Homeschool Chat Part III

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  1. Tiana

    Tiana Mouseketeer

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    So, I'm the Field Trip coordinator for both of the co-ops we'll be attending this year and here is what I have so far:

    September

    National Zoo in DC

    October

    Fire Station Tour

    Hayride at a farm that stops at the Pumpkin Patch, straw maze, picnic lunch and picking Apples

    Maryland Renaissance Fair

    November

    Guided tour of the National Museum of the American Indian & lunch in the cafeteria


    So, that's all I have for now... thoughts??? Too many? Not enough? Any ideas?
     
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  3. DawnM

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    We are all abnormal and NOT average! We also have children who do not respond well to strangers in authority!

    Just go to the "Why did you choose not to homeschool" thread and read.......:rotfl:

    I am coming here because I really, really want to respond to that post, but am trying not to!

    :hippie:
     
  4. polkadotsuitcase

    polkadotsuitcase Disney-loving mom! Approved Advertiser

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    I've been responding out loud and then closing the thread and backing away from the computer. :rotfl:
     
  5. PoohBear

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    Same here, lol. I think most are trying to be respectful and realize that they made the choice that was best for their child/children. And that we have done the same for ours.
    But for those who weren't respectful...I thank you for the teaching moment. My children read your posts and they discussed tolerance, ignorance, respect, manners and the importance of education at our dinner table tonight.
    God/Allah/Yahweh/or whomever you do/don't believe in........ bless the USA. :thumbsup2
     
  6. gerberdaisy1234

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    I think a big reason why parents are glad for school to start back is becasue routine returns. We homeschool year-round but our routine goes out the window in the summer. We do a lot of activities and "fieldtrips" with friends that go to school the rest of the year.(We have been doing National Parks this summer earning Junior Ranger Badges-5 so far.) I can not wait for school to start back so our routine returns. I love spending time with friends but we are exhausted.

    Our regular routine is crazy. We have activities/classes everyday of the week, go on at least one fieldtrip a month, etc. but it is OUR routine. Summer is tons of activities with no routine. So I think it is more a happiness about return to routine.
     
  7. wvdislover

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    Subbing! DD13 and I have been homeschooling for 2 full years and a few months now. DD9 is still in public school (she ALMOST homeschooled this year, but decided to stay in "real school" for one more year, for now). We started homeschooling b/c DD13 has Asperger's Syndrome and was getting bullied in school and was struggling academically. She's doing much better at home! :goodvibes This year, we will be doing the following:

    Pre-algebra--Teaching Textbooks
    Science--Apologia's Elementary Exploring Creation w/ Zoology 2: Swimming
    Creatures
    Spanish--Rosetta Stone
    History--studying Ancient Rome (lapbook) and Middle Ages (some Sonlight,
    some stuff I "found")
    Language Arts--Classical Conversations Essentials: Institute for Excellence in
    Writing (also covers Middle Ages for some history)
    Reading--whatever I deem "good lit." for her to read (I was an English major
    and have taught in ms, hs, and college)

    So, we're gearing up for an exciting year, starting this Friday (DD9 starts Friday at ps), then taking 2 weeks off after the second week, so we can go to WDW!!! :cool1:
     
  8. Indiana Rose Lee

    Indiana Rose Lee Baby Factory Extraordinaire! ;)

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    you are oviously a better person than I was. I'm sorry, but that thread was meant to be negative. Blessedly most people did not respond that way. :)
     
  9. mom2att

    mom2att Close enough for a day trip!

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    Good for you getting prepared ahead of the game! Just know that with homeschooling gaining in popularity the curriculum publishing market changes rapidly, with 2nd editions coming out just a couple of years behind the first. So don't make any curriculum purchases yet!

    The Well-Trained Mind is my favorite homeschool book and I recommend it every chance I get. I tried using Slow & Steady Get Me Ready a couple of times, but it just didn't work for me. If you read, play, and just get on the floor and interact with your baby you'll pretty much have all of the Slow & Steady stuff covered.

    Story of the World is a great narrative history for the elementary grades. I think that just reading the stories is enough, but there are also activity guides to go along with each book. Again, something else I tried but has not really worked for us. I do love the First Language Lessons and Writing with Ease programs by the same authors, and I love the Susan Wise Bauer's plan for homeschooling. If you haven't yet, go to the Peace Hill Press and look up the mp3 downloads they have there of Susan and Jessie's lectures. They are both great speakers and very much worth the listen.

    Best of luck to you!
     
  10. DawnM

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    I am just not wanting to FEED the thread! EVERY time a homeschool thread is started (other than this one!), it turns ugly.

    Usually someone will start in with, "Well, I knew this ONE homeschooling family and they were weird" or what have you, and now they are EXPERTS on the subject.

    Dawn

     
  11. Denine

    Denine I want to go on a cruise! I want to move to sunny

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    I guess I missed that thread!

    McDuck: Just read, read and read to your child. Point out everything in her world; colors, sounds, textures, whatever you can think of. That is all you really need to do right now.


    Tiana: Sounds like fun! Can we come too?
     
  12. DawnM

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    How many of you are going to Homeschool days in September?

    Dawn
     
  13. Indiana Rose Lee

    Indiana Rose Lee Baby Factory Extraordinaire! ;)

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    I wish. We are heading down in January, though.
     
  14. polkadotsuitcase

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    I wish, too! Sounds like fun.
     
  15. graygables

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    Not us. Too expensive for locals/Cast Members. :(
     
  16. disneymom3

    disneymom3 <font color=green> I think I could adjust!! <br><f

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    My favorite was the Walmart cashier who decided to give me a lecture about how public school was free and I was crazy not to take advantage of the whole days it would give me without my kids around. While my children stood there waiting for her rant to end so she would finish ringing me up. Crazyness.
    There is sersiously a thread titled that? Well, at least they didn't start on this one I guess. :rolleyes:
     
  17. disneymom3

    disneymom3 <font color=green> I think I could adjust!! <br><f

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    I personaly LOVE the assumption that no public or private school kids are weird. Kids are just weird. That's all there is to it. Some are shy, some won't shut up.:rotfl:
     
  18. Disney Mommy 3

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    AMEN!!!:rotfl::rotfl2::lmao:
     
  19. ilovepete

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    Anyone on here in FL and do an umbrella school? (I am not sure if other states have those or not?)
     
  20. MissChris

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    Hi everyone!

    I'm so relieved there's a new homeschooling thread. I've been eying the old thread but it was so big that I felt overwhelmed.

    My daughter is 4 1/2 and we've been strongly considering homeschooling for her. I think it would be good for us and I'm leery of the large urban school district we live in and the quality of the education they can provide but I'm also nervous about taking it on myself.

    Up until now we've done a very casual kind of observational learning based on what we encounter on a daily basis plus working on basic math and phonics so that now she understands addition and subtraction and can read pretty fluently.

    We just decided a couple of weeks ago to get a tiny bit more structure and started just 1/2 hour of "instruction time" every morning. It's good but I think I need help figuring out how to keep her excited. Workbooks and sheets aren't doing it for her. She's a very active, physical, talkative kid and I think she needs lessons that are more playful or interactive or something. Does anyone know of a curriculum which is more hands on? Something with mini projects or something? I'm not even sure what I'm looking for which is making it very hard to find iykwim :upsidedow.

    I'm excited and nervous, but mostly excited. :yay:
     
  21. polkadotsuitcase

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    With my two boys, we rarely did worksheets when they were that little. (I miss teaching elementary ages! SO much fun!) There is a ton of stuff you can do without sitting down and plodding through paper at that age...for example, we made a whole pizza once shaped in the letters of their names!

    But if you really want a traditional curriculum, doesn't Saxon offer manipulatives with their early elementary books? (I'm not sure, since we didn't use them. But I think I remember seeing interlocking cubes for math and little teddy bear counters?) I'd suggest poking around Rainbow Resource and looking specifically for manipulatives -- I'm sure there are plenty of options there for that age.

    Good luck! (And have fun!)
     

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