Hello, do you ladies keep in touch with each other? I was looking at the conversations and they are duds. ladies we need each other to keep strong and stay motovated to teach school to our little ones.

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Crystal - posted on 03/30/2011

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Hi there ladies I am a mother of 5 and am currently homeschooling 2 of our kids ... wanting to find a coop group in topeka area...

Crystal - posted on 03/30/2011

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Hi there ladies I am a mother of 5 and am currently homeschooling 2 of our kids ... wanting to find a coop group in topeka area...

Krysta - posted on 11/10/2009

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Howdy! My daughter is only 16 months old and I'm currently pregnant with our second who will be here in less than a month. My husband was homeschooled and we plan on homeschooling our children as well. I joined this community to gain information and advice for the years to come. My daughter is constantly learning but obviously we're not into any curriculum or actual teaching time. I do have some questions:
1) Do any of you have a set "classroom" time?
2) Do you take the summer off?
3) What curriculum do you use?
4) How do you bring in art and crafts?
5) What things do you do to stimulate your child socially?
6) Is there a homeschooling co-op in your community to get homeschooled kids together?
7) Is there a special website where you get lots of information?

Erica - posted on 04/14/2009

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I'm up in Canada, Ontario, we live in the north so we are in a small town. Cold winter but like a vacation in the summer so nice where we are. Concrats on having a grandbaby. You must be so excited

Johnie - posted on 04/14/2009

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it is a lot of work in the winter. but summer not to bad. we are calving right now. i have 3 kids. e is grown. he and his wife are expecting thier first. it will be our first grandbaby .                                             i also have a 8 and 16 year old. where do you live?                                     

Erica - posted on 04/13/2009

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Well thats good to here! We need support when it comes to our little ones and school. So what is it like living on a Cattle Rancdh? How mant kids do you have and what are their ages??

Johnie - posted on 04/13/2009

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hello,johnie freeman here.i am new and would like to get to know some of you .i live in kansas on a cattle ranch with no other family .my husband works out of town alot. i would like to find some suport and encourgment.

Erica - posted on 03/12/2009

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I bring my kids everwhere with me, i'm in the same spot i don't have family close by, but i find that if i have a good converstion a day it really gets me through and of course being around other believers really helps me too. But my oldest son helps me in more ways than i could ever expect a 5 year old to help. He is a people pleaser, he LOVES to help others which is such a blessing, but keep taking your kids in public becauseas they grow they will be more well behaved. Jacky i use to live in Hamilton, born and raised, We come down often for shopping and visit family. But living in the north is so much better for our family.

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If you are friends with another homeschooling mom maybe you could trade off--you keep her kids when she has an appointment or errands and she would keep yours.  Or if your church has a "mothers day out" take advantage of that.  My kids are older now--17, 13. 8 so that isn't an issue for me. and when they were younger they were in school.  We didn't find the blessing of homeschool until my boys were in 5th and 1st grade. (now 11th and 7th!)  Be creative--go grocery shopping once daddy comes home and let him keep the younger ones.  And when you just need time, when he gets home, run a bubble bath and tell him you will be back in 30 minutes!! :)  Also--find a homeschool group--you will meet so many ladies in the situation as you! and more than willing to talk and share!



 



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You 2 are a great encouragement to me! Both my husband and I come from Christian families, which is a wonderful blessing and I am very thankful for it!! However, my parents are completely against homeschooling so unfortunately we avoid talking about it. They live in New Brunswick so we don't see them on a regular basis, but it does make life a bit awkward when they come to visit. Sometimes, we just take some time off school time and other times we just keep on with our routine. I'm learning that I need to just shake off their "looks" and their criticisms because I know that my husband and I are being obedient to our calling to teach our children at home. His family isn't for or against homeschooling, but they ask questions. Thankfully, they are more open and they live closer by so that's a good thing!! :0)



I'm in Burlington and we have a great church that is also supportive of homeschooling and many homeschooling families attend there. I am amazed at how much my little guys are learning just by being home. Things that I didn't even consider when we decided to homeschool - like chore responsibilities, how to interact around adults, helping younger siblings on a regular basis, etc... I am thankful for the 24/7 interaction.



Out of curiosity, what you guys do when you need a bit of a break or need to go to an appointment, run errands, etc...? Right now, I bring them all with me, but there are times, I would find it helpful for an extra set of hands - a day here and there. What do you do? (I don't have family close by so that is why I ask).

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I know--Our parents don't realize that there are more important things than money.  You sound like me as far as that emotional pit--Praise God that He showed me just how "real" He is!!  I would rather do without "things" to be able to be with my kids-even before we started homeschooling I was still home, just so I would be here when they got home from school and could go on field trips and be the room mom, etc. My sister thought I was lazy.  (thats a whole 'nother story)  I think they just don't understand the great reward that we receive now by being with our kiddos but us our reward in heaven.  If they did they wouldn't give us grief!!

Erica - posted on 03/12/2009

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This situation sounds like mine, my husbands family are ALL christains and they are a goo support also in my life. My mother inlaw said are you sure you don't want a break if they are in school you could get that. I no one here to always tkae my kids so they are with 24/7. Which can be tiring sometimes. But they do see how much better they do at home with home schooling. But i didn't come to know Christ until 6 weeks before my wedding. it has changed my life 4ever. I do talked to my parents but they have said to me in th past that there is something different about you, and i don't like what i see. They think i should be marriedto some one who is well off with a big house and tons of money, thats the kind of peole my parents are. Now it use to get me really emotional years ago but now i know that my savior is really there for me i don't feel that same emtional pit i use to. Yea i want my parent to knoe the Lord but i do know if i keep praying for them that maybe 1 day they will know Him.

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I totally understand.  My mom still asks if/when we are going to put the kids back in school.  and where church is concerned--because we are devoted Christians they (my family) think we are "holy rollers"  It does help to know that my inlaws truly support us.  They were kind of leery of the whole homeschool thing at first but as time has passed and they have seen how the kids have thrived they have become so much more supportive.  Just pray that over time your family will see the good that is coming out of it. and honestly if they don't, as long as you and your husband know that you are doing what the Lord would have you to do, that is what is important.  And know that so many others are out here praying for your success.  We have all, at one time, been where you are!!



Kim

Erica - posted on 03/12/2009

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Thanks for the prayer. Prayer is a big part of my life, its like i'm always talking to

God during my days because i know that he is my stength without God i know i would bw lonely and lost. And my church i'm a member at they are a huge support also. I come a broken family (from my child hood) and they do not agree with much of anything i do really. They dis like the church thing (they say) and the home schooling part is even worss.

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I am lifting you ladies up in prayer.  I know how hard it can be with little ones and YES it does get easier as they grow up.  Enjoy this time (my youngest is 8--it helps that she is a Momma's girl) because it seems to just fly by.  Homeschooling has been the been the biggest blessing for our family.  And Erica, to answer your question from earlier, I live in North Mississippi, about 30 minutes below Memphis, TN.  There are a lot of homeschoolers in this area so there are tons to pick and choose from--as far as activities, classes, etc.



Many Blessings,



Kim in MS

Erica - posted on 03/12/2009

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No problem, i love talking to people and chating. Where in Ontario are you? i'm up in Huntsville. In the cold!...lol. But really home schooling is great i haven't joined any group because of the kids are so young and also that at my church i attend, there is a booming amount of people interested in home schooling or are starting it in the near future. My sisiter in-law also home schools nad she also has 4 kids so even between us we can come together and do a craft which we just started its total maddness with 8 kids but a lot of fun. I'm hoping that in the future i will be able to start going to group. I just want to wait until the kids are not in diapers and they can go off and play without me having to watch them every single second. ANd that i want to be able to enjoy myself a little too.

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Hi Erica and everyon else! I'm in Ontario and my little ones are 5, 2 1/2 and 5 months. We are loving Come Sit By Me and I plan on doing it again next year. I've suppelemented with The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading and Math U See and Handwriting Without Tears. We are really enjoying homeschooling and at this point are in it for "life" :0). We are a part of the homeschooling group and even though we don't get out to half of the events/ activities due to nap schedules it's nice to have the support. Thanks for starting this thread!

Erica - posted on 03/04/2009

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i would like to do all that stuff but right now i find it hard because of my kids being all under the age of 5, but i'm hoping for the future i'll be able to do that i'll have to check what they do here for home school grad, also to see if they have alternative prom, that would really cool if they did have that here in my little town. Where are you living?

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Our homeschool group has an organized graduation for all of the graduating "Seniors"  My son will graduate next year. One group here even does an "alternative prom" where the kids still get the prom experience without having to go to school.   The child still has to meet the state requirements (credits) and stuff.  It gets easier as the kids get older because they can be more "self directed" too.  I think on the biggest blessings we (as a family) have found is a wonderful support group.  If you have anything like that in your area, check it out.  Most groups do field trips, mom's night outs, and even co-op classes.



Kim

Erica - posted on 03/04/2009

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i for sure have become more relaxed over the years the more kids i have the more and more relazed i get. Still making sure the kids have respect of couse.....lol but with the home schooling part i still keep it like school but don't take it as seriously as if they were in school. I have a question though how does it work when its time for them to finish high school graduation. How does that work?

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We use some BJU too but also some other stuff.  I am more relaxed with it though.  I do test my older boys (17 & 13) but only test spelling with my daughter (8)   I think the longer I have homeschooled the more relaxed I have become.  I keep telling myself "Kim we are home not in school--we don't have a timeline to keep!"  But that is my personality too.  Experiment and see what works for you and your family--you will find the perfect "fit" and love it!!  I wish you all the luck! 



Blessings,



Kim in MS

Erica - posted on 03/04/2009

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I use BJU Press, it almost reminds me being in a class room. its like they took it from the class room. YOu don't have to do everything in the teachers guide because you are home schooling only one child they have activities for if you have groups of kids. I use SOnlight for science it is so hands on and it gets you away from the house and actual expirenments which i think is really cool. But BJU press is awesome because there is no flipping back and forth you do the work sheets after ecah lesson and there are tests after each unit. This is for grade 1 mind you but it is really structured and the way the teaching and concepts are tought really do work. I love BJU. For me Living in Canada I have to find Canandian History and Geography but there is a place called the learning houe and they have Canandian schooling there so i can order there also. I know you'll love teaching your son. NAything you want help with in cirriculums let me know and i'll try my best to answer any questions. Totally keep in touch

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Hey Erica i would love to keep in touch with you about homeschooling.  I have 3 kids uner 4 and I am planning to start Kindergaten with my 4 year old this summer.  He isn't eligable for regular school until the following year.  Do you have a curriculum that you like?  I have heard great things about sonlight, abeka, and Laurel Springs.

Erica - posted on 02/26/2009

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for sure, it is a lot of work to home school and it is nice to be able to talk to one another and find out things that other moms are teaching their kids i hope we can keep in touch with each other and discuss our kids and school

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I agree with you.  Maybe if we get a few moms who are more active on here, others will step in too.  We need to encourage and support each other!!  Come on Moms--lets talk!



 



Blessings,



Kim in MS

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