I know there are a lot of homeschoolers out there in the Great Blogosphere, so I'm hoping to get plenty of answers. I'm actually begging for your answers. Because the middle school years? They are quickly approaching around here. Having been through them twice already, I am well aware that those years can either be happiness or hell. If you blend in with the crowd, you may do alright. If you are the tiniest bit different...or even perceived to be the tiniest bit different...hold on tight because it's going to be a bumpy ride. Add to that the fact that the environment and the attitude of the children and teachers at our local public middle school has changed significantly since The Oldest began the sixth grade 6 or 7 years ago (Oh my, has it really been that long??) and my twins who could be called quirky, a little immature, and definitely different, and well...I'm not at all sure I want to send them to middle school. So please tell me:
1. What's your favorite curriculum, books, publishers, etc.
2. Where do you buy your materials? Online? Used book sales? Homeschool forums?
3. Do you use online programs? Or only books?
4. Have you managed to stay on or above grade level? Because I know a few local families who have fallen way below state standards, and I don't know how they can keep doing what they're doing.
5. How long is it going to take me to set this up? I have about a year.
6. Can you work on different levels in different subjects?
7. Did your husband protest? If so, how did you convince him?
8. If you have older kids, did they have any trouble getting into colleges? Were they competitive enough in their applications?
9. Would you do it again if you could go back to the beginning, or was it a mistake?
That's it. If you'd care to answer any of these it would be a huge help! I'm trying to gather all my info and put my thoughts together and determine what is the best route to take with these two boys next year. One of them desperately wants to be homeschooled. The other is indifferent.