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    Hi, my name is Alicia. My boyfriend and i decided to begin homeschooling our two boys, as we have not been happy with the public school they went too.
    I am 27 years old, and I am also a student at Arizona State University...pursuing a bachelors in family and human development.
    I have two cats..a maine coon, Taro, and a sphinx, Luna.
    I am still settling into homeschooling my two boys, they are aged 8 (2nd grade)and 10 (fifth grade).
    I am a very introverted individual, and hoping to make some friends and hopefully have some support for this homeschoolong endeavor i am taking on.
    I am naturally, a terrible explainer. This is where I struggle with their schooling. I try to explain x concept, but my kids end up looking back at me with this blank expression, and i just keep feeling like im failing them. Im getting frustrated and overwhelmed...and i begin courses for my own schooling on monday.
    I have just signed them up for time4learning, hoping to make the days go easier.

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    Welcome, Alicia.
    Hang in there, it takes some trial n error to find things that will work... and even then, it seems they only work for the moment. A lot of the material here does the explaining directly to the kids, so you dont have to be gifted with the ability to impart knowledge with sophisticated grace. (Im thinking specifically of RSO sciences and History of US by Joy Hakim.)

    Lots of introverts live here! (myself included.) I think forums appeal to us, because it is socisl interaction on our timetable. And its not noisy - but maybe thats just me!
    Homeschooling DS10, DS4.

    Atheist.

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    Heres a poll for introverts here...
    What's your Myers-Briggs type?-- Introverts only
    Homeschooling DS10, DS4.

    Atheist.

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    Alicia,
    I'm also an introvert.
    We've been HS'ing since 4th grade and I've never done any direct teaching like a classroom teacher would do. I let the kids work things out on their own and ask me questions when needed. It still requires some explaining but not as much as if I were 'teaching' the topics to them. I am not sure how this would work with your younger child but I think it would be fine with the 5th grader. HTH
    7th grade (our fourth year homeschooling)
    Dumplett (girl - age 12) and Wombat (boy - age 12)

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    Welcome to the group, and "HOWDY" from another introvert! I'm the kid of two previous educators and I can say with all honesty that I did NOT get their genes. I homeschooled my kids for 13 years each and I never felt like a good teacher. Instead, I made peace with being a "facilitator." I'm great at doing research and finding resources, and so I simply used those strengths to make sure each kid was matched up with programs, curricula, and tools that were the best fit they could possibly be with me doing as little explaining as possible. Time4Learning was one of the main tools in our toolbox through the years, so I hope you'll find it as helpful as we did. Also, one of the "tricks" I learned about teaching is that there is no better educational methodology than learning ALONGSIDE your kids. If you see yourself as a fellow-learner with your kids, then not only will your enthusiasm for learning be contagious, but you'll find yourself teaching without even realizing it, just because you're excited about the subject matter at hand.

    Thanks for taking the time to do an introduction. I do hope you'll make yourself at home here at SHS and hang out with us often!
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    We had a Sphinx! They are an awesome breed! Welcome!

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