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AlyssaEimers's picture
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Roll Call!

Who all is homeschooling this year? What grades? Who all is just dreaming and planning ahead?

Lets wake the board up. A home schooling board would be fun.

alwayssmile's picture
Joined: 08/26/07
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Total lurker here. DS is only 20 months! lol. My husband is in the military and limited in the bases we could go to - and none of them have great, exciting school systems so I'm planning on homeschooling assuming my sanity at that point can deal with it. Wink

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It is never to early to start teaching your kids. Or to start researching what curriculums you want to use.

Nell4Him's picture
Joined: 10/25/06
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Still in between stages. I have to confirm with the charter school on or after the 21st so they can send us the curriculum, etc. But we are set on using them.

AlyssaEimers's picture
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I have been busy getting my class room and lesson plans ready. Lots to do.

gardenbug's picture
Joined: 03/12/07
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I'm a Nana...and a lurker of many homeschooling (and other) blogs that provide free stuff. I've used materials for making lesson plans for kids in Haiti...and making things for my grandchildren.

tink9702's picture
Joined: 09/28/08
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Hi! I'm around. I home preschool DS 2-3 days a week. DD also gets the benefit of some of the activities! Smile We haven't done anything the past two weeks because of sickness and injuries but tomorrow I'm hoping to start a unit on Whales! Smile

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Joined: 05/08/06
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We homeschooled this past year (traditional using ACE program). Andrea made it through the K curriculum and 1/3 way through the 1st grade curriculum.

Next year we are using K12, taking advantage of public school money to pay for it. I've been spending hours online the last couple of days reading through the coursework, etc. Andrea has to start over with K, but she can skip and hop her way through it quickly and get up into the 1st grade stuff.

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Welcome!

TomandJenPlus10's picture
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Hi, I just found this homeschooling board today. My husband and I have a combined family of ten kids. I have 5 from my first marriage DS 17, DS 16, DD 12, DS 10, DS 7), he has 4 from his first marriage that still live with their mom (DS 18, DD 16, DS 11, DD 10), we have one together (DS 3) and another one on the way(Due 1/11/13).
I have home schooled my children since pre-school but my two oldest sons decided to enter public school for high school and my husbands' kids go to public school. We will continue to home school as I thoroughly enjoy it and my husband has seen the many benefits.

We have tried many approaches over the years such as all A Beka, all unit studies, Five in a Row, Connections Academy and some years were a mix of Saxon, LLATL, Story of the World, Considering God's Creation and A Reason for Handwriting. Last year I also homeschooled another family's daughter and I had her and two of mine using Switched on Schoolhouse. My first grader did a mix of workbooks and my then two year old played. I had intended on using more unit studies for history and science this coming year, but since finding out I'm expecting again, I know myself better than to attempt that so we are sticking with SOS For all 5 subjects plus Spanish for my DD12 and DS10. My 2nd grader will be using mostly A Beka and my DS 3 will be using a few pre school workbooks, puzzles, finger painting, coloring, and various other play/learning tools.

We are starting on August 20 and will be trying to get as much done before the baby comes as possible.

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Welcome! Sounds like it is a lot of fun at your house.

Rivergallery's picture
Joined: 05/23/03
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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 :).
MATH
Currently we use Saxon for our base math and MATH U SEE for fun and to fill in and reinforce.

PHONICS
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.

READING/LIT
We use LessonPathways.com

BIBLE (character)
Doorposts

SCIENCE/SOCIAL STUDIES/LITERATURE/BIBLE
Weaver from Alpha Omega Press we are on Volume 4 now.

SCIENCE
Unit Studies

SOCIAL STUDIES
Cubscouts

EXTRA CURRICULAR-
Church, Cubscouts, Baseball, Swimming, Field Trips, Homeschooling Co-op

AlyssaEimers's picture
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Very nice. You made me realize I forgot Bible from my other post. We use Lifepac for Bible. Smile

MJDttc's picture
Joined: 08/12/12
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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
31.
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.

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Joined: 10/25/06
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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).

AlyssaEimers's picture
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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.

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Joined: 05/23/03
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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.

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Thanks, Ladies! Smile

Momma Leah's picture
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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.

AlyssaEimers's picture
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Welcome!!

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Thank you!