Hello! Thank you for opening the thread! We are so excited to start homeschooling! I have always fantasized about homeschooling and think it is awesome whenever I hear that someone else is doing it. DH and I have been tossing the idea around for years but it took me a long time to take that big step and commit 100% to homeschooling. My oldest son is very bright and school has just been getting worse every year. He behaves well and is very social (we'll have to keep up all his friendships!) but he is soooooo bored with the academics and is grossly underperforming. He also has a teacher that embarrasses him in front of the class because he is unorganized and kind of absent-minded. We feel an urgency in getting him out, but I don't want to start until I have a decent plan in place. Which is why I am asking you experienced moms and dads for help.
He has always done Everyday Math in school and we were thinking of switching to Singapore Math. He has shown a natural aptitude for math but has never ever been challenged by EM, and we feel that he is way behind where we were at that age when it comes to arithmetic. Is Singapore Math good for logical thinkers who can master concepts fairly quickly?
Is it easy to teach? Is there something better? We don't need a lot of manipulatives for him. Incidentally, we are also thinking of getting Singapore Math for my other son, who will be staying in 2nd grade, b/c although he has always done great at EM in school, he recently tested at a very low percentage statewide in math.
I have heard that Charlotte Mason is good for kids who love to read. He likes history a lot. Is there an indispensable book list? What prep work would I need to do? A friend suggested I read the CM companion. We are Christian.
I have a degree biology and have worked as a natural history interpreter, and my husband is a physicist; we don't feel we need a curriculum for science.
We need to be laid back and flexible. I want DS to be challenged but I don't want to have to plan every minute of every day. There is NO WAY I could ever do Susan Wise Bauer's curriculum, though we love the Story of the World books. I am not organized enough, not do I want to have to adhere too strictly to anything.
Do you haver any input on Singapore Math or Charlotte Mason? What about anything else that has worked great for your kids who love to read and have high verbal and reasoning abilities?
Thank you so much for reading! I would appreciate any suggestions or insight!