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March 17, 2008


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Oh how I wish you lived close by! Our girls have so much in common and I bet we do.

That "I'm a bad homeschooler" slump is killer. Don't let it get hold of you. Put the om in -- very funny and true, true. Your girl is so ENGAGED! Writing songs and a play. And choosing WWII. I don't think you could keep her from learning if you tried.

My dd has her first eye app. on Thurs. I hate that I can't go, but I have to work. The Pop will take. He's fairly skeptical, but maybe that's a good thing.


Not bad. I'd rather om than tic, but a normal day of homeschooling for us usually involves both! I'm sure you'll find the balance between schoolyness and unschooldom soon. It only took me 7 years!


It's in the air! I'm wearing the covers off of several curriculum guides! I have everything nailed down except for reading and math.

Emma will be a 6th grader next year. I'm too uptight to be an unschooler. Consuming large quantities of Girl Scout Cookies. *LOL*

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Thank you for making me feel better as I begin this new journey.;)


Rosetta Stone has Greek--is she interested in learning Greek or did you decide she needed to learn it--good luck with that if she isn't interested.

As for history--read some good books aloud together, for creative writing get some story/poetry starter cards and encourage her to try finishing the stories (my mom and I both taught middle school in public school and that and learning to proofread and rewrite were the crux of it.) Pick up some science experiment books or kits and do them together--figure out what she is interested in and run with it. For logic--grab some logic problem books to start and work from there.

Usually I don't try to give that sort of advice but that is what my mom and I both did when teaching public school other than the designated curriculum stuff that pretty much did the same thing.


Question - is she happy?

I taught public school and the kids who succeeded were the kids who had supportive caring parents. It had less to do with smarts than good nurturing. Every time.

If your daughter is happy, then she's going to be engaged and learning all the time. That's the measuring stick we use. And so far, it works!

Hang in there - yer doin' fine!


I am on the same road searching for inspiring yet rigorous texts for science for a seventh grader. I have been munching many chocolate bars over the terrible text books for English children my daughter's age. Although, as I threw yet more aside for the charity shop, dh is right when he says 'Did your parents even look at your school text books for science?'.


I feel your pain. We're just starting our homeschooling journey, and the big curriculum choices are far in the future, but I'm already fretting those details. I want the breadth and depth of something akin to WTM, yet I want it to be as spontaneous and child-led as possible. We also are hoping to avoid textbooks at all cost.


Don't supportive hubbies make homeschooling easier??
But, as for curriculum choices, my mantra is follow the child's interests and then follow your own. If you're jazzed about a topic, it rubs off- usually.
My go-to guides are Rainbow Resource - they have an online site and I use Rebbeca Rupp's book- Home Learning Year By Year.
It gives you an outline for curriculum, Preschool through High School. The recommendations include book sources, online sites and software and while the subject matter is ambitious, I have found it to be very helpful. Good Luck!!

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Don't be hard on yourself. The fact that you're an involved, interested parent is taking you (and Ms. D.) FAR! So don't worry too much. I very highly doubt that you'll do any damage, and that you'll actually do LOTS of good for her. It seems like this whole process is an organic, every-changing/growing process. You'll both be great!


Until I figure out how to fix my graphic, I'll be hanging out on the farm. *Wink*


"And I'm getting panicky that I'm not doing enough, and panicky I'm doing too much."
This is me on a chocolate day too.

Aren't middle school years supposed to cause tics? I know my stepson's caused some and he was in public school.

You will do fine. It sounds like your daugher is very self motivated with so much already. As her reading and writing evolve she will dive headfirst into new interests that those skills unlock for her as well.

Have you ever checked out Doc's resources? I love her whole take on scheduling via meeting goals verses day to day scheduling. It is a way to get it all done, but in relaxed time frame.

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