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May 28th, 2009, 12:59 AM
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We have moved in and are getting settled. I am keeping my eyes out for deals on some more book cases for our office/school room. Our homeschool convention is coming up and I am not all that impressed with the classes. I want to go to the curriculum fair though and don't want to pat $45 just to get in. What do you think? I know some of what I want anyway, would you just skip this year and spend the $45 on the curriculum I want anyway? I mean its not like I am a new homeschooler and need tons of classes. It does help me get excited about it though and get me going again.

Tomorrow morning we are meeting with a new group of homeschoolers in our surrounding areas. And tonight I tried to get Emily to practice some subtraction. Wow, I shouldn't have pushed her or something at that moment because it became a battle of wills and "Its not fun anymore if I HAVE to do it." We had the conversation that sometimes we have to do things we don't want to. She is decided that regular school would be boring after visiting her cousins classroom when she found out they HAD to sit and listen and couldn't go play when they wanted to or read what when they wanted to. But I had to explain that she is going to have to do some school when she doesn't want to. Any suggestions on how to help her here?

AND my SIL is sending her daughter to a Charter school with language immersion in Chinese and she is constantly trying to convince me to send Emily. "Oh they would be in the same grade since Emily is in 1st grade work already. You could send her half day for math, science, health and social studies". Never mind that I don't want her learnind social studies and in Chinese no less so I won't understand it. I told her I don't want something where she has to go everyday because what is the point? I want the flexibility of homeschool and with part day every day she might as well just be going to school. Ugh. How to tell people to back off nicely.....
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May 28th, 2009, 06:16 AM
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$45....Wow! I think our conference last week charged a lot less than that if you just wanted to go to the book fair. I would skip it if you don't really need to go look at anything. I had at least 3 things I wanted to look at this year so we went and had fun the whole weekend.

As for getting your family to back off, well just nodding politely will eventually do it. It took my family until last year to stop wondering about when/if I was going to give up and put them in PS. I bet in a year or 2 they will lose interest in badgering you.
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May 28th, 2009, 07:46 AM
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Glad you are in and getting settled. I skipped our fair this year because they were charging $40 to walk through the door too!

I have to tell Scotty the same thing...sometimes we have to do stuff we dont' want to do. Too bad! LOL
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May 28th, 2009, 08:07 AM
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Yeah, I'd skip it. 45$ can buy you guys another book, kwim? Especially if you basically know what you want already.

About comments from others...I still get them! Even from some people who consider themselves homeschoolers, but basically send their kids to school 4 days a week for the "socialization". Ugh. Just nod your head and smile. Or just say no thank you. I don't think there is any nice way for you to tell her to lay off. The proof will be in the pudding later on.
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May 28th, 2009, 08:43 AM
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Good golly, $45 is a lot for just walking in. Our is $35 for the whole thing, if you sign up early, $50 otherwise. But they have it at $15/$25 if you just want to look around. Ours is this weekend and I am SOOOO excited:) It is one of the only times of the year that my friend and I get to do something without all the kids.

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May 28th, 2009, 04:58 PM
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I would save the money and use it on fun books.

One day the SIL will be thinking to herself that the way you did things were pretty good for your family.
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May 28th, 2009, 07:20 PM
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I'd skip the conference. I wouldn't worry about her not wanting to do school work when told to right now. She's still VERY young. As for your SIL, smile, nod, and say you're not interested.
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