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post #1 of 338
Thread Starter 
Since there seem to be quite a few of us this year.... Sorry the thread title is so long, I couldn't think of any shorter summary that would make sense. "Ex-hs now ps support" seems a bit cryptic!

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My older three kids are all heading to public school after two years at home. My older two went to ps before, but my 6yo hasn't. I'm more worried about her and how she'll fit in. My 3yo will also be at loose ends without his siblings to play with all day.

But the kids and I are both very excited about the change. I liked our homeschool and the academics were good, but we are bored and the kids miss their friends. I'm a homebody and dislike driving around for activies or playdates. I need a break and while giving up on homeschool is painful--especially since we are religious homeschoolers (Catholic), it's almost an identity crisis--I am growing more certain that it is the right decision.

Our district doesn't begin school til Sept 8. We register in 11 days. We've bought supplies off the school lists. Everyone who needed a backpack or lunch kit has one. I finally got all the kids' immunization records straightened out, so we are ready to go, paperwork wise.

If you already started school, how has the transition from hs to ps been so far? If you are still waiting for school to start or in the middle of making the decision to school or homeschool, what issues are foremost in your mind? Are your kids excited, indifferent, worried?
post #2 of 338
My younger DD started school for the first time last year, at age 10. My older DD, who is 12, will be joining her this fall.

School doesn't start here until the 26th, and we seriously still in summer mode. Last week was canoe day camp and next week we are going out of town to visit grandma!

We have a couple of school things left to take care of (one kid needs a health form signed the other still needs gym shorts) but we are mostly ready.

My kids are excited about school, but nervous. They'll both be starting middle school, so even the one who left last year has a transition.

I'm really looking forward to it. I've been a mom for almost 13 years, and this is the first time I'll have this much time to myself!
post #3 of 338
Hello! as you know from my other post my children are going back to school too! i feel great about it now! a little nervous about my 11 yr old headed to middle school!( i always said i wouldn't let them go to middle! i put my foot in my mouth!) i have actually decided to keep my 6 year old home till he is reading better, and he is rough and tough and i think he would be "in trouble" at school all the time... so i will have half my crew gone.. though i am tempted to just put him in school too and just be me and my 2 year old all day... so i might change my mind!

we are kinda out of the summer loop right now we had to stop going to the beach and swimming because my 2 yr old broke her leg 2 weeks ago. i do want to go do some fun things with them before school starts, they start the 19th!!! i am going on monday to register them, i found out my 8 yr old won't need any supply's but a back pack this year ( title one school and they are supplying everything this year!) i just need to get the list for 6th grade and we will be set!

i will miss our spur of the moment trips to the zoo and being able to go to the movies on a tuesday morning when its empty! but i will enjoy not being frustrated at kids all day, or having to hush them while little one naps!

thanks for starting this thread i know i will need you in the weeks to come!
post #4 of 338
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a little nervous about my 11 yr old headed to middle school!( i always said i wouldn't let them go to middle!
I can relate! It's a lot different being home all day with children than being home all day with adolescents. I think this is a natural age for kids to separate from their parents. I don't regret having them home when they were little. They got to learn to read when they were ready and spend lots of time just running around, but they are sooo ready for something very different now.
post #5 of 338
My older two are both headed to public school, in spite of my prior plans to either have my kids in Jewish schools or homeschooled.

DD2 surprised me and wanted to go to public school this year. She's all signed up. DD1 wanted to go to a specific Jewish school, but we couldn't get a scholarship (though there's still hope for next year) so I'll be signing her up next week. I didn't sign her up when I signed up DD2 because we hadn't heard back from the private school yet.
post #6 of 338
We just attended mandatory new student indoctrination, I mean orientation, today.
My daughter starts school this Wednesday! She is getting nervous now. We have homeschooled since kindergarten. We will still be part-time homeschooling which seemed like a good idea, but now seems like a bit of a logistical nightmare. She is also grade accelerated which adds another level of anxiety for me.

She has her uniform, her tote bag, her school supplies, and her lunch bag ready to go. We need to plan some lunches for her to make, and take her to get a hair cut tomorrow. She has a friend (also his first day of school ever) in her first class, so they will both have a familiar face to start the day. She has 2 other friends at the school as well, but won't see them except for maybe at lunch.

I'm not sure why, but I'm feeling rather anxious today. She handles herself well, but it will still be a big step for all of us. I'm not sure what I'll do with myself her first day. I'm supposed to go in to work, but I'll be totally distracted these first few days until I hear things are going well.
post #7 of 338
I have 3 kids heading to school after 3 years of HSing:. It sounds like I'm in the same boat as many of you--I'm a little nervous about my 12 yo who will be in jr. high and my 6 yo who's never been to school before and wondering what the heck my 2 yo will do all day without her siblings!

School starts Aug. 19 for my oldest and Aug 20 for the others. They will be in 3 different schools. My 10 yo got into the local charter school but there wasn't an opening for 1st grade--my son is first on the waiting list but they are over-enrolled by 5 students. They say there is a very good chance he will still get in for this year, but it won't be until after school starts. Not sure what I should do there. He's very excited about going with his friends to the neighborhood school, but I like the curriculum at the charter school so much better. He should do well academically (knows phonics and sight words, LOVES math), but I don't know how he's going to handle doing the school thing EVERY day.

The charter school has already done the placement testing for 10 yo (5th grade). We've mostly done unschooling so I was a little nervous about the math but she tested at grade level--so yay! For reading she aced the 5th grade level so they tested her at 7th grade level and she aced that too. They said they don't test higher than that and put her in a 6th grade novel-reading group. Doesn't that sound like fun?

My oldest will be in 7th grade at the jr. high--yikes! She's my child who has always struggled a little academically. Reading did not come easily for her and it's pretty hard to motivate her to do things she doesn't want to do:/. I don't know how she's going to manage homework from 8 classes--she's so disorganized. I've liked homeschooling for her because I think it's great that she's been able to go at her own pace. I never pushed reading with her. She picked up Twilight about 6 months ago and read it in 2 days--and it was the first time she'd ever finished a book! She's read the whole series now and has moved onto the House of Night and Sookie Stackhouse books. I guess the vampire genre really speaks to her . I suppose my point is, I feel like she's finally reading well enough to do well in school (hopefully). I was perfectly happy to keep homeschooling her but she wants to go to school--and she makes no secret that it's all about the socializing:/. Tomorrow is new student enrollment for her so we'll get to pick classes.

Wow, this got long. I'm glad to see this thread. It's nice to have other moms to hold hands with while we make this change.
post #8 of 338
Yeh Springbabe, other moms to hold hands with, that is a good way to put it!! A great way to put it!!

I'm REALLY, really, really on the fence still. I think I would love to back out and not do the PS thing. But I stupidly told the kids they would probably be starting this week. They are over the moon about it. But I just want to put them back in their 2-day-a-week charter. It's nice there, except my 9 YO was pretty bored sometimes. He was not being challenged. He's not too challenged at home either, because I'm such an unschooler. My oldest (11 YO) DD is just desperate to start school. That's clear. But DS just wants to go to skateboard camp this week.

I'm feeling very torn right now. It's even hard to sleep. WHY oh why is this so freakin hard??

Ruthla, do you really have like 45,000 posts? Holy Batman, Robin!

Having five kids is hard when I'm feeling conflicted about their mode of education. I'm gonna need a vacation.
post #9 of 338
Thread Starter 
How did you break the news to your hs friends that your kids would be going to public school? I have some for which it will be no big deal but other who'll think I've lost my mind.

I'm a socially conservative Catholic, so my homeschool support group was one of the main places I met other moms like me and it will be sad not to be a part of it this year.

One week to go until elementary registration. We have my husband home this week on vacation, next week is VBS at our church and then two more weeks free until school starts. My 6yo has her "first day of school" outfit picked out already.
post #10 of 338
Well, the kids had their first day of school today! For me, it was relaxing just having the two little ones at home. We went to our athletic club and sat around on floaties in the pool, southern California breeze swaying the palm trees around us. Not bad. My 6 month old DS sat in his stroller and checked out the scene. (Can't swim right now because he's got a little cough.)

The kids came home super excited! Our oldest DD is just ecstatic and told me she was surrounded by friends, new and old, all day long. All. Day. Long. She is Miss Social Butterfly. She lives to socialize. (She's 11 and starting 6th grade.) Our 9 YO DS came home pretty happy too, and he also saw his friends all day and loved it. Mostly though, he thinks about food and swim team. Still, he really likes his new teacher (a guy!) and thinks school is a good place. Our little 6 YO came home tired and a bit cranky. I think she enjoyed herself OK, just that it was all too much for her. I'm curious to see how she will adjust to life in first grade. She's very independent and strong, mentally and physically.

I thought I'd try to find a little preschool a couple of mornings a week for our 3 YO, but it is too $$$$$. Two mornings a week is $300 and up around here, yikes. I guess that's not happening. Shheeesh.

So......here we are, in public school. I wonder what it will be like. I'm very curious.
post #11 of 338
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Originally Posted by The Hidden Life View Post
How did you break the news to your hs friends that your kids would be going to public school? I have some for which it will be no big deal but other who'll think I've lost my mind.
I didn't have any homeschool friends where we lived now, but I have some in other cities that I stayed in touch with. It did feel a little odd to tell them, like I've turned my back on a huge value. They were super and encouraged me to do what was best for my children and myself and not worry about it.

It might help to be very open and honest about *why.* That way, they won't think you've lost your mind.

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Well, the kids had their first day of school today!
Yeah!!! I'm glad to hear it went well!
post #12 of 338


freestyler ~ About preschool try a preschool program through the city. That is what we are doing for my 3yr old it is reasonably priced.

I really want to homeschool my daughter who struggled in public school K last year so much it was suggested she go to summer school then that was canceled because budget cuts. My dh's compromise to me wanting to homeschool is we send her to 1st grade in public school and then in December re evalute then if not sooner depending on how she is doing.

post #13 of 338
First day is tomorrow - I'm kinda freakin' out.
post #14 of 338
My son's first day of high school is Thursday. He is nervous. I am to. I am so far not impressed with the school or curriculum.
post #15 of 338
I'd love to jump in here, but my oldest DS is the only one going to school and he's going to private school...is that okay? I'm going to assume it is, but feel free to kick me out if you'd like.

I think my biggest problem with the school issue is that only one of them is going to be going. There is no space for my 6yo in the private school and our local public school is a very, very, very rough school. When I was still trying to decide on schools, I found that an academically unacceptable school is a reason to have school choice in our district. UA schools rate below 60% on whatever scale. Our local school is 62%, so no school choice for us, but OMG, not someplace I really wanted my kids.

So....we have financial aid to a little private school that I'm mostly excited about DS1 going to (but not excited about paying for...even after aid *sigh*) and DS2 will be staying home with me this year, doing something very easy and workbookish every day. I've had to set some ground rules, like that there will be no Wii, TV, or computer while DS1 is at school. I think that would make DS1 really resent the fact that he's at school, KWIM? But at the same time, that's really gonna make my life hard, I think!

DS1 is over the moon about school. We went yesterday and got a brief tour and on Friday we go to meet his teacher and see his classroom. He'll start school on Monday...yikes! I keep waiting for the nerves to show up, for him or me, and they're just not there. We're both quite happy with this decision, which feels so good. In hindsight, I can say that none of us were ever truly happy with homeschooling. We were doing it because I felt like it was our only acceptable (affordable) choice.

I'm worried about getting up early, making sure he has clean, unstained clothes every day (yeah, that makes us sound like such slobs, but this boy can get clothes really gross in no time flat), packing lunches, and the drive to and from school each morning and afternoon. I also wonder how that's going to work after I have the baby in March (who, incidentally, tipped the scales toward them going to school ). I guess we'll just see how it all works out in time, huh?
post #16 of 338
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Originally Posted by The Hidden Life View Post
How did you break the news to your hs friends that your kids would be going to public school? I have some for which it will be no big deal but other who'll think I've lost my mind.
My two closest friends homeschool. One of them is also making the switch to schools this year. It's hard, though, because she is really struggling with the fact that the local public school (different than our local public school) is her only option and I'm soooo excited about the experience I'm anticipating at this private school. I feel like if I say too much about how great this school is and how lucky we are for DS to be going there, it will sound like I'm gloating (she knows I'm not, but it's a fine line).

My other friend, who is what I would describe as a devout homeschooler, has always been great about knowing that while she's chosen it for her kids and she loves it, it's not for everyone. When I told her I was (unexpectedly) pregnant, her first question was "what are you going to do about schools?" She knew I was having a hard time anyway and had no problem helping me sort through school issues to find a school that would work for us.

Everyone else will just find out over time, or through my blog, I guess. I'm not terribly worried about what they'll think of me and I'm pretty sure that we'll still be able to maintain friendships with our homeschooled friends while going to school.
post #17 of 338
The first day went great! We'll see how the math placement test went in a few days. However, the get to know each other activities were fun and she is stoked about going back tomorrow. After an hour of talking about her day, we did her other half of school (our homeschooling part of the day) in about 30 minutes. LOL
No homework yet.
post #18 of 338
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The first day went great! We'll see how the math placement test went in a few days. However, the get to know each other activities were fun and she is stoked about going back tomorrow. After an hour of talking about her day, we did her other half of school (our homeschooling part of the day) in about 30 minutes. LOL
No homework yet.
YAY! I'm glad she had fun and is looking forward to tomorrow. That's always a good sign. I'd like to know more about the part-time homeschooling option you're doing if you feel like sharing .
post #19 of 338
So glad to find you guys!

My ds1 started k last yr and absolutely hated it! (He loved pre-k and had no problems at all there). I felt so bad for him, he was having behavioral issues, seemed like he was always getting into trouble for talking too much, not following directions, etc. He was even seeing the school counselor and I felt like he was getting the difficult kid label (even though the school was really good about it).

After winter break we decided to hs and we didn't send him back. I was excited to do all kinds of hs things, join the local hs group, etc.

I was working from home at the time (laid off in july) and between that, the younger kids, and my lack of imagination, it seemed like I wasn't able to challenge him and he seemed bored. Plus the closest hs group is a 35 min drive.

After being laid off we started doing more and I was really thinking how to get us in the hs mode.

Until my 6 1/2 yr old ds1 tells me less than 2 days before school started that he really wants to go back to school. He begged. I reminded him of what happened last yr, what my plans were for our hs, we talked about it and he really wanted to go.

So I registered him THE DAY BEFORE school started, bought all the school supplies, uniforms (of course last yr's didn't fit anymore) and he started today.

I was sooooo nervous all day! Almost in tears a few times worrying. He said he had a fun day. Some ups, some downs, but mostly good and he wants to go back.

I feel kind of like a hs failure, but I also want to follow his lead and make sure his needs are being met. I'm not as good at the hs as I really wanted to be, but I just want him to be happy no matter what.

BTW, our schools are really good so I don't have any worries about that. There are only three 1st grade classes in the whole school, it's pretty small and manageable and he really likes his teacher.

Hope the first day goes well for you guys too!
post #20 of 338
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I'm not as good at the hs as I really wanted to be
This is me. Especially with two little ones in the house, I just can't devote the attention I need to it. Fortunately neither of the boys has had any negative effects of my unschoolish nature at all, but *I* just am NOT an unschooler (I'm more like a non-schooler, I guess) and something had to give.

I'm glad your DS had a great day. We had a very similar experience with K and only made it about three weeks. DS still has a lot of yucky memories from K and they come out occasionally, like when he asked the admissions director at his new school how loud the carpool waiting area will be or when he asked if he's allowed to talk at lunch. The experience really turned me off of school entirely, but I'm finding that the experiences he had are pretty exclusive to the school he was at, which is unfortunate because it has a great reputation for some reason .
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