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Old 07-24-2010, 06:24 PM   #1
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I don't know how the schoolers do it

I often hear when I tell others that we are homeschooling " I don't know how you can do it, I could never homeschool."

Well, after taking my 3 girls to vacation bible school for only one wk, I started to think how do the schoolers ever do it, I never could. Even though my DH and I shared the responsibilty of taking them and picking them up it was still tiring and seemed long. This was for only one wk!

I would get them up and he would drive them. I had to provide my girls breakfast but the church gave them a snack. They had to be there by 9am and even though this is later than school usually starts we found it hard to have them up and ready by 8:45am. We had no homework to worry about or to pack lunches because the kids were done at noon.

After the week was over, DH and I were happy because of it being so tiring on all of us even though my girls had a great time.

So I really can't imagine having to wake my daughters up even earlier, packing a lunch, making sure homework is in the backpack and that they have their uniforms on. I give the schoolers a lot of credit for doing that Sept through June (wow)!

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Old 07-24-2010, 06:30 PM   #2
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We dont home school, but I wish we did lol. I do however have work sheets that I do with the kids and help them when they are not in school just so they stay on top of their education. But its is very exhausting with all the run around. esp. when you have some in preschool for 1/2 days and another is full days, you spend a lot of time in the car =P
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I agree. Going to school sounds like so much more work to me. My oldest is only (almost) 3, but I am already so excited to homeschool him. My sister and I were homeschooled until we were in 2nd and 4th grade, and we both loved it!
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I cannot even imagine my kids being in school!! To make it even harder, we live an hour from town so the kids would be up really early, home late and then the homework, dinner etc!!! And then there would be NO time for extra activites.

Yep, one week of VBS will make a person appreciate homeschool!
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Re: I don't know how the schoolers do it

DD went to public school K-3 and I can say it was definitely harder on me to get everything ready and get her there, pick her up, make time for the activities that happen like conferences and track and field day, etc.

I should say though that I've also since stopped working in the corporate world, so that makes a difference. Biggest thing I love about homeschooling: no "homework"! We almost always are done within school hours, and she doesn't have to spend her evenings working on extra stuff... it is just family time. I have a friend who is thinking about homeschooling for that exact reason.
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I hated all the homework my kids had in K, 1 & 2nd grades! I had homeschooled a couple years, then put them in regular school for 2 years and it WAS a TON more work! I'd always complain that they would have less work and learn more at home. Not to mention all the extra $$ spent on projects, stupid field trips, school clothes, classroom supplies... egh! I am SOOOo glad to be homeschooling again! I am way too lazy to public school them! lol!

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~wake up when we want (perfect because 2 kids have seizures when they don't get enough sleep!)
~ we can go out of town when ever
~ and dr visits at any time! (we have a lot of them)
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Ikwym, I had DD1 in public preschool for about 8 wks this past school year. It was a pain to get her school with my 3 kids and my friends baby. Either I had to pack all the kids in the car, and drive her ten minutes away. If I wasn't there in the ten minute time frame, I would miss them escorting the kids into the school. I would have to get all the kids out, (2 babies, toddler and preschooler) and take her to the office. The other option was to walk in whatever weather a quarter mile up the road to the bus stop and cross a busy intersection.
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my LO is only 2 1/2yo but i've been sorta debating HSing.

Thanks for making me a little closer for knowing for sure
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I often hear when I tell others that we are homeschooling " I don't know how you can do it, I could never homeschool."

Well, after taking my 3 girls to vacation bible school for only one wk, I started to think how do the schoolers ever do it, I never could. Even though my DH and I shared the responsibilty of taking them and picking them up it was still tiring and seemed long. This was for only one wk!

I would get them up and he would drive them. I had to provide my girls breakfast but the church gave them a snack. They had to be there by 9am and even though this is later than school usually starts we found it hard to have them up and ready by 8:45am. We had no homework to worry about or to pack lunches because the kids were done at noon.

After the week was over, DH and I were happy because of it being so tiring on all of us even though my girls had a great time.

So I really can't imagine having to wake my daughters up even earlier, packing a lunch, making sure homework is in the backpack and that they have their uniforms on. I give the schoolers a lot of credit for doing that Sept through June (wow)!
I thought the same thing after our VBS. I also thought, "how do all these working moms do it?" I'm a teacher at VBS also. We have to be there at 7:45! And can't leave until all my campers are picked up! Yes, I do appreciate homeschooling after all that work.

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I hated all the homework my kids had in K, 1 & 2nd grades! I had homeschooled a couple years, then put them in regular school for 2 years and it WAS a TON more work! I'd always complain that they would have less work and learn more at home. Not to mention all the extra $$ spent on projects, stupid field trips, school clothes, classroom supplies... egh! I am SOOOo glad to be homeschooling again! I am way too lazy to public school them! lol!

The best perks:
~wake up when we want (perfect because 2 kids have seizures when they don't get enough sleep!)
~ we can go out of town when ever
~ and dr visits at any time! (we have a lot of them)
ITA! I put Kearnan in school for a year and it was awful. We had to be up at 6 AM to get ready, leave the house at 7:30-7:45 to have him at school by 8:05. Then he was at school all day leaving Tharen crying for his brother. He would come home with homework (this is from a mix of K-1) and that would take several hours. Then he had to be in bed early to be up for the next day. The hour a night of Taekwondo he does now would have been impossible, there just wasn't enough time in the day. Then there was the special clothes (super restrictive dress code just this side of uniforms, who in the world comes up with the idea of Kindergartner's wearing khaki pants? They are immediately covered in stains and holes), the school supplies, the fundraisers, school t-shirts, school pictures ect ect ect. Kearnan had to leave early 2 days a week for therapy, the school was good about it but many aren't. There was a day I almost didn't make it back in time to pick him up after my neurologists appointment ran late. It was so much harder to take the boys to the zoo, the museum, the aquarium, because the days he had off so did every other kid in the area. We had to forget making the trip to Houston for TRF that year because it happens during the school year. Now I'm not allowed to drive and we live too close to the school for them to be willing to bus so I can't really send my kids to school even if I want to. There are too many days that it is too hot or storming so we can't just walk every day. But I really don't care, I much prefer homeschooling.

The boys can follow a more natural schedule. Sleeping during the hours that feel right to them (they like to go to bed a bit later and get up a bit later). They can eat when they want to, not at 6AM. They can play when they want to. We can do school work when we want to and when we have time. Working around impromptu "adventures" and "field trips" and Dr's appts for both Kearnan and myself. The boys can do extra curricular activities they wouldn't have time for at school and learn things we want them to learn or that they are interested in. We love home school.
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