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Do you feel you are 'reinventing the wheel' for each child you are homeschooling? Thought this was interesting...

Posted by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 4:56 AM
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Reinventing the wheel

Next year will be our 14th year of homeschooling. By this time, I feel like I know what I'm doing. My oldest daughter will soon "graduate" and continue her studies at our local community college. Her sisters will in rapid succession follow.

Next year, I will be starting all over again with a kindergartener. Not only that, he's a boy. Most (if not all) my homeschool friends have daughters. If they do have boys, they are older.

Our son has some challenges that manifest is some very unusually ways. For example, we have to substantially limit screen time because it aggravates his tic. If he gets too much screen time his head will involuntarily jerk to one side.

In the past, we've used quite a lot of online resources as part of our homeschooling, like ALEKS and STARFALL.COM, not to mention PBS or NOVA. We also have used online classes. None of these things are going to work for him.

Honestly, I briefly considered sending him to the local parent participation school. However, I don't believe that he would do well in a school environment (no matter how good) because of the state emphasis on testing. He's on his own track and can't be pushed along to meet arbitrary benchmarks. I believe he will do well over time, but he's going to get there at his own pace.

So, I need to reinvent the wheel. In many ways, next year will be like homeschooling for the first time. I will need to make new friends (who have little boys), use new methods, and different materials.

Wish me luck. 

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Jinx-Troublex3
by Jinx on Mar. 8, 2012 at 7:53 AM
Definitely wishing you luck. DS2 is that square peg and we have had fun trying to redrill the holes to make things work. DS1 was so eassy and DS2 came along to liven things up! Hehe!
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by Shannon on Mar. 8, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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My kids are so vastly different that, no i don't feel like i am repeating myself at all. But i'm not sure i'd say i'm completely inventing the wheel either. Honestly we dont move grade-to-grade. 1, 2, 3, etc. we jump all around, and i combine lessons whenever possible. So it wasn't uncommon to have my 6 y/o joining in the anatomy & physiology lesson his 9 y/o bro was learning. I think maybe the way we move in non-linear ways helps me feel like i'm not reinventing the wheel...lol..but i can see how after 13 you might!
oredeb
by on Mar. 8, 2012 at 11:24 AM
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 just about every day i reinvent the wheel!

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