Do you homeschool during the summer?

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Do you homeschool during the summer?
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Tue, 05-28-2013 - 12:25pm

My 10 yo asked me this and I was like "You know, I don't know but we can ask the Homeschool ladies!". So, do you homeschool during the summer or do you follow more of a public-school calendar/schedule? If you do homeschool during the summer, is it more lax than other times of the year?

Thanks!

Lisa 

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Tue, 05-28-2013 - 9:42pm

Ah, you have a smart daughter!  I'm sure there are as many answers as there are homeschoolers, but a common thread that you'll notice is that learning can happen anywhere, anytime...not just in a school, not just during set times or months.  So truthfully, there's always some learning happening.

At our house, it looks like this.  DD15 wasn't going to touch a bit of schoolwork over the summer, but then she discovered that she only needs 6 more classes in order to graduate from high school, so she decided to do two of them (English & literature) over the summer and then she can a) graduate in 2014; and b) most likely dual enroll at a nearby college either this fall or in January.  At her insistence Wink I have purchased some books, LOL.

My ds11 usually takes a break (4-6 weeks) and then we start in on the new school year, but just a light schedule...maybe 2 days a week, less "assigned work" (no spelling until fall, for instance) and more fun stuff, and a lot more flexibility, so if we want to do something else and not do schoolwork one day, there's no "making it up" later...we just make forward progress whenever we do something together.

Tell your daughter that we appreciate her curiousity Smile


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Wed, 05-29-2013 - 12:51pm

Thanks!! I only have two boys but I let him read your answer- he started smiling when you said he was smart, hehe. Smile

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Thu, 05-30-2013 - 9:22am

Oh woops, sorry...I don't know how I read into your question that it was a daughter who asked the question Surprised Must be because I was replying in the middle of the night, LOL.  Tell your SON I'm sorry to have confused his gender...but thanks anyway for asking.  If he's interested, tell him that a boy from this board is competing at the History Bee National Competition in Atlanta this weekend, and I'm betting there will be other homeschooled competitors as well.  Sadly, it's no longer televised...but you can stalk follow the results here if you want to.


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Thu, 05-30-2013 - 1:29pm

How cool that you mentioned the spelling bee - I used to love watching it on TV, I'm totally going to check out that link! Whose son is competing? Love having someone to root for!

Also? How did I not notice that awesome strikethrough feature before?!? 

Lisa

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Fri, 05-31-2013 - 9:25am

turtleemom's son is competing...but she uses a "stage name" for him here.  Pop back to the board next week and when you see her posting in recess again, you'll get the same update that we get Smile  If I remember, I'll PM you when she's back.

I don't know how you missed strikethroughs!  I love it when peopel use it for sarcasm.  Surprisingly, since I'm so sarcastic, I rarely use it...but the opportunity has presented itself a couple of times recently!  Makes me so happy to do it Surprised


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Fri, 05-31-2013 - 11:51am

You know, I could have sworn I saw a post on HuffPo last night about the winner? But the competition is this weekend?

Lisa 

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Sun, 06-02-2013 - 11:35pm

The final was held Saturday (6/1) and I too saw something about the winner.  I haven't been able to locate anything showing how the other finalists did in the bee though.  Grrrrrr.


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Tue, 06-04-2013 - 9:50am

We school all year.  It gives us some flexibility to dig deeper and not worry about getting through the rest of the material and take days off when it suits us.  This summer DS 13 has math, grammar, vocabulary,  some history reading, wrapping up one history course, at the early stages of a 2nd history course, and has a weekly art tutor.  We'll have plenty of time for the beach, to hang with friends, and enjoy the weather.    

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Tue, 06-04-2013 - 1:57pm

We have always homeschooled part time in the summer, but we only learn what my son wants to learn.   My 15-year-old son is having spinal fusion surgery next week and I have heard from some teens that have had the surgery that it takes about 8 weeks to recover enough to get out of the house and do things so I am not sure what we will be doing this summer because he will be working around pain--even more than usual.  

We found out in November that he needed the surgery despite all the years of bracing and we didn't get as much done as we normally do.  There were a lot of medical appointments and stress  because we needed to find out the real reason for his mild hypotonia, scoliosis and pain to hopefully decrease the chance of surgery complications.  My son kept saying that all the doctors were doing was giving him the same cliche' advice they give everyone else and he knew he was not like everyone else.   After 14 years of being treated like my son's problems were all in his head or because of anxiety for which he might need medication, we finally got a doctor to listen to us (the second orthopedic surgeon my son saw) and he gave us a referral to see a  geneticist.    

As a homeschool mom of a twice exceptional son I learned that you can learn a lot of what you need to know on your own via the internet, so in addition to the usual subjects I have also tried to educate myself about medical conditions that a lot of doctors don't seem to knnow anything about.  We went to so many doctors looking for answers only to be told that it was developmental coordination disorder or dyspraxia even though he was not uncoordinated and did not seem to have motor learning problems.   When we told them about the pain issues that came with exercise they said it was growing pains.  

The geneticist said that every one of his symptoms could be explained by a connective tissue disorder, including the problems with handwriting because the tops of his fingers were hypermobile.  Other symptoms were scoliosis, migraines, pain after dance practice, and needing to stop and rest while others continued dancing.   When he was getting half as much practice as the others it took longer to develop muscle memory.  My son told me about how it was more difficult to develop muscle memory because he wasn't able to practice as much and I listened when doctors would not.  I read posts on a dyspraxia message board and I was even more convinced that this was not what he had.

If I had not spent hours trying to find out what my son really had the surgeons still would not know that he has Marfans and a heart condition and I would not have found out that I also have the gene mutation.  I don't have many symptoms and I am not extremely tall or thin.  I have not had an echocardiogram but have been told I need one.  I need to stay calm for my son and also because high blood pressure can put me at risk for aortic dissection if I do have an enlarged aorta.  

I am finding out from other people that it is common for doctors to not know enough about Marfans to recognize symptoms.  Young people have died because they didn't know they had it even though they had routine physicals every year.  

So part of our homeschooling this summer will probably involve learning more about Marfans, how to live with it and how to educate other people about it since it is an inviisible disability that can include debilitating pain.  I have been sending emails to people who we felt didn't believe us about my son's pain and disabilities.  The first one was to someone whose family was very involved with scouting.  My son had to quit when we found out that he would have to go camping and hiking unless we could get a doctor's statement.  We couldn't get a doctor's statement without a diagnosis.  Couldn't get a diagnosis without doctors willing to give us a referral to specialists.  My son could have died if we had let him stay in scouts and he had forced himself to do the long hikes in the heat.    

 

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Wed, 06-05-2013 - 1:09pm

Wow Lori, I am so glad that you finally have found validation for what you knew about your son along!  I'm sorry that he'll be laid up from surgery but I hope his recovery will be uneventful, and I hope that he will cope with his diagnosis as well.  Half the battle is won by knowing, but the other half is still to be fought.  At least you know what direction you're going.  Do keep us posted, both about him and his surgery, and also about your echo results and how you are doing.  We are here for you.


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