Where do you start?
I usually suggest starting with the beginning to homeschool section over at A to Z. No need for me to try to come up with something clever when Ann does it so well: http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/directory/Beginning.htm#.UeOLbY3Yc-I
Where do you obtain a curriculum?
I started with boxed curriculum from Calvert School and some place I don't even remember the name of anymore. I figured out very quickly that boxed curriculum was not a good fit for either one of my kids. Where you get it is really all going to depend on why method(s) you decide on. We are rather eclectic. Here a list of pretty much everything we've liked over the years along with some free or inexpensive resources that I've gathered over the years:
Great Science Adventures- http://www.commonsensepress.com/greatscience/default.htm
Power Basics Chemistry (order from rainbow resource center linked below). The textbook is a bit more rigorous than described. It is a good course but was a bit advanced by my 6th grader.
Connect the Thoughts Upper Level Science Basics and Biology & Human Health
Easy Grammar & Easy Writing- http://www.easygrammar.com/index2.html
Writing Strands: http://www.writing-strands.com/home.asp
Handwriting Without Tears- http://www.hwtears.com/
Singapore Math- http://www.singaporemath.com/
Teaching Textbooks: http://teachingtextbooks.com/
Lively Latin: http://livelylatin.com/site/index.php
Story of the World: http://www.welltrainedmind.com/store/history-and-geography/story-of-the-world.html (I would recommend using in with History Odyssey level I instead of buying the SOTW activity pages)
History Odyssey: http://www.pandiapress.com/history_odyssey.htm (also has science but I did not find out about them until my daughter was too old for the courses they currently offer in science)
Power Basics World History II (order from rainbow resource center linked below)
We order most of ours from:
Learning Things: http:// www.learningthings.com/index.asp
Rainbow Resource Center: http:// rainbowresource.com/index.php
Connect The Thoughts: http:// www.connectthethoughts.net/
Here is a list of free and inexpensive resources I have gathered over the years.. We have not used all of them as of yet:
What is a scheduled day like? I'm not big on scheduling our days unless there is a reason to such as a class outside of the home.
I was homeschooled. Academically it was excellent. i graduated early and was able to move on to college and handle the work better then most but i was SEVERELY lacking in the social aspects. Make sure to allow your kids to explore sports, music and other clubs (co ops are always awesome)
I usually did school 5 days a week. book work from 9-12 and then what my parents called "Skill building". This included studying things that interested us, practising musical instruments and learning about basic grown up tasks like cooking, grocery shopping, balancing a check book, etc...
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