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Old 03-24-2013, 06:20 PM   #1936
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I have a 1st grader and I am wondering if anyone can recommend a history curriculum that is not Bible based.
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Old 03-24-2013, 08:30 PM   #1937
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I love the four books that make up The Story of the World, which is a classical education publication. The books are really well-written and begin with nomadic societies about 5000 BC, I believe. They are not a "curriculum, per se, bc in the Classical plan you just read one book aloud each year for 1st through 4th grades, then they read them and start to learn facts and patterns over the next four years, then they read them again over the final four years and start to think critically about those patterns of behavior and thought and which values lead to what outcomes and what political models work, etc. But the books are so great that Im okay with all that! LOL
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Old 03-25-2013, 12:47 AM   #1938
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I'm definitely going to check those out. Thanks!
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:09 AM   #1939
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I'm so happy I found this group I'm having a REALLY hard time finding a HS group in NYC the majority of them are in Yahoo, and for the life of me no matter how hard I try to sign on I can't get to any of the groups so don't know what i'm going to do about that.

Another thing is and i'm pretty sure some of you may know, my state NYC requires quarterly reports which has me a bit scared, and also testing once she enters 3rd grade (another scary what to do thought) but from what I have gathered I think I can give her the tests myself, I read somewhere that I can purchase the tests thru Hewitt Homeschooling? but not sure any info on this would be also so helpful.

I have sooo many questions and am scared out of my mind, my DH has so much trust in me, its very stressful I don't want to fail my DD or DH.
Thank you all so much!!! from what I have gathered these are on my list please tell me what you think

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-Hewitt Homeschooling (for tests)

Will look into the Brainpopjr and Teaching Techbooks mentioned above for Math, Science and Social Studies.

One thing I do know I gave DD the sample from Time4learning and she LOVED it! did not want to get off the computer lol!, but I also want her doing worksheets too. Again Thank you, Thank you!!!
Time4Learning does have some worksheets you can print out. We also purchased a couple of workbooks you might like:

http://www.amazon.com/Mead-Math-Buil...ead+builders+3
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:50 AM   #1940
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I have a 1st grader and I am wondering if anyone can recommend a history curriculum that is not Bible based.
Really second Jennybumps Story of the World. We love it, and the activity guides that are made to go with, are thick, full of games, hands on, and side library reading, as much as you want to build.

Only things con may be, 1. it jumps around, countrywise, so sometimes kids need a visual timeline as a continuum of how it all fits together, and 2. is so world centered, you don't get the focus on your own country's history and outlook, and I want that, too, so I supplement, with the themes most 1st graders are getting, especially around national holidays.

Makes for a well rounded, well grounded head, I think. World concious. By themselves, the books are interesting. 5stars.
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Old 03-27-2013, 01:56 PM   #1941
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We have tried Time4Learning several times, but prefer SmartTutor. It does not have social studies and science, but those subjects aren't any good through T4L anyway.

I like ST better because:

1. It gives students an initial assessment to see where they need to be placed throughout different strands. Math has 3 strands (number skills & algebra, geometry, and measurement) and reading has 5 strands (phenomic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension).

2. The system will automatically move the student though the program based or a) their placement test and how they perform on each assignment or b) lessons the parent assigns for them. You don't have to choose just one of those options, as there is a separate section for both.

3. You get several types of detailed reports. First, there is a report on your child's initial assessments that tell you where she placed in skill for each strand in contrast with her grade level. Then, you can pull reports on your student's progress two ways: a) completed lessons and percentage of correct answers and b) what grade level she started at on each strand and where she is now. Each grade level has "low" "mid" and "high" and you can see your student progress through the reports. There is also a lessons completed report and "time on task" report that are easily printable in case you need them to satisfy your state's requirements.

I tried this program at first because it was a little cheaper than T4L, but stuck with it because I like it better. From what I can tell about K5 Learning, they at least use the same reading program as ST (ST also only goes up to 5th grade).

For math fact fluency, we got Reflex Math for $59/year/3 students through the HSBC, but you can get single student subscriptions for $35 on the Reflex Math website. It is amazing at getting students to remember their facts and the kids LOVE it. It really is great and lets me easily see which facts have been mastered fluently and which have not.

We like using BrainPOP as a supplement, but its quite expensive to just use once in a while, so our subscription is off for now. We also use Dreambox as another math supplement and Reading Eggs for additional learn-to-read and comprehension practice.

As from those things, I am currently in the middle of buying regular school-publisher books (McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Harcourt) for my kids through Amazon. I did a TON of research before buying and am really happy with what we chose. Most utilize worktexts, so the lessons, guided practice, homework and quizzes are all in one book, which I prefer. I don't like buying the hardcover book + the practice book + the homework book + the tests + the teacher editions. Too expensive and too much stuff to keep track of with 3-4 kids all in different grades.
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StuckInKS thanks for all this information, you have given me great things to look into. Since you really did'nt like T4L's Science and Social Studies and ST doesnt offer Social Studies and Science what are you using for these subjects?
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Old 03-28-2013, 05:05 PM   #1943
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We have tried Time4Learning several times, but prefer SmartTutor. It does not have social studies and science, but those subjects aren't any good through T4L anyway.

I like ST better because:

1. It gives students an initial assessment to see where they need to be placed throughout different strands. Math has 3 strands (number skills & algebra, geometry, and measurement) and reading has 5 strands (phenomic awareness, phonics, sight words, vocabulary and reading comprehension).

2. The system will automatically move the student though the program based or a) their placement test and how they perform on each assignment or b) lessons the parent assigns for them. You don't have to choose just one of those options, as there is a separate section for both.

3. You get several types of detailed reports. First, there is a report on your child's initial assessments that tell you where she placed in skill for each strand in contrast with her grade level. Then, you can pull reports on your student's progress two ways: a) completed lessons and percentage of correct answers and b) what grade level she started at on each strand and where she is now. Each grade level has "low" "mid" and "high" and you can see your student progress through the reports. There is also a lessons completed report and "time on task" report that are easily printable in case you need them to satisfy your state's requirements.

I tried this program at first because it was a little cheaper than T4L, but stuck with it because I like it better. From what I can tell about K5 Learning, they at least use the same reading program as ST (ST also only goes up to 5th grade).

For math fact fluency, we got Reflex Math for $59/year/3 students through the HSBC, but you can get single student subscriptions for $35 on the Reflex Math website. It is amazing at getting students to remember their facts and the kids LOVE it. It really is great and lets me easily see which facts have been mastered fluently and which have not.

We like using BrainPOP as a supplement, but its quite expensive to just use once in a while, so our subscription is off for now. We also use Dreambox as another math supplement and Reading Eggs for additional learn-to-read and comprehension practice.

As from those things, I am currently in the middle of buying regular school-publisher books (McGraw-Hill, Pearson and Harcourt) for my kids through Amazon. I did a TON of research before buying and am really happy with what we chose. Most utilize worktexts, so the lessons, guided practice, homework and quizzes are all in one book, which I prefer. I don't like buying the hardcover book + the practice book + the homework book + the tests + the teacher editions. Too expensive and too much stuff to keep track of with 3-4 kids all in different grades.
Thank you for mentioning smart tutor. We're seriously thinking of pulling our oldest DD out of school after spring break and I've been looking for something inexpensive to use to finish out the year. I signed up for the free trial of smart tutor and my DD loves it!

On a different note does anyone have any experience pulling a child out of school mid year in MI? I've looked at hslda and I see that MI has what appears to be easy homeschool laws, but I don't see anything about starting during the school year. Maybe I looked in the wrong place? My girls go to a charter school now and my oldest has been having a really hard time the past couple years being bullied by another student. The school isn't doing anything and my daughter is crying every day begging not to go to school. We're planning to pull oldest DD out of school now and let our younger DD finish Kindergarten. We're thinking that the next couple of months would be a good trial period to see if it's a good fit for our family and if all goes well next year we'll homeschool both girls. I'm kind of nervous about the decision, but I'm also really excited.

Sorry this got so long!! And thanks in advance for any tips you all have. I've read through the entire thread over the past few days and you have all given me so much information already!
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Old 03-29-2013, 03:41 PM   #1944
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I currently have two kids in public school, 4th and 1st grades. We have thought about homeschooling our daughter (the 4th grader) for several years, but have stayed with public school because it just wasn't the right time.

Well, we are going to be relocating for 7 months, from Hawaii to Utah, while my DH is on sabbatical. We thought this would be a great time to try homeschooling. If it didn't work, we would be back home and could put her back in public school.

I'm inexperienced in setting up a curriculum that would meet the standards and don't really feel comfortable doing it. What online options are available that have an already established curriculum? We've looked into the K12 program, but the options available in Utah want a year commitment and she has to be physically in Utah for state testing. By the time testing comes around, we'll be back in Hawaii and they are not willing to allow out of state testing.

Are there any other good options for online schools?

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Hi everyone! I just found this thread & I am considering homeschool. It's all I've been able to think about for the past few weeks. I'm not sure if it's the Lord leading me in this direction or what. I have been praying for wisdom & guidance. I wouldn't be so scared to do it if I didn't know me so well. I am unorganized, distracted easily & frankly, sometimes my boys drive me crazy!My oldest son is in Kindergarten at public school. We love his school. It's in a very small town, only 140 students total in K-5. However, when they leave this school, they combine 3 schools to form a middle & high school. This is where I went to school & I am a nervous wreck about sending them there. While I do love our school now, I know if I let my boys go to 5th grade, they will not want to homeschool at that point.

I would love to hear the top reasons that made you realize homeschooling was the right decision for you. I have done so much research on homeschooling that my head is spinning. I would just love to hear from other moms why you love homeschooling. Also, are there any moms out there that discovered it wasn't for them? Any experiences would be greatly appreciated!
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I would love to hear the top reasons that made you realize homeschooling was the right decision for you. I have done so much research on homeschooling that my head is spinning. I would just love to hear from other moms why you love homeschooling. Also, are there any moms out there that discovered it wasn't for them? Any experiences would be greatly appreciated!
I'm a veteran homeschool mom. The main reason that I chose to homeschool was because my oldest learned to read at 3 years old. He was advanced for his age and ultimately would have been bored to death at school.
All these years later, I am thankful that God lead us in that direction. Homeschooling has been a blessing for my family! Good luck to your family.
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I currently have two kids in public school, 4th and 1st grades. We have thought about homeschooling our daughter (the 4th grader) for several years, but have stayed with public school because it just wasn't the right time.

Well, we are going to be relocating for 7 months, from Hawaii to Utah, while my DH is on sabbatical. We thought this would be a great time to try homeschooling. If it didn't work, we would be back home and could put her back in public school.

I'm inexperienced in setting up a curriculum that would meet the standards and don't really feel comfortable doing it. What online options are available that have an already established curriculum? We've looked into the K12 program, but the options available in Utah want a year commitment and she has to be physically in Utah for state testing. By the time testing comes around, we'll be back in Hawaii and they are not willing to allow out of state testing.

Are there any other good options for online schools?

Thanks!

Check into a k12 program for HI. I don't know if they have it. But because it is online, you could do it in Utah and test in HI or whatever is required in HI. Talk to the school that your kids are in now. That is who you would be reporting to in HI as a homeschooler.



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Hi everyone! I just found this thread & I am considering homeschool. It's all I've been able to think about for the past few weeks. I'm not sure if it's the Lord leading me in this direction or what. I have been praying for wisdom & guidance. I wouldn't be so scared to do it if I didn't know me so well. I am unorganized, distracted easily & frankly, sometimes my boys drive me crazy!My oldest son is in Kindergarten at public school. We love his school. It's in a very small town, only 140 students total in K-5. However, when they leave this school, they combine 3 schools to form a middle & high school. This is where I went to school & I am a nervous wreck about sending them there. While I do love our school now, I know if I let my boys go to 5th grade, they will not want to homeschool at that point.

I would love to hear the top reasons that made you realize homeschooling was the right decision for you. I have done so much research on homeschooling that my head is spinning. I would just love to hear from other moms why you love homeschooling. Also, are there any moms out there that discovered it wasn't for them? Any experiences would be greatly appreciated!

Our reason started out because we were not fond of the school our DD was zoned for. But than really the TOP reason is flexiblity. Dh is in the military. We move alot. Teacher, school work and standards move with us. We lose very little time when we move. We can do school when/where/how we want. We do school around dance/holidays/family/military stuff. Our kids are exposed to so much because we can be flexible.
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Hi everyone! I just found this thread & I am considering homeschool. It's all I've been able to think about for the past few weeks. I'm not sure if it's the Lord leading me in this direction or what. I have been praying for wisdom & guidance. I wouldn't be so scared to do it if I didn't know me so well. I am unorganized, distracted easily & frankly, sometimes my boys drive me crazy!My oldest son is in Kindergarten at public school. We love his school. It's in a very small town, only 140 students total in K-5. However, when they leave this school, they combine 3 schools to form a middle & high school. This is where I went to school & I am a nervous wreck about sending them there. While I do love our school now, I know if I let my boys go to 5th grade, they will not want to homeschool at that point.

I would love to hear the top reasons that made you realize homeschooling was the right decision for you. I have done so much research on homeschooling that my head is spinning. I would just love to hear from other moms why you love homeschooling. Also, are there any moms out there that discovered it wasn't for them? Any experiences would be greatly appreciated!
I pulled my DD and DS out of school in their 5th and 1st grade years. They were totally on board with it! We had just moved, and the school where we live now is terrible. We had been considering it before moving though, as I had been a school nurse in the Arkansas system for 6 years. I was less than thrilled with the education system. Loved my coworkers, but public education is simply broken, in my opinion. The kids LOVE homeschooling! I am not organized either, but we work through it together. Lots of trial and error! I ask them if they want to go back to public school, and they say no faster than I can finish the question.
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Can I join you? I have to 2 boys. One just turned 5, and the other is about to turn 4. We plan to officially start homeschooling Kindergarten in September; although, I am starting some stuff with him now. I had previously been a stay at home mom, until recently, and our goal is to get me back home starting this summer. They boys are in a preschool that we absolutely love, but starting in Kindergarten we are going to be homeschooling, which was our original plan anyway. Obviously, there is a much a longer story to why we sent them to preschool, and why I went to work, but this is the quick version. LOL
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I currently have two kids in public school, 4th and 1st grades. We have thought about homeschooling our daughter (the 4th grader) for several years, but have stayed with public school because it just wasn't the right time.

Well, we are going to be relocating for 7 months, from Hawaii to Utah, while my DH is on sabbatical. We thought this would be a great time to try homeschooling. If it didn't work, we would be back home and could put her back in public school.

I'm inexperienced in setting up a curriculum that would meet the standards and don't really feel comfortable doing it. What online options are available that have an already established curriculum? We've looked into the K12 program, but the options available in Utah want a year commitment and she has to be physically in Utah for state testing. By the time testing comes around, we'll be back in Hawaii and they are not willing to allow out of state testing.

Are there any other good options for online schools?

Thanks!
http://www.connectionsacademy.com/fr...ic-school.aspx
http://www.aoacademy.com/info-sheets/online-private.php
http://www.laurelsprings.com/

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