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August 18th, 2006, 11:50 AM
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My ds(10) told me that he misses school today. He was talking about the back-to-school feeling of being in a new classroom, meeting the new teacher, seeing who's in your class, etc... He seemed really sad to be missing out on that this year. I remember that feeling from my school days and it is really cool. Now I'm feeling guilty. The doubts are setting in. Am I taking something away from my kids by not letting them go to school?
I need some reassurance here that it's going to be okay and maybe some ideas on how I can create some back to school excitement for them here at home.
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August 18th, 2006, 12:16 PM
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Well, in my opinion that first day feeling lasts for a week at the most. And then there are all the things there that you decided to homeschool for. I would have an easy first day, plan a field trip the first week, join the homeschool group in town, make school dates with other HSers. I make that first day fun. We have a special desert and lunch, I act all excited and this is fun for Eli. I guess my point is what is that first week PS feeling compared to the FULL benefits of HSing?
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August 18th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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I completely agree with MissyPrincessEha! I went to a private Christian school and that "feeling" probably lasted less than a week for me. After a whole summer off, it was back to school and back to teachers who didnt always want to be there, students picking on eachother....you know. By the end of September, I was already wishing for May! lol
I think I'm going to take your advice Missy and make the first day fun. I actually look forward to taking the kids on field trips in the fall once the weather cools off.
Motherbird, I'm sure your son will be fine within a few weeks. Especially if he keeps in contacts with any old friends who are still in public school. They will be coming home after a long day of school to do homework! And who wants to do that? lol
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August 18th, 2006, 04:16 PM
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Ok I must admit to not knowing what you all talking about! The only feeling I had at the start of a new school year was a cold lump or fear in the pit of my stomach.

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