Welcome to the newly (re)launched Homeschooling Parents board! Please know that this is not a place to debate the topic but definitely the place to come for discussion, questions, support, camaraderie, and much more!
In the coming days, we will be adding a more comprehensive resource list for those getting started, interested in what the laws of their area, various styles of learning, curriculum available, support groups, athletic options, etc.
Veterans -- feel free to add your favorites on this thread and we'll pull them together!
A good place to find tons of information is the website for the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA).
Also, don't miss out on your area's home school curriculum fair! Many are going on this weekend! This is the time of year when many are being held throughout the U.S. There you will find displays of books, seminars, local and national support groups, and more!
A list of local and regional conventions can be found here.
Introduce yourself on this thread and share whether you are new to homeschooling, a veteran, or simply curious!
Enjoy the board!
Let me start with the basics:
My name is Janelle and I'm 29 (30 in Aug). My husband is Brad and he's 32. We have 3 children (two boys and one girl). Jacob/8, Daniel/3 and Evelyn (Evie)/almost 9 months.
I'm new to homeschooling, and am not really homeschooling, but a hybrid of public and home school. I just got finished enrolling my 8 year old in a public charter school. It's called Connections Academy. I am referred to as his "Learning Coach". He has a teacher whom he will meet with online a few times a month. They do video chats and virtual classrooms. They are providing me with all his curriculum needs, including lesson plans, but it's my job to make sure he is actually doing the work, etc.
I'm a little nervous because he is ADHD (but that's why we are doing this) and lies to me constantly and walks all over me every chance he gets. He was diagnosed as ADHD with ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder) and the latter really concerns me for home school, but I'm sure once we get into a routine that he's gonna love it (and me too).
Another place for concern for me is our other two children. I'm a SAHM and I enjoy what I do, but our 3 year old is developmentally delayed (possibly Autistic but with no need for medical diagnosis as he's already being serviced by occupational therapy and speech therapy and nothing would change if they medically diagnosed him). He goes to school 2x a week right now, we are hoping that they accepted his application for 4 days a week starting in fall but have not heard back yet. Our baby, Evie, is going to be 9 months on the 29th and is crawling and wanting to stand and explore the house.
I am hoping that the little two do not make it difficult for me to work with Jacob on his education.
Anyway, I could probably write a book on this right now as I'm both excited and nervous now that it's official (the registration accepted and all).
I hope to get to know a bunch of nice people who can help me when necessary and support me and all that jazz.
Janelle and Brad 8-25-01
Hi! I'm Mel (33) married to DH, Ben (34). Our children are Ethan (turns 3 the end of June) and Olivia (almost 18 months). I work outside of the home three days a week and from home two days (but really at night and during nap!).
I am trying to gather myself together to start Home Preschool for Ethan as a supplement to the preschool he will be getting 3 days a week while I'm working. Also, long term we plan on having a third child and me staying home full time so I will end up Home preschooling Olivia and probably baby #3 as well. I'm not sure what we'll do for Kindergarten and school later on, one step at a time for me!
I'm looking forward to ideas on stuff like how to organize your day and such. I think I know what I want/need to teach and have a ton of ideas both in my head and on my Pinterest boards, but I just can't figure out what kind of organization I want to put it all into! I'm also nervous about how to teach Ethan while Olivia is around like Janelle mentioned above - how do you juggle the younger kids while doing this?
Looking forward to getting to know everyone!
Ethan - June 21, 2009
Olivia - December 5, 2010
5w3d - October/November 2012
My Ovulation Chart
I'm not sure I'll ever homeschool, but I'm curious. I have 3 boys ages 4 1/2, 2 1/2, and 1.
big boy 12.8.07 @ 39+2 7lbs 8oz, 20.5" BFed for 13 months
middle boy 8.12.09 @ 39+4 7lbs 9oz, 21" BFed for 13.5 months
little boy 4.26.11 @ 38+4 6lbs 14oz, 19.5" BFed until 26mo and again 30-37mo
baby boy 10.25.13 @ 41+0 8lbs 15oz, 21.5"
8.16.12 & 12.16.12
I'm homeschooling my oldest, DS1 who is in 2nd and DD1 who is in K. Things are going great, but I have to admit that I'm a bit worried about how chaotic it will get as we add the younger kids into the mix down the road!
Sonja ~ Chaotic mama to DS1 (9/04), DD1 (HB 7/06), DD2 (HB 7/08 ) & DS2 (UC 6/10)
We seem to have a wide range of experience here! Terrific! Rather than respond to all of you in one thread, I believe that you each have introduced several topics that would be beneficial to the group. I'll work on taking time out to reply and have asked one of my dear friends, to do so as well. (I've learned a TON from her over the years!)
Here is one article that offers tips that no matter what age/stage you are in, hopefully you'll be able to pick up something useful from:
Help For the Harried Homeschool Mom: Tips for Homeschooling
If you have some additional ideas, add those in the comments for the article!
I'm Julie, editor here at Pregnancy.org. I'm also a homeschooling mom at the other end of the spectrum. Before morphing into a full time home school mom, I was a chemist. During our schooling years, we lived on a small farm, just north of the middle of nowhere. Recently, we moved to the greater Seattle area. Talk about culture shock!
My baby will start her senior year in the fall. I have six kids, ranging from 17 to *gasp-how did she get so old!!!* 32. All were schooled at home. Some practically taught themselves; others had more of a challenge learning to read; one finds math difficult. Three were/are bookworms; two doodled and drew more than figured; one wiggled and talked while learning...
I've taught home school science and math workshops for very little kids through high school (so they could get their lab science credits). One of my very favorite things about home schoolers: They seem to never lose the enthusiasm for learning. The flip side of that shiny leaf: They never quit asking "difficult" questions.
I'm looking forward to meeting each of you and your families. And I'd be happy to introduce you to mine.
Nice to see some familiar ladies on here!
We have been homeschooling since preschool. I currently have a 5-year-old and an infant.
Preschool was simple for me. I just found lots of workbooks and activities and threw them all together.
For Kindegarten, I chose the ACE program. I really, really like have a structure, so I think having a core curriculum is a must for me.
Natalie was only 2-months-old when we started last fall. It is definately harder with a little one around. She actually spends a good portion of our half-day school in the playpen or napping. Sometimes she is on my lap of course. She is too little to be out running around anyway, so this works well for us. For those with toddlers, I love the blog Confessions of a Homeschooler. I've been mentally logging lots of tips for what to do in the coming years with schooling and a toddler. I think we may even use her Letter of the Day curriculum for Natalie's first preschool year.
Next year, I'm seriously considering the online public school. I know lots of homeschool moms cringe at this. I've seen their physical reactions to the idea! But, I really think the program looks good and we are very, very tight financially. It seems like this would be ideal for us since I would get to keep her home and be the main influence in her life (a major reason for homeschooling) but also get public school to pay for the curriculum. There are a couple of options in my area (WA state). One allows us to choose the curriculum (as long as it is not religious). The other program uses K12, which seems to be an amazing curriculum that is both traditional and online. I'd be interested in hearing from moms who have experience with these.
Oh, and our Washington Homeschooler's Org Convention is mid-June.