New to Homeschooling

Natalie - posted on 01/05/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I have a 5 year old little one who was in a Montessori school and doing very well in math and reading. She was starting her times tables!! Now she is in a public school and learning how to write her numbers?!? I have a teacher who is trying to do her best, but not much is being done. She also has a number of social issues that are helped greatly by going to public school and she loves it there, although she often states how bored she is. I was wondering if there is anyone who uses a good math program or reading program that I can use at home as a supplement or any other thoughts out there.

Thanks in advance.

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Natalie - posted on 01/13/2011

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Thanks Deanna,
We have decided to keep her in K and supplement and then we are looking at Sonlight or The Well-Trained Mind for both of my children. She is doing okay but with supplements she still seems happy. I am talking to the 3 families that I know that home school and going over their curriculum and just choosing which one. We are in a really small town so private/Christian schools are out or demand that your child study their religion, which I do not like. Thank you for your honesty. I have had most parents tell me that either their kid was bored until the grades caught up or that they supplemented at home. Letting my kids be bored is not an option so we are supplementing and then pulling them out and doing home school. Thanks again.

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I can be honest and say that it is only going to get worse. My 2nd daughter was the same way and we "supplemented" her in everything for k-1. We now homeschool her and though we had to deal with a lot of "I don't want to's." She is now loving school again. The teachers ended up using my daughter more as a teachers helper and that never goes over well with other kids when done all the time. Have you looked into private school or a christian school? They may be able to offer your 5 yr old more of what they need instead of her getting lost in the "no child left behind act". (They really mean that too. I was told to regress my daughter so the others could have a chance to catch up. HONEST! LOL) Anyway, could you homeschool? Is that an option?
As for supplements. If you want to use those you can normally find some decent ones at dollar stores and walmart for pretty cheap. Sam's Club has an awesome selection for supplements too. I hope this helps in some way if anything for idea's and just to let you know that you aren't the only ones that have gone through this. :)
good luck.

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