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post #41 of 50
I'm not worried about family. Support or no support I do what I want anyway.

The inlaws never voice opinion about anything. My parents know better than to argue or debate with me.
post #42 of 50

Count me in!

Name
DesertMommy

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Boy Kiddo, age 6

What made you decide to homeschool

Always wanted to, but did do preschool and KDG from family/society pressure. Boy was I silly! This summer was magical for our family. Improved attitudes, fun, not hectic schedule. I want it to stay Summer 07 forever!

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
We will piece together some things for what I think are key subjects (math, language) I like the looks of Miqoun(spelling?) math and we actually like Hooked on Phonics! and unschool the rest. Eclectic I think.
What you're excited about
Watching my child grow everyday and slowing down to the speed of life instead of having to get to know him again everyday picking him up from school. Pick ups were always so traumatic, he was exhausted, cranky etc. I was always disappointed at the reception I got, he couldn't even muster the strength to give me a smile, let alone a hug!
What you're nervous about
I am a WAHM and hope I can give him enough one on one time and work out a good flexible schedule for our days so we have lots of learning opportunities.
post #43 of 50
Name
Norah

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Nathan 4 1/2, Noah 2 1/2, Zachary 2 1/2

What made you decide to homeschool
I hated school. I feel like I would have been better off homeschooled. Our public school system in my state stinks. They've dropped so many subjects because they are teaching to a test. My child loves to learn everything he can about something and I just don't see him being allowed to do that in public school.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
A mixture of things:
Singapore earlybird math
Handwriting without tears pre k
a blue's clue's workbook
Earth School

My child loves to do things on worksheets so I let him do a few and then we learn through other methods.


What you're excited about
Watching how excited my kids get over learning and doing things. Something that I feel I never experienced. I love the look they get when it just clicks for them and how excited they are that they figured out how to do it.

What you're nervous about
My mother is 100% against me homeschooling the boys. Also my oldest loves people and I do worry that I won't get him out to play with others. But this stems from my dislike of school and distrust of others so it's something only I can fix.
post #44 of 50
lurking

dd is one day after kindy cutoff, tested well, so thinking about kindy homeschooling. She is the youngest of 3.
post #45 of 50
Name
Jenifer

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
DS1 (6), DD (2.5, but is more like a 4yo) and DS2 (1)

What made you decide to homeschool
1. DS1 asked to be homeschooled.

2. After thinking about it I realized he was bored because he finished PS's Kindergarten requirements about 3.5 mo ahead of the rest of his class and was being held back on learning more.

3. I didn't like the influence his peers were having on him. He finished the year with more than a Kindergarten "diploma"-he got a whole new rude vocabulary and attitude to go with it!

4. DH is military and
(a) he is going to be deployed a LOT over the next year! It seems that all his times he'll be home on Leave are when PS is in session! I don't think it's fair to my kids to miss out on time with Daddy just because they say they have to be in classes!
(b) We don't know where this lifestyle with the military will take us next. Who knows what type of school systems we'll live near!
(c) When DH is away and I am homesick, we can't just up and leave to go visit family in the middle of the "school year" if they are in PS.

5. I was a child who loved school until 4th grade (when a teacher told my mother and I that I was stupid because I didn't understand her. I was in Algebra in 4th grade! I was NOT stupid- she was!: ), then I was bored in school because it was too easy. My dad said I was very bright, but I need to be challenged! I begged them to take me out of PS, but where we lived they couldn't afford private, there weren't Charter schools and my dad didn't have the time to HS me because he was a single parent of 4 kids (after my mother left). DS1 reminds me a LOT of me and I don't want him falling through the cracks like I did.

6. My kids love to learn and I love teaching them. Yeah, I get frustrated when DS1 doesn't 'get' something after a few gos, but I think this will teach me some more patience. See? We can ALL learn from HSing!!!

7. The MOUNDS of homework I saw all the kids come home with last year! There would be no time for playing, sports or family time! Our children are not little machines! They are CHILDREN and I believe society is forcing our children to grow up too fast and not learn those important childhood lessons all children should learn. I think too many people let PS parent their kids for them. JMO though.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any

For DS1:
Sonlight's Core C- Geography and History, Readers, Read Alouds, Phonics Workbooks and Handwriting w/o tears 1.
Math Science Nucleus and National Geographic for science.
Not sure how exactly we are going to go about math yet. I know DS1 doesn't know much about subtraction yet, but aces addition and counting in 5's and 10's. My MIL is donating her cussinaire (sp?) rods to us to use.
I plan on doing a lot of art projects also for the older 2 kids.
We can also go to the YMCA on Monday mornings for Family Yoga for a PE class along with soccer in the evenings and weekends.
IF we get time and on a good schedule we'll consider adding Gaelic as a family learning activity.

For DD:
I bought her a Pre-K workbooks from our local Teaching store. I got her numbers, letters, shapes, colors and animal alphabet workbooks so she can work right along with her big brother. She is so excited.

What you're excited about
Receiving all my books and supplies so we can START!! My kids have been asking when we can start learning again! I did a practice day w/ DS1 to see if he really did enjoy learning at home and he LOVED it. It was the most fulfilling day I had had since before he started Kindergarten at the PS. I felt MORE like a parent and more like I was doing the right thing than I did that whole year he was away. We all went to bed happy that night!

What you're nervous about
I am so scared I am going to screw him up for life by not having him in PS. I am scared I am going to get so overwhelmed and frustrated that it will interfere with my teaching him. I am afraid of not knowing what to do next. I am afraid of getting stuck in a rut. I am nervous all around!!
I just want him to continue enjoying learning and excel. I want the same for the other 2 as well.
post #46 of 50
Name
May

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Maya (6 1/2) and Tao (1 1/2)

What made you decide to homeschool
Provide stability for my dd because we move around so much. Plus, I've been disenchanted by the p.s. system. Teaching to the test is getting worse.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Still searching and would love ideas for project-based curriculum for my first grader???

What you're excited about
Watching her learn will be priceless!

What you're nervous about
Time management and how to balance a home business while teaching and caring for my dc. I'm also nervous about making my ds (the toddler) feel left out.
post #47 of 50
Well, I'm not exactly a new homeschooler. This is technically our third year doing it, but I wanted to say hi anyway and let others know where we're at.

Name
Crystal

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s)
Autumn turns 7 in a month, Aiden 4.5, and Natalie 6 mo

What made you decide to homeschool
Hubby grew up homeschooled. Our daughter was diagnosed with ADHD very young and wouldn't do well in school, and they are both already at different levels for different subjects that ps would be hardpressed to work with us on. DD, for instance, is not yet 7, but reads on a 4th grade level. DS is 4 1/2 and can count to 100, knows several basic addition facts, and all his phonics sounds (can't pronounce half of them, but he knows them). He will probably fly through math. Also, not so much from my experience through 7th grade, but my 8th grade and high school experience, and seeing my brother in elementary school, I am not comfortable with my children learning stuff they don't need to know at that age. In so many schools there are no morals and I want my kids to have a firm basis in what we believe and why. If they change their faith through exploration later, that's one thing, but I don't see any reason to confuse them at a young age.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any
Well, we are using the Sonlight reading program, MCP Word Study D, Math-U-See primer and beta (and probably gamma before the year is out), ScienceArts (not an actual curriculum, just a cool book), and we are doing history and geography through regular books -- the Discover America alphabet books by Sleeping Bear Press

What you're excited about
Adding science and working with both the older kids together.

What you're nervous about
Nothing really. A little nervous about our history/geography, as we'll somewhat be making it up as we go.
post #48 of 50

Curriculum help

I know this is a first time support thread. But I feel intimated asking this question to the general Hsing mamas. So can anyone share what curriculum you're planning on using? If you've heard of great curriculum out there?

My dd will be a first grader. But she doesn't like desk work too much. So I'm on the hunt for project-based learning curriculum (at least for science, social science and such).

Thanks,
May
post #49 of 50
That's like my DD. That's why we're using ScienceArts for science. It introduces science concepts through art projects. For history/geography, we are using alphabet books about each state (just covering New England, Mid-Atlantic, and Southern this year) where each book has a simple rhyme telling about the state, but also includes more information. For instance, the Alaska book (we live in Alaska, so have that one) has Alaska Natives for letter A and on the sides of the pages talks about how there are 5 different groups and tells a bit more about them. So we're going through the states and for each state picking our own project. So, maybe for Pennsylvania she'll want to do research on chocolate because of Hershey and we'll try our own hand at making chocolate candies. Just an example. I admit I don't know much about the various curriculums.

Crystal
post #50 of 50
Hi!! I've been offline for the summer, so I'll just jump in here!

Name Heather

Name(s) and age(s) of kiddo(s) Grace (4.5) and Abagale (1.5)

What made you decide to homeschool DH and I were both dreading sending DD to kindy and tired of fending off all the questions about why she wasn't in preschool yet. I think homeschooling just never occured to me until a new friend of mine asked me if I was homeschooling, too. So I guess she inspired me to look into it.

What materials/curriculum you are using, if any So far we're not doing any curriculum, and I don't plan on using anything for this next year. We do a lot of games and field trips, and I'm just joining our local homeschooling group now so that should be a source of inspiration. Every week DD picks a country from the globe and we learn about that country all week, then on Friday night we have a traditional meal and watch a movie. DD likes this and you can really work a lot of learning into it!

What you're excited about Watching DD learn is so great! I'm excited about our HSing group and both of us meeting new friends.

What you're nervous about I'm nervous about my ex making problems. He only shows up about twice a year and it's always a big dramatic blowout.
I'm also nervous about my ability to keep it all organized while also trying to grow my soapmaking business. Right now it's really hard since we're in a small apartment, but hopefully it gets better.
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