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8/21/11 7:40 P

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I pretty much do the same things. The littlest one is really the tough customer, because she isn't independent enough yet, and she doesn't have the attention span to do the other activities (without eating the play dough, etc.).

Thanks for all the input. We aren't starting school until September since we moved and I am trying to get settled a bit first. I already have my oldest babysit the baby while I exercise, that is how she earns her money. It works out pretty well.

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8/20/11 1:17 P

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I used a schedule one year that gave me time with one ds while the other played with the baby. That way I got some one on one with each boy and kept the baby busy. Later on, I had activities for her to work on in the high chair or on the floor that weren't available for her other times. Some ideas are here:
http://www.redshift.com/~bonajo/preschoo
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Otherwise, I schooled pretty much like JLBAKE, doing reading aloud, history and science together.

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8/19/11 2:27 P

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When my kids were younger, I did lots of reading out loud. I could do that and nurse the baby at the same time. I always let the kids draw or play with small, quiet toys when reading so they didn't get bored. We did most of our learning that way and the rest we did through games or hands on activities. The littler ones could play along or draw or whatever. Three of my kids are dyslexic so learning to read has been very hard on them. We haven't done many workbooks because it would have been impossible for me to help all of them at the same time especially with a screaming baby. My 7 year old was a very tough baby. She screamed constantly until she was about 2. So I learned to do everything with her on my back or nursing.

Now three of my four are pretty independent learners (14, 11, & 10). We still read aloud because it's something we love to do together. But I really only have to help my older kids now. The only thing I really have to fully teach is our reading/spelling/writing program since we're dealing with the dyslexia.

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Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage--it can be delightful. ~Shaw

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8/18/11 9:13 P

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Schooling with little ones isn't always easy, but it is just for a season, thankfully! Our seventh and last one was very colicky, so school was really hard, but we muddled through it and all are doing great now. The youngest is now three and plays very well independently. This is the first year I'll be schooling six of them, so I'm praying it goes smoothly. :)



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8/18/11 6:14 P

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I also have 4 kids, but mine are 18months to 9 years. I find it hard to do anything sometimes, especially during the school year. But I am committed too this year. We are going to Kauai for spring break, and I want to feel good in a bathing suit on the beach!!

Lets all support each other, WOO HOO!!

How did you all do school when you had babies? I find it difficult to give the older ones the help they need when the little ones are so needy. Especially when they aren't independent readers yet. My 9 year old just became independent with reading this summer. We are so proud of her, and I have great relief because she is in fourth grade and the subjects get more demanding now!

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8/18/11 2:19 P

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I love SP!

~~Jenny~~
San Diego, CA

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. ~Renoir

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage--it can be delightful. ~Shaw

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8/18/11 10:32 A

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Jenny~

I'll be right there with you encourageing you along the way!!! I know you can do it. School time is always kind of different here. At the beginning, I do well, then after Christmas, my habit seem to slide, but I'm deteremined to keep on this path of health. :) We'll do this together!!!!!

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8/18/11 3:21 A

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8/18/11 1:13 A

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Hi, I'm Jenny. My husband and I have 4 kids ages 7-14. We've been homeschooling them since the beginning. I'm truly committed to improving my health, but I know that once our school year starts in full swing, it will be more difficult for me to focus on my health. I'm looking for SP friends to share support!

I'm recovering from a broken leg and I've just started slowly exercising again. I'm still in a cast/boot, but I can now put weight on it. I plan to swim daily to help rehabilitate my ankle. And I hope to get the cast/boot off in about two weeks. I'm focusing on eating more fruits and veggies, more water, and more protein.

~~Jenny~~
San Diego, CA

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. ~Renoir

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage--it can be delightful. ~Shaw

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