Quoted from 323Welcome! Homeschooling is a fun ride and I hope you and your daughters enjoy it. The best advice I can give you is to relax. And let your daughters de-school. From what it sounds like they've had a frustrating experience with school. So take some time, months if you need to, and just let them rediscover the joy of learning. Let them read books they want to read. Go on field trips to the museums and parks. In the meantime, you can research curriculum choices. Also, don't feel as if you need to buy the most expensive curriculum on the market. Don't feel as if you have to buy a curriculum at all. Your children will learn, whether you want them to or not ;D. So take a deep breath and welcome to the world of homeschooling.
Quoted from 335Does New Mexico requires homeschool children to take standardized state tests? If so, who administers the tests? and how often are they required?
Quoted from 335Which cirriculums are the most popular? I've kind of looked at Saxon (online) for math but i'll probably take the whole summer to decide on something. :)
Quoted from 335Hello..
I'm pretty fed up with APS and at this stage i'm starting to think.. "Even if i'm no better than the public school system.. there's NO WAY I can be any worse."
Quoted Text. . . let me assure you that YOU are ALREADY a so-called "Supermom" because you are CONSCIENCIOUS!!! :D I think that's the common denominator we all do have in common is that we are in-touch with our intuitions and we prize our children!
Have you ever heard someone call themself an "accidental homeschooler" (meaning, it wasn't their initial intention to homeschool but they find themself homeschooling as a result of some catalyst that called for change)? Truly, I think there is an equal number of accidental homeschoolers and from-the-get-go homeschoolers here in this group - this has always been such a welcoming aspect! (the diversity of both, I mean)
I'm also wondering if you've heard of "deschooling"? It's a process that naturally occurs to a kiddo who is transitioning from public school to homeschooling - there are a number of symptoms you might want to brace yourself for because there is a honest-to-goodness process of "peeling off the layers" that have been imposed upon a kid by the school system . . . some kids rebel, some kids can't stop napping, some kids can't stop reading (or watching TV or playing video games), some kids are elated . . . they all react differently and it can take a new homeschooling parent by surprise. But, if you know to expect this temporary phase, it won't bother you as much and you'll be able to support her better instead of reprimanding the seemingly-negative behavior. It does end. They're just getting in-touch with themselves again . . . usually, they have a lot of tapes to process and you're giving them time to "heal", so to speak. If this common phenomenon starts to play-out in your home, rest assured that it is common and it does pass and there's support for both of you as it is occuring . . . also, considering googling "deschooling" to learn more about how kids sometimes "unwind" for a while when they get their freedom back. It might make all the difference for you - the first year of homeschooling is the shakiest until you find your groove . . . something about the passing of each season (spring, summer, fall, winter) will make the 2nd year feel more familiar - your confidence WILL solidify as you go even though you may question your decision 1000 times before then. Your intuition will guide you . . .
Happy trails! :D
Quoted from 335Hello..
Whenever I visit the classroom, I can see why. It's a mad house in there. The teacher teaches a concept in math, for example, and then the kids work on their math pages themselves. They can walk around the classroom and chat with other classmates, sit on the floor, sit on the tables, etc. It's distracting for me!! I can see how it would be totally distracting for an 8 year old.
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No matter what, as you said, you can't be any worse than the school they go to. Good luck to you, I will be starting hs in a few weeks as well, with Singapore Math which seems like the best fit for us. I will add more subjects as we go along.
Quoted from 335The singapore math looks great. I think it would work well for my daughter. Let me know what you think of it once you've used it for a few weeks.