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    That I had NO CLUE what I was getting myself in to! lol
    1. I've learned QUICKLY, that trying to get my children to do anything
    that they do not like, causes nothing but stress!
    2. My children DO NOT have the same learning styles.
    3. Schedules DO NOT work for my kids.
    4. DS hates math, but he loves fast fact sheets.
    5. DD loves library trips and always has a book in her hands.
    6. BOTH love ancient history.
    7. My newborn does not like school. lol
    8. We DO NOT have to do everything in the book!
    9. Our original science curriculum was a big FLOP.
    10. ebooks waste a TON of ink and paper!(duh)

    Besides all of that, we love how it's going so far and are adopting a more relaxed approach.

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    What I've learned so far:

    1. My son is fully capable of LEADING the day's "lessons." I don't always have to be "in charge."
    2. Doing school while lacking a fun spirit sucks. A lot.
    3. My son hates all the colorful, wordy math problems but squees if I hand him a black-and-white math sheet, time him, and test him ruthlessly. (who woulda thunk?)
    4. My son learns things and picks up random words/facts/thoughts without my help.
    5. I worry too much and need to just chill out sometimes.
    6. Neither of us is cooperative if we're even the slightest bit hungry.
    7. Learning (without all the tablework) is FUN!
    8. Random days off (or days left for unschooling) are needed AND extremely beneficial.
    9. Conversations in the car are just as important, if not more, as tablework lessons.
    10. Homeschooling is more fulfilling, joyful and wonderful than I ever would have imagined, so long as I remember #1-9.
    Paula

    Disneyland-obsessed homeschooling mama to adventurous Aidyn (9yo) and our new, huggable, lovable baby Jack.

    Writing Tutor/Workshop facilitator/Instructor Aide at a community college.

    To hear about our adventures/destination unit studies:

    Choosing Our Own Adventures

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    What I've learned so far....

    1. I can't keep a schedule to save my life
    2. Sleeping in is good!
    3. Everyday should start with tea and conversations
    4. Jogging and tree climbing help wake your brain up
    5. Fiction Books, Comic Books, and movies are GREAT sources for learning
    6. Writing in books makes kids happy! (aka -Highlighters are fun!)
    7. You are never too old for play time
    8. Coffee shops, Playgrounds, and Libraries all make wonderful alt. classrooms.
    9. Doing schoolwork in a moving winnebago isn't always advisable
    10. No matter how tough a day can be, I will never regret taking the time to build strong relationships with my kids.

    Homeschooling Rocks!

    PS - Thanks TrenaLuna, this is fun.
    Life is a verb ~ live!
    We learn, we laugh, we do things our own way...cut and paste style!

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    What I have learned:

    1. We should have listened to all our family and done this years ago. They were right. There I said it.
    2. My son will do just about anything if it’s hidden in science.
    3. Humor is the best tool to get him to listen.
    4. He can write just fine if it’s beautiful weather and his friends are waiting on him to finish school for the day.
    5. I can actually teach something besides math and science.
    6. Bribery works wonders.
    7. Sleeping in most days is really nice.
    8. I miss having the house to myself for a few hours a day, but not as much as I thought I would.
    9. My son still thinks I know everything and is very surprised at how often we have to look up something.
    10. The cat is super annoying, but a huge stress reliever and totally worth all the interruptions in exchange for the tears she’s stopped.
    Son - 7th grade, HS
    Daughter - 10th grade, PS
    Blog in progress, Home Schooling in 7th Grade

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    Wow! I was just venting, but I love reading you guys responses!
    We are only a month in right now.
    I'm sure I will have more to add to this list around the end of April lol.

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    1. I'm not as patient as I thought I was
    2. I have been misunderstanding my dd9. She seems like a snobby brat, but she's really not at all. Bad mom! Badbad mom!
    3. We hadn't been drinking enough before.
    4. To think more outside the box. Furniture for the classroom that is easy to clean and inexpensive....hmmm. Costco foldable table and chairs are perfect for us! I'll never have to make my Katherine Janeway face again when the kids spill acrylic paint on the table.
    5. spiral notebooks are MUCH better for us than other notebooks
    6. it costs a lot more than I had figured it would.
    7. our dd6 is in some ways more independent than our 2 older children. They tend to wait until I give them instructions on what to do next. Dd6, on the other hand, will bring her own materials from her basket (each kid has their own basket) and select which subject to do and when.
    8. homeschooling takes up a lot of space.
    9. it's a lot more fun and less stressful than I thought it would be
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    Homesquirrelled children: ds (2001) "Pudding", dd (2004) "Polliwog", dd (2006) "Poppy"


    You go into the woods where nothing's clear
    Where witches, ghosts and wolves appear
    Into the woods and through the fear
    You have to take the journey

    INTO THE WOODS (musical)

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    Whateverworks, you're so right about cats! HUGE stress-relievers.
    Homesquirrelled children: ds (2001) "Pudding", dd (2004) "Polliwog", dd (2006) "Poppy"


    You go into the woods where nothing's clear
    Where witches, ghosts and wolves appear
    Into the woods and through the fear
    You have to take the journey

    INTO THE WOODS (musical)

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    What I've Learned So Far:

    1) Schedules are not for us.
    2) Breakfast at 10AM is ok.
    3) My girls are scary smart.
    4) My DH doesn't understand why I work so hard learning with them at home, but he completely supports me and glad to come on the ride.
    5) Glitter and Glue are messy, but make everything better.
    6) Even the most lame sensory bin can entertain for hours!
    7) Edible craft projects, good!
    8) Piles of books are awesome.
    9) Just because worksheets bore me, doesn't mean my DD1 wouldn't enjoy them. Who da' thunk?!
    10) You can make up a song for ANY task, and it is better if sung at the top of your lungs.
    Playing and learning as we grow! DD1 12/17/2008 DD2 12/15/2010
    Math: Horizons Handwriting: Handwriting W/O Tears
    Reading: All About Reading Science: Sassafrass Science
    Spelling: All About Spelling Art: Artistic Pursuits
    History/ Social Studies: TBD Language Arts: First Language Lessons/ Writing With Ease

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    So far I've learned (in the past year)...

    1. I can teach math! (still in shock over this one)
    2. I can't teach science (other than biology), but I'm married to someone who can.
    3. Sitting on the couch together reading books and discussing them counts as school. There are fancy names for it that make it sound even more like school.
    4. You can learn math without using math worksheets.
    5. My daughter will do anything, if I ask if she'd rather do a math worksheet.
    6. That we have previously undiagnosed special needs, and that some special needs are underdiagnosed in girls in schools.
    7. That sometimes I need to get out of my daughter's way and let her learn, and that is still school.
    8. That I can't tell my daughter she needs to write and learn and create and finish what she starts... unless I model writing, learning, creating, and finishing what I start.
    9. That, contrary to what I thought when we started, homeschooling is nothing, nothing at all, like helping my daughter with her homework.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrenaLuna View Post
    Wow! I was just venting, but I love reading you guys responses!
    We are only a month in right now.
    I'm sure I will have more to add to this list around the end of April lol.
    Trena, Venting in such a positive manner leads to great things!!
    Life is a verb ~ live!
    We learn, we laugh, we do things our own way...cut and paste style!

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