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    Default Greetings From Joisey!

    Ok, correct spelling, New Jersey!

    I am a MoM (Mother of Muliples) of 6yo b/g twins. We are not formally homeschooling as they are still in private school, but tinker with it for about an hour a day to see if we are a good fit.

    Tuition for sending two to first grade is going to cost us $20K (and that is cheap in these parts). Unless we get a heck of a good tuition relief, HS'ing is our last resort as the public school here is in dismal shape. Thankfully, it appears that we have a great homeschooling community in our area.

    We will likely go with Oak Meadow curriculum and add a little extra technology here and there. A main concern right now is finding the best foreign language curriculum for German and French. The window of opportunity is closing fast for them to be able to pick it up quickly. I admit I have waited too long.

    Twin MoM

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    Hi there and welcome to SHS!
    Kylie

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    Eclectically Home Schooling 3 Kiddos Down Under ~ DS 14 ~ DD 11 ~ DS 7

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    Greetings and welcome from another Joisey mama.
    Kathy, homeschooling my awesome kids Mister B and Little Miss M
    Telling our homeschool story at www.howardacademy.blogspot.com

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    Hello, another Joisey mom here. Are you a North or South Jersey mom? I know a couple of MoM from around here.
    Dorothy
    Back home after three years!!
    Steph - college Graduate!!!
    George - 8/2005
    Vicki - 7/2007
    Dottie's Homeschool Universe

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    Welcome. I'm also a mom two 6 yo twins! Mine are two boys though.
    Want to read about my homeschool?
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

    Want help homeschooling or sending kids to college?
    http://simplify4you.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by dottieanna29 View Post
    Hello, another Joisey mom here. Are you a North or South Jersey mom? I know a couple of MoM from around here.
    Technically North Jersey on the Delaware (don't worry, we are on high enough ground to avoid the flooding).

    Farrar, quick question. When HSing your twin boys do you have issues with 'competition'? My son won't do activities due to his sister being ahead (mainly due to her better fine motor skills). I don't mind if he is a little behind, he will catch up. Just how to tell him that there is no rush or competition to be like her. Seems like anything I tell him just exacerbates the problem.

    Thanks!

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    Oh YES. My kids aren't as competitive as many twins that I've read about or heard about, but it still plays a role. One of my sons reads pretty well. The other, not so much. He's not behind, but he's not where his brother is by far. Of course, there are things he can do that his brother can't - he can swim pretty well (and his brother can barely keep himself up), he's a little better at math... But it has been a struggle at times. One solution (and we did this for phonics sort of) is to get different curricula for things that they're really on different levels with. Especially things that aren't labeled with grades. It also supports the idea (and can be completely true too) that you're using the program that's right for them and they're on different paths. I guess I hope that if they can learn early that everyone has hurdles and easy passes in life - they're just not the same ones - and that you just have to keep going on your own path and not compare yourself, even to your twin, then that will be a lesson worth learning. I hope. Sometimes I feel like they get it. And I find that they were so, so much better at a lot of the social issues, especially when they were little - sharing, empathy, listening to peers - stuff other kids struggled much more with - that they'll figure this out earlier than the rest of us because it confronts them so directly and clearly - and then maybe, just maybe they'll end up better adjusted. Oh, at least, I hope so.

    I've blogged about this a little over the last year - here about reading back last summer and here about ballet.

    Twin issues are so fascinating. I read One and the Same not that long ago and (while it was mostly about identicals) it was by far the best book about twins I've read.
    Want to read about my homeschool?
    http://farrarwilliams.wordpress.com
    Children's Books, Homeschooling and Random Musings...

    Want help homeschooling or sending kids to college?
    http://simplify4you.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by HSingTwins View Post
    Technically North Jersey on the Delaware (don't worry, we are on high enough ground to avoid the flooding).

    Thanks!
    We're on the Rockaway River. Thankfully high enough above to not get flooded but our next door neighbors are currently under water about 3 feet deep. FEMA bought out most of the houses below us on our street but some decided to stay.
    Dorothy
    Back home after three years!!
    Steph - college Graduate!!!
    George - 8/2005
    Vicki - 7/2007
    Dottie's Homeschool Universe

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    Hi Twin MoM,

    Welcome to Secular Homeschooling! I also have b/g twins but they are younger (2.5), and I also have a 4 year old son :-) Wow, I can't believe how much school costs for you guys, no wonder you are looking at other alternatives! Are you thinking of starting in the fall or now?

    My oldest is in a parent cooperative preschool right now, but I plan on starting a little math in the fall with him. He loves his class and it gives him a little break from his brother and sister ;-)

    The twins are both struggling with speech and are in a 0-3 early intervention program. We should find out later this summer if they qualify for the school district preschool.

    I was homeschooled from mid 1st grade until 8th, and then again for 11th. I really enjoyed it and hope to be able to do that for my children. Looking forward to "seeing" you around the board!

    Marisa
    I grew up as an unschooler and am now eclectically homeschooling my three kiddos.

    DS - 6
    DS & DD - 4

    My occasionally updated secular blog: Homeschooling with Chronic Illness

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    Wow! It's great to see a bunch of MoMs out there.

    At the moment, we are at the school until the end of term. In the meantime, I am easing their way into the homeschool routine and trying to figure out what learning style works best for each.

    After some thought, I think my biggest fear/hurdle is understanding that they are not going to go at the same pace in all subject and need to realize that it is perfectly OK. Just like EC development, each in his/her own time. That and gaining the confidence that I can do this and there are plenty of resources to help me out.

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