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    I'm looking for support or advice. Last year was my first year homeschooling my 8th grader (well, early 2017-now)and then earlier this year we brought my kindergartner home as well. It wasn't that big of a deal because it was kindergarten and there weren't a lot of expectations (we worked on reading and math for a bit and then I let her play a ton of educational games)

    My oldest will be a freshman in high school next year, my daughter will be in first grade. Both grade levels will be more intense than this past year and the age difference is so great that doing some subjects together won't be feasible.

    I'm feeling a bit overwhelmed and panicky at the moment. Talk me down?
    -Sam
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    Freshman DS
    3rd Grade DS
    and 1st Grade DD

    We are a neurodiverse family

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    First grade is still very young, and will look very similar to HSing for Kinder. For us 1st grade was focused on reading, handwriting, basic math, and writing (kiddo dictating and me writing), the rest (social studies and science) was just for fun. My children's attention span was still pretty limited at that age, school was done in a couple of hours at most. You'll do great!
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    I agree with RTB... focus on your high schooler. Just keep doing what you're doing for your little one. First grade is not anything too intense. There's a lot of reading and writing instruction, but it doesn't need to take much time overall. Everything else is just icing really. Well, a smidge of math. But everything else.

    Instead of worrying about your first grader, make sure all your ducks are in a row for your 9th grader - that you've got the line up you want, that it can lead to the classes and opportunities down the line that she wants, that you're keeping adequate records. It's not rocket science, but I know it's stressful! We're there too! If you mess up something for your high schooler, it's probably not a big deal, but can have repercussions - like, if you didn't award enough credits or something. If you mess up something with a first grader... who cares. Just do something else next time. No big.
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    I wouldn't think either that 1st grade is much different from K. Up to an hour max of direct work and lots of play.
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Agreeing with the others that if you cover the 3R's with your first grader while you focus on getting your high schooler on the right track for what they want to do, you will be fine.

    I also wouldn't necessarily assume that you cannot do anything together. A first grader could listen on an art history course and perhaps do a narration while the 9th grader does more sophisticated work on the same artist or painting. Same with music appreciation, family read alouds that are not to heavy for a first grader (you might have to sway the other way on this one where the read aloud is more aimed at the first grader and the 9th grader might listen in for fun or do some of the reading aloud to work on speaking skills and such). If your 9th grader is doing biology, the first grader could tag along for some of the experiments and perhaps have some of her own books on the same topics at her level. Same thing goes for history. Of course they cannot use the same sources but it will be a little easier on you if they are both studying the same general topic and might generate some fun family conversations.

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    Agreeing with the others on your younger tagging along and absorbing from the subjests your older is learning.
    Next year my boys are 7th and 1st, and I wasnt planning on any individual science or social studies program for the baby.
    The voices with experience seem to all be saying the same thing though - dont sweat it!
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    You guys are the best, thank you for the support and advice!
    -Sam
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    Freshman DS
    3rd Grade DS
    and 1st Grade DD

    We are a neurodiverse family

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    Seconding what Maple Hill said about your first grader tagging along with your high schooler. If you're lucky, you'll find a community that serves your high schooler, where people also have younger kids. Your first grader can enjoy field trips that are really meant for your high schooler. And so forth.
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