Planning on homeschooling. I am lost

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2012
Planning on homeschooling. I am lost
9
Sat, 03-24-2012 - 2:18pm

Hi there my name is Salena I am going to be homeschooling my children as soon as my youngest

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-18-2005
Sat, 03-24-2012 - 6:01pm

Hi there, my name is Julie! I am somewhat of a newbie myself, but just wanted to say "hi!" and go over some of the things we've been doing. I have a 3 y/o and a 6 y/o. I am actually basically piece-mealing right now. I started off using Sonlight (a literature-based curriculum) mainly for the literature and reading, but I have found I don't follow it to a T. We have left some books out but have also added our own books, based on interest. I bought their science curriculum as well but I find it to be too rigid. While we've coverred most of the topics, we're by no means following the program on a week-by-week basis. I have found a wealth of information on resources in a book called "Home Learning Year by Year" and in a series called "What your _____ (kindergartener, first-grader, etc) needs to know". We use a lot of the "Lets read and find out " books for science and "A picture book" series to learn about historical figures.

For math we've been using a combination of Singapore math and IXL on-line . And for phonics we use explode the code workbooks (they do have an on-line version as well). Lately we've been using reading eggs, an on-line program for phonics as my 6 yr old has been sick of workbooks. Workbooks for Singapore an Explode the code can be re-used if pages are not written on, I guess.

Another literature-based program we'e just recently begun using is Five in a Row. You would have to purchase a volume (I think there's 3 or 4), which basically

 Julie, Mommy to Luciana (4) & Carolina (14 mos)

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2007
Sat, 03-24-2012 - 7:10pm

Hello,

I just wanted to encourage you to begin before all your ducks are in a row, so to speak.

Photobucket 

Avatar for vegiemama
Community Leader
Registered: 01-06-2000
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 12:13am

Hi Salena...welcome to our corner of the iVillage world


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2012
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 9:25am

Thank you very much for all your help. I love being with my children and teaching them. I love to see them learn new things. Both of my girls have learned everything they learn in preschool before they go. Kendra who is 5 and in kindergarten has been ahead of her class since she started we were only putting her in preschool because she had never been away from me or daddy, never had a babysitter, besides grandma a few times. So we put her in half day to get used to it before full day kindergarten.. Trinity (4 yr old) has not started but is supposed to go next year to headstart, but she already knows everything they teach in preschool. She probably will benefit from being around other students and having to sit and listen she gets very antsy at home when we are trying to work on letter sounds and stuff. I never thought about or looked into activity boxes but I looked them up and got some GREAT ideas one of the things I remember about my few years in school as a child was those boxes of water or sand and rice. Some ideas I found I never would have thought of. I know it costs to homeschool, but is it doable on one income to school 3 children? Do I just put my trust in God because I know that this is what he wants? Do I try to find a way to save of money first? I am scared of making the leap financially because the prices I see kind of scare me. One I was looking at was going to be over 400 for 1st grade and that was with only basic classes. If it is going to be 400 times 3 children. I am looking at 1,200 and then class supplies and extra stuff for classes I would make my own art class I don't think I need a curriculum for that LOL but my oldest dd is big in art right now and I know I want to allow that creativity so would need to provide her with the tools to do so. So I would possible be spending like 2,000 or more a year to school my children. I know it is worth it. Is it possible???? As you can see I guess I just need to talk this all out and get my thoughts down, usually I would be talking to my dh about it all, but he is doing a lot over overtime right now because of a show at work. Thanks for reading sorry for babbling.

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-24-2012
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 10:26am
Thank you I know I need to stop stressing so much about it and just have fun with it I have almost taught my 4 year old who has had no schooling outside of home yet to read and she is doing basic math, with no cost at all pretty much just out of books and me making up worksheets at home for her. I guess I feel if I don't get the expensive curriculum maybe it is not good enough
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-05-2000
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 11:19am

HI.

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

iVillage Member
Registered: 08-05-2007
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 1:19pm

Hi Salena,

You could look at homeschoolclassifieds dot com.

Photobucket 

iVillage Member
Registered: 01-05-2000
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 4:13pm

I messed up the link to the McGuffey's Readers and Ray's Arithmetic.

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

Avatar for vegiemama
Community Leader
Registered: 01-06-2000
Sun, 03-25-2012 - 10:43pm

Homeschooling doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg.


Sue
Homeschooling mom to DD15 & DS11

CL of Homeschooling, Signature Showcase, Ectopic Loss, and Fertility Charting