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  1. Newbie here, nice to meet you all! Looking forward to your advice. It's a bit of a complicated situation, but I'll explain it as briefly as I can. I'm getting married in September. DH-to-be has full custody of his 2 kids, DD8 and DS10. I have a great relationship with the kiddos, and ever since they found out I was homeschooled as a kid they've been super interested to try it. They currently attend the best school in the region (Chinese immersion charter school). Under normal circumstances, I'd hold off a year or so before attempting homeschooling with them, since I figure my moving in will be enough upheaval for a bit. (We love each other, but I'm not yet at Mom-status in their lives.) However... DS10 hates school. Hates hates hates it. It's an accelerated, challenging program, but he's bored stiff. He struggles with depression issues, and when he's bored he can't stop his mind going to the worst things in his life. (Mom abandoned them, they recently moved so he doesn't see his neighbor friend anymore, etc.) He cries before school more days than not, because he dreads the thoughts that occupy him during a boring class. (Yes, he is in therapy.) The school rules are beyond strict, which doesn't help. (During recess they aren't allowed to play any games that involve teams because somebody's feelings might get hurt about not being on the same team as their friends. Also no games that involve winning or losing. No trading of toys like matchbox cars, because somebody might change their mind and get upset. I wish I were exaggerating.) Chinese class has doubled in length this year (5th grade), and he doesn't see the point of it, and the academic load is just crushing his spirit. He's a bright kid and this combination of circumstances is making him give up on learning. My heart hurts for him, and it makes me want to jump into homeschooling right away once I move in, at least for him. (DD8 still likes school just fine, although I imagine she might feel left out if her brother got to stay home and she didn't.) There's a less-rigid charter school in the area that begins in 7th grade, so if homeschooling 6th grade doesn't work, that one would be an option. The local public schools are not good. Additionally, we're faithful Catholics and while we'll be using NFP, there's no guarantee we'll be any good at it. :P I have no idea how I'll handle pregnancy although we're hoping for the best. Pretty complicated, right? So what would you do? Anybody have similar experiences? :confused1:
  2. I have a 12 year old son who has not done any formal language arts study. The only language arts he is doing is Italics Handwriting and some of Writing Strands 3. He has had very little grammar instruction. Just incidental from narrations and copywork. Any suggestions on curriculum for this upcoming school year? I do have the new edition of TWTM. We have been implementing TWTM methods since last school year. Currently he is doing written narrations of our SOTW readings. He reads a lot. He spells well. He is able to write basic sentences clearly and correctly. His handwriting has improved. But, he still has a hard time with size of letters. I'm considering going back to using handwriting paper with him this upcoming year. I really, really like the ease of Writing Strands, but he keeps fighting it. So, I need something else. I cannot afford IEW. I am an English major, if that counts for anything. (I hate that...I know you are correcting my typos now:tongue_smilie:) Plans I'm considering for the upcoming year: 1. Rod and Staff 5 (TWTM recommendation). Increase narrations and copywork. Start dictation once those "look" better. Continue Italics Handwriting. 2. FLL 3, Italics Handwriting, and maybe Writing Tales 3. Winston Grammar and a writing program
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