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    I'm sure this shows my privilege, but there is no curriculum or equipment that I actually think we really need that if money was no object I would need to get. Sure, I might splurge on a few things... MEL Chemistry anyone? But mostly we'd still be doing Brave Writer, still be chugging through Jacob's Algebra, etc.

    If anything, not having unlimited funds has probably saved me from making some bad curriculum mistakes a few times because it made me research and be careful about buying.

    I would travel more though. And summer programs. I wouldn't have said no to Interlochen for the summer, which ds desperately wanted to try and do. We'd already have paid for the performing arts camp he'll probably do instead and for the much more convenient 4 week session instead of the 3 week one. I'd have let other ds do summer festival auditions for places other than his studio. We'd definitely go abroad every year instead of once every few years.
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    I definitely would have purchased an RV and done at least a year-long stint of roadschooling.
    Yes! I have a df that did this with her 2 kids. The dad joined at different points when work allowed it. They hit every state except Alaska. Prior to taking off they worked together on the itinerary--some places they hit for NP's, others for museums, and others specifically for some kind of eatery.
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    I'd do the RV and travel thing. RV because then everyone gets in the same bad at night (tech does HORRIBLE in hotels). As far as curriculum, we don't really use one. And books and other educational stuff pop go on sale ALL the time. Most of the camps for Tech's age right now near us are mostly religious. BUT, I would love to enroll him in a robotics camp.

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    Travel yes - to places where we could experience different cultures in and out of the US as well as roadtripping in a tricked out RV made for Glamping. I would love to sign the kids up for music classes (lessons later), art, be able to travel to nearby museums more often, see concerts - right now kid's orchestra performances and ballet stuff like that, cleaning person def. It would probably also be beneficial for everyone to have a break from each other every so often with a night out with a babysitter and a separate vaca for mom and dad. Not directly homeschool related but would impact the dynamic.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Topsy View Post
    I definitely would have purchased an RV and done at least a year-long stint of roadschooling.
    This!!!
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    Money is a huge issue for us--you bet I would love to not have to settle or make do when current reality is that I have to hem and haw over a$20 book and a $75 (on sale) product is a huge splurge.

    At the top of the list would be formal assessment of youngest for LDs, more travel and music lessons.

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    Constant travel around the world.

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