Any grandparents out there doing hs'ing??

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Any grandparents out there doing hs'ing??

Postby batwing » Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:07 am

Me again......I'm the Grandma with the undisciplined 7 & 9 yr old. I work every morning but I would be able to take the kids (one at a time) and work with them one afternoon a week. I can do more with them than Mom can. Is that enough time to do any good?? Do any of you have grandma's or grandpa's helping?? How much time do they give? What do you all think of this idea?? Thanks again for your ideas. AND....I forgot to mention that DD also has a soon-to-be 3 yr old to contend with!
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Re: Any grandparents out there doing hs'ing??

Postby Ramona » Thu Aug 02, 2007 10:59 am

batwing wrote:I would be able to take the kids (one at a time) and work with them one afternoon a week. I can do more with them than Mom can. Is that enough time to do any good?? Do any of you have grandma's or grandpa's helping?? How much time do they give? What do you all think of this idea??

Yes, one afternoon a week one at a time would probably do them a world of good.

I've never had FT grandparent help, but when my parents are visiting they have done a lot of great stuff with my kids. They just fit it into daily life, whatever works out. I think you are one wonderful grandma!!!


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Postby Calla_Dragon » Thu Aug 02, 2007 12:34 pm

I think that anything you can do will help and if for no other reason than they get one on one time with Grandma.

My MIL doesn't approve of homeschooling, but she will do fun, educational stuff with the kids when they stay there. My FIL is just a big kid himself so they build all kinds of stuff which teaches my kids all kinds of useful stuff.

Grandparent involvement is always wonderful!!
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Postby phiferan » Wed Aug 15, 2007 11:44 pm

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Postby keptwoman » Tue Aug 21, 2007 5:04 am

1/2 a day a week per child would be wonderful. What a wonderful Grandma you are!!

My uncle who is like a grandad to my kids is currently teaching DS to play the cornet. :D
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Postby CaithO » Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:51 pm

My dad and stepmom take DD1 on Fridays for art and history.

Pros: time for DD1 with grandparents, gives me some free time, generally teach what I want taught how I want it taught (see cons)

Cons: I don't like losing control over exactly what's being taught and, more importantly, how it's taught (though this might not be a problem if my dad would be a bit more respectful as my role of parent and his role as grandparent), I feel I am not learning as much as I would like, which is bad since DD1's history integrates into her reading, grammar, etc.

All told, I think it's a really generous offer to make and I appreciate the help as a home schooling mom a LOT but a word of caution: be prepared to accept your role as grandparent and take and accept guidance from the children's parents.[/i]
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Postby mom21gr8girl » Thu Feb 21, 2008 2:17 pm

My dad helps with history with my dd, 1 or 2 afternoons a week, usually for about an hour and a half. It has been great for both of them.

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Postby jennm2203 » Thu Feb 21, 2008 5:16 pm

My parents have my daughter in the mornings while I am at work. (I work 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)
In the beginning it was a bit tough because we found we needed to discuss and communicate as far as what they were teaching or showing and how they were doing it.

Some children like a variety and to mix things up a bit... but some, like my daughter, need consistency above everything else, so we needed to all get on the same page and now it is absolutely wonderful for the entire family.

As much or as little time as possible will be a great benefit to the children, even aunts and uncles can get involved, as hoe schooling is a family thing, not just a mom and dad thing. I have found, already for us, it has brought us even closer and strengthened the wonderful family we have even more. All working together to teach the children and help guide them into wonderful adults.

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Postby Shari Nielsen » Mon Feb 25, 2008 6:20 pm

Any one on one time is special to a child and will do a great deal of good, especially if you spend a portion of the time together working on something that really interests the child, something that can be "special" between the two of you. I'm sure your grandkids will look forward to the time you spend together.
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