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1/25/17 5:36 P

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I'm all for that! Hope your week is going well, mine has been crazy busy! I'm looking at getting the Practical Homeschool magazine. I'd like a monthly one though, I could use the encouragement every month!

~ Karri
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1/21/17 9:49 P

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I do not think this team is very active. It used to be more so, many years ago, but I think some people haven't been on sparkpeople for awhile. We can MAKE it more active. lol


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1/21/17 9:27 P

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Thanks so much for the resources for magazines! I've signed up for the free newsletter. I'll check them out and see which ones I want to get.

And you're right about the house. I'm working on it. I started Flylady before the new year started and we are having fits and starts with it, but I need to get on the ball and really make it part of our daily life. I do have a 'morning routine' that the kids follow and we are working on a 'before bed routine' to make our mornings go more smooth. DH does appreciate it when the house is clean. Working on decluttering and cleaning. As Flylady likes to say, "you can't organize clutter!"

I want to incorporate more fun stuff, like learning how to cook and science experiments and such. I can be so lazy though! I get worn out pretty quickly (working on that too) and it's hard to find the time to do such things. I think I'm going to have the kids help me with dinner from now on. Even if it is just cutting the vegetables (with supervision, of course!).

Thanks for all the advice and encouragement! I really appreciate it!

Is this team very active? I know we are all HS Mom's and therefore very busy.



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1/21/17 7:02 P

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Try this:
http://www.theoldschoolhouse.com/

It just gave me a free online newsletter called, "How I Homeschool". Which would be great at giving us examples of different styles of teaching.

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1/21/17 7:00 P

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Oops. I just tried to get a free magazine from that site and they are all out. I think that ended up being Practical Homeschooling. It's a great one.

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I'm going to say this right up front.
Get the kids organized! Because I have a lack of energy (due to hypo-thyroidism), I have been lax in this area and we have suffered for it.
Make chores PART of your school day. SERIOUSLY. Do NOT let them keep their things on the floor, no clothes, no toys, no trash. Make sure they clean up at the end of the day.
If I could do it over again, I would say NO privileges unless things are in order.
How do you know if things are in reasonable order?
By this: Would you or would you not, be MORTIFIED if someone walked in to your home and saw the state of affairs?
We have often been mortified.
But it is the GREATEST THING IN THE WORLD, when you get UNEXPECTED COMPANY and the house. looks. GOOD!.
Another way to tell, is whether your husband gets irritated with the mess when he gets home from work. After all, he's been 'working hard all day', he wonders why it's so hard for YOU to simply clean up a house.
(Well, it IS hard! Especially when people are in the house all day long.) So, you may need to consider getting rid of high maintanence things.
If your house is in order, your entire day goes 100% more smoothly!

And I advise that you do chores WITH them; it makes it more fun and lively, and the kids won't grow to resent you.

Teaching Home Magazine was a favorite. I'm wondering if it's just online now.
I also advise joining Home School Legal Defense Association. I think it's $115 dollars a year, and the money helps may the legal fees of home-schoolers who need protection from their over reaching school districts. They will send you a newsletter keeping you updated. But they will also send out a LOT of emails with teaching helps. If you can afford anything, I would put my money there first.

The Old School House...is good. :)
Homeschooling Today
Homeschool Enrichment
Homeschool World - I just saw this online. You can request a free issue. I'm going to go do that right now!
Practical Homeschooling :)

Talking to you, I am inspiring myself to work harder! Thanks!


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1/21/17 8:59 A

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Buying a year ahead is a great idea. And you are so right about not holding PS as the standard. I remember an English college professor saying he preferred HS kids because they were actually taught well. Most of the PS kids should have been in remedial English instead of English 101.

Found out the nickname of the local middle school. Apparently they are really bad with having most of their kids on ADHD meds. Since my DD actually has ADHD and we prefer her not to be medicated, that is not the route for us to take.

Do you have any recommendations for homeschool magazines? I wanted to get one before, but wasn't sure which one to get. I am a Christian, if that helps.

We started reading out loud again. We are working on making our homeschool more structured but more fun at the same time. It's a hard juggling act, but I'm sure that with time we can do it. I'm sure there is a way to do both.

I'm learning that if I'm not scattered, and I have a plan, things go more smooth. I used to be an organized person, and then I had kids. It was like that part of my brain shut down, LOL. But I'm working on it.

~ Karri
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Here's a little something helpful. If you can afford it, buy a textbook in a subject you are nervous about teaching...one year AHEAD of when you will need to teach it to the girls. Study it yourself. You will be amazed what we weren't taught in our own schools, or what you missed in class. This will make your confidence soar.

Also, I remember reading in a homeschool magazine about one mother who took her 7 and 9th grade daughters OUT of public school because of attitude problems. These girls were getting A's on their report cards in English class. But when the mom brought them home to teach and checked them to see where they stood, NEITHER girl knew what a noun or verb was!
So just remember....PUBLIC SCHOOLS don't always do an adequate job. THEY should not be our standard...we should have a BETTER one, one that includes the WHOLE child, not just her intelligence level.
Things like
1. Love on them
2. Read to them
3. Work together, cook together (learn math while cooking!)
4. Live regular everyday life with them. Let them help you pay bills, go to grocery store...
5. Serve the elderly, the neighbors, church friends, family
6. Play lots of games (cards, trivia, U.S. A. State games, Yahtzee (to reinforce math)

Oh and I JUST found an awesome website that I'm going to use for ART for my daughters. It's called scrapbooking.com and they give free lessons! OH yeah!!!!

Order some homeschool magzines or get them online. That will help with confidence, too. And assure your hubby that each homeschool can be different.

If you are a Christian, I would highly emphasize daily Bible reading. Not only is it helpful with spiritual knowledge, it is also wonderful for building complicated vocabulary levels, and great for copywork in handwriting.

Edited by: SUSANSKI at: 1/20/2017 (23:17)
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Thank you all, I am feeling much better about homeschooling now. We changed a few things, bought a few new things and have worked out a routine. The girls and I (I have two girls age 10 and 8) talked and I explained what we are doing and why and they are on board more with a little less complaining.

I was feeling overwhelmed. Youngest DD has to take her 3rd grade test this year and I'm so worried because of math. But I'm realizing you're right, we don't have to be where the public school kids are (though try telling that to DH....) and I'm going to start at the beginning of the new books I bought just to make sure they have everything down concrete. Plus it introduces concepts and measurements I've not yet gone over. I 'm trying not to stress, we will get to it, in our own time.

Thanks again for the warm welcome to the team, and your kind words and encouragement!!

~ Karri
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1/18/17 1:30 P

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Hi and Welcome!
I agree. DO NOT WORRY! You will be amazed how well, emotionally your kids will do, if they are simply LOVED ON! Being loved and having a pleasant home life puts your kids miles above the rest. So please, get rid of the stress and express more love and happiness.

I have homeschooled since 1999. I have 9 children. My kids have never taken tests at home. My oldest son's first test was his DRIVER'S exam. And he did fine!
Guess what his SECOND test was. The Marine Corp entrance exams. And guess what. He did VERY well. In fact, most of the things that were on that test, he learned from his DAD in everyday life, rather than actual school lessons. That really excited me, because we are not highly academic people, we are HANDS ON type people. And it actually worked for us! That was a big eye opener.
God gave you and your husband the exact gifts that are needed to raise and teach your own children...why else would they be gifted to YOU? You do not have to be like me, you do not have to be like the lady down the street. Be YOU!
What do YOU want them to learn? What's the most important? Steamline. If it's too overwhelming to do what you think 'everyone else is doing', then do fewer things.
If they struggle in reading, READ TO THEM like crazy. Cozy up and enjoy! You'll be surprised how much life experience they will get, just from 'reading' about someone else's.

If you're not a great reader than get books on CD.

Also, I was ALWAYS bad at math and have come to realize that my public school teachers have failed me through EVERY GRADE since 2nd in this area. I discovered Math-u-See and LOVE IT. Highly recommend.

Keep in touch!

Edited by: SUSANSKI at: 1/18/2017 (13:31)
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Don't worry about if you get behind in your school! Life is school. I am a homeschool graduate, teacher, and homeschool assessor. Just do unschooling this year and get back to academics next year. It will not hurt your kids in the least. Take advantage of any museums you have nearby. Study social studies and science through videos and museums. Read books. Just focus on life. RELAX!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! There is sooo much more to education than bookwork. For your girls right now the focus should be on life skills. Academics will come. If you have anymore questions, feel free to email at richeytutoring@gmail.com. If you would like my phone number so we can talk, send me a message. Hopefully this helps!

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Welcome to the group! I am going to think on your situation and get back to you. I will have a little more time this afternoon to respond. Don't give up. Hang in there. I know it gets rough at times but homeschooling is the best! If you are able to do it then you should stick with it. I will be back this afternoon. Just wrote myself a reminder. Congrats on the weight loss!!!
Blessings, Julie

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Hi, I'm Karri, been homeschooling for four years now. I have two DD's, 3rd and 5th grade. We had a very relaxed first semester and I'm worried I haven't pushed them enough. We are behind in math, and I am nervous about that. I just bought Rod and Staff math, social studies and penmanship. We also do CC, but this year had to do so at home due to costs. I'm hoping we will be able to do the community next year. DH was really wanting to do CC, but now is worried because it does not go in depth on anything at this young an age. I have the same concern, but they go more into in later years.

I guess I'm really second guessing myself right now and could use some support. I'm not great at math, so I'm learning as my kids go along. I'm frustrated. We had some hiccups and have had to get more strict with our homeschool for a while. I'm wondering if we shouldn't just go to regular school, but I love homeschooling and we had such a bad experience with the school system, and the middle school here is supposed to be worse.

I'm trying to lose 130 pounds, I've lost 45 so far.

~ Karri
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