Ladies, ladies where are you in this group, i thiught that this wouldbe an awesome group to talk to and nobody ever seems to no here i know home schooling takes up alot of time but we can agree that taking a moment to talk to other moms who home school isn't that hard.

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Cris - posted on 09/14/2010

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Ian a vertices Teacher in the state of fl. With budget cuts was laid off and now my kids wanted to homeschool this year. Wow! My girls are great 9 & 11. 4th & 7th grade. We are having so much fun! Started with some workbooks to be sure we cover the standards but have found the kids like doing hands on activities and experiences. Worked on money w my 4 th grader as a review adding& subtracting money. Had a great lesson at the grocery store. She added things as we went along then subtracted sale prices. She checked her work from the receipt. She knows it now. They are both bright fast leathers but are painfully shy so she didn't understand multiplication until I took out counters and explained it. Less than 5 mins and she was good. As a teacher I know she slipped between the cracks. But it still bothers me thAt her teacher couldn't take the time to teach my child ( I'm sure she wasn't the only one who would have benefitted from that 5 min lesson).
But anyways we are having a great year the girls are driving their instruction based on their interests. We are using some great literature in our language arts / writing. It's so much fun to teach kids who want to learn!it's great to find this community b/ c I'm sure we'll all have questions at some point. Nice to meet you all.
Cris (fl)

Hillbillywoman - posted on 03/31/2010

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Don't feel bad about starting your child over in Kindergarten. When I first took my 7th grade child out of public school, I discovered she was 2 years behind in Math and English. I put her back on that grade level in those subjects and worked her year round on them until she got caught up. She still managed to graduate from High School at home one year ahead of her public school peers.

Hillbillywoman - posted on 03/31/2010

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I have graduated three kids from homeschooling. What do you want to talk about?

Tammy - posted on 03/06/2010

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To Lisa R.
Wow! Reading your post I thought it was me! My daughter is 11 and my son will be 6 in 1 month. However, my daughter spent K-2 in a charter school and she has a lot of learning gaps especially in reading and spelling. My son is doing better than she was when we pulled her out (2 years of 2nd grade and still not ready for 3rd). She used to be just like him. I really think public school has ruined her. I'm still trying to get back her willingness to learn. I'm going to be starting both of them on the Spell to Read and Write program. If that doesn't get her on track I may just have her go through the Horizons Kindergarten. I know it sounds sad but my son, half way through Kindergarten, reads better than she did when I pulled her out and his spelling is way better than hers is now. She did not get a very good foundation in phonics and spelling. After I started homeschooling I found out that the U.S. public school system is routinely ranked as one of the worst in industrialized nations. No wonder our country is falling behind!

LISA - posted on 03/04/2010

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Hi, I homeschool my son who is 8 and has ADHD. It is a struggle to homeschool anyway without the ADHD. My eldest is 10 and she was homeschooled uptill now off and on. But we feel she is ready for a classroom setting. She attends a private school and is thriving. My son needs the one on one teacher setting. It's alot to think he is able to do the work without a special goal at the end. I hate the thougth that I would reward him to do the work. But if not we could be sitting all day with the same subject. It's nice to think just make him alot of people say that. But they don't understand how he thinks. Sometimes I know he understands the work it just is not something he feels he needs to do. So do you see sometimes I feel can I help him to learn to do this work on his own.

Meghan - posted on 02/24/2010

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Actually, that is why I never come here. No one answers things! If people will, I have questions! But nice to meet you all! This one certainly got a response.

Lisa - posted on 02/04/2010

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Hi! My name is Lisa and I have two that I am homeschooling. My daughter will be 11 next month. She is a type 1 diabetic. We have trouble with spelling and language arts. My son is 6. He should be in kindergarten, but is doing 1st grade work and is not being challenged by it. We have primarily used Sonlight but have supplemented that in some areas. We have schooled both children since the beginning. We plan on schooling through HS graduation.

Tonia - posted on 01/18/2010

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I'm new this year as well. My daughter turned 5 in Sept so I started her in K. She also has a seizure disorder and actually had one on Jan 4th and ended up in the hospital. My husband is an over the road truck driver and hes gone weeks at a time. So I'm like a single Mom here! We use Alpha Omega but I may be changing a few subjects later on. Its nice to meet everyone!

Rebekah - posted on 01/12/2010

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I'm new to the group. This is my 4th year homeschooling/ I do have the (undiagnosed)ADHD 7yo boy as well as a very exuberant 9yo Girl (who is a voracious reader) and a 4yo girl that we are just starting with. We are using ACE right now, but plan to switch to saxon math next year. ACE math is brutal for ADD kids. 30 problems on the average page, and they have to do 3-4 pages to stay caught up. and it is usually all the same thing! Very little variety. So far I have no other complaints with ACE. I have noticed a LOT of curriculems do not do history until 4th grade. Up till then it really is social studies with a few historical people thrown in. Oh, I'm from East Tennessee.

Candi - posted on 01/06/2010

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Hi Lisa,

It's nice to 'meet' you! I hope that you and your husband will do better this year.

Lisa - posted on 01/06/2010

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Sorry I have been MIA. 2009 was rough year health wise for my husband and me. I am doing better but he's struggling and facing more tests and no diagnosis yet. :-( Anyway, my name is Lisa. I am 47. I have 3 children, two living and one in Heaven. We homeschooled our oldest (now 21) from 4th grade through high school. Our youngest daughter is 13 and in the 7th grade. We have homeschooled her since preschool. :o) My son had learning disabilities that were difficult but he worked really hard and did very well. We are using Robinson's Curriculum. My daughter is a self-starter and self-learner so this works really well for us. Look forward to getting to know everyone. :o)

Candi - posted on 12/31/2009

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Hello, I am very new to circle of moms, but definitely looking for a group of other homeschoolers to 'talk' with. I have homeschooled for almost 4 years, and I have 4 kids. 2 boys ages 11.5 and 10 and 2 girls ages 6 and 8. We are pretty relaxed, somewhat unschool-y, but I think this new year is going to be kicked up a notch or two. We use the Sonlight Curriculum, which I LOVE! And I have a bit of this and that..... Okay, more than a bit........... lol.

Michelle - posted on 12/26/2009

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Hey I am MIchelle and fairly new to circle of moms I have 2 sons ages 10 and 14 and have been homeschooling almost 3 yrs. Looking for other moms doing to same thing and possibly answer questions if I get stumped

Brandy - posted on 11/06/2009

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Hello...try using a unit study for schooling. Incase you are not familiar ... you pick a theme like Ex: Egypt. So they would learn about egypt for history and then learn about the plague for science and write a report for english about something that has to do with Egypt and for art they could make a clay model of the pyramids and you could dress up as an Egyptian Queen for the day to teach. You could also learn about Egyptian food and make a dinner for all to eat that night. They would love it. Math might work a little different but if they are learning to add have them count the pyramid block etc. Unit studies work for teaching different grades at the same time because your not teaching different things over and over again, you just adjust the level abilities. I used the Weaver curriculum. It was good but you need to plan it so you can have the books needed to go with it. It is big on teaching the bible, my chick a dees loved learning about Esther. We really got into it. Hope this helps

Michelle - posted on 08/29/2009

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Hi, just checking in. I have 7 kids aged 1 - 11, and we are going into our 8th year of homeschooling. This year (started in July) has been AWESOME! We've struggled for such a long time, but my oldest was recently diagnosed with ADD. (She is not hyper, but has an extremely hard time focusing.) She is now on Vyvanse (such an excruciating decision because ADD meds are so over-prescribed and the side effects can be harsh!). The difference is like night and day. She went from being unable to repeat answers back to me if I gave them to her (and often lessons ended in tears), to doing a triple workload (to catch up) and making straight As and Bs and loving it! Fortunately she hasn't had any noticeable side effects, though I'm a bit worried about it stunting her growth. Her biological mom isn't very tall to start with.

I'm using Switched On Schoolhouse, and all three of my school-aged kids love it. I'm not fond of how the "History & Geography" is really more "Social Studies," so I try to supplement that. I'm a real history buff, and prefer a more classical, chronological treatment of the subject rather than lessons about farms and manufacturing.

Corinne - posted on 07/23/2009

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A Unit Study would be interesting for him. I too have a 7 year old that doesn't like school much. Pretty sure he is ADHD! I got away from Unit Studies for a while and want to use them again next year for that reason. Math is the worst, and the best way for him to get it done is for me to sit with him through it and keep on him. I hate doing that but it is better than the 3 hour alternative with me yelling at him to finish. What is he interested in? Give him books on his level to read on those things. It would help his reading and maybe spark interest in something else. I also try to start with math (our least favorite) and then alternate it with a more tollerable subject. Then 15 minute breaks after a few subjects work wonderful for him most times. Hope this helps!

Sherri - posted on 07/23/2009

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I'd love more info, I have an 8 year old that doesn't seem to want to DO anything! Getting him to try to do his bookwork, or a computer program, etc... is like pulling teeth! And THAT hurts!!

Corinne - posted on 07/16/2009

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Have you done any research on other curriculums? Cathy Duffy has a great book on different ones that suit different learning styles. I've done Unit Studies as well as PACES and ABeka and others. If you have any specific questions I will try to help!

Debbie - posted on 07/15/2009

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Quoting Corinne:

Homeschooling High School doesn't have to be any more difficult! I have 2 graduates now. What did you use last year? Where are you from? Each state is different in their requirements. My boys did most everything on their own, using the curriculum.


I live in Bakersfiield Ca.   We go through a Charter School that also is the city Super of schools.    So I get all the books & answer key, but I want to teach him, not just have him read the book & for me to tell him that he is right or wrong.    He does really good working alone so that is never a problem.

Corinne - posted on 07/15/2009

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Homeschooling High School doesn't have to be any more difficult! I have 2 graduates now. What did you use last year? Where are you from? Each state is different in their requirements. My boys did most everything on their own, using the curriculum.

Debbie - posted on 07/15/2009

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I just started home schooling last yr. I homeschooled my 14 yr son for 8th grade. I asked him if he wanted to go to public hgh school & he said, he wanted to be homeschooled again so we will be doing that. I'm a little scared bc I am not sure that I know that much about homeschooling a high schooler.

Erica - posted on 05/29/2009

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yeah sometimes i forget too. I have the 4 kids and sometimes my mind slips but we should all try to have a goal not to do that because as home schooling parents we need support in this it a huge job to educate our kids and having people to back us up really helps on how we home school our kids

Corinne - posted on 05/29/2009

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I think the biggest problem for me here is that i forget about this group...is there a way to get updates without having to check in? otherwise i would definately post more!

Erica - posted on 05/28/2009

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How many kids do you have?? How many of them are you home schooling?? Hey and maybe we can keep a conversation going here.....lol!

Meghan - posted on 05/28/2009

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February???? Groan* At this rate NO ONE will answer my question! 2 responses on here and one of them is the poster! :(

Erica - posted on 02/24/2009

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definitly!! I have 4 kids all under 5, and i've been home schooling for only 2 years. And i'm planning to have 2 more children start kindergarden in September. I'm wondering about the same thing, How am i going to handle 3 kids in school at the same time

Corinne - posted on 02/24/2009

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Hi Erica! Yes I was thinking the same thing.  I am looking for someone that is MAYBE in a similar stuation as me...I have 8 kids ages 1-21. We have been homeschooling for about 10 years. I have used different things through the years and still struggle with juggling them all! Maybe we can strike up something here!

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