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We don't start at 8:00 every morning either. My boys are a bit older, so we have scheduled chores that need to be done everyday. Usually we eat breakfast and while I shower and get dressed they get these things taken care of. Read Alouds first thing in the morning always get us in the school mode. I love this ritual and am hoping they never outgrow.

I love The Story of the World. We have had so much fun on the projects and I am scared my oldest won't be able to fit as many in next year with the more advanced work. I don't want to make it sound like they are hitting the books all day long. There are just times they really enjoy a project or book and there is no way I can convince them to wait til the next day. This is new to me. I went to ps and always rushed to get my work finished so I could play. Everyone wanted to be through first in ps.

I love the fact my boys are so close in age. It has really helped with homeschooling. I started homeschooling my oldest in first grade. I was really concerned on how I was going to entertain my younger (he was 3 at the time) while we did school. It suprised me how eager and ready he was to join in the fun. We learned our letters, numbers, and I finally broke down and bought a K Math book. Then we got the book Teaching Your Child to Read in 100 Lessons (I can't remember the exact title, but something like that). He surprised me by reading his first book before the age of four. This scored a lot of points with the grandparents who were opposed to homeschooling. The thing I love most about homeschooling is going at your own pace. My oldest has always been good at Math, but hates to write. My youngest loves to write. People have a hard time understanding that they aren't doing all of their work in one grade. I guess you read the schedules these books lay out and it makes you feel you need to keep up. I didn't worry so much in the lower grades, but now that we are starting the middle grades it has drifted back into my mind.

I guess what works for one person doesn't work for everyone, or all our kids would be in ps. LOL

~ Dena

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