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We're Back to (Home) School!

A mother of three shares her motivations for returning to the homeschooling option for her youngest two children.

Hello Patch readers! My name is Monise Seward, and I am new (sort of) to homeschooling here in Gwinnett County.

A few years ago, I made the decision to homeschool my oldest child (now 17) because we were both disappointed by things within the public education system. I thought that my younger two would be 'OK' in school, but this past year, I was forced to accept that they, too, were not getting what they deserved.

Here I am, homeschooling again. Learning and unlearning what I though I knew about education. Being a former teacher has its perks as we embark on this journey, but assuming the responsibility of educating your own children can be daunting and at times, intimidating. For those reasons, I have decided to write, reflect, and connect with other homeschoolers throughout the county, state, and country. 

I look forward to sharing and meeting more homeschooling families, whether through this site or at local homeschool events. It is my hope that I learn from my kids and others as much as I contribute.

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GoAndie September 05, 2012 at 05:04 PM
WAY TO GO! I couldn't do it with my now out of school kids, but my mom pulled my youngest brother out about five years ago. We helped tutored him, and he graduated ahead of time. He's in college and works at the library. I thought my mom would be the last one to home school-- but she was so fed up with the crap, lack of books, and failure to motivate him during school hours. He was the type of student that never gave the teacher any discipline problems, a model student by behavior, but needed more instructional time, which he didn't get. It was clear that my baby brother wasn't the problem; he did what he was told in school ,but he didn't get what he needed. If the public schools can't teach the well-mannered kids, what can they do with the ones who aren't ? Today they don't teach, they manage behavior.
Monise September 12, 2012 at 07:15 PM
Thank you! I actually didn't think I would do it again but when I'd had enough with the school's administration, I knew it was time to start planning. It is definitely a challenge and a lot of work but I am confident they will benefit from the amount of personalized instruction I can give them. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment! Monise

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