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calling all veteran homeschoolers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Postby jan » Fri Jun 02, 2006 7:03 pm

I am going to be hsing my ds and dd in the fall for the first time. I would love for any veteran homeschoolers,to give me an idea of a day or week in the life of their hs. Just an idea of what their schedules are like. I know that every family is unique and we all have to do what works best for our own individual families. I just want to know what is working well for others! I just finished a book by Linda Dobson about your first year of hsing and what you wish you had known your first year that would have made their first year of hsing easier. I would like to hear from some of you what you wish you had known your first year? Also can any one suggest any good how to hs reading material ? Currently I would love another hs book to read if anyone has any suggestions!

thanks to all !!!!!!!!!
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"Day at Our House" is probably what you're looking

Postby Theodore » Fri Jun 02, 2006 9:08 pm

Our magazine Practical Homeschooling has a "Day at Our House" feature which is basically exactly what you just described. You could order one or two of our back issue sets, which would be cheaper than a book and just as good.

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Postby momo3boys » Sun Jun 04, 2006 12:04 pm

We do most of our work first thing in th morning. I find that if we save it for later, it doesn't happen. We start with devotions and the pledge and a prayer, then I let my boys (6 and 8) pick from the list of things to do. Reading, Math, Journal, or Art. When I started in Sept I had the idea that they would do what ever I said and in whatever order I wanted. Letting them pick the order keeps me sane. :) I also let them have a snack, or a quick break in between each choice. Then when they have finished there independant work the baby is alseep and we can do some science, or read from our history book. At first I wasn't very flexible but I found out that it was just going to frustrate all of us. Now, if we have a lot of rain and then a beautiful day, we go fishing, or for a walk. Be flexible and enjoy life and learning. My oldest son does his best work in the front seat of my truck listening to Odessey tapes. :lol: You never know the best way for them to work if you don't let them find out. God bless.
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Fairly new but,,,

Postby LK » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:12 pm

I have been HSing my 13 sence last year and hope to take Agust off.
We also have two young boys 6 and 4.

I try to start the day by 9am and be done by lunch. I get the Math and L.A. out of the way first and try to follow it up with somthing fun. We alrenate History/Geo and Science every other day.

It 's really going to depend on your family's life style. We also choose to school 11 months out of the year so we can take Fridays off for feild trips or whatever.

Hope this helps:) Oh, and always begin the day with prayer. Without Gods help I's loose my mind!
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See the Day at Our House forum area:

Postby Theodore » Thu Jun 29, 2006 3:31 pm

You may be interested in the Day at Our House forum area that I added recently. I'll post one of the Day at Our House diaries from our magazine there soon.

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Postby MaryC » Thu Sep 07, 2006 8:56 pm

We just started this September. I have read many books prior to hs and have some very seasoned friends that have homeschooled. They all say be flexible and open.
We start our day by going for a walk or run on the beach with our dog who needs to release energy, she is only 10 months old. That way, we have all had our exersise and blood is flowing. The dog is tired and will rest for several hours. So we start at 10. We too start with a prayer.
My slmost 8 yr old can choose between L.A. Math, Writing or History, and we go from there. Monday we have designated for "field Trips" That may be a hike in the woods at the nature reserve, or to a Courthouse or some state related thing. That does not mean every Monday we do that. But it allows my husband to participate, that is his day off. On Mondays she has piano lessons at 5:30. Tues we plan an art project. We may work on it for a few days. Generally, I have an idea of what we are going to do, what we need to cover and try to follow it. Somedays it just "aint" happ-ning, most days it does. Like the last poster said, if its a nice day....go fishing. I agree, be flexible and enjoy your time together.

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Postby Lenethren » Thu Sep 07, 2006 10:31 pm

I think part of making a schedule up depends on what are kids are like. My daughter picks concepts up easy and can do her schoolwork pretty much anywhere at anytime. My son is the total opposite. He gets easily distracted and likes to daydream. For him I had to create a fixed schedule, if I didn't than nothing got done.
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Flexibility is key

Postby lilybugs » Wed Jan 24, 2007 6:55 am

Granted, my child is special needs (high functioning tho), but we start about 8 on good days and end whenever we need to end. If we are behind, no biggie, we move around the schedule for the next day. I use my planner as a guide, not a HAVE TO GET IT DONE manual.
We have field trips, homeschool group events and more that we schedule in as well. It is important to try to hook up with a good group so your child does have socialization and you get support. You'll find there are many, many options now.
We eat breakfast together at eight.
Then she does boardwork (copywork, a positive affirmation, prayer, Bible verse).
Then we do spelling, vocab and english. We keep lessons short (no more than 15-20 mins each).
Painting or art or music
Sign Language
free time (15 minutes)
science or health
life or social skills
lunch (half hour)
reading comp and literature (draws picture and does form report)
Out door play or PE
End of day

On Fridays, we test spelling, vocab, talk about what we learned in other areas, go over her art and journal work, recite bible verse and then go on field trip or bowling with another homeschool group.

On first and third Weds of each month, we go to an enrichment day with yet another group that teaches (I teach prek/k art) music, sign language, and PE.

On Thursday mornings, she goes to Occupational Therapy.

That is our day! Hectic but fun!

Good luck!
A curriculum close to Charlotte Mason that is affordable if you want more guidance if Oak Meadow.

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Postby jan » Thu Mar 22, 2007 5:09 pm

It sounds like you fit alot into your schedule! It all sounds good!
Thank You for your reply. We have been hsing since Sept 06, it has been an experience. We are still learning.

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