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Amanda - posted on 01/13/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Please come join in the conversations on homeschooling moms! We are up to almost 600 members, but the board has been pretty quiet. Let\'s get these conversations rolling!!!!

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Clara - posted on 12/01/2009

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My daughter is only 15 months, but my husband and I, products of public schooling (a 4.0 student who decided being a mother was my most important career decision and my husband, an 11th grade drop-out who studied diligently and earned his GED)..., will find a way to home school her and any future children. I've been looking at the Robinson Curriculum (similar to Sonlight, Ambleside Online, and Old-Fashioned Education, where you read through good literature to get most of your education and focus on just the 3 R's) and am slowly working through those booklists to create a curriculum for our family! It's exciting and I'm ready to learn new things and read new (to me) books beside our child(ren).

Tonia - posted on 11/17/2009

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I agree with what Tammy said. Simple is best, especially with little ones. Explode the Code Primers are very inexpensive and easy to move through for the youngest of homeschoolers, but get a bit silly later on. Bob Books are another very simple start in reading that isn't expensive and really help kick start reading and get kids excited to finish little books :) www.lovetolearn.com is a great place to find inexpensive beginner items for teaching, but you could VERY easily find all you need for free online (printable worksheets, games etc) to teach Pre K and K without spending any money at all :)
HTH
Tonia

Tonia - posted on 11/17/2009

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I'm in!!
Anyone have any feedback on Math-u-see? We just got Gamma for my daughter who is not real strong in math. I would love any feedback or tips!!
Thanks!
Tonia

Maureen - posted on 01/28/2009

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Hello everyone! We are practicing homeschooling right now (preschool if you will) . We are currently using Brighter VIsion, but I was wondering what kinds of good, cheap, Christian homeschooling carriculum you were using. I found one that my husband and I really like through FACE (The foundation for American Chrisitain Education) called the Noah Plan and it's the principal approach. I was wondering if any one was using it and what they thought about it. Also, is it an acredited program? We are looking forward to homeschooling all four of our beautfiful children and are wanting to make sure we take the best possible course. All of your imput would be greatly appreciated!

Amanda - posted on 01/23/2009

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Angela, You are the real deal.  8 kids and you say you wish you had homeschooled all.  I concur with teresa; i have a 16 month old and an 8 month old inutero.  homeschooling seems daunting but i will look up ruth beechik at the library.  thanks

Angela - posted on 01/14/2009

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Hi Teresa, I would suggest that you start by reading Ruth Beechik's books. She published three small books about teaching young children that have excellent ideas that are easy to follow. She also published a book called, You Can Teach Your Children that is geared toward 4th grade and up. Like most things in life, "Keep it simple, sweetie," and just enjoy your child. I have eight children, all grown up now, and I only homeschooled my three youngest. I only wish that I had homeschooled them all.

Teresa - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hello! My daughter is only 13 months old, but I am thinking/planning about how I want to homeschool her. I don't know anything compared to my husband and I am the one who will be home with her during the day. How would anyone suggest I educate myself to be a better educator?

Tammy - posted on 01/13/2009

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Math U See does need supplementation. I wish I could remember where it is weak but a lady whose husband works at Patrick Henry College here in VA told me that. I have found Doring Kindersley books "Math Made Easy" teaches the skills that some math books leave out because it is made to prepare kids for standardized tests. If you are testing these would be excellent, but as a supplement. They don't have a lot of explanations in them, only visual examples. The best thing is homeschooling a special needs child. You can cater the program to fit their needs and move at their pa ce. My son has finally decided he doesn't like being so far behind in math so he's been pushing himself. It is very difficult for him but he is making progress. Nothing else has been a good motivator. God bless you.

Diana - posted on 01/13/2009

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Tammy, Thank you for the information.  I will take your advice into consideration.  So far we like the program that we are using.  I had heard a great deal about ABeka.  I am also looking into Mathusee for Math.  By the way, your dog is a cutie.  We have several dogs of our own.  Best of luck with your schooling too.

Tammy - posted on 01/13/2009

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There is so much curriculum out there that it gets confusing and your head starts to spin. I've been homeschooling for 9 years and have found that sometimes the simplest curriculum is the best. You can always supplement it if you feel they need more practice or you want to teach them more on a certain topic. Because I switched the kids for their math a few times they are behind on their math because I didn't want them skipping ahead to stay with their grades because I knew they would miss important building blocks. That's why I say, stick to one or two main curriculum and supplement with workbooks, computer games, etc if you think they need it. We use two main publishers (Rod and Staff for Math, Science, English, Spelling & A Beka-for history). Sometimes I supplement for math for graphs at the younger grades. For my oldest son, who has learning difficulties, I'm using Christian Liberty spelling and English. Once you find what works for you stop looking. You will only be frustrated at all the options.

Diana - posted on 01/13/2009

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Hi everyone!!  I am also new to homeschooling.  In fact, we are on our second day of homeschooling.  My daughter went to a public school from Kindergarten through the first semester of 8th Grade.  She has learning disabilities and was struggling in school.  She is happy to be homeschooled.  We are using the Learning by Grace curriculum right now.  We are planning to go to a Home School conference in April to look at other curriculums.  I like the one that we have now but just want to see what is out there.   I look forward to getting to know everyone.

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