Homeschooling in Putnam County

Homeschooling in Putnam County

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Help Please

Monterey, TN

#1 Aug 26, 2009
I want to home school my child (high school student). I have heard about the Daniel 1 Academy, and that sounds like the way to go. Are there any other options available? The way I understand it is this: The difference in Daniel 1 and other ways of home schooling is that Daniel 1 is responsible for reporting grades and such. Does anyone have any advice good or bad? Like, for example, is the curriculum easy to understand? I know it depends on the child, and the child is fairly intelligent. She has always done well getting work done. I am a working mother, and i have my concerns but would really like to do this. Anybody out there willing to share your experience?
Proverb31Woman

Woodbury, TN

#2 Aug 26, 2009
I graduated from Daniel 1 Academy and attended Vol State for a semester before getting married and when I tried to attend the online school 'Phoenix University'- I was told that my diploma wasn't accredited, so apparently only some colleges recognize it. So, you definitely want to check that out first. Also, the placement test that you take to graduate from Daniel 1 Academy is more difficult than the ACT, and brings up things that haven't been covered since elementary school. Hope this helps!
Help Please

Monterey, TN

#3 Aug 26, 2009
Thanks Proverb31. It is things like that that I am concerned about and wanting feedback on. Do you wish you would have went to Public Schools now? What about the curriculum? Were you able to do it on your own? I am a working mother. Do you feel like it kept you from experiencing things you should have in high school?
My Humble Opinion

Cookeville, TN

#4 Aug 26, 2009
I also attended Daniel 1 Academy & I loved it! I went back to public school for awhile in high school, but ended up going back to D1A because I learn better figuring things out on my own. The curriculum was tough, you are scheduled to complete the workbooks in a certain amount of time, and take a test on it. They have several programs that you can choose from, and I personally chose to take my tests on-site. The only thing I can honestly say that I "missed" from high school was the petty drama, yearbooks, and prom, but that was because I told two people no. LOL! Other than that, my life was pretty normal, other than I was able to work better hours than my friends and actually have some free time. Jack (Mr. Holman) was a friend of my dad's, and he helped me make the best choices for me. In the end I opted to get my GED, take my ACT & go to college sooner than my friends my age. I hope this helps, and its a great choice in my opinion!
awesomeness

Cookeville, TN

#5 Aug 26, 2009
Help Please wrote:
I want to home school my child (high school student). I have heard about the Daniel 1 Academy, and that sounds like the way to go. Are there any other options available? The way I understand it is this: The difference in Daniel 1 and other ways of home schooling is that Daniel 1 is responsible for reporting grades and such. Does anyone have any advice good or bad? Like, for example, is the curriculum easy to understand? I know it depends on the child, and the child is fairly intelligent. She has always done well getting work done. I am a working mother, and i have my concerns but would really like to do this. Anybody out there willing to share your experience?
ain't a good idea. that's not the real world, you're child needs real-world skills every bit as much as she needs "book smarts." good parenting can offset any negative influences you're worried about.
GrammarPolice

Monterey, TN

#6 Aug 26, 2009
awesomeness wrote:
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ain't a good idea. that's not the real world, you're child needs real-world skills every bit as much as she needs "book smarts." good parenting can offset any negative influences you're worried about.
"Ain't" and "you're child"?

Good grief. This looks like crap.
Homeschool

Jasper, TN

#7 Aug 27, 2009
The key to enjoying homeschooling is to be involved socially with the homeschooling community. Parents take kids on group trips and there is a very active homeschooling community here. The lady who runs The Centre dance studio on the square was part of the homeschool group and most kids involved there are homeschooled. It would be a good place to start to get involved socially otherwise kids can feel isolated. If you are involved then it is a wonderful experience. There are lots of parents who can help and I would suggest asking the lady at the Centre if she could give names. I don't want to give names on the public forum.
nice grammar

Crossville, TN

#8 Aug 27, 2009
awesomeness wrote:
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ain't a good idea. that's not the real world, you're child needs real-world skills every bit as much as she needs "book smarts." good parenting can offset any negative influences you're worried about.
Perhaps this is the perfect example of why she SHOULD home school her child..... "aint" that right...??? can good parenting assist you with "you're" grammar...??

My sister home schools her 4 children and they are all ahead of the school year they would have been in because they learn quicker in a one on one environment. The kids do great. She was concerned about them not having structure or contact with other kids, so she made them have a schedule that they had to be dressed (no PJ's) and started on their work by 8.30am. She also made an effort to have a day with another homeschooling family once a week so the kids learned social skills. She also took them on a lot of field trips to places that were relevant to the subject being taught. You can quite often get discounted or free tickets to some places because you are technically a 'school'. My eldest nephew finished his schooling and is now working earlier than his friends and my eldest niece is doing University work 18mths ahead of all of her friends. I think it is a great idea - but you have to be committed to it for it to work.

hope that helps :-)
Proverb31Woman

Woodbury, TN

#9 Aug 27, 2009
Help Please, I do not regret the decision. I was able to finish my junior and senior year in 6 months - graduating a year before my public school classmates. I did the curriculum completely on my own and graduated 4th out of 96 graduating students. They have a lot of choices to choose from for curriculum and schedules, but it can be expensive. Though, personally, I think that the investment is worth it.
Help Please

Monterey, TN

#10 Aug 27, 2009
I appreciate all the help. I met with Jack at Daniel 1 Academy this morning. I think I am going to enroll her. Sounds like a great program, and the schedule part that "Nice Grammar" mentioned sounds like a winner. I did learn that they must test back into public schools if they ever want to go back. Anyone ever taken one of those exams? If so, can you ellaborate? Jack talked like she would have a test for every subject we have home schooled her in. I worry that if she has Biology her Freshman year, then goes back her senior year, that given a test strictly on Biology 3 years after the fact may be difficult. Also, what curriculum would those of you with experience suggest? Paces looks like a good one, but I don't konw. Again, I really do appreciate all the feedback. This is a scary change, and I am trusting God to guide me in the right direction.
awesomeness

Cookeville, TN

#11 Aug 27, 2009
nice grammar wrote:
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Perhaps this is the perfect example of why she SHOULD home school her child..... "aint" that right...??? can good parenting assist you with "you're" grammar...??
My sister home schools her 4 children and they are all ahead of the school year they would have been in because they learn quicker in a one on one environment. The kids do great. She was concerned about them not having structure or contact with other kids, so she made them have a schedule that they had to be dressed (no PJ's) and started on their work by 8.30am. She also made an effort to have a day with another homeschooling family once a week so the kids learned social skills. She also took them on a lot of field trips to places that were relevant to the subject being taught. You can quite often get discounted or free tickets to some places because you are technically a 'school'. My eldest nephew finished his schooling and is now working earlier than his friends and my eldest niece is doing University work 18mths ahead of all of her friends. I think it is a great idea - but you have to be committed to it for it to work.
hope that helps :-)
"ain't" is a regional term. "you're" is a contraction meaning "you are."
awesomeness

Cookeville, TN

#12 Aug 27, 2009
GrammarPolice wrote:
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"Ain't" and "you're child"?
Good grief. This looks like crap.
however, you were correct in your critiquing of "you're child." you get a gold star.

“Naughty Housewife”

Since: Jul 08

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#13 Aug 27, 2009
I attended Daniel 1.
I finished 6 months of work in like 3 months.
The best thing about it is just that, working at your own pace.

It worked well for me because i always thought public school was horrible and i felt it was much better to be able to do extra research on things you didn't get and pass on the things that you did get without someone breathing over you repeating the things you already knew and eliminating distractions.

I am self taught, my mother left me to do it all on my own so i am glad to see a mother who is taking interest in their child's education.

I didn't mind having to leave school because to tell the truth there is much about public school that if the parents knew they wouldn't send their kids. This was my choice and do not regret it.

I skipped 8th grade while in private school and was placed in 9th. Once i joined back in public school they gave me all 10th grade classes but i talked to the office during the second half, they had me showing up as 9th and were about to mess up my whole year so i left and joined in Daniel 1.

I've not heard about some colleges not accepting Daniel 1 but that does seem to be one downer about it though, because of my own and family reasons i decided to leave home and get my GED so i could get away.

So, i didn't graduate from it but i will say i DID very much like it and feel it is very possible to surpass the public school education and excel.

Good luck with whatever you choose.
extested

Columbia, SC

#14 Aug 27, 2009
I suffered from the "captain-save-a-ho" disease as a teen and dated a boy who attended Daniel 1 acadamy after he was unable to graduate with his graduating class... he did NOTHING while there and when we started dating I convinced him to come back to public school and graduate. He had to take the tests and had no problem with them. From what I recall they are comporable to the gateway exams that you have to take in public school to obtain a regular diploma....
Class of 04

Lake Charles, LA

#15 Aug 27, 2009
When I went back to Upperman, I was placed back in classes, and Mrs. Upchurch did not give me the option to "test back in" which was one of the largest factors of why I went back through D1A & dropped to get my GED. The Biology exit exam (required by the state for anyone graduating after 2003) is not hard, and its basic Bio. But to my understanding, the tests were similar to the "exit" or "gateway" exams, also close to the "TCAP" tests. Best of luck to you and her both, tell Jack hello!
nice grammar

Crossville, TN

#16 Aug 27, 2009
awesomeness wrote:
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"ain't" is a regional term. "you're" is a contraction meaning "you are."
thank you for the brief lesson .. i am perfectly aware of their meanings. my concern was the incorrect spelling/usage as the context in which they used the word was meant to be spelt "your" not "you're". But thanks anyway ... perhaps you should check these things before trying to look good by telling me "how it is" in this region. It may be regional, but it is not proper english.
good grief

Lenoir City, TN

#17 Aug 28, 2009
nice grammar wrote:
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thank you for the brief lesson .. i am perfectly aware of their meanings. my concern was the incorrect spelling/usage as the context in which they used the word was meant to be spelt "your" not "you're". But thanks anyway ... perhaps you should check these things before trying to look good by telling me "how it is" in this region. It may be regional, but it is not proper english.
Spelt?

“Naughty Housewife”

Since: Jul 08

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#18 Aug 28, 2009
i guess for every finger pointed another is pointing back.

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Mommy

Maryville, TN

#19 Aug 28, 2009
i heard it is real high

“Naughty Housewife”

Since: Jul 08

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#20 Aug 28, 2009
It's not really cheap, but it's cheaper than private school and for the extra you gain from it, i feel it is worth it.

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