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From: Sunny (pool-71-125-105-38.atl01.dsl-w.verizon.net)
Subject:         Re: I have let my son down
Date: February 12, 2008 at 12:15 pm PST

In Reply to: I have let my son down posted by Shannon/FL on February 3, 2008 at 10:42 pm:

I can relate to a lot of what you said, Shannon. I have 4 children, 2 boys, 2 girls. Their ages are 8,6, 5 and 2. We homeschool the boys (they are the older 2) and my sweet Emma, who is 5, loves to drag her books out with the boys to "do school". We have never had a set curriculum. We (my husband and I) decided what subjects we thought were most important for the ages our kids are and then hit the walmarts and clearance aisles of any store we could think of (Staples surprisingly had a good variety and reasonable prices). At the young age they are now, we find that daily math and writing are essential or they quickly forget. Also, once they learn to read, that needs to be very often if not daily so they don't regress. Other than that, we do the Pledge of Allegiance every morning before we start and when they finish their book work, I or my husband read aloud from a history book and we have a n open discussion about what we read. Then we finish up with reading aloud a Bible passage (we're old-fashioned Baptists :)) and have a discussion about that. All of this takes about 2 or 3 hours. We get up, eat, get dressed, clean rooms,etc. Then start school. That way, they know as soon as they get it done, they can go play. You mentioned about "unschooling", and I've heard several different definitions of this, some good, some not. But, you know, one of my favorite things about being a homeschool family is that our kids are always with one or both of us parents. Therefore, you can involve them in many aspects of day-to-day life. They are right there when I'm cooking, cleaning, driving, etc., so they (being children) are full of questions and if we as parents take the time to listen and treat them as the intelligent innocent beings they are, they can absorb so much. Those are the kind of lessons they don't really get at "school" and those lessons are just as important as learning how to add! :) Everywhere I go I get comments from people on how smart and well-behaved my kids are. In fact, a lot of people will say to me "You homeschool, don't you?" So, don't tell me there isn't an advantage to it! Right now it's hard, and it will be for as long as you do it, but it's one of those things that we will reap the rewards from later in life (and our kids certainly will, too) If your children are asking you to homeschool them, you must've done something right. There are books our there that you might want to read for yourself, for encouragement and just to get your own frame of mind positive. One author I read (Michael Pearl), said the number one rule of homeschooling is that it should be fun! Granted, there is work that has to be done, but if you can think of a fun way to teach it, then go for it! For example, you can teach a lesson on fractions while making cookies. Recipes are full of fractions! I'm sorry to have rambled on so, I just felt the need to reply to you. We have 6 people in our family and don't even bring home 20,000 a year, so I know about financial restraints! I have struggled with depression also. You just have to take it one day at time. I have one final suggestion and I hope you won't be offended. You could look into counseling. I don't know where you live, but most states have counseling available for little or no money. I did this a year ago and never paid a dime. I went to a psychotherapist for about 6 months. It may not help you at all or it may be the best thing you could do- for yourself. My counselor told me "You can't take great care of your kids if you won't take great care of yourself". Hang in there, and I hope something I've said can help you in some way. The fact that you are concerned shows how much you care about your family.


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