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    Yes to outdoors, field trips, travel, group activities, and PLAY. Join in - don't sit on the bench, get in there and try things with them. Give them space to struggle and fail. Let them see YOU struggle and fail, then model humour and resilience. Don't build a classroom in the house, make the community your classroom. Help them connect with others who share their interests. Collaboration is tinder for the spark of curiosity. Don't compare.
    Home schooled two kiddos from a remote location for seven years. DD16 has transitioned to public high school. DS8 tried PS, but likes home schooling better.

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    Add to some of what was said.

    1) Stopped worrying about all of the learning. (I actually made a list of what did I want my child to know when they turned 18. When I really thought about it, it was a list of 4 items.)

    2) I would have skipped purchasing curriculum. I think I have a couple of workbooks I liked and the rest was just meh.

    3) Play more. (This can mean playing games, baking cookies, going on field trips, doing science experiments that involve lots of explosions, etc.)

    4) Ignore all of the homeschool groups, comments about socialization, etc. There are lots of opportunities for kids to meet other kids in afterschool programs and the like.

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    We DID leave homeschool for two years and boomeranged back after this virus hit. I learned a few lessons the first time around and have made changes for this venture.

    - Get lesson plans to go. I don't follow them exactly but they're great guides for our curriculum (Build Your Library). It takes a lot of stress off of me. Personally, this has worked so much better.
    - Don't stress if you don't get it all done during the day.
    - Go outside more. I purposely chose a curriculum with a nature study to get us outdoors as much as possible.
    - Read, read, read. Read TO them and let them read to you. Read all the things.
    - Make it fun! My kids don't learn math well by sitting in front of a book so we've gone to online games for the bulk of our math work. Prodigy has been a lifesaver!

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    what can I say from my own experience - the main thing is not to worry and all to support the child. Help, but from a distance until it turns out to be impossible not to come closer.

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