I'm so excited to start my first year of HS! :-)

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I'm so excited to start my first year of HS! :-)
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Mon, 08-13-2012 - 4:49pm

Hi Everyone,

My name is Chelsey.  I have three daughters ages 6, 4 and 2 and am due to have another baby any day now.  We recently made the decision to start home schooling.  Leah, my oldest, will be using My Father's World curriculum.  We're really looking forward to it and I look forward to getting to know you all better.  I have a great home school community where I live, but I'm excited to see what types of tips and pointers you all have.  Here's to a great school year!

 

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Hi Chelsey!  It's nice to see you here.  Come play at recess every day...we moms and grandmas have lots of fun and we're always nice on the playground :smileyhappy:  I hope you enjoy using MFW with your kids, and participating in activities with your local hsing group.  It's nice to have support all around, both IRL and online.  Let us know if you have any specific questions we can help you with.

I just want to warn you two things.  With that new baby due any time, don't push yourself too hard, thinking "school has to start and we have to get it all done or we'll behind".  Give yourself time to rest, recover, and enjoy the new addition to the family.  Your girls will be learning a lot just from being part of this exciting time in your life.  You'll find yourself settling into a routine (but you know that already!) and then you'll be able to figure out where hsing fits into that, as well.  Unlike your schooling friends, you won't have to wake a sleeping infant to go get Leah from school, either :smileywink:

My other "warning" is that your 2 & 4 year olds are going to want to be in the middle of this "school" thing.  Kids are natural imitators...so if Leah's doing school, they're going to want to "do school" too.  Just thought I'd tell you, so you can have some ideas ready for them.  You'll be surprised what they'll pick up and understand :smileyhappy:  Ah, some days I wish mine were that age all over again.  But then I remember diapers and car seats and I'm glad they can take care of themselves, LOL.


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

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Thanks! Yes, very good advice. I'm due to have this baby in roughly 10 days and I'm thinking about starting school September 6. Its a Thursday so we'd have a two day week for our first week of school.

Yes, the 2 year old and the 4 year old are going to be wanting to do exactly what their big sister is doing ;-) I've got them each a little desk to play and color at and I've also got some special "school toys" reserved for only when I'm doing one on one things with their sister. Nora, my 4 year old will be doing probably 90% of our tasks with us just at an easier level. She is a very busy 4 year old and in my opinion has some attention problems so this might pose a bit of an issue, but all the better to have her home with me so I can alter things to fit her.

I also plan on doing more of the one on one things with just Leah after DH gets home from work. I plan on taking her out for an hour or so once a week and doing things that are above the other kids so that she is still getting challanged.

I'm nervous about baby #4 coming. The lack of sleep/nursing every 2 hours is going to be a big challange but I'm determined to just take it one day at a time. Leah had a great opportunity of going to an awesome Kindergarten that specializes in reading. She is reading at a 3rd grade level so that helps a TON. She can read a lot of her own directions. We're just going to take it one day at a time and adapt and overcome along the way.

Thanks for the encouragement!!

OT but I noticed your GBS tag on your signature. I've been GBS+ for all three of my previous pregnancies. For some reason, with this pregnancy I'm not so I'm not going to get antibiotics during labor. Do you think there could have been something wrong with the test? I just think it's odd that out of 4 pregnancies I've been GBS+ 3 times but not this last one. I don't want to put my baby at risk but at the same time I want an all natural birth and I hate having the IV if I don't need it. Thoughts??
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From what I've read, just because you're GBS+ once doesn't mean that you're a lifelong carrier.  So, it's possible to not be a carrier this time around, even though you were with your other pregnancies.  Maybe to be on the safe side, you could request another test at your next appointment, just to be sure and put your mind at ease.  I'm thankful for the advances in diagnosis and treatment.  My sister died 39 years ago, when they wouldn't give any antibiotic until they had cultured the bugs in a dish for 48 hours.  Now, if you have signs of infection, you get an antibiotic...they don't wait to see what grows.  And, the prenatal testing and antibiotic treatment prevents even more.  I was GBS+ with my son...and had a very short labor so only had time for one dose of antibiotic.  He was fine, though we certainly nervously watched him!

Think about taking advantage of some of those nursing times to do some school stuff, or read to your girls, etc.  You can get a surprising amount done when you're a "captive" mom :smileylol:


Sue
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My 2 oldest were 6.5 (January birthday) and just turned 4 (August birthday) when their sister was born in September, the year we started home schooling (1st grade and preschool stuff).  We didn't start the school year until November that year.  After that, we went year round--school for 3 months, off a month, starting in September.  Sept. through Nov. (ending with Thanksgiving); Jan. through March; May through July.  Off Dec (Thanksgiving through New Year's), April, and August.  It was easier for me to plan 13 weeks instead of a whole year.  And no one got burnt out just waiting for the next school holiday.

Chris

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