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Homeschool Chat Thread!

Lets start a homeschool chat thread. It may or may not be homeschool related. How are you all doing?

Today I was super excited because my oldest daughter entered a drawing contest for the Fresh Market a few weeks ago and today they called and said she won. We got to take her to the store for her $50 gift certificate. She walked around the store picking out different things to buy. So cool.

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We did our first day today, and as we had some car troubles over the summer we haven't bought curriculum yet (we will be getting it next week.) I do have a ton of worksheets and stuff, so we are working those.

BUT TODAY WAS TERRIBLE! I cried, he cried.
He hates writing, and this is partially my fault, as we let him do mostly whatever he wants with the computer. So it took an hour to do one worksheet of writing skills. Math went marginally better, but he got in trouble for sticking the pencil up his nose (where he gets this stuff from I have no idea.) He loves anything science and we are doing a quick unit study on animals and habitats before we get the book, so that went well. We also started grade 1 hooked on phonics, which we have been working on sporadically throughout the summer, and he acts like he can't do any of it, until I write it on the white board then he can read whatever word super fast... I think he is trying to drive me insane

I think tomorrow will be better, he is going to sleep until a normal time(he woke up at 6 am, normally sleeps until 8), and DH wont be here to distract DS.

fingers crossed.

Tuesday Update, its still early and today is already going much better.

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Aww, sorry you had a rough first day. Sometimes it can take a few days to get into the swing of things. I am glad today is going better for you.

Today we finished school early so we went to the store to buy the supplies to make a felt board. I have been working on that today.

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OOO I forgot we have a felt board on the back of our white board (its like an easel type arrangement), I don't know what I would do with it though, the only felt lessons I remember were from Sunday school...

I think DH playing he games in the other room that was most distracting for DS, because while DH was at work today he did FANTASTICALLY! He didn't argue, he even did the writing worksheet that took him nearly an hour yesterday (yesterday was A, today was Dirol in about 10 minutes today. I feel much better about the decision to home school after today....

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So glad today went better!

I am planning to use the felt board to help teach math concepts, teach to read, and illustrate ideas. 2 apples plus 2 apples equals 4 apples.

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Hi!

I survived our first week!.. well.. WE survived it.

Jacob doesn't like writing, either. He's 3rd grade and ADHD and gets distracted. But he doesn't like writing for any subject. Answering questions verbally he gets it, and then I say "okay, write that down" and he starts whining and begging to not have to write. I have looked at the way he holds his pencil and I think it's actually physically painful for him! I have NO clue how to fix his position!!! I've tried, but he keeps reverting. *sigh*

Anyone have any clues?? He's at the age where every subject requires a written response and he's starting to get into essay writing in Language Arts. :eek:

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Rocks In My Dryer: Works For Me: Teaching a Child To Hold a Pencil

I do not know if this works or not, but it is worth trying. I am having the same problem with my middle daughter only in reading. She can do it, but does not love it like her older sister. I am just hoping as she gets better she will like it more.

I would have to say there are just some things in life we have to do that we do not love, and school work is one of them. Can you break the writing up? My oldest gets sore hands too, so I rotate what she is doing. Writing with reading or none hand things through out the day.

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That's what I'm doing right now (breaking up the writing). But he has to do so much of it. Last week he had to write a 5 paragraph character description. He did it 1 paragraph at a time and had a 10 minute break between paragraphs. His teacher sent me a "helping hands" page on exercising your hands and tricks to make the pencil stay in the right place and such.

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5 paragraphs! that is crazy... ok my kids are even older, but 5 paragraphs. My kids would have a huge fit if they had to do it in one day, that is scary for a little one.. maybe by 5th gradeish, I will get them to do that. Right now we do copy work, they write shorter stories, I sometimes have them write more, but usually accept their story as is, then sometimes we rewrite and correct spelling/grammar.. sometimes we don't. It works for us, and the boys still love learning and creating.

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Yeah, he complains even if he has to COPY a 4 letter word. It's sad. I feel bad for him. I also think that 5 paragraphs is a bit much. I'm learning that LA is controversially a big, time consuming, subject with CA (Connections Academy).

I am sincerely doubting he's gonna finish on time today. He's been "delaying" everything he possibly can this morning. He kept needing to use the bathroom, get water, a snack, etc. It took him 1 hour do write 4 sentences, watch a 5 minute video (more that once cause he "didn't get it the first time"), and listen to a 5 minute story. *sigh* and we have to take baby sister to the doc at 3:30.

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"Nell4Him" wrote:

That's what I'm doing right now (breaking up the writing). But he has to do so much of it. Last week he had to write a 5 paragraph character description. He did it 1 paragraph at a time and had a 10 minute break between paragraphs. His teacher sent me a "helping hands" page on exercising your hands and tricks to make the pencil stay in the right place and such.

You might want to think about a curriculum that is less hand writing. Or, I know some parents let their kids type some of the writing. Do a small amount of writing so they know how, then let them use the keyboard for the rest.

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

You might want to think about a curriculum that is less hand writing.

We are enrolled in Connections Academy (a public charter school) and have no choice in the curriculum. Sad

But he is improving. Yesterday he chose to complete the whole lesson in one fell swoop instead of broken up, and he did it with a lot less fussing. I think he may understand how important it is now. Smile

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Hope it goes well. But consider there are always options, you could withdraw him, just check your regs at HSLDA.org

We are starting our first "official" day of the year tomorrow.. yup it is a Saturday.. lol

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"Nell4Him" wrote:

We are enrolled in Connections Academy (a public charter school) and have no choice in the curriculum. Sad

But he is improving. Yesterday he chose to complete the whole lesson in one fell swoop instead of broken up, and he did it with a lot less fussing. I think he may understand how important it is now. Smile

Glad it is going better.

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Hope it goes well. But consider there are always options, you could withdraw him, just check your regs at HSLDA.org

We are starting our first "official" day of the year tomorrow.. yup it is a Saturday.. lol

Good luck on your first day!

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We have been playing catch up all weekend. Last Monday, I had a doctor's appointment two hours away from home, and even if I left Jacob at home with a sitter, he likely would not have accomplished anything school wise, so I brought all the kids and we met MIL at the Mall and made a day of it. So, he's been "behind" ever since.

I feel guilty making him do catch up work for something that was out of our control, but it must be done. He is only 2 courses behind now. I just have been having him do an extra lesson here and there when he's doing well and ahead of schedule. Debating having him do those two lessons today... but with church and all, I want him to be able to play today.

How's everyone else doing?

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We are doing good. Today was a long homeschooling day for us as we were playing catch up as well. We got a lot done though. I also worked on sorting the girls clothes. The not fun part of the seasons changing.

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S-L-O-W going today. My day started off with me oversleeping and really being too exhausted to do my workout (I've been setting my alarm for 6:30 so I can do my hour or so of P90X before the kids get up). I TRIED to do my workout with the two little ones already awake, but they BOTH wanted to cuddle on my lap. Who can say no to that?. I just turned off the workout and decided I can do it when Jacob is done with school around 1pm (he's been pretty consistent lately). But.. he's been working for 2 hours and every 3 minutes I have to bring his attention back to what he is doing and he hasn't even finished a single lesson yet. Guess we ALL didn't get great sleep last night. *sigh*

Today's not Monday, is it? Lol

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Wow, I can not even imagine getting up at 6:30 to work out. I am too much of a sleepy head. I get the girls work ready for the next day before bed. Then when they wake up they do their seat work. Once seat work is done, I then get up and help them with any problems and go over new material.

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Yeah, it's not working for me to get up at 6:30.. maybe if the baby didn't still wake up 5 times a night (consistently) I'd be able to do an early work out.. but I'm sadly giving in to needing sleep and my workouts aren't really happening. Sad

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First day went great, we are a couple weeks in now, currently doing 4 days of school 4 days off same schedule as my husband as his off days I need rides to the dr's for my migraine etc. I would hate to feel pressured by curriculum in addition to my own choices.. Glad I do not have to go with a Public School curriculum and oversight.. so interfering.. Hang in there!
My kiddos favorite thing so far is making atoms out of marshmellows.. they did math to figure the electrons, protons and neutrons, and learned what a periodic table is.. something I didn't learn till Highschool.. They loved it!

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Yay, that sounds really fun.

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We just bought some plants for the whole water/sun science experiment. I had a hard time spending $3 a pop on plants that I know are gonna die. And DS is smart and told me what the end result is gonna be, so I almost wanted to skip the whole experiment anyway, but DH said he should still do it. He was so excited about it that he wanted to water the ones that get water as soon as we got home, and I told him that they didn't need it (the soil was very damp) but he did it anyway and made puddles cause the soil couldn't absorb it. He cried. I reminded him that one of the safety rules of science is to follow directions and he didn't, so he got to deal with the consequences (cleaning up the puddles and dumping the water that stayed on the top of the soil). It's gonna be hard to keep him out of the dark closet we put the sunless plants in. He wants to check on them to see their progress. We are taking the experiment a step further and taking pictures of the plants when we do check on them to record their height and water the ones that get it.

Playing catch up today again. I had a dental appointment mid morning on Thurs that was supposed to be 2 hours and ended up being a little over 4 (gotta love crowns) and then yesterday had to run up to the billing office for the hospital before they closed for the weekend.

Here's a question for you BTDT peeps.... What do you do for PE? I've been trying to just do basic aerobic activity (trying to sneak it is and pass it off as fun instead of exercise). Yesterday I tried to take him to the gym with me to train for the Presidential Fitness Test that he's supposed to take this year, but we got in trouble for him being on the equipment. I guess my gym requires special permission from the owner and him being listed on my account. I was kinda pissed off when it happened. I'm thinking of trying to cancel my membership anyway, cause DS#2 won't stay in the childcare (they always end up paging me cause he's still freaking out after 10 minutes).

But how can I train Jacob for the 1/2 mile run/walk without taking him to run/walk?? I don't have a sitter and I don't have a jogger stroller for the little ones. Sad

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What a fun science experement! I might have to steal that idea.

We do not do PE all that often. When we do, I use exersise DVD's. DD loves the Jillian 30 day shred and Tybo. She is much better at it than I am. Most of the time the girls just run around outside though.

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Janelle - does he like playing tag in the yard? Or soccer, or something where it's mostly running? Or do you have a baby carrier so you could wear the baby and a single jogging stroller for the other kiddo?

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I have an Ergo, but can't run with it on. I don't have a jogger stroller, single or double. He is "bored of tag" cause his little brother can't keep up and it always ends in him bullying his little brother anyway. We have a BIG back yard (1/4 acre) but his brother is his only play mate at the moment. I've been trying to get his cousins over (1 and 2 years older than him) but their parents are divorced and share custody and it's complicated. His best friend just moved 6 hours away. We go to the park when we can, but since most of what he does for school requires my involvement, the house is a mess and so we either end up at the park when there are no other kids around and it's the same problem as it is at home, or we can only stay for 30-40 minutes and he leaves in tears cause it wasn't long enough.

Also, it's starting to get too cold to play outside here (away from the house, or if I have to be out there). I have Reynauds syndrome (and not localized to breastfeeding) and it's painful for me to be outside long in the cold.

I'm still trying to find my groove with this new role. Sad

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Could he do dog walking for neighbors?
Some places let you sign up at animal shelters to exercise pets on a regular basis.

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"Nell4Him" wrote:

I'm still trying to find my groove with this new role. Sad

Well boo. Have you looked into any homeschool PE classes? Also, there is nothing wrong with just having him do a set number of jumping jacks, jump rope, tumbles and other things that can be done inside. When my sister homeschooled she moved both of her boys into the same room so she would have an extra room. She then lined the room with old mattresses and had a room where the kids could just jump to their hearts content.

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For PE- We have been involved in Swimming Lessons, and Baseball. I teach the boys the rules of other common games myself, and have played most of them with friends or cubscouts (I was also the leader).
We do not have daily organized "PE" but we stop at noon and they get OUTSIDE. My boys are closer in age and so play together, but also with neighbors when they get off school.. How about "playdates" on weekends?

Why do you want to "train" him? Does it matter how he does on the test? How about going to the local school track before or after the school kids are there? Weekends? He runs around and gets a licorice or something when he goes around.. MOST are 1/4 mile one time around. You could walk ACROSS the field in the middle to cheer him on.

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He has asthma and is pretty out of shape for his age. He really wants to do pull-ups and other things he sees his daddy do. I also think if he could see how much his hard work would pay off, that he'd have a better self-esteem (he was bullied at school--part of why we are homeschooling him now).

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Perhaps his asthma doctor could suggest a program for him. Exercise can really set it off sometimes.

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I have asthma as well. I use an inhaler to pretreat exercise.

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My doctor offers printed out exercise programs for different people. That's what made me think you might ask yours for one suited to your child.

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Sadly, my child's doctor does not listen to us. He only prescribed him an inhaler to shut me up (IMO). I had asthma as a kid as well and my parents shielded me from exercise for fear I'd die. I have learned a lot since becoming an adult and a parent of a child with asthma and we do the preventative inhaler before exercising and have it on handy in case he needs a treatment hit.

The form of asthma he has will get better if he gets into shape. Part of why we want him to train. My asthma is, for the most part, gone now that I exercise regularly and I'm hoping he can have a similar improvement.

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That is good! I am hoping that my asthma will go away as I loose weight. I did not have asthma as a child, only after I became overweight after having my first child.

How is school going for everyone. We are doing well, but I am ready for a Fall break.

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Ready for a break, indeed. Smile

I told Jacob today that he can do a lesson today (or more) and it would mean less to do tomorrow. After he said "no thank you" I told him that it's always an option, he just has to let me know he wants to do it. Friday was difficult and he didn't finish until 5pm and then I made him re-do his writing practice lesson cause he didn't apply himself the first time. Then he had to do it again yesterday in order to earn back his DS (he lost it for poor behavior during lessons).

*sigh*

Monday is an in-service day for Daniel, and Friday is an in-service for Jacob. I am going to set up a school bell time and if he's not done by 2:30 everyday, he'll have to make up for it on Friday.

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Sorry they are giving you a hard time. My 5yo was giving me a hard time last week. All day to do something that should take her 20-30 minutes. We had a talking and I told her she would be in big trouble if she did not snap out of it. Thankfully for the rest of the week she was done by 10AM each day.

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Today was our hardest day so far. We didn't even get finished, so we have to make up tomorrow. We aren't doing many breaks. One at Christmas and some days off here and there. We have to be sure and be done by the time this baby is born!

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I'm sorry you had a rough day yesterday. I was pleased with all that Jacob accomplished by 10:30 yesterday. He was all done by lunch (minus the art lesson we put off til Wednesday cause we do it when it brother is as school and he had an inservice day).

So the way that connections academy works is he has a real, certified, experienced teacher that we communicate with over the phone and through emails and video chat. I am his "learning coach" and we respond to his teacher. Well, today, Jacob got to email his teacher and ask for a zero grade on a test he submitted.

His baby sister had surgery this morning and I was thankful that today was a test day because I am not allowed to interfere with his tests and I needed to be available for his sister. Well, he didn't even try for his language arts test. He just clicked a letter answer without reading the question (one of the reasons why I don't like multiple choice tests). He took 1 minute to finish a 40 question test. :doh: And then he submitted it without my presence (something he's not allowed to do). He got in big trouble (by me). I had him email his teacher and apologize and ask for a zero grade on it. Then I told him he does not get his Nintendo DS for the entire weekend and then he went in time out in his bed (cried the whole time). While he was in time out, I printed the test (no answers) and then I made him complete the test at the table with his pencil. I hope his teacher agrees with me that he deserves a zero grade, but I am ready to give her his actual answers so she can evaluate what all he absorbed from this unit.

He knows how disappointed I am in him and he promised to never do it again. It just sucks that I can't trust him much with things I should be able to.

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I seem to have lost my muli quote.

To the first post - I am sorry you had a bad day. We all have days like that. We do not always finish everything in a day. Some can be added to the next day or later that evening after we have all had a break. Remember "The Son Will Come Out, Tomorrow, Tomorrow".

To the second post - I do not think I would like not being the actual teacher. I do understand about them going quickly through tests. One thing I have done in the past is to erase all of the wrong answers and make her do it again. Then only give 1/2 credit for the new right answers. That way, they are still learning the material. When I went to school I learned the most from when they went over the test after the test. Too bad I did not learn that information before hand. I did the best in classes that had a pre-test similar to the test.

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Bonita - I am totally with you, the whole reason we homeschool is because I can do better than the public school. I pick the curriculum and taylor it to each kid. I would hate having to be accountable to a ps teacher.
For my kiddos and tests, I have them correct them and work on them till they get the tests correct. Only ones I DO not do that with are the tests I use to prep them for the state testing.. I know there will be tons of questions they do not know, and the goal isn't correct answers, but to do their best and not break down :).

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"Rivergallery" wrote:

For my kiddos and tests, I have them correct them and work on them till they get the tests correct. ... and the goal isn't correct answers, but to do their best and not break down :).

I have him redo the tests as well, and DH said to me the other day "it's okay for him to not get ALL the answers right" thing is, he either cries 'cause he misses some when he was so sure he was right, or he says "I got 4 out of 10 right.. not bad!" and I get irritated 'cause that's not a passing grade and shows me he didn't think long enough.

I hate being a perfectionist. :doh:

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So how have things been moving along? They say that October is the best month in the 'classroom', with lots of advances being made, still plenty of enthusiasm for the new year, along with kids settling into routines.

Our 13 year old grandson had an October break already at his school in Alberta, which seems just weird to me! His little sister is all excited about letters and numbers and his 2 year old brother is having fun drawing too.

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This has been a rough month for me. I thought, for sure, that we'd be into a routine by now and he'd understand and accept what we expect out of him. Sadly, he's been fighting this month and I've been struggling to keep his sister out of stuff while we do school and my housekeeping has failed miserably. I think I'm coming back into it, though.

Yesterday he had oral surgery and we did not do any school. Today he is still in some pain, so we are delaying school for a couple hours and I'm going to take it as we go and see what he can do. I'm not expecting more than one lesson. Looks like we'll be playing catch up this weekend.. again.

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Yup, another catch up weekend. He came down with a fever on Tuesday and had it Wednesday. He felt pretty crummy even though it was only a low grade fever. I have "planned" out the lessons for this weekend so that he can still go to his cousin's birthday party tomorrow. So far, though, we are behind today. We got a late start. His brother came down with a fever in the middle of the night (thought Jacob's was from the tooth extraction, guess I was wrong) so we all slept like crap and slept in this morning.

K, he's done with this LA test, better go check it off our list. On to the next topic.

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We are doing good. Finally out of the review part of the year and I feel like we are finally learning things.

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Starting to get excited, because we are almost done ( 2 days if we double up) on our phonics videos.. The boys are both reading age level books.. YEAH, and we all really don't like the videos but they sure worked! LOL.

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I missed it. What videos are you using?