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My daughter will be in the 9th grade next year and whether or not to continue homeschooling her has been on my mind. She doesn't feel challenged enough at home and she has had behavioral issues that have been challenging to me. Thank you for your site. I have not thoroughly read your emails but I need to start.Thank you for your help.

~Sharon

Since you are just beginning the high school years, you may want to consider getting the video "Preparing to Homeschool High School" because it's meant for people just like you, who are just starting high school but have been homeschooling up until then.  It may help.

It may help if you read this article from a previous newsletter on how to choose curriculum.

Since you mention that she doesn't feel challenged, you may want to consider my Gifted Education audio course.

That may help to keep her challenged.

But remember the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence.  You may feel like some other school situation may solve behavioral issues.  But the truth is, you don't know.  I know for some moms, it actually gets much worse in other school situations (since the behaviors can't be monitored all the time when they go to school.)  As you are thinking it through, and weighing the issues, remember that the grass may only LOOK greener over there.  You want to make a decision based on fact, and not wishful thinking.

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Guest - J W on Wednesday, 10 December 2008 14:05

As far as the behavior issues go, it would be better to deal with them in the context of a loving home with a counselor you trust. A retired social worker taught me more than I care to know about the inner workings of Child Protective Services, and believe me, you don't want to take the chance of some misguided school counselor blowing something your daughter says out of proportion and filing a report. Bored, intelligent children who are not channeling that energy into something they are *passionate* about can be a *real* *pain* in the you-know-what. Please talk with your daughter and find out what she wants to pursue. The public library is full of resources for whatever passion any kid could get into! I know that alone helped us with a (formerly) grumpy pre-teen whose hormones are going nutso. Oh yeah, please don't forget to check out the physical side of things too with a checkup at the doctor - just in case it may be thyroid, juvenile diabetes, or whatever.

As far as the behavior issues go, it would be better to deal with them in the context of a loving home with a counselor you trust. A retired social worker taught me more than I care to know about the inner workings of Child Protective Services, and believe me, you don't want to take the chance of some misguided school counselor blowing something your daughter says out of proportion and filing a report. Bored, intelligent children who are not channeling that energy into something they are *passionate* about can be a *real* *pain* in the you-know-what. Please talk with your daughter and find out what she wants to pursue. The public library is full of resources for whatever passion any kid could get into! I know that alone helped us with a (formerly) grumpy pre-teen whose hormones are going nutso. Oh yeah, please don't forget to check out the physical side of things too with a checkup at the doctor - just in case it may be thyroid, juvenile diabetes, or whatever.
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