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    Default OK now I know for sure I signed the kids up for waaaaaay too much

    Third week of homeschool and I see I bit off more than I could chew here. Each activity sounded good as I was considering it, and I was thinking DD could do a lot more as a homeschooler....but now I am beat! DS has preschool 2x per week and music class, DD has dance, gymnastics, soccer, girl scouts, plus the park days and field trips...we are on the go all the time! All those images in my mind of reading chapter books aloud as our muffins bake in the oven and going for leisurely nature walks have been replaced with yelling at the kids to get in the car so we can make it to yet another thing on time. Most of it is for DD, so then I have to entertain DS when we go to classes, so there's just no break.

    I know we have to pare down. How many activities do your kids do? How do you shake the feeling that they will be missing out somehow if they don't get to try everything?
    Laina
    homeschooling mother of Louisa (10yo) and Daniel (7yo)

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    My kids do Tae Kwon Do once or twice a week, and each one does a class in a private school/coop setting. That's it for us as far as outside organized activities go.

    EDIT: I shake the fear that they'll miss out by reminding myself that if they're too busy to enjoy it, they'll miss out on it even if they're in it, and it will be a bad experience. Quality over quantity. Take time to smell the roses, as it were.
    Last edited by Shoe; 09-22-2011 at 07:12 PM.
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    My girls do dance on Saturday.
    Dd12 goes to youth group Friday evening
    Dd14 goes to history class every second Thursday.
    Ds goes to co-op once a fortnight.

    As you can see, we're not heavy on the extra curriculars here

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    My son has karate twice a week (within walking distance), both kids take swimming lessons (at the same time, so only one trip), my daughter has 4-H once or twice a month, and we go to a park day once a week when the weather is good. Everything except the park day is either late afternoon or on the weekend, so it leaves time for school work in the mornings.
    Mother of two monkeys...daughter age 10 and son age 11.5.

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    I find it helps to stack things on the same day. That way we get to do a little school early and be on the go all day, but then have other days that are really leisurely. Not that it always works out, just an ideal.

    I also think some of our activities kind of are relaxing. For me, dropping the kids at co-op that I didn't have to plan and can run errands during then go back and spend the afternoon with my homeschool parent friends... Well, that's leisurely. Or, like, we had a big Not Back to School Picnic at the creek recently and that was lovely. I baked muffins, drove over there and spent the whole time just chilling, talking to people, watching the kids get muddy in the creek. It was great.
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    There are MANY t-shirts that say 'why do they call it homeschooling when we are NEVER at home?!"

    This year is a major amp-up for classes for us. Monday we have family martial arts, tuesday we have science coop (which is mom-taught w 3 families, not a drop off) AND Orion has choir in the afternoon (which is drop-off). Wed we have martail arts at noon and park day on nice afternoons. In feb park day will be replaced by dissection class for Orion, which WOULD be drop off except its a half hour away, so not worth driving home. THursday right now is Orion's band in the morning and sax lesson in the afternoon, but we will drop the lessons at the end of this month, since that seems duplicate. Fridays every other week we have a video games club, and this week we'll try a new board game group started by a newhomeschooling mom of an autistic middle schooler .. . might or might not become a regular thing.

    I'm EXHAUSTED and we schedule TIGHTLY and we dont do more than the absolute basics, i think, academically
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    dd does a HS gymnastics class once every 2 weeks. And we have signed up for activities from the Homeschool group we are part of. Book club meet, math club, all once a month on different weeks. Then there is yoga on Saturdays. And a field trip here and there. that's about it.

    Last year we did ballet, and swimming for extracurriculars. This year we are penny pinching. have to cut down on things. As you can see, not much emphasis on extracurriculars this year. i think its ok. She'll still young, and can catch up on it. Not too worried.
    Mom to dd who is 8 years old. Eclectically homeschooling, using time4learning as our base curriculum. And we sometimes digress to unschooling methods.

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    My kids are young (4 and 6), so we are "light" on extras too. We will be starting co-op classes at the end of October (basically all day Thursdays) and we are doing a family cooking and nutrition class on Thursday nights that runs for 12 weeks. That means all of our out of house activities are on one day!
    I am asking for ballet lessons and some sort of sporting activity from family for Christmas, so hopefully we will have something fun and active to pull us out of the house when the really horrid weather is here and we are in full swing with "lessons" at home.
    Mom to those weird kids: the Giant Hobbit (5/19/92 - homeschooled for 6 years), K-bot (6/20/05), Tiny (3/9/07), and the baby (2/12/11). Step mom to D-girl (5/30/07).

    "Yeah we all shine on, like the moon, and the stars, and the sun."

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    I forgot book club once a month.

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    DS, who is about to be 4, has activities 4 weekdays a week I guess, and DD has them on 2-3, but they don't feel so busy to me.

    He does co-op preschool 3 days a week, but it's only a few blocks away and DH drops him off on his way to work. So that gives me time to do more focused homeschool work with my 2nd grade DD. (I work in the preschool classroom once a month, and DD goes to the office with DH that day. I send her with a little review to do, but mostly it's a "take your daughter to work" kinda thing. She plays on the computer, she bugs DH, etc.) DS also does a gymnastics class once a week, and Religious Ed.

    DD does homeschool supplement (Waldorf school) one day a week, Ballet, Chorus, and Religious Ed all once a week. She does Girl Scouts once a month.

    I do schedule it kinda carefully though. Monday is Preschool; Tuesday is Waldorf supplement, DS Gymnastics while DD is at Waldorf, and Chorus after; Wednesday is Preschool and DDs ballet; Thursday is our open day; Friday is Preschool. RE is on Sunday. Tuesday is a crazy busy day, but Monday and Friday are fairly light, and Thursday is open for busy or not as needed. Today everyone was tired from new programs and such, so we spent 2.5 hours at the playground and read and watched TV. We have to track attendance days in our state, and I didn't count today for example.
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