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4/1/13 9:38 P

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hi kathie thnx so much for your great advice :) I guess I'm just worried that I will c:ause them to fail :( I do need to be much more relaxed with them ...also t emoticon hat bible verse was much needed after the day I've had ..thnx again fir the encouragement.

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hi kathie thnx so much for your great advice :) I guess I'm just worried that I will c:ause them to fail :( I do need to be much more relaxed with them ...also t emoticon hat bible verse was much needed after the day I've had ..thnx again fir the encouragement.

delia* believe in yourself and you will be amazed at what you can accomplish

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4/1/13 8:32 P

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Welcome Delia! I too have 3 kids that I'm home schooling currently (I have 2 grown that I graduated all ready) They are 16, 13 & 10

When I started HS (long, long time ago) I was rigid too. I was trying to make it like traditional school. But I have learned that I need to take into consideration how my child (they ALL are different) learns and what also works for me. So it is a challenge. What works for one does not work for another. Occasionally I find something that works for all of them. Math-U-See is one of those programs . But they all have different learning styles, interests, strengths and weaknesses. One finds one subject fascinating and wants to run with it while the other one is being tortured by it. So I've learned to be way more relaxed.

I also do a 4 day a week lesson. That way I don't feel stressed out when we have appts, go help with the food bank, just let the day get away, have a park day, ect. Also if their is something that one has struggled with (like my son and writing) we have an extra day to work on it.

And then I have found that my kids DO like being with me and at home. But sometimes when they are teens/pre-teens that is not the cool thing to admit. But my grown kids and my 16 yo who is at the end of her junior year have come back to me and told me on more than one occasion how much they appreciate that we home schooled them.

And PRAY. Continuously.

So take a deep breath, and rest assured that you have all that it takes to do it.

Kathie



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thnx so much :) that dies hekp tremendously ..like you I too find myself rigid at times and my kids stress out bc of it ...but that is def emoticon initely an idea ill have to try

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Hi and welcome, Delia! I also have 3 kids close to yours (mine are 15, 13 and 9).

In my opinion, it's hard to fit in creativity at the high school level. I put too much pressure on myself to keep everything professional, and I end up being a little rigid with keeping up with the lesson plans. This is our first year of high school though, so maybe I'll relax after this year is done.

A suggestion I heard years ago (and had forgotten about) was from a mom who had her kids do 5 days of lessons in 4 days. Then on Fridays the kids got to do whatever interested them. They could dive deeper into a subject they were already studying, do wild science experiments, watch movies relevent to what they were learning in history, spend the entire afternoon practicing their favorite instrument, etc. They could do whatever they wanted, as long as it was educational. You could give their self-directed learning day a fun name, talk it up, and you'll probably have kids who are pretty motivated to get their regular work done so they can do their own thing on their free day. Hmm, I might talk to my own kids about doing this.

Hope this helps.

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3/30/13 10:20 P

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I'm a mother of three..ages 16,13,&8..I quit my job as a teacher assistant to homeschool them and I do not regret that decision at all..but sometimes my kids get a lil bored with me so I am looking for any creative ideas and advice ..thnx:)

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