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5/5/14 3:27 P

I homeschool my two sons. They are 18 and 15. My oldest son has a head injury so this can be challenging sometimes. We've homeschooled since my oldest was in 1st grade except for one year when my kids did public school. They didn't learn one thing the whole year. I was horribly under-awed by the experience and we have been homeschooling ever since.

We use khanacademy for math, science, and some of history. For science and history, they have one video a week and lots of research on their own... plus a project of their choice (paper, experiment, etc) to show what they are learning.

Reading is "Here is a large list of books to read. Pick one." And writing is journals, a project for another subject, or something along those lines.

For foreign language they are learning American Sign Language (since I am going deaf). My oldest is learning Russian.

Other subjects are chosen each year. We follow mostly a public school schedule. During summer, they have to do math mastery (in khan academy) three times a week to keep their skills going.

WONDERS06 Posts: 590
5/5/14 1:18 P

My three year old isn't in school yet but my son is learning a lot and I'd really like to homeschool my son. I don't know how it'll all work, but homeschooling is a lot better than public school in my opinion.

TCOOLEY412 Posts: 100
4/23/14 12:29 P

We are getting close to the end of our school year because we choose to copy the public school calendar right now as far as start and end dates. That means we are getting ready for year end tests and reports to the district. Fun stuff especially when no one can give you a clear answer as to what is now required under Common Core for HS in our state. emoticon

ONECALMMOM Posts: 6,258
4/14/14 2:33 A

No. That was always the choice presented to my children when they weren't performing at their best levels! They did not want to give up their friends & social experiences. I can be patient, but not 24/7. That was then, today I might be compelled to home school because public Ed just isn't as good.

4/1/14 2:12 P

Yes I homeschooled my now 24 yr. old daughter and I am currently homeschooling my 15 yr. old that has been a challenge.
He has been diagnosed with OCD, ADD and separation anxiety.

My life has not been my own for many, many years,
Lord willing, my son will get the help he needs and will have a very productive adult life on his own.

TCOOLEY412 Posts: 100
3/26/14 7:12 P

Sorry, I lost the thread for a while and it got "chatty". I am so frustrated with our local school right now. Because of the Common Core Standards our virtual school is suggesting that the students take the End of Course assessment that is required in FL for certain subjects. It is not required but encouraged IF you may enroll your student in a brick and mortar school at a future date. We are planning to dual enroll my daughter when she is in high school so that she can be in marching band and take the higher level sciences that have labs. Anyway, this test must be administered by your local school and they will NOT call me back to let me know when the EOC is scheduled. I am about to just say forget it and see what happens when we enroll her since HS are not required to take the test.

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3/2/14 5:13 P

Hi, I am a mother of 5, and am homeschooling my 4 youngest. (My oldest has decided to move in with her father- she's 15 almost 16). My 4 youngest I have with my husband are 8,7,6 and 5. All girls. This is our 2nd year homeschooling. It is wonderful! We have changed so much in our ways od doing things in the last 2 years, actually just made some changes today. I work part time in a nursing home dementia unit. I love my job! I'm trying to lose some weight..(I went from 170lbs to 137 lbs last year, but got slack and am now back up to 153lbs) so starting this over again..also we are getting ready to start trying for a new baby!! That will definetly be hard, adjusting to everything, but it is just time. My husband has wanted another since I had my last, but I was sure I didn't want any more..oh how things change. Anyway, I'm glad to be here, and I hope there are others still floating around here.

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1/15/14 10:18 P

I do virtual schooling with all four of my kids. Like you, I found that they were way behind. Luckily, k12 offered a reading program for 1-5th to catch up on reading (Mark12 reading). Also, they are getting speech more than they did in the brick and mortar school. I have four and it's quite challenging. I'm having a hard time managing my health and doing this. Usually by the end of the day I feel way to exhausted.

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12/10/13 5:57 P

I am a mom to 3 boys and 2 of them are homeschooled right now. I will be starting to homeschool the other one after Christmas!

I am finding out that they are very far behind where they are actually supposed to be. I have a 7th grader that is at a 4th grade level and a 4th grader that is at a 1st grade level.

I like to homeschool them so that I can take them back to where they need to be so that they will actually know what they are doing and learn it. We can do it at their pace and not have to move on until they are ready to do so.

I can make them redo it and redo it until they actually pass it letting me know that they know it.

We are going through a site on the internet, time4learning. I really like it they do the work and they grade it online as they do it. I can print off their scores as often as I need to to keep records for the state that they are doing what they are to do.

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12/8/13 10:33 P

I am a mom to 5, of which 4 are homeschool age ( 13, 10, 8, 6, 2). Love it! emoticon

TURTLESLOW14 Posts: 7,227
11/8/13 12:32 A

I am homeschooling my two children through TX Virtual Acacamy, My son is in 6th grade and my daughter is in 9th. I know they both enjoy learning on there own

IAPHOTOGIRL75 Posts: 560
10/22/13 12:24 A

We homeschool :). Using my fathers world, apologia and Rosetta Stone :)

FABRAN05 Posts: 251
10/20/13 11:15 A

Home school mom to my 13 yr. old. We also use a Virtual academy.


Edited by: FABRAN05 at: 10/20/2013 (11:17)
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10/15/13 2:32 A

My wife is the home school teacher in the house. Three of our kids are school age. The other, young three make it very hard for my wife to teach. But, either way the kids are all learn more then they would in the public school system.

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10/8/13 12:06 P

I so appreciate this message board. There just isn't enough places for homeschoolers to talk. It is really misunderstood. Especially the socialization part... which of course is no problem at all.

10/2/13 5:45 P

You can go to teaching textbooks website and try a demo.

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10/2/13 5:30 P

Definetly going to need something easy to understand for math cause my daughter hates it!

CMOMMYFLY Posts: 195
10/1/13 9:26 P

I've heard good things about Teaching Textbooks. Another popular one for math is Math U See. I haven't tried it, but people seem to love it.

10/1/13 9:13 P

I also homeschool. I have a 2nd grader & a 4th grader. We love Teaching Textbooks for math for my daughter (4th gr). No more tears and frustration for both of us.

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10/1/13 4:58 P

my daughter is currently in 4th grade and is having trouble in math but is good at reading.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
10/1/13 4:50 P

STEELERGURL- First and most important step is to find out the law for homeschooling where you live. You can usually find that info online. Follow the laws for your area.

You might want to find out if there are support groups for homeschoolers in your area. Find a homeschool message board so you can ask questions and see what other people are doing. Read homeschool blogs.

Think about how your child learns best or what areas they might struggle with. Think about what your goals for homeschooling would be. There are a lot of ways to homeschool and what works for one family might be wrong for another family.
Look at your local library for resources.

Sometimes kids who have been in school need to deschool for awhile to adjust to a different learning environment. Sometimes it take awhile to find the right method or curriculum. Be flexible and give it time.
Don't try to do too much or buy too much to begin with. Start with the basics and get a good working relationship/routine going before you add in many extra subjects or extra curricular activities.
Listen to your child.

You do not need to join HSLDA or any organization to homeschool your child.

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10/1/13 4:30 P

Thanks I will check them all out! I appreciate it!

CMOMMYFLY Posts: 195
10/1/13 12:17 A

Hi SteelerGurl,
I'm in my second year of homeschooling, and of course you'll find lots of different approaches. Some people like to pick a publisher, say Abeka or Bob Jones, and buy a complete kit for a grade level. It can be an easy transition in that they have done the basic planning, and you can be sure to hit all the bases. It can be a bit expensive, and is less customizable.

Another approach (the one we use) is to choose different curriculum for different subjects. We are using Explode the Code for phonics, Life of Fred for math, Story of the World for history, and various other resources for science, math enrichment, reading, etc.

Some people prefer to go with a more thematic style, depending on the seasons or the child's interests, your resources, etc. If you do some internet searches on unschooling, lapbooking, unit studies, notebooking, etc., you'll find these kinds of approaches. There are some really fun aspects to it, and you can incorporate some of the ideas, even if you choose a different model.

Another way to do it is with some of the free online lesson plans. Easy Peasy all-in-one homeschool is popular. Ambleside Online is a Charlotte Mason approach, which is free, but you will need to buy or borrow the books they recommend.

Well there's a lot of info all at once, isn't it! If you want any more info, feel free to send me a message or ask here. Maybe some people that have been doing it longer will have more input, too.

Oh, yeah...another good source of information is some of the homeschool blogs. The Busy Mom (Heidi St. John) is a good one. The Old Schoolhouse Magazine is good, and if you follow them online you can ask questions and they may repost for people to respond.

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9/30/13 7:41 P

My daughter is in regular school right now but I was curious about Homeschooling. My Sydney is 9 and in 4th grade. Any suggestions on where to get started?

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9/22/13 1:13 A

My son is homeschooled for three years now. I am so impressed with homeschooling and homeschooled kids. They really do turn out better and are better at thinking things through. Emotionally better balanced too and socially better.

CMOMMYFLY Posts: 195
9/3/13 8:53 P

I'm homeschooling my oldest, who is in 1st grade. Also partly homeschooling my second child, who is 4 and goes to preschool 2 days a week. For him, it's just some fun extras to build skills and get him ready for kindergarten next year. We're taking it one year at a time, but the more I do it, the more I like about it.

Looking forward to taking 12 days in October to go to the fall tractor show in Vista, CA. We'll be at the show both weekends (member-volunteers), and then have lots of time in between for things like the SD Zoo, LEGOLAND...whatever we want. And learning experiences along the way! Just couldn't do that if we had a kid in public school.

GLITTERFAIRY77 Posts: 8,023
9/2/13 9:35 A

I am homeschooling my second grader and my sixth grader this year for the first time. My mother's helping me out because she's homeschooled my brother and sister before. :)

NEWBEX2014 Posts: 138
8/28/13 2:28 P

Thank you so much to both of you. It is working so far and my dd loves it. She gets sad when class is over so I've found a few things to add to the day to help her out. This is the best choice for our family for many reasons and I'm so grateful that I have you guys to chat with along the way.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
8/28/13 11:13 A

Newbex2013- We started telling people we were homeschooling when dd was 6 years old and we had some negativity and hostility from some people too. Most people didn't say much. Some people were supportive.
You don't have to try to convince anyone that your choice is right. If they are hostile they probably won't listen so don't waste your time defending. Learn to change the subject or distance yourself. Look for other homeschoolers in your area or online for support. I found homeschool message boards helpful when we were new to this.
It took us a year or two to figure out dd's learning style and curriculum. If you and your child have trouble with something at some point then it doesn't mean you've failed, just that you might need to find another way.

Homeschooling was the right choice for our dd and has been a positive experience overall. Good luck to you!

TCOOLEY412 Posts: 100
8/27/13 8:02 P

Newbex, As far as being judged: grow a thick skin. :-) No matter what schooling choice you make SOMEONE is going to judge you. School your daughter in the way you feel led and ignore the negative people.

NEWBEX2014 Posts: 138
8/24/13 5:54 P

I am so excited to see this message board!! I am starting my dd in a homeschool program this year. She is a kindergarten student. I have my reasons for my choice but I am being judged by so many. I know that it's my life and she's my daughter. I'm so excited to get her started with the program, she will be starting it Monday. I hope it's ok that I posted this here. I've just been hoping for an outside source to help me boost my confidence on my choice. This is perfect! Thank you so much for starting this message board! emoticon

TCOOLEY412 Posts: 100
8/1/13 12:09 A

We use a virtual school through our state, I add bible and music lessons to it. I am pretty laid back but we do have a "loose" schedule during the school year.

LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
7/31/13 2:18 P

My dd (age 13) has always been homeschooled.
We are secular, relaxed, eclectic style homeschoolers and we go year round.

Edited by: LOUNMOUN at: 8/1/2013 (15:37)
TCOOLEY412 Posts: 100
7/31/13 10:57 A

I am homeschooling my middle school daughter and wondered if there were any other homeschool moms and dads who would like to have a place to chat. This is our second year homeschooling after having DD in a private school through 5th grade.

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