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Years ago I tried to homeschool my oldest child who is 26 years old now. It was tough, but I loved the idea that I could go at whatever pace he wanted and he could potentially be off to college before he would if he were in a public school. I felt then that public school didn't challenge him enough, and he got bored. Even so, I did not continue homeschooling him very long because he needed the social aspects of public school that I really couldn't fill for him.

Today I have a grandson, and today things are very much different for homeschooling than ever before. Dustin is going into 3rd grade from home, but I really had to consider all of my homeschool options for the first year. I needed to be sure he was getting the best education I could offer while securing that education with minimal cost. Income, time, and ease of use for us both in the first year are necessary considerations.

After searching for the options that fit our demands, I decided to go with I was able to select a public school in my state that would accept homeschoolers. This public school works through to provide the online platform, complete curriculum, teachers, grading, and attendence. is FREE! The work is ready for me, the learning coach, to work with my grandson without having to try to get all the educational and legal issues in order myself.

K12 guides you through every step of the enrollment process. For lower income families, you are elegible to get a small reimbursement for internet, a laptop computer for the child, and any other potential special needs.

Our school year begins on August 10th, 2017.  Please follow Dustin here as he will be funding his own trips and education as much as possible. This will consist of his very own blog and YouTube channel.

Stay tuned!

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