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Old 05-05-2005, 06:49 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I will be homeschooling/unschooling all of my children. The problem is that I have severe attention problems. I am having difficulty balancing unschooling ideals with my need for structure (which I suck at setting up, but that is another thread )

I will leterally forget to fo things if I do not have a list or do things the same everyday. Does this go against the whole idea of homeschooling/unschooling?

I feel like I won't be a good teacher because my brain is on turbo speed!

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I will leterally forget to fo things if I do not have a list or do things the same everyday. Does this go against the whole idea of homeschooling/unschooling?
This is me. I ALWAYS have a list of things I want to do for the day. Sometimes, they get done, sometimes not, sometimes they get pushed to the next day, but it helps for me to have a list--especially when there are places we need to be at a certain time!!

I don't find that my list-making gets in the way of unschooling though. It actually helps with it, because otherwise I might forget to follow up on a kid's question or request.

I'd like to say that my brain is just too busy contemplating the larger questions in life, to remember to do the laundry, but...well...it's possible that I may just be forgetful.

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I'd like to say that my brain is just too busy contemplating the larger questions in life, to remember to do the laundry, but...well...it's possible that I may just be forgetful.
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Thank you. Right now I have a lot of people around me who are predicting defeat when it comes to my ability to hs/us. It drives me batty, but sometimes I wonder if they have a point.

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. Right now I have a lot of people around me who are predicting defeat when it comes to my ability to hs/us. It drives me batty, but sometimes I wonder if they have a point.
Oh, GOSH! There will ALWAYS be people like that--even if this wasn't an issue for you, it would be something else--you don't have a HS diploma, or you don't have a college degree, or your degree is in the "wrong" area, or you don't have a teaching certificate, or you have too many children, or you only have one child, or you live in the country, or you don't live in the country....etc. etc.

Listen to YOURSELF, and to your own heart.

"You can't please everyone, so you've...got to please yourself...la da da..."

(Either you're too young to recognize that song, or I've now planted it in your head and you won't be able to stop singing it for days.... :LOL )

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Thank you Joan! You made me !!!

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I make lists and have daily and weekly routines and homeschooling works GREAT for us. We aren't unschoolers, though. We tried it for awhile and my kids just fought with each other. We are relaxed homeschoolers.

The important thing is to figure out what works for you and for your kids. It doesn't have to be the same way that anyone else homeschools, or fit neatly into a set style of homeschooling. It just has to work for your family, and you get to keep tweeking to make it fit better.
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I don't see lists as oppositional to unschooling if they work for you as a reminder of what you'd wanted to get done, etc. When I am working on an art piece I tend to get a little "in the zone" and I space other things so a list works great then for me too.

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Thank you mamas for your input!

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Fellow ADD mama here. I've been at it for 10+ years and have run the gamut from school-at-home curriculumn to unschooling to whatever in between. It may take a while to find what works, but just do the best routine for you and don;t worry what people call it.
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Fellow ADD mama here. I've been at it for 10+ years and have run the gamut from school-at-home curriculumn to unschooling to whatever in between. It may take a while to find what works, but just do the best routine for you and don;t worry what people call it.
Thank you!

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