Sorry this is long, but I am really scared of ruining my child's education.
To be honest, I always said that I would never homeschool my children because I wanted them smarter than me and I felt that if I didn't know it, how could I teach it? So here I am, homeschooling my daughter (she has selective mutism and social phobia). We can not afford a paid curriculum, not even a second hand one, so I have done all my research on the internet and have all subjects bookmarked and worksheets are printed on Sunday to be ready for the following week. I feel organized with my planner and workbooks that we got from when she was in public schools and her older sisters old workbooks. But to be honest, I am scared to death. She is advanced in Math (she is a 5th grader and she is doing Algebra and not having a hard time with it), she doesn't like to read, but I make her and she actually does very well with grammar and writing. Her state tests last year were 5's which were the highest grade.
I am so scared that instead of moving forward, she is just going to stay where she is. I don't know where she should be in a month, by the end of the year. I don't know how to determine if what I am doing is working. I have a few people around me that homeschool their children too, but they do the "paid" curriculum and their kids LOVE reading, and they are well educated parents (I graduated high school barely with "c's".)I have people watching me and I feel like they are watching me waiting for me to fail.
So here is the biggest question. How do you know that your doing it right? How do I know what to teach her in Science or Social Studies? Those are probably the two subjects I have the most problems with. To be honest, I don't like Social Studies at all, but am learning with my daughter and I love Science, but I love the experiments, not the learning part (guess that is the kid in me).
Any help will be greatly appreciated!