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Quit homeschool this year...thinking might go back to it next year....advice?

Posted by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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We started homeschooling my oldest last spring....did the last part of 1st grade at home and then started 2nd grade.   I also have a 5 year old (who is just now starting to do some K work) and a 1 year old.    We had also just relocated to a new area, moved twice between apartment and house and yes....I bought the WRONG curriculum for my kid and me.   So we quit and I put my son back in public school.   He is doing well, and his teacher says he's brilliant, but they move soooo slow for him.   And well, there's some rif raff I'd prefer to keep him away from.

So we are thinking of doing homeschool next year and giving it a more well prepared, whole hearted go at it.   Life is much more settled sine moving and my youngest is a little easier to deal wtih as she gets older.

How do I use the time between now and summer to prepare?   We used Bob Jones curriculum videos and my son hated it.   He likes workbooks and me to explain things.   I'm thinking either A.C.E or Alpha Omega Lifepacs might do well for him and give us time to explore extra science things he's interested in. 

Any suggestiosn on those curriculums or how to prepare for next year?

by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 2:23 PM
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by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:16 PM
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Since "School in a box" did not work for you the first time,  you might want to consider some of the other methods used by home educators.  You might even want to write some of your own lessons.  Knowing grade level requirements (adjusting to your child's uniqueness of course)  makes that rather easy.

Knowing your child's learning style can save lots of money on curriculum that simply does not work for your children.  Following are two articles to help you decide:

How To Home School (Methods, grade level requirements, learning styles and more)

Lesson Plans That Motivate

by Sonja on Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:41 PM
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Hi.  :)  I think its great that you are reconsidering homeschooling as an option for your children's education. Here is a little bit of an encouragement frome me to you......

The Ten Most Important Things

You Need to Know About Homeschooling

1. Homeschooling is life changing. It creates personal growth for both the parent and the child. You (the parent) get a second chance to re-discover your own special genius, while you help your children discover theirs. Nothing you will ever do will have a more profound effect on your child and your family's future as homeschooling.

2. You are qualified to homeschool your children if you love to read to them, love to spend time with them, love to explore the world with them, love to see them learn new things and, most important, love them. 

3. Children love to learn. It is as natural to them as breathing. They have an inborn hunger to explore the world and examine what is interesting. They learn by following their interests, with one interest leading to another. This is the way we all learned as younger children and how as adults we learn after we leave school. Homeschooling families learn together and know that learning is a life-long process.

4. Homeschooling is legal everywhere in the United States, but homeschooling laws vary from state to state. The three basic categories for homeschooling laws are: home education laws, private school laws, and equivalency laws. The best way to find out what your state laws are is to contact a local support group in your area. To contact a representative from your state, please visit our list of local homeschooling groups. They are well versed in your states particular laws and regulations and can assist you.

5. It does not take six to eight hours a day to homeschool your child. Most of the time children spend at school consists of waiting. Design a plan that works for your family and be prepared to scratch it several times and start over. Don't sacrifice your family's happiness to "school" your children. There are many ways families homeschool; find what works for you and your family.

6. Your child will not become a social misfit. Children do not need to be socialized in a large group of same-age children to become well adjusted socially. Quite the opposite. Most parents want their children to learn their social graces from adults, not other children. Homeschoolers have healthy relationships with people of all ages, including the new mother next door, the retired couple who loves to garden, their friends at ballet, 4-H and Karate and, most important, their parents.

7. You will not have to teach algebra unless you really want to. It is not necessary to teach pre-algebra to ten year olds. When your teen decides to become a scientist, or is ready to explore the requirements of college admission, together you will explore the ways they can learn algebra: in a community college class, with a tutor, or through text books.  After years of using math in their daily lives, homeschooled teens are well equipped to teach themselves higher math. Don't worry about it when they are ten.

8. You will question yourself a lot. Maybe several times a day in the beginning. This is normal. Find a fellow homeschooling friend. Support each other. Tell each other that it's okay to sometimes feel that your children didn't seem to learn anything on a given day. They did, and so did you! 

9. You do not have to starve or live in a tent to homeschool your children. Thousands of homeschooling families are able to make the money they need and homeschool their children at the same time. While you create a family business or dream job, or restructure your current job, your children will learn the most important skill of all- how to create the life of their dreams.

10. Trust in your child. They learned how to love, smile, crawl, walk, talk, run, dress themselves, and understand their world before starting school, and they will continue to grow and learn without school.

by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 5:47 PM
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 like roma suggested find out what his learning style is, look for curr that will cater to that, if hes into workbooks alpha omega is a good one(those are both christian) theres also spectrium(not sure of the spelling) non christian

gather games that he will enjoy

are you gona be teaching the other kids at home also?

find a good science magazine and subscribe,

gather all your needed supplies- books, pencils paper, craft stuff, microscope, slides, magnifing glass, etc

buy a good atlas that has the whole world on it, and all the towns and cities and etc on it

buy some poster maps for the walls of usa and world

by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 6:34 PM

 I hate curriculum. I've studied Charlotte Mason for the past 3 years and fell in love with it. The only curriculum we use is something from A Beka for his phonics and early spelling... Other than that, we use lots of eclectic, home made stuff. I'll get more into the curriculum when he's in high school and actually needs to have facts learned.

 We use LOTS of library books on certain subjects and will spend a lot of time on one topic until he has really gotten into the time period and really knows the topic he's studying. I love Charlotte Mason Method. I realize it is not for a lot of moms, but it certainly works for us.  I would suggest strongly looking into it. I love it.    

by on Nov. 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

I think you should do some online research.  Read some books about homeschooling.  Get some curriculum samples or really look at stuff online / if you have friends that can let you see their stuff.  Decide what you would use and how you would implement it.  Then seriously consider if you are going to stick with it.  I do not believe that the public schools in some areas can do a better job then a parent.  Our ps was horrible.   And we move alot because of the military.  My reasons for homeschooling are a closer more intimate relationship with my children, a consistant homeschooling enviornment and continuity in their education paced precisely for them.  

I am a firm believer that it takes a year to find that groove.  It took us all last year to get used to it AND 3k in purchasing curriculum that worked for us.  I started with K12 independent study for all classes.  It was too much work for her.  It drove me nuts because too much of it was online/ I had to sit with a Teachers guide. She did not retain the material from lesson to lesson.  I needed to adjust my teaching style and she needed time to adapt from private school to homeschool.  It takes time and being attentive to what is working, adapting and then monitoring those changes.   

If you are going to start give up and start give up there is not going to be any consistancy in your children's edcuation.  So make sure you are going to stick it out.  Even if you buy the wrong thing again this year you can over come it with time.  You just have to put forth the effort.  There are a ton of women who will work with you.  They can give you pointers based on how your child is responding. They can tell you what has worked for them.  But you have to observe and change too.  

For example:

Old Curriculum f(k12) we used for history dd would sit at the computer and read the online book or listen to it go through the lesson work on the map and the next day forget it all.

This frustrated me to no end!

Then I bought History Odyssey.  Secular Classical Education material I was excited.  For me there was not enough of "do this today" it was more "do this for this unit."  Which is okay but not ideal... Story of the World was incorportated into HO so I tried SOTW. 

SOTW had that "do this today" factor I wanted (If you read "the well trained mind" before starting the curriculum).  But was not as complete as I wanted I was always having to hit the library for the recommended literature options.  DD also had issues with responding to questions and narration a the time.  This was something I discovered just came with time.  We had never done it before so she had to get used to what she was doing.  Plus she had to work on her listening and attention to someone reading to her skills.  

All of that happened in one year.  What progress can you make hopping around like that... Not much We did Ancient Rome with K12 and then we made it through Ancient Egypt.  After months of contemplation (over the school year and summer) This is what I am sticking with through 8th grade:

This year I started with SL World History (elementary level).  I decided buy the older IG's because they are easier to secularize then the new ones and I add in SOTW stories as they pertain to the subject matter, use the map activities.  I alternate between the coloring pages and activities that are in SOTW and add in some crafts I find online that pertain to the topic.  I find movies online and find trips we can take that are relevant.  Because of how the SL guides are tabbed I plan 9 weeks at a time.  Take a week off and plan the next 9 weeks during that week.  Putting all the "extras" in the binder so I don't forget or have to find them on the spot.  

This takes a ton of effort on my part.  But it has brought my dd and I closer as we cuddle up for our readings and have much more hands on activities that are geared towards her creative side.  This is just one subject.  I have done it for all of them.  And so has just about every other mom out there that hs.  You need to decide FIRST though.  And then stick with the decision.  


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