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    Default Hello from St. Louis!

    Hi everyone! I am thrilled to find this site.

    My husband and I are on our second marriage and have four kids (mine, ages 19 and 16, his, age 17, and ours together, age 4).

    Our older kids are in the public school system or away at college.

    We love to travel and have decided to homeschool our youngest. He is a spirited child, and possibly on the spectrum somewhere. We tried preschool this year, but he didn’t make it a week before we realized that it was NOT for him.

    Our big plan is to sell our house when the 16 year old is graduated and settled in a few years, then go on the road full time for a year or two to figure out where we want to make our forever home at.

    I have homeschoolers in my family, but they are very religious and we don’t have much in common with parenting styles. I’m hoping this community helps me along our journey!

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    I can tell you from experience... traveling and vacationing when public schools are in session is the best! Our family likes going to National Parks and museums, and docents give us so much more personal attention, and there arent as many crowds. Just saying, homeschool is totally compatible with traveling.
    You may want to practice setting routines now, to give yourself and your son a chance to play at homeschooling, and see what is likely to work for both of you. Have a read-together time each day, a fine motor activity each day, see where it will fit easily with the other pulls on your attention. The hardest part for you will be figuring out how to motivate him, in a way you find sustainable.
    Starting out homeschooling can be tough - so many choices, fear of failing, not being sure if youre doing it right... if your son is used to being able to focus to do specific activities, at least you wont have that struggle. You will also learn what sorts of things he responds better to - so will be able to be thinking of curriculum along those lines as he ages into it.

    (As a note, my youngest just started second grade, Im in my 9th year of homeschooling, and yesterday my DH suggested that he needed to be given more schoolwork since he had “finished” by 9am. DS had started early and gotten his reading writing and math done, and I twisted my back the previous day, and would get science that evening, so I was willing to call it a day. I think its normal for you to worry about if youre doing it ‘right’.)

    Good luck! Ask questions!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.


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