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donnaeil
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   Posted 10/26/2009 1:04 AM (GMT -7)   
I hop I can offer you some relief here because I have taught parent ed /homschooling for many ears. I have also contributed to several books on homeschooling. I have three children in college and two are self supporting. My youngest is 18 ears of age.

When a parent decides to homeschool we think it is best to offer the child a decompression./ or deprograming period. So little or no academics are taught during this time. This is done so that the child can begin to notice how they think and how they learn best. This is accomplished through hobbies, art, music, gaming, reading and so on.

CHildren have to regain the sense of themselves that s lost with school. Independent thinking, self management, discipline, self education and the ability to play is enough education for the first year at home.

You can rest to. Take it easy and just enjoy being with your child. It works.

donnaeil

lettuce
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   Posted 10/28/2009 2:43 PM (GMT -7)   
Do you suggest this even for older children, my child is a freshman & was just taken out of public school because of her FM. I have read books that say decompression takes from 6 weeks to 6 months for every year of public schooling. We have been taking it slow & whenever I start to have that panic feeling of "not doing enough" I stop to realize she is learning in ways she wasn't at school. She still is suffering from FM but the stress of the school schedule is gone.

donnaeil
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   Posted 10/28/2009 7:17 PM (GMT -7)   
If she is in High school I would suggest the book"the teenage Liberation Handbook" by Grace LLewelyn.

Yes, an older child definitely needs a decompression period. Just enjoy the new relationship that you are experiencing having her home.
The longer a child is in school the longer it takes for them to return to self motivated learning.

donnaeil

lettuce
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   Posted 10/28/2009 7:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, I'll find the book!

Littleneck
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   Posted 10/29/2009 3:18 AM (GMT -7)   
Wow, good luck to those making the transition. I often wished I could have been home schooled because of the stress of the schedule as well.

lettuce
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   Posted 10/29/2009 11:43 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi, Yes I'm wishing I would have homeschooled her earlier.  She has had problems in school since preschool with health issues.  We feel she has had FM since at least age 8.  Poor thing & she had some terrible teachers but some awesome ones as well.  Our experiences make us who we are & she is resilient!
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