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5/26/12 2:28 P

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I am only schooling two grades right now. Two oldest are in 8th grade and our third daughter is in 3rd grade. History they do together. Last year we used "The Story of the World" for Ancient History and really liked it. This year I've learned a bit about the Charlotte Mason process, so we are adding some of those elements in. In this method, History, Geography, Reading, Music, Art, Poetry, Shakespeare, and Bible are all done as a family. Science can be done all together also, but we had already settled on Apologia topics - Biology and Astronomy - so they will do those separately, but the older girls will help the younger. And the younger will participate in some of the Biology experiments, like dissection. So everybody helps everybody else.

We decided to go ahead and use a history curriculum from www.simplycharlottemason.com this year. It combines history, geography and bible all in one outline and schedule. It's already figured out, so we just have to make our choices along the way. Takes a lot of the work out for me. I will use "The Story of the World" and some material from Bare Feet Books to supplement for each age group if needed.




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5/1/12 5:20 P

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Our "unit study" doesn't require much prep. time. We decide on a topic, we look up all the books in the public library on that topic, and everyone reads those books during quiet time. Everyone learns something different, and sometimes the topics come up at the dinner table. Sometimes my husband will help the kids understand concepts I can't explain. I suppose it's a cheap and lazy method for unit study.

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5/1/12 10:40 A

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I admire all who can do unit studies. I always tell myself that I would like to, but I don't prepare well enough. Our oldest is in hs, and is pretty independent. The others have their own work, and can pretty much work on their own, except we review. That's when I wish we had a better plan, because each review is one-on-one and time consuming. Last year my 3rd and 6th graders studied the states together, and it worked beautifully. I had planned on combining soc. studies, bible, and geography for them and the 1st grader next year, but we will have a newborn in the house, so again, I'm doubting my preparation. I would love to get some advice on how ya'll have done so successfully.

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4/28/12 12:16 A

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I have had each child do his own math and writing, but we tend to study topics all together, especially as life throws stuff at us (a trip to New York to visit a relative, for example, fits nicely with checking out all the books on New York, it's history, people and attractions, from the local library). One of the strengths of homeschooling is working on those relationships, so we don't shy away from learning all together as often as possible.

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ. Col. 3:23


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4/26/12 8:05 P

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Just one, a sophmore and new to homeschooling!

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8/25/11 1:28 P

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We have four kids all in different grades. We have done most things together although that's changing as my kids get older and more independent. My oldest is in high school and she's pretty independent in her studies. She still joins us for things that I want to share with the whole family or for read alouds. Math & Language Arts have been mostly separate (although we have done some things together in the past.) I tend to gear things towards the older ones and let the younger ones come along for the ride.

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8/24/11 9:13 P

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I used unit studies for Bible, History and Science. It also included some of the writing they had to do. Then they had individual math and language arts. It worked great- all 3 older kids did really well on college entrance exams- without cramming for them. And they all did well in college.

I just have my 12yo left in our homeschool. I really miss having a few more students to bounce around ideas! Makes for a livelier discussion.

Katie
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One thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God IN CHRIST JESUS.
Philippians 3.13-14


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8/24/11 4:25 P

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When I had both children at home (dd is now in college) we did history based unit studies for some years (until dd was in high school), but they had different math, spelling, etc. When dd was in high school, we joined a co-op and she became a very independent learner.

A friend has 7 children and they do a unit study together and then each child has their individual computerized lessons for their math, spelling, etc.

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8/24/11 3:10 P

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I only have one child, in one grade. Good question though. I look forward to reading all the responses. I admire families who manage to homeschool multiple children.

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8/24/11 2:42 P

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I have multiple grades. I combine history, science, bible, art, music, p.e. I do seperate LA, and Math.



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8/24/11 2:33 P

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Do you homeschool several grades? You'll be surprised at the subjects that can span grade levels. Certain curricula lend themselves to multilevel teaching. How do you juggle multi grade levels??

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