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Stephanie - posted on 10/30/2008 ( 10 moms have responded )

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As I was going through all the communities on this site, I did not find the place I felt met my needs.

I wanted to create a place where like minded home school moms could post questions and share things we have learned on our home school journeys. Enjoy and God Bless.

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Valerie - posted on 11/26/2008

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Greetings all! I am very glad to have found this community; this is my first year homeschooling. I have a 7 year old and a 9 year old. I am a little stressed about the curriculums as there are so many choices. Saxon Math keeps us on track with where they left off from public school last year and the language arts workbooks seem to cover the same material, too (no problem with these). My question is with science and history. These do not seem to carry-over as well. Each science workbook I order is different, even for the same grade. I feel like I need to keep them on the same tract as the local school for future testing (I don't want to "miss" anything). How do I keep up without stressing out?

Liza - posted on 11/23/2008

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I'm a huge fan of the ACE curriculum, it's very "user friendly", I'm starting with my son who's 5 now. We live in Mozambique and to send my son to the American school here, will be over $9000 for this year and every year it grows.
It's not just the cost, but the stuff going on at that school, that I don't want my impressionable 5 year old introduced to yet.

Cathy - posted on 11/16/2008

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Hello all! I always love talking curriculum--there's so many good ones out there. We use My Father's World and love it. I do my own science. Jess, the easiest, cheapest way is to use an Usborne science book as a spine and supplement with the internet and library. We do one page spread each lesson (one or two a week, depending on the topic.) It's easy to adapt it to all age levels and abilities.

Jennifer - posted on 11/12/2008

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I currently use Alpha Omega Lifepacs for 2nd and 3rd grade. It took us 3 years, but we finally found something that works well for us!! We have used most Abeka until now, but there seemed to be too much "busy" work for the kids so they became bored and complained A LOT! I love the Lifepacs bec they know how much needs to be accomplished from them each day and I don't have any whining and complaining anymore.

Stephanie - posted on 11/03/2008

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For 2nd grade science, if you want to stay on a budget . You could just use library books or fieldguides to elaborate on your nature walks. Lapbooks are great for that age group. I used some ABECKA science that was given to me when my kids were that age.

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I am using a lot of things from Ambleside Online and Old Fashioned Education (both free, online, Christian curriculum that can be used by secular homeschooler as well). We spent just over $100 for our daughter this year, and will spend less next year, as we did not use OFE or AO until I had purchased everything already.

I am using Alpha Omega science this year (1 daughter, 1st grade) but I think we'll be dropping it next year. Too much "fluffy stuff" in it - want it simple, practical and attainable.

Do any of you have any ideas to help in the science area for 2nd grade that will blend well with nature walks?

Amber - posted on 11/01/2008

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What I really love about ACE is that it is the only curriculum I need to use. It is very streamlined and easy to use for both kids & parents. When my daughter tests all we do is send it in to our school back home in MN. Since we live in a 5th wheel and travel the USA that makes it very easy. It also allows each child to move at their own pace, for instance, Brooke (8) is in the 4th grade which is ahead of where she should be. It teaches bible verses in every lesson and has a biblical comic strip using the same characters all the way through( Pre-K to 12th). I only have one in school now, guess my costs will be close to $1000 a year if all 3 of mine were in school also.

Stephanie - posted on 11/01/2008

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I use a variety of curriculum. I guess I am eclectic. I spend about $1000 a year but I have 3 kids middle school and up. I have used Learning Language through literature for all of them and supplimented the language with Rod and Staff. I am using Teaching Textbook for math. Along with many other things.

Amber - posted on 10/31/2008

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I am a christian homeschooling mother also. What curriculum do you use & what's your cost? I use ACE which stands for ~ Accelerated Christian Education. It costs under $300.00 a year and it is an excellent program!

Paulette - posted on 10/31/2008

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Although there are other places that I belong, I am always interested in talking to others about homeschooling. I hope this communities grows.

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