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A couple weeks ago I posted about pulling my kiddos out of PS mid year (for the life of me, I can't find that post) anyways...we have decided to pull them out next Thursday (right before spring break)

My question is this- I plan on deschooling and letting them just explore. I'm scared they will I guess forget what they've learned since we won't start with any curriculum until August. I'm afraid that when we start in the fall, it will all be like foreign language to them (they are 7&4 now)
Is this a normal fear and is it something I should be really worried about?
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by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:04 AM
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romacox
by Silver Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Mothers have intuition when it comes to their own children....follow it. If they need some de-schooling, then do that.  However  if they don't need it, jump right in 

When you home school, the whole world is your classroom...mostly free. The following free article gives various methods used by home educators (& more)  How To Home School.

maggiemom2000
by Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 3:42 PM

Here's a suggested "lesson plan" for the remainder of the school year.
http://www.livingjoyfully.ca/unschooling/getting_started/what_is_deschooling.htm

QueenCreole313
by on Mar. 7, 2013 at 6:35 PM

Hi, we are kind of in the same boat. I took my son out after Christmas break. I spent most of the time reviewing with him so that I know exactly where he is. He is in the 4th grade according to conventional schools. I have found some holes in his understanding of math and other things too. So we reviewed everything! Including addition, subtraction, etc. until where we are now which is a 3rd grade level math. This only took 2 months! I think it is priceless because in many school settings they rush through material so the child never truly masters it. I think spending a couple extra months now reviewing and cementing his skills will be priceless as he advances into the middle school years. 


I'm not sure if that constitutes deschooling, but that's what we are doing. 

KhanAcademy.org has been a great tool helping me know what skills are mastered vs what needs review.

Good luck! 
DyslexiaParent
by Member on Mar. 7, 2013 at 8:44 PM

How about using a "Power Hour" with 20 minutes of math (maybe a worksheet in a workbook), 20 minutes of reading (any book), and 20 minutes of writing (journal or any story or event).  We used a "Power Hour" daily during the summer to prevent learning regression.   It is just enough academic activity to keep it in the kids' minds so the kids pick up right where they left off, but not so much as to seem like "school work."  For the Math, we used a grade level Spectrum Math workbooks and the boys did one page per day.    You can let the kids watch educational TV or DVDs, play educational computer games, go on field trips to nature centers, museums, etc.   You can really have a lot of fun with this time and let your kids keep on learning while you're preparing for next year. ;-)

SandyKC
M.S. Instructional Design, Homeschooling Mom of "Light of My Life" Boys,
Author, Individualized Instruction Design Consultant


CowgirlMama0508
by Tasha on Mar. 7, 2013 at 9:27 PM
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That's a great idea!!!! I think that's what we'll do!! Thank you so much!

Quoting DyslexiaParent:

How about using a "Power Hour" with 20 minutes of math (maybe a worksheet in a workbook), 20 minutes of reading (any book), and 20 minutes of writing (journal or any story or event).  We used a "Power Hour" daily during the summer to prevent learning regression.   It is just enough academic activity to keep it in the kids' minds so the kids pick up right where they left off, but not so much as to seem like "school work."  For the Math, we used a grade level Spectrum Math workbooks and the boys did one page per day.    You can let the kids watch educational TV or DVDs, play educational computer games, go on field trips to nature centers, museums, etc.   You can really have a lot of fun with this time and let your kids keep on learning while you're preparing for next year. ;-)

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superwoman0105
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I have a 7 & 4 year old too and we just did the same thing...but with our homeschool currculum.  My oldest was bored with it so we took a week break and during that break I enrolled them both in Time4Learning (7 year old in 2nd grade and 4 year old in Pre-K).  It was the best thing I could have done because they both love it.  I tweaked the other curriculum so they wouldn't be so bored and we do those lessons first.  After, my second grader does his T4L lessons and it's like a reward because he has fun.

Christie1952
by on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Take a breath and relax! If you read to your children and explore things that they show an interest in you will be fine! Plan some fun things with them and just hug them lots!

zandizane
by Member on Mar. 8, 2013 at 7:26 PM

You might look into time4learning.com. My kids love it and I use it to keep one kid busy while I teach the other :)

lifesadream83
by on Mar. 9, 2013 at 11:13 AM

they are 7 and 4 you will be fine

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