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homeschool question

Posted by on Jul. 23, 2014 at 12:06 PM
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I'm new here and have a few questions. I am in the process of enrolling my kindergartener in connections academy but I am very interested in choosing our own curriculum but I am clueless! First off how do I go about that? We are on a limited budget so I don't have a ton of money to spend. Also if for some reason we decided to put her back in public school how is that transition? And if we are homeschooling and move states how would that work? I know each state has different laws for homeschool.
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MamaLauri
by Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 2:11 PM

Most if not all schools have the right to test a child coming from outside their district. But most homeschooled children do better than public schooled children. So I would not worry about that.

You can put together your own curriculum, which is usually better because you can individualize for your child. It is wise to at least meet the minimum National Standards, but not all states require it. Find out the min your state requires, and hopefully do more.

http://www.4mylearn.org/EducationStandards.html provides an overview of the  Common Core State Standards for math and english arts; Next Generation Science Standards; College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and links to the official sites.  Today, only the Common Core is mandated by most states. The social studies and science standards are more recent, so not all states require them, but are expected in the near future, so it is wise to teach to these.

The following links provide summaries of the standards:

http://www.4mylearn.org/CCSS-Math.html

http://www.4mylearn.org/CCSS-ELA.html

http://www.4mylearn.org/NEXT_GENERATION_SCIENCE_STANDARDS.html


http://www.4mylearn.org/C3_FRAMEWORK_FOR_SOCIAL_STUDIES.html

Some suggestions for kindergarten:

The first one is joyfully building the eye to mouth pathways, Read-along Songbooks (http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/Bookshelf.html#songBooks ). This develops reading, verbal, and interaction skills. If she is ready she could move along to the Read-Along Phonics Storybooks http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/Bookshelf.html#littleBooks 

The Read-Along Storybook Classics are geared to vocabulary development and love of reading of kids 3 years old and up, but 3rd grade reading. 

 The second activity is Tell-Me-A-Story Picture and Book of Pictures (http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/TellMe.html) to joyfully develop creative thinking and writing, by writing her own stories with these fanciful pictures. She creates and tells the story, you write her stories together. 

Third, at the bottom of http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/FunGames.html is a section called Letter and Number Fun. It has Letter Sounds, Letter Sound Songs, Word Building, and Alpha Animals to build phonics skills. Learn to print Small Letters, Capital Letters, and Numbers with poems and animations. I hope you have fun learning with these.

Schaiswife09
by New Member on Jul. 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM
Thank you :)

Quoting MamaLauri:

Most if not all schools have the right to test a child coming from outside their district. But most homeschooled children do better than public schooled children. So I would not worry about that.


You can put together your own curriculum, which is usually better because you can individualize for your child. It is wise to at least meet the minimum National Standards, but not all states require it. Find out the min your state requires, and hopefully do more.


http://www.4mylearn.org/EducationStandards.html provides an overview of the  Common Core State Standards for math and english arts; Next Generation Science Standards; College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards and links to the official sites.  Today, only the Common Core is mandated by most states. The social studies and science standards are more recent, so not all states require them, but are expected in the near future, so it is wise to teach to these.


The following links provide summaries of the standards:


http://www.4mylearn.org/CCSS-Math.html


http://www.4mylearn.org/CCSS-ELA.html


http://www.4mylearn.org/NEXT_GENERATION_SCIENCE_STANDARDS.html



http://www.4mylearn.org/C3_FRAMEWORK_FOR_SOCIAL_STUDIES.html


Some suggestions for kindergarten:


The first one is joyfully building the eye to mouth pathways, Read-along Songbooks (http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/Bookshelf.html#songBooks ). This develops reading, verbal, and interaction skills. If she is ready she could move along to the Read-Along Phonics Storybooks http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/Bookshelf.html#littleBooks 


The Read-Along Storybook Classics are geared to vocabulary development and love of reading of kids 3 years old and up, but 3rd grade reading. 



 The second activity is Tell-Me-A-Story Picture and Book of Pictures (http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/TellMe.html) to joyfully develop creative thinking and writing, by writing her own stories with these fanciful pictures. She creates and tells the story, you write her stories together. 


Third, at the bottom of http://www.4mylearn.org/Bookshelf/FunGames.html is a section called Letter and Number Fun. It has Letter Sounds, Letter Sound Songs, Word Building, and Alpha Animals to build phonics skills. Learn to print Small Letters, Capital Letters, and Numbers with poems and animations. I hope you have fun learning with these.

hipmomto3
by Bronze Member on Jul. 24, 2014 at 3:02 PM

IDK if I'd say "most homeschooled children do better" on tests. That's a pretty broad statement and I'm sure there are plenty of homeschooled children who are not up to par on grade level placement. My friend works as a SLP in the public schools and was in the office one day when a woman came in wanting to enroll her five homeschooled children and was angry that they'd all placed 1-2 years below grade level. The principal was trying to explain to her what areas she'd need to catch them up on in order for them to be placed in the right grade, otherwise they'd just fall farther behind. The teachers don't have time to remediate one student when they have 29 others ready to move on. She was livid! 

If you move to a new state, you have to find out that state's laws (hslda is a good source for this) and abide by them. Many are similar state to state, but some are very different.


KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 3:08 AM
Since we are sure we will homeschool all the way through to college, we aren't concerned at all about when the schools teach what. Example, say my 2nd grader is learning about ancient Egypt while most of the 2nd graders we live by are learning about the states. It is fine with me. However, if we were thinking about having to put them in school, I would want to know what the schools were covering.

You can actually get a scope and sequence from your local school district. You may have to be persistent and say your pleases and thank yous, but getting an idea of what is covered is an option for you.

KrissyKC
by Silver Member on Jul. 25, 2014 at 3:14 AM
As for homeschooling in diff states, that just depends on the states laws. You would have to do a little research.

As for k12. We tried connections when we lived in Ohio. I had one very, very advanced child and a rather peaceful toddler. I found it to be fun, but i wonder if my not so advanced kids would have done so well or if we could have managed it with a number of kids in the program. Also, it is mostly reading or watching the computer. Wouldn't work as well with kids who require movement and tactile experiences.

That being said, I still have their phonics program and have used it with the other kids. I love love love it..
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