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Friday, November 11th, 2011
11:38 pm
Can't sleep
I've cross posted this a bit. I just really could use advice...

I've been thinking a lot today about my children and their wellbeing and education. I've talked with other homeschooling parents, teachers in CAVA, and reflected on what I had learned and read back when I started wanting to homeschool.

I've decided to take a slightly different approach.

1. Who cares about progress percentage! They will catch up when they are ready.
2. I so badly want to work on their learning style. I can see that Orion is a very kenesthetic learner while Kieriana is more visual and audio. Orion needs to feel and touch what he's learning. Then he's a total sponge. Kieriana, on the other hand, seems to hold back herself a lot. But at least she's not afraid to do the work.
3. They learn best when I'm not stressed.

What I need to do is to find ways for them to do their work in a manner which is enjoyable for them yet it still gets done. The rigid structure of K12 (while it is a wonderful program) just doesn't seem to give them enough time to get frustrated, have trouble, and want to be taught separately.

So here's the thing. I've come up with a way to teach them both and have fun with it.

I'm going to use K12 as a guideline. We will do some K12 but also supplement it with other methods. So long as they can answer the questions put forth by K12 (ie. assessments that are given to see if the children are understanding the work) yet learn in a way that is totally unique and highly enjoyable as well as educational.

I have my work cut out for me.
Friday, November 5th, 2010
9:09 pm
I desperately need information. Last year I homeschooled (part of a deal with my mom; I homeschooled last year but had to graduate from public school) and I dug up a lot of information from about homeschooling in order to understand completely what it meant for me & my educational future.

Anyways, I had all the links saved, even though I didn't need them anymore, just in case. But my computer got wiped a month ago, and while I backed up all my files, I forgot to save my favorites list. Now the 'just in case' has come up, and I don't have any of my information!

My best friend, due to valid reasons, has lost all her credit for this semester due to having too many truancies. I won't go too much into the details. She doesn't want to go to school for an extra year or so, so she's decided to drop out and get her GED.

I suggested that she homeschool, so she can fit learning around her various illnesses (bad immune system) and other obligations. She's extremely smart, so she could definitely do that. She told me that she wanted to do that, but that she couldn't get a diploma that way. Now, I was pretty sure that I remember from all the information I read last year that you can graduate from homeschooling, but I wasn't sure if it applied to all states. Since I lost all my links, however, I couldn't double-check my facts. I was at a loss, until I remembered this community.

So, here is my question: Can you get a diploma if you graduate from homeschooling in New Mexico? And, if so, would it work out in a situation like this? Thank you for all your time!
Friday, August 27th, 2010
11:30 pm
Does anyone have any ideas on how I might turn model rockets into a cool once a week project with lots of hands on stuff for several boys all about 6th/7th grade level?

We'll be meeting at a park and this is supposed to be fun, so I don't want to do a bunch of book work or anything. I'm just thinking, ok, model rockets, you put them together, paint them, shoot them off. What else?

Any ideas?

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010
1:10 pm
When did you start?
When did you start homeschooling?
When did you decide you wanted to homeschool?
How old were your children?
Do yu connect with other homeschoolers outside of the internet? If so when did that start?

Current Mood: calm
Friday, June 25th, 2010
10:31 pm
More books listed
more books here

Some of Ryan's paperbacks were listed, and I'll try to get up more tomorrow. THIS is very hard for me to do, as it's making me incredibly sad to see them go. But, Ryan wants them listed, so I'm doing it. There's a story behind each one, so I hope whoever buys them enjoys them as much as he did.
Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010
10:02 pm
Books listed on eBay
If this isn't cool, feel free to delete...

Here's what's listed so far

These are from what Ryan gave us to list from the books we used while he was being homeschooled. Now that he's a graduate, he doesn't need them anymore. So, I just thought I'd pass on the info. I'm sure there will be more listed as well. We have A LOT! ;)
6:34 pm
shared homeschooling?
What I would like to do is find a couple other familes within my area ( this is likely) to get together and kind of pool curiculum and talents.

Say one mom is very good at history so certain days she teaches the kids that. While another mom is good a art and science. Perhaps the father in one family would teach higher math.
PerhAps they could take over for parents when someone is sick or has something that they need to do without the children there.

The children would definately get to be around other kids and could benifit from having teachers that are gifted in ways their parents aren't. The parents get the benifits of shared resources and balance.

Has anyone done anything like this? My best bet for starting one is to find other locals interested which I'm on my way to doing. I have a long list of groups nearby but at face value don't seem to be doing exactly what I'm talking about.

Current Mood: curious
9:09 am
Great Phys Ed book
Hey, everyone,

I ordered The Ultimate Homeschool Physical Education Game Book and it came in the mail yesterday. It is GREAT! I am so looking forward to using this with my girls. The one area I'm really dropping the ball is with Phys Ed, and it's mainly because I don't have a good resource for activities for 2-3 people. There is only so much jump roping, catch, and running that we can do before we're all bored! This book is FULL of activities based on real sports that teach the skills you need to play and the rules for the game without actually having to have enough people to form teams. It also has modified playground games to teach the kids. I am so psyched I found this book!
The activities have suggested ages for each activity, and the range seems to be for ages 5-12. Some of the activities aren't recommended until age 7 or 8, but there is still enough in the age 5 range to keep my youngest happy.
Anyway, I thought I'd pass the recomendation on, in case anyone else out there is ripping their hair out trying to find something geared toward small groups.
Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
6:48 am
Journey to the Stars
Hey everyone. I just learned about a thing that NASA is doing where they're giving away free DVDs about astronomy and it comes with worksheets (designed for 3rd-12th grades). It looks really awesome!

From the site:

"The American Museum of Natural History and NASA have joined forces to produce a planetarium show about the amazing variety of stars that dot our cosmos--exploding stars, giant stars, dwarf stars, neutron stars, even our own star! But you don't have to go to a planetarium to experience this mind-blowing journey. NASA will send you a DVD, for free!"


I just ordered ours. :)
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
2:12 pm
September starts a new era for my family
Hello. My name is Jessica and I have two children, Orion (age 9) and Kieriana (age 5). I've been a member of this group for a long time, however for the past 3 years I've been rather silent.

I homeschooled Orion for preschool, preK, and Kindergarten. The summer before 1st grade we moved to NY and I was having some health problems. So Orion went into school. Kieriana had been diagnosed with autism and also went to a special ed preschool (she's since been re-diagnosed as developmentally delayed). The past 3 years were HORRIBLE as far as the schools and school district goes. Today was the last straw.

For a while now I've been wanting to homeschool the kids again. Physically and mentally I feel I can do it again. After today, I'm more than ready to homeschool them come September. I even called my husband this morning and after explaining to him what happened with the district I asked, "If I homeschool the kids next year will you back me up?" He said, "Absolutely."

So this summer I have a lot of planning to do. Both of my kids are technically special needs though I don't see them that way. However I do recognize that as far as their education goes, it's going to take a bit more planning than it did when Orion was younger.

My question is: Is there anyone on here that's in NY (specifically Long Island)? We're going to be here till the summer of next year when we move again (either CA, VA, or FL). My husband is in the military so we move a lot. lol Also, what curriculum would be good? In CA we used K12 but I can't afford them out here (in CA it was free). I'll probably buy whatever I use off of e-bay or from another homeschooler. (need kindergarten and 4th grade...if I can't find what I want then I'll write my own).
Monday, May 24th, 2010
10:46 am
Hello I'm from central Indiana and we're expecting our first child in December. I'm trying to meet other local homeschool families in the interest of setting some sort of coo-op/ exchange thing and wondered if anyone had good info.

So many websites I find seem to have died, contact info no longer good, or are painful to navigate yahoo groups.

Current Mood: curious
Sunday, April 18th, 2010
7:41 pm
John Holt: worth reading?
So I just finished Holt's "Instead of Education". I was rather disappointed by it--while I'm sure it was revolutionary and all back in the 70s, but as a 2nd gen homeschooling parent, I didn't find it very useful or interesting for me.

Are any of Holt's other books any better, or should I just move on and read other things?
Wednesday, April 7th, 2010
3:29 pm
Cover Letter and Transcript for Army Enlistment

Hello! I just thought I'd post a link to an email I sent to Ann Zeise at A-Z. It's in regards to the approved transcripts and cover letter I provided the US Army's Education Specialist so our son could get one step closed to entering the Infantry. I made the templates so other homeschoolers in our situation could use them.

Saturday, March 13th, 2010
12:39 am
Google Apps for Home Schoolers (or not)
Perhaps you've not heard of google apps, but I can't imagne that's the case. Essentially take g-mail, docs, calendar and their other tools bundle them together and you have google docs a great tool for businesses, schools and the like. Google, of course, recognizes that it's good to have all your stuff in one convenient place (and like that it's their place) so they're happy to have your business.

Google apps for your business is gonna cost you, though not as much as an IT department or the lost time you'll have if your IT department is your cousin Fred.

And, Google isn't exactly driven by Motivation 2.0 standards (see Drive) so non-profits, depending on their size get in for free.

Google also recognizes the importance of education so they built an education edition that has some nifty features like allowing children under 13 (with parental consent) and the ability to block mail and to allow children access to the apps (including mail) sans ads.

Here's where this post takes a turn. I was pretty excited about the prospect of using google apps for schooling until I hit this: "Student/alumni/parent groups, religious organizations, home schools or government bodies that are not registered as 501(c)(3) do not qualify for the Education Edition."
Sigh...I would think that an organization that recognizes unique ways to work (such as 20% time) would recognize the value of non-standardized education. Why lock out home schools?

Sad, Google, just sad.
Sunday, October 4th, 2009
12:49 am
partial homeschooling
Has anyone had experience with partial homeschooling? In Delaware in particular? We home schooled our girls last year and they returned to public school this year. My older daughter really needs help with math due to a lack of concentration and generally she isn't that good in math. I really feel that her time would be better spent with US teaching her math for that 90 minutes (they do block scheduling). Any ideas anyone? Who to contact? The district? Principal? State Dept. of Ed. ?

Any help or ideas are appreciated.

Current Mood: thoughtful
Wednesday, September 30th, 2009
2:32 am
How important is penmanship to you?
I came across this article, which had me thinking about the value of penmanship. I have been told by several people I have incredibly beautiful handwriting, even when I'm just scribbling down a grocery list. However, every male in my family needs to print or type things out, because theirs is illegible. Because of this, and because I know cursive is no longer a prerequisite in life, I never forced our now 17yo son into repetitive hours of practicing his penmanship... with the exception of developing a signature, of course.

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
12:45 pm
I'm selling lots of textbooks that I used for homeschooling. Lots of Bob Jones books, teacher's editions, and language courses. Thought some of you here might be interested. You can find them here.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009
2:27 pm
For any homeschoolers in the Rochester, NY region...
Mods, if this allowed, feel free to remove. Just wanted to post a potential opportunity for homeschooling families in the Rochester region for the summer...

Open School Summer Program

For children ages 5-12*

Fridays 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

July 10-August 28

Brighton Town Park (777 Westfall Rd.)

$160* for 8-week session

Children will engage in outdoor play and a variety of activities.  Students explore their own interests with teacher facilitation, and all children are free to choose their own level of participation.  No grades, no pressure, no compulsion.  Just a fun environment in which to learn and play.

Call 219-8949 or email rochesteropenschool@gmail.com to enroll.  Space is limited!

*Older and younger students may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.  Sibling discount is $140 for second child.


Wednesday, July 1st, 2009
12:16 am
LSS or Keystone
Hello, I am going to enroll my daughter in an online high school program. I am currently discerning whether to opt for Keystone High School or Laurel Springs High School. Does anybody have any experience with either of the school, whether positive or negative? Anybody knows people who have been in one of the schools? Any insight would be very appreciated. Thank you very much.
Tuesday, June 16th, 2009
7:05 am
Singapore math question
Does anyone in here use Singapore Math?  If you do, would you mind sharing how you implement the program?  I'm interested in hearing about how many lessons you go through per week (and if you go year round or otherwise) and how you work in the CWP and IP books--are these things you use daily or weekly?  I'm also curious as to whether Singapore math is based on a 36-week school year; does anyone happen to know?

Thanks for any help!
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