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Posted by on May. 20, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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How do you get started homeschooling? How necessary are textbooks? Do I need to sign up with an "accredited " online home school curriculium? My dds are in k and 2 ATM. I really think that they would benifit from a different pace as the pace in Missouri public schools is really slow.

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by on May. 20, 2012 at 2:41 PM
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LindaClement
by on May. 20, 2012 at 2:45 PM

I got started by having a baby... and then she grew up and learned stuff... and then moved out of the house. Ditto for her sister...

You need to know the laws in your state (there are tons of resources online where you can find out what are the minimum standards with which you have to comply) and everything else is optional.

I would strongly recommend you stay away from textbooks, as they are typically wildly out of date, and riddled with errors. Unless finding mistakes in books is your idea of fun, in which case they can be a bit of entertainment...

starbeck96
by Bronze Member on May. 20, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I am just getting started with homeschooling also.  My daughter will be in kindergarten.

I am the type that needs a workbooks for me to feel like I am succeeding. It helps me to see what she knows.   Now that is not to say that is all we are going to use to learn.  We will do a lot of learning outside of the "classroom".  I am planning on taking a few field trips to the zoo, the pumpkin patch (when they open), maybe the aquarium (that is a little pricey), and anything else that I can think of.  I am also planning to use books that I get from scholastice or my library.  They have tons of neat books.  THey have them for the solar system, the human body (bones, I think), butterflies, ants, leaves, etc.  For the leaf book we will go outside and collect leaves and then come in and look them up on the internet to see what kinds we found.  When we study ants (which my daughter is very excited about), we may get a small ant farm.  We will do as many things like this as possible.

For reading, writing, and basic math, we will do our work using workbooks.  This is the only way that I feel like I can teach with confidence..lol.

For kindergarten and under i don't think you really have to have a curriculum.  There is alot of free worksheets that you can get online.  I just chose to use a curriculum because it was easier for me and I don't have the time to do all the research to find the worksheets.

I am not signing up with an accredited school right now, but I may later on (high school) after more research.  But the best thing to do is for you to check out your homeschooling laws.  This is definitely the most important.

I know I don't any experience with homeschooling, but I have done a lot of research to pick the best way I feel my daughter will learn.  From what I understand it also depends on the child and how they learn as well.  So, I say kind of go with your gut feeling.  If you are the type who has to see progress on paper, then you probably need to at least get a few workbooks.  If you don't need to see progress on paper, then don't get workbooks and see how it goes.

Good luck.

 

cueballsmom
by on May. 20, 2012 at 3:49 PM
Thanks ladies. DH says he wants guidance because my dds aare not in kinder this next year. My state laws just say 1000 hours learning in a year, 600 of those on core subjects. Also I have to log hours and progress, keeping worksheets to prove they learned the subject. But pretty much after that it's up to us.
oredeb
by on May. 20, 2012 at 11:28 PM
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 first check out your hs law it will tell you if you need to sign up with an accredited online school, since your homeschooling you dont need to use an online school of any kind, it will be your choice if you want to or not. the hs law for missouri looks pretty easy to follow!  and you dont have to start really schooling until your kids are 7!

your kids are young so you  dont need any curr really, you can teach them to count, learn abc, colors, shapes, easy hands on math with manipulatives, science by going out side to look at bugs and plants, planting a garden etc, history by talking about the area around you(where you live) talking about your family, to practise handwritng(pre handwriting i call it) let your kids paint on large paper, make circles lines slanted lines, you can trace some lines and cirlces for them to go over, you can put up numbers and abcs on your wall and talk about them each day

heres a few sites that might help!

http://www.kidslearningstation.com/

Starfall

First-School

Everything Preschool

Christian Preschool Printables

PreKinders

Preschool Printables

TLS Books

ABC Teach

Itsy Bitsy Learners

Preschool Express

Making Learning Fun

http://kinderthemes.com/

http://www.littlegiraffes.com/

http://www.letteroftheweek.com/

http://www.billybear4kids.com/

http://www.mes-english.com/phonics.php

http://www.tlsbooks.com/

http://oldfashionededucation.com/

http://www.learningpage.com/

http://www.superteacherworksheets.com/

http://www.mrsjonesroom.com/teachers/worksheets.html#other

http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html

http://www.amblesideonline.org/

http://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/scmguide/

 

 

kirbymom
by Sonja on May. 21, 2012 at 2:00 PM

 Being so young, your kids really don't need to concentrate on textbooks. They will learn everything from you as you and they talk and do things together.  The more enjoyment you have in teaching them or helping them learn, the more excited they will be to learn and will have an unending craving for more and more.  Everything you do will be a learning experience, for you, for them.  You will find out through trial and error how each of you learn and adjust your teaching style to fit their learning style and how you teach and tailor it  also to fit yourself in the best way for you.  Whenever you use any type of worksheet or scrap paper, keep it. File it away. you will have not only proof of their learning but you will also have memories of their growing and learning at each and every level/milestone of not just their education specifically but their understanding as well, as they continue to mature.  And any time you need support, you just ask and we shall do our best to answer any and all questions.  :)    You CAN do this.  :)

 

 

romacox
by Silver Member on May. 21, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Others have given you very good advice.  As noted, before you purchase any curriculum, or take any actions, know your state laws.  Your State (Missouri) Home School Association is Families For Home Education On their website, they provide you information about your state laws, .Letter of Withdrawal, other home educators near you, and more.

I give home school convention workshops, so I get asked a lot of questions like yours.  I have put together a free web page with the most commonly asked questions at: How To Home School

cueballsmom
by on May. 21, 2012 at 6:57 PM
Thank you every one! I think I'm going to research and start in about a week or two. So we can see over summer how we do! Fingers crossed, I have a really good ffeeling about this!
mem82
by Platinum Member on May. 21, 2012 at 8:20 PM

Welcome!

Half Price Books and Barnes and Noble are good places to find books. Also, Half.com.

Get the book 'What your __ Should Know' and flip through it to get an idea of where to start.

1000 hours sounds daunting but it really isn't. That's less than 3 hours a day. Price checking at the store=30 minutes of Math. Writing the grocery list=15 minutes of spelling. Cooking with Mom=20 minutes of fractions. Nature hikes, Discovery Channel documentary, fishing= Science. Do you actually have to log the time? In Ohio, we need 900 hours but it's all honor system. We don't have to prove doodle squat. 8)

cueballsmom
by on May. 22, 2012 at 6:27 AM
We have the choice to either log time or have work the kids do showing that they know the subject. I'd rather just log the time and let them do online testing at the end of the year.
Quoting mem82:

Welcome!

Half Price Books and Barnes and Noble are good places to find books. Also, Half.com.

Get the book 'What your __ Should Know' and flip through it to get an idea of where to start.

1000 hours sounds daunting but it really isn't. That's less than 3 hours a day. Price checking at the store=30 minutes of Math. Writing the grocery list=15 minutes of spelling. Cooking with Mom=20 minutes of fractions. Nature hikes, Discovery Channel documentary, fishing= Science. Do you actually have to log the time? In Ohio, we need 900 hours but it's all honor system. We don't have to prove doodle squat. 8)


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