What do your kids do when your gone

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  1. jenndun

    jenndun New Member

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    We just started homeschooling ds. I have a trip planned with friends from church in a couple of weeks. A group of ladies planned a cruise and someone paid for me to go. I will be gone 5 days. Since I have never been on vacation I can't wait. I am a single mom I don't have a spouse to make sure the school work gets done. The daycare that the kids go to while I work in the afternoon said ds can spend all day there while I am gone. It's the only option. He will be helping out some but will have to spend most the morning in the pre-k room and then go to school age side when school is out. They spend the morning doing seat work school just like a real pre-k class. ( I personally think they spend too much time doing seatwork) I want to send stuff ds can do no his own so he doesn't get bored. Any advice would be great. He does his math pretty good on his own and I know to send lots of books but what other things should I send. He will be on his own to do his work. Thanks
     
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    What grade? Could you send penmanship work? Maybe something a little new and different to keep his interest (something like Kumon art books)?
     
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    books on audio, free at the library. At my library they have Hardy Boys, Magic Tree House, Nancy Drew, all kids of stuff on audio. You can get the books to follow along if you wanted.
     
  5. jenndun

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    Thanks
    He's doing 2nd grade work.
     
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    leissa New Member

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    I wouldn't know,I've never gone anywhere!:(
     
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    I would for 2nd grade...send the stuff he likes the best and absalutely not worry about what he gets done or doesn't get done.
    So math, if he likes that...only review pages so he doesn't get frustrated.
    penmanship is a good idea. (you can even make up sentences like "Mommy loves you and misses you, Have fun with grandma!" or whomever he is staying with.)

    maybe buy a new workbook...so he gets interesting pages to do...a bit of a treat. (my kids like worksheets??!! odd boys)

    I am gone sometimes as much as one day a week...and I leave detailed lesson plans, but the boys are 10 and13...so completely different situation. I haven't left for a streach although when I was sick this winter...I didn't do much school. we watched movies and read books, or the boys read to me, because I couldn't breathe to read aloud.

    Have a GREAT time on your cruise!!!! What a lovely blessing.
     
  8. TeacherMom

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    I would send his bookwork with him for the sit down time, have a variety of things for him to do if he finishes his work , put in zip lock bags anhy pens or pencils he may need color crayons etc. Have craft stuff planned too so the day care people can see you thought of everything!

    I would go over board with filling a back pack with a full weeks worth of school stuff, but thats me, I would want to leave a good impression on the homeschool idea.
    So I would have lessons for a week worth of stuff lined up in there with dates or days written on the ones he had to do.
    Maybe a couple of books at his level to read if he is done, and a journal so he can write questions and notes to you during his days. Then when you get back he can show you the book and you can go over what problem he had or what not!
     
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    I love the audio book idea. I would also send math practice sheets, drawing books, and maybe some silly story starters he can have some fun with.
     
  10. TwilightMom

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    I would send some books for whomever is watching him to read to him, or if he has books he can read himself.
    Maybe send a book about where you'll be going, so he read about it with who is watching him. And bring him post cards back too, that'd be fun to have in hand.
    Other than that, if he has educational games, maybe send some of those along. But as for actual work, I'd not send anything. Let him enjoy some time outside in nature (weather permitting) and just have a good old time : )
     

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