SparkPeople Spark Homeschooling Parents Team Messageboard Homeschooling your children? JOIN US! We welcome you and aim to support your endeavors in homeschooling, fitness, and nutrition. SparkPeople Spark Homeschooling Parents Team Messageboard School Year 2019~2020 It's time to get ready for a New School Year!! <BR> What Grades will you be teaching this year? <BR> What Challenges are you Contemplating? <BR> What Fun Projects are you looking forward to? <BR> <BR> Enjoy your Summer!! <em>67</em> <em>464</em> Tue, 25 Jun 2019 09:40:24 EST Brave Learner Has anyone read Brave Learner or follow a similar philosophy? Mon, 6 May 2019 22:18:29 EST Sorta new I just rejoined. I think. I was part of this group before. I think. <BR> <BR> Anyways! I'm Lexi juggling losing 70lbs this year, homeschooling 4 kids, and working from home. So hi! Fri, 4 Jan 2019 15:23:26 EST NOT Back to School Day We have been celebrating (maybe that's too strong a word), well, acknowledging, NOT Back to School day since early elementary school. We started because my son was sad that his neighborhood buddies were going back to school and summer wasn't over. So to cheer him up, I took out for a special breakfast and we went on a "field trip". Sometimes they were day trips to somewhere major, other years, just hiking and a picnic, or bowling with homeschool friends and a day outdoors in the park to NOT b... Thu, 23 Aug 2018 08:48:17 EST New(ish) Hi Everyone! My name is Cass. I joined SparkPeople back in November, but never really did much with my account. I am giving it another go. <BR> <BR> I have been homeschooling for... my goodness, 5 years! (I had to count). I have two young'uns. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:23:24 EST FREE Homeschool Kung Fu Class FREE Homeschool Kung Fu Class <BR> Friday, January 19 (12:30-1:30pm) <BR> New 8-week session begins 01/26. <BR> <BR> Improve strength, flexibility, coordination, endurance, focus, &amp; self-confidence while learning effective self-defense techniques in a non-aggressive environment. Some parents train with their children, &amp; a wide variety of ages participate (ages 5 to adult, including teens.) <BR> <BR> To register for the FREE class and/or to register for the session, go to: <BR> <B... Thu, 4 Jan 2018 21:59:45 EST Officially Started Homeschooling! This is our first year homeschooling. We plan to homeschool year round so we had a relaxed, slow start summer. Today is the first day of public school and my kids didn't go! My school-age daycare kids went but not mine and that makes it feel more official. :) <BR> <BR> Wish you guys the best in the 2017-2018 school year! Wed, 6 Sep 2017 12:57:12 EST Please share books you/your children are reading! These monthly book lists are for our homeschool assessor, but I thought this could be an opportunity to share titles, too. My posted lists will be for my D10 (~4th grade), D13 (~8th grade), what I read aloud to them, and what I manage to read when I have spare time. What are you all reading? Sat, 2 Sep 2017 11:34:49 EST January 2017 New Beginnings! This team didn't have many active team members last year but if you want to get it going again, just keep posting, <em>593</em> <BR> <BR> This thread is to discuss anything you want, general topics, and fun stuff! Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:18:10 EST General Chat: Anybody out there? I'm not sure why, but I come to this team regularly, see that nobody has posted, and just leave again. So today I thought, what if others are doing the same thing? So I'm saying hello, instead of just leaving. Just in case anyone else would like to say hi. Sat, 5 Nov 2016 15:35:56 EST restarting yet again hi I'm Samantha ... I homeschool my 2 step kids that are b14, and g15. They are a handful. I am trying to lose weight to see if it helps with my mental state with being home so much with them. Sun, 30 Oct 2016 02:05:33 EST Newbie Hi everyone! I am a homeschooling mom to my 9 year old and will homeschool my 3 yr old as well. In the past 3 years my family has been tested a lot and it is actually what caused us to start homeschooling. At the end of our first year homeschooling our 14 year old son passed away unexpectedly and unfortunately I allowed myself to not worry about my health. It is time to take back the control over my health and so I am doing that. Mon, 16 May 2016 08:58:51 EST Hello Hello from AZ. I'm Kelly and I homeschool 3 daughters ages 8,5,3. We love homeschooling. My oldest and only son who is 18 graduated from public school and is married now in the Army. We went through a lot with him while in school so we decided homeschooling would be the best. We have a small homeschooling group that we are involved in. However now I am trying to make time to get myself in shape and be example to my daughters. I have been struggling with my weight for years and now I am trying... Wed, 13 Apr 2016 19:46:46 EST PSA vs. Charter Homeschooling Sparkfriends: I have a question for you. What are your pros/cons for PSA (homeschooling entirely on your own, with only state laws to regulate you) vs. a homeschool, independent study, through a charter? I'm deciding for high school, but I'm interested in views from all grade levels. <BR> <BR> Some background (you don't have to read all this, you could just answer the Q above): I've been very happily homeschooling my special needs son through a charter (since grade 1, now in gr... Tue, 5 Apr 2016 13:24:21 EST MARCH is going to be lucky! Let's chat! Feel free to share or discuss anything on your mind! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 18:49:38 EST Year-Round Schedule? Anyone? Hey all! Hope you are doing well this beautiful morning! I'm looking for some buddies who school year-round? Anyone? I'd love to become friends so we can support one another during our journey! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to chat! Tue, 1 Mar 2016 07:16:45 EST CrAzY Kansas Homeschool Mom here! Hey everyone! I'm a wife to the most perfect hubby for me, homeschool mom of our 15 yr old son and I also have two grown daughters and 3 grandchildren (who I babysit for while mommy works). <BR> <BR> Excited to be on board here. I am needing to become CONSISTENT in logging my foods and checking in each day so hopefully I can make that happen. Love getting to know other homeschool moms along the way too in this journey. I always love learning from others. <BR> <BR> <em>524</em> Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:03:15 EST February 2016 Homeschool chat Feel free to discuss any homeschool topics or general family topics too! <BR> <BR> What's on your mind? Wed, 3 Feb 2016 16:38:53 EST Hello from Michigan Hey everyone! I joined a while, but now am taking my weight a bit more seriously. I homeschool my boys in west Michigan and I love it. It was not actually something that we set out to do originally, but it has become something that keeps me going. I would love to get to know some people in the group and I am looking for support in my weight loss goal (which is a pretty hefty one). Thank you so much! Mon, 25 Jan 2016 10:14:09 EST Hi from California Hi everyone! <BR> I've been homeschooling for about 11 years and in 3 states. Homeschooling elementary thru high school is certainly "exciting" <em>40</em> <BR> We are eclectic homeschoolers but I think we've tried about every philosophy over the years. <BR> I LOVE books &amp; have bookshelves everywhere filled w books for every interest <em>149</em> <BR> I also love animals and volunteer at a small animal rescue. We have lots of furries at our house. <BR> <BR> I love Sparkpeople an... Mon, 4 Jan 2016 14:35:37 EST Team Bonus points! Did you know you could get bonus points for your teams? You can! <BR> If you go the "start" tab, scroll down to step 3. There you will see a "Spark Team bonus points" line and you click on it to see how many bonus spins you get. Choose which teams to give bonus points to. <BR> Do this each day to get extra points for your teams! <BR> <BR> Report here each day how many bonus points you got for us <em>347</em> Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:50:51 EST Do you Periscope? Periscope is an app you can get on your device. It's free to use. It lets you post live presentations about anything! People have followers like Twitter. I don't do this myself but I follow a few people that you might enjoy watching. <BR> Julie Bogart with Bravewriter does multiple scopes a week and she is just awesome! She talks about writing and so much more. <BR> <BR> Check her out if you get a chance. Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:29:44 EST January 2016 homeschool chat Hi all! It's that time of year....the new year homeschool slump. You have to jump back into lessons after break and it's sooo hard! <em>198</em> <em>43</em> <BR> What do you do to get things going? <BR> Here are a few things we do: <BR> *New books! We have a seasonal book basket and we put the holiday books away and get the winter and waiting for spring books out. <BR> <BR> *get outside! I know it's winter and I feel like energy wanes so we strive to get outside more even if it's ju... Sun, 3 Jan 2016 13:25:56 EST Hi - Just getting started Hi all - I am a Christian homeschool mom of three who has struggled with my weight for most of my life. My husband and I are starting to see the effects of our unhealthy lifestyle and are ready to make a change. I am hoping to meet others who are also working on becoming healthier to develop a support and accountability system. There are so many things to do here on this site; I am still trying to learn my way around. Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:46:38 EST Joining from MA! I'm thinking it's time to start paying real attention to my exercise habits again. The fall here was GREAT, but I always need some extra encouragement in the winter! The kids are 13, 9, and 6 and keep me on my toes. Sat, 28 Nov 2015 20:58:51 EST Hello! From IL Hi! I'm new to this group, I'm a H.S. mom of two. Grades:1st and Pre-k. Looking to connect with other Homeschool parents! <em>30</em> Mon, 9 Nov 2015 11:30:23 EST loving my littles - ready to work on health! I'm home with 2 little ones. We're headed towards homeschool. Doing a co-op preschool at this point. Excited to meet other homeschoolers focusing on health. Sun, 18 Oct 2015 02:41:57 EST Easy Peasy Has anyone used Easy Peasy Homeschool? <link> </link> <BR> I looked through it and was pretty impressed by it overall, but curious what others think. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:34:40 EST Hello from WA I am homeschooling my 4 girls in SW Washington state. This is our 6th year. Working on adding more physical activity into our days. Mon, 14 Sep 2015 01:24:16 EST SoCal Homeschool Mom My 13 YO is on the autism spectrum, we've been homeschooling since he was 7. We have our is one. So I came looking for like-minded people. I hope you're still around! I see a lot of members on this group, but not a lot of active. Of course, I totally get that! Who has time, right? Time for ourselves...what's that? <BR> <BR> But today I just wanted to virtually sit in a room with other homeschool parents. Other homeschool parents who know we're doing the right thing for our kids,... Wed, 9 Sep 2015 18:56:58 EST Hello Hi, <BR> I'm homeschooling a 10 year old who is on the autism spectrum. I'm glad to connect here because really, most of my struggle with weight is about lifestyle, not about food. I have forgotten to take care of myself in the midst of trying to meet everyone else's needs. <BR> But our hard work and prayers are paying off. Things are going well and now is a good time to step back and take care of me. It's been a while, and I'm not sure if I remember how, but hopefully it will help to have yo... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 22:21:23 EST Hi! I'm Cassie, 35 yo recently divorced and still working on homeschooling my 5 children. I am in Florida and am working on getting my real estate license. I am very busy, but loving it and trying to fit in a little time to get my self in shape so I'll have more energy. Mon, 6 Apr 2015 22:01:00 EST Annapolis, Maryland: Homeschool Kung Classes <img src=""> <BR> <BR> New Homeschool Kung Fu & Preschool Pandas 8-week sessions start next week! <BR> April 7 Kung Fu (9am), April 10 Kung Fu (10:30am), April 10 Preschool Pandas (11:45am) <BR> <BR> Location: Arnold, Maryland (between Annapolis & Severna Park) <BR> <BR> Wide variety of ages from ages 5 to adult. Great family environment. <BR> <BR> Sat, 4 Apr 2015 01:07:11 EST Hello from Central Texas - Homeschooling HS Teens Hello Everyone, <BR> <BR> Well this is my very first post to a sparkpeople team. I'm really excited about starting this journey and using this website. I turned the big 4.0 in December and I realized my body is in need of a drastic overhaul. I'm focusing on healthy choices not weight loss. I'm a full time Compliance Manager for a Christian Foster and Adoption Agency in Texas and I also homeschool, with the help of my husband, my two teens who are both in high school. Life if good, and I... Tue, 6 Jan 2015 14:31:50 EST Homeschooling Mom of a 2nd And 5th grader Hello. <BR> I just discovered this team which is great. I homeschool my 2 of the three eldest boys. I also have another one on the way. <BR> Homeschooling is going well, but it definitely has it's challenges and with my youngest being a busy 2 year old. <BR> My kids enjoy it, but I in some ways would like it to be more fun. I get a bit curriculum structured. HOw is everyone else doing? Fri, 12 Sep 2014 12:38:07 EST Mom of 3 from D.C. Hello Team! I'm a military homeschool mom of three from D.C. We just began our 11th year. It's been an amazing journey, but I've not paid nearly enough attention to my own health and fitness until recently. I'm happy to find this team and hopefully have (and give) support from those with a similar lifestyle. Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:35:19 EST Math Help! My daughter will do anything to get out of math, even just stare at the page for hours! Even if I just have her do a portion of the page, she will not do it. If I don't sit there and walk her through it step by step, she won't do it. By the time math is finally done, we are both grumpy and upset with each other. I have a younger daughter too and can't spend the whole time prodding and poking her to get back to her math from whatever she using to distract herself from math. <BR> Yes, she does... Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:36:54 EST Hello from Southern Alabama Good morning! My husband and I chose to homeschool our son (now 11) a little over a year ago, and have been at it steady for a year now. We both work full-time outside the home (M-F 8-5) so, like most families, we assumed public school was the best solution. He is Autistic and was having a lot of issues in public school, from oversized classrooms not being equipped to handle his needs, to bullies, to lunch issues (he has taste and texture aversions and a dairy allergy). He was struggling ... Thu, 22 May 2014 12:06:29 EST Howdy ho! Hey, <BR> <BR> I am a home school mom based in Maryland. I think I'm called an ecletic homeschooler (I put my stuff together in response to my boy's interests). <BR> <BR> Well, after trying (and failing) to balance everything, I had a stroke IN FRONT OF MY SON! My young hero called my mom (I mean, who needs paramedics) and got me some water and tried to help me get up when I couldn't. I am so proud. <BR> <BR> In addition to totally wrecking the fall session, this experience has kind of m... Wed, 14 May 2014 21:57:29 EST Read to your kids;-) Read to your kids. finding bookclubs online with quizzes and prizes helps out;-) Tue, 15 Apr 2014 17:47:28 EST Encouraging Moments This has been my first year homeschooling my 9 and 6 year olds. Through it I have often felt like a complete failure. Am I doing anything right? My 9 year old has had a rough time learning to read. But this past week I had one of those encouraging moments that I needed. He read his first chapter book out loud. He needed help sounding out many words but he got through the whole book and is so proud of himself. And of course I am too. <BR> <BR> Do you have moments like these that keep you goi... Sun, 6 Apr 2014 06:36:59 EST Hello from GA Hi! I'm mother to two beautiful girls, K and 2nd grade. We started homeschooling because of our oldest being diagnosed with ADHD, bullying going on in the school, and oldest getting so far behind in math and the teacher didn't care! Plus so many other reasons :) <BR> <BR> I gained a lot of weight with both of my pregnancies due partially to being put on bed rest due to high blood pressure. I had them 18 months apart. Then I got put on a medication that made me gain weight, and went through a... Sat, 29 Mar 2014 18:53:14 EST Hello from Florida Hi, I am new to the team. I am currently homeschooling my 12 year old son. He is currently in the 6th grade. <em>149</em> <em>150</em> <em>207</em> <em>203</em> <em>17</em> <em>434</em> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:59:01 EST Hello from Nashville! I am a homeschool Mom who has tried to lose my post baby weight for several years and has had no luck. My last real run of success was through Sparkpeople so I am back hoping to finally reach my goal weight. At the same time my family is new to homeschooling, 2013-2014 school year will be our first full year of homeschooling. We love the change and the flexibility but I struggle to get my workouts in and curb how much snacking I do with the kids at home all day. I am looking forward to pi... Wed, 5 Mar 2014 10:32:38 EST Hi from Southern Indiana I am a mom off 3 kids ages 9, 6 and 1. This has been my first year of homeschooling and I must say it has been very difficult. On top of that we bought our first house in October. With all the changes, my exercise and eating habits went out the window. I have used SP off and on for several years but I have never participated in the SparkTeams. I am hoping that with support I can finally meet my goals. Fri, 21 Feb 2014 11:09:45 EST New, from IL Hi! I'm Sheri, homeschooling mom to 7 amazing kids. This is my year to get healthy and active with my kids! Sun, 16 Feb 2014 14:48:00 EST Anyone a Homeschool Group Leader? I was wondering if others on this team were homeschool group leaders? I am a co-owner of a homeschool group and also co-lead our co-op, lead one 4-H group, and co-lead another. On top of that, both of my children are teenagers (one has learning disabilities) so my time is limited to say the least. <BR> <BR> If you are, what are your biggest challenges? I think mine is motivating members to help with the group activities. We have assigned job duties (that the members chose from) but it's ... Tue, 4 Feb 2014 08:04:22 EST Hey from TN I'm Kim. Wife to my high school sweetheart/retired soldier. We have four children (25, 17, 9, 5). My husband and I graduated from public school - and our oldest son did as well. We've homeschooled our other three kids for eight years now. It's been a great blessing to our family! Wish we had obeyed the call for our family sooner ... Thu, 23 Jan 2014 10:36:00 EST new to this group Hi everyone, <BR> I am new to this group and wanted to say hi. I am so excited to see there is a homeschool group on Spark. I really need encouragement because we do not have many homeschoolers here and I have a hard time keeping up on everything. We just added two more children to our home in May and so our family went from 6 people to 8. My DH's brother just died in a car accident and between all the stress of new people and one death I am having a hard time staying motivated. I would ... Sun, 12 Jan 2014 00:12:49 EST hi everyone Hi my name is delia ...I have been homeschooling for 2 years . My oldest son is 17 he graduated from homeschool in the spring and is now in college I have a 14 yr old son who is in 8th grade and a9 yr old daughter in 4 th grade ...look forward to meeting new friends Mon, 6 Jan 2014 16:11:08 EST How do I fit it all in? I'm trying to figure out how to fit everything in to my days. I'm not even trying to add in extras! Just the basics: keeping the house picked up, school work and now my fitness routine. I feel like I can only ever get 2 of the 3 done. It's either housework and school work or house work and get the idea. I delegate housework to my oldest daughter (the other is only 2) and I have her do as much of her school works as possible independently. Even then I just can't seem to find the... Thu, 19 Dec 2013 12:46:29 EST Does Anyone Know ... Foreign Language Question Hello! <BR> <BR> We're looking for a way to hook up with a high school pen pal in Germany to supplement study of that language - does anyone know of a way to do this? <BR> <BR> THANK YOU for your time; I appreciate it! <BR> <BR> <BR> <em>460</em> <em>446</em> <em>460</em> Mon, 16 Dec 2013 06:43:07 EST home school association one of my friends said they have a home school association I can join does anyone know where to find it? I've heard they have them all over and the other home school kids take field trips together and different things. is there a website? thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:42:21 EST home school buddies wanted Hi my name is Katie. I will be a new homeschooler starting next week. I will be pulling my daughter out of public school she will be pulled out next week. I am new to home schooling as far as teaching. I was a homeschooler myself the last 3 years of high school. I would love to meet other homeschoolers and make friends with them. Thu, 7 Nov 2013 14:24:30 EST New here and don't know where to start! Hello! I'm new here and I am planning on homeschooling my daughter. She will be 5 in November so she missed the cutoff to start Kindergarten this year. We have always planned on homeschooling, but I am really lost as to where to start. My husband has called over to the schools to inquire about a few things and they just brush him off. <BR> <BR> First of all, we are not religious and I find that most of the private homeschool places that provide you curriculum and everything are religio... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 19:04:21 EST What's Your Best Advice For New Homeschoolers? As we are approaching the last 4 years of our homeschooling years, I sometimes reflect back to when my children were younger and I was a frightened, new homeschooling mom. I didn't have a homeschool group that I belonged to, no one in my family nor friends homeschooled, and I was ridiculed by family members for even entertaining the thought that I could homeschool my preschooler, LOL. <BR> <BR> I lacked in confidence, had no clue what I was doing since I had no guidance, etc. so the first y... Sun, 20 Oct 2013 07:53:08 EST HI! Hi! I haven't started HSing yet. I'm getting all of my ducks in a row first. I'm trying to figure out how to pick our curriculum. I'm also trying to figure out when to start, the boys started back PS not too long ago and they are miserable. My husband said last year we should wait until this year to see if a new year, new teacher would help but so far it hasn't. Now what? Should we wait until a new semester? Their fall break? Next summer?! <BR> Also, we just paid over $100 in school supplies... Mon, 16 Sep 2013 09:29:55 EST What Curriculum Are You Loving So Far? I'm sure most of us have started back with the new school year by now. I was wondering if you had a favorite and/or favorites of the curriculum you are using this year that you are pleased with. <BR> <BR> I bought a new science program that a friend of mine is using that while very expensive for our budget, has so far worked well for us since starting back school last week. <BR> <BR> It's called Exploration Education and is a complete science set that includes a cd rom, lab book, and sever... Sun, 8 Sep 2013 07:09:42 EST Looking for buddies to lose ten pounds in Sept! I plan to be very focused and lose ten pounds this month (September, which actually starts tomorrow). I have a long term trip coming up mid October and I need to get these ten pounds off! I put them on earlier this year from stress. I can be very focused when I want to be. There is no time for me to be slack about this. Who wants to join me? It is so much easier when there are others to look to for support and inspiration. :) <BR> <BR> By the way, my name is Kim. I have four children ages 15... Sat, 31 Aug 2013 10:49:27 EST When Do You Start Back? I have had major surgery (in June) that I'm still recovering from as well as another medical procedure coming up in the near future (not surgery thankfully) and so my planning for the new school year has not gone the way I wanted it to. <BR> <BR> I didn't get to go to the curriculum fair I wanted to attend and on top of all that, this is our first year homeschooling high school!!! I'm freaked just a little bit! <BR> <BR> I have to do all my curriculum searching and looking online and it ha... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 07:54:11 EST Homeschool High School - Help! I'm still recovering from a major surgery and wasn't able to attend a homeschool curriculum event that I go to every year a few weeks back. <BR> <BR> As a result, I've had to do all my "looking" at curriculum online instead of in person. <BR> <BR> We are going to be starting high school this year so it wasn't a good time to not attend and get more familiar with high school subjects as well as learn tips on transcripts, etc. <BR> <BR> Now that I'm off the pain meds, etc. I am able to do a... Sat, 20 Jul 2013 07:17:41 EST Hi from CT Hello! <em>87</em> I am HSing my preschooler because she is my oldest child. LOL we are doing ABCs, 123s, manners, social skills, etc. I wasn't sure I was qualified to HS but life is one big "educational experience." I also have an 11 week old. Hubby and I are excited to watch their personalities and interests develop and to encourage them to go for whatever captivates them. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 23:10:58 EST Sorry For Being Absent Hi everyone, <BR> <BR> Just wanted to post a quick message to let every one know that I am still recovering from a major surgery and that's why I haven't posted here in awhile. <BR> <BR> I was severely anemic before this surgery and so my not feeling well has been going on for quite awhile. I'm able to get online, but my regular routine of normal day to day living is very limited. <BR> <BR> The recovery period is long for this type of surgery so I apologize for not keeping up with this te... Mon, 8 Jul 2013 08:15:05 EST Long Time Homeschooler Good morning all! Thanks for creating this team for homeschoolers! <BR> I am currently homeschooling my 3 youngest (ages 17, 11 & almost 9). My 2 oldest were homeschooled also (they are 22 & 20 & out of the house!) <BR> We are schooling thru summer to catch up after my daughter had 2 surgeries this year and we took a month off each time. <BR> I'm looking forward to "meeting" more homeschool moms who want to get fit & healthy! <BR> <BR> Blessings, Anita Fri, 21 Jun 2013 07:58:05 EST Hello Everyone! Hi. I just joined this team recently. I'm so glad to find a team that's here to encourage through all the challenges of homeschooling! I've been homeschooling my 7 yr old daughter from the beginning and this year I'm going to start my 5 yr old son as well. It has been challenging and wonderful too! I myself was homeschooled and loved it, but being the teacher is just a little bit different than being the student. Hoping to find encouragement and support. :) Fri, 14 Jun 2013 10:33:10 EST Hi, I am new I am new to this team. My 12 year old is currently attending public school. She is not doing well and I have been told by her school counselor and her teachers that they have "given up" on my daughter. They told me that until she figures out that she wants help, they will not do anything to help her improve her grades or speak with her. They basically feel she is a "lost cause". <BR> <BR> Well, my daughter is an adopted child who is in public school for her first year. She dislikes it--... Thu, 25 Apr 2013 09:26:18 EST Got any awesome workout songs? When I work out, I find that I do much better with a really rocking song on the Ipod. However, I am old, so therefore, so are most of my songs. I asked my daughters for help, but I really, really don't like their music. <BR> Here are some of my favorites for you, perhaps you can pass a few of your favorite my way? <BR> <BR> Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani (has bad language) <BR> Don' Cha - Pussycat Dolls (also a bit naughty) <BR> Almost any Will Smith song is perfect <BR> I Wanna Rock - Twi... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 11:20:04 EST Hello from Kansas Hello all! <BR> My name is Kim. I'm 38 years old and live in small town Kansas with my dh, 13 year old dd, 2 dogs and 3 cats. I've been joyfully married to dh for 13 years now. <BR> I like to cook and read (sci fi, fantasy, or mysteries are favorite genres). I like anime and manga. We are somewhat tv free although we still watch dvd's. I love to learn new things! <BR> Dd has always been homeschooled. We are what I would call relaxed eclectic secular homeschoolers. Dd loves video games and an... Thu, 18 Apr 2013 17:48:58 EST Hiya! Hiya! I'm Jill, from Richmond, Virginia. My husband and I share homeschooling for our two kids- he's a stay at home dad and I'm a full-time paralegal. I've been on SP for several years, but the past year and a half I've been slacking with injuries, adding homeschooling, and work challenges. I just had surgery and so while I'm healing I'm getting back to SP, back to a version of clean eating (I just finished reading "What the Bible Says About Healthy Living"), and catching up on some histo... Sun, 14 Apr 2013 10:02:19 EST Hi :) Just starting today...looking for buddies I successfully used sparkpeople before to lose the pregnancy weight after my 3rd. Now my 4th is getting close to 3 years old and I still need to get the last 10 pounds here I am. I homeschool my oldest 3 children ages 15, 12, and 9. :) Thu, 4 Apr 2013 08:19:12 EST Hi! Very excited to be joining!! I am a mother of 4 amazing children and they are all at home! 14-boy, 12-girl, 8-boy and 5 boy! It is rewarding, tiring, wonderful, trying, amazing, a blessing and messy! But it is our life and we love it! Since I started Homeschooling I have gained 35lbs and cannot get it back off!! I am determined to get back to feeling good again!! That's why I am here! Tue, 2 Apr 2013 21:57:21 EST Hi all! Hi everyone! I'm a mom of 2 wee ones, they are 2 1/2 & 8 months. We do a little homeschooling but haven't starting any official curriculum yet. Always looking to network with other homeschooling parents though! :) Tue, 2 Apr 2013 15:07:36 EST Fun Motivating Tool I found this little gem online while searching for BMI charts. Plug in your info and it will give you a visual of how you will look at your ideal weight. <BR> It's very motivating! <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 06:54:12 EST Co-Op Help I have never been in a co-op, but I co-own a homeschool group. We had a big surprise came our way yesterday when a person who is responsible for the facility for a co-op in our area dropped it in our laps! <em>40</em> The person who has dropped it in our laps is in (or I should say WAS in) two groups. Ours and a woman who used to be in our group but who didn't like that we stood up to her and her bullying. Our group was the second one she was kicked out of and therefore she had no o... Sun, 10 Mar 2013 08:23:53 EST Have you discovered the Joy of Exercise? I was never, never athletic. Exercise was not a fun thing. Lately, however, I've discovered I really like the treadmill. Now most people think it is boring, but I just try to challenge myself and get faster and more incline each time. I end up sore, but really looking forward to my next time. <BR> Now, I have heard that doctors have recently agreed that one can lose weight without the exercise, but without it, you can lose muscle along with fat. Not a good thing, because muscle burns cal... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 20:55:38 EST What Is Important to You in a Homeschool Group? A friend and I run a local homeschool group in our area and while it is doing well, I always try to keep communication going between the members and my friend and I. We offer many different things for members such as a teen group, field trips, once-a-month educational classes, Mom's Night Out, park days, parties, etc. <BR> <BR> We ask for feedback and try to make sure it is a fun, kind atmosphere and have received lots of great feedback by word of mouth at how happy members are. <BR> <BR> ... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 08:03:04 EST Horrible Histories Do any of you supplement your history lessons with Horrible Histories. We do and they really make history fun for kids of all ages. I mean it too! My oldest is in the public high school and her history teacher saw her reading one once and asked about it. Now she borrows one book from us each week! <BR> Anyway, Horrible Histories also has videos on youtube that you may want to take a look at. <BR> Here is a link to Wives of Henry VIII<BR>r_deta... Sun, 24 Feb 2013 15:02:42 EST Invaluable Math Resources <BR> <BR><BR>l <BR> Fri, 22 Feb 2013 10:03:53 EST Processed Food Hazards There has been much talk lately on the dangers of processed foods. I've been reading up on this subject and it seems that when we eat something that has gone through a great deal of processing, our bodies no longer recognize it as food. Therefore, you can eat a lunchmeat sandwich on white bread and be hungry again almost immediately! <BR> <BR> I see the truth in this. A few years ago, my oldest daughter, 16, gave up any candy with artificial flavors. She also happens to be the most slen... Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:58:10 EST Cooking and Nutrition I would love to see some ideas on teaching children cooking and nutrition. My daughter loves to cook and she first started when she took a year to home school with her brother. However, my 12 year old son has no interest whatsoever. He does mention that he knows it is an important and useful skill to have, but when I suggest he help in the kitchen, he rejects that idea firmly. <BR> <BR> Who can give me a few awesome ideas? Fri, 22 Feb 2013 09:45:34 EST Homeschooling Mom of 4 Yup - 4 kiddos. Love homeschooling - love having the kids home with me - love helping them over hurdles and through challenges to see how awesome they are. Don't regret it one bit - however, I do wish there was more time for me. That's my biggest struggle - carving out more time for me. I am working on it - and also involving the kids in a healthier lifestyle - complete with cooking healthier - learning more about the foods we eat - and exercise. Through it all I am sure we will learn a ... Thu, 21 Feb 2013 19:19:43 EST What do you do for Art Lessons? I am not in the least artistic. My son is very much into drawing and painting. So what to do? Well, my first choice was a delightful class run by the park district on drawing cartoons, when he graduated from that we did a class on Ceramics. He did not enjoy that as much, but we took 2 complete sessions just to be sure. Then, lucky for us, a friend of mine gave me the email of a local art teacher that specializes in teaching home schoolers! He loves it. He is in with friends and I get t... Wed, 20 Feb 2013 20:06:57 EST Hopeful Homeschooler Hi all. My name is Kristy. I have been married for almost a year now. We don't have children yet but we are talking about it. :) So, why are you here, you ask? Well, I really hope to be able to homeschool any children we are blessed with & could use any & all advice & knowledge in this. My husband would also like for us to homeschool but I make quite a bit more money than he does & the financial loss does make him nervous. Anyway, hi! Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:55:00 EST Hi I'm new Hi I am a homeschooling mother of a 5 yr old and two year old. My five year old have Down Syndrome and my two year old is just a little budle of energy. <BR> I wanted to communicate with other sparkpeople that are homeschooling. It's great to relate. Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:58:56 EST Homeschooling Support (Or lack thereof) I'm having a really hard time with my mother. We're pulling our kindergartner out of traditional public school and placing her in a state run virtual school as a kind of test run in homeschooling. My mother has worked in education (public, traditional) most of her adult life, and can't seem to leave me alone about my decision. At first I would post to FB questions about homeschooling and thoughts. Now I post what we're doing and even state on the posts that my mind is now made up and it's for... Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:11:08 EST Hi! Hi, my name is Laine, and I'm a SAHM of 5 kids ages 9m, 2y, 3y, 3y, and 5y. We are currently in the process of pulling our eldest out of public school kindergarten and putting her into the public school virtual kindergarten as a trial. I'm looking forward to spending more time involved in her education, and hope we're all up for the challenge! We currently live in the DC area if any other parents ever want to meet up, just message me and we might be able to set something us. We just moved her... Thu, 24 Jan 2013 19:38:57 EST Hello Homeschoolers Hi, everyone my name is Teresa. I homeschool a 5th grade son, a 2nd grade daughter and a kindergartner daughter. We have always homeschooled. I'm looking for any advice on easy lunches, and quick dinners. And if you could through in any tips on time management that would be great! <em>41</em> Thu, 24 Jan 2013 15:26:22 EST Need new team leader Hello everybody. I apologize for not keeping things going. As you may know, we had another baby recently. Even before his arrival, things in our household began getting quite busy. Partly the excitement, but also the fact that we have 5 others to teach at 5 completely different learning levels. We are getting it done, but at this time, my family requires my attention. <BR> <BR> I'm saying this to let you know that I will be stepping down as team leader. I don't have the time to check... Sat, 19 Jan 2013 11:17:04 EST Hello all! I have just joined your team. I had no idea you were out there! <em>30</em> I am currently homeschooling my 10 year old son, and it is definitely a challenge! I work from home as well, and my husband works out in the real world. I just wanted to say hello! Wed, 16 Jan 2013 21:46:30 EST Exercising at home My question is what kind of exercise do you enjoy at home? And how do you keep your workout from becoming monotonous. I have to say I would love to go to the gym but because of my husbands work hours and the fact that my children are always with me, that just simply isn't possible. I have tried exercising at home before but have found it hard to keep up because of the boredom of always doing the same thing and the stress of the kids running around me while I'm trying to exercise. Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:56:23 EST Just Joined Hello! My name is Julie. I just joined the group and am excited to be here. I have home schooled going on five years now. I have two boys - ages four and ten. We are part of a homeschooling group and co-op. We love it. My hubby is retired from the Air Force and has been declared disabled. We are all here all the time except for hunting season. <em>246</em> So things can get pretty interesting. Prior to having my first born I taught high school history. I am thrilled to be homesc... Thu, 10 Jan 2013 16:20:29 EST Greetings! Hey everyone, <BR> <BR> My name is Mary. I am a homeschooling mom of 3! My oldest son is 6 and working quickly through his 1st/2nd grade curriculum. My daughter is 4 and doing awesome with her preschool work. And my youngest is 2. He loves working on things with his sister. <BR> <BR> We are proud homeschoolers. We tried public school for two days. My son had never been so depressed and anxious in his life. We only tried because he had begged me to and I'm so happy we decided to go with our ... Wed, 2 Jan 2013 23:21:58 EST Enrolled Today I am really excited! I finally convinced my husband to let me homeschool my 9 yo DS. He was hesitant because our son had already begun public school and he thought our son would miss it. I already told DH that he had no choice when it comes to DD who is almost 3. Woohoo pre k! Well DS asked me today and we went to DH about it and the rest is history! <BR> <BR> Can't wait to learn and loose with you all! Wed, 28 Nov 2012 17:40:10 EST Hi from Mississippi! <em>213</em> Hi! My name is Dawn and I am brand new to SP. I have been married for eight years and I am trying to homeschool my severely ADHD five year old son. It is challenging, but we realized there is no way our child will be successful in a regular school setting. So we push forward and do the best we can. =) Wed, 28 Nov 2012 12:48:01 EST Pre K Help Okay, so my twins are 4 and they are already doing a little kindergarten stuff. I am not pushing this, it is just what they like to do. I am not wanting to start in a total homeschool program like Abeka just yet, but I do want to give them well rounded education for their age. <BR> <BR> I have ideas for reading and math, although it is not enough. Math is easy, but I want to begin teaching them to read. Especially, the one that is sound out words already. They love science, so I have s... Tue, 14 Aug 2012 20:41:23 EST Hi everyone! Hi everyone! <BR> I'm homeschooling my 8-year old son, who has high-functioning autism. I always wanted to homeschool him, but bought into the "socialization" and "extra support" traps. So he went to Kindergarten and half of Grade 1 before I pulled him out to teach him at home. I was SO anxious about the decision... 1.5 years later I can say it's the best parenting choice I've ever made. <BR> We live in a very small town, where I don't know any other homeschoolers. I struggle to meet his need... Thu, 9 Aug 2012 01:36:37 EST Hello! Hi! I am Amarie. I am a stay at home mom and I homeschool my 10 year old daughter and my 2 year old son (his comes by way of helping his sister). I am a firm believer in teaching children in the best way for them to learn, that homeschooling is a lifestyle choice, and that homeschooling is not for everyone (but it works for us!) I am completing my degree in educational studies. I am trying to get my life back on track. I am tired of the yoyo, tired of watching the budget to determine if... Mon, 6 Aug 2012 10:15:09 EST Has anyone used these books before? My son is getting ready to start working on 6th grade subjects in August (we are still mixing in level 5 in some things just to make sure he's comfortable with them. We've always used the LifePac series and are ready to switch it up a bit since he was getting bored with it. <BR> <BR> It was recommended to look into: <BR> <BR> Saxon Math <BR> Bob Jones English or/ <BR> Easy Grammar <BR> Apologia Science <BR> <BR> I would also like to know if anyone can recommend anything for History. <BR> ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 12:06:32 EST Hi from Illinois! Hello fellow homeschoolers! <BR> <BR> My name is Susan and I am a homeschooling momma to 3 beautiful children. I have a son (12) and 2 daughters (11 and 8). I am so very happy to find this spark team! I have a current goal to lose 50 lbs by Christmas. <BR> <BR> I look forward to chatting! <BR> <BR> Susan Sun, 3 Jun 2012 20:40:59 EST Hello! OK homeschooler Hello! <BR> <BR> I am 38 years old, married 17 1/2 years, with five daughters, ages ranging from 14 down to 21 months. I have 100 pounds to lose. Would like to lose it by age 40. <BR> <BR> My biggest struggle is that the weight just doesn't get in my way! I don't feel heavy. I look in the mirror and get confused because the way I look is NOT how I feel. I do not spend a lot of time sitting around doing nothing. We have moved 12 times in the last 9 years, and for 9 of those moves I pac... Thu, 24 May 2012 17:13:19 EST Hello to all! Hi, <BR> I'm Heather, a homeschool mom to 4 kiddies. My oldest is 9, then 7, 5, and 2. I am here to stay and serious about getting my extra weight off! Looking forward to sharing health/homeschool tips with you all =) Fri, 18 May 2012 14:46:52 EST I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle Hi everyone, I homeschool my 11 year old and I don't know if it's me or him or a combination of both but I feel like I'm fighting a losing battle. <BR> <BR> I don't know if I'm going about homeschooling the wrong way or what. <BR> We set up a schedule where he gets up every 30 minutes to take a break (he has ADD) but it seems like during the 30 minutes that he's supposed to be working he just sits there and stares at the wall or plays with his pencil or anything else he finds to do. The onl... Wed, 16 May 2012 17:10:50 EST Homeschooling in Ohio Hello! I'm a homeschooling mom in Ohio. I have 5 children (13, 6, 4, 2 and 1). I've been on and off sparkpeople for years. I'm serious this time since we're done having children. I'm about 1/2 way to my goal already (22 lbs down, 25 to go!) ! It's so exciting to be confident enough to wear shorts and tanks with summer nearly here!! Mon, 14 May 2012 14:15:25 EST Hi from coastal GA! Hello everyone! I joined SP a long time ago but have the determination to make it work this time around. I'm 36 and I've been homeschooling for about 4 years now. My oldest turned 13 today (happy mother's day, I have a teen. lol). My other two are 7 and 5. I'm also an army it isn't really like the show. lol. <BR> <BR> I was going to join a stay at home mom group but being a stay at home, homeschool mom is just a tad different and figure I could get better ideas and tips from ev... Sun, 13 May 2012 08:52:35 EST New Team-mate and Homeschooler Here From Florida! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I (re)joined SP on April 29 and have been very dedicated to it this time around. My husband joined with me as well. We live in Palm Bay, FL (on the Space Coast) and have two sons, who will turn 4 y/o and 2 y/o in June. <BR> <BR> We decided about a year ago that we will be homeschooling, so we are new to it. Our almost-4-y/o is excited about "doing school at mommy and daddy's house," as he calls it. We have not started HS yet because I believe he's still a bit too young for... Wed, 9 May 2012 13:12:07 EST I feel overwhelmed and unsure Hello. I dont usually post on my team forums here on Spark but I need support! My daughter is turning 5 in a few weeks and the task of homeschooling has crept up. I remember being so excited abt it a few yrs ago and now that the time is fast approaching (this fall!) I feel so overwhelmed and unsure. <BR> <BR> Because we have moved an hr away from family and we only have one vehicle, I am forced into homeschooling her this year. Dont get me wrong - I have always wanted to homeschool my ki... Wed, 2 May 2012 14:44:50 EST Indiana--New to homeschooling I am from Indiana and I am new to homeschooling. <BR> Need lots of assistant as how to do all of this. I don't want to fail my child. He is going into 6th grade at the beginning of the new school year. Not sure what type of cirrculm to use. He does good with hands on learning. He has challenges in language arts, reading and of course spelling, Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thank you and Lord Bless Thu, 5 Apr 2012 11:42:11 EST Exercise in the middle of schooling? I have such energetic kids. They bounce constantly. I do let them stand to do their work. I also ask for jumping jacks between subjects. I also let them use the treadmill for 5 minutes when I feel like they are really unable to stay with me. Any other ideas as to how to get them to physically calm down enough to pay attention to what we are supposed to be doing? I have considered letting them play in the morning and do school in the afternoon but then my brain is slowing down. I need to do sc... Wed, 28 Mar 2012 12:00:25 EST Hello! I'm a mom of five kids, dd 8, twin DS 6, DS 5, and DS 3. The oldest 3 are being homeschooled while the 2 younger ones officially start in the fall. I look forward to get to know other homeschool parents who are also trying to lose weight. Sat, 24 Mar 2012 13:50:39 EST What Program(s) Do You Use? What program are you using to homeschool? My husband and I are going to start homeschooling our 6 year old daughter this fall. She'll be entering first grade. Neither districts 11 nor 20 were very helpful in pointing me in the right direction for getting started. They both said to find some other homeschooling families and see what they do. <BR> <BR> We have looked into COVA and the whole online/virtual schooling concept doesn't appeal to us. That's all we've figured out so far. We'd li... Wed, 21 Mar 2012 19:06:13 EST Hello! My name is Jennifer and I live in Springville, UT. I'm excited to be here with all of you lovely ladies. :) Sat, 17 Mar 2012 10:54:47 EST Wake up Team!!! This team is soooo quiet! I know being a homeschooler our days are busy, but if we don't take time for us, then what good are we going to be to our kids when we hit bottom? <BR> <BR> What do you do for YOU? Did you exercise today? Make healthy food choices? Did you talk to your kids about why you are making healthy choices for yourself and encourage them to do the same? Wed, 14 Mar 2012 09:19:13 EST Homeschooling an only child Hi there, I have one son who I am homeschooling . Anyone else have just one? <BR> I am interested in hints and helps for a singleton. Thu, 8 Mar 2012 15:13:02 EST New to homeschooling This is our first time homeschooling and at the moment due to job loss my hubby and I both get to work with our son who is 10, as soon as one of us find a good job then it will be up to the other to continue the homeschool. I am a mom of four with two left at home, one in middle school and one homeschool. I did homeschool my oldest and he went on to college at 17 and is now doing excellent on his way to nursing school. I am excited for the opportunity to meet new people for friendship and mot... Thu, 8 Mar 2012 12:08:22 EST I am new!! Hi I am Lindsay. I am a 28 year old homeschooling mom of 2 girls ( ages 5 and 10). We love it!! I have been homeschooling for the past 5 years and it has been such a blesssing!! Mon, 5 Mar 2012 09:09:54 EST hello hello everyone, <BR> I am a homeschooling mom of 3 boys ages 13, 9 and 6. Looking forward to this journey of weight loss and good health with you. Mon, 5 Mar 2012 08:15:14 EST Hi from PA! Hi everyone, I'm Sommer, a homeschooling mom of 4, a 7yo DD, a 6yo DS, an almost 3yo DS and then I have a 13yo DS who is in PS. <BR> <BR> I'm exicted to be here, and can't wait to get to know you all. Sat, 3 Mar 2012 20:20:33 EST New today Hello! Joined Sparkpeople today and am finding my way around. Have always homeschooled and look forward to making new friends on my weight loss journey! <BR> <BR> tess Fri, 2 Mar 2012 09:10:16 EST Hello fellow homeschoolers My name is Julie, and I am a homeschooling mom to 4 boys. My oldest is now in college, the teenager is enrolled in a virtual high school program and the two youngest are being taught 5th and 1st grade by me. We've been homeschooling for 13 years now. We live in Florida, which thankfully has few regulations to meet. I joined spark to help me get back in shape after a year long absense due to illness. I am glad there is a homeschooling group! Tue, 14 Feb 2012 13:23:12 EST Parent Reading Thread Okay, so what are all the parents reading right now? <BR> <BR> Would you recommend them? Not recommend them? Please add your opinions/thoughts, you think would be useful. Thanks. Fri, 3 Feb 2012 12:43:16 EST What brings you here? With the beginning of the new year, we have had a rush of new members. I thought it might be interesting for us (old and new) to share with each other. What brought you to SP? How did you learn about SP? What goals are you trying to reach? Is it weight loss, healthier lifestyle, better eating habits...? And for the older members, how long have you been with SP? <BR> <BR> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 12:55:38 EST I'm a newbie :) Hi! I'm meg and I'm the mom of 5. We homeschooled for 7 yrs, then my kids took a quick detour in school when I had to go to work, but we're home again. Well, my 5, 13 & 15 yr olds are home and after this school year my 7 & 8 yr olds will be home, too. <BR> <BR> My older two do middle and high school through Florida's online school but the others aren't going to be doing virtual school until they're older. <BR> <BR> Just wanted to say hi! <BR> Meg Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:45:28 EST Hello :) Hi, I'm Melanie - homeschooling just outside of Memphis, TN. I have a 4th grader, 2nd grader, 2 yr old, and a 4 month old. Things are kinda crazy at our house right now, and I have a hard time taking care of myself along with the needs of all the kids/hubby/household stuff. I'm hoping to learn how to find some balance! Tue, 24 Jan 2012 20:58:51 EST Howdy Do! Hello, just joined this team yesterday. Homeschool and work in N..E Brazil. I'm from Virginia, but been living in Brazil for some time now. Visit the States from time to time. I have three boys who were all born here in Brazil. We homeschool right now in English. <BR> <BR> Nice to meet ya! Thu, 19 Jan 2012 13:45:23 EST Hello Everybody! My name is Amber and I just joined Spark people the other day. I am just currently starting homeschool. I am currently homeschooling my 4yr old in preschool, but this year starts the real deal...KINDERGARTEN! I also have a 2yr old at home and we do a little school with him too. I used this year of preschool to start getting ourselves use to the process. As for myself, I am currently pushing the obese line and I cant stand it. This is the heaviest I've been without being pregnant. Yikes!! Wi... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 10:59:03 EST Feeling alone in the world of Homeschooling Hi all! I'm new to this group and I'm glad that I found it. <BR> <BR> I have 5 kids and the oldest two are by my ex husband. Because of this we agreed those children go to public school. Currently they reside with him (per an agreement) because we moved to a different town (my husband and I) and they wanted to stay in their school. So they come over here on days off, weekends, and holidays. <BR> <BR> Anyways, my next two are 5 and 6 year old with the baby being 2 next month. My sons (the 5 ... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 13:59:31 EST Hi Everyone!! Just joined this group! Hello! <BR> <BR> I am a homeschooling mom of five (four still in school). I am looking forward to the <BR> team and the discussions! Fri, 13 Jan 2012 12:36:58 EST I think I miss homescho ling.... i"ve been on this team the entire time I've been on Spark. I'm not active here to say the least. We homeschooled our kids for years...and years...and 2 yrs ago I sent the entire brood(well, except for those too young) to school. I felt like I had reached my limit on nerves,patience,etc. We were rushing thru work to just get it done and I didn't enjoy my kids like I should. <BR> Now, I've got just the 2 youngest home(3 1/2 and almost 2) and the oldest graduated in May and is off to college.(... Fri, 13 Jan 2012 10:56:37 EST TN Homeschooler Any homeschoolers from Tennessee, particularly around Memphis. I am looking a support groups to get involved with. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 22:38:03 EST Hey Yall!! I'm a stay at home, homeschooling mom of two very active boys. I'm really trying to make it my goal this year to get in shape so I can keep up with my boys. Look forward to this group. Thu, 12 Jan 2012 14:03:51 EST Intro Hi. I've been a member for a while now, but am recently back on track (12/18/11). Then this week I got sick and can't do much but lay down and take antibots, so I've been encouraging others and watching Biggest Loser and Extreme Makeover Weight Loss to encourage myself. lol <BR> <BR> I live in Montana, married 20 years with a 9 year old autistic son that I homeschool. After a year of catch-up/review from public school (awesome teacher and support staff), I decided to use SOS (Switched... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 12:55:18 EST New Here! Hi! I am a homeschooling mom with 3 children...ages 10, 7 and (almost) 5. I love my family, but have come to the realization that I need to also love myself. In the midst of taking care of everyone else, I have neglected my own needs. <BR> <BR> I am 5'6 and weight 203 pounds. I've lost 7 pounds since the beginning of the year, so that is definitely motivating! My long term goal weight is around 135...which is what I weighed on my wedding day. My short term goal is to simply weigh less than 2... Thu, 12 Jan 2012 09:51:23 EST Hello I signed up today! I have four friends that look amazing because they are using this, so I decided to try. I have 4 kids and homeschool 2 of them. My oldest two are sophmores. One is in college and the other is in highschool. My homeschoolers are 7 and 13. I have focused on homeschooling sitting in four walls for far too long. Homeschooling has definately taken it's toll on me giving me a very inactive lifestyle of teaching at the table and couches, to driving from here to there with v... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 00:32:26 EST Howdy! I'm Lexi! I live in the DFW area of Texas. I have 5 children. The youngest is 2 and the oldest is 10. I joined sparkpeople about a year ago, but did nothing with it the first year. So I've recommited myself to it. Tue, 10 Jan 2012 17:23:27 EST Just starting on long term weight management Hi, I'm very new at this. I know what have to lose and that its not going away overnight. I would like to have plenty of advise. I don't even know how to buy workout clothes. I am open for suggestions and would like to make some friends along the way Mon, 9 Jan 2012 22:35:11 EST Recipe challenge This challenge will help you earn sparkpoints, and hopefully cause you to try something new, while utilizing one of the spark tools. <BR> <BR> Each week, I will suggest some vegetables to use in new recipes. You only need to use one, but feel free to try as many as you like. Simply go to the spark recipes, and type in the vegetable. Find a new recipe and prepare it for your family. Don't forget to click on the sparkpoints icon to earn your 3 points! After you prepare it for your family,... Mon, 9 Jan 2012 16:58:26 EST hello all Hey everybody! <BR> My name is Jeremy. <BR> I am excited to get back to losing weight this new year. <BR> I have 2 kids. Son will be 3 and daughter will be 1 in april. Currently not homeschooling but wife adn I are planning on homeschooling our kids. Sun, 8 Jan 2012 13:20:39 EST Ready for 2012 Hi, I'm a 48 year old wife and mother of 6. My oldest son (23) is married, but the I homeschool the rest of my kids (ages 15 to 8) I tried WW in 2008 and lost 30 pounds! I hit my goal weight of 135 and became Lifetime. Then life went crazy! TOO much stress with buying a new house, having 2 mortgages for 3 years, and my father's death. I used every emotional bump in the road as an excuse to eat! Now, I am back to where I started. I found this web site and it seems easier to use than WW... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 21:10:06 EST Hello Hi there! Ive been throwin around the idea of homeschoolin and I think I have finally commited (90% as of right now) to it. My daughter has been in VPK this school yr (half day) and loves every day. We are a one-income household outta necessity. With 2 lil ones and one vehicle, it would cost way more for me to get a job than to stay home. Besides that, I have truly enjoyed being a stay at home mom and wife these last 3 yrs. We are moving closer to my husbands work (45min drive one way n... Sat, 7 Jan 2012 20:23:46 EST Howdy! Hi, y'all! I'm new here, and I thought I'd introduce myself. Thank goodness for the backspace key, because I just wrote "I'm a big fat cow" and had to erase it! One of my New Year's resolutions is to abandon fat loathing thoughts and non-positive self talk, so here's my "real" introduction: <BR> My name is DeeDee, and I have 7 children. They are 18, 18, 11, 8, 7, 5*, and 13 months. (*our 5 year old passed away in February 2011, a week before her 6th birthday). We are a homeschool family,... Tue, 3 Jan 2012 21:29:55 EST Hello & Happy New Year Just wanted to drop in and say hi. Hope you all are having a Happy New Year. Can't wait to get this going and meet others. Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:36:22 EST Hi I am a 46 year old mother of a 13 year old son. He is a great kid and we have been homeschooling for about 3 years now. We started out in private school and then we did public school in Florida for 1 year it was the worst experience that we have ever had. <BR> <BR> We found Virtual Academy in 4th grade and we have been with it since then in Florida and Washington State. My son loves the program and it has been a wonderful experience. My son is ADHD and it gives us more one on one time t... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 16:00:51 EST Hi Everyone! Hi y'all! I'm Brandy. I'm a 30yo stay-at-home mom to our 2 beautiful daughters {8yo and 3yo}. And we live in Wyoming! <BR> <BR> As for homeschooling, we've taken quite the journey lol. We started out as unschoolers, then went to curriculum-in-a-box stuff, then eclectic, and now we're back to unschooling. And I think that's where we'll be staying. Though I'll be honest, unschooling a younger child is easy peasy .... but the thought of doing it with our 3rd grader is just a bit intimidating to... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 21:03:46 EST Howdy! I'm a homeschooling mom to five great kids...My oldest just graduated homeschool and my other four are in varying stages of their journey (ages 15, 13, 11, and 3). We basically 'unschool' in the sense that I don't use a standard curriculum, our days are full of finding teachable moments, you know? We all love to sit around and talk, enjoy interesting facts, etc. <BR> That being said, YES we do our math, etc. :) <BR> It's great to find this group and glad to be here! Fri, 30 Dec 2011 11:14:55 EST just joined Hi I just joined sparkpeople. I'm really looking forward to getting back to a healthy weight. I have 5 kids and 2 grandkids. My four oldest are 26-33 and then I have my youngest who is almost 15. She is the only one that I have homeschooled. We have homeschooled her from the beginning and she is a sophmore in high school. Fri, 30 Dec 2011 10:36:56 EST A 'Christmas Carol" Quiz This was a fun discussion I had with our kids, and I thought it might be a fun little challenge. We all know familiar "Christmas Carols" , like Silent Night, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, etc. Can you think of songs we normally classify as "carols" that have nothing to do with Christmas? Songs that don't mention Jesus, Christmas trees, Santa, reindeer, or Merry Christmas? I'm sure we can all think of two or three right off, but limit yourself to just one per post, so others can join in.... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 16:39:24 EST Hello! Hi! I'm Lynette. I'm mom to four kiddos and am homeschooling the oldest two (2nd and K). The other two are 4yrs and 7 months. <BR> <BR> Just wanting to connect with others who homeschool and are working towards a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their family =) Mon, 12 Dec 2011 12:12:04 EST Daily chats I thought it silly to continue chatting on "Nov", so thought we'd create a meeting place to check in with each other and share ideas. <BR> <BR> My parents visit was nice, thank you. It rained a bit while they were here, so we didn't get out as much as I had hoped. It seems that the weather is always uncooperative when they visit. They've tried every season, and the poor weather seems to follow. <em>27</em> <em>54</em> <em>259</em> <BR> <BR> I had a thought for another topic. What has... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 13:10:09 EST Show our children how to eat healthy It's been a proven fact, and we all know, that our children learn behavior from us. They learn how to handle stress, respond to others, become compassionate and empathetic by watching us. What somehow gets lost, or maybe we don't care, is that our children learn our eating behaviors as well. Again, proven fact that if a parent dislikes certain foods, especially if we complain about it, the child will dislike the same foods. Infants who are never given certain vegetables, most often becau... Sat, 3 Dec 2011 16:08:44 EST Teaching healthy living to your kids? I didn't know if there is a topic that covers this already. If there is please point me to it. <BR> I'm curious to know what homeschoolers on Spark do to teach their kids healthy eating habits, healthy exercise habits and good stress management which is so essential for maintaining a healthy body? <BR> Also, is phys ed part of your curriculum if you use one? <BR> <BR> Birgit Sat, 12 Nov 2011 00:24:31 EST Just started SP Hi all! <BR> HS mom in Seattle of a third-grade girl, my only. Just started Sparkpeople last week, hoping to lose over a hundred pounds in the next year or so. I'd planned to do WW, but this looks just as easy, and it's FREE, something we can all definitely find as a budget benefit. :) Hope everyone's making their own goals, in both fitness and education! Sun, 6 Nov 2011 12:25:34 EST November chat Okay, Melody. Apparently, you and I are the only ones out here, so let's see if we can get the ball rolling. I know that these message boards help keep me motivated, so maybe we can get some fresh activity. <BR> <BR> I've been spending time outside, running and playing with the kids. That's our PE. Do your kids do PE? I know some states require it, and some areas have programs, like certain gyms that have PE classes for homeschoolers. We used to have our kids in baseball/softball, bu... Sat, 5 Nov 2011 20:31:23 EST Hello, new to the group- not HS Hello. I'm homeschooling our 5 children pre-k thru high school. We've been homeschooling for 7 years and love it. I enjoy spending every day with my children; they grow up too fast to miss even a day. We're trying to get more healthy and active. I joined sp last year, but didn't stick to it. I'm hoping to stay motivated this time, and meet my goals. Knowing that there are other homeschoolers with the same obstacles is encouraging. Tue, 11 Oct 2011 16:20:35 EST Finding time and jumping on board here Hello. How fun to see a homeschooling group on SparkPeople. It is wonderful that there is a group here that understands how incredibly hard it is to fit in cooking (healthy time consuming cooking) and exercise. I am in my 6th year of homeschooling. Glad to meet you all. Mon, 26 Sep 2011 21:35:12 EST Hi, just joined this team... Hi, just joined up. I'm hoping to find a secular HSing team that will encourage me with weight loss, meal planning, and exercise. And because I've seen people misunderstand the word secular, here's a definition: <BR> <BR> sec·u·lar <BR> adj. <BR> 1. Worldly rather than spiritual. <BR> 2. Not specifically relating to religion or to a religious body, as: secular music. <BR> <BR> If I'm in the wrong place, let me know and I will buzz off with no hard feelings. <BR> <BR> Thanks! Sun, 11 Sep 2011 13:21:35 EST Hi All!!! Homeschooling for 14 years and glad to have found you all! Thu, 25 Aug 2011 13:10:56 EST Ideas to make history fun! My son always thought history was the worst subject. I managed to interest him slightly, by doing crafts related to the time period, but it only alleviated his boredom with the subject. (My favorite, so it was killing me.) A fellow homeschooler recommended an English series called Horrible Histories. I purchased a set, (39.99, kinda pricey) and they are great! Even my high school daughters enjoy them. <BR> I don't think you should replace your standard history book, but these are a wonder... Thu, 25 Aug 2011 10:52:53 EST How do you make the 1st day of school special? My son is 6 and starting 1st grade this year and I really want to do something for him. Homeschooling is very new to me and I would love to hear your suggestions! Thanks you! Thu, 18 Aug 2011 16:39:07 EST When Do You Start Back? I really haven't decided yet when we're starting back. Part of that is due to I'm waiting for our curriculum to come in the mail and the other is that we have so much going on right now. <BR> <BR> We've been doing light school this summer so that my son doesn't forget everything he has learned (he has learning disabilities that affect his memory) but I'm thinking mid-August or early September for starting back full time. <BR> <BR> What about you? Sat, 30 Jul 2011 07:36:20 EST Veteran Homeschooler and Losing Weight Hi, all! My name is Julie and I have four kids. I've done everything from homeschooling all of them to only homeschooling one. This year, I have a 17 yo son who will be attending a few classes at our local public school plus homeschooling to finish up high school and an almost-7 yo son who will be starting 1st grade that I will be homeschooling. I've got 2 daughters, 10 yo and 12 yo, that have been in public school for the last 2 years and feel confident it's where they are learning best at. ... Sun, 24 Jul 2011 00:24:12 EST new to homeschooling and this group Hello everyone I am Simone. This will be my 1st year homeschooling. I have a 3rd, 1st, and PK this year. I also have a 1 year old. I just restarted sparkpeople, I had been inactive for so long that i just decided to start a new one. My main goals are to cook and eat healthier, feed my kids healthier meals, and give them the best education that i can. We dont use a set curriculum yet because there are so many choices that i am truley overwhelemed. But in September I am going to make my ... Sat, 23 Jul 2011 18:06:04 EST Easy Grammar - 7th Grade Question We have been using Easy Grammar and Daily Grams for several years now, but when I went to order the 7th grade version I noticed that they only had one called "Easy Grammar Plus" which is 7th grade through adult. <BR> <BR> The strange thing is that they have individual grade levels for all the grades through grade 12 EXCEPT for grade 7 (which is the Plus book I mentioned above). <BR> <BR> What's up with that? I don't understand why there isn't a separate book for 7th grade, but there is one ... Thu, 21 Jul 2011 09:55:20 EST What Curriculum Have You Bought That You Regret? I'll start by saying that I try to be conservative when purchasing curriculum, but over the years we've had to try various home school curriculum that would work with my children, particularly my oldest who has a learning disability. <BR> <BR> We've bought several programs, particularly the language arts, that have been big busts for us. One was All About Spelling that simply didn't work for us at all although it was said to work well with children with learning disabilities. <BR> <BR> Ano... Mon, 18 Jul 2011 10:24:44 EST What Curriculum Are You Using This Year? I just went to the home school book fair that we normally go to each year and I'm getting a few different items this year that will not be something I'm familiar with using. <BR> <BR> We plan to use: <BR> <BR> Things we've used in the past: <BR> Easy Grammar <BR> Daily Grams <BR> <BR> Things I bought recently that we've never used: <BR> Teaching Textbooks (Pre-Algebra) <BR> The Story of the World (History) <BR> <BR> Of course we use more than that, but those are the main subjects. So wha... Sun, 17 Jul 2011 07:26:12 EST New to the group and to homeschooling. Hi all <BR> My name is Lyn and I have just started homeschooling my 4 children. I am trying to get it all figured out and I want to be able to provide healthy meals and snacks for my family. I welcome any advice or suggestions. <em>247</em> Sat, 16 Jul 2011 12:33:49 EST Reading difficulties Hi, I was wondering if anyone else has faced reading dilemmas. My second grader is barely reading on a kindergarten level. I read with him daily, practice sight words with him, and play word games. However, nothing seems to help. When he was in Kindergarten he attended public school, and missed a lot due to chemo. He also has selective mutism and never spoke to the teacher. I started home schooling last year after him being promoted to first grade. I mean how is a child suppose to be successf... Thu, 7 Jul 2011 16:21:52 EST o.k., so, hi... It seems this is a popular place, even though posting notes with your weight loss goals at the bottom is unerving. I am a stay at home homeschooling mom of 4 and the stress and joy of that effects my fitness goals so I started here with this group. I have some emotional battles with my weight. Since we all seem so open, I will dive in. I had 4 babies in 5 years. I attach my pregnancy struggles to my weight loss struggles. I am done having children. The other day I took a pregnancy test... Wed, 8 Jun 2011 16:15:08 EST Hi all, I'm new here and to homeschooling Hi, I am new to this forum and to homeschooling. I started homeschooling my DD 9 and DS 5 in January this year. My oldest DS 14 is going to public school and is doing fine. We enjoyed the semester doing mostly deschooling and using a few different curriculums. I am now thinking of curriculum for next year, any ideas? Thanks. Thu, 19 May 2011 23:30:24 EST Hello.....Fell down, trying to get back up..... Hey everyone, I am a younger(er) mom to two kiddos that are 6 yrs old and 5 yrs old. We homeschooled for pre-k, to get our feet wet. But I don't really consider us really starting until this next year where I plan to get a more rounded program going. I always said I would never homeschool, but here I am. lol. I do love it, although at times of exhaustion I wonder what on earth I am doing?? ;) <BR> <BR> We live in texas, and there is a great local co-op we are members of, which has been a gr... Wed, 18 May 2011 18:16:40 EST Just beginning my journey! Just about finished my first year of homeschooling and I am hooked! I love it! I should say WE love it! My son is 6 and my daughter is 3 1/2. My daughter has picked up on her entire alphabet and numbers just from working with her brother and I during school time. I am very excited! <BR> <BR> I went to a private school from K - 11th grade. I did not know any home schooled kids. The concept was quite foreign to me until I met my husband and moved. I found myself in a small town that hi... Wed, 18 May 2011 10:52:35 EST Hi! <em>213</em> <BR> <BR> I'm a homeschooling mom of 3, an 11 year old boy, 9 year old girl and a new baby boy, just about 5 months old. We have a great time with out busy eclectic homeschooling style, but it's hard to find time to get myself healthy. <BR> <BR> I just recently pulled my head out of the sand again when I realized how fast my weight was going up lately. So here I am, working on making my health a priority because I am no good to my family if I don't. <BR> <BR> Looking forwa... Fri, 6 May 2011 18:26:46 EST New and glad to see this group! My husband and I are both full time students surviving on VA income while we homeschool 2 of our 3 children. Next year it will be only 1 of them, but it's nice to see I'm not the only stay at home mom homeschooling her kids and needing help losing weight. Glad to meet you all. Thu, 28 Apr 2011 11:05:14 EST crazy, not crazy, crazy, not crazy I have come to a great enlightenment. <BR> <BR> In the past I have always been hurt and offended when ppl that i know or have met have looked at me a bit off when I mention or discuss openly homeschooling. They think often that I/we are crazy and that it cannot be good for our son. <BR> <BR> I just had this bam moment when a friend was telling me about her daughter (who goes to private school) and about trouble on the playground. I realized that <BR> I THINK THEY ARE CRAZY TO SEND HER TO SC... Wed, 13 Apr 2011 12:49:56 EST Hello! Hi! I am a mother of five from TX. I have two daughters in public school (one about to graduate!) a son who is virtually schooled, and am homeschooling the youngest son! My oldest is out of the house and at college. I need lots of help and support, and will give it as well! Thanks! Sun, 10 Apr 2011 02:21:52 EST Hey there, I am new! Hey there! My name is Jenny. I am a homeschool mamma of three teenagers and I also oversee our in-home daycare. We live on the Gulf Coast of Florida in a small town just outside Pensacola. Tue, 5 Apr 2011 12:11:20 EST Thinking of Homeschooling my son Hi I'm Tracy, 37 wife and stay at home mother of 3 boys. I am thinking of homeschooling my youngest son because of bullying. He is in the 3rd grade and has been bullied since kindergarten. Can someone please message me on how to begin him with homeschool on a very strict budget? Oh we are also in Texas. Fri, 1 Apr 2011 14:39:52 EST Hello from Texas!! Hi, <BR> My name is Lori. My family and I live in the Houston area. I have two children (12 & 9). This is our 2nd year homeschooling and we love it!! I am a diabetic on a journey to lose weight because my blood sugar is completely out of control and because I love my family. I am excited to be here and am looking forward to making some new friends and finding other homeschool parents that are on this path we've chosen to educate our children. <BR> <BR> Peace, <BR> Lori <BR> <em>88</em... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:08:04 EST Vacations kill my diet! Ny hubby loves to travel, but since we are always short of cash, we tend to go on little trips around our area. <BR> This Spring break we took the kids to Cincinatti to see a performance of Julius Ceaser. It was great with a gender reversed cast! My girls each picked out roles they'd love to play, which would not be possible with the traditional show. We stayed in a water park hotel in Indianapolis on the way to Ohio and ...worst and best of all...we ate out...a lot! I am SO BAD at making... Tue, 29 Mar 2011 11:00:58 EST Hello.....I'm a newbie... Hello everyone! I'm new here, and so far I love it. I've been homeschooling for about two years now, and me & my kids love it. How does everyone workout, and homeschool? I'd love some input, or advise. Also in need of some Spark Friends. Thanks! Sat, 26 Mar 2011 19:47:14 EST Hi! New from Missouri I'm a mom of three and been homeschooling for 8 years. Our oldest (DS) is now out of school, our daughter will be done in a year and our youngest (DS) still has 6 years to go. I'm looking to pick up some ideas and hopefully share some. I'd love to find more budget friendly (free) sites, worksheets that sort of stuff. I can't wait to get to know you all better. <BR> ~Lisa Fri, 11 Mar 2011 20:44:19 EST Hi from Illinois Starting over again seems to be my life story. But here I go again starting at 335lbs. size28. I got down to a 18 and was happy there, the doctors changed my med's and put on over 75 pounds in 1 year. <em>46</em> So SparkPeople here I come. Thu, 10 Mar 2011 11:18:08 EST Exercise ....not. I have to say that I'm really having a hard time finding the energy and time to exercise. We're up at the crack of dawn and then it's go-go-go all day long (eventhough we're around the house quite a bit). I've tried going on the treadmill during the day with the kids playing in my field of vision. The only problem is that after a few minutes, someone needs to go potty or needs a snack or they're not getting along. I'm on and off so often, I don't even break a sweat. <BR> <BR> I can't exerci... Wed, 9 Mar 2011 08:07:53 EST Hello from an on and off homeschooler! I'm a mother of 5 currently teaching my 7th grade daughter at home, and previously taught an older son also during those nasty middle school years. It's a challenge, takes constant conscious effort but is also very rewarding. Kind of like losing weight. My weight started really going to pot about the time I started homeschooling, though. I used to have a set schedule when to exercise, but it's harder now, and when I don't exercise I don't eat right. Tue, 8 Mar 2011 14:36:31 EST How do you teach writing skills? My oldest daughter in the public school was commenting on the practice ACT test they took last week. She said the essay part was difficult because she didn't get enough time to really work on a graphic organizer. I said, "...a what?" <BR> So she kindly printed one out for me and explained how they work. I do not know how to teach this. <BR> Now, any of you, who have read my blogs, you know, I am not really a writer. However, my hubby writes columns for a few political websites, so he say... Thu, 3 Mar 2011 09:12:18 EST Superfoods - Broccoli If you don't like broccoli, try one of the sidekicks for the same benefits: Brussels Sprouts, Cabbage, Kale, Turnips, Cauliflower, Collards, Bok Choy, Mustard Greens, and Swiss Chard. <BR> Try to eat: 1/2 c. to 1 cup daily. <BR> <BR> I may have the only 10 year old that loves broccoli. Without any cheese or anything, he just loves the stuff. Maybe because we used to tell him when he was littler to pretend to be a giant, chomping on trees! <BR> <BR> Anyway, broccoli is a source of iron a... Wed, 2 Mar 2011 07:58:32 EST Calculators. I was tutoring a neighbor boy that goes to public school yesterday in Math. He can do the work with a calculator but not on paper. My children are both in the 7th grade. Can we go to using calculators? My girl has such a hard time with the times tables. This would save us a lot of frustration. <BR> <BR> I would love to have your opinions. I have also posted this on other homeschool teams, if you see it more than once that would be why. <BR> <BR> Thank you for your thoughts. Wed, 23 Feb 2011 19:19:30 EST Superfoods - Blueberries Includes; Purple Grapes, all berries, cherries, fresh, frozen or dried. <BR> Try to get 1-2 cups daily. <BR> <BR> I really love these little blue marvels! I put them on my cereal each morning! When out of season, you can buy Crunchies, which have 20 calories in a 1/4 cup. <BR> <BR> These blue wonders may actually reverse diseases associated with age. Studies have shown a reduction in Alzheimers and dementia. They are also rich in soluble fiber and have been known to reduce urinary t... Tue, 15 Feb 2011 08:35:36 EST What are your kids reading right now? My daughter, 14, reads manga and teen romances. (yuck). She is just starting "Memoirs of a Geisha." My middle daughter (13) is reading "Rebecca". and my son is finishing "The Keeping Room". <BR> I find it tricky to keep my son (10) interested in reading. There seem to be more books geared towards girls. <BR> What do your kids like to read? Sun, 6 Feb 2011 11:32:16 EST What Do You Look For In a Home School Group? A friend and I (to be honest, mostly me, LOL) have started a home school group that is very small due to it being a splinter group of a larger one we were all in and didn't care for. <BR> <BR> It was started last year and we had a lot of great events and activities together, but over the year we lost members due to some of the members sending their children to public school, or them not participating but just joining the group. <BR> <BR> Since we were small it meant we don't get together as... Fri, 4 Feb 2011 08:24:59 EST New from PA Hello, all! <BR> <BR> I am thrilled to find homeschooling families here, because it really does put a different spin on taking care of oneself. I look at SAHM friends who have children in school all day, and wonder what they do all day when they complain about being busy! <BR> <BR> I just joined yesterday. I'm in PA, near Harrisburg. I have a 7 yr old son we are in our 2nd year of home schooling. I never expected to be a home school family, but life is full of surprises. <BR> <BR> The pa... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 23:57:04 EST Superfoods - Beans! Include: Green, pinto, navy, Great Northern, lima, garbanzo(chickpeas), lentils, sugar snap peas, and green peas. <BR> Try to eat 4 1/2 c. servings weekly <BR> <BR> Beans are low-fat protein, high in fiber, (so you fill up faster!), a heart healthy food, (remember the children's rhyme?), and may even help to prevent colon cancer! <BR> <BR> Yes, there is a possibility of gas production, but if you add fiber to your diet slowly, the risk of that declines somewhat. Also, slow cooking beans ca... Thu, 3 Feb 2011 11:32:54 EST Summer School? Do you teach during Summer? <BR> We do a bit of work, mostly, just not to lose what we've learned so far. We also do most of our Museum trips over Summer! <BR> What about you? Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:21:15 EST Hello from Northwestern Ontario, Canada Good morning!! <BR> <BR> Lately, I've been trying Weight Watchers, calorie counting and whatever else. Frustrated is how I'm feeling. I decided to check out this site because I saw it recommended on the Internet this morning. I don't know if I'm going to have the time to log in everyday but at least I know how many calories I need to aim for as well as knowing what type of exercise to do and goals to attain weekly. I will try to get on as much as possible!!! Have a wonderful day! Sat, 29 Jan 2011 10:05:17 EST Hello From Snowy Connecticut Hello. I was pleasantly surprised to find a home schooling forum on SparkPeople. This is great. My name is Danielle, and I home school all four of my children: ages 9, 8, 6, and 4. I have a terrible time finding room for a workout in my schedule. And, our healthy eating just isn't enough. I look forward to getting back in shape and bringing my children along for the ride. Tue, 25 Jan 2011 18:58:53 EST Let's all get some Superfoods in our diets! The following are superfoods. Great for your health and even your beautiful selves. <BR> Beans <BR> Blueberries <BR> Broccoli <BR> Oats <BR> Oranges <BR> Pumpkin <BR> Wild Salmon <BR> Soy <BR> Spinach <BR> Tea <BR> Tomatoes <BR> Turkey <BR> Walnuts <BR> Turkey <BR> <BR> Are there any of these you've never tried? Taste them and discover a new sensation! <BR> Each week I will examine a food on the list and explain its benefits. <BR> Let's try them together!! <BR> <em>147</em> <em>474</em... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 17:42:26 EST Free Homeschool PE Class in AACo, Maryland There will be a free introductory p.e. class for homeschoolers at my family's martial arts school this Friday, 1/28/11. We host a free class between regular sessions approximately every 8 weeks. <BR> <BR><BR>pe_program.htm <BR> <BR> We'll also be hosting a free "Traditions of the Chinese New Year" workshop for homeschoolers on Friday, 2/11/11 that will be lots of fun. There will be other workshops for the Chinese New Year as well. We should have them... Tue, 25 Jan 2011 16:41:41 EST Free English Worksheets English for Everyone <link> </link> <BR> Free worksheets to assist you in your teaching! <BR> Great site! Tue, 25 Jan 2011 11:13:31 EST Why do YOU homeschool? We homeschool because, after my oldest graduated from a private middle school, we noticed big gaps in her education. Much of the class time was spent on feel-good-ism and not enough on actual skills. Despite the so-called "team-building", we noticed much bullying and not enough teacher intervention. <BR> My son is extremely short for his age and we just didn't want to deal with middle school garbage, distracting him from the true reason for school. My middle daughter is very smart and was ... Fri, 14 Jan 2011 11:08:17 EST Hello - newbie here. Hi, I'm a mom of 3 - my oldest is 5. This is our first year homeschooling and I'm trying to find ways to take care of myself while managing all these new responsibilities. We are a secular homeschooling family and are still finding our way with homeschool philosophy but at this point are relaxed eclectic I guess. ;) Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:12:12 EST Homeschool Conventions 2013 It that time again... <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <link> </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <link>www.cincinnatihomeschoolconvention.c<BR>om/ </link> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Feel free to add more, as you hear of them! Mon, 10 Jan 2011 14:58:50 EST Any Unschoolers? We are in a homeschool group with many Unschoolers. I don't really know what that means and I am a bit to shy to ask. I know that these are smart kids, so I just wonder how the parents handle the education aspect of it. Another "curriculum" mom from the group asked me and I had to say that I just didn't have all the facts. <BR> <BR> Anyone out there able to help? Sun, 9 Jan 2011 16:34:51 EST Do you teach nutrition to your children? Since I struggle with weight, I often wonder if I should include nutrition studies in my daily lessons with the kids. Do any of you teach some nutrition? If so, what are some of your tips? Fri, 7 Jan 2011 08:13:36 EST just saying hi... Hi, I have been homeschooling for 15 years. There are not many days that go by without me wondering if this is the right decision. There are days we have included and there are days we have laughter. The biggest pro is that I get to be a big part of my children's lives and I know who their friends and influences are. I know exactly what they are being taught. Wed, 5 Jan 2011 09:46:40 EST Ideas to exercise WITH your kids Hey all, I'm new to homeschooling, starting next week, and I'm looking for ideas on how to exercise daily with the kids. It's very slushy and snowy here so walking is out of the question. We plan on going to the municipal pool once a week, and I thought we'd do some stuff on the Wii as well to make things fun (Wii Fit, Biggest Loser, etc). Any other ideas? Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:13:12 EST Hello! I'm new :-) Hey everyone, I've been on and off Sparks for over a year now... ready to get into this full swing. I'm also starting to homeschool my kids next week, so excited! This has been the answer to a 3-year long prayer! Chloe is 11 and in grade 5, Gabriel is turning 8 soon and in grade 2. We'll be using the ACE program. One of the things I want to do is exercise daily WITH the kids, and educate them (and me!) on nutrition and making better food choices. Sat, 1 Jan 2011 12:10:20 EST New to the Team! Mom of 5 TRYING to do this :) I am a stay at home mom of 5 kids. <BR> 15 (soon to be 16yr old) girl <BR> 9yr old boy <BR> 3yr old girl <BR> 2yr old boy <BR> 1yr old girl <BR> <BR> Yup...last 3 were under 33 months apart! I'm one tired momma! :) But VERY blessed! <BR> <BR> I homeschool 9/10th grade, 4th grade, Pre K and Pre Pre K while TRYING to be a good supportive wife and homemaker! <BR> <BR> YIKES! <BR> <BR> I'd love to know how ya'll fit in your fitness/weight loss journey when our to do lists are soooo long! <BR... Sun, 21 Nov 2010 17:34:30 EST Active group !!!!! I see that of over 400 member very few are active. <BR> I am also a leader of : <BR> <BR> WE LOVE HOMESCHOOLING! <BR> <BR> We have some nice chats and a Christmas Challenge going on over there. Feel free to join us any time for encouragement or just to vent. <BR> Thanks ,Chris Fri, 5 Nov 2010 21:02:47 EST Challenge Daily Posts This is a daily post thread for our monthly Challenges. <BR> <BR> You can drop by to say hi , encourage others or to Challenge someone. <BR> <BR> The challenge must last no longer then 5 minutes ,you can not do your own challenge and the exercise is best if it comes from Spark peoples list under my fitness (easier to look up then try to explain) or be very simple. I will post the first one as a example , the challenge starts tonight at midnight EST. Thanks , Chris <em>9</em> Sun, 31 Oct 2010 22:39:49 EST November Challenge This is a simple challenge Guys n Gals . <BR> <BR> Lose 5 pounds in november. <BR> <BR> We weigh in every monday. <BR> <BR> Challenge Starts November 1st 2010. <BR> <BR> Any one can join any time . <BR> <BR> Good luck every body !!! Sun, 31 Oct 2010 20:55:53 EST Ready to quit. I am new to this team. Wanted to just introduce myself and my family. We have been homeschooling now for 4years. We do school year round so we can take a week off here or there. We started school in the private then went public when my Girl was having trouble keeping up. Private schools do not have resourses in which to help struggling learners. So we went public. We had the best two years ever to then get the worst year ever. Then the last year there the teachers told me how great my G... Sun, 24 Oct 2010 04:39:58 EST Hi there Hi everyone, im new to the site! I am a homeschooling mother of two boys - one with high functioning autism and one with Asperger's. I have been doing Herbalife since 24 May 2010 and have lost 23 kg (50lb) to date. I am hoping to lose another 10 - 20 kg and get fit and healthy and lively! Tue, 12 Oct 2010 09:14:54 EST Missouri Family! Hey all! My name is Megan and my husband and I are homeschooling our two boys ages 3 and 2!! We are also expecting baby #3 in November, and I have just been cleared for exercise routines! I can't wait to share homeschool tid bits as well as exercise secrets as well! Good luck to all, and I can't wait to meet you and make some friends! Sat, 12 Jun 2010 14:19:04 EST Hello From Iowa Hi all! My name is Todd, and I'm a homeschool dad. I'm currently homeschooling a 7 yr old and a 16 yr old. <BR> <BR> I just found SparkPeople a couple of days ago as I was searching for some help in getting control of my weight. Eating wise, things have gone well. I'm struggling making myself drink water. I do it, but I don't like it. Also having quite a few headaches, muscle aches, etc...which I'm assuming is caused by toxins leaving my body...I've eaten nothing but junk for more yea... Tue, 4 May 2010 13:57:30 EST Daily Doings Jot a quick note of what you're looking forward to today! Sat, 17 Apr 2010 21:50:57 EST Before Five in a Row I have a three-year-old that loves to listen to all the books I read to his bigger sisters. I decided to start Before Five in a Row for him. This week, we're reading, "Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear". Not sure what activities we'll do with that just yet. What book are you on with your kids? Mon, 12 Apr 2010 07:09:24 EST Curriculum opinions I'm going to start homeschooling in the fall. My daughter will be starting Kindergarten. I feel she is a little ahead of the game already though (especially with reading). I was thinking of singapore and horizons for math, ABeka for phonics and using some Usborne books for science/history. Any ideas for history/science? Any opinions on ABeka, Horizons or Singapore or anything else you think has worked well for your children? <BR> <BR> Tue, 6 Apr 2010 01:42:47 EST Hello from California My name is Marianne. I have 2 daughters 5 and 3 1/2. We will begin homeschooling this August. We have done some schooling so far but have not started all out yet as she is not "technically" in Kindergarten yet. We will be going through a public charter school but will be purchasing our own religious curriculum and having the charter school fund our daughters activities like gymnastics, swimming and piano lessons. This charter school allows you to use whatever curriculum you want. I'm hoping t... Sun, 4 Apr 2010 11:22:23 EST Thinking of homeschooling Hi! <BR> I have a 4 year old and she wants to go to school but I am strongly considering home school. I have been researching it plus I am going to a convention in March so I am very serious about this. <BR> I know when I bring it up to some people a lot of them seem to be set against it like she won't meet other people, I won't get time to myself, among other things. <BR> <BR> I guess what I want to know is how will I get her socialized when right now the only time she goes around kids her... Mon, 22 Feb 2010 16:08:46 EST Hello from Hawaii Hi my name is Jeanne. I am 36. I have been homeschooling for 3 years and my children are 9,8 and 7. We are active duty and have just moved to Hawaii four months ago. I have had 8 surgeries in the past 3 years and have constant pain and numbness in my right leg which means I still can't drive after 3 years. The only exercise that I seem to get is physical therapy for my feet and back. 5 of the surgeries were on my feet b/c I broke one of them in three places. This led to problems in my bac... Fri, 29 Jan 2010 02:46:38 EST Hello From Michigan Hello my name is Wendy. I have 2 daughters and a wonderful husband. I homeschool my youngest who is in 6th grade. My oldest is in her 2nd year of college. I have a large weight loss goal for myself but also I have a goal of getting my family to be active and exercising together. Tue, 5 Jan 2010 12:53:32 EST Hey hello hi .... :D From Massachusetts Hello! My name is Andee. I started homeschooling my son yesterday. I don't have a curriculum yet but I am pretty sure we are using the 'unschool' method. I love to combine all sorts of learning into one. I am still trying to figure out what I need to do for this legally. We just moved to a new city over the week-end so I figured it would be a great time to start. I always read to 'contact your states which a ma collit' but I don't know where to do that ~ only that I am suppose to :D <BR> Nice... Wed, 2 Dec 2009 10:00:54 EST HELP! Are you homeschooling and ADHD child? Hallo, I'm new. To the team and to homeschooling. <BR> I did it for a little while when my son was younger and then send him to school. He is now at the end of his Grade 1 year. All year through the teacher said that our son struggles to concentrate in class. We had him see a Educational Psycologist and she diagnosed him with ADHD. Then a few weeks ago - after more letters from the teacher, gave in an took him to the Psychiatrist. Well, he is now on Ritalin 5mg. But his teacher is still comp... Wed, 28 Oct 2009 05:31:44 EST Hello from Illinois! Homeschooling my 10yo son and 6yo daughter in NW Illinois. I started this month with 100 pounds to lose and I'm down 7 as of today. <BR> <BR> I really want to improve my children's health as well. My son is not as active as I would like. He is overweight for his age and always has been. My daughter is the total opposite - always on the move and right where she is suppose to be weight-wise. <BR> <BR> We take walks together, & they do a children's yoga program (on DVD), but we all (most e... Thu, 24 Sep 2009 08:57:36 EST Pennsylvania Shout Out! Hi, I am a homeschool mom of a 16 year old song and a 14 year old son and I also raised a 20 year old daughter, who has flown the coop. <BR> I have been homeschooling for 7 years now and am in it for the long haul. My 16 year old goes to vo tech for computers, but all other subjects are at home....(and votech is down the street). <BR> We are involved in a homeschool diploma program that is state approved so there is no question later in life, just for piece of mind. <BR> I live in Berk... Thu, 20 Aug 2009 13:46:50 EST Sunny California Hey all, I am a homeschool mom of two beautiful children, Sister 4 and Brother will be 3 next month! We just started Sister with Kindergarten this year (really the last couple weeks) and she is LOVING IT and so am I! I am here looking for support both in our families decision to homeschool and in my weight loss endeavor. And I would also really like to support others along the way too. Thanks and I can't wait to meet you all. Tue, 28 Jul 2009 10:03:20 EST Are you schooling over the summer? Hi all! I just wondered how many of you are year-round schoolers and if not when you go back to schooling. We typically have gone year round but this year took one month off but have gone back. <BR> <BR> Ironically, I feel like I'm more motivated in every area of my life when the structure of their schooling is present in every day. <BR> <BR> Hope you are all doing well and feeling great! Tue, 14 Jul 2009 22:58:25 EST Good Morning from Sunny Kansas! My name is Jhona and I'm new to the group! I've been using spark people for a little while. I "fell of the wagon" for a week but am back on and working towards my goal! <BR> <BR> I am a homeschooling mom to three sweeties! They are 10, 9, and 7. Two boys and a girl! We are also an Army family which adds another element to the adventure! <BR> <BR> I'm looking forward to gaining wisdom and encouragement from you lovely folks!! I hope that I can be an encourager to you too! <BR> <BR> H... Mon, 29 Jun 2009 09:09:52 EST New Today :-) Hello, I just wanted to do a quick introduction before I close up my laptop for the day... <BR> <BR> My name is Sandy and I live in Ontario, CA with my husband, 6 children, two cats, and our dog. I've been exercising and dieting for two weeks now and I'm slowly starting to see results. Hey, better slow than none ;-) My husband's a construction worker and I stay home and teach 5 out of 6 of our kids. Our smallest baby (she's 3 years old) tags along for the "school ride" and attends th... Fri, 3 Apr 2009 13:17:26 EST Hello EVERYONE! I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself. I have 4 kids and have been home schooling for over 67 years now. I use LFBC as my curriculum. Please visit my spark page and leave me a comment so we can get to know each other! Tue, 17 Mar 2009 12:53:32 EST Connections Academy? New here. I've never home-schooled my kids yet. I've got a 7, 5 and 1 year old. Is anyone using the Connections Academy and how is it? Wed, 25 Feb 2009 10:42:58 EST Homeschooling in MN Hi! I am a homeschooling mom of two boys (11 & 12), both who have special needs. They are great guys, and I really like being with them, even though I get frustrated with them for borrowing my frontal lobes throughout most of the day. <BR> <BR> I am still in the first two weeks. I was in Weight Watchers, but quit when I found this site. I really like this one much better and find the calories more meaningful than points. And I just can't believe that it is free. Awesome! <BR> <BR> I... Sun, 22 Feb 2009 18:38:20 EST New to Sparkpeople and homeschooling Hi everyone. I'm just starting to home school my two girls ages 6 and 4 and I am also just starting on Sparkpeople. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know you and to talking with other parents regarding homeschooling. I used to be a full time teacher but this is so different than being in a classroom teaching other people's children. I hope to manage to combine healthy living (with Sparkpeople's help) and homeschooling. Fri, 30 Jan 2009 15:46:30 EST Checking back in Hi, <BR> <BR> I joined this SparkTeam a couple years ago, but moved to BabyFit when I had my youngest. I've decided that I like the greater tools of SparkPeople, so I'm back. <BR> <BR> This group seems to have changed a lot in that time, but I'm looking forward to getting to know everyone. <BR> <BR> I homeschool 6 at home, ages 17 months to 15 years and my eldest is a married homeschool graduate. We love to read together as a family, though we don't do FIAR per say, we love the concept. ... Wed, 28 Jan 2009 09:57:09 EST Hi from Colorado Hi all, <BR> I have been on spark people since last year but fell off the wagon :( I am trying it again hopefully with better success. <BR> I am mom to three boys, 12,11,and 9 and have been homeschooling for six years now. It is so difficult some days ( those are the days I run to the junk food) and other days are so rewarding and fun. <BR> I am excited to find this team page for homeschoolers !! Am I the only one that by the end of the day I am falling asleep on the couch by 8pm??... Tue, 13 Jan 2009 16:38:04 EST Michelle Pfeifer signing in. I tried another website last year. I'm hoping I this one will be better. Given that I know a bunch of you already should be a help. <BR> <BR> Michelle Tue, 6 Jan 2009 11:52:32 EST January 2nd, 2009 <em>227</em> Are your goals specific and positive? <BR> <BR> Rather than vowing to exercise, for example, reword each goal so it's clear and measurable. <BR> <BR> Example: <BR> <em>198</em> I will walk 30 minutes everyday. <BR> <em>185</em> I will complete a 5k race. <BR> <em>135</em> I will do a yoga DVD twice a week. <BR> <BR> -------- <BR> <BR> If you didn't get a chance to post your goals yesterday and/or want to more clearly define them, go ahead and post here! Fri, 2 Jan 2009 02:36:39 EST January 1st, 2009 <em>107</em> Happy New Year!! <BR> <BR> <em>249</em> <BR> <BR> If you haven't yet settled on your goals for the year, do so today! <BR> <BR> Writing down your goals (in specific terms) means your more likely to achieve them! <BR> <BR> <em>248</em> <BR> <BR> If you want to share your goals, feel free to post them below, if not, you can just post that you have written them down SOMEWHERE :) Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:03:00 EST January Goal - 31 Days to Unbreakable Resolutions If you haven't seen the article/calendar...go here... <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ion_articles.asp?id=746 </link> <BR> <BR> I will post a new thread for each day and then you can reply with your goal for that day, positive feedback, etc!! Thu, 1 Jan 2009 12:01:58 EST TON of links... So, a while back, I setup a webpage b/c I had SOOO many links, it was getting too hard to keep up with :P <BR> <BR> Here's a link to the sites I have organized already: <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link><BR>ource-links.html </link> Wed, 31 Dec 2008 19:52:16 EST Hi from Shawsville, VA Hi, I am Robin from VA. I have been on the FIAR boards for a few years and have been on Spark People boards for almost 1 year. <BR> <BR> I am married and have 3 living children. I homeschool our youngest, we are going on our 5th year of homeschooling. Wed, 31 Dec 2008 19:04:48 EST Hello from South Texas Hi, everyone I am a homeschool mom from South Texas near San Antonio. I homeschool a 15yr girl and 8yr boy. I am part of two homeschool groups one in SA another in local town I also do a local christian Co-op. <BR> <BR> We live on a small pecan orchard farm where we raise, sheep, chickens, milking goats, turkeys etc..We are doing our garden too this year. <BR> <BR> I am trying to lose around 80 lbs Its been a stressful couple of years where I gained and just didnt care. Its not the quality... Mon, 29 Dec 2008 15:23:06 EST New Spark from IL Hello all, my name is Dawn. I am new to Spark People. <BR> I have 3 kiddos ages 8, 6 and 3. I definitely find home schooling, budgeting, exercising and menu planning a balancing challenge. Add in the fact that I am an emotional eater and it is a disaster. I am looking forward to getting to know some of you who have conquered (or are trying to conquer) these issues! <BR> <BR> Blessings! Sat, 27 Dec 2008 20:05:49 EST I am new here ... I am an eclectic homeschooling mom of three in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I just joined SparkPeople -- I'm glad to be here. <BR> <BR> By the way, I used to use FIAR with my son, who is now 10. I want to start "Rowing" with my almost-5-year-old soon. Fri, 12 Dec 2008 18:19:25 EST Chore Chart I just found this and thought I'd pass it along to you all here... <BR> <BR> I have been struggling getting my children to do thier chores (any work at all infact)... so I did a search and found this... can't wait until tomorrow to share it with the kids and get their opinions. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> Sun, 23 Nov 2008 21:29:25 EST Joy Behar- The View Don't know if any of you watch The View or not (I don't, I saw this from another homeschool group.) However, they were discussing educational choices for the Obama girls today and homeschooling the girls was mentioned. Joy Behar referred to homeschooled children as "demented" and "afraid of other children." (Ok, it's entirely possible my kids are demented but we like demented people. I think that is a GOOD thing! They certainly aren't afraid of other children.) <BR> <BR> Here's the clip... Fri, 21 Nov 2008 16:42:50 EST Hello New Friends! We are a first year homeschool family living in South Carolina. We have two daughters, ages 9 and 7. I am new to Spark and am looking for some pals to encourage and to be encouraged by. I hope everyone has a had a blessed day! Thu, 20 Nov 2008 17:21:45 EST Candy recall Hey all, this came across one of my homeschool groups. It effects Canada, according to Snopes but if you live near the border, you should probably be on the lookout. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>sp </link> Mon, 27 Oct 2008 19:36:25 EST homeschooling mom in NY Hi, my name is Jo Gibson. I am from the Finger Lakes region of NY. I homeschool two active children and don't have the time I use to for exercise. Over the last few years I have dropped 82 lbs but these last 25 lbs don't seem to want to come off. I hope to make many new friends here that will help get me headed in the right direction again. Mon, 27 Oct 2008 14:55:30 EST Christi in VA I signed up for sparkpeople a while back but forgot my login and all the info :) So, I'm rejoining the spark team. <BR> <BR> I'm Christi in VA from FIAR boards... I've lost 7 lbs so far..I started walking 5 mornings a week with a neighbor about 4 months took forever to lose anything. But, now that I've got the consistency of exercise going on, it's definitely time to watch the calorie intake issues. So, that's where I'm hoping to make some changes. <BR> <BR> :) Tue, 30 Sep 2008 21:14:53 EST A Homeschoolers Favorite Things I found this today and thought it was great! It's to the tune of "These are a few of my favorite things" from the Sound of Music. <BR> <BR> School in my pjs and short simple school days <BR> Hot steaming coffee and basking in sunrays <BR> Children that miss out on lots of 'bad' things <BR> These are a few of my favorite things <BR> <BR> Oom pah pa . . . oom pah pa <BR> <BR> Mountains of good books and time for their hobbies <BR> Learning to be godly daddies and mommies <BR> Chores and r... Thu, 31 Jul 2008 01:26:39 EST Hello! Does Anyone Homeschool... Hello Everyone! <BR> <BR> Our Son is a high-functioning Autistic. I'm curious to learn if anyone else Home schools their child on the spectrum and what curriculum they use? <BR> <BR> God Bless, <BR> ~Reverend Heidi Thu, 24 Jul 2008 22:13:38 EST HI everyone!!! I joined Spark back in January, but was unaware there was FIAR group on here until my friend Michelle posted it on her page... I look forward to losing weight and feeling good with you all.. Have a great day!! Sat, 14 Jun 2008 14:17:48 EST Help Spread the Word!! Hi All! <BR> <BR> My hubby and I are having a first ever HOMESCHOOLOPOLY® “buy one get one free” sale! (Also could be called, “We really need some money to pay our bills” sale!) As many of you know, Greg and I created this homeschool board game in 2006 after God told us to. Not only is it the only homeschool board game on the planet, but it is super fun if I do say so myself! The perfect game for these long, hot, summer days. PLEASE HELP ME SPREAD THE WORD BY TELLING ALL OF YOUR HOMESC... Fri, 13 Jun 2008 02:03:38 EST What are you rowing this week? Just wandering ? We'll be starting vol 2 at the beginning of next month, and starting with "The Giraffe that walked to Paris" . It looks like a fun book! Has anybody rowed this book and/or made a lapbook with it? <BR> My biggest diet challenge is snacking, and staying on this computer... and snacking while on the computer LOL! Double Stuff Oreo's and Famous Amos choclate chip cookies are my biggest weaknesses - ugh! Should I have admitted that this soon into a diet? LOL OH well, now i... Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:23:07 EST Hi! New from NC Hey! I'm Kim and just joined a few minutes ago! I have five kids, three of whom I'll be homeschooling this year. We're using FIAR, and supplementing with math, and some phonics. I'm so excited to have found this group - I hope it's as good as the Lambert's site (the FIAR site)! I love that place and have found some good friends! I hope to make some new friends here soon. <BR> Kim~ Wed, 11 Jun 2008 18:16:07 EST Back on Board! I was around last year and fell off the wagon. I am back now and determined to get in shape and stay in shape. My immediate goal is to re-lose the 20 pounds I lost last year and keep them off this time. <BR> <BR> Michellel Wed, 11 Jun 2008 10:42:47 EST Parade magazine poll Parade magazine has an article and poll this weekend on the legality of homeschooling. Thought you all might want to check it out. <BR> <BR> <link><BR>8/edition_06-01-2008/Intelligence_Report </link> <BR> <BR> Tami Sun, 1 Jun 2008 16:22:00 EST Subway Action Alert Subway (AND Scholastic) discriminates against home schoolers. <BR> <BR> May 27, 2008 <BR> <BR> Subway, the sandwich restaurant, wants to hear your child's story – unless he or she is home schooled. <BR> <BR> The national chain's "Every Sandwich Tells a Story Contest" offers prizes and a chance to be published on the Subway Web site and in Scholastic's "Parent & Child" magazine but specifically excludes home schoolers. <BR> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Chec... Tue, 27 May 2008 17:52:48 EST Learning how to become frugal Hi I'm a mom of 5 kids and I am now been put onto a budget so we can get ahead with our finances. What I am looking for is ideas on cutting costs in daily family life. Areas I am especially looking for is meal preparation, family activities, crafts, gifts, any pretty much anywhere else money can be saved. Looking forward to hearing your wonderful ideas. Thu, 1 May 2008 12:10:57 EST From Paralyzed to Exercised! I am taking a while getting into this Sparks! I have too much to tell, so a short introduction is all I can eek out at the moment. <BR> <BR> Actually I was diagnosed with MS in 1992 and was in denial for years. They then diagnosed Fibromyalgia so I chalked it "all" up to that. I have had cancer (had a full hysterectomy so now cancer free) and was not diagnosed with Celiac Disease until I was almost 40 years old., when my youngest kiddo, now 6 was having problems and diagnosed. (They t... Tue, 29 Apr 2008 00:38:54 EST Joining from Washington Hi I home school my three boys,eleven, seven, and five. I have been home schooling for two years and I work part time as well. I want to lose another forty three pounds. I am excited to be a part of this team. Mon, 21 Apr 2008 12:56:26 EST Newby from Arkansas Hi everyone! I'm new here, but so far i just love it and so glad i found it! Homeschooling mom of two in arkansas. Fri, 4 Apr 2008 21:41:24 EST Joining from Oklahoma Hi! I'm a 42yo mother in our 3rd year of homeschooling. My daughter is in 6th grade and wants to go back to public school for high school and my son is in 10th grade, so I may just have 2 more years of homeschooling left. Kind of makes me sad! <BR> <BR> I also have an adult son (age 22) who gave me my first grandbaby - a boy, Tavin - in October. My son is headed to Iraq in June with his Army National Guard unit. <BR> <BR> I love to read and be on the internet. And our family is all ab... Fri, 4 Apr 2008 16:52:40 EST Hey, From Florida Hi! My name is Jennifer. I have 2 homeschool children one boy age 13 and one girl age 9. My husband and I are both trying to loss weight. I stay at home with the children and he works out of town most of the time. We have two different eating styles because he eats out most of the time and we eat at home or fast food when we go out. Wed, 26 Mar 2008 16:39:25 EST Mind if I join? Hello. I am hoping that y'all don't mind if I join your group. I have a unique situation in that I am a single parent, work full time, and homeschool. My oldest daughter is bipolar and ADHD and has oppositianal defiancy disorder. The public school system wanted to put her in alternative school because she didn't want to do her homework. <BR> <BR> Anyway, My name is Gina, I am almost 30 years old, and have 3 children, but only 2 live with me. I joined this site originally back in 2006 ... Wed, 19 Mar 2008 12:11:38 EST General chat for those who just want to talk about about anything that comes up. <BR> I hope I haven't trodden on anybodies toes, but I have found that a general loose topic is good for passing on info about books, lessons, curriculum, regulations etc. <BR> I think to start I should say hi and point you to my introduction post, and to say that in England all i had to do was to send a letter into school saying that I would be educating my son 'Otherwise than in school' and we were free to go. We don't have... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 18:16:35 EST Hi from Hereforshire in England. Hello all, Im a Home Educator in Britian and have been doing it since January 2008. My son is 10 years old and has Dyspraxia (Sensory integration disorder) and was bullied horrendously in school. <BR> We found out the home Educating wasn't illeagal on the 5th Jan and the de-registration letter went in on the 7th Jan and he never went back. <BR> I understand that it is harder to home educate in the USA because of much tighter reglations. <BR> Its the best thing we could have done for our son... Tue, 18 Mar 2008 18:08:48 EST where are all my Five in a Row buddies?? never mind, I found you. Mon, 17 Mar 2008 15:46:00 EST Hi! from Columbus, OH Hello all. I am a mom of one home-schooled ten-year-old girl. I am also a piano and voice teacher. Seema I am always busy, but never do anything terribly active. (My daughter has gym class with a trainer twice each week.) I am quite overweight, but choose notto focus on that. I would like to be more active. <BR> <BR> I look forward to getting to know all of you. <BR> Steph Sun, 9 Mar 2008 08:45:17 EST DC Homeschoolers Court Meeting Wednesday, Mar 5th Please send to anyone you know living in DC., Maryland, or Virginia. <BR> Hearing this Wednesday <BR> to Protect Homeschooling Freedom in DC <BR> <BR> Hello, all: <BR> This is a call to get organized against the State <BR> Board of Education's <BR> proposed regulations against homeschoolers in the <BR> District. There is a <BR> hearing this Wednesday, March 5 at 5:30 PM. The <BR> hearing will be held <BR> at One Judiciary Square- First Floor Chambers, 441 <BR> Fourth St. NW <BR> ... Tue, 4 Mar 2008 21:00:41 EST Here I am........ once again trying to shed a few pounds. Many of you may not know me as I lurk on the FIAR site. On there I am just plain SusanC. I have been a part of sparkpeople just haven't posted before. <BR> Anyway I am needing to shed like 30 or more pounds. So far so good this week. Will weigh myself again next week. <BR> Thanks for letting join. <BR> Susan C Fri, 15 Feb 2008 09:59:54 EST FIAR??? I didn't really pay attention to this: What does FIAR stand for on this team? <BR> <BR> Is this supposed to be for Five in a Row curriculum for young children? <BR> <BR> Linda Tue, 12 Feb 2008 16:32:18 EST Hello! Jodi here! I love this site, and loved to have found a homeschooling group! We have two children. We don't use FIAR, but use Switched on Schoolhouse and Saxon Math, Sequential Spelling, and I forgot the name of our writing curriculum. Oh well. So, I think it's a BLESSING to meet all of you. I'm excited to be here! Tue, 12 Feb 2008 12:24:41 EST New from NJ!! Hi all! <BR> <BR> I just joined your group and have been doing Spark Points for almost 6 weeks now. I have lost only 9 pounds so far...wishing it were more. <BR> <BR> I have been homeschooling my 3 children (10 ds, 8 dd, and 6 ds) since my oldest was Kindergarten age, so for almost 6 years! Wow! We use mostly Sonlight curriculum and ABeka for math. <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to being a part of this group. Are there any others from NJ here? Tue, 12 Feb 2008 10:25:05 EST New From NY OMG! So how shocked was I when I decided to join sparkpeople only to find a homeschool group!? YIPEE!!! I am the Mom of 2 gals (3 and 6). Pretty new to homeschooling as my oldest is only 6. I really love it and so does my daughter. It's kind of a pain to HS here in NY as regs are a bit demanding, but we are making it through our first "real" year just fine. <BR> I am here to lose about 35 lbs. I am at 174 now. I used to run ...alot, before kids. I usually pick it up again each su... Mon, 11 Feb 2008 16:41:46 EST New from OR Hello! I'm a homeschooling mother of three little ones, DS 7, DD 5, DS 3. This is our second year and we primarily use "The Well Trained Mind", Saxon, Prima Latina Etc. Classical Schooling I would say! <BR> <BR> I am looking forward to chatting more about the unique challenges of weight management and homeschooling. <BR> <BR> Sun, 10 Feb 2008 04:36:20 EST The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List This is a little Abrasive, but some of the comments do apply. Not written by me. <BR> <BR> The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List <BR> From Secular Homeschooling Magazine, Issue #1 <BR> <BR> 1 Please stop asking us if it's legal. If it is — and it is — it's <BR> insulting to imply that we're criminals. And if we were criminals, <BR> would we admit it? <BR> <BR> 2 Learn what the words "socialize" and "socialization" mean, and use <BR> the one you really mean instead of mixing them up the way y... Wed, 6 Feb 2008 10:18:14 EST Daily Spin the Wheel points! 1 Wed, 6 Feb 2008 08:29:03 EST Let me introduce myself... Hi, my name is Linda and I live in So. Cal. I have three kids and am in my 14th year of homeschooling - graduated my first highschooler last June - Yea! <BR> I just joined up in January when I decided to crack down on my weight. I lost 7 pounds in the first month, and my goal is to lose 15-20! I am proud of myself and so is my hubby! Glad to be here at Sparkpeople - it's great! Sat, 2 Feb 2008 15:10:25 EST Hi Hi, I'm a homeschool mom of one 7 year old... we are from Alabama but are currently in Hawaii until summer. I hope to be in shape before we go home!!! :)And , of course, be all caught up on school!:) Thu, 31 Jan 2008 20:55:09 EST HPV Vaccination Hoax Exposed Our special report, "The Great HPV Vaccination Hoax Exposed" is available now at: http://www.newstarg HPV_Vaccine_ 0.html <BR> <BR> Here is the first part of this article: <BR> <BR> (NewsTarget) For the last several years, HPV vaccines have been marketed to the public and mandated in compulsory injections for young girls in several states based on the idea that they prevent cervical cancer. Now, NewsTarget has obtained documents from the FDA and other sources (see below) whic... Mon, 28 Jan 2008 10:09:06 EST New from NC I'm a homeschooling mom from Kenly, North Carolina. Married with 4 children - one away at college in CA and 3 home with me (10, 9, 7 yrs old). My diet problems is mainly that I am an "all or nothing" dieter. I either go all day & hardly eat anything and lose a couple of pounds by the next morning; or I will lose control for a day and eat everything in sight and gain a couple of pounds by the next morning! Nice to be here... <BR> Jen <BR> anyone homeschooling near me? Tue, 22 Jan 2008 14:52:47 EST Hi I am new to SparkPeople, and I just wanted to say Hi. I live in central FL, and homeschool my 2 daughters, Cassidy 7 and Courtney 4. Sun, 13 Jan 2008 23:21:18 EST Hmmm Anyone around? or are you all busy teaching :-). <BR> <BR> the past couple of days were rough for me. PMS. But today I feel better, so hoping to stay on track with eating. <BR> <BR> I also need to get motivated to get back into a schedule of teaching, we took to much time off over the holidays. Sat, 12 Jan 2008 09:36:58 EST What does FIAR stand for? Ok this just occured to me I have no idea what FIAR stands for. HAHA Someone help me out? <BR> <BR> Julie Thu, 10 Jan 2008 23:28:16 EST New From South Carolina! Hi, I am new here. <BR> I am a SAHM and I homeschool my special needs twins. Aaron and Brandon, they are 8 yrs old. They both have epilepsy, however we have been seizure free for one year but we are left with some delays. We hope the seizure free streak is permanent, but, with E, you never know. We live in Lexington, South Carolina. Mommy is trying to help herself right now and try to take care of mommy for a bit. I have health problems myself that left me resting way too much and well the "... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 14:48:44 EST New from TN! Hi! I'm Kelly, mom to 5 kids (5 almost 6, 5, 4, and twin 21mo olds). I homeschool my oldest right now, he's in kindergarten. He's very ADHD with a little Asperger's thrown in. Things are going so well with him and schooling, that I have decided to also homeschool his sister next year! <BR> <BR> I started out using A-Beka, but my son was so advanced that he went right through it. We're now broadening his education with Spanish, geography and other subjects. <BR> <BR> One thing that I h... Thu, 10 Jan 2008 11:35:02 EST the evening hours are going to kill me I could easily go all day without a hunger pain <BR> but even when I make myself sit down and eat decent throughout the day, 6pm hit and I feel like I could eat a horse and maybe the buggy too. <BR> <BR> anyone else? <BR> <BR> if so, what are you doing to ease the starving hunger pains? Mon, 7 Jan 2008 22:00:30 EST Introduction Hi I am a homeschool mom of 2. We have been homeschooling since 2002. I am so excited to find other homeschooling families that are also trying to loose weight and get into better shape. I know I am preachin to the choir hear but we are just so busy that I have to forse myself to take time to care for myself. I am hoping to find some buddies to help me through this trek. See ya in the "field"!! Mon, 7 Jan 2008 13:12:40 EST needing help with the menu ? the menu option is the #1 thing I need and am really trying to figure out. <BR> <BR> it's also the #1 time consuming thing! <BR> <BR> how do you use the menu maker? do you use it? <BR> <BR> it seems to take a long time and the half of whatever options seem a bit wasteful and odd to me? <BR> <BR> so what can i do to make it easier? can I filter it better? for example, we never eat beans so can I remove that from the menu listings? Sun, 6 Jan 2008 13:30:43 EST newbie checking things out here hey all, I heard that sparks was a good alternative for me to weight watchers (which I can't afford!) so here I am. <BR> <BR> I'm Martha on the fiar boards... <BR> <BR> Sun, 6 Jan 2008 13:27:38 EST Hello from NC Hi there <BR> Glad to find this site today, I am a 1st yr homeschooler of 3 kids-- 14,7 and 4. <BR> I need all the support I can get, winter is such a hard time to loose wt. I have fallen off the wagon and need to get back on. <BR> Leslie <em>263</em> Thu, 3 Jan 2008 23:28:33 EST Hello From AZ Hi. My name is Eleny. I have 3 children ages 19, 18, and 3. I am homeschooling my 3 year old. I did home school my 19 and 18 year olds until 6th grade. I am excited to see a group on SP for homeschooling. Wed, 2 Jan 2008 07:16:02 EST I'm back!!!!!!!!!! Hey Everyone, After almost an entire year of being MIA I've resurfaced! I was pregnant and the pregnancy was extremely rough so I went into hiding. Well, I delivered a beautiful and healthy baby boy on November 29th!! I'm back to my original weight already which is great so I can just start from where I left off. So for now I'll be logging my food intake and slowly getting back into exercise. Tue, 1 Jan 2008 19:58:37 EST New from Louisiana Hi, y'all. I'm Rebecca from Louisiana. I've been homeschooling my kids since 1996 and I am still constantly learning. I've been working at losing weight for a few months now and I'm looking forward to meeting y'all. God Bless. Tue, 1 Jan 2008 16:06:55 EST Cool! A homeschooling Sparks forum! What a great idea =). <BR> <BR> My name is Johanna and I am the Mom of four great kids. My oldest will be 15 soon and our youngest is 4 (adopted from Haiti). I have always homeschooled my kids so I have been at this for a few years lol! <BR> <BR> My goal this year is to loose this extra 30 pounds I carry around. I can call it "baby" fat but I last gave birth over 11 years ago so I guess I can't use that as an excuse any more <em>211</em> . <BR> <BR> I am happy to have found this forum... Tue, 1 Jan 2008 09:42:11 EST New from Oklahoma I'm new to this team and I've been on SP since July but only active since about October. I have been homeschooling since 1992. I love meeting other hs'ers and other SPers so I hope this group picks up a little. I know hs'ers are busy people but we need to support each other here on SP. Sun, 30 Dec 2007 18:03:01 EST Homeschooling 101 (Video) A Homeschool Family-Very Funny! <BR> Need a good laugh? Check this out: <BR> <BR> If that will not work, some reason. Try this link she posted it to her blog! <BR> <BR><BR>m/ <BR> <link><BR>2/Homeschool2.html </link> Mon, 17 Dec 2007 23:24:47 EST