Anyway, you could always try for a year and see how it goes and then at worst case you only spent a year. I think you would be great at it. If I can do it anyone can do it. Just keep records records records. Of course I am saying all this and my oldest is 5 and I have only done this one year and I did not do everything right I know.
I bet there are some others out there who know more about this than me
Oh yeah and check out your states laws for Homeschooing
Don't just take my word for it. . .Ladies??????
Hmmmm, I am going to offer some advice after all...and I'm reminding myself here...your homeschool will work out if you can set yourself some loose goals about what you want to accomplish with your daughter. I'm talking about only a few really loose goals that involve the most important skills you want her to learn. Knowing a bunch of facts is really not all that important. Knowing how to learn and apply what is learned is invaluable. A goal I have right now is to get my middle son fluent in his reading, for instance. I am letting that guide a lot of our activities and my teaching.
Once you have some goals, write them down, keep them in a prominent place. For my son's kindergarten year I had a list of goals on the wall and it served as a constant reminder of what we were working towards. When your lack of organisation gets the better of you, and you lose track for a day or two, (or more, like me ) just pick yourself up, take a look at that list and get going again. The awesome thing about homeschooling is that learning never stops. I often think I have missed it because I got sidetracked, yet looking back I realise that is not the case. The kids were just learning different things. And as long as I have a general idea where I'm going, and stick to that to the best of my (distractible, easy going, haphazard perfectionistic-procrastinator) ability, we're OK.
If the only structure we have is some good goals, and we are working towards that in our relaxed homeschool style, I'm happy.
You have nothing to lose - your daughter is not doing well in her current situation. Why don't you try homeschooling for a year and see how it works? Missing the third grade certainly won't ruin her life (or yours), even if she doesn't learn ANYTHING at home. And that isn't likely!
Sumi and the their ladies had some wonderful words of wisdom. We have a daily routine for school work and as long as we cover that, I am satisfied. Everything else is like extra credit! I have one pantry dedicated to the homeschooling supplies and keep all the books we use everyday together ... so I can find them!
I also wanted to say that I got overwhelmed by the amount of stuff I read on homeschooling. It seemed like a monumental task with a million decisions to be made. I think if you jump in and get your feet wet, you will find it is easier to do than to plan. Allow yourself to make some mistakes (with scheduling or expectations or curriculum choices) and you will do fine.
And one more word of advice: do NOT compare yourself to other homeschoolers. What works for one family may not work for yours.
Then I have HS notebooks on (right now the oldest has ONE for Lesson plans and art we keep and pictures of field trips, then I have 4 folders. . .we are working on Lifepac-Alpha Omega K Math and Language Arts and they are divided into Book 1 Math/Language Arts and Book 2 Math Language Arts. . .so I have 2 Folders for Math--Book 1 in one folder and book 2 in another folder and LA Book 1 in one folder and Book 2 in another folder) and that is not including our reading books I have and Science for later and I can not even imagine what I will do when I have 12 folders for all children. . .really more because then the oldest will have 5 "academics" so I guess there will be 10 folders for oldest and in beg 8 folders for twins. . .till later when there will be 30 folders. . .wow!!!!!!!!!!!!
I barely can find my purse when it is time to leave the house!!! HAHA
Oh well. . .I know I am growing each day. . .and maybe by the time they are in College I will be organized and look back on all this and smile. Saying been there done that!!!