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Glauben diejenigen, die nach der Wahrheit suchen. Zweifle an denen, die ihn finden.
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Posted July 27 2012 - 07:29 AM
I am gearing up to begin my 12th year of homeschooling. My kids are now 16 and 12 and will be starting 10th and 9th grade this coming fall. (Yep, I've got one kid lagging behind a little, and one two years ahead of her "class.) So while I can't quite say I've seen it ALL - I have seen quite a bit. I started homeschooling for the same reason it sounds like you are... inadequate local public schools. And at least for us - private schooling was just not a financially viable.
What ages will you be teaching? I have tons of opinions and have tried several types of lessons... but at the moment I'm dealing with state graduation requirements which is most likely NOT where you're starting from! If I knew what age-groups you were interested in, I could give you specific information. In the meantime, a friend of mine just asked me this as well and here's what I sent him:
Okay first, my SIL uses Connections Academy with my nieces and swears by it. It's pretty field-trip intensive so you NEED a second car & plenty of time to hunt up obscure places to visit, but if that's not a problem then that could be great for you. Personally I didn't go that way because I wanted something a bit less... structured? (fewer worksheets & more hands-on projects, and a bit more schedule-flexibility for real-life applications versus book-learning) Still, it's a great way to go if you're at all nervous because their support structure is immense!
Yes, there are so many options out there for curriculum that yeah, it still makes MY head spin! I do have preferences and I can share them - but keep in mind that what I like and have chosen is specific to my kids' personalities & learning-styles so this is VERY MUCH a YMMV type situation. If I could recommend just one thing to every new homeschooling family I run into, it would be to choose a curriculum that's suited to each child's individual traits... and DON'T be afraid to switch things up if something isn't working well!
Now for us – my son is finishing 9th grade right now. I "held him back" in 5th grade, (the year he was diagnosed with Aspergers - too many doctor visits/tests/backsliding issues to feel good about advancing to middle-school) so he'll be graduating a year later than normal. With him, I have stuck with more structured/linear-thinking type curricula because he craves order & repetition. We started out with Five in a Row and Oak Meadow and moved onto Live Education before I threw my hands in the air & switched him to ABeka where he truly started to thrive. Last year I used Tapestry of Grace - which he also thoroughly enjoyed, and for High School we are using Blessed is the Man... both this and Tapestry are extraordinarily book-intensive and student-led versus teacher-led, which means he does most of his learning on his own at this point. He's still needing quite a bit of guidance as far as daily planning, but due to his rigid nature he does quite well at simply sitting down & completing anything that's set before him.
And my daughter - she's just turned 12, but I've bumped her up twice now so she's halfway through 8th grade at the moment in everything but math. She's a bit of a flutterbudget and thrives on a lack of rigidity so her schooling has been quite different. She too went through Five in a Row, Oak Meadow & Live Education but she LOVED it so I schooled her with these for a bit longer than her brother. She also spent an entire year with The Prairie Primer - a 3rd/4th grade curriculum based entirely on the Little House Books, and this year is working on an 8th/9th grade curriculum called Where the Brook and River Meets which is based on the Anne of Green Gables series. Once this is completed she will be starting in on Far Above Rubies - the femenine counterpart to my son's lessons, and while she will school through it a bit differently, there's room for enough imagination that I feel she'll do quite well with it.
Both of my kids are using ABeka for math... that seems to be one of the toughest subjects to cover. I've fought through several versions and if I had it to do again I'd probably use Saxon Math with them (as nearly everyone I know actually LIKES this - parents & kids alike) but at this point I'm afraid to "rock the boat" as we've found something that seems to work with my number-deficient kids.
I have literally years of notes, weekly schedules, saved websites, opinions... but honestly, it might be easiest if I knew what you were wondering about rather than unloading everything I've got onto you. I can tell you that far and above, for a pre-K student my all-time favorite curriculum is Five in a Row. It's inexpensive & makes excellent use of 'round-the-house goodies and the library, yet is so full & rich that it's a treat to go through with your young'un. It's the only curriculum I've ever seen that I feel I could recommend to someone regardless of personality, and I MISS the weekly book-type structure from those early years. Beyond that - gosh, it would all depend on you, your wife, your kids personalities, your budget... yeah, I'm sure you get the idea.
Good luck! And if you have any questions, please ask! I'll try to make a point of hopping in here a bit more frequently so I'll see any responses/questions.
Posted July 27 2012 - 07:50 AM
ABeka is VERY religiously-based. Enough-so that I've had to "tweak" the history several times myself. And Tapestry of Grace & Blessed is the Man / Far Above Rubies are definitely religiously-charged as well.
For nonreligious curriculum I'd recommend Waldorf-based education from my own experience. Oak Meadow is awesome and can be found on Ebay for reasonable prices. Live Education is even nicer - but really hard to find used and REALLY pricey if purchased new. I would also recommend looking into FIAR just because you CAN skip the weekly Bible lessons... and truly, it's an amazing curriculum.
Another resource you might appreciate is my favorite go-to link for specific unit-studies. It's here: http://www.currclick.com/index.php This site has THOUSANDS of units on absolutely anything & everything you could imagine! If you sign up for their newsletter, they'll send you weekly sales & FREEBIES! I managed to pick up a year of science lessons (all nature-based) for my daughter for $12 and she LOVES it! It's plenty involved enough for her high-energy learning style, yet creative enough to keep her from becoming bored. If you had the time, you could probably create several YEARS of full grade-appropriate lesson plans for your kids just from these unit studies... and I'd guess you could do so for less than $100 per child per year!
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Posted December 08 2012 - 11:17 PM
There are many programs for homeschoolers. Some of my friends' kids are using T$L, Kumon, I can read, etc. I currently use beestar for DD. It's for elementary kids and combines all the syllabus from all over...