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Old 11-28-2012, 08:39 AM   #31
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Re: HSing Check-In Nov. 25--Dec. 7

Psychomom--Totally fine that you're not up for sharing. I am hoping that things improve for you and your kiddos very soon.

Danielle--I don't know about inclusive computer programs...We've only done some starfall here and there. You may have better luck though if you open a new thread in the homeschooling section because not everyone checks this thread. I'm sure someone could help you.

Newbies--Welcome to all of you! I'm glad to see some new faces...er...avis out there.

Thirdtimemama--this is our second year homeschooling. DS (Keegan) is 6.5 and a struggling reader. He's great at math though. DD (Rachel) will be 5 in Dec. She is very bright and doing the same work (MFW 1st grade) as her brother. Much to his dismay she can outread him by leaps and bounds. DD2 (Kennah) just turned 3. We don't HS her yet, but she pops up in the thread now and then because she can make life tricky. There's been probably 4 of these threads before this one (although only the last two have dates), and you can find a lot of that type of info there. Although I'd love to hear more about our newbies, so please share!

luvof3boys--I think it depends on the kid as far as the effectiveness of copywork. I too love to read and I am an *awful* speller. We do a bit of copywork, but not much. Can I ask what brings you to home educating? You don't have to answer if you don't want, your last post just made me curious.

AFU--we have already put in a quick morning of all the basics. We will have gymnastics a bit later and then church this evening so that will suck up a lot of our day.

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Old 11-28-2012, 08:41 AM   #32
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My kids are 11, 7, and 4. I have combined a little bit with the younger two but the older one is pretty much too far ahead. This is kinda how our day went yesterday.
journal writing - all kids
calendar and math lesson - younger two / minute math - older child
computer math - younger two / math lesson - older child
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reading lesson - middle child / reading computer work - older child
preschool - younger child / ind. reading work - middle child / computer work - older child
play time - two younger / reading lesson - older one

This again was our first day so we will see how it goes today. Any advice or something that might work better?
I tag my kids together in history and science. Then I have my oldest teach the youngest math (or help) while I work with my middle boys


You know the first year is the hardest, it gets easier as you figure out what works.
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Jen... We use MFW. I currently have a kid in K. And the other 3 are using RTR.
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Jen,

I decided to home educate
-out of personal conviction.
-I also LOVE to learn and read. I wanted to pass that on to my children.
-I was volunteering in the classroom so much the kids thought I was a teacher.
- I also have a 1 year old so I have a large space between my 2 oldest and my baby. My brother was 8 years older them me and I have very little memories of living with him. We are not close today. I did not want that for my boys. I want our family to be close.
-My kids were so bored in school and hated it.

That about sums it up.
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Old 11-28-2012, 10:41 AM   #35
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Welcome to all new posters. Happy to have you!

Danielle - Funnix has computer based math and reading that would probably be great for a six year old and it's not too expensive. I have not used it personally, but am thinking of getting it after the 1st of the year. I've heard that sometimes they offer it as a free download in Jan. or Feb.

As for us... we have DS1 age 9 doing 3rd grade, DD1 age 8 doing 2nd grade, DS2 age 6 doing K, DD2 age 4 doing some Pre-K, DD3 age 2 and DD4 age 13 mos. Typically our "school" takes about 2-3 hours to complete each day. We have used My Father's World K-2nd, some Sonlight P4/5 ad K stuff, Math-U-See, Explode the Code workbooks, and lots of bits from here and there. We like unit studies and try to follow the Charlotte Mason method.

Today was a pretty good day. We got everything done by about 11:30. We will be going to get our Christmas tree this afternoon, because it's DH's day off. Happy homeschooling to everyone!
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Today was a great day.. we didn't get started till 2
10:30 with my 2yo allergy shots and then our morning house cleaning.but still we finished by 2 with an hour lunch break.
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Well, I read everything, but I am not mentally together enough at the moment to comment on everything that caught my eye.

Attitudes are better here, but it took all day to get work done. ODD is still doing school, actually. I'm debating whether or not to head to AWANA tonight.
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Mamas I'd love to know more about you. Could everyone check in with ages/grades and curriculum? And how long you've hsd?
I have four children but only 1 is homeschooled at the moment. She is 15 years old and in 9th grade. We've homeschooled before, but she has spent most of her years in public school. The other 3 are in public school, all elementary age.

For math we use Teaching Textbooks Algebra I, Oak Meadow for English, Rosetta Stone Spanish, World Geography (from Wieser Educational), biology...I cannot think of the publisher at the moment, and some random things like Dynamic Literacy, critical thinking workbooks, etc. I'd like to add computer applications in the spring, maybe summer, and she's definitely taking driver's ed around the April/May time frame (she is scared to death!!)

She struggles with anxiety disorder. She started a script for Lexapro today. I mean, I'm glad, but I hate that she's gotten to the point that her anxiety is debilitating.

She actually went to our very large, public high school last year (we are repeating 9th grade this year) and she loved it. I was really surprised by that because of the anxiety. However, due to the classroom size and the fact that she is a quiet, great kid, she always just slid by and flew under the radar. That school was too big for anyone to give a crap about her since she wasn't in the top 5% or the bottom 5%. I actually went to a parent/teacher conference and one of her teachers admitted she had no idea who my child was and had to look at her roll sheet and said, "Oh, well there's her name!" She cannot talk to adults, other than family, at all.

Homeschool is not working out that well right now. She is actually doing very well academically (albeit she is slooooow) but she is so unhappy. She has 0 peer interaction. She's a homebody so while she does have a handful of good friends, even when she was in public school she rarely went out. Now, she never goes out. She used to be a competitive gymnast but she retired a year and a half ago, so she has all this time on her hands. She still takes a recreational tumbling class and 3 hours of dance classes...while she is friendly with the kids in those classes, they aren't friends. We are atheists so no church. Homeschooling is pretty popular in our area, but the groups and such are geared towards younger kids and definitely not feasible for me to even participate in when they meet at 2:00 in a town 30 minutes away and I have to pick up kids from school at 2:40. She volunteers at her siblings' school every Tuesday, so she is around kindergarteners for 7 hours on Tuesday and with her mother the rest of the time.

Our district has never allowed homeschooled kids to participate in public school activities, but a law was passed a few months ago and beginning with the 2013 school year, she can try out for the cross country team (which she was a part of last year and loved.) I hope she makes it. But that is 9 months away. I'm just worried about her. I have looked into alternatives for her...private school is not an option because all but 1 are Christian and the 1 that is not is out of the budget...there are 2 charter schools here. One is artsy/creative (which she is not) and the other is very heavily math & science based (which she is not) and even if she did fit in with either school, they boast low teacher:student ratios and all I can think is she would DIE if she were actually made to participate in class. Die. She is legally going to be an adult in 2.5 years and she is not a functioning human being.
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I have four children but only 1 is homeschooled at the moment. She is 15 years old and in 9th grade. We've homeschooled before, but she has spent most of her years in public school. The other 3 are in public school, all elementary age.

For math we use Teaching Textbooks Algebra I, Oak Meadow for English, Rosetta Stone Spanish, World Geography (from Wieser Educational), biology...I cannot think of the publisher at the moment, and some random things like Dynamic Literacy, critical thinking workbooks, etc. I'd like to add computer applications in the spring, maybe summer, and she's definitely taking driver's ed around the April/May time frame (she is scared to death!!)

She struggles with anxiety disorder. She started a script for Lexapro today. I mean, I'm glad, but I hate that she's gotten to the point that her anxiety is debilitating.

She actually went to our very large, public high school last year (we are repeating 9th grade this year) and she loved it. I was really surprised by that because of the anxiety. However, due to the classroom size and the fact that she is a quiet, great kid, she always just slid by and flew under the radar. That school was too big for anyone to give a crap about her since she wasn't in the top 5% or the bottom 5%. I actually went to a parent/teacher conference and one of her teachers admitted she had no idea who my child was and had to look at her roll sheet and said, "Oh, well there's her name!" She cannot talk to adults, other than family, at all.

Homeschool is not working out that well right now. She is actually doing very well academically (albeit she is slooooow) but she is so unhappy. She has 0 peer interaction. She's a homebody so while she does have a handful of good friends, even when she was in public school she rarely went out. Now, she never goes out. She used to be a competitive gymnast but she retired a year and a half ago, so she has all this time on her hands. She still takes a recreational tumbling class and 3 hours of dance classes...while she is friendly with the kids in those classes, they aren't friends. We are atheists so no church. Homeschooling is pretty popular in our area, but the groups and such are geared towards younger kids and definitely not feasible for me to even participate in when they meet at 2:00 in a town 30 minutes away and I have to pick up kids from school at 2:40. She volunteers at her siblings' school every Tuesday, so she is around kindergarteners for 7 hours on Tuesday and with her mother the rest of the time.

Our district has never allowed homeschooled kids to participate in public school activities, but a law was passed a few months ago and beginning with the 2013 school year, she can try out for the cross country team (which she was a part of last year and loved.) I hope she makes it. But that is 9 months away. I'm just worried about her. I have looked into alternatives for her...private school is not an option because all but 1 are Christian and the 1 that is not is out of the budget...there are 2 charter schools here. One is artsy/creative (which she is not) and the other is very heavily math & science based (which she is not) and even if she did fit in with either school, they boast low teacher:student ratios and all I can think is she would DIE if she were actually made to participate in class. Die. She is legally going to be an adult in 2.5 years and she is not a functioning human being.
I am so sorry for what you and your daughter are going through.It is obvious you are carrying your daughter's pain. You are a loving mom. She is lucky to have you. You have made difficult decisions in her best interest. She will thank you someday. Please update if you want. I will be thinking of you both.
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I am so sorry for what you and your daughter are going through.It is obvious you are carrying your daughter's pain. You are a loving mom. She is lucky to have you. You have made difficult decisions in her best interest. She will thank you someday. Please update if you want. I will be thinking of you both.
Thank you so much! She was prescribed Zoloft a looong time ago but never took it. I was so uncomfortable with it at the time, especially since on top of anxiety disorder she was being tested for learning disabilities and behavioral disorders. I didn't want to pump her full of drugs (being facetious here) until we knew exactly what was going on. This time, she asked for meds. She has been in counseling on 2 separate occasions, both of which showed no change. She's going again, although she really, really doesn't want to. Her doctor told her she would get out of it what she put into it, so hopefully she will really use this counselor as a resource this time.

Just one example of how high school was difficult for her: her science teacher would let anyone retake a test for a brand new grade (not an averaged grade, and if the 2nd grade turned out worse then she would keep the 1st grade) if they wanted to, so long as it was in the same quarter. (The 2nd test was much harder, but still....) My daughter failed every single test she took and refused to retake any of them because it required her going to her teacher and saying, "I need a seminar pass to retake my test."

Okay, another example: she took a ceramics class and between working on her final project, she would store it in her classroom's cabinet. One day, it was misplaced and she couldn't find it. Rather than going to the teacher and saying, "Hey, my project is gone!" she chose to sit in silence for a week. Her project was finally found and turned in incomplete. She just SAT THERE in class doing nothing that whole time. I was a bit irritated at the teacher for not questioning her when she wasn't working, but it was totally her fault.

She struggles in math. I happen to love math so I thought it would be easy to teach her, but when I homeschooled her before all it did was make me angry. I couldn't understand why SHE couldn't understand. I'd get angry, she'd get frustrated with herself and upset at me; it was ugly. Anyway, lesson learned and I opted to use Teaching Textbooks this time around so I'm out of it. Well, she has a high A right now, but she is so, so, so, so slow and don't forget, this is a subject she's had before.

When I was checking her grades a few nights ago, she was really behind in her lessons. I told her we could either extend the year or she could work extra to get caught up. She chose the latter so now she is to do 2 lessons/day instead of the originally assigned 3-4 lessons/week. This will get her caught up by the end of December. It took her 4 hours to complete 1 lesson yesterday. I have no idea what else she was doing. It took her 2 hours to complete the 2nd lesson and a test. SIX hours to do something that should have take at max, IMO, 1.5 hours, plus some more time for the test. She didn't do any English, any science, etc.

And to add to all the hurdles we already have, I WOH part-time; almost full-time now. I am home with her on Mon, Wed, Fri during the day time, though. On Tue she volunteers and on Thur my dh works from home. Yesterday while she spent from 4pm to 8pm doing 1 math lesson, I wasn't home to supervise because I had to take my younger daughter to dance for 2 hours then work. Oh, and my husband is out of town this week. (The reason she started her school work at 4pm vs. during the day yesterday was because she had 2 doc appts and I ran errands between them, so we weren't home all day.)

She insists she wasn't on Facebook or anything (I did check that, Twitter, and Pinterest for any activity; didn't find any) but that she did text a friend for a "few minutes." I had her come downstairs to do the 2nd math lesson so I could keep a better eye on her while I put the other kids to bed and my husband is going to disable her internet access when she is home, even though she needs it for science. We'll have to figure that one out later.

Thanks for listening, guys. I didn't want to post before because it is a long, drawn out situation and it's tiring to write about, read about, and live.
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