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My husband and I have decided that it is in our family's best interest if our kids attend public school next year. Has anyone here transitioned from homeschooling to public school? If so, was there anything you did to make the transition smoother? Or wish you had done?

Right now we're just trying to make sure they have the basics down, but I am worried that this is going to be tough on them. My oldest will be entering 6th grade, DD2 with be going into 3rd, and my son will be starting kindergarten. My son is doing his second year of preschool, and doing reasonably well. I think aside from his developmental issues, he will do fine. My big girls... I worry about.

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My older two will be starting school outside the home in the fall as well and I dread it but look forward to it at the same time. I'm sooo not looking forward to the homework and the driving back and forth daily.But they both crave the interaction with other kids I think and are looking forward to going back. I'd love to hear how it went for others that have bt/dt.

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My kids homeschooled in a relaxed way until they were 10 and 12, when they started at an excellant public school.

They are both thriving and doing great.

One of my DD has mild special needs and the transition has been bumpy for her. My other DD has sailed through everything and has really blossomed.

but everything has pros and cons  shrug.gif

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My dd, 11 was homeschooled until this past fall. She's enjoyed school this year and stuff like taking notes, remembering homework, etc. has happened more easily than I imagined. She is returning to homeschooling next fall, but not because of not liking school. She likes it and gets 'A's, she just prefers homeschooling for now.
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Willow will be attending a brick-and-mortar school this fall as well. She'll be going into 2nd grade. I'm waffling between being excited for her, and fearful for her... I think she'll thrive, but I am also just wondering how smooth the transition is going to go.

Knowing how often I worry about things only to have them never come to fruition or be unbelievably less complicated when they do happen, I'm sure it will go fine.

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Knowing how often I worry about things only to have them never come to fruition or be unbelievably less complicated when they do happen, I'm sure it will go fine.
This is what I'm telling myself. My older son, at his request, will be entering 4th grade this fall at the local elementary school. I'm terrified about his writing/spelling skills, but am trying to have faith that things will work themselves out.
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Well, three of my kids did the transititon this year. My 4th grade son's lack of handwriting skills has been an absolute nightmare for him. Plus he possesses no actual writing/composition skills, so that's a nightmare too. He is having a hard time with school bullies. He is getting into trouble a lot and not transitioning at all well. It's BAD. My two girls (1st and 6th grade) are doing awesome. But all the kids in general are no longer very fired up about learning, and have lost pretty much all desire to read independently, without "rewards."

It all makes me sick. I wish we could homeschool again and make it work. But this community is super isolating and awful for HSing, unless you happen to fit into a certain conservative, regimented way of HSing. NOT.

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My kids are learning lots at school and are more excited about learning now than they were during their last year of homeschooling. They are still avid readers and now their education is much more well rounded. They don't love everything about school, but overall, the positive outways the negative by a ton.

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I'm terrified about his writing/spelling skills, but am trying to have faith that things will work themselves out.
I'm concerned about the same for my rising 3rd grader.

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