Author: Sorting Last Post on Top ↓ Message:
STRNGNGRNDED's Photo STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 2,292
2/24/12 8:24 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
it was wonderful to read the other posts as well. I sure do love homeschooling and all the possibilities.

STRNGNGRNDED's Photo STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 2,292
2/24/12 8:07 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Jenny, glad that was therapeutic for you. print it and keep it with the school work. Thank you for sharing it with the rest of us. I may do just as you did and keep it with our records as well.

FITNFUNJEN's Photo FITNFUNJEN Posts: 3,945
2/24/12 2:02 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Ahhh!! Thanks Terri! I have felt very guided by the Lord's hand when it comes to my kids' education. I am very grateful for that!! I believe that every parent can receive that kind of guidance to find what will work best for their family! I love hearing about other people's homeschooling journeys because they are each so unique!

I never planned to homeschool (in fact I thought it rather odd) until I was introduced to some homeschooling families in the short time my husband and I lived back East. Then once my first child was born and I planned how I would homeschool her, I received a very strong warning that if I followed my plan, my daughter would put her sense of worth into being more intelligent than others (she is a very bright kid) rather than having her worth come from being a daughter of God. At that point, I felt very led to follow a path that has led me to my philosophy of education. The amazing thing is that it is also perfect for my kids with learning disabilities! God is good!

~~Jenny~~
San Diego, CA

Fitbit: www.fitbit.com/user/23J66G

BLC-Azure Destinations

My Superhero Name is The Psychic Light
My Superpower is Gadgets
My Weakness is Body Odors
My Weapon is My Flame Club
My Mode of Transportation is Hovercraft

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. ~Renoir

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage--it can be delightful. ~Shaw


 Pounds lost: 23.0 
 
0
17
34
51
68
AMAZINGMOMMY4's Photo AMAZINGMOMMY4 Posts: 478
2/23/12 11:26 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Well, we have been homeschooling since our first daughter who will be 10 in May. I have 4 kids 9, 6, 4, and 2 (9, 6, and 4 are all about to have birthdays). Three of them are formally schooling now since my 4 yo wanted to start kindergarten.

We use MathUSee, which I love. I taught math when I was a graduate student, and I really like the method of MathUSee. We don't always use the manipulatives.
We also use Explode the code for phonics, and I have recently started using First Language lessons by Bauer. I also got Spelling Power for my 9 yo, she is not a natural speller, phonics never really clicked with her either, she was also a late reader, but now she is reading above "grade level".
We use Story of the World by Bauer also, I know some people have problems with the accuracy of some of the entries, but I like the way it is laid out and the kids enjoy it. I edit if necessary, or we talk it through.
For science we use Noeo, I like this a bit, this is our first year using a science curriculum. I like that they use a lot of literature that I would probably buy anyway. My husband and I also like that they introduce important scientists early on.
That is the stuff we buy. Otherwise we go to the library usually every week.

I wish we could have music lessons and other theatre arts involvement.My 9 yo and 4 yo do ballet, but we really can't afford too many other classes. I am teaching oldest to sew, but she is afraid of the electric machine, so she hand sews for now. Everyone helps in the kitchen also. We really like crafts, and painting. We are hoping to move this year so that we can have some animals and a garden.

That's it! Well, I'm sure there is more, but... emoticon

 current weight: 155.0 
 
208
189.75
171.5
153.25
135
TERRIJ7's Photo TERRIJ7 SparkPoints: (146,782)
Fitness Minutes: (38,203)
Posts: 9,682
2/23/12 6:51 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I'm all done but enjoy hearing what others are doing. Jen, I loved your "book" and wish I could've been more like you in my approach.

 December Minutes: 120
 
0
225
450
675
900
4ARROWS's Photo 4ARROWS Posts: 375
2/23/12 10:55 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
We are finishing up our 9th year of hsing. I've graduated one (who is in the Marines now) and have 3 more coming down the pike. We've used SL for history for all these years with a few forays into WinterPromise.

We use a variety for science, depending on what works for which kid in different years. We've done Apologia, Real Science 4 Kids, Rainbow Science, and SL science.

Most of my kids have used Singapore Math during elementary years, and Teaching Textbooks after that.

I tend to make up my own language arts. We use Spelling Workout for spelling, and I've used Wordsmith and Jump-In for writing. We've done some SL LA in the past, too.


So, I'm curious.....are any of you SL users on the forums?

~*~Karen~*~

~There is no giant step that does it. Only many little steps.

~Anyone can count the seeds in an apple. Only God can count the apples in a seed.


 current weight: 163.0 
 
184
173
162
151
140
FITNFUNJEN's Photo FITNFUNJEN Posts: 3,945
2/23/12 1:10 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Okay, here you go! I warned you...

I'll preface by saying that I have never bought or used a complete boxed curriculum (one that includes everything) so I can't help with that.

I focus more on my philosophy of homeschooling rather than any one curriculum. I change curriculum as appropriate for my kids, but my philosophy of education is consistent. My goal is to help my children become life-long learners who love learning, who are capable of self-education, and to prepare them to fulfill their missions in life. I prepare them by helping them develop leadership skills and qualities. I also let them make choices and take control of their own education. Our main "curriculum" is reading, discussing, and writing.

I organize a lot of classes and groups for my kids. While they are younger, we focus mostly on love of learning type groups (book groups, history or science clubs, art classes, etc). Once they turn 12, we focus on scholar classes and projects. We have a scholar group that meets together every week for scholar classes.

I also supply my kids with an unending supply of books and audio books. There are really good books on nearly every subject!

MATH
This year for math my oldest is doing Saxon Algebra 2, but it is her first year (and quite probably only year) doing Saxon. For the last several years, my husband has taught math classes with her specifically in mind. Next year, he will probably do Pre-Calc with her. My younger kids are all doing Teaching Textbooks. It's not my favorite program, but we were experiencing relationship problems when it came to math. So we needed a program that let them be independent in math. I like that Teaching Textbooks is all on the computer (including grading) so the kids don't get upset at me when they get a problem wrong. Teaching Textbooks does seem to be easier than some other programs (which is a good thing for some kids and a bad thing for some kids). I have most of my kids working up a level or two with it. I actually prefer RightStart Math for elementary math. (I have also used MUS, Horizons math, Harold Jacob's textbooks, etc.) We have lots of math books, puzzles, and games. Here's a link to a lot of great books: astore.amazon.com/tothelimits
-20?_enco
ding=UTF8&node=1
I'm not trying to sell anything with this link. I just want to share some great books we have found.

LANGUAGE ARTS
My three younger kids have dyslexia so we are using Barton Reading and Spelling for the mechanics of language arts. And we may begin IEW with them in the fall as well. For literature, my two youngest kids are in book groups where they read classic books. My two older kids are studying Shakespeare in-depth (as well as other classic books) and writing weekly papers. I am honestly not a fan of most spelling and language arts programs. Barton is very thorough in teaching explicit spelling rules for those with dyslexia and it is helpful and important, but would be overkill for the average kid. My oldest (not dyslexic) learned how to spell well from reading, writing, and receiving feedback from me and other good writers. I believe the best language arts program is reading great writers, discussing those books, writing about them, and receiving feedback from devoted writing mentors.

HISTORY
We are are currently studying American History mostly through good books, original documents and quotes, discussions, field trips and vacations. (Our family vacations the last two years have been to visit and study historical sites.) My second daughter is also taking an American History class and is currently studying the Constitution (as my oldest did a couple of years ago). She memorized the Declaration of Independence last semester and is translating the Constitution into her own words this semester. My oldest is studying great leaders throughout history and is writing papers and giving speeches on them weekly.

SCIENCE
My three older kids are studying chemistry this year with a class that their dad teaches. They do lots of experiments, reports, and read science books. (Basher science books for the younger ones and The Joy of Chemistry for the older ones and there is another book with equations but I can't remember what it's called right now.) We also often take science field trips to museums (Natural History Museum, Science Center, etc).

PE
My kids are all involved in karate and my younger three are also involved in dance. In addition to the health benefits, they also learn so much from these classes. They are learning self-defense, leadership skills, working with others, and self-discipline. We also have a workout room at home with a treadmill and other equipment they can use for days they don't have karate or dance. We also swim a lot in the summer.

HEALTH
We discuss healthy eating all the time and we are working on increasing our fruits, veggies, and protein. We are also working on choosing healthier recipes. I have discussions with my kids individually about their health and bodies. I plan to have a more in-depth study of health with my oldest (and perhaps my second daughter too) over the next year.

SPIRITUAL
We read and discuss scriptures every day as a family including applying them to our lives. My oldest is also taking a religious class every day and studying the Old Testament in depth this year. All of my kids that can read also spend time in personal scripture study and prayer. We pray together as a family several times a day. My kids are also involved in doing service regularly at church, at home, and in the community. Learning to give to others (without desire for praise) is so important in their development.

FINE ARTS
My kids all play the piano, sing, and they have taken lots of art classes as well. Three of them study ballet. We regularly attend cultural events such as the Symphony, ballet, Shakespeare plays, etc. We also visit art museums regularly. My youngest loves art museums the most and she has an eye for artwork that always amazes the rest of us! We also participate in a Shakespeare play (and sometimes a musical) each year. This will be my second year directing a Shakespeare play. That's not something I ever expected to do, but homeschooling keeps us all learning!

PRACTICAL ARTS/HOME ARTS
My kids all learn to type and use the computer and other technology. They have learned to use the sewing machine and how to knit. They all learn to cook. Some years, we have done cooking classes or sewing classes (although we are not doing that this year).My kids all have regular chores that they own and must complete. As they get older, they receive more responsibility and more freedom in their chores. Right now my oldest is currently in charge of all the food at our house. She checks the fridge and cupboards, makes the shopping list, does the shopping, plans the meals, cooks family dinner, and tries out new recipes. She gets some help in all of this, but is now quite capable of keeping a family fed. My son is in charge of all the trash, cleaning the bathrooms, and the pool care. All of my kids are responsible for their own laundry. We have one cat that is cared for by my oldest daughter. We had chickens for a couple years and the kids learned to raised and care for them as well. We talk about money a lot too. I have a list of financial books that I really like and I will have my oldest read those over the next few years. We encourage the kids to develop an entrepreneurial spirit and to work hard.

We also have participated in Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, church activity groups, etc. My two older girls attend a girls camp each summer where they camp and learn outdoor skills. My son is so excited to finish Cub Scouts (he'll be getting his Arrow of Light award soon) and begin Boy Scouts. My youngest daughter is joining a church activity group for girls this month.

SIMULATIONS & FIELD EXPERIENCE
Another important part of education is really letting the kids experience what they are studying in real life. So we include simulations and field experiences as part of our curriculum as well. We like them to be able to study a subject and then experience or apply it by providing experiences that provide real hands-on learning through field trips and vacations. For example, my kids have all visited the Supreme Court while it's in session and next semester, my oldest daughter will not only study famous Supreme Court cases, but she will also get to write a court brief and argue a famous Supreme Court case in front of a panel of judges made up of real lawyers. She will be put on the spot and have to answer their questions just like in court. (I have gone through this experience myself, taught classes teaching other students how to do this, and my younger kids will get this experience when they are old enough as well.)

My husband and I feel it's important for us to set the example and so we are constantly reading, discussing, writing, and learning new things too. Some things we learn out of necessity to help our kids (like me learning how to tutor for dyslexia or learning to produce and direct Shakespeare plays). Other things we study and learn for our own enjoyment or growth. We both really do LOVE learning! I think setting the example is one of the best things parents can do for their kids because it creates a family culture that encourages learning and self-motivation.

Thanks for letting me ramble on. I didn't mean to write a novel and after writing it all down, it seems like a lot. I think I needed to write this more for myself. Thank you for the opportunity. The last two years have been particularly challenging because of life experiences. And this year isn't nearly as fun as our past years, but writing all this down has helped me see that it's okay. Please don't think that we do everything, every year because we don't. We do things as the need or desire appears. We have a lot of fun with homeschooling and enjoy the journey most of the time.

~~Jenny~~
San Diego, CA

Fitbit: www.fitbit.com/user/23J66G

BLC-Azure Destinations

My Superhero Name is The Psychic Light
My Superpower is Gadgets
My Weakness is Body Odors
My Weapon is My Flame Club
My Mode of Transportation is Hovercraft

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. ~Renoir

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage--it can be delightful. ~Shaw


 Pounds lost: 23.0 
 
0
17
34
51
68
STRNGNGRNDED's Photo STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 2,292
2/22/12 3:18 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Okay Jenny, You've piqued my curiosity too. Post already. emoticon

ELSAT137's Photo ELSAT137 Posts: 858
2/22/12 3:03 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
I would love to hear your story!!!

~~Elsa ~~
South Dakota

Nothing is impossible with God - Luke 1:37
-------------------------


 Pounds lost: 14.0 
 
0
6.5
13
19.5
26
FITNFUNJEN's Photo FITNFUNJEN Posts: 3,945
2/22/12 2:22 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Elsa! I started to respond and ended up writing about 4 pages. LOL!!! I'm not sure you want that much info! We've been homeschooling for 14 years. I count from the birth of my oldest because we planned to homeschool her from before her birth. She's almost 15 now. Let me know if you really want me to post the "novel" I wrote about our homeschooling journey.

~~Jenny~~
San Diego, CA

Fitbit: www.fitbit.com/user/23J66G

BLC-Azure Destinations

My Superhero Name is The Psychic Light
My Superpower is Gadgets
My Weakness is Body Odors
My Weapon is My Flame Club
My Mode of Transportation is Hovercraft

The pain passes, but the beauty remains. ~Renoir

Life is not meant to be easy, my child; but take courage--it can be delightful. ~Shaw


 Pounds lost: 23.0 
 
0
17
34
51
68
STRNGNGRNDED's Photo STRNGNGRNDED Posts: 2,292
2/22/12 12:17 P

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi Elsa~
When I started homeschooling full time with my youngest (we're in our fifth year), I started with Horizons Phonics and Math and gathered everything else from various areas. It was a wonderful trial period for both my ds and I, because legally I didn't have to register until he was 6, first grade.
It worked well until third grade, because Horizons doesn't have a language arts. I did a lot of research on what to choose and went with Sonlight. The one thing I don't like: Sonlight seems to box in children based on age instead of their ability, so I sneak under the radar, I suppose. The one thing ds doesn't like about Sonlight is the Sequential Spelling, so I've replaced it with Soaring with Spelling. We still use Horizons Math and tried to include MUS this year, because it goes up to Calculus. Ds found it boring. But I think that was my fault for starting with multiplication.

ELSAT137's Photo ELSAT137 Posts: 858
2/22/12 11:24 A

My SparkPage
Send Private Message
Reply
Hi All,
I love to know what others are doing in their home educating! How long have you been home schooling? What curriculum are you using and what do you love about it? If you care to share - what do you not like about it?

We are in our 3rd year and we have used Sonlight for all of it. I love the close interaction with my children and the great books. Sometimes I feel so new at homeschooling and I don't know a lot about other curriculums.

Thanks for your input.

Elsa

~~Elsa ~~
South Dakota

Nothing is impossible with God - Luke 1:37
-------------------------


 Pounds lost: 14.0 
 
0
6.5
13
19.5
26
Page: 1 of (1)  

Report Innappropriate Post

Other Homeschool Swamp General Team Discussion Forum Posts

Topics: Last Post:
Made to Crave Bible study starts 1/19 1/29/2014 2:41:39 PM
Fastest (safe) way to lose 10 lbs. 12/6/2013 4:48:28 PM
How do I fit it all in? 1/11/2014 12:17:26 AM
Hi Everyone!! 8/14/2014 11:50:38 AM
HEALTHY LUNCHES 1/23/2014 3:24:49 PM

Thread URL: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x8277x46711729

Review our Community Guidelines




x Lose 10 Pounds by February 7! Get a FREE Personalized Plan