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we do not give him any 'feeling' that he gets to make that choice -- we are happy to listen to him, and answer his questions -- just like talking about taking medication or going to medical appt -- but in the end -- he is 5, he can choose his shirt or maybe his snack; but we tell him that "god made mommas and daddies to take care of you, some day you'll be a daddy and have to make these choices"  I personally -- just me -- feel that giving a child too much of a voice in importnat life choices puts too much pressure on them; they are kids, yk?  and i persoanlly feel that feel safer and more secure and can better be about the work of childhood if they are sure they don't have to be the adult or think abodu the bigger issues. 

 




I agree. Truly. Let kids be kids, it's our job to make the big decision for them. My children have choices but they are very simple: which shirt of these 2, which book, etc. but no major life decison. A young child cannot grasp the pros/cons of the big decisions. That's why they have parents. My job is to let him make AGE appropriate decisions. He has no say in where he schools.... at this point.

post #22 of 51

Our plans for next year:

 

We signed up for an Open House for the local Options program for next year. It's a one day a week school for homeschool kids. At least for next school year we're going to do that.

 

I'm not really sure where all our time goes, but I think that we're going to keep on going with the unschooling vein. The main difference is that I am going to start focusing more on ds with his interests. I've noticed in the last three months he's really gotten interested in many things that he wants to know more about.

 

Since we're doing Options I don't think we'll be doing any other classes, one day of school and a hs co-op seems like enough for a week with a 5 year old.

 

Of course all the conversations about curriculum sounds so exciting to me but I know what really does work best for our family is much more free flowing and organically built. Still we end up at Bookies, every month or so for something.

post #23 of 51

We start kindy in the fall, and I'm still trying to work out how I think our daily rhythm should go.  I think the reality is that I'm going to have to do a lot of cooking in advance so we can just reheat things like eggs and oatmeal for breakfast, or easy things for lunch.  I already make a large casserole for dinners on Monday that we reheat for 2 more dinners, so that saves time.  To be honest, I just don't know when I'm going to be able to squeeze in an extra hour for kindy.  I'm thinking of keeping it to just 1 hour--30 minutes circle, and a 30 minute craft but to be honest are crafts NEVER take 30 minutes.  Dd has a way of taking 2 hours somehow.  At least she thoroughly enjoys them.  I'm getting VERY limited personal time these days and almost no computer time.  I'm glad I have kindy laid out because with no computer time it's hard to research.

 

As for worries, I'm worried about how we're going to find time to "do" something for kindy.  As Waldorf-inspired as we are, dd does not play like other Waldorf kids.  I try.  I do.  But I cannot play with her all day, and even when I can, she would rather draw pictures, make books, and record her own songs on cassette tapes than have a tea party with dolls or make up magical worlds at this point, and I'm just so exhausted from trying to encourage this kind of play.  Crafts she excels at, but things like block play? castle play? dollhouse play?  No go.  I can never figure out if I should worry about this or what I can do to encourage it.  I have tried every Waldorf trick in the book and end up burning out, and the reality is that I have to do laundry, clean, and cook.  We go outside for 2-3 hours every afternoon, and I can't send her out alone because we live in an apartment complex so it's not like I can postpone my work until then or anything.  Ideas?  Empathy?

 

A friend of ours gave us a kids' science kitchen science project book and dh (who is a polymer chemist and engineer) has been doing a lot of these with her.  I have discovered that I'm not big into science no matter how interesting the project is.  I just don't really like them and I don't care how they work.  I guess that's why I'm a medievalist.  Dd, though, is an engineer like hubby so I'm going to have to overcome this or push more of it on to dh and schedule our lives accordingly.

 

On the bright side, dd seems to excel at unschooling, so I figure if I truly mess things up, hopefully she'll still learn what she needs to via this method so long as I foster a creative environment.  Right now, she has been working a lot on correcting her handwriting and is progressing in teaching herself to read.  Her logic abilities are phenomenal, but she is an engineer.  She just is.  It seems like imagination is where we struggle.

post #24 of 51

I tried to edit above but it wouldn't let me.  Weird.

 

We're doing mostly Little Acorn Learning for kindy with lots of read-alouds, logic puzzles, and songs/poetry/fingerplays.  What are everyone else's plans for kindy?  Academically she's already at a first grade level as far as I can tell but I do want to see if we can foster her imagination more and unschooling academics is really working well for us right now.  We'll see.

post #25 of 51

hi ladies, :)

 

I'm a big ol fraud and it's ok. :) My big kids are both in PS this year and I have found, at least for now, it really is the best place for them. I'm to neurotic to HS. I end up way to stressed that I'm ruining my kids for life and up driving myself insane in the process. Sheepish.gif Anyway, I love preschoolers! And preschool I can handle. So far this week we have read lots of books, she is really into her play kitchen, we built huge duplo towers, played outside (still cold here :(). One her shelf I have put, beads, yellow collage, baking soda and vinegar to mix, counting bear sorting/matching activity, and a lions mask craft. I'm sooooo ready for nice weather so we can be outside more!!! 

 

re lux: Love the DD you have. :)  I do not mean that snottily, I've seen you post a bunch and you seem like an awesome mom. :)  But really relax, she's fine. (see easy for me to tell you that , but see above when it comes to my own kids lol). Some kids just don't play pretend. Pretend games are also more fun with other kids. Don't try to fit her in a mold she doesn't want. If she is studious go buy the curriculum and don't think twice about it. There is no educational philosophy that is a good fit for every child. :)

post #26 of 51

We're very laid back. I don't have a set schedule or routine.  We play. We count things. We sort things. We talk about things. We read. We play some more. We read some more.  We sing songs.  Sometimes, ds plays, bothers his little sister, and then they both have to come into the kitchen and see what I'm doing.  Sometimes, while they are involved w/ something, I try to sneak in some computer time. And sometimes, on days when I haven't spoken to another adult all day, and the kids are bickering all day long, I really think a boarding pre-school sounds like a good idea.  But mostly, we just go w/ the day.  I figure that someday I'll probably have to get a little more structured, but then again, maybe I'm just an unschooler at heart.

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We were there a few years ago, we were even part of a Kindercircle that DS finally refused to go to, he is a child born so present in this world that he just never fit the stages in Waldorf, and when we tried to keep to them he railed against the pace and subject matter of it (sad since I really liked a lot of Waldorf). I'd say follow her lead, there's no point in fighting her all the way for an educational philosophy. For us the shift has meant that we still keep a lot of the simplicity and focus on the natural world, but Kings and Dragons just don't fit with DS's personality. In my opinion encouraging specific sorts of play just because they are the common ones for Waldorf, pushing any young child too hard to "fit" can't be good. I think you should just find a balance that works well for you and her. After all this is a long term adventure you two are heading out on and it should be a pleasurable one. What you might want to do is sit don and figure out what parts of Waldorf education are important for you and figure out how to incorporate them into what fits well for DD.

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As for worries, I'm worried about how we're going to find time to "do" something for kindy.  As Waldorf-inspired as we are, dd does not play like other Waldorf kids.  I try.  I do.  But I cannot play with her all day, and even when I can, she would rather draw pictures, make books, and record her own songs on cassette tapes than have a tea party with dolls or make up magical worlds at this point, and I'm just so exhausted from trying to encourage this kind of play.  Crafts she excels at, but things like block play? castle play? dollhouse play?  No go.  I can never figure out if I should worry about this or what I can do to encourage it.

post #28 of 51

Hi Ladies :)

We'll be doing preschool with our 3yr this summer. It's much earlier then I thought we'd start using actually curriculum but its what he needs. He thrives on schedule and routine due to his sensory issues. So, we decide it was best to start him with preschool stuff at home. We're starting in July so that way when daddy leaves on a tdy for a few months in August hopefully the change won't be so hard on ds1. Most of what we will be doing is stuff we already do I am just doing more planning and structure. We'll be covering reading, science/math, arts/music and religion. He does speech and OT several times a week as well.

I am currently working on putting our curriculum together. We'll be doing ABC for the first half of the year- a differet letter each week. The second half of the year will be unit studies and review of the letters. I am thinking of using the mathstart level 1 books by murphy staurt for our math.

post #29 of 51
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We are just trucking right along.  After a period of doing nothing we are now using LAL April Enrichment Guide this month.  I really like what she did and the changes she made to LAL with the enrichment guides. 

 

I am in the process of getting DS evaluated for ST.  I know he needs it if only for his frustration level.  The poor boy has a Gene Simmons tongue and I think he has a hard time working with it.  I'm currently debating ESD or private speech therapy but for private I have to drive over an hour to Portland.  I really don't want to go the ESD route as a homeschooler and don't even know if I can.  It's all very confusing. 

post #30 of 51

So tomorrow is the Options Open House, an once a week enrichment program for Homeschool students. We're planning on doing it next Fall, I'm a little afraid that after going to the open house we won't like. So for today we're playground bound and there's a request for corn porridge.

post #31 of 51

Homeschoolers are entitled to getting services through the school distract. This week we will be seeing about adding st services through the school for my ds.

post #32 of 51

Well, we have two kids in our home. We are raising painted ladies. I'm hoping to use the butterfly home we have to find monarchs (tons of milkweed grown near us) to raise this summer, but we started with these. The toddler swatted the container this morning, with the caterpillars in their chrysalid. Two are on the ground. I've heard that you can hot glue them back onto some paper and they might survive. Is it looking pretty grim? My four year old is pretty mad.

 

Let's see. My four year old's reading is really taking off. A friend gave her a game called "What's Gnu?" a few months ago. I originally thought the game was too old for her, but it inspired her with her reading. At this point, she can read very simple sentences like, "The rat sat on the rug." Pretty neat.

 

Otherwise, looking forward to a summer filled with swimming, biking, and gardening!

post #33 of 51
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Homeschoolers are entitled to getting services through the school distract. This week we will be seeing about adding st services through the school for my ds.



Isn't that one of those things that depend on the state you are in? I don't think that I can access any services with the school district in Oklahoma.

post #34 of 51
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I decided to skip the whole ESD thing and just drive an hour one way for ST.  His evaluation in next week.  I actually have no clue what the rules are for Oregon. 

post #35 of 51
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Homeschoolers are entitled to getting services through the school distract. This week we will be seeing about adding st services through the school for my ds.



 yep

 

BOTH my boys have ST via the school, DS1 is on his 3rd (and we think final) year, DS 2 is on his 2nd.  both have had full assessments and havce IEPsates provide services for

 

it is true in all states but the rules goverening it are differnt, but legally all states have to provide services.

 

we also diver 45 minute sone way 2x a week for the boys to go to OT and for DS2 to have private ST -- i so so so wish we did not have to -- it is really really hard to have to do it each and every week -- it is a lot of car time for the boys, it takes 2 days and pretty much ruins them --we all get tired and cranky and nothing else pretty much happnes and gas prices just keep going up.  I wish our school disctict offered enough for them (small district does not have OT at all).

 

post #36 of 51

All children are entitled under federal law....I believe the law is called IDEA. I know for a fact that oklahoma provides these services because my mil used them for my husband's youngest sister when she was homeschooling.

post #37 of 51

DS1 will be getting evaluated next week for a speech delay (which, if he keeps this pace up he wont' qualify...) and a sensory processing disorder. Hopefully it will help our days go better.

 

Creative Mamas! I've started introducing letters (really low key stuff because he IS only 2) I made up sheets like these https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=17835430&l=c7ffdd9424&id=500910312 (we might be getting a printer soon but until then it's all me lol) I've done some more but I want to do something active too...and I'm at a loss. This week is A, next week is B, and so on...ideas??

 

post #38 of 51

AFwife : B bear, boat, bobbin.bozo :)

 

have you looked at letteroftheweek.com ? it might give you some ideas.

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AFwife : B bear, boat, bobbin.bozo :)

 

have you looked at letteroftheweek.com ? it might give you some ideas.



Some of the activities look like something he'll do better with when he's older...

 

Does anyone have an activity that is active? Like, something that he can learn and move?

post #40 of 51
Thread Starter 

AFWife - Universal Preschool has an active alphabet http://www.universalpreschool.com/how-to/active_alphabet.asp  There also is alphabet yoga and making letter shapes with your body.  I've heard that some paper tape letter shapes on the floor to walk. 

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