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Hi all!  We're looking at taking our three boys (10, 6 and 5) out of public school and venture into homeschooling.  This came to a head over the last couple of weeks. 

I've already done the research for our state laws (need 14 days notice of intent and some state testing at certain grades). 

I'm mostly looking for advice and support.  Advice in what has worked for you ladies and what works for you as well as reviews of the different types of homeschooling stuff out there. 

My family is supportive, but they are 2000 miles away.  I'm expecting to catch hell from my SIL (she'll claim I brainwashed DH) as she is a teacher. 


Anywho, nice to meet everyone and I look forward to getting to know you. 


Malauree

by on Oct. 3, 2013 at 7:32 PM
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ablackdolphin
by Bronze Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 12:03 AM

Welcome!! I'm new this year as well but I spent a lot of time looking for programs.  I attended a local expo 3 yrs in a row (see if your state has one) and that REALLY helped me!!  My DD is now 4.

I'm using and LOVE: Handwriting without tears (very fun program with lots of variety, they have free webinars, one next week), RightStart Math (abacus based, I'm a CPA and really think they've nailed it for making math fun and easy!), Apologia Science (using Astronomy now), Real Science for Kids, Ooka Island for reading and Magic School Bus DVDs ad monthly science kits.

Check out the Homeschool Buyers coop (online), it's free to join and they have some great offers.  They also have free trial offers for many online programs, which is really nice. I did this for Ooka Island (reading program with sounds, blends, stories, etc, it's an adventure game).

brennan5882300
by Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Homeschooled kids have been able to participate in the public school band/orchestra programs where I live in IL--hopefully you won't have an issue. 


Quoting NdAppy:

You ladies are awesome. 

I know that we are going with the Saxon math for my oldest as he did the best with him and that is his learning style.  The rest is still up in the air.  The last two weeks or so we have been traveling (ND to southern Cali, and now back to ND today, all driving lol).  I do hope that we can work with the school to keep my oldest in band.  He just started the saxaphone and loves it, otherwise he really, really needs out of the school system.



NdAppy
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 9:58 AM

As far as I am aware, there is none in the area (rural North Dakota), but I will keep looking for that option as well. 

Quoting usmom3:

 You should check & see if there is a homeschool band or orchestra he can join.

Quoting NdAppy:

You ladies are awesome. 

I know that we are going with the Saxon math for my oldest as he did the best with him and that is his learning style.  The rest is still up in the air.  The last two weeks or so we have been traveling (ND to southern Cali, and now back to ND today, all driving lol).  I do hope that we can work with the school to keep my oldest in band.  He just started the saxaphone and loves it, otherwise he really, really needs out of the school system.

 


NdAppy
by on Oct. 4, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Thanks ablackdolphin.  I'll check those out as well. 

brennan5882300 - I'm hoping their will not be an issues.  I don't think the band teacher will be a problem, she's awesome, but I have a feeling the elementary school principle will make things hell.  Have dealt with her over bullying and death threats my kids were receiving and she blew it off.  Actually had to have the local law enforcement involved and go to the school as she just didn't want to deal with the situation within the school and felt that the parents needed to deal with it, not her, though it was happening on school grounds.  sorry for the rant. 

KickButtMama
by Shannon on Oct. 4, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Greetings Malauree,


I HS my 2 boys - ages 12 & 9. We do a combination of styles - co-operative classes, online lessons (via Khan academy, time4learning, studies weekly, etc) and independant/child-led learning. The kids have to do about 1 hour of online learning every day, and they do their co-op classes twice a week. The child-led learning they do a few hours a week. SO really it's super easy to be homeschoolers in our state - no testing or anything is required. 

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usmom3
by BJ on Oct. 4, 2013 at 12:07 PM

 Yeah, some places have them & others don't.

Quoting NdAppy:

As far as I am aware, there is none in the area (rural North Dakota), but I will keep looking for that option as well. 

Quoting usmom3:

 You should check & see if there is a homeschool band or orchestra he can join.

Quoting NdAppy:

You ladies are awesome. 

I know that we are going with the Saxon math for my oldest as he did the best with him and that is his learning style.  The rest is still up in the air.  The last two weeks or so we have been traveling (ND to southern Cali, and now back to ND today, all driving lol).  I do hope that we can work with the school to keep my oldest in band.  He just started the saxaphone and loves it, otherwise he really, really needs out of the school system.

 


 

maggiemom2000
by Member on Oct. 4, 2013 at 11:10 PM
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We love our workboxes!

How Workboxes Work in our House

We are a couple of weeks into our second year of homeschool at our house. One thing that we have found works well for us is the Workboxes system. I must admit I never read "the book", Sue Patrick's Workbox System. I read a lot of blogs, looked at a lot of photos and came up with our own version of the system.
For the first time this year the boys are enrolled in the California Virtual Academy (CAVA) which uses the K12 curriculum. I find it is easy to use the Workboxes with this curriculum. (EDIT: We left CAVA/K12 after 6 weeks)
I have one child who is easy to homeschool. He is organized, and will sit quietly and do "seatwork". If I were just working with him I wouldn't need any kind of "system".
My other child is not that way. He has been diagnosed with ADHD and OCD. I know some people don't like labels for their kids. For me, it helps to remind me that I didn't do, or not do anything to cause the way he goes through life. I can't change him, but I can help to try and give him tools to make it easier to get through life. With this child, I needed a "system'!
While I try and make the kids assignments not to "schooly" and avoid worksheets and generally boring busy work, there still needs to be a way to get through the curriculum. The Workboxes help with this. I find that it does several things that are particularly helpful for a child with ADHD:
  • It helps with organization.
  • It is visual and tactile. He can see how much work (how many boxes) need to get done. He physically moves the tag off the box and onto the chart when he is finished with it.
  • It is self rewarding in that he can see the number of tags increase on his chart and feel a sense of accomplishment.
  • It is not so overwhelming to have one task in a box. It doles things out in small enough chunks for him.
  • It takes away me being the one telling him to do each assignment. Instead he just takes a box off the shelf. I find this leads to fewer power struggles.
  • It gives him a sense of control. I allow him to choose which box to do next, he doesn't need to do them in any specific order.
  • It helps me to insert more fun stuff and games. When I put the game in the box the night before I'm not overwhelmed and ready to quit for the day! Before, by the time I got through math, writing, science, etc. I was too tired to say "Let's play Scrabble!" But when it is on one of the boxes it is different.
  • It promotes independence. He chooses a box and starts working on it on his own (unless it is a "MOM" box, then he brings it to me for us to do together).
With my first child, I just had to tell him how the system works, once. With my second child it took a bit more work. The first week with the workboxes there were boxes and tags and supplies EVERYWHERE! It took some time, and lots of one on one to teach him to take down one box, finish it, move the tag, put it away, then take the next box. I think just learning a routine like that is valuable in itself.


This is what it looks like:
I was able to use some shelves that we already had for the workboxes. Each child has 12 boxes, and I usually "fill" 9-12 boxes each day. At first I thought, how will I ever fill 12 boxes, that is WAY too much! When I started doing it I quickly realized that it wasn't too much, because many of the boxes have short activities. Plus, I needed lots of boxes so that I could add lots of "fun" stuff. My kids love the Active Activity Cards. I downloaded those and made more of my own.

I was amazed at first to find that if I put it into a Workbox, they just did it. It was that easy.

When they finish a box, they pull off the tag and and place it on their chart.

I have one child who always carefully places each tag on his chart in numerical order. My other child is a bit less orderly with how he gets his number tags onto his chart. I'll leave you to figure out who does it which way.


This system also keeps ME organized and on track. 
I'm much less likely to get too tired at some point and just put something off until the next day (and the next). I keep things on hand to add to the boxes to keep things interesting and "hand on". In addition to my shelves full of supplies I have this little cart with little games, math manipulatives, hands on science equipment and other supplies. I find that if it is within reach I'm much more likely to take advantage of it.

It is a lot of organization up front, but not too difficult to maintain!

Added January, 2013

More resources:
Workbox Tags
More Workbox Tags
Workboxables

More on using workboxes with a child with ADHD/Aspergers, or similar challenges:
Get Creative!
Fun Workboxes
Workboxes and Power Struggles
NdAppy
by on Oct. 6, 2013 at 4:17 PM

The workboxes are a really neat idea!  I'm going to get that book and look into that option as well.  

I have everything together to take to the superindent tomorrow for the required statement of intent. 

NdAppy
by on Oct. 7, 2013 at 7:43 PM

Took the statement in today.  Not real impressed.  I've gotten emails from the principal telling me to "not do anything drastic" and that she didn't know there were problems, etc, etc, along with some snarky attitude from the superintendent about not have the oldest there for testing.  He was more pissed he I qouted the state's century code to him about required testing.  Not a real asupicious start to the week.

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