Advice wanted from experienced homeschoolers :)

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Advice wanted from experienced homeschoolers :)
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Mon, 03-19-2012 - 5:01pm

This is the second year that I've homeschooled my oldest, so I'm not new to homeschooling in general but have a question about adding in a second kiddo.


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I did language arts and math separately with history and science together.

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Hi Lindy...nice to see you here


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Thanks so much for the input. The point you mentioned about him getting upset that she'd pass him was one that I was concerned about as well. He can already tell that she's reading really well so we try to point out that he's doing a great job reading and that one of the reasons she's doing so well is because he's such great teacher to her. On the drive home from our vacation, he saw that she was reading a level 2 reader and asked if she was allowed because he thought those were just for him, so we've dealt a little with the ability issue. Overall, I'm blessed that he's a sweet big brother and he was really excited for her, but maybe it would be best if i keep most of the reading curriculum separate and let them take turns reading on the stuff like science and social studies.

Thanks for the ideas :) Now to get off my butt and plan out their science and geography lol


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My 5 yr. old has past his 9 yr. old brother up in many ways.

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Anything that you can do together, do so. However, she may not be able to write at the same level, so adjust expectations for that. We do science, history and art with all three kids ages 7,9 and 12.

As to ability...I see he does Karate. Are there any kids in the class who are younger but really talented? Or kids his age who are in higher levels because they are so good? Point them out, and explain that everyone has natural talents, and reading seems to be little sister's. It doesn't mean that what he is doing is below level. And besides, if she is reading about the same things, then they can discuss them, which actually can be fun too.
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Thanks for your ideas--I like the idea of combining the things that you mentioned because the planning is overwhelming sometimes and i'd rather tackle a lot of it one time :)

Elijah's class is all ages and he's actually the youngest guy. The neat thing is that the original class all promoted to yellow belt at the same time and now there are some new kids that have joined and they are white belts. So if he gets upset about his sister excelling in reading, i can point out that he's a belt ahead of some kids but that it's just because people learn at different times and speeds. I am glad that so far he is pretty confident, even to the point of having to remind him to not get boastful. He did a really hard math problem the other day (adding 4 digits) and it's something we hadn't officially covered yet, so when i pointed out that he did a great job, he immediately wanted to know if other 6 year olds could do that. So getting the urge to compare in check is a definitely something I am trying to stay on top of at this point.


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In thinking about your op and the question it poses, I think that having educational materials that weren't grade specific helped.

The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett

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I remember you! How are things going? Thanks for the input--it can be overwhelming some days to do planning for one kiddo and then to think of throwing another kid in the mix just flat out scares me at times :p I can't imagine how you manage with 5! And what gets me is that I thought i'd have longer before having to do school with my littlest but that's not how it worked out. I like what you said about maintaining sanity--it's always nice to hear from other homeschoolers that work to find ways to keep sane when being teacher and mommy (and maid and wife and everything else in between lol)