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We are very eclectic homeschoolers working at levels ranging from toddler to late jr high. We do a bit year round but since dh is a professor we do also follow his schedule a bit.<br><br>
I am looking foward to tying up some loose ends as we hit summer and wondering about picking up the pace after a relaxed summer come September.<br><br>
By May we have usually decided on topics for fall and placed orders so that I am ready for fall. This year, my focus is babywearing, flat diapers and wool diaper covers. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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We're about to START the homeschooling journey (okay, officially that is!) with our 5 year old this Fall - just in time for the new baby! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I know some folks think we're toally crazy, but I can't imagine not having him home to be with our new baby! And there are other reasons, too, of course, but suffice it to say I'm excited to start off with homeschooling!<br><br>
I know my brain is TOTALLY in baby-land these days, though. I have a business and co-op that I run and they are getting almost NO attention from me. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> Hopefully it will be easier to concentrate on homeschooling, as it's also a very exciting thing for our family!
 

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We are HS my almost 9yo and my almost 7yo will officially start in September.<br>
We had to get special permission to HS here in Germany and so we have to follow a fairly strict curriculum. If we actually did all the work they expect us to do ds would be doing lessons for over 5 hours a day! The curriculum follows the French national curric and is designed mainly French for ex-pats who plan to put trheir kids back in school once they return to France, not for families who believe in alternate methods of learning and just don't want to put their kids in school at all. It is really trying to reproduce school at home and it is not ata ll the kind of HS I had hoped to do with my kids.<br>
I'm a bit worried about how everything is going ot go this fall once both ds and dd are enrolled, and the new baby is here. Already it is a struggle to get ds to do a minimum amount of worK...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Same here. We are really excited too. I am going to start do activities with our local home school group this summer, so that is not such a big transition this fall. I am leaning to unschooling so I am not to worried about starting right in Sept. In SD the homeschooling laws a pretty lax compaired to other places ( at least that is what I keep hearding).
 

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Thank you for the replies. I felt so alone waiting for them. I love the idea of unschooling but I have trouble letting go. We use some curriculum and lots of reading (both independent and directed) with discusion for many subjects.<br><br>
My ds is a very fast, independent learner and applies everything all the time. Math is the easiest subject to assign a grade level to and he is in Algebra. My oldest dd is a huge history buff and loves to play with her sisters rather than do anything I ask her to do. My 4 yo has many, many, misconceptions to unlearn. My current favorite is that she can grow anything she wants from her tomato seeds, even carrots. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> My toddler is good at distraction. For the most part the pressure I feel is from myself and my son. He goes eats curriculum for breakfast. Seriously, the best thing I ever did was to teach him how to use the card catalog online and set him loose in the library. Any other way and I would be completely broke as he loves the order and obvious progress of working through text books. He reads The Cartoon Guide to just about anything as bedtime reading.<br><br>
We are an active family in our local homeschool group. It is designed as a very secular group filled with all types of learners and educational styles. Our activites center on park days, field trips, and dinner out for the moms every now and then. We have had some co-ops in the past. There is a ton of overlap between us and the local LLL group in the past (and present <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">)<br><br>
Good luck to HeatherB and Gina871 though as you have doubtlessly told others you have been doing it since your first babe was born.
 

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I'm here too! (I haven't been on the board for a week or so.) I homeschool my almost 7 y.o. dd and my almost 5 y.o. ds will be officially homeschooling starting this fall.<br><br>
We are pretty relaxed, but we do use some curriculum. Currently dd and I do our curriculum work while ds is at preschool. (A super cool preschool that is popular with relaxed homeschooling families around here.)<br><br>
My plan is to work ds into our homeschool routine when school ends, and continue through the summer and early September. Then we'll take an extended break from baby's birth through the holidays. I know myself well enough to know that the homeschooling will naturally fall by the way-side when the baby comes, no matter my best intentions! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I don't want dd to have to go 6 months without any curriculum work. (She would be unhappy about that as well, as she likes the stimulation of our studies most of the time.) I would be fine with ds waiting until early '08 to officially begin any kindergarten work, but I think it will be easier to include him this summer than to try to get him to "go play" while I work exclusively with dd, kwim? If I had *only* a 5 y.o., I would definately wait.
 

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My son would love for me to find a supercool preschool popular with homeschoolers for one or two of his sisters. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I know we can't take a six month break either. I am thinking about scaling back quite a bit for fall and see how it goes. The idea would be that if the work were light but very purposeful it will be easier on me and my daughter. (She fights the idea of schoolwork and we will both be distracted by baby.) I suppose it should be that way all the time. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> The easiest for me would be if she could use her brothers materials but they are so different it doesn't really work that way.<br><br>
Glad to know who all is out there so we can lean on each other when we need.
 

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We're homeschooling, too. This year is "kindergarten" and we don't do much of anything. But I'm feeling like I really need to step it up for next year (with a 2 year old and a newborn <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao">). I'm thinking of starting in the summer, so that when not much gets done in the fall, we aren't too far "behind" (<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/ROTFLMAO.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="rotflmao"> again).
 

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I'm also thinking of starting sooner rather than later. My DS just LOVES "doing school," so I know he wouldn't object! We're planning on using a curriculum, though I need to evaluate it just a bit more before we finalize our decision, then look at finances and finally our summer schedule.<br><br>
I know we'll take off at least 6 weeks or so when the baby comes, but since most of what we'll be doing is reading, I'm thinking *maybe* we can keep up a certain amount despite the juggling of the family. The hardest part will be keeping up with the areas in which he needs the most help - like handwriting. Thankfully he can already read pretty well!
 

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Heather, don't sweat the handwriting too much. If he <i>likes</i> practicing then go for it, but otherwise I wouldn't let handwriting make life difficult for either of you at this age.<br><br>
My dd started to balk at handwriting practice after about 2 months of it when she was 5. When I got on a homeschooling board (not MDC) and asked about it, I was amazed at how many BTDT moms responded that their kids had not "taken" to writing until they were about 8 years old. This was true whether or not they were good readers. (My dd was an early reader as well.) It seemed to be especially true for boys, as most of the "exceptions" -- kids who wrote well and at length at earlier ages -- were girls. This took a load off my shoulders. DD is nearly 7 now, and while her handwriting is still immature (even for her age, imo), I'm seeing improvement. Plus, she's willing to write for longer periods now than she used to be. (Though she still isn't willing to write for long! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">) We don't do handwriting workbooks anymore, but as she moves into second grade work in history and science, there are more opportunities to write. Given how many kids seem to round some sort of corner on handwriting around age 8, I've got to believe it's a developmental thing.<br><br>
Just a thought to ease your mind! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I am a long time unschooler. My 15 yo dd was unschooled until we moved here and she decided to go to a charter school in the middle of 8th grade. She loves it and is doing great. I am unschooling my 9yo and 2yo and plan to keep going until they decide to go to school or college. We love unschooling and have found over the years that it really does work. Now that my kids are older and showing how well they are doing I don't get the questions anymore. I am so grateful that my children have taken me on this amazing journey. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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Wendi-<br><br>
I am envious that you have been able to unschool. That is what I hoped to do but circumstances haven't permitted.<br>
It is so obvious to me that my kids are bright and curious and love to learn. But as soon as there is a lesson that they "have " to do, it's like they just shut down. We have tried so many different ways of presenting the material, and when it is spontaneous and fun then of course they are interested. But we always have to send in these stupid evaluations and it is such a struggle to get ds to complete them. And it is sooo furstrating because I know that he is capable of doing the stuff.<br>
Oh well, I am sure it will get easier, and I can always hope that in the near future we will be living somewhere else where homeschooling/unschooling is legal and accepted.
 

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Plaid I am so very fortunate to be able to pretty much do what I want as far as education goes. I have lived in two states with good homeschooling laws. It is great that you are homeschooling and working around the rules. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
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Plaid Leopard I am so impressed that you have found a way to homeschool in Germany. I knew a few who were interested when we were living there and their thinking was to move to the US. It was actually a momma in DE that convinced dh before I even brought it up to him.<br><br>
A pp mentioned the shutting down as soon as there is school work, especially written work, to do. This is my oldest dd. So while my ds loves the work (and does statistics for fun) I have to find other ways for my dd. On the really tough days I remind myself that I am homeschooling so that their individual needs and paces can be met.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Plaid Leopard I am so impressed that you have found a way to homeschool in Germany. I knew a few who were interested when we were living there and their thinking was to move to the US. It was actually a momma in DE that convinced dh before I even brought it up to him.<br><br>
A pp mentioned the shutting down as soon as there is school work, especially written work, to do. This is my oldest dd. So while my ds loves the work (and does statistics for fun) I have to find other ways for my dd. On the really tough days I remind myself that I am homeschooling so that their individual needs and paces can be met.</div>
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It helps that neither DH nor I is German. We had to get special permission from the Minister of Education by stating that we were not staying long in Germany and wanted our kids to be able to integrate the French system once we returned to France. Not sure we will go to France or that our kids will integrate any school system anywhere but hey, you do what you gotta do.<br><br>
It is my son that shuts down when there is school work to do. He loves making up stories on his own, reading, drawing, writing etc but when he HAS to do it somebaody else's way... AAAAAGH.<br>
It is so true that HS is <b>supposed</b> to help us meet each child's need at their own pace. If it were up to me I would delay a lot of these lessons that DS "must" learn for his curriculum. I don't think it is that important that he be able to write perfectly in cursive at this point or be able to do some of the the things that are tested for in the evaluations. I know that he will be able to do them at some point but pushing him too hard is counterproductive. Unfortunately I can't delay the evaluations so we find some creative ways to get the work done when possible.
 
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