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  1. Looking for Jr. & High School Science curriculum recommendations for a gifted child who wants to either become a scientist or mathematician. Would like curriculum to be biblically sound and heavy on the math. Any recommendations?
  2. I am writing here while being very emotional. Our life circumstances have changed and since the start of the school year I knew my child would need to go to public school. I did not enroll him at the start of the year (even though I got all the paper work together) because we were going to have to move as well. I did not want to enroll him and then change schools half way through the year as we would not be able to stay within the school limits. We are moving this week. I used a homeschool-friendly charter where he had enrichment classes and I worked with him independently 3 days a week. I
  3. I'm new to homeschooling and would love any and all recommendations for other homeschoolers/parents/unschoolers/etc. It's helpful to get advice from others who have gone through it before ya know? Here are a few resources I found on one site that popped up on my Facebook page from the similar site. getting started homeschooling guide looks promising but who knows! this 7 styles of learning activities looks like a great list of resources that i may consider but still need to do some research on them (has anyone used these before?) 10 most important things to know about homeschooling
  4. My daughter will be 4 at the beginning of the school year next year. I would like to start her with something a little academic, but not overwhelming. She loves singing, acting and dancing. She loves to read, crafts and play with play doh. I want to give her a good head start. Experienced homeschoolers, is there anything I should avoid or look at? NOTE: Please do not give me the typical, let her play response. We are already having issues with behavior at church, and I need to add some structure to her day. Here are my preschool/k4 plan options: A. Classical Conversations (more f
  5. Okay, so I've tried posting a couple of times with no response to questions about Read With the Best. Has ANYBODY used the program? I would love to hear some feedback and to know what you used alongside of it for history. If anyone has found another American Literature based wrting program I'd love to hear about that as well. Thanks so much!!! Debbie :bigear:
  6. My son was in Kindergarten for six weeks before I pulled him out and started homeschooling him. Now we're mired in first grade, trying to get all of our Saxon math done before I have a baby in August, and he comes out with "I hate school." WHAT? I mean....WHAT? I have spent hours, days and weeks researching, agonizing over and planning his education over the past year and a half so I would never have to hear that again. So it wouldn't be true. So he would be happy and whole and well. And now...now this. He loves being home. He has no desire to go back to public school. But he doesn
  7. I feel like I am finally getting a handle on all of this and now everyone is starting to talk about planning for next year...I am panicking a bit. Next year I will have a chronologically 6th grader and 7th grader...but it will be more like a 5th grader and 8th grader. They have been doing history and science together, along with art and music. Their math is varried and spelling is very different. Their literature and writing is sometimes the same type of assignment, but with higher expectations for the older one. We are doing Ancient History this year and plan to move to The Middle Age
  8. Hello again! Full of questions aren't I! I'm about half way through TWTM book. It has mentioned that it is not traditional and neither is homeschooling. I realize that, but I'm curious to know how my girls will compare to their peers. I know there are exceptions and many kids absolutely excel, but what about those who didn't get a good foundation from the public school? After reading this book, I feel bad for not pulling my kids out earlier. I feel they have not been prepared for higher learning, critically thinking, or anything. They've just been given some basic facts and moved on to the ne
  9. Is this considered classical? Does anyone use this? Do you love it or hate it? I have a 3rd grader and 6th grader. I saw this and it looked promising. It looks like you can delve in as much as you want if the kids become interested. Advice please!
  10. :seeya: Hello all! We are actually new to homeschooling. This is our first year. I have two little girls. We are loving it so far. I wasn't sure where to start in the beginning so I purchased some items, Abeka, Apologia, and Saxon. Well I got rid of it all except the Saxon and kept the Abeka Language Arts just because of cost. I went to US History from America's Core Curriculum and a science program by Ryan Murphy. They are ok, but not giving me that WoW feeling! I'm so glad I found information on classical education! I've actually just started the book and I'm really liking it! Although I
  11. :seeya: Hello all! We are actually new to homeschooling. This is our first year. I have two little girls. We are loving it so far. I wasn't sure where to start in the beginning so I purchased some items, Abeka, Apologia, and Saxon. Well I got rid of it all except the Saxon and kept the Abeka Language Arts just because of cost. I went to US History from America's Core Curriculum and a science program by Ryan Murphy. They are ok, but not giving me that WoW feeling! I'm so glad I found information on classical education! I've actually just started the book and I'm really liking it! Although I
  12. Hi everyone... I am new here but I am really needing some advice from some seasoned homeschooling parents! A little about my situation.. My son is 6 years old (young 6 birthday in June) and I have started him on first grade curriculum this year. We did My Fathers World Kindergarten last year and he seemed to do very well. After much research and a trip to a homeschooling fair I decided to go with Sonlight this year for first grade. I have liked some things about Sonlight such as some of the easy readers and the handwriting without tears. However I have hated some of it such as the con
  13. Last year, my husband and I decided to pull our oldest two children from public school. We have three children...the youngest is only 2. My boys are in 3rd and 5th this year and they are not good readers at all. They have always struggled with reading...slow, choppy, inaccurate pronunciation, etc! I recently purchased The Well Trained Mind and I am completely loving what I read. I plan on implementing these concepts with my 2 year old as she ages and is ready for the different stages. But my question is what I should do about my boys....they should be so much farther along in readin
  14. We are headed to Six Flags in NJ tomorrow (supposed to be really hot!), and it is our first time, so I am seeking any advice you have. I have twin boys, 7, and measured them today at 51 inches tall. I notice many of the rides are 54 inches or up, so I am guessing they will not be allowed to get on those. I am trying to figure out if there is any must sees, must dos, must avoids, must wear, try this, don't do this.. We have literally no idea. I have read you can bring nothing on the rides, and to rent a locker, or shove things in a pocket. What about the waist packs or fanny packs that are stra
  15. M Hello, I'm new to all of this. I'm a mom to an incredible 6y/o and 3 y/o Aspies. My 6 y/o (my son) started out at public school. We had been promised the world, but given nothing. To make a long story short, we finally (through a nasty legal battle) were able to free him from the Public School. The first month or so was a battle to break him free from his autistic shell that the school that left him with (his teacher was a sadistic freak who bullied him mercilessly). Once he started to become himself again, I started trying different curriculum.* I know my son has unmedicated AD/HD, sen
  16. Hi! My oldest is almost 3 and I have an almost 1 year old. We are planning on homeschooling from a Christian perspective once our kids get older and I've been researching options and possibilities. I'm very excited about homeschooling! Obviously I have a while before structured homeschool needs to take place, but what advice do you have for someone preparing to start the homeschool journey in a few years? What books would you recommend for me to read to help me prepare for this task?
  17. Hello, My children have been in public schools for years. My daughter is a freshman in high shool and is doing wonderfully. I intend to leave her in public schools unless anything bad happens. So much happens in public schools. My son is currently in 6th grade and I'm thinking about homeschooling him next year (his 7th grade year). However, I've never homeschooled before. Though, I've always made the kids bring home all their assignments for me to check before they're turned in. Basically, I reteach them at home as it is now. If I'm already doing that, I might as well go all the way w
  18. Hello all, I am hoping to connect with anyone living in England who is currently homeschooling. My husband has been offered a transfer from the states. He would be working out of Gerrard's Cross mostly and some days Cambourne. I am having a hard time finding out what the HS culture looks like there and what types of social/coop options exsist. I am not very encouraged by what I have found online so far. Anyone, anyone ... would love your thoughts! Thank you!!!
  19. I am hoping you can offer advice on where we should go on our history study. Next year I’ll have a 3rd & 4th grader –and we do history together. Here’s what we have studied so far: Year 1: the ancients –high level Year 2: A child’s history of the world – from ancients to present – very high level Year 3: Ancient Greece So what suggestions do you have for this next year? Should we study Greece to present at a very high level – so we can being the cycle again the following year – beginning with the ancients when my oldest is in 5th grade? Or sho
  20. I am going to buy either a kindle, nook, nook color or a netbook. I am considering the kindle since it is such a great e-reader and amazon has tons of free books (and my family loves theirs). The nook is appealing since I can borrow books from the local library. The nook color is appealing since I can hack it to make it an android tablet where it can become a kindle and nook e-book reader as well as use android apps. The netbook seems like it would be better for forums like this one and homeschooling stuff + I can download all of the e-readers to take advantage of free books. What wo
  21. I am presently finishing up TYCR100 lessons with my 5 year old. He is very bright and a fast learner. I know that in the back of the book it states that once you are finished go through certain books to improve their reading skills. What do you suggest that I start right after I finish the book list? All About Spelling, First Language Lessons, Spelling Power, anything else? Should I be concerned about phonograms? Is he really going to be at a second grade reading level? :bigear: My goal is to help him to become a fluent reader while teaching basic grammar and spelling. I just want
  22. I was at B & N yesterday and saw something called Brainetics. Has anyone ever used this program? Is it a scam? Just curious~
  23. I have a 5 year old who is working on his letters and numbers at preschool. He has not mastered his handwriting but he is reading at a 1st-2nd grade level. Should I start him with HWT for Kindergarten or 1st grade? I have read that some of the kids fly through these books. Any advice?
  24. Just curious. I am new to "afterschooling". 1. What type of results have you seen from afterschooling? 2. Which subjects do you afterschool? 3. Why do you afterschool? 4. What are your favorite curriculums that you have used for afterschooling? BTW, I am afterschooling my 5 year old. We are currently finishing "teach your child to read in 100 easy lessons". We will start on Singapore Math Essential Math A & B. I am interested in reading to my 5 and 2 year old "The Story of The World." I am afterschooling presently to give my son an advantage once he starts ps. I st
  25. I was helping another homeschool mom with younger children pick out some curriculum, and I started reflecting on what I have learned while picking out curriculum for the year for the tenth time now. It doesn't matter what math program you use (with a few exceptions, imho.) It matters whether you express that math is important and whether you are consistent with math instruction. It doesn't matter that much which spelling curriculum you choose. It matters that YOU know spelling rules and can help your child when he or she is writing and wants help. It doesn't matter if you use a
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