Do you use any program etc? I use Abeckka Academy, and I have time for nothing (including any time with other kids whatsoever). With all my appointments I am ALWAYS behind, and in such a rush that I learn next to nothing. I can't go to public or private school currently, and am in the 7th grade for the second time due to this all. I really wonder how and if I can do this. I mean, I have to, but at what cost? I already have to cut some corners, skip unnecessary work, but it's more than that as well...I'm just not getting a quality education and there seems to be no way that I can. Do you have any advice on this? What would you do?
Alex, let me start by saying how much I enjoyed visiting your blog. You are obviously a very intelligent, mature and talented young lady.
I wish I had a brilliant answer for you. We have never used Abeka but I have heard from people who use it that it is very thorough and rigid (which sounds grueling and exhausting to me!). On the other hand I know there are a lot of people who love it too! When I teach my kids I try to keep my end goal in mind. My goal is never to finish a worksheet, but to teach a concept. Sometimes we skip pages entirely if the kids have a good attitude and can demonstrate they've grasped the concept behind it. There is no reason (in my opinion) to do pages and pages of math facts that have already been mastered, or copy spelling words over and over again that are already known. I'd rather my kids write one sentence very carefully and beautifully than 100 sentences quick and sloppy. There are so many homeschooling options out there, I wouldn't feel bound to one program that's not working for you, if you have another choice. One of my favorite homeschool links is homeschoolreviews.com. You'll find reviews of almost every curriculum out there. I personally try to follow the philosophy of Charlotte Mason. If you are interested you can read more about it here.
I hope you will keep me updated on the outcome of this. I am certainly anxious to keep up with your progress, both academically and healthwise. I am honored that you took the time to visit and comment.