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How has the "school year" started for you all? Obviously, the homeschooler's year is ongoing but I find that everyone around me assumes that September is a big deal for us. In a way, it is. Community activities begin again, there is a different feel in the neighbourhood with most of the children away all day, stores have really cool stuff for kids to learn with......<br><br>
We are trying a different approach this year. Unschooling didn't work so well for any of us (especially the kids) so we are trying a little more structure this year and everyone is loving it! I know that all of the HS books say that most people get less structured with time - just another way we don't fit the mold, I guess, even if it is already an unconventional mold. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
What is working for you? What is challenging? How are your kids? How are you parents holding up? I would love to hear what other poeple are doing!
 

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Yes I too find that there is a different rythum to our days in the Fall when the neighborhood children go back to school. I love it! I just love the fall in general, but I find Sept. a good time for us to refocus and gather as a family, after so much time with friends and neighbors in the summer.<br><br>
In our state we have to notify of our intent to homeschool each year and send a syllabus or cirriculum. This always gets us looking at all the books we have and generally spurs a lot of intrest in what we each want to persue for the coming year. I find this happens in Jan. too, after the holiday rush is over.<br><br>
We have 2 other homeschooling families on our street (which doesn't have that many houses on it, so it seems pretty unusal!) These families are more of the 'school at home' types so my little ones don't understand why they can't play until after 2 or 3 in the afternoon.<br><br>
Some years we have met with other homeschoolers and had a "We don't have to go back to school" party at the beach on the first day of 'school.' This year we are just enjoying being a family and visiting the parks, the zoo and the art museum now that they are less crowded.<br><br>
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We are finishing up our 3rd week of "school" here. Now that DS is in 2nd grade, I thought we should get a little more structured. We did a little bit of experimenting, and we've seemed to have found a nice rhythm. Right now we are doing about 2 full days of school where we are very involved with learning activities for about 3-4 hours a day, while we'll do simplier days for the other 1-2 days, and end up taking 1-2 days off. DS really does feel much better having a routine, however after 2-3 days he is ready for a break, which is fine for me! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
So as long as I can keep up with the preparation of our "hard work" days I think we'll have a great year!
 

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We're a little more structured this year, also. This was our first week of the new "schoolyear" (even though we did some "school" all through summer) It's going great so far! We are using a lot of Waldorf in our approach, and the kids and I both love it. We did have an issue today of my son not wanting to make what we had planned for baking today. I kind of figured he wouldn't- it was a pastry with refried beans inside, and he hates beans! LOL Anyway, I feel like I have already learned a lot, and so have the kids. We have fallen into a rythm, and it's really nice.
 

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We get a little more structured every year. well that isn't really accurate. Every year we redefine ourstructure to work with where our family is at that year.We started out unschooling but my dd, like nme does bettter if she has clear direction and knows what is expected of her. she likes workbooks over open ended stuff and likes checking things of her list (even a mental list so it isn't like she just likes making a check mark) So we actually do a lot of work book stuff. We started spanish this year and she really loves that. My pre-schooler want in on all the great attention madeline is getting so we have started "officially" doing school with her. She does the spanish and maily her school consist of anything that involves me sitting by her desk and using school supplies of any kind. She is too funny. So I do Madeline 3 days a week for about 1-3 hours depending on her ability to focus (SI dysfunction and mold allergies. we got three days of down of down pouring rain and then really cool weather - we haven't either bothered for the last couple of days) and Lilyka 3 days a week for about an hour.<br><br>
it hink fall gets you thinking about school just because it has been drilled into us. Also even if you don't start and stop there are so many good deals to be had it is really pays to think about it now. And while you are restocking on markers and pencils why n ot restock you homeschool tools and pull out all the things that didn't work last year. Since everything is on sale that could even remotely be associated with school (baskets, book shelves, rubbermaid) it just all fits together. And any shift of season just makes you want to rethink and regroup. I buy a lot of stuff after christmas (i usally use my Christmas money on school stuff). It just seems like the right time. In spring for some reason I go crazy buying science stuff. It is funny how these patterns start emerging after only a few years of homeschooling.
 
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