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Stepping out on faith

Posted by on Dec. 20, 2014 at 3:36 PM
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Hello I have 5 children 3 of which are school aged and 2 not in school aged. I am currently using a k12 program and I am becoming unhappy with things there and I want to step out on faith and do my own curriculum. Where do you start? Where can you find them online to purchase and have shipped to you? Are there christian currirulums to use? How do you submit it to the state for approval? Do your kids have to take OAA and state test? Are there progress test to take for them to monitor your child? What if your child has an IEP? Anyone willing to help me through these anxieties until I feel I can comfortably step out on my own and start my journey? Anyone willing to email me personally to help discuss these concerns?( I am not on cafemom everyday but emails are sent to my phone) Any suggestions for someone starting this journey? I have a 6thn grader a repeating 3rd grader and a 1st grader.

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Precious333
by Julia on Dec. 20, 2014 at 4:14 PM
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Some of those questions depend on the state. I use classical conversations as my main curriculum (it is Christian based). I also have a math curriculum and some other additional curriculum
Jonasmom
by on Dec. 20, 2014 at 4:22 PM
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I built my own curriculum. We're not religious so I can't help you on that. I know someone who uses Abecka and they will be switching to a different curriculum next year.

The testing and what not really depends on your state. We don't need curriculum approval. Some choose to do testing at the end of the year, some do school through and umbrella school, we chose to do a portfolio and need to put papers in throughout the year to show growth and are required to keep it for 2 school years.
coala
by Gold Member on Dec. 20, 2014 at 5:16 PM
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First you need to start with your state laws.  Then you start looking around at curriculums.  There are so so many.  We have gone with a "boxed" curriculum because it is easier for us.  That means that everything we need for that grade is here in one shot by the same company.  We use ABeka.  WE LOVE this program.  I can't imagine using something else for my oldest.  My youngest isn't challenged enough and we may be switching that up to SonLight or CLE.  I'm not sure yet.  I will have to make a final decision by Spring when we order next years stuff.

Codysmom2106
by on Dec. 20, 2014 at 6:23 PM
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First off Welcome!  

Where do you start? When I was first looking into homeschooling our son I started with the state laws.  He was still in public school at the time so I needed to find out the proper and legal way to withdraw him.  I also wanted to make sure I was set up and ready to follow what was actually required vs. what was just  a recommendation.  So I would start with your state laws if you haven't already.

Where can you find them online to purchase and have shipped to you?For this part you can order most curriculum off of the web site of the company itself or look for it on ebay/amazon.  Rainbow Resources is another good place to look. Sometimes you can find it cheaper there.

 Are there christian currirulums to use? There are christian curriculums available.  What those particular ones are I am not positivie.  I think Rod and Staff may be one as well as Abeka.  I think there are a few more though.

How do you submit it to the state for approval? Do your kids have to take OAA and state test? Are there progress test to take for them to monitor your child? What if your child has an IEP? These you would have to check your state laws.  I know where we live one of the only requirements regarding testing is a standardized test every year and kept on record for one full year after.  Every state is different though.

Anyone willing to help me through these anxieties until I feel I can comfortably step out on my own and start my journey? Anyone willing to email me personally to help discuss these concerns?( I am not on cafemom everyday but emails are sent to my phone) Any suggestions for someone starting this journey? I have a 6thn grader a repeating 3rd grader and a 1st grader.

It all can see very overwhelming when you first start out on such a journey.  We started in January with my then 7 almost 8 year old second grader.  I spent months reading and researching.  Even after he came home I didn't start finding the right curriculum for him until April.  I just recently purchased the last part of it as we don't do a boxed curriculum.  I purchase different pieces from different companies as needed.  For example math is Math U see, Spelling is all about spelling, Shurely English (English), Apologia (Science), Story of the world (History).....etc.  The women in this group are amazing and a wealth of information.  I hope you get the answers that you are looking for and that you can enjoy your homeschooling journey.  All the best!

kirbymom
by Sonja on Dec. 20, 2014 at 7:16 PM

First of all..Hello! :)  and Welcome to the group! :) 

Secondly, you need to start with the homeschool laws of your state familiarize yourself with them.  Now for curriculum,  here are some links for christian curriculum...

http://www.crosswalk.com/family/homeschool/resources/totally-free-complete-curriculum-on-the-internet-901770.html

http://freechristiancurriculum.com/

http://allinonehomeschool.com/

http://www.learningbygrace.org/

http://www.letshomeschool.com/

http://www.idigitaltimes.com/articles/10625/20120804/top-17-free-elementary-reading-apps-android.htm

https://www.aophomeschooling.com/

http://amblesideonline.org/

http://www.liberty.edu/onlineacademy/curriculum/

http://www.successful-homeschooling.com/free-homeschooling-curriculum.html

These are just for starters. 

You can take any test you want even when the state doesn't require you to do so. Some moms here do that just to keep a tracking progress of sorts for themselves and their own record keeping. 

In the meantime, breath in and slowly breathe out. You will be fine. It can be a little overwhelming at first, but as you find your feet on the path you want to take, it goes a bit smoother.  If you need anything just ask, this is a great group to get support from. :)

rpowers12
by on Dec. 21, 2014 at 12:12 PM
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Thank you to everyone so much for your support. I will update shortky.

DyslexiaParent
by on Dec. 22, 2014 at 8:26 PM
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If your child is on an IEP, you might really benefit from the Learning Abled Kids' Yahoo support group.. It's a community of 1600+ moms homeschooling kids with learning disabilities.  There is so much you can do homeschooling a kid with LDs that can't be done as well in public school.. Feel free to email and ask me any questions you may have.

rpowers12
by on Dec. 31, 2014 at 6:43 PM

 

Thank you I will check it out. She doesnt have an IEP yet. She is repeating 3rd grade for the second time and her reading scores are plumetting still her OAA scores have gone backwards and the virtual acedemy we were in refused to test her. Said she was just distracted and lazy. Do you have a personal email address you would llike to email me from I am on that more than here. My email address is cpowers221@gmail.com if so. I would love to have a support person to help me through this process.

Quoting DyslexiaParent:

If your child is on an IEP, you might really benefit from the Learning Abled Kids' Yahoo support group.. It's a community of 1600+ moms homeschooling kids with learning disabilities.  There is so much you can do homeschooling a kid with LDs that can't be done as well in public school.. Feel free to email and ask me any questions you may have.

 

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