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  1. I am still trying to get my feet under me as far as homeschool goes. I keep saying "She is only in K" but I cannot say that forever. I am trying to lay out some realistic goals for next year. What has worked for your first grade year? I am going to keep the focus on Language Arts and Math and throw in other stuff. How many hours a week have worked for you? Any 1st grade tips as I prepare for next year?
  2. I've noticed as I'm reading the posts how many of us are worried that our dc are behind in some subject or another (me included!). It made me wonder why our expectations are so crazy. I notice this even amongst non-hsing preschool mamas - it's like culturally we have this paranoid obsession over not letting our kids get "behind" even in preschool or K. Where did this come from??? Our church meets in a school, and I was looking this last Sunday at some of the accomplishments posted on the wall for the different grade levels. The Kindergarten team was celebrating because 61% of the kids could recognize MOST of their uppercase and lowercase letters at this point in the year. I suppose that should make me feel better. :-)
  3. I've got an 11th grader and a 12th grader. Both have a mix of outsourced classes and 'truly homeschooled' classes. Last year, I let my daughter take the class she wanted to take, using the curriculum she wanted. High school level? Nope. Effective? I think so. Let me explain. I used to read the Famous Men books to them aloud -- way back in elementary school. She loved them, and wanted to do them again. I remember being impressed with certain aspects of them, plus I know that what she loves, she learns. So I gave her a half credit in the 2nd semester of 10th grade for reading Famous Men of Greece and Famous Men of Rome, writing a paper on one of the people in the chapters, and taking two tests. It wasn't impressive, but she learned it and remembers it much more that she would have using some fat textbook with tons of detailed and frankly, not very important, information. So, reason 1: Sometimes a lighter course with less material crammed down their throats will result in significantly more learning. Second case: At the end of his sophomore year, my son decided to take a 2-year, 3.5 credit (each year) class at our local career center in computer networking. I hadn't planned on that, and to all of a sudden have 7 credits 'taken away from me' for his last two years in high school messed with my 4 year plan dramatically. Since he'd only ever taken a couple of online courses before, I added the bare minimum to his 11th grade schedule: Precalc, physics, British lit, and PE. Then, as we were facing 12th grade, he was continuing the class, but had only 2 credits of social studies, no art of any kind, etc. He would take calculus and electronics, but still needed credits in social studies, English, and some kind of art. I spent the summer looking for the easiest courses I could find for those three, knowing that his other classes would be hard and time consuming, and college applications were coming, etc. So reason 2: If a student is taking a heavy load of courses that will matter much more to their future, it might make sense to make the less important courses easier on them. Finally, reason 3: I've seen enough of what the public schools have produced -- even schools with this so called 'excellent' rating, that I don't feel in the slightest bit guilty! Just thought I'd share some thoughts from the practical as opposed to theoretical end of the discussion.... Debbie
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