Homeschool away from home?

As crazy as that sounds, I am seriously considering this as an option for my almost 13 year old son. We have a rule at our house, First we do jobs and school and then we do other things. Lately Xander has been choosing the same jobs every day and it has gotten to the point that those jobs are just considered his territory. No one else chooses them. Also, he gets his schoolwork done very quickly and then all he wants to do all day is play video games. Granted it is winter and we did just get a lot of new games for Christmas, so it’s worse right now than usual, but it has become very apparent to me that he should be doing more schoolwork. The problem is that when I talk to him about doing more, he is just not interested. He feels like he is doing as much as he can do. This boy is brilliant, but he is just not interested in challenging himself. My husband and I have been talking with each other and both of us feel that he may need something new to spark him. There is a school called Benjamin Franklin Homeschool Academy that teaches the core curriculum as a supplement to homeschooling. They have very small classes, the work is catered to the individual, and they cover the basics so that at home we are allowed to persue the more individual interests like photography. Lately that is what Xander has been interested in along with Science. I have already had him attending a science class away from home because I don’t have a passion for science. Why not send him for a few hours a week and have him get the other things as well? It sounds like a win win. Xander’s friend would be in his class and has been attending for the past 6 months and has nothing but praise for the school. Xander is going to attend with him next Tuesday to see if he wants to try it out.

What is the problem you may ask? It’s $200/month tuition. How on earth will I afford it? We were just starting to be able to breathe financially and so we decided to refinance our home to a 15 yr mortgage in order to pay it off faster. We want to be 100% out of debt. This means we are seriously pinching our pennies now. I suppose we could cancel cable and internet. ouch. I’m sure we will find the money somehow if we pray for a way and if it’s the right thing to do for our son.

January 15, 2009 - 2:57 pm Maggie - Does the school need a photographer? Would they be willing to negotiate an exchange contract for part of the fees? Love and prayers - - Maggie

January 15, 2009 - 11:24 pm Grammie - I have some scholarship funds available for educational opportunities and would be glad to donate for Xander to attend. I think your idea sounds great and could really help the motivation thing. I would help with scholarship funds for any of the kids for classes or activities they want to participate in. I love you guys!!

January 22, 2009 - 10:02 am Michelle - Sounds like a big decision. Selfishly I hope you don't cancel internet! Blessings, Michelle

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