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    Yes that is much the daily routine that we aim for. I like alternating between the analytical and creative stuff as it helps keep DD motivated and interested.

    Our routine does vary sometimes but it is always there as a structure that we both know that we can depend on if nothing else is up. Sometimes we get tired of it and will take a week or two off and do an intensive all about science, or math, or art week and only do that subject (read it, write it, draw it, experiment with it) the entire time. But we always go back to that same structure.

    The keys I have found for keeping my DD on target with the picking a topic is that she has to stick to it for a while and that she has to produce something from it. She gets to decide what she wants to produce. This is not always a written thing. For example, if she is studying a country, what she produces is sometimes a dinner with dishes that come from that country (yay for the rest of us!). And she will research the recipes, plan the grocery shopping, make the meal (with some assistance if she needs it) and give a little description of the story of the dish.

    Good luck working out what fits for your family. I found the best was just to keep experimenting.

    Thanks for the info on Spain with school ending late. That is good to know. The UK does not appeal to me because being from a Commonwealth country and somewhere that is so UK in its ways, I don't think I would feel like I had gone somewhere different. I pretty much just want to go somewhere that is different to here culturally, potentially has better access to foreign languages for DD to learn (she is very into them), and has active homeschoolers. DH is not going so well on his list of suggestions so far! He started with Japan. I would not mind going to Asia but Japan is not exactly homeschool friendly in terms of the kids having people to play with during the day. Then Germany, and then Spain.
    NZ homeschoolers (school year runs start Feb to mid Dec).
    DD 12 (year 7) and DD 7 (year 2).
    Fourth year homeschooling.
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    Thank you NZ_Mama, it really helps tp read about other people's schedules. I think I will plan our next school year using your approach of alternating between different kinds of tasks.

    About the "child has to do something productive eventually": One of the things that I didn't like about Unschooling was that they didn't distinguish between entertainment and productive use of time. Even if the two do overlap and even if children will often be very creative when they play (invent stories etc.) - there IS a difference. It's often harder and more challenging to be productive. It's easier to sit on the couch and just enjoy watching someone else being productive.

    I understand that the UK feels too similar to NZ. Do let us know if you find a place where there are plenty of active homeschoolers that is not an English speaking country. I think there are some places that are quite international with lots of expats that might fit the bill. Playa del Carmen in Mexico maybe. I would probably ask on Facebook in the worldschooling group, they might know. Good luck with convincing your husband.

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