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Subject: I'm getting nervous!
Date Posted: 8/1/2008 10:35 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 12:27 PM ET
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I have been home schooling all my son's life. He is almost 12. I can tell you I still have times like that but I take a deep breath and remember what it really is like in school. So much of their day is spent lining up and listening to the teacher talk.  I think we can get so much more done in a half hour than they do all morning or sometimes all day.  Just take it day by day and remember that even if she only learns one thing that  may be better than she would do in school. I know our schools here have lots of problems and I am not sure how much learning goes on there. Since I have never sent my son to school I do not know but I can tell you that even on our 'non' school days there is still a lot of learning that goes on. We read a lot and just explore things and enjoy our time.  Try to make your home a relaxed and fun place and the learning will just happen naturally, I have found that we do so much better when I don't try to squeeze so much into a day. Maybe one or two things and then just sort of wing the rest of the day. Hope that helps. MIchele

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 12:44 PM ET
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Date Posted: 8/1/2008 1:09 PM ET
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How old is your daugher? If you would like to chat further I would love to share some of my experiences. I am by no means an expert but have tried a lot of different things but one thing I always have to remember is that each child is different and to take it one day at a time.

Date Posted: 8/1/2008 2:04 PM ET
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Subject: Homeschooling
Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:06 PM ET
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Hi, I'm also keeping my 3 kids home for the first time this year.  We aren't technically homeschooling as they are enrolled in a virtual public school, but I'm still the one who is teaching them day in and day out.

I'm starting to look for some groups around home.  Some people are nice, but I'm finding a lot of "homeschool nazis."  They don't want to include us because we aren't "really" homeschooling.

Good luck to you this year!

(another) Michelle

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 8:32 AM ET
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To me that sounds like Homeschooling don't let them discourage you!!! I am not involved in any of the groups here in my city.  I have found much the same thing even though I do unit studies and workbooks.  We do a few classes at local musuems and have found some friends that way. Have a good year yourself.  This must be a Michele topic only I feel left out I have one L in my name : )

Subject: Homeschooling
Date Posted: 8/5/2008 11:21 AM ET
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I have homeschooled for 12 years. My oldest son is graduating this coming spring. I have 7 others that will follow.  Even after all these years, I still have moments when I wonder if I am doing the right thing. Just know that you are the one God has ordained to raise your children, so He will give you all you need to do it well. There, also, are many places you can go...online, coops, support groups, the library, to get help if you feel overwhelmed or inadequate for a certain task or subject. Go to yahoo groups and type in homeschool to see just how many people are out there. Your curriculum probably has a yahoo group as well.

Blessings, Elizabeth

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 11:55 AM ET
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Date Posted: 8/5/2008 3:30 PM ET
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I  totally agree with Elizabeth, with my son I still go though times where I wonder if I am teaching him all that he needs to do and now that he is getting into the pre teen years wondering if I can do it but then I pray and know that God has called me to do this and HE will equip me with what I need. I too go on websites sometimes to get help,  this one is really nice and I have gotten help with my upcomming unit on WWI. I know just taking it day by day helps a lot and not comparing myself or my son to anyone, home schooled or not. I am not anti public school but know that my son gets a far better education than he ever would anywhere else and he is so versed in so many different things that he can carry on a conversation at an adult level especally in history!!! For fun he likes to watch history videos. It is a blessing. Remember to keep it fun and just take it one step at a time. Michele N.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 4:18 PM ET
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Michelle A (a lot of Michelle's posted in this one).  I sent you a PM

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:33 AM ET
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I have been teaching my children at home since my 14 year old started 1st grade, and what boosted my confidence and quelled my quaking nerves was reading books about homeschooling and listening to homeschool speakers from various retreats etc. You can find them on tape and listen when time allows- who can get away and actually GO to those things??

Keep in mind that you know your child better than any teacher would, love him/her more, and have a more vested interest in their success. She will not be competing against 20-30 children for the teachers' attention (just against laundry and dishes; and who would want to pay attention to those when you can drop it all and be with your student?)

With teachers' books and such, you really can do what is required, and MORE. You will be able to invest time and effort into things that grab her interest, or where she shows talent and ability. Customized education instead of one size fits all!

With prayer and determination, you will do beautifully!

Date Posted: 8/6/2008 11:59 AM ET
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Yes, I've only survived the past 6 years with my friends on Yahoo Groups - local and national (and some international!).  I've met many national ones in person, which was awesome!

Also, always remember that even a bad day of HS'ing is still better than a good day at a public school.  So what if you didn't meet your goal for today?  There's always tomorrow.  Who cares if you spent the day outside inspecting bugs, grasses, birds, worms, etc., and did no "book learning"?  It was still the *best* kind of learning.

Look for teachable moments in everything.  HS'ing is a lifestyle.  :-)

Oh, and if you keep a schedule/routine, don't be afraid to change it a LOT until you find something that works.  For us, it's a modified block, four-day, year-round schedule.  I changed it many times the first year, and each year we tweak it a bit.

You'll be fine - really!  :-)

JC