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  1. Hi All, I'm new to site as well as homeschooling. I'm enjoying and learning from the different postings, however, I'm having a hard time understanding a lot of the abbreviations use. Can someone be so kind as to refer me to a link where the abbreviations are defined? Example, what is dd, ds to name a few? That out of the way, I plan to begin homeschooling this fall. We were able to have our 2 older boys attend a private school last year (3rd and 6th grade). However, we are unable to send them back. For the last year and a half, I have been sub-teaching at our local publ
  2. Can you wonderful ladies (and gents) help me compile a list of books that deal with education, learning, child care and above all, HomeSchooling? I'm not asking for books about, teaching [set subject here] (like Ordinary Parents Guide to Reading, 100EZ,) but on the art and style and method of teaching ...Or, if there is a master list around here, could you just link me? ( I searched 10 pages back in the forum and didn't see a thread like this, sorry if its a repeat) Here are some of the books I know of/have read. The Well Trained Mind (Homeschool) :tongue_smilie: How to Get Your Chil
  3. I'm gearing up to homeschool next year and am feeling a bit overwhelmed! Do you have suggestions on where to begin? I have a 5th and 3rd grader. I would LOVE to find other homeschoolers in Westchester, NY. Is anybody out there?
  4. Let's say that a casual aquaintance asks you about homeschooling. Someone that has kids in a sport or scouts with yours, but who isn't someone you really know. Where would you direct them to? I searched how to homeschool and couldn't help but notice that the main results seemed dominated by sites that touted mostly commercial, school at home style programs.
  5. I'm going nuts trying to figure out what to use for History, phonics or read-alouds. I've printed off what companies offer for History. I like TQ because it relates History back to God. MOH's link to their sample does not work-so I couldn't see anything but a TOC. HO gives me a lesson plan, but doesn't tell me what I will "need" for the program, nor do I get to read anything. SOTW gives me the most detail as I can read part of the book and I LOVE the way it reads. From what I can tell (which may not be much since I'm suffering from paralysis by analysis) is that TQ, MOH and HO need books t
  6. I feel a bit lost as a) i'm new to this site b) i'm new to homeschooling c) I just found out i'm pregnant (!) d) I'm from the UK!! We don't have vast curriculum choices as those of you in the States. I've been doing my research and am still researching but now need some advice from you pros :001_smile: Here are just three of the many reasons I have to homeschool: 1. To give my children (ages 7, 5 and nearly 3) a chance to learn through love and at their own pace. The older two attend school and I can see how their day is so rushed. They hardly get a chance to get deep into proje
  7. One without an older sibling. So, there's no history/science/music/art "by absorption", or "when they feel like sitting in." I want to simplify for next year, before I purchase much. But, everything is so worthwhile. Even Ambleside has a lot to it, by the time you do foreign language, picture study, hymn study, folk song study, classical music study, etc...... I have SOTW 1 + AG and it looks like fun. So does science. And art. And music. And Spanish. etc. etc. etc. But, we just don't have time for all that. Plus grammar. Plus writing. Plus 2 math programs. Plus my youngest
  8. We are doing: MUS Alpha WWE workbook 1 FLL 1 SOTW (just reading, not the activities) We were doing The Reading Lesson but we've kind of taken a break from that and are just doing Bob Books and the like. I haven't really found a science program that I like, so we've just been doing nature study, planting things, catching and releasing bugs and lizards, etc. We sporadically do Artistic Pursuits (I need to do better at this), but she also does a variety of coloring, drawing, and weaving projects. We're kind of at a hectic time in our life right now and just doing the bare minimum,
  9. Hi, all! My name is Celeste, and I am a former high-school English teacher who has been at home for five years. We are in our first year of homeschooling with a dd in 5K and a ds in 3K. Currently with 5-y-o dd we are using Saxon Math, OPGtTR, and A Reason for Handwriting for our main subjects. I am really looking forward to beginning Story of the World next year and was wondering if it were too soon to buy Vol. I and begin tracking down the supplemental resources. Our local library isn't very large, and I would imagine that I would need to see which books were available in our library, w
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    WWE2 and spelling

    First time posting, and I don't know what all of the acronyms mean, so I'll use the Queen's English like we try to teach our children :) Our 7-year old, 2nd grade daughter (does this make her dd7?) is not a great speller. She is the type that locks up when she doesn't know how to do something, and her poor spelling makes writing terrifying. For that reason we did the last quarter of WWE1 this fall to get her used to it before the dreaded dictation. Poor soul, she doesn't know what's coming next week. My question is how to do dictations with a poor speller. Should we tell her how
  11. I've been looking forward to next year (1st grade) and it seems like so much to be done in a day: spelling, grammer, writing, history, science, art, and something I am probably forgetting. I was thinking about gradually adding in some of these subjects toward the latter part of this year to sort of ease her into next year's workload. I plan on schooling year-round (3 months on-1 month off). Has anyone else tried this and did it help? I'm just afraid she will balk at so much work when right now we finish any formal work in 30 minutes or so. Gwenny
  12. I have WWE and workbook 2. I'm still a bit confused, maybe I need to re-read the WWE book again? Anyways I just have a bunch of general questions. Like today I had 2 worksheets (4 and 5) and I was supposed to write down 2 sentences my son dictates to me, then he is supposed to pick 1 or those sentences and rewrite it on the other page. Really? Am I understanding that correctly? I went ahead and did that and my son didnt re write what I had written down.... he rewrote the sentence again in his own words, he just changed words and mixed it up a bit. I think I'm doing this wrong. I know my son
  13. I was wondering if someone who has used this program could tell me if my son is ready for this or not... he's just 3, and loves to do school. Usually sits with big brother (5yo kinder) doing activity bags or kumon type books for the entire school time. Has a long attention span, loves doing letters, numbers, school type stuff. he recognizes all upper and lower case letters (has for over 6 months now) and is beginning to connect them to sounds they make. Just this week he's been able to pick out B words, and rhyming words. He can write his name, and think of other words that start with t
  14. I didn't want to hijack the other WWE question posted, so I thought I'd try a new one. I read something on that post that stumped me a bit. My son cannot tell me just one thing about our literature passage. He goes on and on and literally retells the whole passage. I thought this was the point of the curriculum, but I realize now after reading how a few of you are doing this that I may be doing this incorrectly. Today we did Week 2 Day 4 and this was his narration... Pinocchio was alone. He was hungry. He hoped to find anything to eat. He was as hungry as a bear. He
  15. I am very interested in(but not very familiar with) classical education. I am going to check out The Well Trained Mind book this afternoon from the library. But would you please help me get started? Could you list the most important things I need to get started? And if you have used any materials that you especially like, could you please tell me a little about them? I would be using these for children ages 10 and under. Thanks so much for your help!:001_smile:
  16. Hi all: I am new to homeschooling this year. My son is a 5th grader and has attended private school since PK. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and it seems that aside from video games, cartoons and playing with his friends, he is not interested in much else. I want him to get excited about learning and I am not sure if it is my delivery, the curricula, learning deficits or just a blase attitude that I am dealing with. He is not non-compliant, just not engaged. Here is what we are doing daily: Bible: The Narrow Way (character training) is a bit boring in my opinion - any sugges
  17. Any input on first language lessons and writing with ease for a new hser (4th gr.):001_smile:
  18. I'm new to homeschooling, I'll be starting my 5 year old next week for the first time! We're doing OPG and thought that Writing with Ease was a beginning writing program for first grade, but just realized they need to know HOW to write before beginning that curriculum next year. Any suggestions on a curriculum or method on how to teach how to write? Thanks!!
  19. I am schooling two "advanced" kiddos--a 4-y-o and a 5-y-o. I don't want to over-stress young muscles, and I don't expect their writing to keep up with other subjects (of course!), but keeping them exactly age lock-step will be a recipe for future failure, too. The 4-y-o has noticeably better-than-average drawing/writing skills and is reading on a solid first grade level. For writing, he does three sheets in Explode the Code 3 and one Getty-Dubay Italic B page per day. He occasionally does some writing with his math, but we're doing RightStart A, so there's really not much writing at all
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