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maddyclyde9

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Homeschooling your Sims Child
« on: July 05, 2010, 12:25:54 PM »
Does anyone else homeschool their child? If you get to, level 6 I think, of logic you can tutor sims.
If you only have 1 sim child, it can be quite useful; you set the school hours, so no waking up at 6:00 to catch the bus. But your Sim becomes quite unsocial as well.
Do you homeschool your child? 

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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #1 on: July 05, 2010, 12:58:22 PM »
Only in real life!  Next year high school and I'm bowing out.  It's been quite an adventure.

The only thing I've done with a Sims child is make sure the toddlers spend every waking moment reading everything age appropriate.  It won't let them read things that aren't.  I did try tutoring one child once but that young adult sim had a lot of other things to do to get to their LTW so I never pursued it further.  Is there a special technique?
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #2 on: July 05, 2010, 01:19:31 PM »
Not really. I made the basement a school room though. You know, books, easel, that stuff.

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« Reply #3 on: July 05, 2010, 01:50:56 PM »
This could really make a cute room or two and maybe even a challenge.  Imagine that your Sim family must be eco friendly and do the whole homeschool thing.  You must find a way to socialize well though but that could even be done within the context of a large family or via the internet.  Oregon is one of the best states in the US for homeschooling, by the way.  Our resources here are almost limitless and the community of homeschoolers, and the support, is huge.

This might be a bit more difficult to accomplish if you don't have Ambitions but I bet it could be a really cool challenge, especially if you did it with some modified legacy rules.  I'll have to think about this but I bet I could come up with a cool challenge or contest.
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #4 on: July 05, 2010, 02:54:46 PM »
Does homeschooling raise their grades, or does it just raise their skills?

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« Reply #5 on: July 05, 2010, 04:54:24 PM »
Homeschooling may raise their skills but it won't do anything for their grades.  If they don't get on the bus and go to school, their grades will simply tank.  Then when it's time for the child to age up to teenager, you won't be allowed to choose his/her traits.  It's a cute idea for something different to do, but it won't work the same in-game as the children going to school.  And you have to be willing to sacrifice choosing that teenage trait, as well as the young adult trait if you continue the homeschooling for the teenagers.
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« Reply #6 on: July 05, 2010, 05:17:37 PM »
Then what's the point of tutoring?
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« Reply #7 on: July 05, 2010, 05:22:22 PM »
Oh, and by the way, Pam:
http://sims.wikia.com/wiki/Logic#Abilities
The Sims Wiki says it does increase their school performance.
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #8 on: July 05, 2010, 05:43:47 PM »
What a funny idea!  Yes, tutoring a child will increase school performance (something that I had to do for the Baby Boomer II challenge to get the kids on the honor roll in time for their birthdays).  The question is, does it improve performance enough to offset the decrease in performance that the kid gets from not being in school?

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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #9 on: July 05, 2010, 08:22:49 PM »
I've done homeschooling. You can raise skills AND their performance.

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« Reply #10 on: July 06, 2010, 03:09:32 AM »
I would think that to raise their school performance, they would have to go to school.  Maybe I'm wrong.
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #11 on: July 06, 2010, 07:18:18 AM »
I would think that to raise their school performance, they would have to go to school.  Maybe I'm wrong.

When my twins first grew to children (on a Saturday), both parents had Logic high enough to tutor, and I wanted to get the Honor Roll wish out of the way as fast as possible, so the parents tutored both kids that weekend until they had A's for school when they went to their first day of school, and one made the honor roll on the first day easily (the other is a slacker and barely missed it).  With the exception of homework, I would say homeschooling was feasible.

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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #12 on: July 06, 2010, 10:37:57 AM »
I would think that to raise their school performance, they would have to go to school.  Maybe I'm wrong.
I have a kid who has never been to school. Happiest kid I've ever had

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« Reply #13 on: July 06, 2010, 10:46:56 AM »
I have a kid who has never been to school. Happiest kid I've ever had
That would sure make ME happy!  ;D
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« Reply #14 on: July 07, 2010, 05:43:34 AM »
That would sure make ME happy!  ;D

Ummm, only until Mom says, "Get off of Sims and do your school work!  You have (fill in the number) pages to do today and I WILL be checking it with a red pencil in hand!"  Or, "No!  The latest book by Tamora Pierce is NOT on the required reading list!  Go get "Huckleberry Finn".  Or..." I paid a small fortune for that language set you'd best be practicing your (fill in name of foreign or classical language)."  My kid is sooooo happy she's going to high school next year!  (She doesn't realize 8 hours in school and 3 more at home for homework is not half as much fun as homeschool for 4 hours was.)
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #15 on: July 11, 2010, 03:42:52 PM »
She dosen't know what she'll be missing, Joria. Man I hated school. Glad it's over with.  :P I think I'll try the tutoring thing, when Cory gets his logic up, and his sister's in high school. He's a genuis, but his siblings are not, so I think it'll be best if I help them in any way possible.

I was sort of wondering, how much do your guy's sim kids fight you on homework? I've had some fight me more than others.
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« Reply #16 on: July 11, 2010, 04:01:57 PM »
I was sort of wondering, how much do your guy's sim kids fight you on homework? I've had some fight me more than others.

To be honest...never. If I click the homework in any child's inventory, they willingly sit down and get to work. Then again, I give all kids the Bookworm trait and that might be a side benefit — simply a willingness to do it. Once a child is out of school and ready to move on, then I'll do a Mid-Life Crisis on them for a different trait depending on their LTW. I'd still keep Bookworm for writers, doctors, etc.

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« Reply #17 on: July 11, 2010, 04:07:52 PM »
I had a creative artist sim kid who fought me to do ANY of it. He'd get about..35 to 50 percent done, then he'd throw a hissy fit and go do something else. My sims now have not done it, but I'm certain my newest one will, since she has no 'bookish' traits (Bookworm, Genuis, ect.) In fact, she could take longer due to her perfectionist trait.
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #18 on: July 11, 2010, 04:21:20 PM »
I had a creative artist sim kid who fought me to do ANY of it. He'd get about..35 to 50 percent done, then he'd throw a hissy fit and go do something else. My sims now have not done it, but I'm certain my newest one will, since she has no 'bookish' traits (Bookworm, Genuis, ect.) In fact, she could take longer due to her perfectionist trait.

That is crazy.  I have never had any kids stop doing their homework.. most of them do it without me having to tell them to.  They're usually not bookworms or geniuses either.  Depending on the way I'm playing, they might have Heavy Sleeper, Loves the Outdoors, and then something like Artistic or Virtuoso.

But either way, even if I forget to tell them to do their homework, they can just work on it at school.  I'm not sure completed homework matters anyway once they get on the honor roll, I don't think their performance goes down (although I've never tried it with a kid being in a bad mood as well).

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« Reply #19 on: July 11, 2010, 11:23:30 PM »
My sims are like Jonna's, they do their homework without me asking them to. They don't have the genius or bookworm traits either. The funny thing is I don't want them doing their homework because I'd rather have them skill build. Seriously, what kid would rather do homework than play guitar?

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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #20 on: July 11, 2010, 11:39:00 PM »
I know, I hate homework, but I feel bad when their school performance goes down. Will their parents ever yell at them for not doing the homework? Besides, I like to choose my skills when they age up.  :P
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« Reply #21 on: July 12, 2010, 10:41:02 AM »
Family-Oriented Sims have the "Do Homework" interaction with children and teens, but I think that's it.
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Re: Homeschooling your Sims Child
« Reply #22 on: July 12, 2010, 04:04:20 PM »
The sim child has the option to do homework with a parent or teenager, Simstar.  :) Gotta make sure the sim you targeted's not doing something though.
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« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2010, 04:28:26 PM »
No, that's a different interaction. If an adult tells a child Sim to do its homework, it'll automatically start it.
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« Reply #24 on: July 12, 2010, 08:22:22 PM »
There's an interaction from the child to get help on homework from anyone who happens to be nearby.  It can be parents, family, friends, etc.
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