Ramping up for the new school year...

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Ramping up for the new school year...
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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 11:24am

Those of you with kids in school, when do they start, what type of school and how does everyone feel about it? Homeschoolers, I know your years doesn't really end but share any new directions, curriculum

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 1:17pm

Both of my daughters (unschoolers) have for the first time requested a structured program of study for the coming academic year.

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Thu, 08-11-2011 - 1:29pm
Sounds like everyone has everything planned out! Your DD17's year sounds interesting. I think I had your DS's car when I was in highschool lol.
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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 1:26am

We've just finished doing back-to-school shopping for the first time ever. Dd12 has decided to attend school this fall full-time. Ds14 is planning to attend part-time. They've both been 100% unschooled all their lives so far.

It's a tiny innovative rural public K-12 school, filled with common sense people who are used to thinking outside the box. The school doesn't have a lot in the way of tangible resources, but it has a lot of open-mindedness and a lot of flexibility. They've been able to work well with my 17-year-old over the past three years, granting her credits for her unschooled learning, allowing her whatever time off school she wants for third world travel, choral tours, orchestra gigs, choir rehearsals, violin lessons and part-time work. They seem poised to allow my middle two kids the same flexibility.

Dd12 will be placed in 8th grade, and since she's not much of a writer I think she'll benefit from a gentle introduction to "writing to task" and fitting into school routines and expectations in core classes like English and Social Studies a.k.a. Civics/History/Geography. She'll be doing 9th grade science and 9th and 10th grade math, as well as (likely) some 10th and 11th grade electives in Foods, Music and Horticulture.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 2:46am

I can't believe I'm in one catergory now!

DS 10 is off to our local

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 10:24am

Wow, a lot of changes! Based on what you've said before about your dd12, that might be a very nice fit. No time to elaborate now, but it strikes me as "right". For your ds14, I'm wondering what kind of paper based stuff couldn't be addressed by turning in a separate answer sheet, generated on the ipad and printed out...using stuff like this

http://scienceapps.blogspot.com/2011/06/equation-editor-for-ipad.html

for math. We are still dealing with some fallout from our decision to send our son from full time homeschool to full time public high school at 14....he had mild dysgraphia and fairly severe "writer's block", being unable to produce written output on command, even typed, although he had no trouble engaging in endless political and technical discussions online. My ds eventually adjusted, but I've often regretted that his intro to the halls of learning was so precipitous.

Deborah

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Fri, 08-12-2011 - 11:39am

Thanks for the link to the iPad app. It looks very interesting and I'm downloading it right now.

Miranda
in rural BC, Canada
mom to three great kids and one great grown-up
unschooler, violist, runner, doc 

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Mon, 08-15-2011 - 3:44pm

Those of you with kids in school, when do they start, what type of school and how does everyone feel about it?

The next week is busy for us - I drive dd18 to college on Saturday, to move into her apartment at 8 am Sunday (assigned times). She starts sophomore/junior year in a week. She's in her second year, but aiming to finish in three. It will be a busy, busy semester. I'll miss her terribly until we go up for parents' weekend Sept. 30th.

Ds11 and ds9 start 6th and 4th grade on Monday. Dh will be out-of-town Wed-Monday, so he'll miss the packing/driving/first day of school stuff entirely. Ds11 will be in gifted for everything but computers and orchestra (upright bass) so that should be nice. Ds9 will be in a HUGE class (ugh- 30 listed, although I hear it's down to 28). However, his teacher is amazing and he'll have 5th grade accelerated math and a gifted pullout, so that should help.

Dd20 goes back Sept 12th, part-time. She has five classes to finish her degree. She's loving her lab/analyst job and I hope she can keep it at least part-time.

Theresa

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Tue, 08-16-2011 - 9:42am

Year of change for us as well.

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Tue, 08-16-2011 - 10:16am

My eldest is a college grad who is adjusting to the working world.

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Wed, 08-17-2011 - 9:13am

Good luck in your new home!

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