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  1. Real Science 4 Kids: http://www.gravitaspublications.com/. You can view sample chapters in all the subjects and levels. Depending on your student's level of science expertise, you may want to start in Pre-Level I aimed at younger kids (up to 3rd grade), or Level I aimed at middle-schoolers (I think most 3rd graders could handle it). Good luck!
  2. So what happens if he doesn't pass social studies or science sections?
  3. My kids did it. They are fun and educational. I suggest them if you are actually visiting the parks. Try to keep them interested and excited!
  4. I know it's more invasive this way, but it fits our style. We don't want to be under an umbrella school or register with church-related school. So, we have to do the testing in certain grades. Thanks!
  5. I write out all the books and materials I need and begin online shopping--checking prices and looking for savings/sales. Then I begin buying bit by bit. I like buying it that way, because then I can review the books as I get them and make my plans for the following year. All the books get stacked on the book shelf. Even the kids get excited to see the new books stacking up. We also reuse a lot of books, and just buy new workbooks for the next student (my boys are 2 years apart). Never had issues having the money this way. I usually begin buying in January and have everything by spring. That way I can do all my planning for the following year ahead of time. This year, I'm running late because we had a one-month road-trip that kind of wiped out our funds this spring!
  6. My son will be required to take the TCAP (5th grade) in the spring of this coming school year, and I don't know how that works. Anyone in TN who has experience in this area, please reply. Do we have to notify them that he should take it, or will we be contacted? Do we have to go to the school or can we take it home? Can we order the test ourselves? Or does it need to be administered in a certain way? What happens if he doesn't pass? We teach our own curriculum (independent homeschoolers), and the state does not mandate certain things to be taught. For instance, we use SOTW for history--not "social studies," and we follow the WTM schedule for science--not what the public schools follow. I only ask because I have known other homeschoolers that administered the tests at home at this age level, but they lived in other states--not TN. Thanks!
  7. When planning meals, think of the colors of the food. Orange-colored fruits and veggies have essentially the same vitamins, as do dark, leafy greens, etc. So plan a meal with a variety of colors. Have plenty of fresh fruit and snacking veggies for hunger cravings between meals. My kids always know they can eat a piece of fruit of eat celery sticks and carrots for snacks. And it doesn't spoil their appetite before a meal. Don't keep junkfood in the house. You can't break down and eat it if it's not there! Drink water for a beverage. Wherever I go, people think I'm being mean when I order/ask for water for the kids' drink, but the kids love it. And it teaches them a good habit. Let's not forget to drink it ourselves, too! Talk about making good choice at meal times. We've done this from the start and my kids will say "no thank you" when people offer them candy and sugary treats. They have learned to make good choices. And yes, it's okay to have special treats once in a while. If you have it every day, it's no longer "special." Bon Apetit!
  8. Pleased to make your acquiantance. You will find yourself reading the forum to scan ideas and solutions to problems that arise in homeschooling. Evetually, you will post questions for which you would like some outside advice and ideas. We all look forward to seeing you around on the forum!
  9. Replies to various comments I read so far... Let me make it clear that I don't intend to do this. I was having a conversation with another homeschooler, and asked what would happen in this case (just out of curiosity). It's not that I'm going to do this. Just a hypothetical situation. The LEA (Local Education Assoc.) was very difficult to get a hold of in the first place, not to mention extrememly impolite. So I went there in person as per the homeschooling admin's request. I may ask them to send me the forms next year instead of facing her again. My husband and I both have Bachelors' degrees, so high school level will not be a problem when we get there. I don't want to be under an umbrella school, either. I prefer being an independent homeschooler. I like choosing what I teach my children and how. :) I keep excellent records, and I was trained as a teacher. I didn't complete my certification because I knew I would not teach at public schools. So I'm not being deliquent nor are my children truant. Thanks for your replies and concerns. I think I have found the answer.
  10. Wow! I am so amazed by the sheer determinatin of these homeschooling parents! Right on! More power to you! I write, edit, and do some web development from home. I mostly work for myself, but also do some work for other developers (I'm much better at writing than web stuff). Sometimes I'm really busy, other times it's dead. It depends a lot on how much work I put into it as a freelance writer. Other than that, I do manange the business end of my husband's several businesses. We try to do as much as we can to make ends meat. And I;m starting graduate school this fall, so I'll be teaching composition classes while I work on my degree in English. If you're curious, or know of work available...my freelancing website is www.angiephipps.com. Thanks!
  11. My son did three years of speech therapy. It was a lot of work to take him to the ST, but it did help a lot. He had confidence issues, so the speech therapy helped him a lot faster than the wait it out method. My younger son has some lisps, etc. but we just work with him at home. I learned a lot throught the process, and he's not as severe, so I feel like I can handle it at home. Besides, he's only 7.
  12. I'm curious what would happen if I were to not register with my local LEA and turn in our intent to homeschool. Does anyone know the legal ramifications? The story... I moved to another county this fall, and the local LEA doesn't seem to be keen on homeschooling. The lady gave me a hard time and told me I have to send my kids to the city schools. I argued that I do not have to do that. She tried to dominate over me and tell me what to do! I was so appalled. So far, the people in this county that I've told I homeschool have not been so friendly. I'm considering ignoring the paperwork and just going about my business homeschooling without reporting to them! I keep excellent paperwork about what we are doing and each child's progress, etc. I just don't feel like being bullied around by some school administrator! FYI--all our state requires is to file an intent to homeschooling stating you are the parent and sign. I have to turn in an attendance record at the end of the year--that's it. I'm really not a bad person or anything. I'm just curious what WOULD happen if I did this?
  13. I have books all over the house. No matter where I may be in the house, or the car, I have a book nearby to pick up and read. I do read every day. Some days more than others. I can finish a 300-400 page book in one night--if it's interesting to me. Other times it will take me a month to finish a book--but I'm also reading other books and magazines as well. And yes, people do read things like A Tale of Two Cities! I've read almost all of Dickens' books! The longest was Bleak House! But for English geeks like me who major in literature, it's my love, my passion, my schooling, and my career! As far as making time...I don't watch much TV, and I spend quiet moments catching up on a few pages of a book--even if it's only 5 or 10 minutes!
  14. There are so many great ones for this age! As a former children's librarian who led lapsit storytimes and storytimes for toddlers, these are a few of my favorites: Brown Bear by Bill Martin. Others like it are also good. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Busy Spider, Lonely Firefly and virtually all others by Eric Carle. Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt. (ages 1-2) The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner. All by Sondra Boynton. Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney. Big Red Barn and Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown. All of hers are great. Ten in the Bed by Penny Dale. I Know an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly illustrated by Claudia Rueda. My Many Colored Days by Dr. Suess. Any of his are great!!! Old Hat, New Hat by Stan & Jan Berenstain.
  15. I created word walls with the hard-backed poster boards (already had them lying around the house). I have three boards for all the sight words (trying to get him to recall them faster in reading). I penciled in three columns and a row every inch down the length of the board. Wrote words in permanent marker so they stand out. I keep them (the boards) tucked next to the desk and pull them out for review daily. I just set them on the desk up against the wall. This works fine for us.
  16. Thoughts are italicized. Why am I here, thought Buddy. Spoken words are quoted. "Why am I here?" asked Buddy. Another helpful hint..if there is a passage of time between paragraphs, leave extra space or center three asterisks to let the reader know there has been a passage of time between one paragraph and another. For example: * * *
  17. You guys so ROCK! I love the famous men series (alongside SOTW), but I would much more prefer to pop it in and listen on the way to the store to save time!
  18. Yes. We have the fridge phonics set (word whammer), and she plays with that and sings along the alphabet song.
  19. Memory doesn't really need a method. You just practice it a lot and eventually it sinks in. My oldest hated when we began memorizing math facts, but quickly got over it and it became a game of how fast can you recall the answer? Then when asked to memorize the list of pronouns, again protest, but he got over it. The FLL book (for grammar) is great at presenting memory work in a fun way. He does it all with no problem. It just took some time at first. Try to present it in an enthusiastic way. That helps, too! For more on memory...check out my blog post... http://parentingsphere.blogspot.com/2009/03/five-ways-to-remember-stuff.html
  20. I'm more of a hands-on person when it comes to art than teaching about art. And my husband is an artist by education and trade. He teaches children and adults. I would probably come up with some simple, self-directed projects you can quickyl demonstrate and then move on. Let the kids do the project of their choosing. Some projects are geared more toward certain age groups. A few ideas... You could do a symmetry lesson...fold construction paper in half and pour in paint, press together to make a symmetrical design. (ages 3-9) You could do some coil or pinch pots with clay. They have tubs of air-dry clay by crayola at the local store. Another time (or at home) they could paint them as well. (ages 3-9) Collages are always fun and cheap. Cut out pictures from magazines (if you don't have enough lying around--go to the library, they sell old ones for a quarter or so). Collages could also be multi-media. Colored tissue paper can be cut, crumpled and placed to form flowers, etc. Pipe cleaners, wooden popsicle sticks. (ages 5-12, maybe older?)
  21. I have the reader rabbit toddler program and my boys loved it. You basically swish the mouse around to pop bubbles, or explore different areas. Very easy.
  22. I let her sort the colored bears that are in the Saxon math manipulatives box (red, blue, green and yellow), and I place small plastic colored bowls (same colors) for her to sort the bears. She does at first, but then mixes them all up.
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