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I wasn’t going to write this post. I’ve known that our homeschool would be taking a new direction next year for the past several months, but I haven’t said anything to anyone outside of my family. I guess I was feeling somewhat ashamed. Because, believe it or not, those homeschoolers can be a judgmental bunch sometimes! But, over the past few weeks, as I’ve been traveling to homeschool conventions around the country, I’ve had opportunity to talk to other homeschool moms of boys, and I’m beginning to realize that my boy isn’t as different as I may have thought!
So, here’s the thing. I’m just going to say it . . .
Ian doesn’t like to do school!
He doesn’t have time for it! He’s got better things to do. Schoolwork is stupid. Schoolwork is hard. Schoolwork is boring.
And because he’s my baby, I know I tend to be too lax with him. I know he’s smart. I know he’s learning. I know it’s not too hard. But, I feel like we’re not doing enough.
Public school isn’t an option. We can’t afford Christian school (and I’m not even sure I’d go that route if we could).
But, it was time to make a change. I considered checking into charter school. But, let’s face it – one of the things that I love about homeschooling is the ability to select curriculum that I know is top-notch and agrees with my beliefs. And, charter schools, being government-funded, are common core, etc. So, in the end, I ruled that out.
Our new direction brings me full circle – in my life and our homeschooling journey.
We’ve decided to enroll Ian in Abeka Academy. I know the curriculum is good – I used it many, many years ago when I was in school and we started our homeschool journey doing exclusively Abeka with Ashley. Over the years, we’ve strayed away from it because there is so much out there for homeschoolers these days, and I had lots of opportunities to see and use new things.
But, I’m excited about this decision. I feel confident that it’s the right one for us, at this time. I feel like Ian needs more structure, and this program will definitely provide that. I know that it will cover all the bases that I often let slide. (Does that sound like a baseball reference? I’m not even a sports fan!)
So why did I decide to share this with the world?
Well, in light of all the current events and the things that are taking center stage on my Facebook newsfeed, I have a feeling there are some other people out there who may be considering homeschooling (or at least some alternative to public school).
Maybe it’s an education issue – you don’t agree with common core. Or maybe it’s more personal – you don’t want boys undressing in the locker room with your daughter. (Who does?!) But, homeschooling is a fleeting thought – it passes quickly into your mind and right back out – because you think you can’t do it.
But, I’m here to tell you that YOU CAN!
I’ve been doing it for 17 years now. And if I can do it, so can you.
I don’t care if someone thinks I’m not “doing it right” because I’m choosing to go with a “box curriculum” this year. Honestly, it’s none of anybody’s business; and I need to do what’s right for my family and my child (advice I’ve given out hundreds of times over the years!)
If you are looking for an education alternative for your child(ren) this year, you may want to consider Abeka Academy. It’s a full, well-rounded Christian curriculum (designed for Christian schools). It’s very affordable (for my 5th grader, I paid about $650 – that’s with a $50 early bird discount and a $50 discount for new enrollment). They supply ALL the books that you need for your child and for you, as the parent, to facilitate the program. You can select DVD’s or internet streaming. You have a full year to complete the course (starting on the date of YOUR choosing). The teachers seem fun and engaging and often stop to allow the child at home to “answer” questions, etc.
I haven’t used it yet, so I have no personal experience. Nor am I affiliated with Abeka in any way. I’m not trying to push something on you by means of a review. I’m just sharing what I think it going to work for us this year, and throwing it out there as an option for those of you who think homeschooling is out of reach. It’s not.
What about Gracie?
She will continue doing her own thing for her senior year. She really doesn’t need many credits to graduate, so we’ll just do a few classes. She also hopes to enroll in some dual-enrollment courses at the local community college.