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considering homeschooling

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Heather s
6/12/2020
I'm considering homeschooling my 2 sons (10yo & 12 yo diagnosed gifted/ADHD). Quarantine has been good for them and they have enjoyed the quiet of working at home. But the materials were provided by school. MOving forward, I love the looks of MBTP but wonder if its possible to do with both of us parents working full time. Is anyone doing this and able to offer suggestions or tips? Thanks!
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Carolyn L
San Leandro, CA
6/27/2020
This might sound nuts but with two kids (10 and 7 on the spectrum, adhd and other issues) doing MBTP and both of us working or one of us in school, I have hired college students ($15 an hour if they did not graduate from college yet) to help lead the lessons online (since Covid) when I cannot or the other family members cannot. They somehow cover math (Saxon math for one, MBTP math for the other, Ela, science and history in about an hour and half to two hours a day. I just send them the pics of the lessons via text. Then the kids each have an Ipad and either have the college student lead discussions etc via Skype or Facetime. I provide all the books needed on their desks. We look ahead and see if any supplies are needed beforehand. It is expensive but I am waiting for the day they can do this more independently. My 10 years old has severe adhd so it will be awhile. He just needs someone next to him to remind him to get back to work and pick up the pencil he dropped a million times. Or take away or remind him to stop touching something he is fiddling with. (Mind you, my son has chased away 5 tutors in two months. Finally we had to start Adhd meds but he still sends his tutor into frustrations on some days).

Your average or gifted child may not need all this. In fact we used the tutor enough in the curriculum that my 10 years old son gets the routine that he might be able to handle the curriculum on his own. He is still at the 7-9 level and the curriculum doesn't "talk" to him yet. So I would still need to have discussions and give directions. I might try having him do the next level on his own in the fall and see what happens. I may try leading the discussions, review questions and just have the tutor do the activities/projects with him.