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Old 08-23-2010, 09:41 AM   #1
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Mitch and Heidi-and the Homeschool mamas...

So we're starting our first day of kindergarten today...I'm gonna let my 3 yr old DD follow along too since she loves to learn book work so much...I'm actually excited. I'll be honest the idea of homeschooling terrified me, and it's always been a tension point between DH and I...(he was home schooled through elementary, and credits it for his 4.0) Well I got my curriculum and I'm prepped for the week...Should be interesting...
Anyways wish me luck...Hopefully I can pull this off...
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Good luck!! We picked up homeschool a bit today too, just because it's my first day with no work. How's it going so far? Our morning work went well. Chaotic, but well, lol.
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you are gonna do awesome!!!! IMO the fact that they are home with a mother that loves them sets them up for life a step ahead!!!! We also did some school today and I manged to not loose it, my patience are very short. My 17 month old screamed for the first 10 minutes and then i set her down with some food. So i guess that is the solution, feed the beast and she will be quiet LOL. i feel very productive!!!!!
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I didn't realize you homeschooled too Faith...
Well we are going to try our first day after dd2 goes down for a nap and see how it goes...that gives me 2 hours of worksheet and activity time...nap time starts in about 10 min...so wish me luck...I decided against mornings with DS since he has never been my morning kid...So his attention span is best at this point of the day...plus it will keep a very jealous 20mo old out of my hair...
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I didn't realize you homeschooled too Faith...
Well we are going to try our first day after dd2 goes down for a nap and see how it goes...that gives me 2 hours of worksheet and activity time...nap time starts in about 10 min...so wish me luck...I decided against mornings with DS since he has never been my morning kid...So his attention span is best at this point of the day...plus it will keep a very jealous 20mo old out of my hair...
Good idea. I split our K work into about 20 min in the morning & 20 min in the afternoon so they don't get frustrated/overtired. Mine hate repetition/busywork so I can only get so much workbook time in before they start to rebel. But creative stuff they'll do for a longer time. If they want to go longer we do, but with dd1 I won't force her past 20 minutes. I learned that last year. She totally shut down & refused to do anything. A lot of kids are fine going for a much longer time, just not dd.
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Good idea. I split our K work into about 20 min in the morning & 20 min in the afternoon so they don't get frustrated/overtired. Mine hate repetition/busywork so I can only get so much workbook time in before they start to rebel. But creative stuff they'll do for a longer time. If they want to go longer we do, but with dd1 I won't force her past 20 minutes. I learned that last year. She totally shut down & refused to do anything. A lot of kids are fine going for a much longer time, just not dd.
You just described DS...He only recently wanted anything to do with his ABC's though he's been counting since he learned how to talk...It just frustrated him and he would shut down, so I didn't force it and waited til he had more interest while keeping letters posted on the board and trying new things once in awhile...Now he's excited, and like everything with him it finally clicked...DD on the other hand will probably pick up most of what I teach DS this year just because she learns so differently than he does...She's the type that learns by repetition so I figure it can't hurt to let her tag along...
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You just described DS...He only recently wanted anything to do with his ABC's though he's been counting since he learned how to talk...It just frustrated him and he would shut down, so I didn't force it and waited til he had more interest while keeping letters posted on the board and trying new things once in awhile...Now he's excited, and like everything with him it finally clicked...DD on the other hand will probably pick up most of what I teach DS this year just because she learns so differently than he does...She's the type that learns by repetition so I figure it can't hurt to let her tag along...
Dd2 tags along too--I couldn't keep her away if I tried. I still have NO idea how she learns--she picks things up when she wants to--today she wanted to do ABCs. I am on Enchanted Learning so I just print out whatever worksheet she wants. Good thing as today was trace-the-entire-alphabet day
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I'm sorry I didn't get here to see this earlier, but it sounds like a pretty good day all around. Jacque and Faith, I hope your second days are great!

We actually started our school year back up a few weeks ago with just the basics and have been slowly adding subjects - today was our first day covering everything (for Tyler, at least - grammar, writing, reading, math, history, geology, logic, Spanish, and art; Ryan and James have been doing everything since we started the school year, but I only plan 30-60 minutes a day for them).

I can't complain about our day at all, but I rather expected it to go well - the only thing that was completely new to us was our new history program, and Tyler's so in love with history in general that I don't think I could find a history program that he wouldn't enjoy even if I tried. I was surprised at how little time was involved on my part today, too. We've been working for a while at getting him to work independently (he's a SIXTH grader this year - I can't believe that!) and he got everything on his list of things that he could do without help accomplished before I even got as far as telling him to get started. The few things I'd had him wait for me to do only took a total of maybe 40 minutes. I hope his motivated morning continues to be the pattern for the rest of our year!

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You just described DS...He only recently wanted anything to do with his ABC's though he's been counting since he learned how to talk...It just frustrated him and he would shut down, so I didn't force it and waited til he had more interest while keeping letters posted on the board and trying new things once in awhile...Now he's excited, and like everything with him it finally clicked...DD on the other hand will probably pick up most of what I teach DS this year just because she learns so differently than he does...She's the type that learns by repetition so I figure it can't hurt to let her tag along...
This is my little ones, too. Ryan wanted very little to do with anything school-related until recently, but James is in my face fifty times a day asking to do some schoolwork. I don't do a whole lot of workbook time, but have had to find some for James just to keep him happy. He's currently in love with the preschool Handwriting Without Tears book, and I've been cheating and copying pages out of it rather than letting him write in it, because he wants to do each one over and over.

About three "paper" things per day is all Ryan can handle, though. I think it's in part because he has limited motion of his right eye, so he has double vision a lot - he's really struggled with writing, drawing, etc. until recently, and still complains of a headache if he works at that sort of thing for too long). Today, he had two pages from his Explode the Code book and one page reviewing how to write numbers 1-12 and he was definitely DONE with the paperwork. We do a lot of reading together, making up and singing songs, math manipulatives and games, etc., instead.

They've been working on learning our phone number and address, so we've made up songs for both of those that we've been singing every day, and today we also worked with geoboards and pattern blocks, played dominoes, and read a couple of books about fruits and vegetables. We also needed to make a trip to the bookstore/teacher supply store for the last few supplies Ryan and Tyler will need for their first day at their enrichment program, and I didn't think I was ever going to get the little boys back out of the store - they spent over an hour going up and down all of the school aisles. The posters were particularly enticing - they spent ages identifying the letters and numbers on an entire aisle of them. Hooray for unintended "school time" without any work from me!
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Good luck!
I was seriously considering HSing my son who is 5 and just started Kindergarten. I decided to hold off since we are having our surprise baby this fall. I just didn't think I could handle HSing and a newborn, plus my 2.5 y/o. Kudos to those of you who can balance HSing with a newborn! You ROCK!
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I was seriously considering HSing my son who is 5 and just started Kindergarten. I decided to hold off since we are having our surprise baby this fall. I just didn't think I could handle HSing and a newborn, plus my 2.5 y/o. Kudos to those of you who can balance HSing with a newborn! You ROCK!
Alicia I was terrified too...if DH hadn't been so stubborn and insistent I don't think I would have...Our school options were so limited and our choices so poor that we thought we'd give it a try...DS would be the baby in his class anyways and is tiny by nature so I'm not against keeping him back a year if I really flop...
I'm lucky too that I have a couple of friends that homeschool and have kids the same ages as mine...so at least I had back-up just in case...
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