I have three boys (9, 7, and 19 months.) I've already decided that HS is in my youngest's future for sure. But BOTH of my older kids are having huges problems with public school. My oldest son (will be in 4th grade this next year) is practically being pushed out of public school because they can't seem to deal with his behavioral issues. I just took the plunge and enrolled him in the K12 program today. K12 is not my favorite curriculum, but for year 1 I need something free and structured while I tread water and figure things out.
Who else is going to be new? Let's support and encourage one another. I'd love to hear what you're doing. Especially if you have a to-be 4th grader.
I think that ALL 4th graders should be homeschooled! It's the hardest year with so much personal growth going on. Good for you for bringing him home. I was traumatized by 4th grade and whenever I talk about it others are like "me to! it was the worst year!" so, I'm not alone. I hope you love it as much as we are.
I have a 7yob, a 5yog and a 22 mob.
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Looking forward to what the other newbies have to say!
Melissa, a homeschooling, -guzzling, SAHM of two: and
The girls (4 & 1) will be along for the ride; still deciding on phonics/reading program for 4 yr old and definately using FIAR.
I don't really have a specific approach planned out yet. I'm read some Charlotte Mason stuff and it seems neat, and I've got friends who unschool and I think that's kind of cool. What I have in mind is that we'll have structured mornings which include some book work but more along the lines of following DS's interests. I'm not planning on purchasing prepackaged curriculum, though I have been purchasing a wide variety of books.
My boys are 6.75 and nearly 4. Thing 1 would be going into 1st grade in September if he were going to public school. I have a great friend who is also going to start homeschooling her daughter who would also be starting 1st, so I'm looking forward to having someone nearby in the trenches with me.
We've been going to a HS park day for the past year or so, but we've not really done anything "official" for kindergarten, just play and household stuff. So, I've developed a nice support network and am feeling better about getting down to brass tacks.
We've started Math U See and Thing 1 likes is. Thing 2 has joined in at times (we're starting with Primer), but it's a little harder for him because of the writing.
We're planning to do FIAR and Explode the Code. We'll be working around the park day, Thing 1's OT and other appointments - I'm really glad this year for the flexible schedule that homeschooling will give us while we get those things going.
WOHM to DS11 and DD9, both T1Ds
This will be our first year of *officially* homeschooling, now that my oldest is the age to go to K. We are using a mix of Charlotte Mason and unschooling methods. We are using Ambleside Online, and started with their Year 0 last year, so we'll be doing Year 1 this year. So far it has been great!
I am in love with the idea of doing Unit Studies and am going to use "Five In A Row" for most of our course work. I am debating over Singapore or Miquon Math. (I know, big difference!) and I like the idea of "Sing Spell Read and Write" phonics, but am not too keen on the price! OUCH! We are not formally doing any science or social studies, but it will be included in the FIAR program.
I am very excited, and very nervous about hsing. I am glad I have this forum for support.
I am getting before five in a row for some ideas to do with my pre-schooler but I won't be doing a lot in that respect; I just want her to feel included.
My main focus right now is to help my son count better and help him learn his ABC's better.
So far we've decided on Sonlight for history, Math-U-See & Rosetta Stone for Spanish. I'm using the kid's bibles from church for bible study and we're getting together with some other hs friends to do a mini co-op for science.
I'm wavering back and forth on whether or not I need a curriculum for Language Arts or if I can loosely build my own (spelling & vocab) from their readers. It's too much to figure out. :
My dd is leaving her Catholic school, end of First grade tomorrow.
I will be "officially" schooling dd (age 7) and ds (age 5) right now.
I purchased most materials from Catholic Heritage Curricula, though I chose Saxon for math.
I hope that by next year I will be able to design my own ecclectic curricula.
Kerrie Mama to DD 10 yo, DS 8 yo and DD 5
I am going to start with a curriculum of some sort and let our own ideas evolve from there.
I like what I see with the Enki stuff, as well. We will join a local hs group this fall and aside from loose curriculum stuff, focus mainly on play and field trips Glad to be here with you all ~ it feels overwhelming to me sometimes, although I KNOW that this is what we need to do!
homeschooling, earth loving Mama to 3 crazy, wonderful boys, ages 10 & 7, & 3 mos.,3 spirit babies Inch by inch, row by row. Gonna make this garden grow
I've been looking more and more into FIAR, thanks to you guys. The only part of 4th grade that my son LOVED was Unit Studies. I'm going to see if I can save up some money to buy the FIAR curriculum, and if so, I'll ditch K12. Maybe just keep their math. I am sooo worried about Math. I am completely math retarded. I tried to help him with his 3rd grade math this year and had problems!
We will start with FIAR which i'll follow loosly along with some stuff from GWC (www.gwc.edu.com ) .