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    The local schools have been closed for so many days due to snow and below freezing temps that they are either going to lose spring break or go longer in the summer. We, in contrast, have continued to work extra hard during these days to ensure we're ready to take a couple of "sun" days off to play outside when the weather breaks.

    Take that public schools!
    ~Homeschooling 3 (DD 12, DD 10, DS 10) one day at time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alegre View Post
    Not a light-hearted note, but an important one: This morning my kids are making hand-made gifts for our neighbors whose dog is about to die. Homeschooling gives us time to tend to love and grief, emotional growth and expressions of empathy.
    So true. My son was homeschooled for the last two months that my dad was a alive. Because of that, he saw so much more of his grandpa than he would have otherwise. And also, I had a grieving partner.
    Robin,
    working-at-home mother of two.
    homeschooling the 11yo boy.
    the girl is 14 (8th grade) and loves her public school.
    they are very very different kids.

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    I'm not sure, we always did a lot of home learning even when she was in PS. But PS took up so much of the day...
    What I guess we have now is a lot more free time, or at least a lot less wasted time. Not me, I have less free time, but she has more. Free time to learn the things SHE wants to learn.

    She is already doing fractions, and just started multiplication and division. Math is her forte. In PS, she was so bored with math she was starting to hate it. Now it is her favorite "main" subject.

    We are learning a foreign language together. Might have found time after school, but she certainly wouldn't have gotten that in PS.

    She wouldn't have had time to go in depth into science and SS the way she has. We did a month on medieval life, and spent a whole day building a diorama of the 4 All's out of old boxes, paper dolls, modeling clay and fabric scraps. That was a lot of fun!
    The following week, we spent an entire school day cooking a medieval feast, which included making rosewater bread from scratch (including learning the term "Upper crust" and painting in colored egg whites on the crusts), then game hens and roast veggies served on the bread trenchers we made, and a recipe straight out of a 15th century German cookbook for a strawberry tart. I'm not sure what exactly she learned that day, but I love that kind of real life learning. Reading a recipe, measuring, learning to use a knife to cut simple things, these are all important skills.

    Back in October we studied Australia, and she spent a week of SS time playing around with a didgeridoo we made out of PVC piping, and decorating it with dot art. We learned the "Kookaburra" song, which she might have learned in school, but also "Waltzing Mathilda", which I doubt she'd have learned in a PS. Plus, we learned what all the slang in that song means, and now she sings it around the house all the time.

    We also spent a few weeks doing science projects based around the laws of motion. We've done other science too, but spent the most time on this. She covered marbles and rocks and old thread spools in paint and rolled them down an incline plane covered in paper, then we built our own pulley system with yarn, pencils and a thread spool. We also made a paint swing...that was a mess, lol. Plus we watched a host of Bill Nye videos at lunch times, she loves his show.

    But my super proud moment came last week when I took her to the local park. She was swinging, and shouts to me "Mom, why does the swing keep going even when I'm not kicking?" And I said "Do you know why?" And she shouts back "Yes, because of inertia!". I asked her "Well, what is inertia?". She responded in her best Bill Nye imitation "Inertia is a property of matter!". That made me laugh. But we were having fun with it, so I asked, "Yes, but what IS inertia?" And she says, clear as day "It's the force that keeps moving things moving." Dang, not bad for a 7-1/2 year old. She actually not only learned all of that, but understands it! I almost cried I was so proud of her.

    Sorry. Whew. Anyway, yes, I guess she wouldn't have had any of those enriching learning experiences from a PS.
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    My 5-year old niece is out helping to dig a pond. She's driving the tractor. 'nuff said.
    2nd generation homeschooler!

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    I love all of these!! We all have so many stories of our kids education benefiting from being homeschooled, and emotional victories as well. I just want to say in addition to all of that, I love my kids, their childhood is short, and I want to be as much a part of it as possible. Take that public school.

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    Considering the amount of crap we homeschooling families have to endure - generally speaking, that is - I think we're allowed to be a wee bit rude and dance on effigies of Arne Duncan, singing "We Are the Champions" REALLY loudly. With our kids. At 11am on a Tuesday. Coz we're homeschoolers and ya know...we have the time.

    Um...wasn't that what we were ALL envisaging? No?

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    While the PS was closed yesterday (6th snow day in 2 weeks, I think), DS and I were cuddled up on the couch reading about Alexander the Great. "I love history," he told me.

    When the PS students do have school, they will have social studies goals such as
    Explain why rules are needed in the home, school and community.
    Mama of one DS, class of 2026;
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    I love that when we don't feel like doing school, we simply don't. An hour, a day, a week, doesn't matter, we blow it off (and usually end up learning more). Today, after a week of no-effs-given, we went to a culture fest, immersed ourselves in the activities, and enjoyed the foods. Tonight Kiddo wanted to watch Rick Steves travel to some of the countries we had just learned about, so we had a mini culture fest of our own. But even though I'm pretty sure we both learned more today than most PS kids do all year, the real 'suck it' is that we can do this any time we want.
    Kiddo - 7

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    My DD is wearing her roller blades for breakfast time and school this morning. This is (no exaggeration) probably the 30th day in a row of this. It is her new school uniform.

    Can't imagine a scenario where this would happen in PS.
    Working mom homeschooling DD (10) who is working on a 4th-6th grade level and keeps me hopping! SimpleMoney is my new venture. www.simplemoneypro.com

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    Starkspack....there was an entire year I couldn't get Elle out of her roller skates Love it.
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