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From: Sherry (71.207.186.106)
Subject:         Keeping Sane in a Single Parent home???
Date: June 25, 2009 at 9:01 pm PST

I am a single mom now, and have been for 6 years. My dds no 13 and 11 have spent 5 years in public school when we divorced. Through prayer and many teacher gifts we did ok. I now teach on-line, and homeschool because I saw my girls losing the love of learning and losing the sweetness of innocense.

There are many days when I don't feel we have spent enough time together because my job is very demanding, but then I hear them giggling together or one of them helping the other. The do their studies and are through by 1 or so every day.

My guilt area is that most of their learning is online or independent. I don't have time to make ellaborate plans and use complicated curriculum. We dont take many field trips with groups due to my work schedule. They go to band every day and one is on swim team and one dances. That takes up all the extra time I have in my days.

I can't offer much support except to say that it is not easy. There are many days I wonder if they would be better off in school. But then I remember the mindnumbing hours we would spend on homework and projects that had very little real meaning in life. We don't live in a perfect world, but deep down I rest at night knowing I am giving everything I have to my girls to help foster a love of learning in them that will equip them to conquer any obstacle to their dreams.

As a single parent, I have to forgo many of the pricy things some homeschool families get and do. But, we take walks together in the afternoon and talk about everything, anything, and nothing. We go on a hike about once a month to a different place and record what we discover in a photo album.

I don't really have family support for homeschooling. Most of look at my two heads and wonder why I don't put them in school and work harder to provide more things for them.

I guess I just needed to introduce myself and offer some fodder for the board. I would love any recommendations for curriculum that is low planning, low maintenence, low cost, but high quality.

Just keeping sane any way I can.


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