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    Default Roll Call, 5/15 - Fantasy Island version!!

    How is everyone this week? Things are going well here--lots of yardwork and landscaping make-over going on, but we're making progress. At least I don't have to worry about part of my exercise routine--I'm getting plenty. I go for swim to relax!!

    I was reading an article yesterday that stated the average US public school funding per student is around $12000. PER STUDENT!! PER YEAR!!

    Since I have two kids, that would have been $24000. I don't know that I would have changed my curriculum choices. However, I would have purchased laptops for each one far sooner. (They actually purchased their own, both around age 15, with $$ from their part time job). More than anything, we would have traveled SO much more. Explored the history of Europe on a grand tour, wandered Australia & New Zealand, experienced the very different cultures of the far East, seen the interesting geologic sites around the world for geology-obsessed son and visited literary locales and authors' homes for literature girl.

    So in fantasy world, what would you do with $12000 per child per year?

    ETA: Am I dating myself by the "Fantasy Island" reference?!?!
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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Oooh how fun!
    Definitely travel, and experience things not just through “living books”, but going to the places we were studying. And doing the “living history” experiences, like participating in tall ship excursions, in re-enactments, in going to historical camps.
    On the more mundane level, Id give the kids more lessons to develop their interests.... fencing, singing, horseback riding... and the biggest impediment has been lack of money for them.
    Itd be like winning the lottery!
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

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    That’s very close to what my town pays per student. They constantly say they are low on funding, too.

    I think travel would be #1. Last year was ancient history, so Egypt and Greece would be a given. This year doing medieval history would include Iceland, England, and China. Next year is early modern and even my state has a hotel where you can stay w/o electricity, harvest ice from a pond, churn your own butter, etc. Something similar to this that shows how Native Americans lived before Europeans came would be awesome. A one day trip to a museum w/ actors in costume just isn’t enough when your budget is $12k!

    Oh, and another bookcase.
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    We took the summer off as I couldn’t get anything started w/o a regular routine in place. Doing 3rd grade now and so far so good.

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    Not sure I would change much... our limitations on travel has been their age. The idea of getting on a plane (longer than 4 hours) with an elementary age kid (X2) sounds too daunting. Now they are getting older and I hope to travel further than we have the last year... but now I will worry about Man Child Knowing my luck a dog will die or a pipe will burst when I am half way around the world... I mean I have friends that would help him BUT it stresses me out (first born and all). The funny is my parent left me alone for 3 weeks (at 17) when they went to Thailand (no cell phones back then) ... and I did just fine (I was the youngest of 3... so maybe I can do this when my youngest is older )
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    Most definitely world schooling. We would have spent 3 months total, out of the year living in different locals. Laptops much sooner for us all.

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    Hello all!

    I'm back for my semi-monthly checkin

    My baby turned 1 a couple weeks ago, can you believe it?! I'm beginning to get excited (okay, STILL excited) about being able to start teaching him things. I know it's still a ways off until I can start anything that could be considered "homeschooling". I guess right now, it's just called parenting LOL. Maybe in 6 months or so, we can start with ABC Mouse or something fun, if he's ready for it.

    I'm still a stay at home dad (or work from home dad), and really hope that can continue for the years to come. I did re-join the National Guard recently, and will be heading to Officer Candidate School in a couple weeks. That will be 2 months, so I'll miss my little baby But I really needed something that was for me.

    A couple weeks after I get back from that, we're going to take a vacation to Disney World!!! We're so excited, and I can't wait to see how the little one takes it all in. Hopefully it won't be an utter disaster

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    Quote Originally Posted by Only View Post
    Oh, and another bookcase.
    ...said every homeschooler everywhere. Best answer so far.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by RelevantDad View Post

    My baby turned 1 a couple weeks ago, can you believe it?! I'm beginning to get excited (okay, STILL excited) about being able to start teaching him things. I know it's still a ways off until I can start anything that could be considered "homeschooling". I guess right now, it's just called parenting LOL. Maybe in 6 months or so, we can start with ABC Mouse or something fun, if he's ready for it.
    I'm of the thinking that no matter what the age of the child, it's still called parenting, even when my kiddos were 18.

    IMHO, at this age (1-2 yo) you should be reading to him, letting him explore board books, sand boxes, simple blocks, and simply interacting with him. Let him explore his world physically--rolling, crawling, eventually walking and climbing. Maybe throw in infant/toddler library story time, visits to an aquarium, zoo, etc. The thought of screen time for one so young seems a bit much. Respectfully not trying to burst your bubble, just giving options.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa senior triple majoring in English with Creative Writing, Journalism, and Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son (21), a Purdue University junior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, and history

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    Roll Call, 5/15 - Fantasy Island version!!
    I installed automatic drip sprinklers in my garden, and hadnt visited the cherry tomato plant in a week or two (whats the point of a garden, then?), and stepped outside today.
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    Somewhere in there is a little wire frame I had made to guide the plant upward. :0

    (And my straggly sugar snap next to it. They didnt do well this year.)
    Homeschooling DS11, DS5.

    Atheist.

    My spelling and typing are fine, its my keyboard that doesnt cooperate.

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    $12,000 per year is a lot! Was that for teacher salaries + building maintenance/development costs + per child education funding, or just the per child education funding? I think here, the teacher/building parts are separate and the per child education funding is around $4,000 to $5,000 (NZ$ so lower in US)$ per year. That's a big difference! I found though when we lived in the US, that way more money seemed to get put into things for not getting much more out (e.g., healthcare).

    Anyway, if I had $12,000 or even $4,000, we would travel more and do more fun after school activities/hobbies, and try find some sort of charitable activity that we could do/put some of the money towards based on the kids interests/concerns.

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