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Eeyore

New School Year, How is it Going?

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I just wanted to check in and see how everyone's year is going so far?

For us, it is going much better than last year! I have a LOT more energy (despite my chronic migraines), because I am not in a constant state of stress and anxiety about our marriage! I can actually concentrate on teaching the kids and spending time with them.

HD and I have always been on the same page about parenting, and homeschooling (which we have done off and on). And we share the load of the teaching responsibility. But when the marriage was not good, it was just an added stress. This year, we are both being more faithful in our roles in teaching the kids, and it is a blessing to share this as well as the other aspects of our relationship. The kids are definitely benefiting from a more consistent environment overall!! ::clap

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Eeyore,

If we could just stay well it might start going better. I am so sick and tired of being both [b]sick[/b] and [b]tired[/b]!! Thanks for putting this out there, I just noticed it, of course... when you first posted it we were trying to finish last years work---> Urgh!!

Glad things are going better for ya'll. What types of things does HD teach?? We have been united on the home schooling front since we have started, but he does not really do much. Fill me in on how your "home school" looks like.

BLessings,

Tigger

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Hi Tigger,

Thanks for the post! My hubby teaches mostly math. He is also pretty involved in their science as well. I do the rest during the day. They go over math with him or get help with the actual lesson in the evenings when he gets home.

We get a casual start in the mornings (not up too early) and get started right after the kids eat breakfast. The kids do most of their work on their own, but some of it they do with me. We use Sonlight, so part of our curriculum is reading aloud to my son. (My daughter is working a couple years ahead, so she works more independently.

I try to keep a good schedule, but we are not very intense about it. We take days off when we want to, and make them up on weekends sometimes, or when the public school kids have days off for other stuff.

We all really love homeschooling. We love the freedom for the kids to learn at their own pace (our daughter just "skipped" a grade) and learn about things that really interest them. We also LOVE the freedom to learn about God in everything that we learn, not just the non-school stuff!! :)

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Eeyore,

Hey girl I am listening to you on the call right now. Thanks for posting back to me. I used to be very ecclectic, now I am using a more structured program, mainly because I always let things slide in the early years. It is one thing when they are little, missing is less important, now it matters more. I am not sure how I feel about it now.

My health has been such an issue that having it all planned out for me is probably better right now. I am all jumbled up right now, I am feeling guilty for not being there more for them. I try to let them do what they can on their own in the morning, while I work with our almost 2 year old, then try to help the others. I am not always up to it in the afternoon, because of my health.

Well I am at a loss how to explain better, I hope it made some sense. I should probably close this for now and try better another time.

BLessings,

Tigger

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Hey ladies,

My wife and I unschool our children. It is pretty normal. Isabel won't have to be tested again till 2011 by the state, thank god we live in oregon.

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I prefer the term "interest led education" because when I tell people we unschool, they say, "Well how do they learn if you don't teach them anything?" :roll: :lol:

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Invest some time in building your own knowledge and understanding of teaching and learning. As educators, we have to learn everything we can about our craft and focus on continually improving our skills. In order to improve ourselves, we have to know a lot about how we teach and why we make certain instructional decisions. One of the best things we can do to push our own learning forward is to read professional books, articles, and research.

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