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I am looking into homeschooling my daughter next year as i don't think we will have the money to send her to the private school she is going to this year and i WILL NOT put her in the public schools here. Plus i have had an interest in homeschooling anayways.<br><br>
what are good curriculums, not religous based, or ones that i could easily work around the religion? I think i want something relatively cheap as I don't know if we are going to stick woth it, maybe free or online. She just turned four but she is reading at end of kindergarten/beginning of 1st grade level, her math is decent probably kindergarten. so i guess i want a curriculum that is betwenn the two.<br><br>
anyways any help would be appreciated, i apolagize if thsi has been somewhere. i thought there had been a sticky with links to curriculums but i don't see it anymore.<br><br>
thanks in advance.<br><br>
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It depends what you are looking for in a curriculum. Something that has all subjects covered in one box, or a pick and choose what interests you/your child. Something she can work on primarily on her own, or something that requires lots of parent participation?<br><br>
For K-1 if you want to keep it cheap you could pick up one of the "comprehensive curriculm" workbooks and then use your public library to choose books and activities that are interesting to you and your child. Or skip the workbook entirely and just read lots of great books all year.<br><br>
good luck<br>
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Here is a great list of standards. I agree with rsps, you could use the library and natural learning experiences to school your daughter especially since she is a young 5. You could use the list of standards as a guide for what she should know. I think you will find confidence to school without a boxed curriculm from these lists. Also, as rsps says, you can pick up one of those Grade K or 1 giant workbooks for ancillary material.<br><br>
Here is the list of K and 1 standards.<br><br><a href="http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students?curriculum/kindergarten" target="_blank">http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students...m/kindergarten</a><br><br><a href="http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students?curriculum/grade1" target="_blank">http://www.worldbook.com/wb/Students?curriculum/grade1</a><br><br>
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Five in a Row is good and cheap. Each manual costs around 20 dollars and lasts fro a semester, maybe longer. Most the books used in the book are available at the library. The only thing you need to add is phonics/reading and math.<br><br>
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thanks for the links,<br><br>
we already do the comprehensive curriculum book for fun.<br>
we go to the libraryt too, i think i might try and pull a little more delving into individual sunjects, like if she takes an interest in something really explore it.<br><br>
she just got some seeds to plant, and i trhink we can turn that into so many diffrent lessons. Like science of coursem,, the parts of a plant, how plants grow. (which would bring in reading as we have some begginer readers about plants growing), art, etc.<br><br>
her teachers at school are so good at extending lesson s like that it's a bit intimidating, they have offered to help me next year if she won't be able to go to the school, well the one teacher is leaving but the other one would let me borrow some of her books and coach me on curriculum. i am just afraid i won't do it right or something. i am also worried about my patience level, she likes to play around and pretend she can't do things she can and it bugs me. i tell her to just go play or we can do something else but then she will say she wants to do what we are doing and then fools around. i guess i need to relax i mean she did just turn four and all. I just hate pretending you can't do something as i feel so strongly that we should be oproud of what we can do , anyways i am blabbering.sorry.<br><br>
i will probably just start reading through threads and homeschool journals.<br><br>
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Sonlight is a curriculum that is based on lots of good books to read together. I think in the year one package there were about 3 religious books out of 40-50 books altogether and we just donated those to charity. You don't have to purcase their teacher's guide - I found that we had a great learning experience and lots of fun just working our way through the wonderful books that came in the package! They include some good learning to read books that are interesting, not just phonetic exercises, and lots of read alouds for parents to read. Mr. Popper's Penguins was a highlight of our hs'ing years!<br><br>
Sonlight also has a good science curriculum and my kids thrived on Singapore math.
 

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I would definitely check out amblesideonline.org. They have a free curriculum, and if you've got a decent library system, many of the books should be available via interlibrary loan. My DD just turned 5, so I pick and choose from the suggestions there as to what I think is appropriate and interesting for her.
 

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Even just getting the catalogue from Sonlight can give you ideas of books you can borrow from the library to create your own curriculum.
 

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<a href="http://www.accelerated-achievement.com/" target="_blank">http://www.accelerated-achievement.com/</a> is a good one. It is one CD and it covers K-12 and is around $100. There is some religious content but many work around it. You can get a demo to check it out.
 
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