I have homeschooled since birth with my boys. I researched homeschooling before they were born and wrote my Thesis on it for my BS in Sociology from Linfield College! The Original Schoolhouse: Homeschooling Educational Methods. It is on Amazon as an ebook now. My boys are 9 and 10 this year. We live in Oregon and it was our first year doing state testing with our oldest, and it went really well. I was very nervous because he has dyslexia, but have found great materials by being humble and researching, and asking questions .
Currently we use Saxon for our base math and MATH U SEE for fun and to fill in and reinforce.
We use an adult literacy program from Texas's Scottish Rite Hospital for our Phonics it is on VHS/DVD and worksheets and has gotten my 10yo to be able to read subtitles! Also use Scaredy Cat Learning System and Explode the Code Books... used lots of others when they were young.. I highly recommend using a phonics program because if you find out your child has a learning disability later on you will regret not starting there.
We use LessonPathways.com
Weaver from Alpha Omega Press we are on Volume 4 now.
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DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
I am going to clock in too!
This will be our first year of officially homeschooling. DS is 5 (6 in October). We started hooked on phonics last year, and he can read through our deck of 150 sight words. We will be starting first week of September, I put in my notice for work and my last day is Aug
We will be doing a mish-mash of books for the curriculum. Still have yet to settle on them. We will be trying to stay away from religiously based (I am a Christian, DH is not religious), because we both feel that DS will need to make those decisions on his own in his own time. (THOUGH I am not adverse the the religiously based curriculum). We will continue on with Hooked on Phonics grade 1, and I am thinking of getting a grade 1 math book that recovers the K. Science I planned on mostly checking books out from the library and doing unit studies.
DS is a smart kid. This is the reason we are homeschooling. I feel like he won't feel challenged or won't be studying things he finds interesting.
So some of you do a bible course? What's that like? When we were looking at our options to get Jacob out of the crappy school he was at, we looked into a private Christian school and he got excited that he'd be learning from the bible. What would you recommend for an 8 year old with ADHD? Verse memorization or just chapter studies? I'd like for him to learn the bible, but I am worried he won't enjoy it or that it will take time away from his main courses. I don't want him to be studying ALL day, but he wants to learn sign language as a school offered elective if he qualifies (Connections has requirements that they do well with base classes for a month before they can register for electives).
There are many options for Bible depending on what religeon, what you are willing to spend, and what you want out of it. If you did not want something super formal you could get a kids Bible and read the stories out of it. If you want a more formal curriculum there is Abeka (very expensive), BJU (very time consuming) life pac (this is what I chose) or several others. Those are just the ones I am familiar with.
Doorposts is a wonderful publisher, they produce helps for character based Bible Teaching/learning. I would highly recommend getting their Plants Grown Up, I just got it used to use with my boys. I have the IF Then Chart, the PUT On Chart, The Go to the ANT chart, and the Blessings Chart.. It has not only helped them, but me.
For other stuff we use Weaver which is a unit study curriculum that is based on the bible and goes Genesis through the Bible chronologically and it includes science and social studies. We love it and it includes Bible in every day, my boys love it. Your boy would also.. I would suggest testing out some Unit Studies with him, they are super fun, and you can add more or less, and they are cheap/free. Weaver I got the Volumes Used, there are 5 of them, the first 3 are about a year worth the last 2 about 1 1/2 years worth.. They are hard to find at curriculum fairs sometimes, but are put out by Alpha Omega, do NOT buy the Volumes new, you should be able to find them use if it looks like something you would like.. they are a bit overwhelming at first, but once you do a unit or two it is a cinch.
DH-Aug 30th 1997 Josiah - 6/3/02 Isaac 7/31/03
I'm a little late joining, but I am homeschooling 1 this year. My son started Kindergarten. We started our 6th week today. It has gone so much better than I ever dreamed it would. We use a mixture of Saxon, BJU, and Handwriting for a Reason. We had already worked on things before we started, so a lot of days it feels like review work. I have been most nervous about teaching him to read, but he is picking up on it better that I anticipated. He still doesn'y totally understand about blending sounds, but he is getting there.