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Thanks to the covid-19,  Canadian schools are closed for the remainder of the year.  We are faced with not only homeschooling out 8 year old, but also homeschooling him in FRENCH!  now, I speak it but my wife doesnt so much of the language arts will be up to me to teach.  


The thing is,I was homeschooled, but very poorly.  Most of what I know was self taught through my love of reading pretty much anything i could get my grubby lil hands on. kids books, youth, novels, encyclopedias, you name it, if it was in my house or church library, I would read it.  


So, We will be researching and asking advice on how to schedule a childs homeschool day for maximum productivity while working around our work schedules.  My wife works a 9-5, monday to friday and I am a nurse who works casual.  And, because things aren't complicated enough, our 8 year old son has adhd. 

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I didn't know Canadian schools were closed for a year. Yikes. I don't really know the first thing about homeschooling but suppose I'll learn quick enough if I have to. G-son is just in pre-school and, so far I'm smart enough to instruct him. On some things. Sigh. 

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We are all on spring break right now, well, most of us.  But we got word yesterday that all BC schools will be suspended untill further notice, and no one expects that they will reopen again until september.  Last year we had to semi-homeschool due to my son having a terrible teacher.  He was in a 1/2 split and the teacher taught to the lower grades more, and his reading suffered.  We have him practicing math and reading daily since about november of last year and we will continue that.  Its the rest of the stuff that they normally learn, science, social studies, writing and so on.  He wants to play baseball this year but at this point we don't know if there will even be baseball. 

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Remember you are lighting a fire, not filling a bucket.  :)   I don't remember who to attribute that to, but I try to keep that in mind.    I'm homeschooling a kindergartener.

For science, I really like "Nature Study".  DD has a "Nature Notebook", a blank notebook for drawing what she observes (birds, flowers, bugs, seeds, ect).   There's info here but you can easily search and find good stuff.  https://simplycharlottemason.com/blog/category/nature-study/

There's  many sites and blogs with good info on nature study.  It is prepping, too--gardening; weather; plant/tree/insect/animal identification, ect.  







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OOOh! I like the nature notebook!


My wife is gonna teach him how to change the oil on her car tomorrow.  He is 8, and is already so independant.  I have a few fun things planned, such as making a bird house to help feed the local birds we will be learning about, and we bought him a snap circuts set for christmas that we will incorporate in to sciency lessons. lol  Of course we will be keeping up with his language arts(french, specifically) and his reading writing and math.  We have online sites for french reading and math, and scolastic is apparently going to have free grade-appropriate educational content.  Of course, depending on what they decide to do for the children of essential workers, I may be able to put my son in to a day program of sorts.  Of course, that wont stop us from still teaching him as we have always tutored him at home as well.

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Don’t worry too much about a schedule. Think of getting into a routine. And think all the things you can teach outside the box.  Changing the oil is a start, but how about cooking and such.

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That's right Cecilia. Before G-son's school was cancelled they were teaching about table manners and bussing their own tables and washing their own dishes...in preschool. When my son was in high school they were taught sewing, cooking, laundry and cleaning and all sorts of domestic chores. I think how to change your own oil would be invaluable.



I'm afraid so many kids are going to fall behind. Some parents don't care, or think about, continuing their education. At least most of the older kids are still getting assignments via the computer. 



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Most of my family homeschooled their kids. They had their own businesses, and 'extra credit' for the kids was learning how to run their parent's business .... sales, marketing, customer service, ordering, shipping and receiving, accounting, and end-of-year taxes. These 'kids' now own their own businesses.


Although we were never able to have children, DH and I don't think we'd send them back to public schools after this pandemic. Classrooms are a petri dish of viruses and bacterium. It may start up the pandemic again, and they would bring it home to the parents and grandparents as carriers.   :tinfoilhatsmile:

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