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post #21 of 50
Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)

Alex will be 5 in December, Sage is almost 2.5 right now

What made you decide to homeschool

We can study things the girls are interested in, we can take as much time as we need to cover things in depth, we can be flexible and travel whenever we like, I don't have to asnwer to anyone, dd1 won't have to try to sit still for long periods of time, we can be outside as much as possible, the girls don't have to wake up too early, they won't be subject to the horrible bullying/peer pressure/ crappy attitude that I see going on amongst the school kids (as young as Kindergarten!).

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any

We have been doing Ambleside Online Year 0 readings and Singapore already, in addition to the language instruction below.

This fall we will:

follow a Core Knowledge outline using Pearson for History and Geography, plus
continue Singapore and the Ambleside Year 0 readings, plus
go through McGuffey's Readers (skipping the religious content), plus
follow a loose Country of the Week plan from www.letteroftheweek.com,
continue Spanish lessons following the Muzzy Teacher's Guide,
continue Chinese and Sign Language DVDs (we do these already, the girls LOVE them),
continue Fench Rosetta Stone a couple of times a week.
Real Science for Kids Chemistry Pre-Level One

The aboev is for dd1. For dd2, I'll just keep reading to her, count everything, and continue to playfully learn phonics (she knows the alphabet and what the letters "say").

What you're excited about

Finding the playfulness in all the above. Alex is very smart and requires almost constant stimulation. I think she will really groove on the plan...but if she doesn't, I look forward to altering it however it needs to be altered. SO I guess I'm looking forward to discovering which things really click with her and which things don't. So far, I haven't found something that doesn't click...except MiQuon Math (which she hated...she LOVES Singapore, though).

What you're nervous about

Friends for dd1. It's hard to find friends whose parents have the same values we do. She only has two friends she sees every week, and each only for an hour and a half or so. She has two other friends (they're brothers) she sees twice a month, for 4-6 hours at a time. She's entering into a lot of activities this fall, so I'm hoping we'll meet more kids that click with her (and us).
post #22 of 50
Name Genie

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s) Trevor (5) and Isaiah (3 in October)

What made you decide to homeschool
That's a hard one...I have many many reasons to homeschool, but I guess my main reason (at first) was that I didn't want to leave my son's education up to someone else.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
We bought the Enki K curriculum, and we might buy some learning to read materials cuz ds really wants to read.

What you're excited abouteverything!

What you're nervous abouthmm...I'm not really nervous, I've been around homeschoolers online so long that I have no doubts about it. I do sometimes worry that I won't be a good rhythm to our day going.
post #23 of 50
OK to chat in this thread too?

RedWine, your DD sounds like mine! Just last night I found the Core Knowledge stuff and ordered What Your Kindergartener Should Know and the Teacher Handbook and the Sequence and I am so excited about the breadth. I was wanting to do a boxed curriculum to save myself time (for example I'm supposed to be working right now, not thinking about curricula ) but DD already knew the K stuff in all of them. Then I found the Core Knowledge K stuff and it's great to have this guide that says to me 'your kindergartener may be capable of learning this stuff, so give it a try!' So it looks like I'll be pulling a curriculum together in bits and pieces after all. I wanted to ask you about Pearson for History and Geography -- do you mind if I ask you if you bought just the teacher guides or the whole thing with the big books? I can't decide if I want to shell out the money for the big books or not. I have my eye on some expensive science kits I like from Delta Education and I am trying to figure out how best to spend my $! And do you like Rosetta Stone or Muzzy better? Since you are using both I thought I'd ask. My MIL has a copy of Rosetta Stone for Spanish that we could borrow, so I was thinking we'd try it but I've heard good stuff about Muzzy.
post #24 of 50
Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s) Gabe almost 4 and Avery 14 mos

What made you decide to homeschool

Ds1 is a very bright and sensative child, and from early on, I knew that a ps setting would not work for him, at least in the early years. I strongly feel that he would slip through the cracks or get "lost" in the crowd.

What materials/curriculum you are using,

We are starting with Oak Meadow preschool and going from there. I plan on suppleenting with alot of nature stuff and he is well on his way to reading, so we will explore that as well.

What you're excited about

Everything! I feel like we have this whole wide world waiting for us to discover. I think it will be a great experience for our whole family.

What you're nervous about
I am nervous about making the best decisions for my children. I hope I can provide them with a rich magical childhood
post #25 of 50
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Originally Posted by Astromom View Post
OK to chat in this thread too?

I wanted to ask you about Pearson for History and Geography -- do you mind if I ask you if you bought just the teacher guides or the whole thing with the big books?
I guess I have to ask about this too. Is the stuff any sort of decent. After I read that I googled Pearson Homeschooling and found the stuff you are looking for. I didn't even know about it! I suppose that wouldn't be remarkable in itself except that dh works for Pearson and gets 50% discount on all of their publications. You would think he would have mentioned this stuff, huh?

In his defense it is a huge company and he works in the educational measurement division not the publishing division.
post #26 of 50
Name Kate
Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s) Emma (3)
What made you decide to homeschool
PS scares me. I was ahead when I was in lower elem. & got lost in the shuffle of things & ended up getting extra lazy because I wasn't challenged enough. I can't imagine Em being gone from me for so long during the day - I like being with her not because she's mine but because she is a cool kid to be with! The 1 Montessori we would maybe send her to is way $$$
What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Still not sure - trying to find something that isn't religious based - any tips would be great!But right now we are learning through play, me reading to her, everyday life, printed worksheets/workbooks
What you're excited about
watching her learn -
What you're nervous about
teaching her when she's older
post #27 of 50
I also have a question about History. It seems most kids in the thread are about dd's age. I can't imagine teaching her history right now, she only recently stopped living in the present, iykwim. So just wondering, what kind of things are in a history curriculum for kindergarten, first grade?

I'm also a bit torn about teaching reading. I wasn't going to start this until next year. I'm thinking her pre-reading and language skills will continue to develop through play and listening to fairy tales, rhymes etc. Sure she could learn her letters, but what use are they, if you can't read? So I figured I'll start when she's more likely to be developmentally ready. However, now she's frustrated she can't read yet (and never will, apparently ). So today she was playing around with starfall for ages. I had to promise her to start teaching letters, tomorrow. Oh, I didn't expect to have to think about all this already
(I'm not trying to start a debate about early reading btw)

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I like being with her not because she's mine but because she is a cool kid to be with!
Same here
post #28 of 50
NAK

Name:
Jen
Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s):
Jacob 5 1/2 Emma 3 1/2 and Kara 13 months
What made you decide to homeschool:
I have always known I would. My husband and I had mostly misrible school experiances and we want something better for our kids. The more I learn about the school system and how children really learn; the less appealing ps becomes.
What materials/curriculum you are using, if any:
We have FIAR, Phonics Pathways, unit rods, family math, maps etc. I bought them mostly as resources. I plan to use them but in any strict sense. If my kids are not interested then it's ok with me. I'm leaning heavily towards uschooling.
What you're excited about:
continuing to be there for all the new things they are learning, not needing to drag them out of bed every morning, continuing life as usual
What you're nervous about:
unschooling myself and avoiding putting pressure on my kids. dealing with criticism and concerns of ppl on our lives. giving my children a rich enviroment when i am a natural introvert.
post #29 of 50
Harmat, one of the things that dd's preschool does, that I think is awesome, is to incorporate letter sounds every time you say the letter. So you don't jsut say the letter "b", instead you always say "buh, buh, b" for example. I talked to them about this, and their theory is that the kids learn their letters, but reading has very little to do with the letter names, but more to do with their sounds.

Hope that makes sense. Let me know if you want more explanation.
post #30 of 50
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Originally Posted by Astromom View Post
RedWine, your DD sounds like mine! Just last night I found the Core Knowledge stuff and ordered What Your Kindergartener Should Know and the Teacher Handbook and the Sequence I am so excited about the breadth. I was wanting to do a boxed curriculum to save myself time (for example I'm supposed to be working right now, not thinking about curricula ) but DD already knew the K stuff in all of them. Then I found the Core Knowledge K stuff and it's great to have this guide that says to me 'your kindergartener may be capable of learning this stuff, so give it a try!' So it looks like I'll be pulling a curriculum together in bits and pieces after all. I wanted to ask you about Pearson for History and Geography -- do you mind if I ask you if you bought just the teacher guides or the whole thing with the big books? I can't decide if I want to shell out the money for the big books or not. I have my eye on some expensive science kits I like from Delta Education and I am trying to figure out how best to spend my $! And do you like Rosetta Stone or Muzzy better? Since you are using both I thought I'd ask. My MIL has a copy of Rosetta Stone for Spanish that we could borrow, so I was thinking we'd try it but I've heard good stuff about Muzzy.
Hi there!

I bought the Pearson teacher guides and the big books. You can't really use one without the other. Yes, they were a LOT of money...i don't think they were worth what I paid for them. I like them a lot, but only because I used money we received unexpectedly. You're probably better off looking at the free lesson plans online and doing it that way (using library books).

I don't know Delta Education -- I'll have to look into them. For science, we are following the Sequence AND Real Science 4 Kids Chem. Dd1 is capable of both, and I strongly feel chemistry and physics should be introduced as early as possible.

As far as language...Dd1 doesn't care for Rosetta Stone that much. Since we're doing different languages, I wanted our approach to each to be VERY different from eath other. She tolerates Rosetta Stone and is learning a bit, but she doesn't really LIKE it. I ask that she do 10-15 minutes at a time, 3 times a week. I usually do it with her and try to make it more fun.

She likes Muzzy a lot, but it is a LOT of work for the parent. I have the teacher's guide lesson plans, and it is labor intensive for me! However, both my girls like the lessons and are learning quite a bit. We will probably continue with Muzzy II when we're finished.

Nice to meet you!
post #31 of 50
Name
Max'sMama

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Max 3.5 & Neva 12 months

What made you decide to homeschool
I do not like the options for public school in my area. I don't like how NCLB is perceived in my area. I would rather be the one teaching my child and I love to see ds learning and grasping new concepts. Plus neither DH or I were challenged in the ps system. Neither of us liked sitting in a desk inside 'being taught'. We believe that learning shouldn't end when the school day does, so homeschooling is the perfect fit for us.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
We are starting Oak Meadow preschool. I really like the flow of the day and I think it will be a GREAT fit for our family. I really like that it is not based on religion.

What you're excited about
Everything. Being able to help him (and eventually her) stay innocent for a bit longer. Having the ability to tailor education to fit the child rather than fitting the child into the educational model.

What you're nervous about
Can I DO this ? More so the will I be able to stimulate him (and eventually her)? Will I provide enough variety in our days for optimal learning? Will he, very much specifically he, be able to EVER listen to me? Is it possible to learn everything through osmosis? As this is what we will need for the pre(home)schooler currently residing in my home
post #32 of 50
Name
mags

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
ds 3.5 ds 2
What made you decide to homeschool
Not impressed with the schools, unhealthy socialization environment, I feel that schools dampen the yearn to learn, eurocentric curriculum, lack of multiculturalism, wanting to spend more family time together and focus on child led learning.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
OM K, miquon with cuisinaire rods, usborne books, BFIAR, some unit study packets, membership to zoo and science center.

What you're excited about
I am excited about everything. I want to get started and into a daily rhythm. We will be eclectic relaxed HSers, so we will have some structure, but will also be flexible as needed. It will be so fun to take field trips whenever we want and go on trips during the, "off" season. Watching my children and our family thrive on the HSing lifestyle.

What you're nervous about
Lol, everything!!! I am worried about the socialization, b/c most ppl we know are sending their kids to school. I'm a little bit afraid we will lose friends with our decision to HS. Disciplining my kids, I'm afraid they will walk all over me and not take me seriously, since I am their mom, yet I am still supposed to be their teacher too. I'm worried about not being organized and slacking off and not accomplishing anything. Dealing with my family, who I KNOW will give me hell about HSing. Having to form my own HSing group, there are no inclusive HS groups in our area. I'm worried that I will feel overwhelmed and burned out, that I will not have enough, "me" time.
post #33 of 50
nak
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Originally Posted by RedWine View Post
Hi there!

I bought the Pearson teacher guides and the big books. You can't really use one without the other. Yes, they were a LOT of money...i don't think they were worth what I paid for them. I like them a lot, but only because I used money we received unexpectedly. You're probably better off looking at the free lesson plans online and doing it that way (using library books).
Thank you so much for letting me know what you think about the Pearson books! We have a less-than-stellar library, so I'll still be thinking on it. If only I could get Seeking_Refuges' discount! Thanks for your thoughts on Muzzy/Rosetta Stone too.

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Originally Posted by RedWine View Post
I don't know Delta Education -- I'll have to look into them. For science, we are following the Sequence AND Real Science 4 Kids Chem.
Science is proving tough for me to choose. I really want a kit of materials already put together for me to save me time but I'm having a hard time finding something that I like. The ones at Delta are designed for 30+ students so I would have to tailor them and they still end up expensive. DD is probably the most excited about the experiments - she has always loved them.

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Originally Posted by RedWine View Post
Dd1 is capable of both, and I strongly feel chemistry and physics should be introduced as early as possible.
As someone with a couple degrees in Physics, I won't argue with that.

Thanks and nice to meet you too
post #34 of 50
Name
Becky
Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
CJ (eleven), Gregory (nine) and Joyjoy (almost four)
Only CJ is being HS'd this year, our elemetary school is not bad at all and Gregory is doing well there. I guess you could say Joyjoy is unschooled. :eyeroll: Right now she's fascinated with the Leapfrog "Letters Factory" DVD. :
What made you decide to homeschool
CJ is not and never has been a good fit for the modern public school. He would have been a much better fit a hundred years ago when they actually allowed boys to act like boys.
He is in the 6th grade this year and the middle school is not the right palce for him.
What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
A little of everything. For my sanity, at least for a while, we're "doing school at home".
What you're excited about
Not getting phone calls twice a week from the school!
What you're nervous about
He is not an easy child. In fact, he's a very, very difficult child. DH is going to have to step up to the plate and make sure I get plenty of "Mommy time" or life at home is NOT going to be pleasant.
My daughter is high-energy (and was a high-needs infant and toddler as well), but she and I understand each other and get along pretty well unless our groove is shaken, which having her brother home all the time may well do.
post #35 of 50
Name: Kim

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s): Hannah is almost 7, Aidan is 5.5, and Brighton is 18 months.

What made you decide to homeschool: Many things. My older two went to a public school last year and while it was "one of the best school districts" to be in I couldn't believe the stuff they were coming home saying. I hate the way they have to sit still all the time, they have to be away from home for too long, oh the list could go on and on. I just feel that regular school is unhealthy for so many reasons. Plus I want them to have a Christian education.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any: We are using Charlotte Mason via Ambleside Online. Most of the materials will come from the library and from printing off Ambleside. A few other things we have are just things I've accumulated.

What you're excited about: Everything! I'm taking so much pride in the fact that I'm going to be teaching my children. It's such a satisfying feeling and I can't wait to see them enjoy learning and help mold them into wonderful human beings! (am I being too optimistic? )

What you're nervous about:Honestly, sometimes I think I might go insane when we're having a really bad day. But most of the time I'm thinking piece of cake. I'm a little bit worried about my family. They are not really for it and are soooo worried about it. Part of me wants to prove to them that I can do it and the other part just wants to let it go. I just hope I can handle all the criticism.


post #36 of 50
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so I was thinking we'd try it but I've heard good stuff about Muzzy.
Quick note about Muzzy from my house. My kids don't like it that much. They say it's boring. So I have been wondering about Rosetta Stone. How is that for ya?
post #37 of 50
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"Little Witch"


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Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Two boys ages 6 and 3


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What made you decide to homeschool
After obsessing and exhausting every possible school option I decided homeschool was the best. For many of the same reasons already listed by others I want to keep my kids home.


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What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Until I change my mind

I'm also following a Charlotte Mason plan. I'm using suggestions from ambleside, tanglewood, and simply charlotte mason sites. I've been working on my own reading schedule using those resources.

I'm using Teach Your Child To Read...
Right Start math
History Odyssey


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What you're excited about
Everything!


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What you're nervous about
Everything!

Mostly, how I'm going to balance everything and everyone.
post #38 of 50
Name
Sue
Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Henry and Oscar, both just turned 5
What made you decide to homeschool
Lurking on this board
Desire for more time with kids
Wanting more freedom and free time for kids
Adventure
Perceived problem with one twin being "ready" for kindergarten, the other not

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Well, I originally thought that I would loosely weave something together myself, but then I panicked and bought Oak Meadow K, and then further panic resulted in additional purchases of curriculum materials. Henry is learning to read with Phonics Pathways and the BOB books. We are also using Right Start Math Level I and the Italic Handwriting Series. We will also do some beginning violin using The Violin Book series. All will be on an "as-needed/wanted" basis.

What you're excited about
All of it - the human potential, the fun, the adventures we can have (see: What made you decide to homeschool )

What you're nervous about
being derailed by kid's crappy moods and fighting
not being able to get into a routine and get anything done
not enough time for myself and exercising
envy over friend's newfound free time

Thanks for starting this thread - I feel better already!
post #39 of 50
nak
hi everyone We start officially next Monday and we meet with our new hs group for the first time tomorrow. I have all the pieces of the curriculum. We're excited! (Oh I think we'll go with Rosetta Stone, esp. since it's free to try - but not right at first. Thanks for the comments on muzzy vs rosetta stone.)

So - there were some of us who were nervous about telling family - how is that going for everyone? My MIL was upset as expected but I think she's ok with it for now. She said she will support us in this decision since she couldn't find any flaws with our reasoning - but she is still insistent that the best thing for DD is private school. Aaargh. I know it doesn't really matter, but MIL is a pretty big part of our lives and having her support is nice, even if it's not enthusiastic support at this point.

back to work..
post #40 of 50
Name
Marisa

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)

Westen 5.5
Noel 3.5
Geneva 1.5
Jonas due in November

What made you decide to homeschool
I don't like public school for a million reasons

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Right now we read Usborne books, play starfall, do printouts from first-school.ws, and do Bible - when I can afford more structured materials I will get some used.

What you're excited about
Being with my kids, helping them love to learn

What you're nervous about
Structure and discipline to our days - the whole family is at home in our small house, my husband runs a home business all day.
Having four kids under 6 in a few months
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