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  1. I've been really relieved and grateful to find that the AP Teacher Community has been pretty inclusive about letting me (homeschooling mom of 6) join the various discussion and resource boards, but haven't heard anything back from AP Biology (and received a hard no from the FB affiliated pages). I'm curious if anyone has encountered anything similar and if you have any great resources that you recommend. We have a 14 year old son who really loves science and already passed the AP Bio exam, but I'm wanting to make the curriculum a bit more interactive for our daughter as she isn't as in love with Science as he is (inhales literature and History, though!). Thank you! I've been so impressed with all of the information I've been able to find on here!
  2. New possible homeschooler mom and I was wondering how to annual assessment works? I have a teenager in the 10th grade. I saw somewhere that you can take it online but I wasn’t sure if that was allowed or even actually accredited. And if I need a certified teacher, where do you find one to administer the test?
  3. I currently have a 16 year old daughter that has missed over 40 days of school due to medical reasons. Because of this she has pushed for online school. Unfortunately I’m lost and concerned. We live in New York which has high homeschooling laws/regulations and I’m not sure how to fulfill them if my daughter decides to do online school. So I’m wondering if there are any other moms that have a online student in New York? I would personally love your help on how to write an IHIP for an online student or if things are done differently for children going to online school. Sincerely, A lost mother :)
  4. My son is 9 and entering third grade at a public school in Ohio. During the second grade year we had him privately tested and learned that he is dyslexic. I began using the Barton system almost immediately and have seen really great results with the program, however doing at least two hours of Barton Tutoring per week plus the normal homework he receives at school was very challenging last year. He was tired and burnt out, and I noticed many times that the instruction he was receiving at school would contradict the instruction he was receiving from me regarding Barton, which then left him confused. I am unhappy with the reading/intervention program that he is receiving at school and would love to be able to pull him out of school during the reading portion of his day and have him complete that requirement by using the Barton system at home with me. Is this possible? I love our school district and would like for him to continue to be a part of the rest of the school day. Can anyone give me any guidance regarding whether or not this is possible? I want to make sure I fully research my options and know what's legally possible before approaching the school. Any advice will be greatly appreciated!
  5. Our DD was in public school for PK and K, and then we homeschooled 1st, 2nd, and this year 3rd. She has always been bright but highly active and has difficulty sitting still. With occasional outbursts. However, this year has been a battle and she's been refusing to do work, writing nonsense when she doesn't feel like doing assignments, etc. We have already discussed ADHD with her ped, and there are probably both sensory and attention issues. However, I'm thinking of enrolling her back in public school while we have her evaluated. She may benefit from the structure, I need a break quite frankly, and our other child needs more attention than I am able to give at the same time. Has anyone done this and what happens when you re-enroll? Do they test? I'm thinking she may possbly have to finish the year, but then repeat this grade. Which may not be totally bad, as she is yo9ung for her age and behind at least in reading.
  6. I have been homeschooling my three grandchildren for three years and I enjoy it very much. I would like to invite two or three other children to join us this year. Does anyone know if this is legal in Texas and how can I determine what to charge? I am not a cetified teacher, but I do have a Bachelor's Degree. I worked as a Teacher's Assistant in Content Mastery and as a substitute teacher for many years, but I can't charge the amount that certified teachers would charge. Can anyone help me with this? Thanks in advance, Debbie Wieske Fort Worth, Texas
  7. We survived our first year of homeschooling! It was hard. The issues I struggled with the most were the ISOLATION and FATIGUE. Have you experienced either of these? And, how do you deal with it?
  8. Hi all, I knew you'd want to know that we're offering two brand-new audio lectures by Susan Wise Bauer, recorded at homeschooling conferences: Burning Out: Why it Happens and What to do About it Every home school family finds itself in the doldrums occasionally. But when the doldrums last for weeks or months, it’s time to consider the possibility of burnout. In this seminar--drawn from years of personal experience with effective home education and burnout--Susan defines burnout, investigates the elements that make burnout more likely, and offers a series of practical, experience-tested suggestions for moving forward. and What is History? How and Why Should I Teach It? Choosing the right program isn’t the first step in teaching history to your students. Before you can make informed decisions about what curricula to use, you need to understand why you’re teaching history at all--and define what your student should be gaining from it. This seminar will explain what history actually is (you might be surprised!), survey different methods and approaches for teaching, and suggest appropriate goals for elementary, middle-grade, and high school students. Both are now available as MP3 downloads, along with all of our other lectures.
  9. Let me first say that I feel a little bit juvenile in even coming to anyone with this but I'm feeling a bit of an identity crisis and just hoped that maybe some of you have been here and have some jewels of wisdom to share.... I have been involved with a community of women, 4 of which have been the "core" of the group for about 3 years. We meet weekly for organized Bible study, meet up at least monthly for a planned mom's night out, have scheduled and impromptu playdates and other meet ups and sometimes just hang out at each other's house after kids are off to bed and hubbies are home. I call them my girls. Our kids are all around the same age (we met at MOPS) and so it was very compatible. Two years ago, my hub and I decided to homeschool our kids. The first year was not a big deal as my kids were not much older than the other preschoolers at Bible study and at our meet ups. Last year, I started having issues as they hated those times when I met up with my friends because of the widening age gap. Over the summer, I would get text invites for various meet ups but most often, would have to decline because we are working on our lessons year round (a decision based largely on the fact that I'm attending Bible study with them weekly and another day of primary learning missed for weekly co-op). At the same time, I've missed opportunities to build relationships with other homeschooling moms because I was committed first to my already established group of girls. This past week, our local schools started back and the other 3 ladies met for coffee. This is the first time they've made plans without me....as far as I know. It really hurt to have been left out but I absolutely understand. I think it's a symptom of the problem (not the problem itself), that we are loosing our points of connection due to the divergence of our lifestyles. But it still hurt. So basically, I feel like I've been straddling between the worlds of stay at home mom and homeschooling mom. So, what do you think? Am I being silly to let homeschooling drive a wedge between me and social group/community or to even think that it is? Am I naïve to think that I can maintain community with these ladies? Should I just accept that I'm unable to participate and therefore expect not to be included to extent I have in the past but continue to be present when I can and not get my feelings hurt as I'm included less often? I have to believe that some of you have been in a similar situation so I'd love to hear your advice. Thanks!
  10. Can you please tell me about blogs you read regularly? I am looking specifically for blogs on homeschooling and parenting preschoolers. My goal is to ask a few bloggers if they would review my craft kits and perhaps do a giveaway on their blog. Thanks for you help.
  11. Hi all! I have been a member of this board for a while and even posted once or twice, but I have never introduced myself lol. I understand most of the acronyms used here but please forgive me if I am not exactly fluent. I guess once I post more and more, I will grow more accustomed to using the acronyms in my own posts. I am a proud mama and here's a little about our family: My daughter is 8 and loves technology, music, dolls, and stories. She is a severe dyslexic and has been held back a year in school prior to being diagnosed. She had an outside OG tutor who taught her to read and write. Her school uses Wilson fundations but the staff knows NOTHING about dyslexia. This is her second school and I am looking to homeschool her because her little spirit has been crushed by the whole schooling experience. She gets speech in school for articulation. My son is 6 and loves art, photography, baseball, and cracking jokes. He appears to have dyslexia and ADHD but is only in kindergarten, so I can't say for sure. He was having an even tougher time in school and was going to have to repeat kindergarten because of his behavior and reading trouble, but I objected. We are working on getting him diagnosed but I am also looking for another school for him. Or I may homeschool him as well if I can find the right fit for him. He also has some articulation issues and will start speech therapy outside the school this summer. I teach adult ESL and have a lot of Orton-Gillingham training. We live in a billingual - English & Spanish - household but the kids only read & write in English.
  12. Hey folks, it’s SALE time! We know that in mid-February, when it’s cold and bleak outside (yes, yes, Southern Hemisphere folks, we see you smirking. Your day will come!), and you’ve been “doing school” for months, and some things are working but lots of things aren’t, and you wonder if you’re actually de-educating your children, and you can’t play “run outside so Mommy can have five peaceful minutes in the bathroom PLEASE” for another six weeks (unless you want the little darlings to get frostbite)…it can feel like “Groundhog Day,” in which a character is stuck in endless repetition of the same dreary February day. So we're doing our part to inspire you with a little Sale on inspiring (and fun) items: this Saturday through Monday, on our webstore, all our audio-lecture MP3’s will be $1 less; you’ll save $5 on The Well-Trained Mind or The Well-Educated Mind; Peace Hill Press coffee mugs will be $2 less, and tote bags will be $1 cheaper. We believe in you. The kids will be OK; you’ll be OK; and yes, Spring will come again.
  13. This is our fourth year of homeschooling. First things first: my daughter says she still wants to homeschool, in the end. But we have some issues. This year, she's become increasingly internalized. Moody. Bad attitude about many things. Body language that's disrespectful. She'll snarl/snap at her brothers, who are just being boys. To be fair, I reprimand them too, when they are rude, but honestly....she'll blame them for her own behavior. And I tell her she can't blame others for how she reacts, etc. (the other half of the time, she and her brother are best friends, playing. ugh!) It's never ending, the attitude about things. I can't even pinpoint the trigger. It's beyond our school day. It's a lot with her brothers, and has entered the sphere of her horse. At this point, she does not want to make the effort and go (he boards elsewhere) with her grandpa (my dad) and brush him, ride him, etc. I Don't Get It. This is the horse crazy girl I've had for ever since I can remember. She's taking the horse things out of her room, saying she doesn't like horses....how can one turn the switch off on that, so to speak? When she's ridden and been around Zach, she's always been sweet to him, loving him, missing him when she's not with him. So....what gives? She has a responsibility to him and we can't just get rid of him! You know?!!!!! He needs her and has a bond...she can't just stop. Plus, I feel badly for my dad. He's put SOOO much time and money and energy into this (he bought the horse and one for himself, so they ride together). I don't think anything happened in particular to make her upset and change her mind. I just can't figure this out. This sudden change. And cruddy behavior. Is this a stage? Is it that she needs more girl friends? She has a few, but winter is here, and we are not going to the gym and swim thing right now where she'd meet up with some regularly. She talks often on the phone and at church with another homeschool friend. She has a penpal here too :) I'm trying to figure this out....I've thought of taking her to a counselor. She rarely will speak of her feelings. Is it puberty, on the cusp? Is it the winter blues? It's cold and snowy here in Ohio. I've reached a point today where I just spent a couple hours in my bedroom just crying and not wanting to "deal" with her anymore, to be honest. I'm so tired of being disrespected during the day. I don't know what to do, if putting her in school is the answer. I keep thinking there's something else here I'm missing, and I can't see it.
  14. I'm new to The Well-Trained Mind and so far I'm in love with this platform. I will probably start homeschooling my 7 year old , a 4th grader at a home school "school". I 'm looking for a curriculum that will challenge her and ideas to help make her learning experience superior to what she would receive in public school and comparable to the best private school education? Can anyone recommend materials and curriculum? P.S. My gifted 3 year old will probably join us.
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    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.
  16. So we at Peace Hill Press, having long since mastered the cutting-edge technology of "The Printing Press," and having rapidly come to prominence in this new-fangled "Facebook" thing that "the kids" are always "talkin' about," are seeking ways to enhance our profile on the Internets. Facebook has been telling us that we should create an ad (which would begin appearing on the right side of the Facebook newsfeeds of people who have listed certain interests such as Homeschooling). If you're on Facebook, you've seen such ads appear on the right side of your newsfeed, but do you ever respond to them? Opinions in the office are mixed, ranging from "I never click on those sidebar ads" to "this is an excellent opportunity" to "stop talking about Facebook; I'm busy with an important game of Words With Friends." So we're turning to the wisdom of the Hive Mind. Please let us know your thoughts on the usefulness of Facebook advertising.
  17. My family just moved to Iowa in April of this year. I am homeschooling my oldest son, 1st grade, using the Well Trained Mind as my guide. I do not have to report to the state this year, because he is still under the mandatory age. I am looking for advice on which option to choose for reporting- supervising teacher, standardized tests, or portfolio. I am wondering if there is anyone who homeschooling using the classical education model in Iowa who could give me some counsel.
  18. Hello everyone, I was wondering whether I could get some help with answering some homeschool objections quite specific to our situation. I am sure many of you have had more experience in homeschooling than we have and may have worked out answers to these sorts of questions. Background: Often when a mother has a break during the day from her school kids, when they're at school she can get a chance to have downtime, relax and be in a better state of mind, calm and not stressed out when the kids come home. Being at home all the time when I h'sch can bring out the stress in me and make me feel frazzled and respond more emotionally than I should. 1. How does the homeschooling parent stay calm and not frazzled (mood wise) during the day. Background: I have found that after yrs of h'sing I lost my confidence in public. 2. Does anyone else find that they have found that because they homeschool that it has made them become more nervous around people when they go outside of the home. 3. How does the h'sing parents handle the worry that their child/ren do not have as many opportunities for making friendships and playing with other kids (we have any only child) 4. How do other h'sing parents handle the worry about their child not having exposure to different sports, drama (like acting or school plays/musicals/choir, music or arts) that they do in school. 5. How do h'sing parents get their children to learn how to cope or solve conflict in their peer relationships or making good decisions regarding friendships, when they may not necessarily get the exposure to really tricky social situations. 6. How do we expose or prepare our kids to do speeches or practice oral presentations to people other than family, so that the child learns confidence in speaking. 7. Do any other h'sing parents often have a built in default that makes them think that school is "normal" place for their kids to go. I find that because I enjoyed school and went through the schooling system myself I struggle with maintaining a place of peace about homeschooling and can default back to schooling in my head as what "normal" is. How have h'sing parents coped with this type of default thinking. 8. In our experience our child listens better to a school teacher, who she respects more than to me, the mother, homeschooling. I wish this wasn't the case but it is the truth. In the past DD has respected and listens well to the information taught at school and responds to school well BUT in the homeschool she is not as engaging. Thanks to anyone who helps me work through these thoughts and questions!! Regards Sherid
  19. My name is Holly. I am currently homeschooling in Georgia. We will be moving to Jamestown, NY (or Bemus Point) Within the year, so I wanted to go ahead and start this year off with New York standards. I have found a couple sites with the laws for NY. Where do you have to submit your Letter of Intent and your IHIP form? All of the websites are saying to submit to NY, NY or Buffalo. I am just confused at where all these forms need to go, also... What are the correct sites for Laws in NY? It seems they all say something different. I realize I do not need to turn these in until we move, but I want to make sure I am already in the habit since NY seems much more strict than Georgia.
  20. HI, We are a family of 5 living in FL currently but my dh might get a job in Oahu as a DoD employee. I've been reading about Oahu and Hawaii and homeschooling and many suggested to come over here to ask question regarding homeschooling in HI. My questions- 1. I'm currently in FL (small city), do I need to terminate the intent here and register there as a homeschooler? If I am under a umbrella school here, do I still need to register as a new homeschooler in HI? 2. How is the homeschool law there, is it lenient or strict? I read that you need to test a child at 3,5,8,10 grade. Has it changed? Is there any other way in place of the test? My 4th grader was never been tested other than online short assessment run by curriculum companies or online math games. 3. Is there any umbrella school you can register and skip the test requirement? We are loosely homeschooling and kind of unschooling with guidance so not many workbooks involved. 4. How active is the homeschool group there? Field trips, play groups, etc? I think living there for a few years will give our kids the new experience and learn about the new surroundings. I hope I don't have to give up to move there because of the restricted homeschool law. Thanks in advance.
  21. :001_smile:Hi there, I was wondering what were some of the most scripted homeschooling curriculum? I understand that there may be a few textbook type curriculums that are more scripted than the non-textbook, but are there any non textbook type ones that are also scripted alot? Thanks heaps in advance, :001_smile:
  22. Hey everyone---I recently did an interview for the Jesus Creed blog with Dr. Robert Kunzman from Indiana University who specializes in researching the homeschooling community. We discussed the recent Cardus Education Survey, which you might have heard about. If you're interested, check it out--I think he says some very interesting things about homeschooling! Hope everyone is having a great year so far! I am way behind myself on my weekly reports... =(
  23. Hi there, I was just wondering whether there are any other perfectionist homeschooling mums out there. I would really appreciate hearing what they have done to help with their personality when homeschooling. I am finding it very frustrating at times, my perfectionist streak sometimes is a real block in homeschooling happily and could use any help or encouragement from others who have walked this path before :) Thanks so much!
  24. I am getting an e-reader for my birthday next month. I have a few questions: 1. I am leaning toward buying the Nook (although the Nook Color is really cool). Any disadvantages to buying the Nook? Speak now or forever hold your peace :tongue_smilie: 2. Any favorite vintage/classic books that you use for homeschooling? 3. Do you have your child use your e-reader? 4. Do you download books like OPGTR on your e-reader? Why or why not? 5. Will I regret not getting a Nook Color? If you have one, what do you think of the apps? They do not seem as impressive as Apple :( 6. Any other advice?
  25. Hello, everyone! I just wanted to invite all those interested in Charlotte Mason to our Living Education Retreat. It will be July 15th and 16th, 2011 at Shalom Hill Farm, Windom, MN. Come join us to hear experts and practitioners on the Charlotte Mason method. Here's a link to our flyer: http://sageparnassus.blogspot.com/2011/02/sixth-annual-living-education-retreat.html I'd love to meet some of you! If you're interested, don't delay as we've already started receiving registrations and space is limited. Ring true, Nancy Kelly
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