Stay at home moms who homeschool

Leigh - posted on 04/18/2013 ( 1 mom has responded )

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Hey ya'll. Do any of you mama's out there homeschool? I have an eleven year old, severe hemophiliac who is also autistic, who is homeschooled. I will also be homeschooling his four year old sister starting in September. She runs constantly ( and I do mean run, and constantly) I would like some ideas/advice about curriculum that does not cost an arm and a leg. Hope everyone out there in mama land is having a wonderful evening.

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Carol - posted on 04/18/2013

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I used to homeschool until I discovered that my son had asperger's. He needs the social education more than he needs the "real" education. I found that the local bookstore and library was a good combination. I supplemented with science projects I found at cheap stores like Ocean State Job Lot (I've seen similar projects at Five Below). My sons were younger.

Every state and even town is different. The school system I did it in (Athol, MA) absolutely did not care or support homeschooling. It was a struggle just to get an acknowledgement that they received my letter of intent. I'm talking letters, phone calls, and finally just showing up and forcing them to give me anything resembling an acceptance letter. Most parents I knew never bothered with the school at all.I'm 99% certain that they would never have asked for anything about my son through his high school years. I submitted a portfolio every year only because I knew it was required.

I moved to Georgia a couple of years ago and am tempted to homeschool again. They provide ALL the materials you need - even science equipment. They have an online program that the kids can do almost independent from you. I know one mom who homeschooled her kids, worked a full day, and went to college at night. She'd just check the work at night. The homeschool school district is the largest district in the state here.

Check out what's out there from other parents in your town. Take advantage of the library. Also, I got a family pass to a local museum that had cooperative agreements with other museums around the world. I took a trip from MA to NC one year, visiting 12 museums in 12 days. I only paid for the Spy Museum in WA DC. I also highly recommend Hooked on Phonics for your daughter. My younger son went from not knowing the alphabet at 5 to completing the 6th grade level of HOP in just 9 months. I'm using it now with the reading program I coordinate at my younger son's school.

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