Michigan Home School Help Needed

by Joni Garcia
(Clinton Township, MI, USA)

Michigan Home School Help

Michigan Home School Help

Concerned guardian needs some Michigan home school help for a special needs teenage girl. Can you provide some guidance?


I have recently found myself the guardian of a fifteen year old girl. She came from a bad situation and from a school where she was brutally bullied by students.

She is a young Christian girl with slight speech problems and is mildly autistic. She is working at an 8th grade level (with additional help), but socially and emotionally she acts more like she is twelve.

I have to work in order to support us so I can not homeschool her myself, but I am interested in finding someone who is willing to homeschool her. I am unsure of the cost of this and do not have much money, but I want options because I hate the idea of throwing her into a public school after everything she has been through. Help?

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Apr 02, 2010
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Michigan Home School Help and Info
by: Heather

Hi Joni,
I think homeschooling will be a wonderful solution for your struggling teen; don't worry, homeschooling doesn't cost that much. You will find lots of great free and low-cost resources both online and offline.

In May, there is a homeschool convention in Lansing that might interest you. You will be able to hear speakers, ask questions and look at homeschool curriculum from many different vendors. You can find out more about the INCH Homeschool Convention or register at the following link: http://inch.org/convention

I would find a support group in your area so that you can talk with other parents who homeschool; they will be a great source of encouragement for you. I am sure you will meet other parents who homeschool children with special needs as well.

Support groups usually have a list of people and resources that can provide tutoring services etc. You might be surprised though, its really not that hard to homeschool.

There is a homeschool co-op on your side of town called Enrich. (I am the director of a co-op in Farmington Hills, but that would be too far for you.) During the school year, they have classes on Thursdays at:

Warren Woods Baptist Church
14251 12 Mile Road (just east of Schoenherr)
Warren, MI

The contact person is:
Alice Johnson - alicejohnson59(at)comcast.net

It's probably too late to register for classes now, but this will be a great resource for next year. I would contact them and see if you can stop by and check them out.

A homeschool co-op offers both enrichment and core classes your teen can take; you may also find another parent within the co-op who would be willing to help teach or tutor her.

Check your library for resources; find out what interests your child and use that as a spring board for lessons.

My daughters loved the middle school unit study "A World of Adventure" - it is hands-on and each day is completely laid out for you. The curriculum even tells you exactly what to say during lessons. All subjects are covered and I got the curriculum used for about $40 or so.
You will find sample lessons here:
A World of Adventure Sample Lessons.

I hope I've helped some. :) If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask.

Blessings,
Heather

Apr 02, 2010
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She is lucky to have you
by: mrs dani

First and formost, you need to find out the laws for your state. Go to the HomeSchool Legal Defense Association (www.hslda.org) and click on your state to find the laws as well as a list of support groups in your area.

I HIGHLY suggest you join HSLDA (it runs as little as $10 a month) they also have a dept that help with "special needs" as well as helping you find materials cheap.

You really, really, really need to find a local support group. Finding out about the homeschool convention in your state and both of you attending will be of great help to you both. You will gain great knowlege and encouragement.

Aug 10, 2010
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Hang in there!
by: Trudi

Thankfully you are in the great state of Michigan! You remind me of my friend's daughters who were traumatically bullied in school and I helped convince her to homeschool, even though I did not know her that well. We are best of friends now and we recently talked about what she did for her daughter. She did Five-in-a-Row and said it helped her daughter not think of the lessons as 'school' and it made learning fun and really helped turn her around and heal from the damage. She also found the Math-U-See program worked perfectly too. Best of luck on whatever you decide to do!

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