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    Greetings from Texas (Dallas area)!

    We are yet another family who is considering homeschooling due to covid. Our kids are still little - our six year old just finished a year of kinder (which he loved) and our four year old was in half day Montessori preschool last year (which she loved). We "practiced" homeschooling the year before. It didn't work too well as I think my expectations were too high.

    I still have some curriculum from when we practiced (Logic of English and Shiller Math), but we're looking into a history and science. Build Your Library, maybe? Suggestions appreciated.

    I have anxiety and tend to overthink things. My worry is that if we pull them out of public school and homeschool then I'd like to enroll in some extracurriculars to get us out of the house. But being around people at the extracurriculars is the same as being around people at school... or is it? The school my oldest goes to had 700+ kids, so there are fewer people if we choose to enroll in martial arts or baseball or whatnot?

    It doesn't help that all my sisters are looking into homeschooling their kids as well! But we all have different requirements (beauty of homeschooling, yes?).

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    Welcome!

    If youre homeschooling just because you dont want your kids exposed to germs coming from people who arent as concerned with spreading disease, then enrolling them in groups (albeit smaller) with strangers isnt really going to make much difference. Perhaps your sisters and families can become a safe social bubble? You may have to find enriching activities to do with them.... board games, bike riding / hiking, art activities, gardening..... things you could enjoy doing with them that dont smack of academics.

    I think the BYL “Around the World” (K level) was great! It was a little light on science, but easy enough to supplement with from the library. (We relied on the library a lot, so lack of libraries would be my biggest concern now... Worst case, a lot of the picture books are on youtube narrated by dubious people.) Because I enjoy cooking and eating, we added in recipes to go with each continent we studied from Emerils “Theres a Chef in My World” cookbook.

    Anxiety and worrying about overthinking is pretty normal, because we feel the stakes are so high. (OMG I dont want to screw up my kids future!!)

    Take this time to think about how you want your homeschooling day to look, and practice a little setting routines with guided activities. What do you want? Montessori is pretty gentle and child-led, if that is a philosophy that speaks to you, then you will want the more hands-on, less worksheet based stuff.

    Let us know more, so we can help more!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    I overthink. I get it!

    Anxiety? Yep. That's me, too.

    I'm homeschooling my son this year, because I can't stop thinking and worrying. (And I'm clearly not the only one!)

    It seems to me that you might want to give some thought to what your tolerance is for risk. Different people have different definitions of risk, different thresholds for what they're comfortable with. Everyone has to decide for themselves what they are comfortable doing, what boundaries they need to set. For me, for my family, being anywhere, especially indoors, with groups of people when this virus is airborne and highly contagious - that's where I feel I need to draw the line. So school, martial arts, other group activities, etc, are not in the cards for my family right now. If you draw a different boundary, so be it! Lots of people do! But I'd say it's worth thinking it all the way through, so you can choose your comfort zone...

    Once you've chosen your comfort zone, you can pick the steps you'll need to take to stay within it. If you're uncomfortable with how schools will handle virus risks, then homeschooling will likely feel like the right path - the right choice. But if it isn't, it doesn't much matter if your sisters are homeschooling - you need to choose what's right for *your* family, right? I'm not saying you have to be 100% certain, without a single doubt or worry - I'd never do anything if that was the requirement! But I find it's easier to live with a decision when you're sure it's taking you in the direction you want to go.

    For what it's worth, if you do choose to homeschool and are looking to use formal curriculum for your kids, I really like what I've seen of Build Your Library. I'm starting off the school year for my rising 5th grader with a unit study from them, and I'm looking forward to teaching him from that unit. It looks well-done and appealing for my son, as well as for me as his teacher. The books she chose are high quality, the videos she linked to look interesting... I don't see a downside, and would consider returning to Build Your Library for further unit studies or even a year of curriculum in the future.

    Good luck making the decisions that are right for your family at this time!

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