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We are doing the Ontario curriculum through the Independent Learning Centre right now with my 6 year old. He is in Grade 1. I am used to teaching both of the older two together (they are less than 2 years apart) and I finding it really hard to just teach to him because she wants to do all the same stuff. My son is also finding it dry and I finding there is a LOT of prep work required on my part. I am wishing I had just gone with Sonlight, which is what I was considering, because I would be able to teach the older 2 together and they love being read to. I think my husband will throw a fit if I switch again. It would be a waste of $120 that I just spent on the ILC program. Should I switch or should I stick it out awhile longer and see how it goes? Thanks for any input!
 

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(Hi Shawna! Remember me?)<br><br>
We're switching. I'm not switching until fall, but we started this year with some stuff that I'm really unhappy with and basically we abandoned it halfway through the year. I'm going with <a href="http://www.tapestryofgrace.com" target="_blank">Tapestry of Grace</a> because it is multi-level and will allow me to school Samuel and Atley at the same time. Also, it doesn't have as many Usborne books as Sonlight and we don't like Usborne books much here <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/duck.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Duck">:.<br><br>
If you decide to go with SL, there are ways to do it for a very reasonable price, I've heard. I'm sure other SL moms can answer that a little more.<br><br>
In my mind, if it's not working, don't do it. Isn't that why we homeschool in the first place??
 

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Hi, yes I remember you! How old are your kids now? I had a 3rd little one in January 2006 (slideshows of my kidlets are in my sig line). I agree with your sentiment but DH is of the "lets just try to make it work" mindset. I told him I don't want to suck the love of learning out of my kids. Sigh.
 

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They're <a href="http://i75.photobucket.com/albums/i307/CharmieCM/PICT0046b.jpg" target="_blank">6 and almost 4</a> now.<br><br>
You could always do what we did. When I realized we weren't liking it, we just stopped. I didn't turn around and buy anything new right away and we just play and learn when we can. In August I would have needed/planned to buy new material anyway, so we're DEFINITELY switching then.<br><br>
I'm still of the mindset that if it doesn't work, don't do it, for your very reason: you want learning to be fun. I feel like even though we've done just about zero "schoolwork" all year, we've had a successful kindergarten year. I mean, my kid has learned to READ! LOL. Maybe that approach is too laid back for you, though. I can see where it would drive some people crazy (heck, it has just about made me crazy!).
 

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I am so conflicted on what to do. DH wants to keep going with the Ontario curriculum. It is very important to him that the kids get their OSSD (Ontario secondary school diploma) so they can get into college easily and also get government assistance (OSAP). In one way I agree with him but he is not the one who has to sit with our son while he refuses to work because he is so bored. I have also been looking at Oak Meadow. It seems rather easy though. Some Oak Meadow questions - Is it too simple? Do kids find it interesting? Is it not a good program for a Christian (I've waldorf is not really Christian friendly)? I know my son would love a more fun approach to school. He likes hands-on learning and I am really bad at that. I don't know how we are going to continue to homeschool because I am totally scatter-brained and rarely follow through on anything I start. I think if I was a child in today's time I would definately be diagnosed ADD. I often have days where I don't do any schoolwork with the kids because I just forget or get busy or something. Also I am not a hands-on learner at all and my son seems to be. How do I force myself to do all those little activities when I hate mess and I never remember to get the materials to do them? Help!
 
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