Alone in Switzerland

Rhonda - posted on 02/27/2014 ( no moms have responded yet )

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Rhonda. I am a Mom to three boys age 12.5 and 7.5 year old twins. I left the USA at the age of 23 to live in England. After 18 years in England we moved to Switzerland with an 8 year old and 2.5 year old twins. We chose to enrol our children in the local school system. This has been a wonderful, difficult, enlightening, frustrating process to say the least! On the plus side, I have three trilingual children (English, Swiss German, High German). They have all been allowed to have an old fashioned childhood here (walking to and from school, playing freely, no formal education until the third year of school 6-7 years old). For all the blessings of choosing local schooling, it has also been a very difficult process at times. I am currently looking into home schooling as a supplement for my children's education. We are looking to return to the USA as a family in the next two years and as the schooling schedule is very different here, my children will not be able to conform to a "local" system. I also feel that although the children have benefited greatly by being in the local system, they do struggle and are behind as we do not speak German at home 24x7 which is the language that they learn in. This has led to all of the children being tested for learning difficulties. This is a normal occurence for foreign children. For as good as the system is, it still struggles with the integration of german as a second language families. I have joined this forum as I am at a loss as to how to begin the homeschooling process. Completely overwhelmed where to begin to look for curriculum and how to proceed as my children will still attend Swiss school while I attempt to supplement their education at home. (Children here only go to school 5 mornings a week and 2 afternoons until the age of 9. All children come home for lunch each day and all children have Wednesday afternoons off, so I have a lot of time with the boys). Preferably, I would like a complete homeschooling system to follow that walks me through each phase and each year with the minimal planning on my part. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as would any sites that you might recommend. Sincerely, Rhonda

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