Yesterday, I submitted the paperwork with the county superintendent and the school my kid attends letting them know I’m going to homeschool my youngest this year. It wasn’t an easy decision to come to. I’d been bouncing back and forth on the issue since November when it became clear he might not be a good fit for a formal school setting. I think he’ll thrive better in a one-to-one learning environment. My other three will still be going to school. This was their choice, and they benefit from being there, especially my deaf kid who is at a school that helps with transitioning deaf and blind people to the work place.
I don’t know if anyone’s heard of Abecka, but that’s the one I picked because it has an accredited homeschool program. I picked the accredited program option for two reasons. One, if he ends up going to school next year, the transition will be smoother since the core subjects he took was from an accredited program. Two, if we’ll continue homeschooling through high school, the program comes with a diploma that will be recognized by the military. My kid is considering going into the the military after he graduates.
The program has video streaming where the teachers give the lessons, and it comes with all the course work already created for me. This will cut down on the amount of time I have to spend on planning out the homeschool activities. That’s how I’m going to be able to keep writing. I did take some education courses in college after getting my bachelor’s degree in Psychology, so I’m familiar with creating lesson plans and such, but I’d rather use that time writing. The way I see it, this program is designed to take half the burden off the shoulder of the homeschooling parent, and I see no reason not to take the help.
I told the other kids they’re stuck taking the bus to school and taking the bus home to free up more of my time during the day. I want to do everything I can to max out the writing time I’ll have available. I don’t know yet what the schedule will look like, but my plan is to write from 7:30-11am with 15 minute breaks along the way. (When you live out of town, the kids are gone longer than the kids who can walk home. In my case, the kids get picked up by the bus at 7:10 and don’t get back until 4.) I don’t know if I’ll be able to cram four books into this like I was planning, but I know I can do three comfortably because that’s what I’m used to doing in that time frame during the school year.
Thankfully, my kid is going into the 8th grade, so he doesn’t need me to watch him all the time like he did when he was a little guy. He can do more independent work in the mornings if he wants, but it sounds like we can get the lessons he needs done from 11:30-4. If not, I’ll adjust accordingly, and though he might not like the idea, we do have weekends and holidays.
I’m actually looking forward to this. When I first looked into homeschooling back in November, I was in a panic because it seemed so overwhelming. But the more I got adjusted the idea and started telling myself that I could do it, I found myself pressing through the fear. Now I’m excited about it. I’ve already planned out the Art and Music main lesson that will last for an entire semester to complete. I just need to break these down into weekly plans.
One of the things Montana requires for homeschool education is Career Education, and since he wants to write a story, I figured we’d go through the process of publishing a book. We’ll go through doing a first draft, second draft, and (since he’s new to writing) a third draft. He’ll learn the basics of editing. Then we’ll go over the proofing process. After that, we’ll look at making a cover, picking out stock images, fonts for the name and title, coming up with the description, formatting the book in Word, converting to pdf, and then creating the paperback. Don’t worry. This won’t be put up for sale. It’s only for personal use.
There’s a site called The Book Patch that lets people publish books for commercial and personal use. I know Lulu does, too, but I find The Book Patch more user friendly. I’ve used The Book Patch a couple of times, and the quality of their books is excellent. I like them better than what Amazon produces, to be honest. Though, because I have someone out there who is copycatting my paperbacks, I have to have my books published directly through them. Amazon listens better if they can see the book in your dashboard. I use The Book Patch copies for my bookshelf and keep it unlisted to the public.
Best of luck with the homeschooling! I discovered your books through wattpad and wanted to say that I love them! I hope you will publish a few more on Wattpad but I know it isn’t realistic.
I’m glad you stopped over here to say hi! I’ve been meaning to get back to Wattpad. I do intend to put up more books. I just can’t get over there often. Do you have anything in particular you’d like me to put over there?
That’s the curriculum my best friend used when she home schooled her son. It’s a really good curriculum because my husband and I both helped him at times. My friend worked a full time job (from home) and still home schooled. She only had to stop because she got a promotion and had to travel during the day. Then she put him in a Christian school.
I know you can do this, and it won’t be that hard. Some kids do better at school, and others do better home schooled.
That’s very encouraging. I was hoping that program would free up a good chunk of my time. It sounded like the best choice for what I needed. Around here, Christian school ranges from $6,000-$9,000 a year, depending on the school, and that’s only for tuition. It doesn’t cover uniforms or books or the extras they throw in. I grew up in a private school, so I remember the fees they lump in. Anyway, private schooling was out of the question for me. I was glad to find Abeka. The program I purchased was $1,145 for the year for everything, including the one-on-one help from their teachers. I’m really glad programs like this exist.
My other kids do just fine in the schools, but yes, this youngest will benefit from being at home. I’m looking forward to it. 😀
You know, I was just talking abut homeschooling the other day with my mom. It’s becoming more popular. Heck, I’d even consider it if I have kids some day. I hope your youngest does well in the program.
I think homeschooling is going to be fun. I didn’t realize how many resources were out there to help take the stress out of homeschooling until I did my research this year. Thankfully, we live at a time where we can access just about any topic through the internet. 😀
What an age, am I right?
Honestly I want to say every book but I know you have a the so called Nebraska series and it would be nice to finish it. I don’t want to get my hopes up so I haven’t checked out the rest of your books in case you wouldn’t publish anymore but I love the mail order bride plot line and noticed you have a series about it. Perhaps publish them? I would be happy with anything you publish! 🙂
Okay. I’ll put the Nebraska Series back up. Someone had mentioned Forced Into Marriage, so I’ll do that one, too. Thanks! 🙂