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    Vicsmom, the service you had for your neighbor sounds lovely. He was very lucky to have you as such caring neighbors.
    Carol

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


    Daughter (22), a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

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    Vicsmom, that sounds like a lovely idea what you did for your neighbour-friend.

    RTB, don't know how I missed the pic of your succulents first time round, they look great!

    Argh holidays. Great but not. DD5 is obviously starved of learning for the past 3 weeks. Of her own accord and mostly independently today, she did math in a workbook, MathSeeds online, some reading poetry, and about 2 paragraphs of copywork from the Monterey Bay aquarium website about sea otters. So that was sweet and really cool. But oh my gosh, the sibling drama. They just don't get on at all when around each other all day.

    Had about 75F for the past two days and apparently dropping to about 55F for the next few days. Ah the vagaries of being a little island so close to the Antarctic. Hoping it warms up by Christmas day. We like to do Christmas dinner outdoors here and make it a lighter affair with salads rather than roasted vegetable dishes.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

    That's a kea (NZ parrot) in my avatar. You can learn about them on Beak & Brain - Genius Birds from Down Under on Netflix.

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    I love hearing about all your adventures! London is a wonderful city - I spent a week there when I was 12 and my cousin were allowed to take the tube alone to the British Museum. I loved that museum so much. I loved just hanging there. We were in NYC in March and the multiculturalism there was also just unbelievable.

    Girl drama just stinks, it is part of why DD homeschools. There doesn't seem to be a cure for it unfortunately. I love hearing about Christmas in the summer!

    We were in Buffalo last week and now back in IL. DS10 is returning to public school next semester. He just craves the social life. He has been doing band with the 5th graders and hates having to leave them all when they head into school. I was hoping it would give him enough socializing, but it just seems to make him crave it more and then blames me for making his life so horrible because he has to homeschool and I am tired of fighting with him everyday. There was no amount of pixie dust that could entice him to find homeschool fun and I am frankly exhausted from trying so hard to engage him. I have felt like a class A failure for this and maybe part of why I having been avoiding this site too, but sometimes you just have to realize that sometimes something just won't work for one kid and that you have to honor who he is and not feel like it is your fault. I thank Julie Bogart for making me feel a lot better. Her podcasts this season are really, really good. We are going to make gingerbread dough to roll out tomorrow and make some houses to decorate with another homeschool family on Friday. I always love the Holiday season. The Hygge of it all is just my absolute favorite thing. Hope you are all enjoying whatever Holiday preparation you are doing!
    Beth
    DS16 with ASD, DD12 and DS10

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    Quote Originally Posted by HawaiiGeek View Post
    DS10 is returning to public school next semester. He just craves the social life. He has been doing band with the 5th graders and hates having to leave them all when they head into school. I was hoping it would give him enough socializing, but it just seems to make him crave it more and then blames me for making his life so horrible because he has to homeschool and I am tired of fighting with him everyday. There was no amount of pixie dust that could entice him to find homeschool fun and I am frankly exhausted from trying so hard to engage him. I have felt like a class A failure for this and maybe part of why I having been avoiding this site too, but sometimes you just have to realize that sometimes something just won't work for one kid and that you have to honor who he is and not feel like it is your fault. I thank Julie Bogart for making me feel a lot better. Her podcasts this season are really, really good.
    I know how you feel. My DD5 just decided she wanted to try school and seems to be loving it simply for the everyday being in group of age peers side of things, even with the girl drama. She comes home all excited and energized (and wants to do all the school work with me that she does not get to do at school). I took her to a local homeschool group thing yesterday and she proceeded to play on her own for 3 h and not even try to play with the kids that she has met before. It is really hard when they straight out reject the social opportunities that you provide (and take time out of your day to drive them to and supervise them at).

    I hope you don't avoid here. I know I find it the place that I feel accepted with being part homeschooler/part public schooler. IRL it is quite isolating because the school parents think you are strange for homeschooling one/some of your kids and missing homeschooling with the one that is at school, and the homeschool parents think you are strange for sending your child to school.

    I shall have to listen to the podcasts. I keep getting the emails and thinking they sound good but never prioritizing my time to listen to them.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

    Freelance copyeditor, specializing in scientific text, who will make mistakes in my posts (I don't self-edit).

    That's a kea (NZ parrot) in my avatar. You can learn about them on Beak & Brain - Genius Birds from Down Under on Netflix.

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