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Need homeschooling info please help

Posted by on Oct. 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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I was wondering if some of you would share what curriculum you use to homeschool your children. For the moms that do unschooling, could you also leave your feed back on what you do with your kids too? 

I am writing a post for my blog to help those that are new to homeschooling. You all would be a big help. I'd rather talk about things that you guys use because it obviously works for your kids. Thanks!

by on Oct. 17, 2011 at 7:09 PM
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by on Oct. 17, 2011 at 7:31 PM

 hi hustilin momma!! where is your website??

by on Oct. 17, 2011 at 7:44 PM

Hello, my blog is on my profile. Its 

I blog about homeschooling and other things. 

by on Oct. 17, 2011 at 9:50 PM

I homeschool a 5 yo and 2yo. We use alot of the TOT packs and PreSchool packs from and I also get alot of worksheets and lesson plans from I use A Beka nursery program for them as well, we just have the two workbooks and the language development cards. Other things we do is write books and do homemade worksheets.

by on Oct. 17, 2011 at 11:04 PM
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My children are 13 (8th grade) and 9 (4th grade).  I use Learning Adventures Studies, which I absolutely love!!  It is a unit study program that is history-based and covers all the basic subjects except for arithmetic and extracurriculars.  Subjects are Bible including reading and memory verses and character training, Literature including read-a-louds using NewBerry Award Winning Books that pertain to the historical time period being studied with review questions for each chapter and types of literature including allegory, legend, proverbs, irony, imagery, etc., Vocabulary including Greek and Latin roots, Grammar/Language (parts of speech, punctuation,antonyms, synonyms, homonyms, etc.), Writing (sentence structure, paragraph structure, letters, book reviews and reports, essays, writing techniques, note-taking, outlines, research, etc.), Spelling including spelling rules and commonly misspelled words, Science (earth science, physical science, etc.), Social Studies including history, geography, culture, government and political systems, interpreting graphs and maps, historical leaders and persons, landforms, climate, natural resources, etc., and Fine Arts including music and art terms and concepts.  [I hope that I haven't left out anything.]  It is a very thorough and excellent program at the cost of $90 - $100.  There is a list of book choices for each semester.  All of these additional books (literature, DK Eyewitness, biographies, etc.) can be borrowed from your local library (or purchased at your choice through another source such as Amazon or Christianbook).  There are also a great many suggested hands-on activities and suggested field trips.  It is absolutely excellent and allows teaching and learning to be FUN and, therefore, retained in the minds of your children (and yourself).  I've compared this unit study with the scope and sequences of many popular (and much more expensive) curriculums and found it to be totally comprehensive, yet much more fun and interesting.

My children both do a typing program.  My youngest is doing his first year of typing with Typing Instructor for Kids (Typer Island), and my daughter is doing her third year using Mavis Beacon.

They use separate programs for Arithmetic.  My daughter struggled with Math until we began using Math-U-See which has boosted her math skills and her self-esteem.  My son is advanced in math and uses Singapore Math which is advanced and presents a challenge but is doable.  I love them both as they are each matched to my particular child's learning skills and don't include tons of busy work.

As far as physical activity, they take swim technique class twice per week at our local health club, and we either bike ride or walk or do Wii two to three times per week for approx 40 - 50 minutes.

They also take a homeschool art class at a local art studio for 1 1/2 hours once per week.

Of course, they also learn life skills through chores and helping with planting a garden, weeding, taking care of the animals (dogs, chickens, ducks, parakeet, gold fish, and turtles), and just learning alongside us (Mommy and Daddy) as we do and teach them practicial things.  They are also enrolled in Homeschool 4-H Club (including their Jr. Master Gardeners Program and their Shooting Sports Program--which emphasizes safety, of course) and Keepers at Home (girls club) and Contenders for the Faith (boys club) which teach many life skills, also.

I think that's pretty much everything.  My motto is, "If we're living, we're learning!"  Our lives are full of fun, bonding, and learning as a family!

I feel so blessed and feel that my children are so blessed to be homeschooled!  We've experimented with other curriculums and learning techniques in the past, but we have definitely found what works best for our family.  What a joy to see your children enjoy learning, retain what they learn, and talk about the things they learn with others because they are so excited about it!

Things will probably change up a little next year as my daughter is entering her high school years.  We'll adapt as necessary.

Hope this helps.  Good Luck.


busy mom

by on Oct. 18, 2011 at 10:22 AM

This is what I have used for the past 8 or 9 years I guess. 

Math:  ABeka
English: ABeka and EZ English
Logic: Critical Thinking
History: Streams of Civilization I and II for older kids, Kingfisher for younger
Literature studies:  Do a couple study guides on great books each yr plus read many, many books!
Spelling: Rod and Staff and ABeka
Vocabulary: ABeka and Vocabulary for the High School Student
Science:  ABeka plus Self Teaching Guides for Astronomy, Chemistry and Physics (in  high school)
Greek and Latin Root Studies:  Critical Thinking
Visual Arts:  Fix up on studies
Shakespeare Study: Make up own (high school)
Geography:  ABeka and make up own
Language:  Do some Sign Language
American Government: (high school)  ABeka and  God and Government series

by on Oct. 18, 2011 at 11:09 AM

I really appreciate your imput. Tons of great info! Thanks everyone. Keep them coming! ^__^

by on Oct. 18, 2011 at 1:53 PM

I use alot of experiential learning

Ring Around The Phonics for Reding, Phonics, and Launguage Arts

Math U See for math

Much of my teaching is life based, and that is are some free  Resources for that (this link also has a link to Bill Gates free math videos)

Based on what you said, here is an article titled How To Homeschool

by on Oct. 18, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Thank you for your help!

by on Oct. 19, 2011 at 10:18 AM

i am homeschooling my 6yr old this year. (1st grade) and this is what we do:

The Ordinary Parent's Guide to Teaching Reading

Math U See - Alpha

Mystery of History

106 Days of Creation

Bob Books

and for Bible we are just doing his Awana Book and Memory Verses.

we do other reading and some math games i bought too...

Christian Homeschooling Mamma to two wonderful, busy, animal loving boys... Mario, 18yrs, and Isaiah, 6yrs

Check out my blog:

by on Oct. 19, 2011 at 12:46 PM
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 I unschool my kids age 18; 8 & 6.  We use everything to learn. The computers are always in use for research & playing online games. We use our local library, museums & everything else that is around us that is of interest to us. My younger 2 spend most of their time playing & exploring, while my oldest dose tons of research & reading.

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