Where to begin: Curriculum

Rhonda - posted on 02/27/2014 ( 2 moms have responded )

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Hello Everyone,
My name is Rhonda. I am a Mom to three boys age 12.5 and 7.5 year old twins. I left the USA at the age of 23 to live in England. After 18 years in England we moved to Switzerland with an 8 year old and 2.5 year old twins. We chose to enrol our children in the local school system. This has been a wonderful, difficult, enlightening, frustrating process to say the least! On the plus side, I have three trilingual children (English, Swiss German, High German). They have all been allowed to have an old fashioned childhood here (walking to and from school, playing freely, no formal education until the third year of school 6-7 years old). For all the blessings of choosing local schooling, it has also been a very difficult process at times. I am currently looking into home schooling as a supplement for my children's education. We are looking to return to the USA as a family in the next two years and as the schooling schedule is very different here, my children will not be able to conform to a "local" system. I also feel that although the children have benefited greatly by being in the local system, they do struggle and are behind as we do not speak German at home 24x7 which is the language that they learn in. This has led to all of the children being tested for learning difficulties. This is a normal occurence for foreign children. For as good as the system is, it still struggles with the integration of german as a second language families. I have joined this forum as I am at a loss as to how to begin the homeschooling process. Completely overwhelmed where to begin to look for curriculum and how to proceed as my children will still attend Swiss school while I attempt to supplement their education at home. (Children here only go to school 5 mornings a week and 2 afternoons until the age of 9. All children come home for lunch each day and all children have Wednesday afternoons off, so I have a lot of time with the boys). Preferably, I would like a complete homeschooling system to follow that walks me through each phase and each year with the minimal planning on my part. The Swiss system is very different to the US system so I feel a "complete" cyber / online system will ensure that we cover all the necessary topics. Any advice would be greatly appreciated as would any sites that you might recommend. Sincerely, Rhonda

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Linda - posted on 05/10/2014

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I recognize that no one has answered you and it has been a while but I thought I would drop an answer to you. It is amazing that your children are trilingual and I am sure that they have had amazing experiences to this point. Homeschooling is not difficult, especially if you have a curriculum that matches your children's learning styles.
I did not want to begin homeschooling but when I did, I needed a curriculum that would plan lessons for me, and keep good records. With the help of Time4Learning, an online core curriculum, we are now completing our 7th year. There is nothing to download, if you have computer and internet access you can get T4L. Each child will have access to 3 grades, the one you register for, the one below and the one above. Moving from grade to grade is as easy as an email. There is a price break for more than one child. I love the curriculum and would recommend to anyone. There is no contractual agreements so if it works and you want to continue great, if not you can quit anytime. Hope this helps!

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Katleen - posted on 09/11/2015

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I am homeschooling my children and we are using eTutor Virtual Learning, school of choice. It is an accredited, online, k-12 school. My children love it and so do I. It provides everything we need for homeschooling; all the reading materials, worksheets and tests are provided online. It is well organized. The entire program is set up into lesson modules. Students choose lessons from the recommended subjects and complete them in their own pace. There is no time pressure and no time restriction as to when you need to use it. Also, the school can adjust the curriculum for the students. My older son, for example, was excelling in math but was one grade behind with his reading. It was so difficult to put together the curriculum that would work for him. eTutor program adjusted the curriculum for us so he wasn't held back in math while working on his reading skills.

I really think that eTutor will be a good choice for your family. You can check them out at eTutor.com

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