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September 25th, 2007, 09:33 AM
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Okay so I don't know if I will be able to homeschool my little girl (she's due in December) despite the fact that I want to. Do any of y'all homeschool during the summers and school breaks only? My husband and I most likely won't be able to afford for me to stay home once they get to be school age (the only reason we can now is he's in the military so we have very few bills) so summers and school holidays are our only options really. How do you recommend going about this, what should I be reading and looking at?
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September 25th, 2007, 09:59 AM
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Hmmm...I really don't know. My daughter is only 3 and we only do school for like 30 minutes a day. For preschool, you could for sure do homeschooling after you are home from work in the evenings. I'm sure the other ladies will have some suggestions for you, though. I don't really know how long in general school should take for elementary school age children.
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September 25th, 2007, 02:08 PM
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Well 45 minutes a day of the basics should do really. You should be able to do that after work, then have the weekend for more fun things, and use the school holidays for unit studies perhapes. Are you a teacher? Just wondering as to why you would not be working on school holiday times. If I had to work full time I would be more worried about childcare then actualy doing school. Really it takes little time to do the basics. There are lots of homeschooling books out there. Linda Dobson 's "Homeschooling the early years" http://www.amazon.com/Homeschooling-Early-...d/dp/0761520287 You will see a heap of book links to look at off that page as well.

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September 25th, 2007, 02:29 PM
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no i'm not a teacher but there would be more time when they aren't in school during school breaks. i was planning on supplementing her education during breaks. childcare of course is an issue. i have a few years to go before we make a decision since she's not even born yet
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September 25th, 2007, 02:49 PM
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Ok...I'm a little lost now. If you homeschool then there not in school at anytime. if you do send them to school then you will have homework to do with her after you finish work and by holiday times I highly doubt she will want any further 'schooling' from you. Except maybe in the long summer break if she is a child who enjoys school. Sad to say though school quickly teaches kids that learning only takes place a certain way, with teachers, and they can quickly gain an attitude of not wanting to do work for mum or dad.
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September 25th, 2007, 05:07 PM
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I would look your schedual. Plan to do at least 2 hours of home work a night and more as she gets older. One of the resions why we desided to home school was a time issue. The time spent at parent teacher meetings, open houses, parties, feildtrips and other things.

We started off with looking at suplementing but the time spent doing school stuff and then sublementing wasn't worth it. You don't have to be a SAHM to home school. I'm in school 25 + hours a week. However we find the time. Weather it's reading before bed, or bring unfinish work to babysiters. We have school 360 days a year and take days off when ever. I do a bunch of stuff at night after he goes to sleep. mainly setting up next years stuff and geting together the next days work.

I would suggust looking at http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/...ks/working.htm , TEACH YOUR OWN by john holt , I would also read dumbing us down. Look at to find out about your state http://www.hslda.org/Default.asp?bhcp=1
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September 25th, 2007, 08:22 PM
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thank you. i was homeschooled as a child and loved it and i learned so much better and more effectively than when i was in school. i'll look into homeschooling some more thank you
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September 26th, 2007, 07:38 AM
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Welcome to the board! Quite honestly, I agree with Jo here. If I were a kid going to school all day I would NOT want to do more school in the evenings, weekends, and holidays. Kids have to be kids and playtime is extremely important. It is also somewhat of a pet peeve to me when people say they are "homeschooling" but their child attends school outside of the home. A homeschooler is someone who is educated at home, outside of a school environment. What you are describing is often called "afterschooling" or supplementing your child's education. But, really, I'd go with homeschooling or nothing. Kids spend enough time at school and then doing homework in the evenings. To educate them at other times in addition would, I think, kill their love of learning.
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