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Old 04-03-2013, 09:35 PM   #41
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So it sounds like most everyone is planning to take a break or at least do light school work over the summer? Is anyone else year round homeschooling?

We are year round so Kearnan just finished 5th and we took a break then rolled into 6th. I don't know that I could tell you where Tharen actually is in 2nd because his schooling is a bit more fluid at this point. I will probably call it done when he finishes his math curriculum. To be quite honest this week has been a bit rough. I was very hopeful when everything got started last week because we were doing so well but we are back to Kearnan dragging his feet. He took an hour to get ready the past two days (like an hour practically to eat a bowl of cereal). Then he stood around waiting for me to tell him what to do instead of getting started and he took over an hour to do his math work, he is doing LOF math so it should never take him that long. We are barely getting through just basics again and we were supposed to add music and art this week (didn't happen). He had to take his reading to TKD with him to finish after class. It is just really really frustrating. At the same time I have Tharen who would rather wrestle the dogs and flop about than listen or focus on work. I can't send them outside as it is raining and nasty out. I don't know what to do with them.
We go year round but I take days off, frequently. Today my oldest wasn't feeling well. I'm guessing allergies so we took the day off...again.

My oldest also seems to need the constant instruction in order to be productive. I've found he does better with lists. I can refer him to the list to try and make him more self sufficient. We have one list of what needs to happen before school starts with a picture of each item like make bed, brush teeth, etc. We have another list of what needs to happen on school days Bible, math, reading, handwriting, CC, piano. He has a check box so that he can check them off as he goes. I'm sure you've tried it all with your kiddos but I just thought I'd share that there seems to be something about seeing (not just hearing it) and having to check it off that really helps.

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We go year round but I take days off, frequently. Today my oldest wasn't feeling well. I'm guessing allergies so we took the day off...again.

My oldest also seems to need the constant instruction in order to be productive. I've found he does better with lists. I can refer him to the list to try and make him more self sufficient. We have one list of what needs to happen before school starts with a picture of each item like make bed, brush teeth, etc. We have another list of what needs to happen on school days Bible, math, reading, handwriting, CC, piano. He has a check box so that he can check them off as he goes. I'm sure you've tried it all with your kiddos but I just thought I'd share that there seems to be something about seeing (not just hearing it) and having to check it off that really helps.
We seem to have had more days off than on lately. Between doctor's appts, people being sick and just needing time off I feel like I'm constantly saying "well we'll just take a break today".

We do lists too. He has his routine chart for daily tasks and then his school lesson plan. He will just "forget" what he is doing in the middle of doing it. Like I will be reading with Tharen and when I go to check on him and he won't have done anything because he was staring at the wall instead. Or he will finish something and sit around not doing anything instead of moving on to the next lesson (despite having his lesson plan in front of him). We took two full weeks off to take a break and work on him time management skills like not dawdling at the table, not standing in his room in his underwear playing with his books instead of getting dressed, not staring out the kitchen window instead of eating ect. I thought it had worked because the first week back he did wonderfully and we were all loving the new curriculum but now we are back to the old problems. I don't know how you even manage to take an hour to do 7 simple math problems. It is something I will have to discuss with his OT, ST and probably developmental specialist. Perhaps they can help me come up with a new plan.
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Old 04-03-2013, 10:18 PM   #43
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Re: HS Check-In March 25-April 1

Can I join in the chat?

We're doing light-ish school this week. I want to take an "Easter break," but am madly trying to get through at least our math curriculum before baby #3 arrives at the end of May.
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We seem to have had more days off than on lately. Between doctor's appts, people being sick and just needing time off I feel like I'm constantly saying "well we'll just take a break today".

We do lists too. He has his routine chart for daily tasks and then his school lesson plan. He will just "forget" what he is doing in the middle of doing it. Like I will be reading with Tharen and when I go to check on him and he won't have done anything because he was staring at the wall instead. Or he will finish something and sit around not doing anything instead of moving on to the next lesson (despite having his lesson plan in front of him). We took two full weeks off to take a break and work on him time management skills like not dawdling at the table, not standing in his room in his underwear playing with his books instead of getting dressed, not staring out the kitchen window instead of eating ect. I thought it had worked because the first week back he did wonderfully and we were all loving the new curriculum but now we are back to the old problems. I don't know how you even manage to take an hour to do 7 simple math problems. It is something I will have to discuss with his OT, ST and probably developmental specialist. Perhaps they can help me come up with a new plan.
I really struggled with staying on task as a kid too. I was and still am a major "day dreamer." I was really happy to just be alone with my thoughts and could entertain myself quite well! Even as an adult I tend to procrastinate so I've had to learn how to manage it. I didn't really become good at it until after I had kids.

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I really struggled with staying on task as a kid too. I was and still am a major "day dreamer." I was really happy to just be alone with my thoughts and could entertain myself quite well! Even as an adult I tend to procrastinate so I've had to learn how to manage it. I didn't really become good at it until after I had kids.
I appreciate any suggestions I can get, even if we have already tried them. With him being PDD the lists were just the first place to start and they help but they just aren't getting the job done. I just wish I could make him understand that there isn't that much work and if he would get it done he could have the whole rest of the day for whatever he wanted. He can entertain himself for the entire day, I never have to hear "I'm bored" from him so there is that. Just need to figure out how to keep him focused long enough to get through the work before I lose him in his thoughts.
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So it sounds like most everyone is planning to take a break or at least do light school work over the summer? Is anyone else year round homeschooling?

We are year round so Kearnan just finished 5th and we took a break then rolled into 6th. I don't know that I could tell you where Tharen actually is in 2nd because his schooling is a bit more fluid at this point. I will probably call it done when he finishes his math curriculum. To be quite honest this week has been a bit rough. I was very hopeful when everything got started last week because we were doing so well but we are back to Kearnan dragging his feet. He took an hour to get ready the past two days (like an hour practically to eat a bowl of cereal). Then he stood around waiting for me to tell him what to do instead of getting started and he took over an hour to do his math work, he is doing LOF math so it should never take him that long. We are barely getting through just basics again and we were supposed to add music and art this week (didn't happen). He had to take his reading to TKD with him to finish after class. It is just really really frustrating. At the same time I have Tharen who would rather wrestle the dogs and flop about than listen or focus on work. I can't send them outside as it is raining and nasty out. I don't know what to do with them.
My plan is to do school year round with a month off in the summer and a month around Christmas. This year will result in a bit more time off this summer because the Kindergarten curriculum is shorter than the other years. Our schedule is still a work in progress and this year especially because my parents are coming here and then we are going there and we will spend about 2 months between them here or us there.

I want to get to a 3 on 1 off or 6 on 1 off schedule with Thanksgiving to New Years off and then a month in the summer. Even during our "off" times we will do some light school stuff, especially reading and some writing practice.
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Re: HS Check-In March 25-April 1

Welcome Rebekah! How old are your kiddos and what curriculum are you using?

Shannon, I hope your boys are back to good days soon! That must be terribly frustrating. We are planning to take off quite a while this summer. It won't be the same as the public school schedule though. A rough estimate would be that we will finish up the year about May first (ish) and we'll probably start back up with a light schedule in late July, with plans to be in full swing of things by the first of August. We are going to do some reading over the summer. And stuff like life skills and gardening, but reading will be our only actual school stuff, and it will be mostly practice and review.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:47 AM   #48
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Re: HS Check-In March 25-April 1

Welcome Rebekah!

Looks like another "off" day for my oldest. I was trying daytime allergy treatments but they don't seem to work as well as good 'ol Benedryl which makes him kind of out of it. We picked up some new library books yesterday so I'll probably just read those and maybe we'll review some CC stuff. This week was our last CC day for this school year but I think we'll try to do a light CC review for each week this summer. We haven't been doing a lot of reading lessons lately but he's reading a lot of signs in the car, menu's, everyday life type of stuff so maybe that counts
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Shannon, have you tried using a timer for things? Maybe that would help him be more aware of his time?
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I am hsing ds (7) and dd(4). DD is using T4L + Bob books + misc worksheets.
I am currently switching up ds' curriculum. We are switching to MUS Beta. I think there are things in there that he would benefit from reviewing. For history we use SOTW + go off and study any parts we find particularly fascinating, which right now is Ancient Egypt. LA & Spelling we use National Treasures workbooks + SpellingCity.com.
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