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post #21 of 83
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How interesting to hear what everyone is doing! After reading through others' responses I think we're a bit more on the "loose" side of homeschooling, but it's working for us. I want to keep the whole educational process positive and not a chore, which means I have to keep things short. I've found that he absorbs a lot quickly and effectively, but I only have about 10-15 minutes and then the proverbial window is closed!

In the AM when he first wakes up, he does 1 page of his Handwriting without Tears workbook and 2 pages of math (Calvert). That fits nicely within the 10-15 minute time frame that I have to work with.

Usually after dinner or before bed we do some reading. We finished the 'Teach your child to read in 100 Easy Lessons' book last spring, so now we're just doing easy reader books from the library.

That's it for formal, sit-down schoolwork.

Otherwise, we read books about various topics, he collects rocks, he does a lot of art with my very artistic babysitter, he is part of a weekly Waldorf crafting group...he runs around outside a lot...I don't know. It's not all formal and scheduled, but it's working well for us .
I wish we could be more unformal, but with schooling 3 kids at different levels, we need structure.
post #22 of 83
Hi everyone! I have a 1st grader - we do year round schooling though so we've been doing our 1st grade stuff for about 2.5 mos or so.

He went to public kindy until xmas break last year and then we pulled him out. I wouldn't say he loves HSing because of his extreme love of people and being social but he doesn't hate it either nor does he ever ask to go back to school. I put him in "regular" school for the social aspect and then they had him sit down and be quiet all day - I didn't expect that in kindy but OTOH we do live in one of the worst states for education and honestly it really shows even though it was a rated 10 and blue ribbon school.

For curriculum:
Language Arts: Just made the switch from Sing, Spell, Read, and Write which was not working for ds at all to Explode the Code online (book 3). He's been doing it for about 2 weeks so we're still getting a feel for it but at least now he asks to do reading instead of it being tears! Oh and we're getting some writing workbooks but for the moment he's writing in a journal and answering a "question of the day" and hating it, hence the workbooks which he tends to like better.

Math: Math U See. We've got 7 lessons left in Alpha and then we'll be on to Beta

Science: He and I are both science nuts. Last year we did Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry. Technically this year we're doing Biology but we keep getting side-tracked. For instance he got interested in weather so we stopped for a good 2 months and did weather experiments, made a cloud in a bottle (that was cool) and lots of other things. Our science learning is pretty much non-stop here because of his interest in how everything works.

History: We are still floundering a bit on history. Finding a secular, yet interesting, history curriculum is a real challenge. We both disliked SOTW pretty strongly. Right now we're just using the Baltimore Curriculum Project as a quide and we're reading tons of non-fiction and fiction books as we go along. I think it's working but I don't like being so unstructured for me. I wish we could use k12's but I just don't want to spend that kind of money right now.

Language: We have not started one yet but I'd like to. I'm not sure whether to teach him French which I have a background in and could actually help him with or to do Spanish which is more useful but I don't know how to speak at all. I'm thinking maybe he and I could do Rosetta Stone together?

Other things he does is soccer and tiger scouts right now. He also has baseball in the spring and tai kwon do that we'll be starting soon. We also do the library story hour for preschoolers (I have a 3 yr old also) and generally we try to get out every single day. He CRAVES social interaction and if he doesn't get it every day he starts to go a little crazy. He's been like that since he was a newborn.
post #23 of 83
My son is an older 5 but the kids are 15 months apart so he's in "1st" grade now.

READING: Well, right now he reads Captain Underpants, Wimpy Kid and Calvin and Hobbes books. We will do some McGuffey's here and there for vocabulary / character building but haven't been reading the lessons lately. He does quite a bit of reading.

MATH: Hmmm. I am not sure if we will use Singapore this year or if I am selling the Singapore books I bought ahead of time for this year. We used a variety of things last year but hardly touched Singapore. I recently ordered the four Kumon 2nd grade math workbooks and a Harcourt Math grade 2workbook. The Didj has been set to 2nd.

SPELLING: I am wondering whether to start a spelling book this year or wait until next year and just do copywork this year.

WRITING: Probably print copywork this year and start cursive next year.

SPANISH: We started Rosetta Stone level 1 in late Spring. We'll probably be in level 2 in April-ish.

MUSIC: local children's concert choir

PE: swim team, gymnastics, dance
post #24 of 83
Hi everyone My DS is 5, he'll be 6 end of October. Right now he's doing Time4Learning 1st grade (he's got 12 lessons left in their 1st grade curriculum online). I'm not a huge fan of T4L, but we just moved and are still waiting for our things to arrive. My plan is to do Math U See, All About Spelling, handwriting, Rosetta Stone French (since we just moved to Belgium), and for reading. . .maybe look to Ambelside Online. He is already reading, so I think we'll work on just reading more. I'd also like to do some Nature Studies, Traditional Skills, and Art using the Usborne Art books.
post #25 of 83
Emily's mom, I'm curious to hear about your experience with the charter school. Our former alt ed/homeschool program has just had to switch to a charter for funding reasons, and we are going to try it (although I have some misgivings). We will have a similar setup with the money allotment, classes, and the teacher visits once a week (that's where most of hesitations lie). The teacher we have been assigned to swears that she'll let us do our own thing as long as we turn in the appropriate paperwork, but we'll see!

I just started a new thing with ds1 today - sequential spelling (I heard about it here!). Even though dd is 8.5 and reads proficiently, her spelling could use work; I'm going to start her in it as well. She thought the first lesson was really easy, but in looking at the lists, I think she is going to be challenged pretty quickly.
post #26 of 83
My dd turned 6 in April and is in 1st Grade. We start the day off with a Bible story and she has a worksheet to do for that and coloring. She does math and handwriting as well as cut and paste activities from Rod & Staff workbooks. We do Science and History (STOTW) with big brother (8 yrs). She is reading novels now so I just let her go at those and I'm happy with that, we're very relaxed. We live on a farm so the kids also get a lot of hands on learning out here with the animals and garden and area crops.
post #27 of 83
I have a July bday (6) firstie and a 4.5 year old who can hang with the firstie.

We started back last week and I've been trying to keep it slow and steady.

Currently, we're using Christopherus for language arts and a bit of handwriting. Probably throw in reading then math a little later on.
post #28 of 83
Hi. My son turned 6 in January. We use a charter "umbrella" school. They provide the funding and an ES, we choose the curriculum. We are doing:

Math, Science and Language Arts - Time4Learning.com
History - Story of the World
Reading - TYCTR in 100 Easy Lessons and ReadingEggs.com
Handwriting - We are using a variety of free online worksheets
Music - Piano Lessons
Foreign Language - Mango French

We also do the weekly park day with the local HS group and will be starting swimming lessons next week.
post #29 of 83
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Emily's mom, I'm curious to hear about your experience with the charter school.
I love going threw a chapter school. The challenge is getting a good teacher. I have been really lucky so far. My teacher looks at what we have done for the month and then she identifies and makes it fit into the state standards. We do have to keep records, but I don't mind that at all. It keeps me focused to get everything done each week. Meeting once a weekly sounds like alot to me; we only meet once a month.

You will have to keep us posted on how that is going.
post #30 of 83
So happy to have found this thread! I have a 5 year old (6 next month) 1st grader and a preschooler. I was homeschooled myself and I started dd1 when she was a preschooler. Dd1 is a natural born learner and really loves homeschooling. She learned how to read last year via 100 easy lessons and now is devouring every book in site.

Here is our current curriculum which we spread throughout the week. We do literature and math every day and the others get 1 or 2 days a week. We spend about 1-1.5 hours a day on homeschooling.

Reading- Magic Tree house, will incorporate handwriting and spelling from these books

Math- Progress in Mathematics, it's OK dd1 likes it, but honestly I am thinking of switching to a computer based program b/c it takes up a lot of time and I would rather spend more time on other subjects

Social Studies- Designing my own curriculum based on world cultures. Planning on incorporating geography, government, art, customs, etc.

Spanish- Rosetta Stone which the whole family is planning to do twice a week.

P.E. She takes ballet 1x a week

Science- Dh does science experiments with her once a week

Elective- She is starting piano this Thursday



We have dd1 enrolled in a very relaxed charter homeschool. All we have to do is meet with the teacher once a month and show progress and we get the funds to pay for her classes, books and supplies.
post #31 of 83
Fun! We just started today for the year!

3 times a week:
Science/Social Studies/Language Arts: Moving Beyond the Page ages 6-8

Math: EPGY through Education.com

Reading: Headsprout (we're getting there with the K-2 one and she's really reading independently; debating doing the 3-5 comprehension one)

Rosetta Stone Mandarin (she chose Mandarin, and we just started, but so far so good! She' was using words she learned today at dinner)

Once a Week:
Art: Artistic Pursuits (she loved this enough that she and DH started it over the summer; still love it!)

Music: Oak Meadow Recorder; well, this is really as she wishes

PE: Swimming or Ice Skating depending on season; Ballet; Yoga
post #32 of 83
I'm brand new to this forum, but I need some serious pep talking and to be able to read about others' ventures in schooling at home because I feel like a totally spastic and incompetent person.

K12 is talking EONS to process, and i have been guaranteed I will have everything this week. My problem is I already bought math mammoth for 1st grade last year, when DS did kindy at home. He was on the borderline cutoff and I knew he wasn't ready for kinder so now I feel half stuck HS'ing because he's so far ahead, but really I DO want it to work. I just feel like I can't do it myself like he will be missing something. I try to remind myself public school is so many hours because half of it is trying to get 30 kids in order to spend a few actual minutes teaching.

How is k12 as a whole? I NEED structure and formal cirriculum for my sake. I need to be very organized and he does much better with structure. He reads VERY well, gets math concepts quick, etc.

I'm going to try to be active on this board as i think it will help me not feel like such a nut case (I don't know anyone who homeschools, only one other doing the WAVA through k12
post #33 of 83
SHelsi - I speak spanish and am doing it with the kiddos. I was very suprised how easy it is for me to read French. Maybe you'd find the same vice versa?

We are going to be an interesting sounding house, spanish and Polish are QUITE different!
post #34 of 83
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We started the 3rd book in the Magic Tree house series (Mummies in the Morning) today. We took notes in our Magic Tree house journal, learned how to a draw siamese cat, and put together a foam Egyptian Pyramid. Our plans for this book include wraping each other in TP like mummies, learn a few riddles out of the book: Mummy Riddles, make a pyramid out of sugar cubes, watch a few episodes of Chasing Mummies, make an egyptian mask, and make egyptian bread.

We are also learning about the pioneers. This week we will make jam, do some leather stamping, play the Organ Trail computer game, and read book 3 of American Girl: Kirsten.
post #35 of 83
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We started the 3rd book in the Magic Tree house series (Mummies in the Morning) today. We took notes in our Magic Tree house journal, learned how to a draw siamese cat, and put together a foam Egyptian Pyramid. Our plans for this book include wraping each other in TP like mummies, learn a few riddles out of the book: Mummy Riddles, make a pyramid out of sugar cubes, watch a few episodes of Chasing Mummies, make an egyptian mask, and make egyptian bread.

We are also learning about the pioneers. This week we will make jam, do some leather stamping, play the Organ Trail computer game, and read book 3 of American Girl: Kirsten.
This is a neat idea, to use the magic tree house series! The few I've seen/heard [book on CD], I've liked the content of [I find the voices on the CD annoying]. We're doing SOTW, but I find there are a lot of MTH books that fit into that as supplements.
post #36 of 83
My son has severe ADHD, and school just didn't work out. Because he has ADHD, we're just focusing on the basics.

Reading: Modern Curriculum Press Phonics A ("Plaid Phonics"), with some Bob Books and a little of McGuffey's Primer thrown in.

Math: Singapore Primary Mathematics 1A--both the textbook and workbook, with some Mathematics in Action 1 thrown in.

Hebrew Reading: Haveri by Sol Scharfstein and Reading and Comprehension by the Yonays. Also various books on the Jewish holidays.

Science: Singapore's Childs Play Science
post #37 of 83

i'm new here

Hello everyone,

I'm new to the Mothering community...can someone tell me what "DD" and "DS" stands for? thanks

This is our first year homeschooling. Currently we're living in Damascus so resources are very limited. Fortunately there's a small library for children that has books in English. So between that and the books we have "story of the world", first language lessons, bob books and of course the internet we're going to piece together a curriculum. I'm really nervous. I have 3 boys and a girl...aged 7, 6, 3 1/2 and 1 1/2. We sent them to school here last year but the school system here is very strict. Not a lot of opportunity for free thinking or movement. so we're going to try homeschooling. Like i said i'm nervous. i'll definitely be checking back here for support.

Aziza
post #38 of 83
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to the Mothering community...can someone tell me what "DD" and "DS" stands for? thanks

This is our first year homeschooling. Currently we're living in Damascus so resources are very limited. Fortunately there's a small library for children that has books in English. So between that and the books we have "story of the world", first language lessons, bob books and of course the internet we're going to piece together a curriculum. I'm really nervous. I have 3 boys and a girl...aged 7, 6, 3 1/2 and 1 1/2. We sent them to school here last year but the school system here is very strict. Not a lot of opportunity for free thinking or movement. so we're going to try homeschooling. Like i said i'm nervous. i'll definitely be checking back here for support.

Aziza
Welcome!

DD is dear daughter. DS is dear son.

There is a list here of different terms used on MotheringDotCom: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=522590
post #39 of 83
I homeschool my daughter, 6.5 and son 8.5. We use Montessori materials mostly (I am a certified AMI teacher), the library, the internet, and life. I am not a big believer in "busy work" like workbooks, but I do use journals. I really like the Green Science kits we found at Hobby Lobby.
Besides the basics of math, spelling, and grammar, we are focusing on the American Revolution and Thomas Jefferson, and will be spending a week in D.C./Virginia in the spring to see monuments, The Smithsonian, and Monticello.
They are not at grade levels in reading right now, but are excelled at oral comprehension, vocabulary, math skills, and reasoning. I didn't push reading, I let them take it at their own pace, now they are both very interested in reading so they are bettering their skills by their own desire and doing so fairly quickly. I am anticipating their being at grade levels by the end of the calendar year.
DS is learning German, DD is learning French, via simple software. I am very interested in Rosetta Stone. They are both getting tangential lessons in Latin simply because I am wont to do that when I am defining words for them.
We live on an organic farm (sustainable for now, but planning on producing commercially next season) and are building our house by ourselves - dad is an out-of-work builder thanks to the economy. Afternoons are spent on farm and house building chores.

Many days I am tempted to deposit them at school so I can have a few hours to myself for ... anything - grocery shopping, exercising, reading an adult-level book, etc. Then I remember what a disaster the American school system is, and how in poor rural communities like ours it is even worse. How we have, for some reason, marginalized our future generations when we will desperately need them to get us out of the mess we created with overspending, industrialized food, and dependence on non-renewable energies. So, I ask the kids for a 5 minute break, take a deep breath, do some yoga stretches, and get back at it.
post #40 of 83
I am new to homeschooling. DS is 6 (last April) and I don't know WTH we are doing.
So far we have just completed the Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons book. He finished it successfully and is reading pretty good but he never picks up a book to read on his own and is not loving reading yet, and I have no idea where to go from here.
Math: Math-U-See...finishing up the primer.
I do a word-a-day with him to increase his vocab.
We are doing small unit studies. We just learned about lobsters (using books from the library and a few youtube videos) and he is working on making a mini-book about some of what he learned.
We like to grow things...ds currently is growing a small square of grass inside to see how tall it will get (his idea) and we are going to plant some acorns and some herbs if I ever get the chance to get out and buy some pots.
Not sure what else we are going to do. I'm hoping to meet our facilitator soon and that she will help with ideas. I'm about as dumb as one can get, so this should be interesting...I also work 55 hours a week which makes it a challenge.
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