HOMESCHOOL ADVICE, TIPS, ETC NEEDED DESPERATELY!!!!!

Wendy - posted on 05/05/2011 ( 33 moms have responded )

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My 8 yr old.daughter (beginning 3rd grader in fall 2011) wants to be homeschooled PREFERRABLY online homeschool. She has been telling me this for a good part of the year & I've always told her this is an option that we have. I told her to finish out the year in public school & come the end of year IF SHE still wanted this that we would start effective 2011 fall. Now, I'm beginning to freak out somewhat. I am a stay @ home mom. But we have very little money. I need to know of a VERY affordable home-school to use. I KNOW LITERALLY NOTHING about all this. PLEASE...ANYONE...EVERYONE who can give me advice, pointers, etc. PLEASE reply to me. Websites...personal experience...any & all info is NEEDED. However, I could specifically use the names of a few CHEAP & GOOD homeschool (preferrably online) curriculums. Thank you all for your upcoming help!!!!!!.

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Alicia - posted on 05/08/2011

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Check out a Virtual School like K12. Where we live in Ohio K12 is the curriculum provider for the Ohio Virtual Academy. There are several other states that provide schools of this type as well. They are still considered a public school and are required to participate in school testing, but is a wonderful option for parents who want to school their children at home but don't necessarily have the extra funds to purchase their own curriculum and go traditional. I am such a larger supporter of schooling my children at home that I actually organized a home school support group here in Ohio. Best of Luck!

Staci - posted on 05/08/2011

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Check out www.amblesideonline.org. They have everything planned out for you and most of the books are available online or through the library. If your daughter is truly interested in homeschooling, involve her in picking the curriculum. There are a lot of free or cheap resources out there. Just start googling. Good luck!

Amy - posted on 08/01/2011

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Carol- your post should help others, I hope that you post this in other places. You gave great wealth of knowledge and insight. The person asking doesn't want to be bashed, she is asking for help, if you don't support homeschooling then be poltite read and then you don't have to reply. Good luck to you and let us know what you decide to do.

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Homeschooling has its advantages and disadvantages. But like every parenting decision you make for your children, this issue requires research. A lot of research! Obviously you started out by seeking help and looking for answers. Look for an accredited online program, should you chose this route. Although your daughter is young now, she may enjoy the online option for years to come. But if the online program is not accredited inher high school years, this may impact her high school graduation credits in the future. This is currently a problem in the high school where I teach. Kids enroll back inot the public school system from an on-line program. The on-line program was not an accredited institution, therefore no credits can be granted. Also, continue a relationship with her home public school as well. She would still be eligible to attend non-academic core classes like art, music, PE, computers, etc. The home school can also provide resources and assist you in state mandated assessments. (Assuming you are in the States). Also look at your local Craigslist "Kids & Babies" page and send out a request for any local homeschooling groups. That way you can connect with other local homeschooling families. Best of luck to you!

Bevely - posted on 05/27/2011

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Have you checked out connectionsacademy? It is a free online public school, but it is not available in all areas, your state or local school board has to approve it first. My local school board just approved it this past year and I have been considering homeschooling my son, who is autistic. But I work a 12hr night shift 3-4 nights a week so I am not sure how I could handle that. Plus he gets most of his socialization from school since I live 3 hours away from my closest relative and all of my friends or either single, childless, have way older kids or way younger kids than mine.

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Anne - posted on 11/15/2012

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Wendy, what is the reason for her wanting to be homeschooled?



I have looked into it several times, but for us it was because of where we lived. Public schools weren't an option and private schools were too expensive. Luckily, we always found a solution and avoided it. My daughter would not respect me as much as she does a teacher, if I told her what to do and when to do it. ;)

Contact your school, or your school board. Some states have FREE online school / homeschooling options and the public school system will even give you all of the books!



Please let up know how it works out for you. I am curious.

Barbara - posted on 11/15/2012

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For a 3rd grader I feel home school should not be an option. They need to interact with children and leave mom and develop a little outside of mom. I have no tips for homeschooling but my tip for you and your child is for the child to go to school and not to stay home.

Brenda - posted on 11/13/2012

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We also do time4learning I just heard about this and we have homeschooled since 18 months. Our son started asking me his letter on the Aldi store boxes. At age 6 we hear of this great program. We started this summer. Today our 7 year old comes up to me and says, "thanks so much for giving me time4learning for school work", he LOVES it. We did 2nd gr as a review from other program we did last year and I can't believe how much more he WE learned in a couple months.

Leigh - posted on 11/09/2012

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Maybe say to your child, lets learn together. Have a timetable and a routine, and you go on a course too. First you teach her what the correspondence work is, and when she does the tasks, you are still sitting there doing your course. This could be good bonding. Tell her it is exciting to learn and use words like wow, and I didnt know that either. Never force or discipline or make it into a bad experience. And have rewards for both of you for completing a set amount of work. Have a life balance of social clubs, family, friends and study. You can do it. You can comprehend and spell and communicate, and so can read what has to be learnt for your child.

Darlene - posted on 11/21/2011

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I am a stay at home Mom and I am home schooling my ADHD Nephue as well as my 7 year old daughter who has attended a christian school. You can do it, I have never tried this before, but now since I know how the public school system works. I will NEVER allow my daughter to be in a Public school governed by the state. My ADHD Nephue has been in public school since the begining, I would NEVER recomend public school to anyone after what I have learned or after what he has been thru. Can you believe...Suspending a kid in Kindergarden? Well, the public school system did. The government claims that they will help the children with disabilities...B.C...Never once has any one helped him. They tell us that it is "All about the children"...They lie. They have ignored him from the begining because the public school system does not always have the help that our democratic government claims they do. After shovinng him thru to the 2nd grade, they were willing to put him thru to the 3rd grade even thoe he had "all F's". I found out that the state of Indiana, will hold a child back 1 year in grade school, then they shove them down the line to the next grade. How wrong is that? I would recomend home school to anyone. I found a christian program that offers on line streeming or DVD's. They supply all of the books and workbooks. It is a wonderful program. You can check it on line at (A Beka accademy.org) If you do not like it, then check out the other home school programs on line. I paid 895.00 for 1 year. It was worth it for me because the teacher on the DVD does all the work, all you have to do is prepare the lessons...piece of cake. All I can tell you is to check it out for yourself. If you want your child to be subjected to pier pressure, sex and all of the violence that public school has to offer, then have at it...If you want to controll what your child does and learns, then check out home school.. There are so many web sites you can look into, I did...If you want more info on this, respond to my message and I will give you all I know.
Good luck.

I have been a dental assistant and dental front office for years, then when our daughter was born (22 years of trying) I left my job and became a stay at home Mom. My daughter went to a Christian school for 2 yearfs, when the charges became too much, We decided to have me home school...BEST decision I ever made.

Mary - posted on 11/21/2011

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Don't panic. You first need to "deschool" yourself and your beliefs about what homeschooling should look like. Also, first make sure you comply with any homeschooling reqs in your area; you likely will have some board to report to - likely only superficially - because you have had your child in the public school system. If you plan on sending her back to 'regular school' then maybe find out what the curriculum expectations will be for the grade you may send her back at then make sure she knows that. Otherwise, visit the library whenever for whatever interests her and just keep encouraging deeper and deeper 'work' into the subject but keep it fun. Everything will eventually be covered in whatever she chooses to pursue or 'research'. Look for homeschool clubs/groups in your area. You will be fine. Homeschooling is different for everyone so don't ever compare yourself to the family next door because you will just stress yourself out.

Aniesha - posted on 11/20/2011

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Me, my brother, & my sister were all homeschooled all the way through, so if you can do it, I say go for it!! Although I can't necessarily compare it to what I would've gone through had I gone to school, I feel the benefits that I've gotten from it far outweigh any negatives. I'm in Australia, so not sure how much I can help. We used the A.C.E. program, which is American based, and comes from America, so maybe you could look into that? I know other ppl who have used it said that it was actually cheaper than sending their kids to a regular school. It's not online, but they provide great support for you as their teacher, there is always someone on the other end of the phone. Like I said, this is in Australia, but I would assume that they would have it similar in America if this is where it comes from in the first place? Good luck! I think you're doing a great thing in listening to your daughter's needs. Don't freak out, my Mum taught 3 of us and survived! lol. Just make sure that it's actually a registered school, so that their high school cert actually holds some weight, coz there are some dodgy ones out there.

Linda - posted on 11/19/2011

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I noticed that no one mentioned Time4Learning. My experience with that program has been wonderful. The cost is reasonable (about 20 dollars a month). Lessons are interactive, colorful and fun. We started homeschooling mid year of 1st grade and have been using Time4Learning as our core curriculum. I was totally against homeschooling until it became the only option that had a chance of working for my daughter. Now, I would not send her back to public school for anything. Best of luck, and I hope you are homeschooling now!

Alisha - posted on 08/05/2011

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I have been home schooling my daughter (5 years old) for a little over a year and we love it! We take field trips, we do awesome art projects and I get to teach her. There are tons of websites out there for you if you need help, I don't know that much about an online home school for a 3rd grader, but I know there are tons of support groups of people who do. Check out homeschool-life.com and they can show you home school support groups in your area, just to even find people to ask. There is also sports teams your daughter can be on and dance classes etc. at your local YMCA that would all count towards your home school hours. Don't give up and just take it 1 day at a time, and then 1 year at a time! Don't let anyone tell you that you can't home educate your daughter, she's YOUR daughter and look at how much you have already taught her! There are also used curriculum websites for books and workbooks if you would do half online and half books or something.

Gillian - posted on 08/03/2011

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I homeschool my eight year old. I love it and so does she. I think homeschooling can work if everyone is being honest about why they want to do it and if personalities work well together, for example my daughter and I have good communication and mutual respect and she is a very self motivated learner who was bored by the dumbing down teaching she was being taught in public school. We found a charter school that does homeschooling and have an education specialist to help with curriculum, testing, materials, support, etc. I'd suggest doing a search for charter homeschools and asking your county and district education departments if you're truly motivated to do homeschooling with your child--it can be rewarding to help your child learn so much and help them find their passions in life. If homeschooling si not for you, then maybe there is another alternative charter or public school that your daughter could go to if her current situation isn't right for her. I hope I helped answer the question.

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Wendy, have you considered an online charter school? We've been in Connections Academy for 3 yrs now and we love it. It's a totally free, online school, and is actually "public school at home". Your daughter will still have on-site state testing (at least here in California we do) but the day-to-day learning is done at home. They also have what they call "live lessons" which are weekly online classroom lessons that are done on the computer but the kids are connected with headsets and can hear all their classmates voices. Also, the curriculum is set for you, you don't have to come up with lessons. And you have an actual teacher to partner with in your teaching.

Jennifer - posted on 07/31/2011

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I would go to local high schools and colleges and ask who they use for distance learning, or online programs. Many programs are K-12, or K-12 and beyond.
Homeschooling can be a great option. Make sure she understands that homeschooling is not walk in the park and will be just as hard as regular school. Im curious why you have always told her homeschooling is an option?

Tammy - posted on 07/27/2011

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To Carol and Wendy. It really depends on what state you are homeschooling in when it comes to the laws reguarding it. Check out www.hslda.org and you can find what they are in your state. Where I am we do not have to report anything to anyone (much to the irritation of the state educational board who can't stand that homeschoolers do so much better on the college entrance exams) and if you tell them you homeschool you can get in on any of the school programs through the libraries and museums without any difficulty. We can also sign our kids up for non-core extracurricular activites at public schools..like band and swimming, etc.

No Child left behind had a good intention behind it (considering what the beliefs are in our educational system) but all it really did was spotlight how crappy the United States public school system is. So I guess you can say it did have at least that benefit:) While there are some public schools that do better than others even the best one in the country falls far short of what our country was used to back even in the 1700's. I was floored when I found out that when our founding fathers were young the average age for attending college was 13! I honestly don't think I know one person who has accomplished as much at 40 as they did by the time they were 18. We need to stop lowering the bar and instead start making them put a little effort into climbing over it! Once you've learned just what our educational expectations used to be and how they thrived with it it's impossible to be satisfied with anything offered today. Seriously! The stuff they teach in colleges today is a lower standard then regualr school back then! Astonished and amazed doesn't even begin to describe my feelings when I fully realized just how far we had fallen. *sigh*

Carol - posted on 07/27/2011

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There are so many great reasons to homeschool kids, especially if you live in the US. Our schools are failing our kids horribly by this terrible No Child Left Behind crap. Our oldest son's first school said "There's nothing we can do to challenge your son through 12th grade, but that's okay." It was 3 months into his kindergarten year. He's pretty bright, but way to go school for trying so hard! We homeschooled for 2 1/2 years and then returned him to school 2 years ago when we noticed that he needed to learn social skills more than anything else. Then we figured out he had Asperger's - long story. Bottom line, I think a kid without the kind of social delays Asperger's can bring can easily be socialized in a homeschool setting.
It is a great experience for the parent and the kids. My two boys grew so close while homeschooling. I learned how my kids learn and so public school is easier for all of us now that they're back in (we moved to a much better school system).
To answer your question about cheap ideas - You will probably have to get approval from your school system to homeschool. To do this, you'll probably have to (or it's requested) provide an outline of what you plan on teaching for the year. Ask other homeschoolers in your area what they do for this. Every school district is different. My inept school system never bothered to read anything or respond to anything unless you stood in their office after calling 20 times. I was so tempted to write that I was going to string them up by their toenails for the year just to prove that they don't read anything. I never had the nerve. The family in the town next to us had an evaluator "drop in" unannounced to inspect (I think that's illegal). I found a great resource for what to teach from one of the state's town's school site. The school broke down what was needed by grade and subject. I copied it and adjusted it to fit our needs. I knew just what to teach and went way beyond what was necessary to teach to reach state guidelines.
Our town school was pathetic but the library was awesome. Check yours out or area libraries. We had big totes filled with 40+ subjects that were perfect to theme teach. It required a lot of extra discipline for the parent, but all it cost was copying papers and usually odds and ends from home (elastic bands, soda bottles, crafty stuff from the dollar store) for projects.
Enchanted Learning was a great online site that cost about $20 a year I think. I just used the K12reader site to download a bunch of free worksheets for a reading program at our public school.
My greatest source was Hooked on Phonics for teaching reading to my kindergartener. Your daughter might be too old for it, depending on her reading skills, but it worked awesome for us and well worth the extra money.
Be wary of forking over a lot of money on a curriculum. I pulled my son out halfway through 1st grade. That whole 1/2 year, we bounced around until we figured out what worked best for us. We found a balance between theme units for spelling, social studies, science, art, language and curriculum books for math and music. It took that long to figure out how I taught best and he learned best. Also, the all-in-one books by grade won't work if your daughter is really strong in some subjects and weak in others.
Some stores and museums will offer discounts for school supplies for homeschoolers - that's another reason it's important to get an approval letter from your public school. Public libraries often have free or reduced rate certificates to bring to a lot of area museums. We'd just get a family membership to an area museum that offered free entrance to other museums - saved literally $1000's and went to great musems from Chicago to Maine to North Carolina and everywhere in between.
Good luck!

Tammy - posted on 07/21/2011

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Hi Wendy! The first thing I wanted to ask is...Has she givn you a specific reason why she wants to be homeschooled? Don't get me wrong, I homeschool my 2, it's just that if you are going to do this you need to know all the why's. Because reminding yourself of that will help you over any hurdles you come to. That said, there are many ways to homeschool for free or on the cheap. I also budget out of my tax return for school stuff. We aren't making the big bucks either:) You can also get great deals on used. I may go to actual websites to learn about different curriculums but I look for it elsewhere, used, first. The online public schools are pretty much just public school at home. Again, we come back to the "why". I have many why's myself. Do you have to use online? If the power goes out you can still school if there are actual books involved. *smiles* I started with a comouter program but then the computer went out and we couldn't replace it. Ug! I would start by going to www.hslda.org and check the homeschooling laws for your state. www.aop.com also has an online acadamy with their computer and online programs that I think are cheaper than the previous one listed and it's accredited. Keep in mind, it IS lawful for a homeschooling parent to issue their childrens diploma. In some cases their may be a fight with a college but if you choose to join HSLDA they'll make sure it's accepted. There are several places also where you can download free placement tests to gage where your daughter would fit in with the curriculum as well. Math U See, AOP, plus many others. Good luck and don't sweat it! Many have already trod the path and it is clearly marked with success! Infact the most recent thing I came across was that those who were homschooled from the begining were about 4 grades ahead of their peers by the 8th grade mark (13 yrs old).

Alicia - posted on 06/25/2011

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Connections Academy receives $4,000 per year for a student from the state. The parents don't pay that. Connections Academy just as OHVA are both public online schools. So they are free.

Anne - posted on 06/25/2011

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Lisa, I just checked out the website of Connections Academy. It's over $4,000 per year for K-5!! Or am I missing something?

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as long as he logs on 20 hours a week, it's fine. there is no set time for your son to log on. the lesson is on the calendar and you just check it off when its done. super easy.

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Connections Academy is a free public school on line that is accredited and excellent in curriculum and reviews. You pay nothing, They send you books, supplies, manipulatives, teacher manuals, a pc, a quarterly isp check, online support, actual teachers available online or on the phone. Very excellent. You have to hurry though. CA fills up very quickly. Here's the link.
http://www.connectionsacademy.com/home.a...
here is another similar academy; http://www.k12.com/
Dont worry about teaching, you would be considered a learning coach with tons of support and resources. Mine is 8 in the 4th here in Texas.

Wendy - posted on 06/21/2011

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Unfortunately, Gwen, I happen 2 be in one of the FEW states in US that doesn't participate in the @ home public school. THAT is EXACTLY what I was looking 4, though!! I am keeping a check on it, though!! In the mean time.......KEEP POSTING ALL HELP & ADVICE!!!!!!!

Gwen - posted on 06/17/2011

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In the US you can simply enroll your child in a public online school. The school provides everything and a teacher is assigned to check in with you weekly.

Anne - posted on 05/27/2011

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I have a friend who uses the Calvert School curriculum http://homeschool.calvertschool.org/ for 3 of her 4 kids. It's a little pricier (especially for 3 kids!), but she said it's super easy, They give her the curriculum, like "Monday, you do math p.x and reading p. x-y. On Tuesday...." Her kids are thriving. What she explained to me is that there are teachers you can call 24/7 for help and advise. You also send in test every few weeks and the kids get real grades. She mainly picked this program, because the kids get real transcripts. Now, after 2 years of homeschooling, they will go back into some private school with no problems.
She mainly home schooled because of the horrible public schools and private schools where she lives.
I was always a big opponent of home schooling, but after being in the same situation she was in with her kids, I considered it many times. I was going to do it, but then we thankfully moved to a better city/country.
I know in the US, there are homeschooling groups and in some states, kids that are being homeschooled are even allowed to participate in varsity sports and after-school programs in the public schools. That might be a nice way to still socialize and make friends.

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My friend uses Columbia Academy I think. It's free but I don't know how much of it is online. My sister uses k12 like someone else suggested and it works really well for her family--also free.

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I have been Homeschooling my children for 2 years now and I have 2 boys that are Special needs and are school system here was FALLING them.My oldest son is grade 11 and my youngest is grade 1/2.They have both done so much better with Homeschooling and above what they were able to accomplish at school.As while my daughter who is 15 now Graduated high school at the age of 14year old doing 4 years of High school online in a 11 months.I live in Canada and we have a Homeschooling Group that I am connect with and they have kits for different subject that we can borrow to teach lesson.There are over 400 children here in Guelph,Ontario that are Homeschool.There are a number of websites you just need to google them and check to see if there is a Homeschooling Group in your area.Good Luck! Best thing I did for my children!

Daisy - posted on 05/07/2011

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I have researched Home Schooling (in Toronto Canada) and I am actually a Fan of home schooling now. I do not Homeschool my kids at this time but my 11 year old would like to be home schooled as he tested as a "genius" and unfortunately that comes with Anxiety:( After reading several studies and speaking with people in Education , I have learned that Children excell at Home Schooling and Universities like Harvard actually seek out Home schooled children as they feel these children are more rounded and creative and Open to Learning. You can do Home school and School at the same time, like if you are not great at Math you can send your child to school for Math class and then the child is still socializing. There are several groups too that get together and do "School Trips" together (home schooling parents and kids) or they take turns doing Lessons for the group of kids, usually at a Library or community room.... there is a lot of info to tell, just go online and research it, contact your Board of Education.

Angela - posted on 05/06/2011

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I personally don't agree with homeschooling children. Well, in my case I only have one child. It is good for them to be in the classroom with other children that will encourage them to learn from one another in many ways. There is no way my son would be as far as he is being homeschooled. But my child is a special needs child which makes it very hard.

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