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    Going back to public school

    If you had to send your kids back to school, could you please share with me the best way you prepared them? And/or What subjects would you focus the most until schools start in August? I’m currently studying both options public and private.
    Thank you!
    ***4A and 7A cores for 2019-2020***

    #2
    If you've been doing 7A and 4A, your kids will be more than adequately prepared for a transition to public school. I've taught eighth and 10th grade English and Comunication Skills classes in the public schools, and MP goes far beyond our state's English requirements.

    You can download your local state's standards of learning or benchmark goals for free and look at specific goals for each grade and subject. A school guidance counselor can meet with you to discuss your eldest's 7th grade transcript to see where placement for 8th will best fit. 5th grade classes aren't usually so tailored, so you should decide if you want to pursue traditional or gifted paths and provide any supporting documentation.
    Mama to 2, Married 17 years

    SY 19/20
    DD 9-3A
    DS 6-SC C

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      #3
      Enbateau,

      Thank very much for taking the time to answer! I had not consider looking at the standards for our state nor speaking with a school counselor, this is very helpful. Thanks again!
      ***4A and 7A cores for 2019-2020***

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        #4
        Transitioning from MP, your child will be well prepared for public, skills wise. If it were me (I did send one to public for 8th-12th after using MP material before grade core packages came out), i would focus on what he won’t get in public- Latin and classics. Be sure to have your 7A finish Fourth Form or whichever Latin s/he is in and be sure to finish the Homer study. For the 4A, finish First Form Latin and FMOR and maybe over the summer read through FMOG.
        Debbie- mom of 7, civil engineering grad, married to mechanical engineer
        DD, 25, BFA '17 graphic design and illustration
        DS, 23, BS '18 mechanical engineering
        DS, 21, chemistry major
        DS, 18, Physics major
        DD, 15, dyslexic, 10th grade customizednMP plus co-op
        DS, 12, super squirmy, possible dysgraphia, MP 7A
        DD, 6 , K- finally one who seems to like drawing and writing- first one since my oldest!

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          #5
          Amen, momgineer!

          Tanya

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            #6
            Hi! I decided to peek in after being away for a long time and saw this. I was meant to be here today.

            All 4 of my kids ended up doing stints at both public and private schools. Neither of those choices is really different, content wise, from each other (no matter what the shiny brochures from the private schools say), unless you find an actual Classical school (WHICH I DID, but I won't hijack your question).

            I *my* opinion, the best prep for heading to either of those types of schools would be in math and "reading". Here's why:

            Math: once the kid get into classroom math, the support is no longer one on one. I sent my rising 7th grader to a classical school with 1/2 of pre-algebra under his belt and it was the best. decision. ever. His transition to the classroom wasn't at all difficult in the area of the content. In fact, his 7th grade classroom is a near do-over to MP6. Being "overly prepared" for math was a huge key to his mastery of Away school: he was free to focus on learning to school Away from Mom over figuring out fractions, percents, and decimals.

            Reading: and by this, I mean being well read, which creates a Writer's Voice that most Away schooled kids lack. My son will churn out a composition for his teacher with ease because he knows how to express himself. All 4 of my kids ended up being good writers, and I attribute that to the language-rich environment of our homeschool including the reading of quality books, both as a group and as individuals. His classical school composition teacher even remarked that my son's abilities exceed the rest of his grade level peers. I had to laugh because his spelling is marginal and he doesn't like to hold a pencil, but when he does... he has something to say. I attribute this to the lyric nature of high quality literature that has been in his life since birth.


            So, with great irony, I tell you: it's the 3 R's that homeschool does so well that come through when a student heads to Away school. The prep that a homeschooled child gets compared to his peers is pretty prodigious. In the upper grades, that will look like rock solid memorized multiplication facts and the ability to easily segue to pre-algebra and upper mathematics, and "writing", which is the culmination of a language rich homeschool experience.

            Hope that helped a little bit today!


            DS, 26 yrs, graduated from MIT (Aerospace), recently completed the design and execution of unhackable military software... in his spare time.

            DS, 24 yrs, graduated from SIU's School of Business, ENGAGED!

            DD, 21 yrs, Senior in Education at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC

            DS, 12 yrs, currently attending a classical school which would give HLS a run for its money.

            All homeschooled.

            Me: retired after 16 years of continuous homeschooling. Ahhh....

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              #7
              Originally posted by Jen (formerly) in Japan View Post
              Hope that helped a little bit today!
              Not that it matters any, but your reply helped me. And I only have a Kindergartner and didn't even ask the question or start the thread.
              2019/2020 - 2nd MP Year
              S - 6, K @ home and HLN
              D - 4, rising through minor leagues quickly
              S - 2, the master of disasters

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