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Long story short. I have 3 girls dd1(13yrs 8th grade) is doing great in ps. Dd2(10yrs 5th grade) is being bullied and hates school. Dd3 (9yrs and 4th grade) have learning disabilities and is getting left behind. She has autio/visual processing disorder and is dyslexic. She has an iep and goes with her special teacher everyday for 45 minutes with 4 other kids.


I am pulling the younger 2 and hsing after the holidays. School is out in about 3 weeks and it gives me time to figure out what I am doing.

I know my laws (in colorado). I just dont know where to start. I tried looking online and get over whelmed.

What do you all use/do. Online curriculum or something else? If so what? Any and all info would be great help.
by on Nov. 9, 2013 at 12:03 AM
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jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:06 PM
Thank you for the info. I looked into the website and I am going to do a little more digging around it.


Quoting debramommyof4:

Try looking at lessonpathways.com. it will cover both girls. And give you some ideas about what they need to learn.



I do history and science together for all my kids and it helps keep our day at a less stressful pace.



You could even do literature on the same level and read to them. Then have them do similar work that is on their levels.



Math would definitely have to be on each of their own levels as well as grammar, spelling and handwriting.

jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:07 PM
Do you order the workbooks on line or at the book store?


Quoting Jinx-Troublex3:

4th-5th grade with the issues you describe, I would school them the same.



We like Easy grammar, Write Source and All About Spelling (AAS), for language arts. AAS is multisensory and designed for kids with issues. Easy grammar has short workbook pages and we dont work cover to cover. We skip around to keep it interesting.



Math I adore MUS though DD isnt getting the multiplication as well as I would like so we supplement that with flashcards and online games.



For DS, who is a visual learner, it is Teaching Textbooks. We started him on MUS but he became overwhelmed and we decided to try TT.

He loves it and does well in it.

jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:09 PM
Dh and I talked about it and we thought non religious would work best for our 5th grader.

Thanks for the help.


Quoting PurpleCupcake:

First decide religious or non religious curriculum...Will cut choices down.

Then think about what kind of learner your child is.

Decide your budget. 

Buy supplies (filler paper, copy paper, notebooks, binders, folders, pens, pencils, composition notebooks & art supplies)

Check dollar stores for workbooks (handwriting, letters, numbers, shapes, colors)

Check local goodwill and thrift stores for used curriculum you can use, Harcourt and prentice hall are great .


jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:11 PM
I might pull them sooner. I broke my left ankle so i cant drive them.So we will probably do non school tell the first of the year.


Quoting NYCitymomx3:

My advice is to not try and do things the way schools do.  You don't have to anymore.  Start slow, allowing for a period of deschooling.  It's ok that they treat every day like a Saturday for a few months.  Use this time to really get to know each other, play games, watch movies, go to museums, etc.  Then ease into a curriculum.  You can print things off the web (worksheets, puzzles, etc), check out some workbooks and programs at the bookstore, or maybe just piece some things together yourself based on how you know they learn.  THIS is a great reference for what to cover in each grade.  

Homeschooling is way more efficient - I'm done with seatwork in a couple of hours.  Then my ds spends the rest of his afternoon pursuing his own interests, hanging out with friends. going to his MMA boxing class, or maybe get together with our homeschool group for a field trip.  

My ds is dyslexic with processing issues as well.   I am happy to say he has consistently remained at or above grade level in all subjects.  He can even read out loud quickly, fluently, and clearly without any hint of an issue.  I homeschool the way that workds for HIM.  No stress and life is wonderful.

Good luck on your new homeschooling journey!


jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:14 PM
Wow thanks for all the info. How long have you been homeschooling? You seem to know ALOT about it.


Quoting Bleacheddecay:

I agree about reading up on different methods. Then give yourself some time to let your head clear because yes, it's likely to be spinning.

When I first took my kids out we did some workbooks from the parent / teacher store but you can also get them at Sams club and any bookstore. We used the library constantly too. That was it.

Here are my best tips for new homeschoolers. I wrote it for teen students but most of it fits for any age.


1. Look up your state laws. Make sure you are in compliance. I like this site
rather than HSLDA


http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/directory/Legalities.htm


2. Decide what your mutual goals for the future of your student are, high
school degree, GED, college and so on.


3. Find out your teen's best learning styles. I'd use POC4U to aide this.


http://www.edudps.com/poc4u.html


4. Research ways to do an education along with your teen. I recommend The
Teenage Liberation Handbook
.


5. Pick out curriculum (if any)  WITH your teen. I do not recommend buying a
full curriculum the first year. It tends to lead to frustration and a waste of
money.


6. Be flexible, expect change.


7. Locate local groups and resources.


8. Don't forget to make it fun, relax now and then, just enjoy each
other.


9. Be sure to keep your student in touch with any friends they really want to
spend time with and which you do not feel are a really bad influence.

And finally, relax, relax, relax. The very best thing you can do is
de-school. Let your students find what their are passions and pursue them.


I have one that has won a four year academic scholarship and one that has won
a renewable athletic scholarship. That's only my student athlete's first college
visit and offer. There are more offers to come.


Stressing over making your child learn or doing what the public or private
schools are doing or doing enough won't help you or them. I wish someone had
told me that when I began and that I could have wrapped my head around it and
believed it.


Love them. Like them. Trust them. Support their dreams even when you don't
like or understand what they are. This is the best gift you can give anyone.
It's also a gift that will allow them to do things that will impress you over
the years.

BD


jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:16 PM
Thank you! How long have you been homeschooling?


Quoting tuffymama:

I found a few sites and books that have helped me by checking out recommendations from The National Center for Learning Disabilities. I have nothing to add to the technical advice here, but I want to second the recommendation to deschool for a while. You can research recommendations for the length of time devoted to deschooling, but it ultimately depends on your kids and your family structure. I took a couple of months off with ODS when I withdrew him from (his miserable experience with) PS, but because he is a natural bookworm with a very active, inquisitive mind, he was unintentionally, voraciously unschooling during that time. ;0)

Please allow me to assuage your fears and address your apprehension. Homeschooling is going to feel so overwhelming in the beginning, but it really becomes very natural for most families who attempt it! I have a four year old ASD LO, and I've been handling his speech and OT on top of school, plus running a growing home business. We cook everything from scratch in our house and I devote a lot of time to sourcing organic, sustainable foods and materials, which I have to do because of LO's ASD and my health issues. I have slow thyroid and adrenal fatigue, and I'm not kidding when I tell you that there is NO WAY I could do all that I do if I had to take this child to outside school, speech therapy, OT, etc. Homeschooling is very fluid for us, and fits seamlessly into our lifestyle. I think we each have our unique set of challenges and talents, and you will make this work for you.

I've bought most everything we use for homeschooling secondhand, and we get a lot of value out of our Amazon Prime membership. The good news is, considering you have three kids, you probably already own most of what you need to get started. A library card and Internet access are the very basic necessities, and believe it or not, many, many parents homeschool with just those resources. Don't forget that way back in the olden days before institutionalized education (and before the Internet!) in this country, twelve year olds had learned more than the average college graduate of today. Books are the cornerstone of real education.

In the beginning, I spent just a few minutes a day for a few days researching learning styles and homeschool teaching methods, and it is a task I repeat every now and then to both reinforce my decisions and expand my perspective, and I do tweak minor things here and there all the time. I pray for our homeschooling efforts, and I purposely cultivate gratitude that we have this opportunity, even when (and especially when) LO is at his most challenging. A relaxed attitude and open-minded research will help you decide your approach and build your confidence while you deschool the kids and get comfortable in the mindset of a homeschooling mama. Welcome aboard!

ambcortez
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:20 PM

I grew up using Abeka, so that's what I'm teaching with. The cirriculum is pricy, but my Mom offered to help pay half for me. The material is easy (for me, at least) because the teacher books tell you how to teach and what to say, basically. I'm teaching 2nd grade to DS and Kindergarten for DD (7 and 4). This is my second year teaching.

jakana2369
by Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 9:27 PM
Abeka is religious base? My 5th grader is autistic and was a hard time mixing the to. Thanks for the help.


Quoting ambcortez:

I grew up using Abeka, so that's what I'm teaching with. The cirriculum is pricy, but my Mom offered to help pay half for me. The material is easy (for me, at least) because the teacher books tell you how to teach and what to say, basically. I'm teaching 2nd grade to DS and Kindergarten for DD (7 and 4). This is my second year teaching.


Bleacheddecay
by Bronze Member on Nov. 10, 2013 at 10:06 PM

I've been done about two years. We did it for 9 years.


Quoting jakana2369:

Wow thanks for all the info. How long have you been homeschooling? You seem to know ALOT about it.


Quoting Bleacheddecay:

I agree about reading up on different methods. Then give yourself some time to let your head clear because yes, it's likely to be spinning.

When I first took my kids out we did some workbooks from the parent / teacher store but you can also get them at Sams club and any bookstore. We used the library constantly too. That was it.

Here are my best tips for new homeschoolers. I wrote it for teen students but most of it fits for any age.


1. Look up your state laws. Make sure you are in compliance. I like this site
rather than HSLDA


http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/directory/Legalities.htm


2. Decide what your mutual goals for the future of your student are, high
school degree, GED, college and so on.


3. Find out your teen's best learning styles. I'd use POC4U to aide this.


http://www.edudps.com/poc4u.html


4. Research ways to do an education along with your teen. I recommend The
Teenage Liberation Handbook
.


5. Pick out curriculum (if any)  WITH your teen. I do not recommend buying a
full curriculum the first year. It tends to lead to frustration and a waste of
money.


6. Be flexible, expect change.


7. Locate local groups and resources.


8. Don't forget to make it fun, relax now and then, just enjoy each
other.


9. Be sure to keep your student in touch with any friends they really want to
spend time with and which you do not feel are a really bad influence.

And finally, relax, relax, relax. The very best thing you can do is
de-school. Let your students find what their are passions and pursue them.


I have one that has won a four year academic scholarship and one that has won
a renewable athletic scholarship. That's only my student athlete's first college
visit and offer. There are more offers to come.


Stressing over making your child learn or doing what the public or private
schools are doing or doing enough won't help you or them. I wish someone had
told me that when I began and that I could have wrapped my head around it and
believed it.


Love them. Like them. Trust them. Support their dreams even when you don't
like or understand what they are. This is the best gift you can give anyone.
It's also a gift that will allow them to do things that will impress you over
the years.

BD




ambcortez
by Member on Nov. 11, 2013 at 1:57 AM
It is, but I skip the extreme bits. It's mostly in the reading books, but not in much else.

Quoting jakana2369:

Abeka is religious base? My 5th grader is autistic and was a hard time mixing the to. Thanks for the help.


Quoting ambcortez:

I grew up using Abeka, so that's what I'm teaching with. The cirriculum is pricy, but my Mom offered to help pay half for me. The material is easy (for me, at least) because the teacher books tell you how to teach and what to say, basically. I'm teaching 2nd grade to DS and Kindergarten for DD (7 and 4). This is my second year teaching.




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