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    Default Hello everyone!

    Just wanted to introduce myself. I'm currently living overseas, away from the United States, with my family and would love to connect with some of you homeschoolers.
    I've always been interested in homeschooling my 2 girls, but I think being alone, doing this on my own, is not productive. Need to reach out to people who are ahead in this journey and have some experience in it. Thanks a lot, and hope to share some more thoughts and ideas with the people of this online community.

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    TravelingLuna

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    Welcome, TL!

    What are you doing overseas? Where are you? Are you thinking to be back to New Hampshire for homeschooling? How old are your daughters? Are you in a land of English-speakers, or is that a part of the reason you want to homeschool? Having some more context for what you are doing helps to give better advice. (Military families abroad have different resources and support available from a family thats living for the foreseeable future in another country.

    If you like learning and spending time with your girls, homeschooling can be very enjoyable - and it is not very difficult. (I think what surprises a lot of people is that it is not hard to do.) Dont rush out to buy things - the bigger and shinier and more expensive curriculums are (promising to bring out your daughters inner Einsteins and Mozarts and Michelangelos), the less likely they are to bring you or your family any educational happiness.

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    Welcome!
    When my oldest children, now young adults and older teens, were young elementary age, we lived overseas for four years and homeschooled. It was the best experience, I would not trade it for anything. We were able to experience so much more of the local culture because we were homeschoolers. My kids learned how to communicate with children who didn't speak their language and ended up learning the local language by immersion very quickly. They didn't become fluent but they could hold a conversation and communicate basic needs. Just from playing with local children.

    Living overseas and homeschooling was the experience of a lifetime for us. Yes it could be hard sometimes, but overall it was an awesome experience. Feel free to ask anything here on the boards. Chances are there is someone here with some btdt experience to help you out or just offer reassurance.

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    Default Hi again!

    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Welcome, TL!

    What are you doing overseas? Where are you? Are you thinking to be back to New Hampshire for homeschooling? How old are your daughters? Are you in a land of English-speakers, or is that a part of the reason you want to homeschool? Having some more context for what you are doing helps to give better advice. (Military families abroad have different resources and support available from a family thats living for the foreseeable future in another country.

    If you like learning and spending time with your girls, homeschooling can be very enjoyable - and it is not very difficult. (I think what surprises a lot of people is that it is not hard to do.) Dont rush out to buy things - the bigger and shinier and more expensive curriculums are (promising to bring out your daughters inner Einsteins and Mozarts and Michelangelos), the less likely they are to bring you or your family any educational happiness.

    Ask questions, share your worries.
    I am in Gdansk, Poland. We are not planing on returning to NH any time soon. My girls are 5 and 7 and I just enrolled them in a local private school that could take them together, but it isn't an ideal solution. Most schools start with grade 1 and kindergarten aged kids go seperately, so they are not under the same roof. We will see how this half year goes at this school. It functions mostly in Polish and my younger one speaks zero Polish, so it is an adjustment for her, but she seems to enjoy it. My older one has some basic skills and understands the language on an intermediate level and she is in second grade. I used to work as a teacher both in the states and overseas. I kept the girls at home from September untill Christmas and tried a bit of homeschooling but getting them into daily school type tasks didn't seem natural. Tried to think of the "unschooling" approach where things weren't rountined and I let them play as much as they wanted, but my husband was a little worried that they aren't getting any exposure to the language here and thought we should send them to school to acquire some Polish. So that's where we are at right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MapleHillAcademy View Post
    Welcome!
    When my oldest children, now young adults and older teens, were young elementary age, we lived overseas for four years and homeschooled. It was the best experience, I would not trade it for anything. We were able to experience so much more of the local culture because we were homeschoolers. My kids learned how to communicate with children who didn't speak their language and ended up learning the local language by immersion very quickly. They didn't become fluent but they could hold a conversation and communicate basic needs. Just from playing with local children.

    Living overseas and homeschooling was the experience of a lifetime for us. Yes it could be hard sometimes, but overall it was an awesome experience. Feel free to ask anything here on the boards. Chances are there is someone here with some btdt experience to help you out or just offer reassurance.
    Thanks for the reply. My girls are 5 and 7 and I just enroleld them in a local private school for the remainder of this school year so that they can learn some more Polish. At home we all speak English and that makes it a little harder to incorporate Polish into our daily lives. (even though I could do it if I had to, since I speak it) I just don't like teh traditional schooling system that is in place in regular schools and we can't put both girls into a Montessori or Waldorf type of school yet. No Waldorf here and Montessori starts from grade 1, meaning my younger one is a year and a half behind. Homeschooling would be nice, as I've tried it recently from September until Christmas. It was nice not to feel pressured to get out of the house early in the morning, all the driving back and forth, morning traffic, school costs. Plus my girls really liked the easy morning feel of eating breakfast at a slower pace and playing all morning long. They ended up playing more than doing any scholastic activities, despite me setting up a poster sized chart for them. Hummm... And the lack of Polish language at our house meant they weren't learning the language here. My husband thought of trying the school so that the kids can learn Polish more naturally. So we signed them up for the remainder of this school year and will see how it goes.

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