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    This is to make my second post requirement -but I am overwhelmed wondering if I am getting over my head in wanting to homeschool my soon-to-be 6th grader. Also getting some discouragement and "why" comments from family. Sighs, at least the hubs is supportive of my desire and the kid has positively responded to the idea. Also in the middle of moving -we just bought our first home, so maybe its more that that's making me feel overwhelmed. We(so far)are unable to have more kids, which is fine, I've made peace with that -I just want my son to have the best education possible so that when it's time for him to go out in the world, I'll know I did my best to prepare him for it. Just sharing my current thoughts...

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Oh, I forgot. DS can catch, clean and cook a fish! I don't usually like lake fish, so I refuse to kill and clean them (yuck!), but he does a nice job stuffing them with butter, onions and garlic.
    I could never get past the ick factor myself, which is funny since I grew up with a fresh water lake 50 feet from our back door--bass, blue gill, sun fish.
    Carol

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    This is the recipe that we based our potato lasagne off of:

    https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/18...otato-lasagna/

    But instead of frozen broccoli, we used fresh, and instead of swiss cheese, we used mozarella. We also added some roughly chopped onion. Other variations we've tried are Campbell's cream of mushroom soup and whole milk, roasted garlic, smoked sausage, green onions, and cheddar cheese.

    Sometimes I think the layering is a lot of work, but it has most of your food groups in it!
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

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    With a passion for us we could not return?
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    Let the more loving one be me.

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    We spent last week visiting with and recuperating from said visit with DHís dad (supportive, laid back, former lont-time teacher & coach at a TX high school on a military base) & his wife (judgemental, gossip, hard-working, generally negative though can be insightful, former sales rep for educational tools). Additionally, the girls and I planted some yarrow, citronella, speedwell, rosemary, thai basil, purple basil, onions, pentas, and lemongrass... some for eating, some for keeping away mosquitoes & other nuisance insects, some for bringing in the pollinators, some for beauty. We had planted mint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, lavender, cosmos, sweet william, poppies, lettuces, oregano, and some others a bit earlier & those have all begun growing quite well, which has been exciting for DD3 & DD4 so we tried to get the grandparents to join in the new plantings but that didnít go too well. I miss our garden but am relegated to a small-ish assortment of containers for growing now because of space + HOA rules.

    Looking forward to getting back to swim lessons. Summer sessions are starting Monday & the kiddos will be going every weekday for 4 weeks instead of the rest of the year when they go once per week. Iím hopeful their swimming skills start coming along more quickly. Being on the coast with a non-swimming, unfenced lake 20ft from our back door I am constantly fretting about the girls near water. They both believe they can swim but canít, my 3yo has no fear, & both love the turtles and frogs and forget about the alligators.

    Both kids love to make coffee for DH & me + to turn on the electric kettle for tea/cocoa & to add honey or to stir things... both make toast like champs & love to spread a little butter & honey on top. They like making yogurt with me & they choose great ingredients for fruit salads. They help with most baking projects by measuring, sifting, mixing, pouring, shaping, rolling, etc. Both love helping make the dough for pizzas then putting all of their favorite toppings on (usually bbq chicken, red onion, gouda, & mozzarella or mozzarella, tomato, & basil but occasionally pepperoni or lots of different cheeses, though they did an experimental one once & put spaghetti + peanut butter + yogis + raisins + cheese + pepperoni & weíve all since agreed that they have to have mommy/daddy input before finalizing the toppings). They help wash produce, mix, tear herbs, pour liquids, toss, & measure things for most meals but we havent graduated to knives yet.

    Both DD4 & DD3 love helping in the kitchen. Surprisingly DD3 has a tendancy to focus on kitchen tasks for longer periods and to look for ways to be helpful when a task is complete whereas DD4 tends to distract more easily and run in and out of the kitchen whenever she decides she wants to help. Since we have always had them eat what we eat, we donít eat out much, & they both have strong opinions of what is yummy vs. what isnít, Iím sure theyíll develope specialties in time with more practice and experience. For now Iím just glad they like experiencing the production not just the eating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MomZ View Post
    ....the girls and I planted some yarrow, citronella, speedwell, rosemary, thai basil, purple basil, onions, pentas, and lemongrass... some for eating, some for keeping away mosquitoes & other nuisance insects, some for bringing in the pollinators, some for beauty. We had planted mint, chocolate mint, lemon balm, lavender, cosmos, sweet william, poppies, lettuces, oregano, and some others a bit earlier & those have all begun growing quite well, which has been exciting for DD3 & DD4 so we tried to get the grandparents to join in the new plantings but that didn’t go too well. I miss our garden but am relegated to a small-ish assortment of containers for growing now because of space + HOA rules.

    Both kids love to make coffee for DH & me + to turn on the electric kettle for tea/cocoa & to add honey or to stir things... both make toast like champs & love to spread a little butter & honey on top. They like making yogurt with me & they choose great ingredients for fruit salads. They help with most baking projects by measuring, sifting, mixing, pouring, shaping, rolling, etc. Both love helping make the dough for pizzas then putting all of their favorite toppings on (usually bbq chicken, red onion, gouda, & mozzarella or mozzarella, tomato, & basil but occasionally pepperoni or lots of different cheeses, though they did an experimental one once & put spaghetti + peanut butter + yogis + raisins + cheese + pepperoni & we’ve all since agreed that they have to have mommy/daddy input before finalizing the toppings). They help wash produce, mix, tear herbs, pour liquids, toss, & measure things for most meals but we havent graduated to knives yet.

    Both DD4 & DD3 love helping in the kitchen. Surprisingly DD3 has a tendancy to focus on kitchen tasks for longer periods and to look for ways to be helpful when a task is complete whereas DD4 tends to distract more easily and run in and out of the kitchen whenever she decides she wants to help. Since we have always had them eat what we eat, we don’t eat out much, & they both have strong opinions of what is yummy vs. what isn’t, I’m sure they’ll develop specialties in time with more practice and experience. For now I’m just glad they like experiencing the production not just the eating.
    Wow, great job getting the kids involved! I've read that when kids see the cycle of food prep from growing, picking, cleaning, prepping, cooking, and eating, they tend to have healthier and more varied diets. Food doesn't just magically appear under plastic or in cans in the grocery store!
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University senior majoring in Computer Science, minoring in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    Wow, great job getting the kids involved! I've read that when kids see the cycle of food prep from growing, picking, cleaning, prepping, cooking, and eating, they tend to have healthier and more varied diets. Food doesn't just magically appear under plastic or in cans in the grocery store!
    Thank you �� We don’t have a big garden anymore but I try to get them involved in as many steps as I can. We’ve specifically chosen seeds before that require more care so they can get an idea of all the things that has to happen before a plant can live, then how it germinates, roots, and so on. I’ve shown them how to root certain plants in water, how to use willow to root cuttings, planted seeds & bulbs in dirt, done avocado seeds at the top of a glass, etc.

    They constantly ask questions and I answer or find an answer for everything I can. When we go to the grocery store, Farmer’s Market, local farms, sit at the table to eat, go to a restaurant, pass interesting landscaping and flora I do my best to ask what they notice and explain something about the things I see. I fear they hear Charlie Brown adults when I speak but I hope 1 or 2 things stick.

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