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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 explained to the ES my child was going to be going to public school in January and I wanted to get him as ready as I could. I was assured that he was fine. He has a summer birthday, he is 6 and technically in first grade. Will be 7 during the summer break. Now that we know where we will be moving I did some digging and based on what I have been told, I believe my child will be labeled as behind in writing. It is the one area I did not stress last year. We increased the writing this past semester, did spelling... however, during the enrichment classes the teachers would write for him at times and I have a lot of pages not finished. I do not believe he will have the stamina to write as much as first graders need to write. He is otherwise on par as he reads well (Frog and Toad/Cat in the Hat) and his math is fine (I have never timed him for his work and this could be an issue too). And now here is my dilemma: I think he would be better off finishing the year in K: to get used to the school routine, to build his stamina with the writing and to get used to being graded and so on. Like I said - he would still be 6 at the end of the school year. But because he was in a charter in first grade, I am not sure it is legal or even possible to place him in K. Any advice will be appreciated. I am nervous about having him go to school (I have to, like I said above) and the last thing he needs after a move and a change in schooling pace, is to feel extra overwhelmed with a skill that will surely label him as needing extra help. He is a good natured kid, and smart enough. I am confident he can develop the writing skills fine by the end of the year if placed in K where I am pretty sure he can otherwise do the work. Any help?
  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 - simple, direct, easy enough here. As you can see my list is limited. Still need to do more research. I cannot believe how long it takes to prep for the homeschool year!
  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 for developing classroom skills, social reasons...anything she learns is gravy) My Father's World K working very slowly and less emphasis on writing Art & Spanish Class at a local art academy that is light and fun one day a week B. Classical Conversations Carol's Affordable Homeschool Curriculum Art & Spanish Class at a local art academy that is light and fun one day a week C. Classical Conversations Rod and Staff Preschool Workbooks Art & Spanish Class at a local art academy that is light and fun one day a week D. Classical Conversations Five in a Row Art & Spanish Class at a local art academy that is light and fun one day a week I would consider SL but it seems like it would stress me out and confuse me. I would like something that is open and go for the first year. Something that does not take longer than 1 hour (for main curriculum besides CC). Something that is gentle and fun but with structure. Any other ideas? Something else to consider?
  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't want to complete his phonics pages or his math fact sheets or write science reports or practice his handwriting. He doesn't want to learn the basic things he needs to know before he can get to the more complicated things that sound interesting to him but that he won't be able to grasp without the proper foundations. He doesn't want to do things the way I know and love: methodical, logical, in order. I thrived in public school. I loved being told I was good and smart and getting an A and following steps. I love following steps. Recipes, algorithms that have predictable outcomes, formulas. I actually struggle with any math above algebra, but I seem to constantly search for formulas for everything nevertheless. I write fiction, a creative process, right? But I have to outline everything and follows seven steps and use a spreadsheet before I write the thing to make sure I know where I'm headed, because if I don't I'm too afraid of where I'll end up to ever start. *DEEP BREATH* So back to my child. He loves reading. He'll try anything, but mostly he likes Garfield comics and horrible junk like Captain Underpants and his ilk. He wants to do addition without carrying the one, despite how often he gets the wrong answer and can clearly not handle the problem without writing that little one in the ten's column. He wants to do all his spelling and phonics orally despite the fact that you remember things so much better when you write them down, and that unless someone yells to him, "How do you spell Wednesday?" the application of the practice will be WRITTEN. He wants to spend all day drawing stick figures in his steno notebook, and then explaining the picture to me with sound effects. He wants to play video games. He wants to do all sorts of things that are great and fun but are just NOT SCHOOL. And because I don't roll with the punches very well, and because I can't drop the weekly lesson plan and say, "Sure, today let's just throw the plastic coins everywhere and sing, "I'm swimming in money" instead of doing the math lesson," I get, "I hate school." (Side note: I did let him swim in money. I even took a video. Then I made him clean it up and sit at the table and learn how to represent a number pictorially. I even added things to his steno-notebook pictures, an activity he dubbed, "fun art.") He doesn't say it everyday. He doesn't say it all day long. It's mostly only whining about things he doesn't want to write down. But it makes me question everything I am doing and everything I have done for the past 2 years. I obviously don't know my child well enough if this is where his education is taking him. I should somehow become different, and learn to unschool *shudder* and step away from my plans of how it will all work out so nice and neat. But I can't. Or I haven't been able to yet. That's not who I am. So what am I supposed to do?
  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 Ages next year. We started out using SOTW but it was too young, so now we are using it as a supplement along with lots of other books. In Science they just finished Ellen McHenry's The Elements, so now they will do Carbon Chem. I'm not sure what we will do next year, I think I will come up with a list and let them choose which way to go. For Math, we have determined text books don't really work, especially for my youngest, so I started just picking a topic and finding my own lessons and we started Math Journals...both kids have been doing geometry with the older one just doing a bit more in depth, but I know he is not being challenged enough in math. I still work outside the home, I'm gone about 30 hours a week. My husband is home when I'm not, but sometimes he is sleeping (he works nights) and sometimes he just isn't able to help them or sit and teach them. So I do like to have some things I can just leave for them to do without a parent. I have literally no plan for next year yet and I'm kind of scared. I feel like 6th and 7th grade should be more of a push for them, we have really taken it easy this year because it was our first year homeschooling. Any tips on curriculum, advice on what they really should learn, or any ideas or advice in general would really really be appreciated right now!!
  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 next topic. Forgive me for worrying! Most of this is from my own fear of messing up my kids education, not the classical education! Does anyone do standardized testing? Also has anyone done these tests with older children who started in the middle? How did they compare with the average of their peers? I'm aware this type of education does not follow the traditional schedule, and actually I love that! I just want to make sure they will be prepared for college and success. How about SATs and ACTs. Do you find them more prepared for these tests? On another note, I am so excited about starting this! We are going to do some transitioning after break. My girls were not given a good foundation in spelling, punctuation, and grammar, so we are going to be incorporating the spelling workout books with English. I am super pumped!
  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 do have LOTS of questions! I was wandering what you use in addition to this, if anything? Most of what I'm seeing is history; what do people use for math, science? Language arts, reading, and latin is integrated in the history (right?). Also, I have a 6th grader (12) and a 3rd grader (8 1/2); where is a good starting point? I saw in FAQ in 'older child' and 'multiple children' there are suggestions, but is there one thats better or preferred? Should I scrap the curriculum I have (which I don't even like except the Saxon), and start with this after Christmas and go through summer to catch up? Thanks and sorry for all the questions! Amanda
  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 do have LOTS of questions! I was wandering what you use in addition to this, if anything? Most of what I'm seeing is history; what do people use for math, science? Language arts, reading, and latin is integrated in the history (right?). Also, I have a 6th grader (12) and a 3rd grader (8 1/2); where is a good starting point? I saw in FAQ in 'older child' and 'multiple children' there are suggestions, but is there one thats better or preferred? Should I scrap the curriculum I have (which I don't even like except the Saxon), and start with this after Christmas and go through summer to catch up? Thanks and sorry for all the questions! Amanda
  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 controversial books that seem much too mature in my opinion and the math. My son is very hyper and could possibly have a touch of ADD. He always says things like "this is hard" mostly talking about his handwriting. He has such a hard time with handwriting in general. After thinking about it I have decided to stop using the Sonlight. As crazy as it sounds he seems to do much better by just sitting with him and using objects for math and teaching him simple math skills. The math we were using with the Sonlight was Horizons(alpha and omega) first grade. He did okay but it seemed too advanced for him. As of now I am using different things for different subjects. So I guess my question is does anyone have any suggestions for a math curriculum we can use? I have thought about Rod and Staff since it looks more simple and doesn't seem to jump around as much as the spiral learning of the Horizons. This year has been very stressful on both my son and I. I have even thought of just giving up on homeschooling all together. I just really want this to work. The days that he is learning well are so great. Any advice would be wonderful. We have also looked into a more non traditional like Miquion. Thanks so much. Sorry this was so long!!!:auto: Renee
  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 reading, but they aren't and I don't know where to start...should I go back to the basics with them??? Neither one has any learning problems..in fact they do well in every other subject (not gifted in them, but make good grades). My 3rd grader was at a disadvantage early in life because he didn't hear well and we didn't catch it until he was 3. At that point he had tubes put in and began speech therapy. He is no longer in speech, but he has been behind in reading, because he didn't hear the words the way they were said and therefor, learned to pronounce them incorrectly. We still have to work on that problem from time to time, but for the most part he is past that...just behind because he got a later start on correctly reading/speaking. I would love to hear ideas of where to start with them. I want learning to be fun and enjoyable...and when you struggle to read...it ISN"T.
  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 strapped to you? thanks.
  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, sensory issues, and little to no auditory abilities. So, since he is constantly on the go, I tried a whole hands-on learning curriculum from Learning Resources. When that failed, I tried Time4learning, apps on an IPad, multi-media unit studies on his "special interest," lap books, and the classical school method of text books and workbooks. Nothing works with my son. (By the way, we did attempt to medicate his AD/HD. Unfortunately, he stopped eating altogether, and had a horrible attitude while on it. We did try several different ad/hd meds, but all of them had the same results.) I love my boy. He is smart and very interesting (i.e. when I find the sunshine in his rants that go *on and on and on about his special interest for hours). He can't pay attention worth a darn. He is not just a reluctant learner, he is all out resistant. Unless I were to go "Clockwork Orange" style and strap him down with his eye pinned open, there is no way he will learn from me. Please. This is not about me not following through or not setting up the proper routine, etc. My husband and I pretty much majored in Behavioral Psychology in undergrad., and worked together at a group home for severely disturbed/ assaultive kids. The bottom line is that there is no reward in the world that he cares about enough to work for. *There never has, and there may never be.* I have been letting him do his own thing lately, since I've run out of ideas for him. Can anyone, who has a child much like mine, make any constructive recommendations? By the way, the school district insisted he start Kindergarten when he was still only 4 years old.* Since being left alone by me to pursue his own interests, he has started to do things he was never capable of doing before. He now feeds himself most of the time (he needs OT for his hands, but the school district never provided it). He brushes his own teeth and is practicing (on his own) to put on his own clothes by himself. He actually started to pedal his tricycle! He even has been trying some new foods! Despite his sensory issues and ADD, he asked that we bake cookies together from scratch. And, he even tried them! Most importantly, *for the first time ever, he actually wants a playmate. He has actually cut back on his monologues to me, and started to play real imaginative pretend play, with his 3 y/o sister. She is Aspie too and is easily frustrated by the world. He has been talking her through her freak outs and helping her problem solve. He does this better than most psychologists I know! Besides these "adaptive living skills"' he has spent a lot of time building circuit boards out of his Snap Circuits. He won't read, but will "look at" reference encyclopedias of military airplanes and vehicles of WWI and WWII constantly and has inadvertently learned about the history surrounding the wars. So, I guess what this long rant of mine is really about is, isn't this enough for now? Do I really have to push him to meet the insane expectations and standards that the public school was insisting upon? I mean, do all incoming Kindergarteners read full chapter books fluently and already can do double digit adding and subtracting? I understand that to the school district, he is very behind. But, in reality, is he really? Would it really hurt his future to just let him take the next 6 months off to just be a kid (like all his peers did years ago at the "appropriate" age? My son is the type of kid who just gets easily overwhelmed, anxious, and shuts down. That's why I had to throw out our mass quantity of "routines" and "daily schedules" that all the *so-called professionals insisted we do. He hates structure and thrives on a flexible schedule only. It's probably because he needs lots of alone time to process what is going on around him mixed into his day. And, *he never knows how much down time he'll need in order to face the world again. * The one thing that I have noticed about my kids and the few other Aspies I've had the pleasure to meet, is that they all talk about that they can't learn from others. They just can't open themselves up to it. They have to teach themselves. So, I have come to the conclusion that I just haven't figured out how to help him teach *himself.* Do any of you (who have kids like mine) use a curriculum based approach? Do you unschool? Do you use IPad apps, BrainPop, Discovery Education videos streams, etc?* So, *please, any constructive, supportive words of advice or guidance is welcome.*
  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 with it. To be honest, I don't really know where to start. I've read a little about registering through Christian schools to teach them at home. That shouldn't be much of a problem for me unless it's too expensive. My real confusion lies in curriculum. I have no idea where to start. I know he'll need to study the areas of science, social studies/geography, math, spelling, reading/literature, and english. Cost is a bit of an issue for me, as I'm a single parent. I figure I can homeschool him during the day and work second shift. With only one income coming in, being able to afford expensive things is impossible for us. Would you veteran homeschoolers be willing to give me a little advice, please? What do you use? What is the best "bang for your buck" in terms of curriculum? How do you handle testing? Does curriculum come with worksheets, tests, and answer guides for parents? Any information you can share would be highly appreciated. Thanks
  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 should we study medieval/early renaissance next year - and move on to the Late renaissance/early modern in our 5th grade year and do it in more detail? Grateful for your suggestions... Erin
  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 would you do if you were me?:bigear:
  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 to make sure he has a strong foundation phonetically etc. to build on. :confused: Thanks, cabreban
  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 struggled through school, and I want my kiddos to flourish/ love learning! :bigear:
  25. I am a mom of 2. One child is a 5 year old precocious, strong-willed little boy and a 2 year old busy little girl. How do you survive homeschooling? Do you do co-ops, Master's Academy, CC or do you hire a mother's helper/babysitter? I just do not understand how one can balance homeschooling, household chores, errands and have enough "me time" to maintain sanity. I am afterschooling presently. FYI, I did have both kids home until my son turned 4 (no MMO, babysitter etc). I am not criticizing. I REALLY want to know how do you do it! :confused:
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