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    Been busy and crazy around here, but things are calm now. DS was home for a week to visit between his summer internship and the start of the fall semester at Purdue. He wedged the last of his stuff into his car and left this morning. I'll see him Monday, though, with his large furniture for his apartment transported in our truck--loveseat, kitchen table/chairs, shelving.

    Local public schools around here started this week. Most of the homeschoolers I know, though, tend to wait until after Labor Day, if they don't school year round.

    What is new where you are? Any questions you need answered? Any funny stories?
    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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    We started back up this week. The younger dudes are going to a 2 day a week enrichment. Twin A's favorite class was guitar and Twin B's favorite class was Spanish... BUT their favorite teacher was their algebra teacher. Could not love that outcome any more.

    First born has started a better paying job that has health insurance and all those adult things we told him he had to start paying. We are letting him stay a little longer to save up for a first and last month rent. He is looking for a room mate, but none of his friend want to move away from home. He already got a promotion and once he gets through training for that will be paid good for a single guy... its hard to watch... but its his life not mine.

    This shall be a year of change in this house.
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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    Oh, oh - I have a question! . . . How do I do ALL the things???

    Having one in high school and one in middle is throwing me a curve ball. I feel like I'm being pulled in 100 different directions. People are giving me the crazy eyes (for homeschooling) when I tell them DS is now in high school (not helping my confidence here people!). Anyway - the path will present itself in time I suppose (crosses fingers, rubs lucky rabbit foot). The upside is both kids really like their studies so far (DS, I've built my own thing, and DD is doing BYL L7).

    I started running. Normally I hate running, but my anxiety is up and it seems to chill me out (one cannot drink margaritas everyday). DS is my running buddy and it is nice to be down by the river among the trees. He also hates running, so we bitch about running while we run - it's our bonding time
    Rebecca
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colorado Mom View Post
    We started back up this week. The younger dudes are going to a 2 day a week enrichment. Twin A's favorite class was guitar and Twin B's favorite class was Spanish... BUT their favorite teacher was their algebra teacher. Could not love that outcome any more..
    The math teacher in me got all warm and fuzzy inside seeing that! Why is that person their fav?
    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 RTB View Post
    Oh, oh - I have a question! . . . How do I do ALL the things???

    Having one in high school and one in middle is throwing me a curve ball. I feel like I'm being pulled in 100 different directions. People are giving me the crazy eyes (for homeschooling) when I tell them DS is now in high school (not helping my confidence here people!). Anyway - the path will present itself in time I suppose (crosses fingers, rubs lucky rabbit foot). The upside is both kids really like their studies so far (DS, I've built my own thing, and DD is doing BYL L7).

    I started running. Normally I hate running, but my anxiety is up and it seems to chill me out (one cannot drink margaritas everyday). DS is my running buddy and it is nice to be down by the river among the trees. He also hates running, so we bitch about running while we run - it's our bonding time
    RTB, first, ignore the crazy eyes for homeschooling high school. You know what is right for you kids. Contrary to popular belief, there IS a future for those homeschooled in high school. In terms of it pulling you in several different directions, that's sort of the way it goes, especially if you are putting together classes yourself. I think as you DS matures, you'll move more into counselor mode and less of a teaching mode, as your son gets more and more independent.

    One word of advice--start keep records now! I didn't start my DD's transcript & course descriptions until junior year, when she started looking at colleges. Don't worry if it's in perfect form, just have something--books/videos/websites used, how graded (if you grade), short description.

    This summer, I've hated running as well, but am still doing it. This Midwestern humidity just drags me down. I love that you and your DS bond over it. My DS will join me for the last 2 miles of the Purdue Half marathon in October--he says that's all he has in him...lol.
    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
    RTB, first, ignore the crazy eyes for homeschooling high school. You know what is right for you kids. Contrary to popular belief, there IS a future for those homeschooled in high school. In terms of it pulling you in several different directions, that's sort of the way it goes, especially if you are putting together classes yourself. I think as you DS matures, you'll move more into counselor mode and less of a teaching mode, as your son gets more and more independent.

    One word of advice--start keep records now! I didn't start my DD's transcript & course descriptions until junior year, when she started looking at colleges. Don't worry if it's in perfect form, just have something--books/videos/websites used, how graded (if you grade), short description.

    This summer, I've hated running as well, but am still doing it. This Midwestern humidity just drags me down. I love that you and your DS bond over it. My DS will join me for the last 2 miles of the Purdue Half marathon in October--he says that's all he has in him...lol.
    Thanks for the support and advice, Carol. I appreciate it. Homeschooling can be a bit of a lonely road without much direction.

    I remember you telling me to start tracking now when you sent me your DS's records and I have been. Thank you so much for the example - I'd be lost without it!
    Rebecca
    DS 14, DD 12
    Year 8

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    Oh, oh - I have a question! . . . How do I do ALL the things???

    Having one in high school and one in middle is throwing me a curve ball. I feel like I'm being pulled in 100 different directions. People are giving me the crazy eyes (for homeschooling) when I tell them DS is now in high school (not helping my confidence here people!). Anyway - the path will present itself in time I suppose (crosses fingers, rubs lucky rabbit foot). The upside is both kids really like their studies so far (DS, I've built my own thing, and DD is doing BYL L7).

    I started running. Normally I hate running, but my anxiety is up and it seems to chill me out (one cannot drink margaritas everyday). DS is my running buddy and it is nice to be down by the river among the trees. He also hates running, so we bitch about running while we run - it's our bonding time
    I get the crazy eyes about homeschooling all.the.time. Sometimes I feel like I even get the why do you homeschool look from other homeschoolers. So I totally hear you on the lonely road. (Then there are the odd people that say positive things. And I am so grateful for those comments!)

    I don't have any advice on how to do all the things. But when I feel like that, I try to focus on how great it is that I get to try do all the things rather than feel the overwhelm of "am I doing enough/am I doing it well enough".

    But you can totally do it, homeschool your high schooler and middle schooler. They will be fine with whatever of the things you manage to fit in. Maybe approach it as you would if you were new to homeschooling. It is a new phase. Rather than expecting to roll into mastering it as an experienced homeschooler. So start with what are the essentials for you, and each week add more in until you are up to speed.

    I am glad you have found an outlet in running, and that is cool you can run with your DH. I used to run a lot and I miss running. I started as a hate-to-run runner and then really loved it, but it hurt my knees so I stopped after about 17 years of it. Pretty much my DH was the only person I could tolerate running with.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    We have had a good week. I got DD11's application for the one day school in, so will see how that goes (she may not be the right "fit" for their guidelines). DD11 had a fun day out learning kayaking last week with the homeschoolers and being taught by some local outdoor education students. We went on a nice family hike (4 h, 7 km though a lot of mud, a spattering of snow, ice, and frost) yesterday with another family we have not seen in ages. The kids all loved it and happily trekked on with muddy, wet feet through muddy tracks and river crossings. Had a great riding lesson today. I am by no means an amazing rider but I have improved (I bounce less in canter and have my weight down in my heels more). Work has been manageable. I have been pretty good at fitting in exercise and my hip/glute weakness/pain issues are getting so much better. Some things are getting neglected currently (knitting and sewing—I have a pair of curtains for our bedroom that are now in their 3rd winter of not being finished to keep our room warmer). But I will fit them in when I get a lull in my work.

    Doing DD11's one day school application was a good mid-year evaluation for us to see what we have been good on and weak on. I now have some things to focus on for the rest of the year. We need to fit in more creative writing, more work on speaking/presenting skills, and some sports beyond ballet (other years I have made sure she tries a bunch of things but this year its fallen off).

    How do other people work on speaking/presenting skills as homeschoolers? We used to do poetry teatime and practice reading out poems then, and I try remember to get her to read aloud to me once a week from whatever literature she is reading. We always have the aim of doing something at the end of term but it never eventuates. Like she often plans an end of term dinner related to the country she has been studying for history and I mean to get her to do a presentation to tell us something about the country and why she chose the dishes. But we rarely get round to it. So maybe I should try doing something mid-term rather than end of term so that we actually get it done. Would working on one presentation per term (so that would be four a year) enough?
    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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    Oh and we saw the movie Dilili in Paris recently. It was really amazing and I highly recommend it if you get a chance to watch it. It does get rather dark and creepy nearer the end but it has a good ending, and both my kids (6 and not super sensitive to things, 11 and super sensitive/freaked out by things) did not find it scary and loved it. It is a rather cool one to watch as a homeschooler because it has so many things to investigate from it. All these famous French people from a certain period of history. And then lots of things you can also discuss about the darker part of it (which I won't go into detail about because it kind of spoils the story if you know it before hand).

    We also saw Biggest Little Farm, which is about a biodynamic farm in California, and it was pretty cool too.
    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).

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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    The math teacher in me got all warm and fuzzy inside seeing that! Why is that person their fav?
    I think it was just his energy and positive vibe. He also teaches the high school film class teacher and I watched last years final project... he is just great with kids. You can see he loves what he does.
    Elizabeth

    Homeschooling my 2 eleven year old boys (third year)

    Life coaching my 1 twenty-one year old man-child

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