Homeschooling - SUPPORT GROUP

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  1. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    HI! I am just starting the adventure and am SO EXCITED! I have wanted to homeschool since I had my first child 20+ years ago. Here I am starting over again with a 3 and 5 year old. I am a member of several groups online but CHICKEN people are the BEST! I wanted a place we could share ideas, curricula thoughts. PLEASE keep this FRIENDLY and no fussing please we all have the same goal with homeschooling even if we all do it a little different.

    Let me start by telling what I have been thinking about with mine. Really I started schooling my 5 year old before he could talk. He learned to count really early. Talked early and has not stopped LOL. He is a great reader already. We worked on the basics and he filled in the blanks. He may read on a fourth grade level. Reads everything..... So I am hoping my choice of Robinson Curricula will work well with him. I am not exclusively going to use that through the early years of school but seems like a really good idea. I would like to supplement some science earlier than they do and still not sold on Saxon Math.... but might try it. I have looked into other maths but they all seem to have some love hate relationships..... so trial and error might be the way to go with the math. I want to let the kids lead us with what they want to learn about too. I think that will make school more like an adventure.

    Please share websites you find useful, ideas, and what you are doing that WORKS for you and why? So many chicken people I meet are homeschooling and I have not found a thread on here for the PARENTS so lets start one!

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  2. Alaskan

    Alaskan The Frosted Flake

    For math I really think that Right Start Math is the best choice. The downside with it is that it does require LOTS of parent input time. However, teaching only two, it might work with you.

    Right Start, is just the best for explaining, working with full understanding of math, training mental math, etc. etc. hands down winner.

    Of course, I no longer use it :rolleyes: since I no longer have that much time.

    I homeschool 5, ages 15 down to 5, all boys.
     
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  3. DMRippy

    DMRippy Pallet Queen Premium Member

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    5 BOYS...... [​IMG]

    I have 3 boys. I have not heard of that one I will have to check it out. The Robinson program is a mostly self taught program. That is one reason it really appeals to me. I really want them to do as much as they can on their own. I know the first few elementary years are different. We are just going to have fun.
     
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    We do the Charlotte Mason method and it was recommended to use Singapore math. It really works well for my brain! Since mine go to school every other year, it has been nice to hear feedback from the teachers. They have all said that the boys' mental math is above average. Singapore puts emphasis on learning tricks for mental math. It is very easy for me to teach. I have all the books though. Teacher's manual, textbook, workbook and tests. I think that helps! I barely use the manual and textbook as the workbook builds on skills. However, there are times when we need to introduce a new skill and they have been invaluable. However, the math is so straightforward, there is absolutely no prep work. I basically look over what they need to do while they are writing their conversation journals first thing in the morning. You are welcome to take a look at my 1st grade stuff if you'd like. Just let me know how to get it to you (and I would need it back for the babe!). If your 5 year old is already reading...homeschooling is going to be a snap! My 6 year old girl has been a slower reader than the boys. It has been a little more work for me, as I have to help her with a few words here and there on math worksheet instructions, etc. You will love homeschooling!!
     
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  5. DMRippy

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    I have read up on that math. CMM is similar to RC. More reading than anything I think right? My homeschooling is going to eclectic I am sure.

    I would LOVE to look at it. I go to west nashville to costco every few weeks. Have you been to McKay's book store? I LOVE that place. Not sure I will find much in Saxon or Singapore there. They probably get snapped up quick!
     
  6. BrandyJK

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    Christian Light Publications is what we use for Math and Language Arts. I love how the lessons are setup and it is extremely affordable.
     
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    I have not heard of that one either.... interesting.
     
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    I have that one book marked too!
     
  10. Penny Hen

    Penny Hen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I used the Core Curriculum for elementary grades. It is the best that I have ever seen. The explanation of math is clear and understandable. The history is alive and told in a personal story telling style. The information from year to year is integrated to build on each other like stacking blocks. The books are affordable. I learned a few new things that I had missed and many of the things in history that it taught I hadn't learned until I was in college.
     

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