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Lots of good advice here This is our second year homeschooling our 6 year old. As a former HS kid even I was a little nervous about teaching our kids. It's really not hard. I purchased Bob Jones University Press K5. It's an all inclusive curriculum. I think I found it on eBay for $115. I only bought the workbooks ( not the teachers guide-which was a lot more) It was really easy. It only took about an hour each day. Our son is now in first grade
& is doing great! It takes us 1 1/2-2 hours each day.
You can have your child tested to make sure they are where they should be as far as grade level.
DH family was not familiar (or happy) with our decision, but DH & I felt it was the best for our kids.
As far as socialization, our local library has bi-weekly activites for HS kids, lowes has build & grow workshops (both free). Im sure their are other HS families in your area. Our son is also active in our church & cub scouts.
I absolutely LOVE HS! Best decision we ever made! Our son can learn at his own pace. It's really great to be able to not only teach your kids the ABCs, but also instill your values in them as well
Do lots of research (it is a big commitment) but I have yet to meet a family who regretted HS their child! Good luck

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K12 is a great program. They will even send you a computer if you meet income requirements. You have to be involved, but someone else is teaching your kid. I homeschooled for 2 1/2 years. I couldn't do it again as it's SO demanding (we used a variety of curriculum, State approved).
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Your son is 5? Don't do K12. Don't do any of the online homeschools. However, there will be many individual programs that will be very useful!

You want simple and fun. Education that teaches your kids how to learn, makes them hungry to learn and gives them critical thinking skills.

I HIGHLY suggest you start with Five in a Row (FIAR) and if you want then add Math U See. These are pretty inexpensive. FIAR is amazing. You can get almost everything from the library or invest in the books...because you have others coming. There are online resources that help you to expand the basic curriculum and they are FREE!

You WILL be amazed as you hear your son BEG for you to read it again!

I have a couple of years of curriculum either printed out or in Google Docs. I think, also have a years worth of Galloping the Globe, which we did 2 yrs ago. I will gladly share! I document everything easily in Google Docs!

You CAN do this! I have been HSing for 11 years. I began with my 1st born DD. She was diagnosed as having severe ADHD after her vax for kindy. She became a completely different child in 24 hrs. Believe me the 1st three years were hair pulling! I worked and went to school, then. It took 3 years to detox her, modify her behavior and bring her back from the brink. Now, you'd never know she has ADHD unless you spent a lot of time with her! She is self motivated, bright, ambitious, loving, generous and a really hard worker....she could easily run our home if something happened to me!

I began with Sonlight Curriculum, which I won't recommend! I had very little mentoring and no one EVER told me that I didn't have to complete every piece of the curriculum each year. No one told me that I didn't have do to read-alouds each day until my voice was gone and no one ever told me that I didn't have to spend tons of money. I wish someone had pointed out the pitfalls, told me that this book or that book would BORE us all to death and guided me through, but I got thrown to the wolves! It was ONLY by God's Grace that we continued and now, thrive!

Your goal is not to drill useless information into your sons head! Your goal is to give him the skills he needs for life! You know your son better than anyone! You will both learn so much and grow together. GO FOR IT!
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Lots of good advice here This is our second year homeschooling our 6 year old. As a former HS kid even I was a little nervous about teaching our kids. It's really not hard. I purchased Bob Jones University Press K5. It's an all inclusive curriculum. I think I found it on eBay for $115. I only bought the workbooks ( not the teachers guide-which was a lot more) It was really easy. It only took about an hour each day. Our son is now in first grade
& is doing great! It takes us 1 1/2-2 hours each day.
You can have your child tested to make sure they are where they should be as far as grade level.
DH family was not familiar (or happy) with our decision, but DH & I felt it was the best for our kids.
As far as socialization, our local library has bi-weekly activites for HS kids, lowes has build & grow workshops (both free). Im sure their are other HS families in your area. Our son is also active in our church & cub scouts.
I absolutely LOVE HS! Best decision we ever made! Our son can learn at his own pace. It's really great to be able to not only teach your kids the ABCs, but also instill your values in them as well
Do lots of research (it is a big commitment) but I have yet to meet a family who regretted HS their child! Good luck
What really bothers me is that my DS goes to school for 8 hours a day, then comes home and has 1 to 1.5 hours worth of homework - every day! I just think it's way too much for a 5 year, personally.
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Your son is 5? Don't do K12. Don't do any of the online homeschools. However, there will be many individual programs that will be very useful!

You want simple and fun. Education that teaches your kids how to learn, makes them hungry to learn and gives them critical thinking skills.

I HIGHLY suggest you start with Five in a Row (FIAR) and if you want then add Math U See. These are pretty inexpensive. FIAR is amazing. You can get almost everything from the library or invest in the books...because you have others coming. There are online resources that help you to expand the basic curriculum and they are FREE!

You WILL be amazed as you hear your son BEG for you to read it again!

I have a couple of years of curriculum either printed out or in Google Docs. I think, also have a years worth of Galloping the Globe, which we did 2 yrs ago. I will gladly share! I document everything easily in Google Docs!

You CAN do this! I have been HSing for 11 years. I began with my 1st born DD. She was diagnosed as having severe ADHD after her vax for kindy. She became a completely different child in 24 hrs. Believe me the 1st three years were hair pulling! I worked and went to school, then. It took 3 years to detox her, modify her behavior and bring her back from the brink. Now, you'd never know she has ADHD unless you spent a lot of time with her! She is self motivated, bright, ambitious, loving, generous and a really hard worker....she could easily run our home if something happened to me!

I began with Sonlight Curriculum, which I won't recommend! I had very little mentoring and no one EVER told me that I didn't have to complete every piece of the curriculum each year. No one told me that I didn't have do to read-alouds each day until my voice was gone and no one ever told me that I didn't have to spend tons of money. I wish someone had pointed out the pitfalls, told me that this book or that book would BORE us all to death and guided me through, but I got thrown to the wolves! It was ONLY by God's Grace that we continued and now, thrive!

Your goal is not to drill useless information into your sons head! Your goal is to give him the skills he needs for life! You know your son better than anyone! You will both learn so much and grow together. GO FOR IT!
Thank you so much for the encouragement, that is definitely what I'm lacking right now. I will check out FIAR and Math U See. Doesn't look like our library has any of the FIAR but I'm good at looking for deals! It is nice to know you don't have to have tons of money to spend on material, some of it has seemed a little pricey - not that a good education isn't worth $$$ but we aren't in a financial situation to afford anything expensive right now, either.
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Re: Thinking about pulling DS out of public school

Hi there Kim!

You are getting lots of great varied suggestions for this post.

Homeschooling can be daunting especially if you have family that isn't supportive.

Homeschooling is different from one family to the next. We have 4 DDs who had never attended school. We don't use a curriculum and so far this has been working out for us.

You can certainly homeschool inexpensively and you should strive to do so. There is www.theheadoftheclass.com I've heard other parents on here are quite happy w/ it although they said it lacks lots of content in history. Headoftheclass is free!! There are other on-line sites like www.enchantedlearning.com and another one I can't think of the name, you can use these to print out worksheets and the annual membership is under $25.

Don't forget the library is a wonderful resource to get many free books and DVDs. Some libraries also have great programs (i.e. story time, science club or whatever).

In regards to the relatives who will have difficulty accepting the idea of you homeschooling don't worry about it. I wouldn't let them know about what you have decided to do. If it comes up you can listen to their concerns and then just let them know this is what you have decided to do for your family.

You may have support groups in your area where you can get together w/ other homeschoolers for classes, programs and other things. This may also be a great way to take a good look @ what families are using and to decide what is best for your family.

Best wishes and feel free to ask more questions.
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