I could use some immediate wisdom on how to proceed quickly.
My daughter has been very sick for most of the semester. A long story, but we decided, and her school agreed, she could attend two of her gifted classes (math and science) with them, and we will homeschool Language Arts and Social Studies. She is in the seventh grade.
It took forever for me to get a word from the school district that this was not against their policy, per se. I found out most principals do not approve it. But if the prinicipal says okay, it's okay. So we proceed.
At this point, I am quite overwhelmed at the volume of resources, and I feel like I don't have time to really sort through it all. At all. I have to get some class time in ASAP. Luckily, she is very bright. I had hoped for finding gifted cirriculum, but at this point, I will take ANYTHING that just satisfies the state requirements for the rest of the semester, and then worry about refining the content.
But I need help, please.
Is there anyone out there, a seasoned homeschooler, who could help point me towards some curricula? And where to buy, preferably cheap?
For what it is worth, my daughter is a very visual, kinesthetic learner. Not really important right now, but if someone just happens to miraculously know good protocol for such a learner, all the better. Thank You for your time, very very much.
We homeschooled our oldest for 3 years of elementary school and now she is a 6th grader at Eisenhower Middle School. She is in the gifted program for science, language arts and math and has also been identified as a visual kinesthetic learner. We have used Shurley English Homeschool curricula for grammar and it is quite fun besides really giving a leg up on knowing parts of speech really well. Since you've likely not used it before, it is leveled, but not necessarily by grade. So do not get hung up looking for level 7- you can start with any of the levels- I've found it is much more extensive than what most schools use.
Best wishes to you! By the way, someone referred us to Title Wave books on Wisconsin, just north of Menaul. They have much used curricula and resources.
Sorry to hear about your daughter's illness. We are in the same space. I didn't realize it was possible for a child to take some classes at school and others at home. I will look into this option for my daughter.
I just wanted to let you know what my daughter an I are doing. Perhaps, this will help you get started!
I haven't purchased a curriculum, and I don't intend to do so. I will be starting where she left off in school and making sure she learns at least all of the things that she is expected to know for the state standards. Because my daughter has been classified as "exceptionally gifted", and our goal is to make sure she has the option of returning to school, I will be looking at the standards of 5th-7th grades. If you are interested in seeing the state standards, go to: http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/index.html
In addition, she is reading the ABQ Public library's recommended books for 5-7th grade. You can pick up a list of suggested books at your local library. I just looked online, and the lists aren't posted. I have asked the main to post the lists to the web site. She will be doing reports on the suggested books. We are also doing daily readings of short stories from college-level Norton Readers. I chose these books--because we have a couple around the house, and because they have questions after each story. The questions give us prompts to help with the discussions.
If you search on KISS grammar, you will find a free website with a very comprehensive grammar course. The only drawback is that one must print page by page. I'm not sure it is actually less expensive than buying a text, but the kind of work is very detailed and rigorous. Good luck!