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#1 of 4 Old 07-29-2012, 10:43 AM - Thread Starter
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It has been on my mind to go back to school, but I need a 100% online degree and what I'm interested in is not available 100% online (foreign language, art history). I have now looked at a degree in sociology and it sounds very interesting. Any sociology majors around?


I'm wondering about sending my kids to public school so I can devote more time to my studies. I have 2 of school age, a 3 year old and a 10 month old. I have a lot of conflicting feelings about public schools. It has some pros, definitely, but I don't agree with much of their policies, etc... Has anyone had this problem? And how did you get over it?


In my perfect little world, I would be able to fit it all in: husband, kids, home, homeschooling, my own studies. I really want that degree, but I also want what is best for my children, which for me is to homeschool them.


So I guess I'm just looking for some advice, btdt experiences. Thank you for your time! smile.gif

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I'm currently going back to school, and thinking about homeschooling. Public school has been just *ok*. Unfortunately I live somewhere there aren't any other options as far as charter/alternative schools to consider. And this upcoming school year dd would have to switch schools which would be a change for the worse. I haven't totally decided yet what we're going to do. greensad.gif


Can you just take one or two classes online to start out with while you homeschool? What I wish I had in my area was the option to send dd part time, like 2 or 3 days to school. I think K12 has that option in some cities, where you do stuff online at home, then meet with other hs'ers a couple times a week. Maybe your area has something similar you could look into? 

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No experience, but something I am thinking about as well.  I am homeschooling my 5 and 2-year-olds and thinking about going back to school-but really don't want to send them to school.  My degree would not necessarily be available online either (maybe, but probably not).  Going part-time is an option, but I fear it will take me 8 years to finish that way :)


good luck with your decision-it is a big one!

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I originally planned to home school, but I ended up sending my kids to public school. There are pros and cons to everything. We've had a great public school experience. My children thrive in a setting where they are with other kids all day. We all have formed a large community through their school. 


In regards to your own schooling, you could start be enrolling in just a few online courses. Probably for any degree you work towards, you'll have lots of prereqs, and I know at my university lots of them are offered online. I've taken 3 online classes. One was an African Art class, one was a history class, and another was a writing class. I know some math classes are offered online too at my university. So you could start off right now with just a few online classes, and if you decide to pursue a degree where you have to actually attend class, you could work on those in a year or two or even three! I went back to school full time when my kids were 2, 4 and 7. It worked out and I found a great balance of having my kids at childcare/school and being home with them. Good luck! 

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