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What do you during PS holiday break with your HS'er?<br>
My dd's friends who are in PS all have off the next 2 weeks and have all kinds of field trips and playdates planned with us,so I decided to take a break from hs the next 2 weeks also. Tuesday is our only day this week, we are not going on a filed trip or leaving for the weeeknd to a water park ( we don't celebrate Xmas). Tuesday we are going to do a small unit study on blood and the body, but Thrusday our filed trip is to a small exhibit about the body so those 2 will tie in. The following week is visitng friends, another Hands On Museum and a costume party. I just felt doing formal sitdown work would be too much, so we are just playing our games, reading and doing crafts for school work.<br>
This is our first year HS'ing, so I was wondering how all the other HS'ers balance, school work, holiday break and their childrens social activities with thier PS friends.
 

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We have 2 in PS still, so my dd will be on 'break' with the boys.<br><br>
It's kind of a busy time for us anyway, and I'm still getting lots of 'teaching' in. (Baking, buying items- she does list, and price comparisons, etc)<br>
It still amazes me how many daily activities can be considered teaching.
 

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We unschool, so we never do school work. We are enjoying having more access to school friends this week, though. Rain is going to meet up with a schooled friend tomorrow,and another schooled friend was over today...<br><br>
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Same thing is happening here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> We unschool so winter break looks no different other than there are more schooled friends over.
 

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We do the same during this time as any other time, except, as was said, the kids have access to more school friends during the day. We also see more of the relatives.<br><br>
When we first started hsing, I was very aware of the school holidays and breaks and hours of operation, but now it's funny how much I don't notice it. Dd was trying to make plans to get together with a new friend and the friend had plans for several Saturdays in a row. I was confused as to why they were planning so far ahead and said, "Why not just come over tomorrow?" Dd's reply was, "Uh...Mom? She goes to SCHOOL!" (Oh, yeah, right...that.)<br><br>
Rambling...<br><br>
School breaks just mean there are more kids at our house. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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We're not "working" on anything this week, although we're still doing circle time since the kids are used to the routine. We just read stories instead. Next week we'll probably be back at it, though.
 

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We celebrate Christmas and December is a super busy month for us. We've done very little sit-down homeschooling since Thanksgiving and we aren't unschoolers! Actually, the month has been so great and my kids are doing so well it makes me wonder about unschooling.<br><br>
I think that you should do what works for you and take breaks when you need or want to. Kids who go to school get very little school work done in the days that lead up to the holiday break because they days are so full of other things. I don't keep track of what days other kids are in school but I sometimes have friends call and suggest we get together a particular day because their kids are off. We just flow with it.
 

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My boys are in school this year, but I homeschool 8yo dd and the little one 17mog. I always have a "flexible" schedule--not really homeschooling, but not really unschooling either if that makes sense. I have a curriculum, but I'm not married to it--just take what I want and leave the rest. No stress.<br><br>
To answer your question: I'm having Shannon do a Math page each day (because we're "behind" I hate that term), but then we're baking cookies. There's lots of math in that, with measuring and all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"> You can even have them add up how much the ingredients cost and how much each cookie costs etc. The point being that you can make almost every experience "educational".<br><br>
We're doing a lot of home ec kinda stuff--cleaning the house, shopping, baking, making gifts, writing out cards. For me, that's school. Life skills are very important--more so than book work in my mind.
 

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My DS is very aware of the public school schedule because his best friends attend. So he insisted that he should get a "winter break" also. He is about 3 lessons away from finishing the first half of his math book and in the middle of reading a book. So I gave him our usual assignment sheet with only those necessary lessons for him to complete any time he chooses by the end of this week. Otherwise, he is on break for the next two weeks.<br><br>
This is the first year though where we have been "doing school" on a regular basis, so I reallly feel the need for an extended break. Previously we would take days off all year round when we felt the need, so things are a little different this year.
 

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Thanks for all the great replys. I love hearing about everyones schedule.<br>
I too am still amazed at jus how much my daughter gets ane education from just our everday life things. I have no worries about her falling behind or missing something the next few weeks. I have noticed since we started HS'ing this year, she takes an active role in her own education and fills her time with reading and writting.<br><br>
I really am excited that my dd has the flexibilty to chill for the next few weeks and enjoy her freinds during the week. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"><br><br>
Have a great time!!!!
 

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Since we will most likely homeschool year-round, I'm more relaxed about missing days for outings and appts. Have a great time!!<br><br>
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Ds and dd have done a bit of math. Other than that, we are taking a break. All homeschool workshops, dance classes, French lessons, etc. are on break for two weeks, so our schedule is different. Mostly the kids have chosen to lay around and watch T.V. But I can't blame them too much, cuz I've been sick.<br><br>
We're celebrating X-mas with dh's family on Friday, and then my family on Saturday. Next week we're going up to the Gold country, and will tour an old Gold mining town, pan for gold, etc. I guess we could call that a "California History unit" - hee! My neice, who lives up there, has to do a report for school, and I thought it would be fun for my kids to explore too.<br><br>
Then we have a neighborhood New Years party where we'll go from neighbor to neighbor's house. Lots of kids, live music, etc. Should be fun!<br><br>
Laura <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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