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March 13th, 2012, 08:08 AM
2pinks&ablue's Avatar Chantelle
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Have you any of you done it? What's your experience with it?

I was totally sold on homeschooling, then I started doubting myself. I have a 4yo who is scheduled to start kindergarten in September and I'm not sure I want her in the public school system, but I also have a 3yo, an 8 month old, and I'm due with our last baby in September. I worry that I wouldn't be able to provide a good education because she wouldn't have my undivided attention. And I worry what will happen when they're all school aged and I'm trying to teach that many different elementary school "grades". Any feedback is appreciated! Thanks!

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March 13th, 2012, 08:51 AM
luv2bemommy's Avatar Mega Super Mommy
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This is my first year homeschooling. My oldest turned 6 in January, my 2nd will be 4 tomorrow and my youngest is 11 months. I have actually been doing preschool with my almost 4 year old while I'm doing schoolwork with my oldest so that she doesn't feel left out. I babywear so my DS is on me and doesn't complain much. School for kindergarten only takes me 30-45 minutes each day so it really isn't hard to carve out the time for it. Sometimes I use nap times for the other kids as her school time if we have a "project" to work on. It has been working really well for us.
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March 14th, 2012, 10:13 PM
2pinks&ablue's Avatar Chantelle
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I'm thinking that most things my 4yo will do (she'll be 5 then), my 3yo can participate in too. And I babywear as well, but I'm only comfortable wearing one baby at a time, even so, I think I can make it work. I guess I'm more worried about 5 years from now, when they're all school aged and I'm trying to teach so many different levels at once.
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March 15th, 2012, 08:01 AM
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Next year I will have a 3rd grader, a 1st grader(advanced), and a pre-ker. I find it an advantage (at least in the younger years to have them close in age. You can combine them for all subjects outside of LA and Math. All of mine next year are doing the same bible, history, and science. My LO's are 8yrs, 5.5yrs, 4yrs(on the 21st of this month), 2yrs, and 5.5months.
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