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All of my kids could easily homeschool... if they had three different moms.

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I've been doing a lot of thinking about the kids and what they need from homeschooling. My conclusions have me feeling really down...

Savannah (14yo) is my little social butterfly. She needs lots of activities, loves going places, meeting new people and trying new things. She learns best on the fly. Lots of co-op classes, field trips, sports would be ideal for her.

Audi (7yo) is type A personality,lol. She thrives best with structure and routine. She likes a well ordered environment, worksheets, reading assignments, writing assignments, ect. A classroom at home is ideal for her.

Bubba (9yo) is my beach bum,lol. He takes a very relaxed approach to life. He has a strong interest in everything science and could happily spend all day watching science videos on youtube or exploring the library for interesting books. He loves math but hates worsheets, assigned reading and writing. He's very outdoorsy and active (climbs everything!) but feels uncomfortable with new places and meeting new people. Unschooling at home with me is perfect for him.

There's just no way I could homeschool all three of them and give everyone what they need. Sigh... I have to admit though deep down inside I'm relieved that Audi is doing so well in school and Savannah wants to try high school. I know she would get so much more from school (activity and social wise) than I can give at home. Still at the same time acknowledging it makes me feel so depressed. I was so sure I could make this work :-(

by on Apr. 15, 2014 at 12:40 PM
Replies (11-20):
paganbaby
by Silver Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 5:29 PM

Good luck!

Quoting hwblyf:

Oi.  I have 5 that are extremely different.  We're doing a homeschool charter 1 day a week next year, so we'll see what that brings!




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














JadeTigr7
by Member on Apr. 15, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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I have five, buy only four doing "school" right now.  I've just tried to keep a mix of different styles and work with each ones strengths and weaknesses to keep up their love of learning.

It's an always evolving process for us.  So far we've made it work pretty well. 

jen2150
by Silver Member on Apr. 16, 2014 at 7:58 AM
I know what you mean. My boys are opposite. Sometimes my youngest will take a class while my oldest chills out while running errands. I found a way that works well for all of them.
KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Apr. 16, 2014 at 8:52 AM
I understand. I have four. 12, almost 10, 5, and almost 2.

They need such different stuff from me. It is hard.

I find I give to the older two, then the little two get less.
bluerooffarm
by Gold Member on Apr. 16, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Yep, my three reduce me to tears sometimes.  They are so different and need such different things.  You do what you need to do and don't feel bad about it.  Remember the story of the juggler.  Some balls bounce and some balls shatter, so remember which ones youu can drop now and them because your psyche and your health are both made of glass.  Your housekeeping and your errands are totally rubber, they'll bouce for days!  The kids educations are wood.  They'll bounce, but they might have dented in the dropping.  Good luck!

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Apr. 16, 2014 at 6:23 PM

Do you find that taking your oldest to classes takes away from your youngest's learning time?

Quoting jen2150: I know what you mean. My boys are opposite. Sometimes my youngest will take a class while my oldest chills out while running errands. I found a way that works well for all of them.




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














jen2150
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 7:26 AM
No. It is a great bonding time just the two of us. We usually go eat together. We always have some amazing conversations just the two of us. He usually brings books along. We also also usually head to the library. We browse books and then my son gets on the computer to play roblox. It is a very special time for us. He loves running around town with me. My kids are learning in pretty much every situation they are in in life.

Quoting paganbaby:

Do you find that taking your oldest to classes takes away from your youngest's learning time?

Quoting jen2150: I know what you mean. My boys are opposite. Sometimes my youngest will take a class while my oldest chills out while running errands. I found a way that works well for all of them.

paganbaby
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

That's good to hear :-)

Quoting jen2150: No. It is a great bonding time just the two of us. We usually go eat together. We always have some amazing conversations just the two of us. He usually brings books along. We also also usually head to the library. We browse books and then my son gets on the computer to play roblox. It is a very special time for us. He loves running around town with me. My kids are learning in pretty much every situation they are in in life.
Quoting paganbaby:

Do you find that taking your oldest to classes takes away from your youngest's learning time?

Quoting jen2150: I know what you mean. My boys are opposite. Sometimes my youngest will take a class while my oldest chills out while running errands. I found a way that works well for all of them.




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














paganbaby
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:31 AM

That's what it feels like here :-(

Quoting KrissyKC: I understand. I have four. 12, almost 10, 5, and almost 2. They need such different stuff from me. It is hard. I find I give to the older two, then the little two get less.




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














paganbaby
by Silver Member on Apr. 17, 2014 at 11:36 AM

That's deep...

I really like how you put that! But now I'm wondering how much I dented dd by taking her home. I keep beating myself up over that. Would she have done better if I never pulled her out? If I kept her in school and she failed I would be thinking 'what if' the whole time. I gave it a fair shot but she just really does not want to home school. For her the education part just not matter, she wants the social life that comes along with school. Even at home she doesn't put the effort into it. Sigh... my dented little ball. I gave it my best shot.

Quoting bluerooffarm:

Yep, my three reduce me to tears sometimes.  They are so different and need such different things.  You do what you need to do and don't feel bad about it.  Remember the story of the juggler.  Some balls bounce and some balls shatter, so remember which ones youu can drop now and them because your psyche and your health are both made of glass.  Your housekeeping and your errands are totally rubber, they'll bouce for days!  The kids educations are wood.  They'll bounce, but they might have dented in the dropping.  Good luck!




I will not have a temper tantrum nor stomp across the floor.


I will not pout, scream or shout or kick against the door.

I will not throw my food around nor pick upon another.

I’ll always try to be real good because I am the mother.

I am the mother.

I am the mother.














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