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HS and operating a business

Postby xpress-soccer » Thu Dec 21, 2006 12:55 pm

We are opening a small retail store (soccer) in the summer, and want to begin HS at the same time. Our state (GA) requires 180 days/4.5 hrs per day of instruction. Our idea is to teach year-round, and begin lessons in the morning before opening the store just before lunch. Having our two children (9 & 14) continue their studies in the store office during the afternoon, and use the store as a lab for practical applications of their studies. My grandmother was HS during the depression by her parents in a similar manner, and we are teaching a classical liberal arts non-sectarian based curriculum. I have a M.A. in History, and looking forward to teaching our children. Are we crazy?

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Postby Theodore » Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:23 pm

Working year-round, you're probably not going to need 4.5 hours per day of actual instruction. However, you can have your children help out around the store and count some of that as education, which sounds like what you intend to do?

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Postby xpress-soccer » Thu Dec 21, 2006 1:43 pm

Thank you. Yes, I plan to have them work in the store with me, but only as a means of providing practical applications of their lessons, and not as a labor force. I am only going to be open Tue-Fri during the week 11AM-7PM, and my wife has a regular job, and will pick them up on the way home at the end of her day. We are just dissatisfied with the individual attention and lack of intellectual stimulation our children receive in school now. Thank you again for the reply.

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Re: HS and operating a business

Postby Ramona » Thu Dec 21, 2006 3:30 pm

xpress-soccer wrote:Are we crazy?


:D

You probably don't expect that anyone here will say you're crazy. It sounds great to me!

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Postby Theodore » Thu Dec 21, 2006 5:52 pm

Nothing wrong with using your children as a labor force, imho, so long as they don't have to put in too many hours. It's a good way for them to earn money while learning the value of work.

Most of us kids have put in a significant amount of time in on the family business at one time or another, and while I can't say it was all loads of fun, it did provide us with money and significantly reduce the number of employees that had to be hired from outside. My first computer was paid for halfway with money I earned (my parents gave me matching funds), and I valued it even more as a result. That, plus the fact that computers cost like $2800 back then for a 486SX 8MHz with some pathetic amount of RAM :)

We can also put x years of working for Home Life, Inc. on our resume, which greatly improves our chances of getting a job, should we ever need to find one outside of the family business.

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Postby Mark » Thu Dec 21, 2006 7:35 pm

8)

I repaired instruments for spending money in the back of Dad's shop.. :)

all in all, it sounds like a good plan.

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Postby IrenaFarm » Fri Dec 22, 2006 1:23 pm

I run a working farm as well as a dog training business and have found the homeschooling has fit in very smoothly with our lifestyle. Chores are done in the early morning while the kids start their first lessons on the computer (typing and math). Then we devote the rest of the morning to more formal instruction, plus about an hour after lunch. The kids help with afternoon chores and play while I work with the dogs. It's been terrific! When I have to travel, the kids go to grammy's to keep their instruction going (she is also registered with DNPE).

One of the things I love about homeschooling is the flexibility and the organic nature of it. Having been raised in a learning environment, they don't really have any concept of "This is learning time, and this isn't." The other night we stayed up until about ten to watch the meteor shower and learn about constellations. We heard some coyotes start yipping on the neighbor's property and we also discussed the habits of coyotes, why we need them, why we don't have wolves around here, how the guard dogs protect the sheep, etc. No one said, "Oh, that's not what was in the lesson plan!" :D

This week we decided to give them their first real vacation since starting school last year (we went right through the summer). Yesterday they seemed to enjoy their freedom. This morning both of them came and said they wanted to do school again - they just got their curriculum for a new writing course and are eager to start! Well, I need a little time off for Christmas but it's funny to think I'm going to have to make them take a vacation from school. :wink:
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Postby Mark » Fri Dec 22, 2006 7:22 pm

:lol: :lol:

outstanding! 8)

now if I could just get my two to think that way.. :wink:

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Postby dragonfly183 » Wed Dec 27, 2006 3:04 pm

actually. i met a home schooling couple in Eureka Springs that home school there 3 childrend and run a coffee shop in the down town historical district at the same time. when the store gets busy the kids jump right in and help out.

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sometimes I think it is crazy

Postby thuja » Sun Dec 31, 2006 7:16 am

We have 4 kids and did homeschool the oldest for a while. Then we went back to ps, but that is another story. We have been wanting to hs, and wondering how to fit it in as we have a working farm and a busy veterinary clinic. We decided to add a little more help at the clinic to enable us to hs better since our oldest of 4 is only 10. The kids do lots of chores on the farm and we feel that they are getting quite a bit of hs, despite being gone from 8 to 3:30 everyday. Oh well, hopefully that will change soon.
We do have a room at the clinic that is just for the kids, and I am hoping that will help on the busiest days. Has anyone else found that they just didn't have the time when they tried to add it into an already busy day? We have used Waldorf methods in the past and especially for the little ones, there is a real emphasis on the routines of the days and of the week, and we sometimes lose that for our veterinary and farm (the sheep get out) emergencies.
Anyone else have problems with the routines and/or time commitment? Advice is welcome.
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Postby WAHMBrenda » Sun Dec 31, 2006 8:01 am

I'm a freelance writer and have found that homeschooling works well here too. I think there are all kinds of things that you can do as far as a business from home or whatever. Personally, I only have to work 4 hours a day so it's easy for me to homeschool and do a lot of other great activities with my daughter. For the most part, we love spending time together.
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Postby IrenaFarm » Wed Jan 03, 2007 9:41 pm

You definitely have to be flexible, there's no doubt. We have a lot of flexibility built into our routine. Right now the kids also don't have a lot of self-directed work, which makes it harder, so that will only get better.

I take every chance I can to incorporate the familiy business into instruction.

I make sure we have "fall back" work to give the kids during emergencies - an old conventional classroom teacher trick - only ours is usually fun math or spelling practice on the computer.

Doling out computer or video game time as a reward for schoolwork done in a timely manner ensures that we stay on track without a lot of pressure being put on the kids. I NEVER want to give them the impression, for any reason, that they are "in the way". If I have to put something off because of an emergency, I give them a time frame for when we'll try again to do it - not a promise, a TRY. :lol:
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