Would You Rather: Have To Homeschool Your Children Or Send Them To Boarding School?

Today is the first day of school here. That is right. Can you hear it? That sound? The one made up of silence? Oh, we can, and it is glorious.

All three of my cups of coffee have been consumed still warm. No one demanded a second breakfast or insisted we play Candyland before 8:04 a.m. Sure, it was a mad dash of assembling lunches and brushing teeth and finding lost shoes for about 45 minutes, but the moment the door closed, it was all worth it.

We did it y’all. We survived the summer break.

Imagine if there was no back to school. This is the question I posed to Lisa earlier this week. I think she may still be rocking in a corner somewhere cursing me for trying to ruin her back to school bliss.

See, we have lots of readers who homeschool, and we totally bow down to their awesomeness. Because, here is the thing, we could.not.do.it. We know ourselves well enough to know that we do not have the patience or the skill set to teach our children anything of value in our homes. Here is a sample schedule of our “homeschooling gig”:

8:00 a.m.: Okay, kids, let Mommy grab another cup of coffee, and we will start your algebra lesson for the day.

8:20 a.m.: You know what, I don’t know why X can’t be found either. Who really needs X anyway? Let’s do some science.

8:35 a.m.: Great. Someone go find the mop. The do-it-yourself science kit you got for your 5th birthday didn’t say anything about “contents may explode upon opening”.

9:00 a.m.: Let Mommy just go quickly check Facebook and see if we have any new followers on our blog page. Be right back. Y’all read quietly while I am gone.

11:25 a.m.: Wow. Has it been two hours already? Anyone up for a movie?

Needless to say, homeschooling would not be for us. What we lack in self-discipline, we more than make up for in self-awareness!

But, let’s imagine this scenario for a moment. Let’s pretend that your children come to high school and you MUST either homeschool them or send them to boarding school.

Obviously, homeschooling comes with its own set of challenges, but so does boarding school.

After all, boarding school is not free. And is far away from home, so your teen would suddenly have a lot more freedom. Probably the kind of freedom you were hoping to avoid until college.

Lisa and I weighed the pros and cons heavily, and we still agreed that for us we would have to go the boarding school route.

So, we want to know for you all what your choice would be?


Would you rather homeschool your children through high school or ship them off to boarding school?





Would You Rather: Have To Homeschool Your Children Or Send Them To Boarding School? — 137 Comments

  1. When Colton was in high school he applied for and was accepted to a boarding school. We did not get as many scholarships as we thought he would so be wasn’t able to go. However, I fully supported that decision and was proud and happy for him to go. Itvwas a Lutheran school, though, so I didn’t worry too much about him doing things he wasn’t supposed to.

    • Sounds like that would have been a great opportunity for him, without all the stress of supervision…I am sorry it did not work out.

      • He’s a big baby anyway, he would have just called me every night. Annoying.

        My daughter is homeschooling all of her children. All four. If she doesn’t die of exhaustion before the youngest reaches school age. That is a huge NO for me.

        I’m all for sending them away. πŸ™‚

  2. Being that I taught middle school math before having my second, I think I could do the homeschooling route, but I think I may get distracted by Facebook or blogging, because lord knows I seem to get easily distracted on just about anything these days!!

    • Right Janine? I just know myself well enough to know that I would the most easily distracted homeschooler ever!

  3. I have lots of friends who homeschool and I think they are amazing. But my husband is a teacher, so that means all 3 of our kids AND my husband is home ALL summer. Gets pretty loud here…still waiting for school to start in our state (2 weeks yet!!!!)

    Found you ladies from SITS! πŸ™‚

    • So glad to have you here Suzanne!! πŸ™‚ Welcome! Put your feet up and stay awhile…and don’t mind the clutter and mess! πŸ˜‰ I think homeschooling people are amazing, too!

  4. Boarding school, hands down! Yes, I would miss my girls like crazy, but sending them to boarding school would mean that I’m rich and can afford to send them to boarding school. So, that’s a plus! And, since I’m already rich, I’d send them to some amazing place abroad so they could experience a new culture. I wish I’d had an opportunity like that growing up! And while I’m spending all this money, I’d visit them often so I could experience the new places & culture!

  5. Definitely boarding school, especially if they want to succeed further than addition. And that would be with a calculator. Besides, I could then send awesome care packages and be known as the “cool” mom.

  6. OMG this is really tough!! My first thought is boarding school but, even though my kids drive me completely insane, I don’t think I could do it AND THEN send them off to college. I can’t believe I’m going to type this but – Home School.
    I will now spend the rest of the day rocking in a corner mumbling…

  7. I actually secretly want to homeschool my kids. So I’m going with that option. I’m sure after the first week or so, I’d be shipping them off to boarding school – but at least I would do so knowing I tried. πŸ™‚

  8. Boarding school, hands down, a million times, without a doubt! If you had said elementary school, I would homeschool since I was an elementary school teacher in my former life. High school? My kids would end up living with me forever because they wouldn’t be able to find a job with the education I could provide and if all of my kids are like Nico (my only high-schooler), then my sanity would definitely be on the line. I love my kiddies but something happens when they enter high school and it is has been rough.

  9. I could not homeschool. I have lots of friends that do, but it would put me over the edge. My son actually goes to a private school that offers boarding. If he were to board, we’d probably see him almost as much. He just wouldn’t be home at night. He may be spending some nights up there anyway, just because it might be easier sometimes if they have a late event, and kids do it all the time. I help coach at a boarding school and the kids really don’t have a lot of extra freedom…they keep a pretty watchful eye on them.

  10. Homeschool. It would kill me or I’d kill them, but I know all about having my young kids away from me for periods of time because of divorce and I just couldn’t do more of it. They will be gone soon enough anyhow:(

  11. We must be related cause that is exactly how my day would go st home! send em yo boarding school! I would miss them but at least they’d learn something!!

  12. Neither! I am sticking with public schooling no matter how tough if gets! I will always feel that I am a product and I have ton of people in my circle doing WAY better than the same people in my circle who went to private/home school/ private higher learning institutions etc. I know this wasn’t a soapbox post but I’m VERY passionate about the public school system and the benefits for all children.

  13. This is tougher than the iron/blow dryer! I’d hate to have my kids away, but I think boarding school would be the better option for them. They would get a better education, for sure. But I would Face Time them every day:)

    • The beauty of Face Time is that you still get all the benefits of talking to your kids (and seeing them!) and get to have them well-educated! πŸ™‚

  14. Boarding school! i dont have kids yet, but i’m making that call now πŸ™‚ the closest i ever came to being home schooled, was when my mother had to take over my CCD classes while one of the nuns was out sick (because non of the other parents would do it, and she said the head nun guilted her into it ) and so we spent every class for a month playing the “where in the world is carmen sandiego” board game, and when the head nun would come in to check on things my mother would tell us all to quickly take out our prayer books. i think that would be my style too, so boarding school is by far my future child’s best option.

    • OMG, Charlotte, I am CRYING with laughter!! I adore this comment in every way possible…and your mother…think she could adopt me?! πŸ˜‰

  15. If you sent them to boarding school in a nice place, say the south of France, it would be fun to visit them. Assuming you were rich.
    I am sure most home schooled kids get a great education, but I worry about some who maybe are taught that dinosaurs coexisted with humans 6,000 years ago.

    • I feel like we have to assume I am rich to consider boarding school at all…so yeah, the south of France sounds great! Cracked up at your last sentence!!

  16. I’m so over the top with OCD, my kids would have been begging me to send them to boarding school after a week of homeschooling! I’m glad my kids are grown and have kids of their own. Now, it’s their decision. As grandma, I just give hugs and kisses. Followed you from SITS. Have a blessed day!

    • Thanks Vicki! I do think that I would be far too controlling about stuff…I mean when I wasn’t ignoring the work to be done! πŸ˜‰

  17. Oh, you gals have made it tough his time!!! I used to be a teacher, but my degree is in Early Child Development, so the older they get the harder homeschooling would be. Having them at boarding school would be super hard, too, though. It might depend on just how far away the school was and, of course, how much $$$. (With 3 kids, it wouldn’t be cheap!) also depends on their ages. My oldest (11) would rock boarding school but my youngest (6) would definitely be more of a homeschooler. Long comment – short answer. I don’t know and I am suddenly more thankful than ever for a good public education!! πŸ™‚

  18. Well, for me, this is easy: homeschool. I don’t think I could handle my kids off in boarding school at that age. I just don’t think most kids can mentally handle that. I can understand the appeal, and I know that they give kids a quality education and all that, but I just would rather teach my kids myself (especially with all the options out there with online schooling) than ship them off. I just have this fear that they’d hate me for life for it, and I know I’d feel guilty if I had another option.

    • I hear you Julie…it is a HARD question, because you can honestly see both sides and options with this one!

  19. {Melinda} I have SO much respect for moms who homeschool. Oodles. I have considered it for one of my children at different points when they were struggling in their school situations, but after much prayer and consideration, didn’t feel it was the right plan for our family. That could change at any given moment. πŸ™‚ Still, if my only two choices were homeschool or boarding school, I would definitely homeschool. I’ll be sending them to college in a blink anyway … don’t want to send them off any sooner than I have to!

    • I have so much respect for them, too Melinda. I cannot imagine how hard it must be to do it well! Good answer! πŸ™‚

  20. OMGOSH why isn’t anyone still LAUGHING OUT OF CONTROL over that scenario of your home school morning? THAT would SOOOO be me!!! But school wouldn’t really start until ten. And I would have each of my kids do one hour of reading then to get us to 11:00. Then it’s outside time til lunch. Then it’s quiet time in their rooms from 1-3.

    OH!!! School day is OVER!! YAY! πŸ˜‰

    (Boarding school would offer much less of a risk to their health/and growing minds)

    • HA HA HA Chris…maybe we could do a co-op set-up because your imaginary schedule definitely sounds like our imaginary schedule! πŸ˜‰

  21. I think all you’ve managed to do here is feed into tired stereotypes about homeschooling families. It’s also pretty clear that many folks commenting have zero idea what educating children at home actually looks like, other than perhaps some extreme presentation the media may have provided. Kind of disappointed reading this.

    • I am so sorry you felt that way Valerie…we actually think people who effectively homeschool are amazing (we tried to get that across, I promise!), because we just know we could *never* do it! πŸ˜‰ That is why we applaud those who do! πŸ™‚

        • We are so sorry. As with all of our posts, we are only ever attempting to make ourselves the butt of the joke…never anyone else.

  22. Man! I thought this question was going to be tough and then I read it and you said it’s for high school! I don’t know if I could home school for high school, but maybe at that age a lot of it is self-directed. Maybe even online. Although, they would miss out on a lot of the social aspect, but maybe in high school that would be a good thing.
    Of course, I don’t think I could ship mine off elsewhere and not see them except on holidays and breaks. I would miss them after a while.
    I DON’T KNOW!!!

    OK, if you’re going to make me pick, I pick home school. As long as I don’t have to do all the teaching.

    • I am sure there are plenty of ways to manage the homeschooling without having to do ALL the teaching, right??!! πŸ˜‰

      • That’s right, Homeschooling High School doesn’t have to be done alone. Many students are very independent. In fact, that’s the goal. Meanwhile, when things get tough or you just want someone passionate or more knowledgeable about their subject, those things exist to. Whether in-town classes or online; adhoc or formal. It’s out there.

        Homeschooling is like this magical land that only those who live there know about.

        Here’s what myself and another mom started just a year ago: http://sond97.wix.com/cmlive She’s a PhD in Lit. I just do the Tech Stuff. But, our kids are having a blast reading great literature, talking about it online with other teens (around the world); and 3 of them even got together on a UK trip this summer. Now, THAT Is a field trip! Top THAT Public or Boarding School!

        Oh, and expense? Well, with Frequent Flier Miles? That trip was loose change for us! WOO HOO! (That’s where that little thing called “faith” comes in.)

        We love homeschooling. It’s been a magical ride. And, one we don’t have to do alone. Yep, I’d choose homeschooling. Oh wait! Already have!

        But, my motto is and remains: Each Family, Each Year, Each Child: A Choice. Choose wisely. You only get to do this once.

          • LOL Dana! I would imagine y’all are held to a very high grammar standard! πŸ˜‰ Thanks for this comment! So interesting to read more about it…you are definitely right about those of us who are not in the know not truly understanding what it is all about. And I like your motto…seems like it can apply to a lot of situations. πŸ™‚

  23. Boarding school or military school for lots of reasons. Mainly because its hard to work or home school from home. (are you sure homeschool is one word?)

    • Pretty sure it is one word…I mean, it obviously isn’t, but in terms of educating at home then yes…although, maybe not, which would be reason #4758 that I should not be doing it! πŸ˜‰

  24. As I started reading I was wavering between the two choices but as soon as I read “high school” I knew my pick would be boarding school. Homeschooling them myself (very poorly I’m sure) would stem from a selfish desire to keep them with me. But for them, for their education and for their future I’d definitely go the boarding school route. That being said, along with Joi @ RxFitness Lady, I’m a huge proponent of public schools.

    • Public schools rock! πŸ™‚ Go Vikings…sorry, I was having a high school flashback! πŸ˜‰
      I think this is a great comment, and I know exactly what you mean.

  25. I was a teacher when my kids were growing up, but I would still send them to boarding school. I know that I am not qualified to give them the education they need in all disciplines to be successful in college and life.

  26. Ack, this is hard! I’d have to say homeschool. Even though the thought makes me physically ill since I have the patience of a flea, and…I’d really have to get myself better at NOT checking the internet and my phone…the thought of boarding school makes me more ill. I’d just miss them way too much. At these ages. You have to know I’m making my choice based on having a baby and a preschooler. Ask me again in two years…

  27. Omg!! This would so be my way of “teaching” if I were to ever homeschool, which fortunately for my son I would never!! I am on the same page as you ladies… I would have to go with the boarding school route! LOL… sorry son! ~Leah~

  28. This one was easy for me. I’d homeschool, without a doubt. I’d have to find some self discipline first (I currently have none) but you do what you have to do, right? My reason is that lot of people I grew up with went to boarding school for the high school years, and let’s just say that the, ah, “supervision” there is not what you would think. Big-time risky behavior happens, mostly unchecked. Also, I’d miss the heck out of them.

    • I would imagine that boarding school can get a little nuts! And yes, in order for me to homeschool, I would need a heaping dose of self-discipline! πŸ˜‰

  29. Wow, what a question! I did go to boarding school for high school, and I really liked it. I got a lot out of it, especially the friendships, but I think it was hard for my parents. Even though I’m a former teacher (or maybe BECAUSE I am), I don’t think I’d cut it as a homeschooling mom.

  30. Homeschool, without a doubt. I never had any desire to homeschool (both of our kids went to a church school, and the youngest is now in college), but you could not pay me enough money to send my 14- or 15-year-old off to boarding school.

    • Totally hear you on this one Gaye! It is hard to think about our babies being out in the wild so young! πŸ™‚

  31. I don’t have kids, so it’s hard for me to say since I don’t really know what I’d be getting myself into, but I think I’d lean more towards homeschooling. In my former life, I used to be a teacher, so I would hope I’d be able to handle it!

  32. OH MAN LADIES…why such a flipping hard one, LOLOLOLOL…

    Even though being home with Dino while I was laid off was tough and I wanted to cry everyday…if I had the money/resources it would have been better. Even though I am not meant to be a stay at home mom, I would never want to send my special boy off, he is a miracle I never though I could have. I need to kiss him goodnight each nigh and hug him every morning, for as many mornings as I can.

    • AWWW, Karen, you totally made me cry with this comment. You are the best, and he is so lucky to have such a wonderful mommy! πŸ™‚

  33. Oh, my, another dead heat question. I would have to say home school only because I just don’t have it in me to send them away. However, if it were between home school and wearing a bikini to my high school reunion, I would suck it up and walk into that ball room in a scanty 2 piece!

  34. Because of my background and teaching experience, and the fact that I am finished with that chapter of my life, BOARDING SCHOOL IT IS!!! Au revoire, children! I love you but we are going to practice a little bit of the absence makes the heart grow fonder theory. I hear it’s a good one. Great question as usual, and you girls should write a book of these either ors, for conversation starters and ice breakers for all kinds of events! You are pros!!

    • Thanks Karen…we appreciate your support of our hypothetical scenarios! πŸ™‚ And your comment totally made me crack up! πŸ™‚

  35. Home school. Boarding school freaks me out and just sounds so…cold. Plus, you never get to see your kid! Granted, I don’t have any so maybe that’s the whole POINT of boarding school πŸ™‚

  36. I am really struggling with this one – REALLY !!! Both options just seem so overwhelming and hard to wrap my mind around and I have always been a teacher!!! I am leaning towards boarding school because I do not think I would have the ability to teach all of the high school courses. The college prep alone will be enough for me down the road … πŸ˜‰

    • Can you even imagine how hard college prep is going to be??!! I can barely handle some of the math that has come our way! πŸ˜‰

    • LOL! You don’t have to teach it all! I’m an experienced homeschool mom, and trust me, I certainly couldn’t teach it all either! There is a huge market for ala carte courses and such available to home educators. You can teach what you’re comfortable with and hire a tutor or sign your kid up for a course or more in subjects you don’t feel you can adequately teach!

  37. I don’t think I’m smart enough to homeschool. Or patient enough. But I don’t think I could send them to boarding school either. I’d miss them too much. I suppose if I HAD to choose, I’d go with boarding school.

  38. Homeschooling for me – but that could just be because my kids are still teeny, tiny and I’m not ready to let them go… Plus, they are not in school yet, so I have not had that taste of freedom.

  39. So glad to hear about the new Dose of Reality Boarding School! I’ve packed my kids’ suitcases and they’ll be at your doorstep tomorrow morning! I’ll forward their school records — and really, don’t be alarmed by the numerous mentions of “behavioral issues.” You know, kids will be kids. Heh heh. Cough cough.

    • Oh Darcy, I just cried with laughter at this comment!! My kids are headed your way as I type…this was an even exchange kind of deal, right?! πŸ˜‰

  40. I must weigh in here as I have a really good friend who went to boarding school and she LOVED IT! Not only did she love it, she is the most talented, creative, musically-inclined, athletic person I have ever encountered in my life. In fact, I had a picnic in wine country for my birthday and all of my friends were so impressed that she made bread from scratch, she was organized enough to bring utensils and plates and do-dads for everyone (stuff that I had totally forgotten), and after the evening was over, she said she would take care of spread-sheeting who owed what for the limo and other ancillary expenses. She attributes a lot of her talent to boarding school as she said there was zero time to waste. She went from school work to hockey practice to sewing classes to saxophone. She highlights boarding school as one of the best experiences of her life and is constantly giving back to her alma mater, it was such an amazing place. Then when she went on to an Ivy League, she said it was such a joke because all her peers were experiencing living away from home for the first time and going hog wild on their freedom, and for her, it was a breeze because she learned such discipline about time management in her formative years. Because of her story, I am intent on sending my kid to boarding school.

    • So interesting to read this comment Catherine. I can definitely see how that experience would shape someone in a very positive way. Thank you!! πŸ™‚

  41. I think they could do the online homeschooling stuff and be just fine in HS but boarding school IS tempting. But I think I would miss out on a lot of cool moments if I sent them off. So yeah, I guess homeschool.

  42. I was thinking easy, home school for sure! But then I was like, easy for me to say, I don’t have any kids. What do I know? But I just don’t think I could handle sending my kids away. I can hardly handle being away from my dog when I go away for the weekend.

  43. I hope this doesn’t offend anyone but I really don’t know why some people insist on homeschooling. Even if you are qualified to do it, you’re just one person. Kids need to go to school not just for what they learn out of books. I think they need to be with people, outside of the family, and socialize. They need to meet new people and interact with them. I even believe that they need some of the challenges they face in school, however unpleasant they may be, because those are also lessons you need to learn in life.
    So if it ever came down to these two options for me, I’ll be sending them over to boarding school, probably crying my eyes out and loosing my mind while doing so.

    • I actually totally understand what you are saying here Xae, and I hope it would not offend anyone. You bring up very valuable thoughts…all of them I have had before as well. πŸ™‚

    • I appreciate your honesty. Most people who are not familiar with homeschooling don’t really understand how it works either. For example, if your child wanted to learn ballet you wouldn’t go buy a book on ballet and teach her yourself, would you? No, you would look around at some ballet courses and instructors and choose one for your child. That is actually how homeschooling works in real life. In my home I am comfortable teaching phonics and basic arithmetic and most K to 6 material. I hired a math teacher who came to my house for my high schoolers and I signed the same older kids up for a mix of community college classes and online courses that fit their abilities and needs. One evolves from a “hands on” teacher to a facilitator as one’s children grow. I realize that the media likes to focus on the image of the poorly educated mom lecturing to her stifled offspring from the Bible while ignoring higher math and science, but I have personally never met anyone who homeschools like that. I think the NEA likes to imply that all homeschoolers are stunted like that because they know that the majority of their members would not fare well in the open market where they would be judged on the quality of their teaching and reviews from previous students. I prefer to choose the quality of the instruction my kids receive, and public school has taken that away from me. There are no nonreligious private schools in my area, so this is how my family has chosen to make sure our kids get the best education.

  44. Huge kudos to those that home school, you are a very special kind of parent! I lack patience & focus. I certainly couldn’t home school from our home, we would absolutely have to have a place to “go” and there would have to be a tutor their waiting for us and of course WiFi!

  45. I can’t even successfully get my kids to brush their teeth some days so I know I’d be a complete homeschool failure. I’ve come up with the perfect solution though. My sister-in-law has homeschooled my nieces and nephews for years. I’d just send my kids to her house every day!! Granted she lives 2 hours away, but four hours driving a day would be TOTALLY worth it. πŸ˜€

    • I BURST out laughing at the first sentence, because that is just SO TRUE. Honestly, I could never pull it off…I’ll send my kids to your sister-in-law’s house, too! πŸ˜‰

  46. The idea of homeschooling my kids used to scare the crap out of me – because how in the world would I find enough things to do to keep them busy for 8 hours a day??? And then I realized, when you only have one, two, or three students, you can blow through that curriculum in less than HALF that time, and the idea started to appeal to me.

    And then my Kindergartener was home for the whole summer.

    And I quickly realized missing her at boarding school was FAR preferable to what I was feeling toward her screaming and fighting with her sisters all day every day this summer.

    • Summer is really the deciding factor for me, too…way too much togetherness for me…and for my children!! πŸ˜‰

  47. Well, we already homeschool, so that is an easy answer. All I have to say to all of you is don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Homeschooling high school is CAKE compared to doing elementary school. I have graduated 2 so far, both in good colleges, one going on for his PhD in history. My daughter is a junior this year, and she is taking 3 online classes – anatomy & physiology taught by a biology major with years of teaching experience who lives in North Carolina, geometry by a teacher with his Masters out in California, and American Lit by a lady with her Masters from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland who now lives in Montana. I love that she has classmates all over the country, and some from outside the United States. She & I will be doing history & English at home, but it is a mostly self-directed curriculum that she does with a little help from me. SO much easier than teaching them to read, write, and do arithmetic. Next year she will take some classes at the local community college to be sure she is ready for college level courses. The relationship I have with my kids makes all the hassle worth it. With that said, I agree with above posters that homeschooling is not for everyone. But it’s not what you think, either.

    • Thank you for this very thoughtful comment Cherub. It sounds like your children have been more than effectively taught by you (congrats to your son on his PhD!!), and I would imagine that high school would easier than the early years for sure. πŸ™‚

  48. Man, usually there is a clear winner for me in these games… the iron- ha! But this time? I am stumped. I feel like people might throw things at me if I said boarding school. (I’m a loving mom, I swear!) But that being said, I could NOT home school. Couldn’t.

    • No one will throw anything Stephanie…unless it is laundry we need you to wash for us! πŸ˜‰ We ALL love our kids, but that being said boarding school would be the only option for us, too! πŸ™‚

  49. Tough question! Although I would struggle initially with homeschooling, I would do it. I would have never been able to stand to sending my kids off to boarding school.

    • Sounds like, too, from the responses that we have gotten here that there are plenty of resources available for a homeschooling mom these days! πŸ˜‰

  50. Having graduated two from homeschool that is an easy question. People who aren’t familiar with homeschooling past elementary school don’t realize that you don’t have to “do it yourself”. There are as slew of ala carte courses and other options offered by experienced educators in the open marketplace at a variety of price points. You can choose what your child learns and more importantly you can choose the grading criteria, assignments, and the instructor, rather than taking “potluck” at the local school. This is a very attractive option for those of us who live in a suboptimal district, and much less expensive than private school.

    • Love this answer Judy. Had no idea all of this is available out there…thank you for taking the time to write such a thoughtful, helpful reply! πŸ™‚

  51. My daughter was a competitive gymnast and was in the gym 4 to 6 hours a day so for 8th and 9th grade, home school was the best option for her. Many people have a pretty old-fashioned view of what the home school experience can be because they only know one option. As a few posters have said above, there are many online programs. After some research, I found an all-inclusive program that was amazing. It was all done online with classes they had to do every day but the best part were there were teachers for every class that the kids were actually able to see live (similar to Skype) and were able to show the teachers realtime work via a “whiteboard.” All books and everything else they needed, including art supplies and science project supplies were sent to us totally free of charge. They don’t even get books in high school here unless they check them out at their bookstore, let alone any kind of supplies. I didn’t have to make up or teach her any classes because they had fantastic classes online that were easy to follow, wonderful graphics and fun games they could play. She ended up learning so much more than she does now since she decided to give up gymnastics and go to a “regular” high school to experience that now. By the way, in 8th and 9th grades during homeschool, she was in the Junior National Honor Society plus met with other kids from her online classes on a regular basis. Yay for Taco Tuesday nights! She even had a real graduation from 8th grade, able to walk across a stage. The online school even had sports programs as well as proms for the seniors and dances for underclasses. So there’s way more out there than people realize. Love your blogs by the way! Always love to read them but never posted before but this one hit close to home (messy as it is!)

    • WOW Hilary! First of all, bravo to your daughter for being a competitive gymnast…I can only imagine the kind of dedication and discipline that took! Secondly, what an amazing program it sounds like you were able to find. So impressive! Definitely sounds like the ideal way to do it! πŸ™‚ And so glad you enjoy the blog and took the time to comment…now, don’t be a stranger…we love comments! πŸ™‚

  52. First off, I’ve missed you ladies like crazy! Now that my Internet situation seems to be under control..I can visit more often again. πŸ™‚

    Secondly, I do home school my kids already, and have no intention of changing that until they graduate from high school. As far as the boarding school option, I’m in no hurry to lose my kids for good. It will happen soon enough when they are 18.

    I’m use to having my family with me all the time, and miss having my husband home all the time! You get use to it after a while.

  53. My cousin home schools her three–yes three–daughters. I hear her venting, and I know that is not the life for us. I know without a doubt her girls have gotten a better education than mine have in public school, but I also know that if it were up to me to teach my kids math they would end up working at Taco Bell for the rest of their lives (and probably get fired for screwing up the change at the drive-thru!)

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