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  1. If you compare to public school, they are in school 6.5 hours then they typically have 1-5 hours of homework. This varies daily and varies by how many honors, AP, and IB classes a student has. Most of the public schoolers I know have a minimum of 2 hours of homework daily. I will have a ninth grader next year, but this year he already has very long days because is already taking 3 high school level classes and I put together some heavy duty reading assigments for his literature and history. I think if your child is college bound you won't be able to get out of a lot of study hours. The advantage of homeschool for my son is that with his adolescent sleep/wake schedule he can productively work late at night and I don't have to drag him out of bed to be at the high school at 7:10 am.
  2. Currently, I get paid quite a bit to teach very part time (2 mornings a week) at a private school. It's a strain to work out child care arrangements to do this, but my family needs the money. After school tutoring in Math and Foreign Languages in my area is $60/hour. I know I couldn't get that from homeschoolers. But if I set up a group class I'd expect to be paid similar to what I get at the private school. I have 3 degrees and expect to be compensated for my expertise. Similarly, I've had to seek out "experts" for my children on occasion. If I can't afford it, I forgo the classes. Like someone said we all make choices to afford the homeschool lifestyle. I wouldn't teach at the private school if my family didn't need it. I had to go searching for this job and at the time I was thinking I would have to enroll my kids in public school. I was quite lucky to find and negotiate what I got. The schedule juggling is awful those two days, but doing this makes things work for us. Additionally, I teach swimming on Sat am at the Y--the pay is substantially lower than the other job, but this gives me huge discounts on sports programs for my kids.
  3. because what's obvious to you may not be obvious to her. And you don't really know the rules she has been living under. My parents did this twice--for a niece and for a cousin's child. Both just for a summer and both times they were upset, but the young person's behavior. My parents didn't realize you might have to tell a 20 something to put the dishes away, do their own laundry, and not leave clothing on the floor. My parents didn't realize that a 20 something ought to help out once in a while without being told. On top of that, they were extremely surprised when they got up one morning to find 6 people (men and women) sleeping in their basement. My cousin (dad's sister's daughter) inviting everyone over after late activity in her training program to stay because she was staying the closest. If you are used to everyone pitching in around the house you need to tell your niece. You need to tell her you won't be doing her laundry. You need to clear up whether she will participate in meals. What sort of notice you want if she isn't coming home. After your niece moves if things she does bothers you, you must meet with her right away and talk. Hear her side and get a solution. Do not let something small (like leaving used dishes in the sink rather than the dishwasher) fester.
  4. Overall, I was dropping both older children for everything by age 10. One son was left at OT alone at age 5, but I never left him alone at T-ball or soccer from age 6-8. The dads at those activities are coaching not supervising behavior. They are on open fields and I just didn't trust ds at that time. At 10, I was leaving this child at the drop in chess club. This was not a kids activity and not supervised as such, but this child was more mature and had developed some sense regarding how to handle things that feel right and wrong. DD was dropped at classes at 8. She may have gone to some bd parties at 5 or so. At age 8 both my older kids could walk to the neighborhood pool and stay there on their own. It is not just about trusting other people with your child. You may want to read Protecting the Gift. It has a lot of information on teaching kids how to sense situations. I've always been a big believer in practicing this stuff and developing independence. I don't think you can make all the decision and then turn your kids loose as teens and expect them to figure out if a situation is good or bad. You have to build activities they can do on the way to help them develop street sense. Once your child can communicate well, you can begin working on these skills.
  5. Fifth grade plans for my dd (subject to change and not finished yet) Math Videotext Algebra and Life of Fred Science Rainbow Year 1, extra experiments from adventures with atoms and molecules and Physics for everykid. This will be taught to dd and one of her friends History Ancients, Story of the World volume 1, Kingfisher History Encyclopedia, History Bible, Story of Mankind, Outrageous Women of ancient times, Dave Macaulay videos, Schlessinger Ancient Civilizations videos, History of US Vol 1, History of Science vol 1 and more... Language Arts Growing with Grammar 5, Vocabulary Cartoons, Write with the Best or WriteShop Literature I haven't picked our main study novels yet--usually I have 4. Extra reading and read alouds will include Black Ships Before Troy French tutor is moving:sad: , I'm looking Latin my teaching this year failed miserably. I haven't reviewed all my options. I am considering a used copy of Rosetta Stone Latin a neighbor has. PE ballet, field hockey, gymnastics Art still working on this Music considering an instrument
  6. It sounds like he is not in any active recovery from his abuse. He needs counseling very specific to persons who experienced child abuse. He may think he "got over it" on his own, but he clearly has not.
  7. I'm not musically inclined. (Six years of pian lessons, I played purely by sight and finger coordination. I had a great background in music theory, but no ear) However, I believe music is an important part of education. We have tried music lessons at different times for my two oldest. My 13 yob is playing drums now and will add (at his request) guitar for 3 months this summer. He is starting at an IB high school in September so we only plan to continue one set of music lessons until he has a feel for his time management. I'm look at a self teaching course he can supplement his lessons with (he has no other summer plans besides music) and continue if he has time next year. Like many 13yob's he believes he will be a heavy metal rock star and would prefer a program that leans on rock genre. My daughter tried piano at age 5--very poor attention span and we stopped the lessons after a short time. She tried guitar for a year at age 8. She requested guitar, even though I wasn't pushing lessons at all at the time. She had similar attention issues and couldn't keep up with practice. She's 10.5 now. I've seen her fool around with both the guitar and piano, recently. I'd like to get her kid friendly self teaching books just to look at and use on her own. I will not sit down with her to try things out and I won't purchase lessons again until she asks. TIA
  8. I would not have her and her brother work together because it is easier for you. Find a different math program. Have her take the placement test and place her at that grade level. Happier sibling relations may make your teaching a little harder, but family life will be easier. I wouldn't call it grade skipping either. You are simply working at her level. Another thing to consider. Is your ds properly challenged. If his work is far below him, he may not be making an effort. You say he might be able to handle accelerated work. You may want to give him a placement test and move up to his challenge level. If you want to keep him the text you have now, you may want to pretest each chapter and do the chapter only if he does poorly.
  9. Is there a good life science curriculum that is all one package--text, labs, lab materials I can buy all at once. Years ago, with a different child I used Rainbow Year 1. I liked getting everything I need at once. But I think the text has poor explanations and for biology is out of date. Is there a life science curriculum packaged like this which you liked. Is there a life science text which another source has bundled all the necessary lab materials disection equipment, etc. Everything except a good microscope.
  10. My son took algebra in 6th grade, geometry in 7th and now algebra 2/trig. The local magnet high school goes through differential equations. The regular high school goes through second year calculus (multivariable). Both of these school go beyond AP offerings. If you homeschool through high school, duel enrollment would at the community college can get you some of these advance math courses. I would just proceed with what your child is ready to do. Watch for maturity issues. If the work is disorganized slow down. There are organizational skills needed to really get the the upper level math.
  11. dd will be in 5th grade. The other night she and I watched the sample dvd. She really liked how the lesson was presented. We plan on mixing in Life of Fred too. Life of Fred may be a good program for you to review. The storyline is fun for the students (I personally find it a little painful, but I don't like stories where people are hurt or treated badly) and it really does cover math. We use it once a week, but some people use it as a complete program. I believe there are texts for all the standard high school math subjects (algebra, geometry, trigonometry, etc). NEM is also a good program, but I think it's best used if you did the Singapore program for lower levels and plan on using NEM all the way through since it doesn't designate the courses the same way we do in the US.
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