



what's your cut?
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My Goodness, how awful to only see your mother the whole day in different self imposed roles! Not even thinking about the lack of "social contacts" to other pupils...glad i went to public school for better or worse !!!!
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My son has many different and varied experiences. He spends some time at my workplace, so he experiences an adult world as well as other adults. He spends time with an elementary education college student who works for me part-time, and also with his grandparents and father. He attends fieldtrips with his online class and other students, as well as having playtime with other children. This works for us, and he is very happy with his current situation. If he expresses any unhappiness with it, we can always revisit the public school situation as an option.

It is also possible to arrange some classes like band or speech and debate in the bricks and mortar public school, while keeping the majority of the classes online, if the student feels that would better suit him or her.hf
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Great, if it works out for you like that, i'm not judging your situation...i am glad however to have realized that “grades” and “intellectual knowledge” only make out a tiny fraction of life experience....there is nothing in the world to replace Mrs. Bierbaum (god save her soul) leaning over the table with her fat boobs explaining the calculus.. or Herman two tables to the right with such a bad breath, you wouldn’t dare get near to him.
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We're on year 2 of homeschooling. I don't use the virtual public school, as we like the freedom of choosing our own curriculum (not for religious reasons or anything).
My kid is more social now than he was in public school. We have activities going on almost every day of the week. Today was a field trip, and tonight he's going to a party with a bunch of his homeschool friends.

He loves being homeschooled, and doesn't ever want to go back to public school.
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k12 virtual school is not what I would call "home school". The option is there to stay at home all day but most attend part time school or activities. There is also instructor led classes online, so the curriculum is still delivered by the k12 institution. It's a good medium to school and "home school", as long as the child is still involved in some activities.

Oh and OP dang your hot.
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dont be surprised shut-in GLPers agree with you. If your kid has problems at school you are a bad parent (nature (genes) or nurture (poor little billy)). Think of the millions of kids that attend school who excel, graduate college, etc. The only reason your little billy is different is you.
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If the public schools in the US were doing such a great job, I probably would not have even considered this option. For you to suggest that the US public school system isn’t a for the most part a wreck, shows that you have not been paying attention.

“The tax-supported "public school" system is in trouble. There are chronic problems with discipline, mounting violence, declining test scores, and administrative costs spiraling out of control. Government schools continue to graduate functional illiterates, and US public school students' math skills are now among the worst in the industrialized world.”

[link to www.isil.org]

[link to www.thebaughers.com]

[link to www.schoolandstate.org]

If you live in another country, my sentiments do not apply, I am only speaking in terms of US schools.
Because I care about my son’s education, and am willing to take a major role doesn’t make me a bad parent but rather a committed and concerned good parent.
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We believe...

...in individualized learning through mass customization instead of mass production of education.


...in rich, engaging content that gets kids into learning so learning gets into them.

...that profitability yields invention, responsiveness, and responsibility.

...in using 21st-century tools to prepare 21st-century students.

...in books, digital media, and dirt—because a mix of teaching tools maximizes learning.

...that children should be introduced to humankind's legacies which create our common culture as humans.

... that raw, unyielding passion is our most important quality.


[link to www.k12.com]
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Think of the millions of kids that attend school who excel, graduate college, etc.
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k12 virtual school is not what I would call "home school". The option is there to stay at home all day but most attend part time school or activities. There is also instructor led classes online, so the curriculum is still delivered by the k12 institution. It's a good medium to school and "home school", as long as the child is still involved in some activities.

Oh and OP dang your hot.
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Thanks,hf
and you are correct, some parents use the K-12 or other curriculums to more completely home school, without any involvement of the public school system. I have taken a more middle of the road approach.
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k12 virtual school is not what I would call "home school". The option is there to stay at home all day but most attend part time school or activities. There is also instructor led classes online, so the curriculum is still delivered by the k12 institution. It's a good medium to school and "home school", as long as the child is still involved in some activities.

Oh and OP dang your hot.
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so i could give k12 money even if i dont home school?



i dont even have children, but im going to send k12 money anyway, everybody should.


and that grainy tiny head shot has me drooling, even if you are a quad amputee you have my complete trust, smiling generic lady.
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Thanks for the positive comments.hf

I thought I would start this thread in case others had considered this as a possibility but were unsure as to how to proceed, or had other questions that I could answer.

One of the beautiful things about GLP is that we can exchange ideas and information to help others.coffee4
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Thank you! I, too, have considered the possibilities and just haven't had a clue where to start. As a single mom working full time (and commuting 8 hours/week), I have concerns as to how it would work out. Not to mention that my daughter and I have polar-opposite personalities. So, I settled for a small parochial school in the area - not 100% happy with it, but it is better than the public school alternative.

The online school would be ideal for us as my daughter can come to work with me and already has her own area (she's here when school is not in session.) I would be around to answer quick questions, but wouldn't be standing at the board for hours trying to teach.

Thanks for the links - something to look into for sure.
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k12 virtual school is not what I would call "home school". The option is there to stay at home all day but most attend part time school or activities. There is also instructor led classes online, so the curriculum is still delivered by the k12 institution. It's a good medium to school and "home school", as long as the child is still involved in some activities.

Oh and OP dang your hot.
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Thanks,hf
and you are correct, some parents use the K-12 or other curriculums to more completely home school, without any involvement of the public school system. I have taken a more middle of the road approach.
 Quoting: emerald eye


wow, sounds like quite a system, this k12.


so i can give k12 money no matter what, k12 are perfect for everybody?

i love k12 and will happily give k12 money.


k12.
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