My kids are suddenly wanting to homeschool. Homeschool. Really???? There are pro's and con's to this issue

Pro - No bullying
Pro - Work at their own pace
Con - Mommy works FT from 8am-3pm in the office below our apt, and would have to run up and down the stairs to keep an eye on them and make sure they're on track
Pro - No more kids waking up at 6am anymore
Con - I would have to deal with hyper Xav driving me bat-shit crazy so I'm completely unproductive during work hours
Pro - The kids could ideally graduate earlier

We were looking at www.connectionsacademy.com. It's because that's what Little Jen uses, and that's where we got interested in it in the first place.

This is a thought bubble that I'm going to bring up again I'm sure...

My schedule is ridiculous right now. I get up at 5am and shower and get ready for my day. I get my kids up at 6 and throw a blanket and pillow and cold cereal at them. At 7 I'm pushing them into their clothes, getting one on the bus and one to his school. At 7:45am I'm in my office, checking my emails, doing paperwork, answering phones, dealing with THREE maintenance guys (one is my hubby) and my 67 year old oxygen-wearing-secretary & my cranky low-income tenants from 4 apartment complexes (that's 108 apartments). And that's where I sit until 3 pm when my kids come pouring home. I spend 3 to 7ish to do laundry and help with homework and pick up my house. I send them to bed at 8, and they usually spend an hour giggling and reading things like Diary Of A WimpyKid and Calvid&Hobbes.  I try to stay up til 10 watching sitcoms I like, but usually pass out from exhaustion at 9:15. Sometimes I try to squeeze in a 1/2 finished crochet project or two when I have some free time. And the weekends are where I spend either carting kids to/fro their daddy - who lives 2 hrs away, or catching up on laundry (thanks to them still having "night accidents" I have to do at least one load of bedding DAILY). If the weather's great they usually talk me into a bike ride to the park or a trip to the local swimming hole. Sometimes we play board games. Some Saturdays I sit in an exhaustion-induced coma rotating loads of clothes and zoning out in front of the boob tube. The kids like to spend any of their free time they can squeeze in playing their PS2, Wii, PSP or Xbox (yes, I realize some of these systems are now outdated). We like to hang out with Jen/Ben & kids now.. that's fun!

AND I SPEND AS MUCH TIME CHATTING W/ TWIN & ROO ON THE PHONE AS THEY CAN HANDLE W/OUT WANTING TO DISCONNECT THEIR PHONE WIRES (NOW THAT BOTH OF THEM LIVE SO FAR AWAY)

In the chaos of my life, my mind boggles at the idea of HOW would I POSSIBLY home school around that schedule???

I've talked about it as an option for when they're older. I HATED Junior High & High School. Don't get me wrong, I was at least a 3.75 GPA student (so the occasional B). And we didn't have many enemies. But I thought it was just a popularity contest. I HATED it. And we got lucky and went to a super small school. 30 kids to a grade. Which was my only Savior. Big schools SUCK ASS. And I don't want my kids there if they're miserable. Don't get me wrong. If they thrive in it than YAY. But if they don't, than I won't force them. Home school will be an option. Our town has one school for K-2, one for 3-5, one for 6th grade, one for 7 & 8 and one for 9-12. Austin's hitting 6th grade next year & Xav into 3rd. We're putting him into football this fall (which he's been begging for YEARS) and I want to play it by ear to see how that goes. We're getting the results of Xav's IEP testing the end of this month and we'll see how this goes.

I'm thinking that IF we were to homeschool that it'd be in stages. Austin would get to do it first. Possibly 6th grade or he could start in Jr High. (This is all hypothetical and hopefuly and "who knows!" so far...) Xav would definitely have to wait until he's older. His attention span would require soo much of my attention, and I couldn't give it to him with my job. And we can't afford to work any other job.

My head is just Ping! Ping! Whirrrrr!! Ting! Whiirrrr! on thoughts and ideas and OHMYGAWD when I try to process it. It starts overloading it with thoughts on MY JOB and SUMMER IS CRAZY WHEN THEY'RE HOME AND YOU'RE TRYING TO WORK SO WHY WOULD IT BE BETTER IF THEY NEVER WENT TO SCHOOL!! and BUT I DON'T WANT THEM TO HATE SCHOOL but Xav could really go to school Austin could just homeschool!! and That wouldn't be fair to Xav and....and...... FUCKITALL WHY IS HE CHOMPING CHIPS TWO FEET FROM MY FACE WHILE I'M TRYING TO PROCESS THOUGHTS ON THIS!!!!

AGH((&%%&(*yuoiuoj!!
buckwheat
4/15/2011 00:24:18

hey crackpot - i fail to see how homeschooling is even an option with you working full time. i see the reasoning, but if it's like pulling teeth to get homework done now, imagine what it will be like to keep them on track with all their regular class work when you can't be there to ride them about it.
the thought is in the right place, but i don't think it has *ping*ping*whirrr*ting*'d enough yet

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bex
4/16/2011 22:18:38

True true. Although Jen offered to homeschool Austin w/ hers. No freakin way is Xav staying home though

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buckwheat
4/17/2011 19:58:12

wow! that's super nice of her!

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4/26/2011 17:43:38

I think, had I been able to or capable of home schooling Damien he would have done a lot better all round. But since we lived on my income alone I had to work.

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