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    All my curriculum stuff has started to arrive and I've put it on a shelf and try not to look at it too much cause the planner in me has a stroke when I even get too close to it. Next week we are at the beach and then the reality of educating three kids for the first time will really set in. My NOI is filed. Giddy up.

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    I am always envious of people who plan first and then start hsing. We started hsing in crisis mode and then started planning. It is fun when the books start arriving though. I am expecting a nice batch from Amazon any day now. I am also looking forward to the Fall, though we have been doing some school stuff this summer (anything we do gets counted against that 180 day requirement). Enjoy the beach!

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    It's kinda scary when it's actually about to begin isn't it?! That's where I am too. Things are pretty much all here and I'm making final preps but otherwise just waiting for August 1st. Excitement is turning into anxiety for me and I think my son too. Thankfully, we have the rest of the folks here who have done it before and can remind us we will survive it and we aren't the only ones!
    Cheryl - looking to start homeschooling in August.
    Wife to Trey and mom to Lee - a 14 year old with ASD, ADHD and language difficulties who desperately wants to be "normal". Caretaker of 4 fish and one dog and the world's worst housekeeper short of those people who qualify to be on TV LOL

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    It's kinda scary when it's actually about to begin isn't it?! That's where I am too. Things are pretty much all here and I'm making final preps but otherwise just waiting for August 1st. Excitement is turning into anxiety for me and I think my son too. Thankfully, we have the rest of the folks here who have done it before and can remind us we will survive it and we aren't the only ones!
    Same here. MBTP has arrived and is sorted and filed. The classroom is nearly organized. We have extras scoped out and a basic schedule, even a mission statement of sorts so we are all on the same page.

    Then, reality will hit and throw us all off course. lol. We are still very much in summer mode, with camping, county fair, and loads of outdoor projects in full swing. I think we are looking to begin in Sept when PS begins around here, which gives us a bit more breathing room.

    Good luck to all our fellow newbies.
    Dad to two: DD, 12 and DS, 8.5

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    I've said it to other newbies, so I'll say it again. You will find things that don't work as planned. You're all smart enough to roll with it, adjust, and move on. Allow the imperfections to be there, and everyone will be fine. It's okay not to be perfect (or it better be, because I sure ain't!). It's not only possible to do this, it's inevitable. Have fun!
    Dad (39) to 2 DSs Hurricane (aka Nathan, 11) and Tornado (aka Trevor, 7)
    He likes to think he knows what he's doing. Please don't burst his bubble by telling him otherwise...

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    I'm there too and this is our practice year with the 4 and 2.5 year old. I got Peak with Books and we got the books for the first lesson today at the library.

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    New as well and getting butterflies. My box of books should be arriving anytime, too. I've already organized some of our resources, but still feel unprepared. I'm also concerned because I will be working part-time outside the home. Hoping I can do both. Then there is the issue with my parents and begging them to get more help - in-house or assisted living facility. Mom has Parkinson and Dad just had back surgery and is being pretty stubborn. Not sleeping well...
    Karen

    B1 - 11 (6th grader)
    B2 - 15 (10th grader)

    Homeschooled for three years, but due to various circumstances, we put them back into public school. Still here because I feel like I found my tribe.


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    I have all of our curriculum materials, a weekly schedule, a plan for the year including themes/units, field trips, and other activities, but I haven't even sent in the official letter to the school district yet! It seems so final. I need reassurance--this is a good idea, right? Part of me wants to say forget it and send Lou to school!
    Laina
    homeschooling mother of Louisa (10yo) and Daniel (7yo)

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    Plans are great. But I have found that all my schedules are just coloring papers for my daughter. My boys work at their speed not mine and it is ver clear to me that they will NOT change that any time soon.

    So long as you remember that you don't have to stick to those plans rigidly you'll be fine. About the time I said screw other peoples ideas of what my kids should or should not be doing I found I am much happier and so are my kids.

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    This will be our first year too...and I can't help but being anxious, nervous, axcited, hopeful..all rolled into one! This IS a good idea right??

    I am so overwhelmed with the choices available, and truly have no clear direction of HOW I will be homeschooling my kids!! I am reading about all you being ready, and organized and planned and freak out even more!! I am nowhere NEAr that!! In fact, I don't even know WHERE or HOW to start!!

    Help please...I am oficially FREAKING OUT!

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