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I am having a hard time with finding and picking a curriculum for my kiddos.

How did you ladies choose one and what are you using and why?

Because I don't know what or if I'm doing this right.

My girls are in 8th, 5th and 4th.

EDIT: Thank you for all that has replied (and whoo hoo featured) My computer is getting cleaned and im on my cell. I am slowly (very slowly) looking at everything and will respond to you all soon.

We went to a teacher store today and I got alot of posters (will post pictures when I get them up) my youngest needs to see something. The store was having a huge sale.

We had a family meeting of what they want. They are thinking about it and looking into something and we are going to talk about it again tomorrow.
by on Feb. 28, 2014 at 2:12 AM
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by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 12:38 AM
Thats my youngest she changes her learning style every day or week it feels.

Thanks for the help.

Quoting oahoah:

We've gone thru a lot of different ones in our 3 years and I think a lot of it boils down to your child's learning style, which is harder for some people to determine. I have just figured out that my oldest (9) is a visual learner (charts/movies/hands-on stuff) but when I revealed this to my DH, he said "oh yeah, I thought you new that!"  Anyway... I will just throw out some of our curriculum we have used and love: Apologia science, Heart of Dakota, Ambleside Online (Charlotte Mason), America the Beautiful by Notgrass Publications.

I just checked out a great book from our library & I am getting so many wonderful ideas and websites and resources and I plan on buying it and recommending it to everyone I can! It is called The Ultimate Book of Homeschooling Ideas (5oo+ fun and creative learning activities) by Linda Dobson  although it does say for ages 3-12 , I found some ideas in the book I thought were more appropriate for late middle-school / early high-school.

What makes you think you are doing it wrong? I think a lot of confidence comes from time and experience; I have gotten more relaxed as we have progressed but I still have days where I panic and worry we aren't doing enough or have jumped around too much.  I have enjoyed going to a couple of regular moms support groups (found through Yahoo groups) and joining a co-op, (although after 3 years we are going to quit this spring) and a lot of inspiration and motivation from online blogs or group.  Hang in there, it will be easier some days than others!

by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Thank you. They are getting back to me on what they want out of this. I am giving them a day to think it over.

Quoting NYCitymomx3:

It's really a matter of what your child responds best with.  And all 3 kids may like different things.  Sit with them and ask.  Do they think they may like workbooks and textbooks or an online program.  Are they good writers or readers?  Are there any learning issues?  What kind of daily or weekly schedule are you thinking of?  

After writing down a bunch of information, I would suggest looking at for other people's opinions.  You can order things from Rainbow Resources, Christian Books, or the individual product websites.  Try a variety of things.  There are also many free resources available (literature, websites, workbooks/textbooks from the library, lesson plans, curriculums, art/craft ideas, study guides, etc). 

If the kids are new to homeschooling, I suggest a period of "deschooling" (at least a few months).  This is where they spend the day following their interests (with you facilitating), spending time with you (home and out), and finding out who they are, what they like, and what they want.  

I chose programs for my ds based on his input, interests, retention level, etc.  I tweak everything for our needs.  He'll be 13 next week and he's currently in 7th grade.

Good luck!  Hope that helped!

by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 12:40 AM
Thanks for the information it is helping alot.

Quoting Chasing3:

i buy individual pieces.

I use MathUSee, but might pick something else in the future. (on my list of other options are: Saxon or Teaching Textbooks or MathMammoth)

I use SpellWell and am not liking it much anymore and am thinking of switching to Spelling Power workbooks

I use WordlyWIse and still pretty much like it. But I have thought of switchin or adding Vocabulary from Classical Roots.

I use a fluency practice program called OneMinuteReader and have loved it for years and am on the last set of books. I may switch to their school verision called Read Naturally Encore Series for next year as it goes to higher reading levels. But it's about $130 for half a year of the program. So, I bought one of these books used to see if it would give me similar practice passages for a much cheaper price. It hasn't arrived yet and it's from a used seller for a whopping $5, so I hope it's not completely written in and I can use it! I use a variety of real books and some workbooks for grammar and writing and comprehension practice.

I can't stand my grammar book (it's called Ridgewood Grammar), but I got it free and have next years' book also free, so I'll try to muddle through them. 

I use older, used school textbooks for science and social studies, but we kind of only use it as a launching point for finding hands-on science projects and other reading materials for both SS and Sci.

I'm considering a few different science options next year and am going to come up wth my own units for a few different science topics that parallel what the local schools do at that grade. I'm looking at dvds from or these books

I kinda have no idea on social studies and will probalby wing it in that area.

I"m comtemplating going with IEW for writing, but may stick with what I've been doing for one more year, which is sort of winging it, using a simple textbook and expanding on that for having my ds do final writing passages.

Then, we take a lot of classes we find locally, have done several in science and art. And we do "PE" at a local gym where I convinced a personal trainer to work with us once a week for a low price so we can run around on their indoor turf for an hour a week. Then, he has a bunch of extra curriculat activities in sports and art. We are slackers on music. 

by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 12:42 AM
I am the same way. I feel like I am not doing a good job and get upset with myself. I like the hard work to be done for me but the reality of it is finding the right set is the hard work.

Quoting hipmomto3:

For me personally, I prefer having everything all planned out for me. However, those types of programs can get pretty expensive (usually). So some years I buy that, and some years I piece it together. On the piece it together years, I always feel kind of frenetic and worry we are missing things. Next year is definitely going to be a pre-packaged curriculum year for us!

Other than that, it's down to trial and error. You can read a lot of reviews of various programs and then go from there. Some companies have demos or even free samples on their websites so you can test things out. See if there are homeschool conventions near you - these are great opportunities to see the materials live in person and ask the rep questions. I was afraid to go to my first one because being "sold to" really stresses me out, but I realized that's not really what happens at the conventions. The salespeople are there and are ready to answer questions, but for the most part they just want you to look at their offerings and they usually give you a % off coupon to use online when you DO order, later on.

by on Mar. 2, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Whole Brain Teaching (explained in the first link) teaches to all the learning styles.  Scientific studies show that with this method, children learn faster, retain more, love learning, and it improves the health of the brain. 



Quoting Jakana2369

One day I think I have her learning style down then the next day its different.

Quoting romacox:

1.  Understanding your child's learning style is the first step.  2. How To Home School explains the different methods used by home educators. 

by on Mar. 7, 2014 at 4:05 AM

Hi, I have a 3rd grader, a 7th grader and a kinder. I have used so many different curriculums but the ones I feel work are:

3rd and 7th For math-Teaching Textbooks

My kinder I use enVision for math the tear and take tablet.

For History I use off and on from Splash publishing.

I have used Lapbooks which my kids love. I only use them on my kinder now. But I let her chose what animal or subject she wants to learn about.

My 3rd and 7th grader are learning about Elements and the book I am using for that is from Rainbow Resource, its' called The Elements Ingredients of the Universe

For Language Arts for 3rd and 7th I am using G.U.M. bought from zaner-bloser.

My Kinder is using Explode the Code 

I get projects for them as well, clay, wood, painting, mosaic stepping stones. 

We also have done alot of dissecting which they loved. I got the specimens from Home Science Tools. 

For P.E. we play games that deal with balance, coordination, cooperation, challenges, team work, how to properly stretch and so on. 

Last, it will take time to figure out what works for your kids. I have changed things around so many times and I still do as their intrests change and grade levels get more demanding. 

Good Luck!

by on Mar. 10, 2014 at 8:22 PM

I found the k12 curriculum back in 2001 and loved it then and we still use it.

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