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FREE REPUBLIC HOMESCHOOLERS’ FORUM 2009-10 (How-to Start Homeschooling / Curriculum / More…)
9-23-09 | All FReepers who've contributed

Posted on 09/23/2009 11:08:25 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes

Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forum 2009-2010

A spot for homeschoolers on Free Republic to share information

The Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forum is an annual thread where homeschoolers share tips and talk about curriculum.

Included on this year’s forum:

GET STARTED HOMESCHOOLING
This year, in response to requests from other parents, we have put together a guide for anyone interested in homeschooling. (See below.)

HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES (in alphabetical order)


Scroll down for the latest list of educational resources recommended by homeschoolers on Free Republic. Corrections and updates were made to the previous list. Links to any product or website no longer available were deleted. Then the recommendations made last year were added. Also, a list of links to resources right here on Free Republic has been expanded under Free Republic Library. As always, feel free to share advice with other homeschoolers in the comments following on this thread.


This will be the final list. Thank you to all who have contributed! If you would like to add more recommendations, please add them in the comments section.

CONGRATULATIONS to all homeschooled students who have graduated this year! Many blessings to you and your families! May you enjoy continued success.

A big THANK YOU to Jim Robinson and to all who make Free Republic work.


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1 posted on 09/23/2009 11:08:26 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes
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To: Tired of Taxes

bfltr


2 posted on 09/23/2009 11:09:52 AM PDT by mnehring
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*** GET STARTED HOMESCHOOLING ***

STEP ONE: Check the laws in your state.

Visit the Home School Legal Defense Association’s website. Click on your state for a summary of the laws regulating homeschooling there. Some states have stricter regulations than others. Be prepared to abide by the laws in your state. Joining HSLDA is highly recommended.

STEP TWO: Find a homeschool support group in your area.

The homeschooling community is well-organized. There are support groups suitable for almost every family. Homeschool organizations offer activities such as band, cooperative classes, field trips, graduation ceremonies, honor societies, socials (i.e. dances, the prom), sports, youth groups, and much more.

Many homeschool organizations are affiliated with churches, and you may be required to sign a Statement of Faith in order to join. Other groups merely rent space at churches. Still, other groups meet at libraries, museums, etc., and most communicate online via email. You may find homeschool support groups online by searching for your state name and the word “homeschool”. Or check the HSLDA website for state-level organizations listed there. Another option is to communicate with a homeschool parent in your state here on Free Republic.

STEP THREE: Choose a curriculum plan.

Scroll down to see the list of educational resources recommended by homeschoolers on Free Republic and posted below right here on this thread. The most appropriate curriculum for your child(ren) will depend upon age level, the method of learning that best suits each child, and the student’s interests.

You will find that homeschool parents on Free Republic are always willing to share advice and support. If you have questions, feel free to ask. If you start a new thread to ask for advice, remember to ping Metmom so that she can send a ping to the list of homeschoolers here.

Remember to contact Metmom to add your name to the Homeschool Ping List. Also ask for your name to be added to the Another Reason to Homeschool ping list for other articles about the state of education today.

3 posted on 09/23/2009 11:10:10 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Being an X HS'er......I'd be happy to answer questions or help any new HS'ers out there.

Started out in probably 1988 or so.....in SoCal.

Moved to OK....in '97.

The girls are now in College....and doing pretty well.

4 posted on 09/23/2009 11:12:40 AM PDT by Osage Orange (A community organizer cannot bitch when communities organize..... - Rush Limbaugh)
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**** HOMESCHOOL RESOURCES (in alphabetical order) ****

Please note: This list is not intended to include every homeschool curriculum available on the market. Rather, it is a list of resources recommended specifically by homeschoolers and others interested in educational topics here on Free Republic. The colleges and universities also were suggested by participants here on FR.

Disclaimer: The Free Republic website and its owners do NOT officially endorse any of these products. This list was compiled for informational purposes only by participants on Free Republic. The website links below are provided only to give more information on each item. They are not intended as solicitations. Free Republic cannot be held responsible for these websites, their content, nor any sales transactions made. Sometimes links, websites, and/or products are altered, so please remember to use your own discretion.


ASSESSMENT

Let’s Go Learn


COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES
Looking for a college? Consider these options:

Ave Maria University
Belmont Abbey College
Brigham Young University
The Catholic University of America
Christendom College
College of the Ozarks
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Furman University
George Mason University (Economics Dept.)
George Wythe University
Grove City College
Hillsdale College
John Paul the Great Catholic University (Also see this Free Republic thread.)
Patrick Henry College
Samford University
Thomas Aquinas College
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
U.S. Military Academy at West Point
University of Dallas
Wheaton College


COMPLETE CURRICULUM

A Beka
AlphaOmega Lifepac
Ambleside Online (free online, similar to Charlotte Mason)
Baltimore Curriculum Lesson Plans (free online, based on Core Knowledge)
Calvert School
Core Knowledge
Core Knowledge Lesson Plans (free online)
Mater Amabilis (free online Charlotte Mason curriculum)
My Father’s World
Seton Home Study School
Sonlight
Veritas Press
Winter Promise (History, English)
World Book Encyclopedia & Learning Resources (free online guide)


COMPUTER & TECHNICAL SKILLS

e-Learning Center


COURTSHIP

Courtship Connection


CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS

The Bright Blue Thinking Book
Building Thinking Skills
The Fallacy Detective
Mind Benders


DIPLOMAS & TRANSCRIPTS

North Atlantic Regional High School (in Lewiston, Maine)
Also see “Recordkeeping”.


DRAMA & THEATRE

Acting Magic


DUAL CREDIT

Check with your local community college. Other dual credit opportunities:
St. Petersburg College


ECONOMICS

Calumet “K” (Merwin, Webster) (free online)
Economics in One Lesson (Henry Hazlitt) (free online)*
Economic Sophisms (Frederic Bastiat) (free online)*
The Incredible Bread Machine (Susan Love Brown), a book based on this R.W. Grant poem, “Tom Smith and His Incredible Bread Machine”
The Incredible Bread Machine: A Study of Capitalism, Freedom, & the State (by R.W. Grant)
Uncle Eric series (Richard J. Maybury) *
* Also see Free Republic Library below.


ENGLISH
Language Arts, Spelling, Vocabulary

Analytical Grammar
Character Quality Language Arts
Discovery Education – English (free online)
Draw Write Now (Art, penmanship, and storytelling)
Easy Grammar Systems
edHelper.com (free worksheets)
Educators Publishing Service(Explode the Code, Ridgewood Grammar, Wordly Wise & more)
English from the Roots Up
Explode the Code
Horizons
Institute for Excellence in Writing
Phonics Pathways
Play ‘n’ Talk
Reader Rabbit (CD)
Ridgewood Grammar
Rod and Staff
Saxon Phonics
Scripps National Spelling Bee Study Zone (check later if not available yet)
Shurley English
Spelling Power
Spell to Write and Read
Straight-Forward English (Garlic Press)
Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons
Vocabulary from Classical Roots (also see Educators Publishing Service)
Word Journeys
Wordly Wise
Words Their Way
Writing Strands (See Institute for Excellence in Writing)


FOREIGN LANGUAGES

edHelper.com (free worksheets)
Power Glide
Spanish Numbers


FREE REPUBLIC LIBRARY
Articles and threads of interest to homeschoolers

Educational Topics:
Astronomy Picture of the Day
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
Creation vs. Evolution
Economics: Richard Maybury’s Books
Economics: Two Great Classics
Folding @ Home Project
Freeper Book Club
Gods Graves Glyphs
Handwriting (Debate over cursive handwriting)
HTML Bootcamp (cached)
HTML Sandbox
Introduction to Ancient Greek History
Inventions and Discoveries
Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
Mathematics
Science
String Theory ‘blog
Word for the Day

Homeschool-related articles and threads:

Another Reason to Homeschool
Articles tagged “homeschool”
Articles tagged “vaccination”
Distance Learning
Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forums 2005 – Present
Proposal for Free Republic High School Diploma and other discussions on fast-tracking through high school
Saxon and Singapore math adopted by public school

Emergency Preparedness:
Gardening
Home Gardening & Disaster Preparedness


FREE REPUBLIC PING LISTS
Relevant to homeschooling:

Homeschool Ping List (Contact Metmom)
Another Reason to Homeschool (Contact Metmom)

Other ping lists of interest:

Astronomy Picture of the Day (Contact Sig226)
Gods, Graves, Glyphs (Contact SunkenCiv)


GAMES & TRIVIA

Funbrain (free online)
Sheppard Software (free online)
Also check under each subject for games for a particular subject.


GEOGRAPHY
Netstate.com: Learn About the 50 States (free online)
WorldAtlas.com (free online)


HISTORY

1776, by David McCullough
Drive thru History
Greenleaf (Famous Men series)
History Link 101 (free online)
Kingfisher History Encyclopedia
The Mystery of History
A Patriot’s History of the United States
Presidents of the United States (free online)
The Story of the World
TRISMS
TruthQuest History: Age of Revolution I, II, III



HOBBIES

Letterboxing North America
Sewing Made Easy


HOMESCHOOL CATALOGS, STORES & SWAPS
(Reminder: Please see disclaimer above.)

Area 127
Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers (Latin and Greek)
The Curriculum Coop
Homeschool Classifieds
Homeschooler’s Bookshelf
Homeschooler’s Curriculum Swap
HSLDA Curriculum Market
Love to Learn
Memoria Press
Naturally Simple (free or low cost online resources)
Peace Hill Press (Well-Trained Mind)
Pennywise Learning
Rainbow Resource
R.O.C.K. Solid, Inc.
Smart Alec Books
Veg Source HomeSchool Talk & Swap
Veritas Press


HOMESCHOOL GUIDES & HOW-TO BOOKS

Better Late than Early Also see The Moore Formula
Homeschoolers’ Success Stories (by Linda Dobson)
The Homeschooling Revolution
Homeschool Your Child for Free
Man’s Unconquerable Mind (by Gilbert Highet)
The Well-Trained Mind


HOMESCHOOL MAGAZINES / NEWSLETTERS / NEWSPAPERS

The Link
Homeschool Humour


LAPBOOKING

Currclick
Dinah-Might Adventures
Live & Learn Press
Living Literature with Lap Book Learning
Tobin’s Lab


LATIN

Latina Christiana
Latin’s Not So Tough


LEGAL ADVICE

Home School Legal Defense Association


LESSON PLANS

Donna Young Homeschool Lesson Plan Forms


LITERATURE (including young readers)

100 Good Books
100 Great Books
Bob Books
Books by Charles Dickens
Books by G.A. Henty
Children’s Literature Lesson Plans & Resources (free online)
The Chronicles of Narnia (C.S. Lewis)
The Colored Fairy Books (refers to the color of the book). Free online.
Eragon (by Christopher Paolini)
Hardy Boys & Nancy Drew mysteries
Homeschool Detectives series
Homeschooler’s Bookshelf
Laura Ingalls Wilder books
Little Britches (book series) by Ralph Moody
Little House in the Big Woods (Laura Ingalls Wilder) (free online lessons)
Lord of the Rings & The Hobbit Lesson Plans (free online)
McGuffey Readers
Mrs. P (website with stories, games)
Redwall series
Spiderwick Chronicles, The
Starfall Store
Stobaugh’s American Literature
Williwaw (by Tom Bodett)


MATHEMATICS

AAA Math
Basic Facts Worksheet Factory (free online)
Discovery Education – Math (free online)
Donna Young Math Worksheets (free online)
edHelper.com (free worksheets)
Fun with Baseball Stats (free online)
Homeschool Math Curriculum Guide (website)
Horizons Math
Key-To Series
Learning from Baseball (websites)
Math Fact Café (free flashcards & worksheets)
Math-U-See
Math Worksheet Site
Miquon Math
PBS Fantasy Baseball (PDF file) (free online)
Rent Calculators
Saxon Math
Singapore Math
Straight-Forward Math (Garlic Press)
Super Kids Math Worksheet Creator (free online)
Teaching Textbooks


MUSIC

Music Forms
San Francisco Symphony for Kids


OPEN COURSES (FREE ONLINE)

Open Learning Initiative - Carnegie Melon


ORGANIZATIONS
Of interest to homeschoolers

Alliance for the Separation of School & State
Focus on the Family
Home School Legal Defense Association


PUZZLE-MAKERS & WORKSHEET GENERATORS (FREE ONLINE)

Discovery School’s Puzzlemaker
edHelper.com
Home School Planet
(More worksheet generators can be found listed under Math, English, and other subjects.)


RECORDKEEPING

Curriculum Click – Master Planner
Donna Young’s Free Printables
Homeschooler’s Guide to Portfolios and Transcripts
The HomeSchool Mom
Homeschool Tracker


REFERENCE BOOKS

Usborne books
DK Eyewitness books


SCIENCE

Apologia Physics
Anatomy of the Human Body (free online)
Bob Jones Chemistry
Castle Heights Press
Discovery Education – Science (free online)
edHelper.com (free worksheets)
Home Science Tools
Jason Project
Learning from Baseball (websites)
Moody Science Videos
Noeo Science
Ocean studies (Smithsonian) (free online)
The Periodic Table of Videos (free online)
Physics: The Batting Cage (fun website)
Physics in Sports connection (online video)
Rainbow Science
The Science Spot – Puzzle Corner (free online/PDF files)
Scientific American Inventions and Discoveries (Carlisle) (Also see “Free Republic Library.)
Real Science 4 Kids
Tobin’s Lab


TELEVISION & VIDEO

PBS Mail List


UNIT STUDIES

The Prairie Primer (based on Little House series)
TRISMS
Unit Studies


VIRTUAL SCHOOLS

Educere K-12
Florida Virtual School
Switched on Schoolhouse
Also see this Free Republic thread.


WEBSITES ABOUT HOMESCHOOLERS & HOMESCHOOLING

Successful & Famous People (who were homeschooled)


YOUTH GROUPS

American Heritage Girls
Boy Scouts of America
Civil Air Patrol Cadet Program
4-H



5 posted on 09/23/2009 11:12:46 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: metmom; Clintonfatigued; 2Jedismom; 668 - Neighbor of the Beast; Aggie Mama; AngieGal; Antoninus; ..

You’ve been pinged because you either contributed to this list at some point or expressed an interest. (My apologies if I missed anyone.) Or, your ping list and contact name might have been added.

The educational resources many of you recommended on the last forum have been added to this newly updated list. Thank you!


6 posted on 09/23/2009 11:14:51 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: All

All clear to post comments.


7 posted on 09/23/2009 11:16:29 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: metmom

Looks like I’ll have to ping you for a ping, after all! I forget how to make the Homeschool Ping List graphic work. It won’t look right if I send it.


8 posted on 09/23/2009 11:20:18 AM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Just curious here. Approx how many freepers on that ping list?

Great links too — thanks for the ping!


9 posted on 09/23/2009 11:25:39 AM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( If you have kids, you have no right of privacy that the govt can't flick off your shoulder.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Please put me on your ping list, I have started homeschooling my youngest this year, 12 yrs. old, and need all the help I can get!!!!


10 posted on 09/23/2009 11:32:51 AM PDT by panthermom
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thank you for doing this. BTW, www.khanacademy.edu (org?) offers terrific help for free in math, science, and some economics topics...


11 posted on 09/23/2009 11:39:35 AM PDT by achilles2000 (Shouting "fire" in a burning building is doing everyone a favor...whether they like it or not)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Hi, you can add me to your ping list.

Homeschooling for 15 years; still have three kids “in class.”

Happy to help anyone with questions. (I’m in California).

Recommended curriculum that I see listed above: Spelling Power (I start that in 2nd grade and use regular Phonics before that), Apologia Science (ALL their Science - start after your kid has about 7th grade math skills). Saxon Math I start at 4th or 5th grade (Saxon 54).

Recommended curriculum I didn’t see listed above:

The Learnables for any foreign language.

Daily Grams for Grammar.

The Winston Grammar program, especially for kids who learn “kinesthetically.”

Modern Curriculum Press’ “Adventures In Phonics” to teach reading.

Modern Curriculum Press’ Math for grades K-3.

A Beka British and American Literature for the jr. high and high schoolers.

“Economics In One Lesson” and “Whatever Happened to Penny Candy” for high school economics.

I like to teach high school history by having my kids read biographies of great men and women from history. This gives them some proper if imperfect heroes, and teaches history in context.

I like to supplement a basic world history course in jr. high with Henty’s historical fiction.


12 posted on 09/23/2009 11:41:24 AM PDT by Marie2 (The second mouse gets the cheese.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Yeah for FLVS aka the Florida virtual school. Helps the single dad still home school the two teens even though some of the purists say that virtual school does not count as it is a government program. We do lots of extra stuff as well.


13 posted on 09/23/2009 11:49:58 AM PDT by scottteng (IMPEACH OBAMA I am Jim Thompson)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Awesome collection of resources!


14 posted on 09/23/2009 12:20:44 PM PDT by GoRepGo ("A little rebellion now and then is a good thing." Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Also for lapbooking, we like to use http://www.homeschoolshare.com/ .


15 posted on 09/23/2009 12:22:44 PM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Thanks for posting this. I don't have any specific tips except to say that all FReepers should at least consider this route for their kids. It has so many benefits, among them:

1.) Fostering a closer family bond
2.) Giving your kid more 1-on-1 attention than they'll ever get in a classroom.
3.) Helping to keep the corrupt world out of your life and those of your children.
4.) Networking with a multitude of awesome, like-minded people who will truly enrich your life and those of your kids.

16 posted on 09/23/2009 12:28:51 PM PDT by Antoninus ("There is no movement," --G. W. Bush)
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To: Tired of Taxes

This school year will likely be our last one homeschooling. The older guy went off to the local Catholic high school last year, and the younger guy will likely follow him next year.

Ten years has flown by quickly.


17 posted on 09/23/2009 12:34:19 PM PDT by sitetest (If Roe is not overturned, no unborn child will ever be protected in law.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

I may have missed it, but I did not see www.homeschoolbuyers-coop.org. It is a free subscription service that offers deep discounts to homeschoolers for various educational programs like CyberEd (which goes by a new name now), Rosetta Stone, and many others.


18 posted on 09/23/2009 12:34:30 PM PDT by Peanut Gallery (The essence of freedom is the proper limitation of government.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

you forgot me. *pout*


19 posted on 09/23/2009 12:36:14 PM PDT by HungarianGypsy
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To: Tired of Taxes

Hmm, I guess it’ll be time to start with educational things before I know it! Sure babygirl is only 5 months old right now but she’ll need to learn to read one of these years...

It’s very exciting to think about homeschooling, having been homeschooled myself (and so was my husband). It gives us a slightly different perspective on things, I think.


20 posted on 09/23/2009 12:39:07 PM PDT by JenB
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To: Tired of Taxes

You have to replace the quotation marks with new ones and get rid of the semi-colons in between the arrow keys. When I FReepmail you them, somehow it gets added or changed. Some glitch in the program, I guess, but the HTML won’t work right if it doesn’t like the way the quotation marks look and if the semi-colons are left in at the end of the image code. The semi-colons have to be deleted, not spaced out. HTML doesn’t like spaces either.


21 posted on 09/23/2009 12:58:12 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

What kills me about this is that my kids cannot participate in extra-curricular activities as home-schoolers.


22 posted on 09/23/2009 12:58:28 PM PDT by camp_steveo
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To: Dr. Thorne; Marie2; Deenie547

Ping


23 posted on 09/23/2009 12:59:20 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: 668 - Neighbor of the Beast

I haven’t counted yet to see how many are on.

When I get done adding all the new requests, I’ll do a head count and let you know.

Of course, if you don’t hear from me in a couple days, remind me.


24 posted on 09/23/2009 1:00:54 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Did you add *frhf* as a keyword? What does it mean?

I like having distinct keywords, as it can be a big help in searching for specific articles. Some keywords are just too common to be useful.


25 posted on 09/23/2009 1:02:21 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Marie2; Tired of Taxes

For the life of me, I was sure you were on the lists. I don’t know why you weren’t but I WILL add you.


26 posted on 09/23/2009 1:03:41 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

FRHF - Free Republic Homeschoolers’ Forum
It should take you to all of the past forums beginning in 2005. I just added the keyword recently.


27 posted on 09/23/2009 1:04:52 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Duh!

I’ll put it in my homeschool notice thing that I put up when I ping the list so people can use it.


28 posted on 09/23/2009 1:06:14 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: All

Correction:

Under Puzzle-Makers & Worksheet Generators, here’s the link for

HOME SCHOOL PLANET:

http://www.homeschoolplanet.com/


29 posted on 09/23/2009 1:06:19 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: HungarianGypsy

Hmmm... I double-checked, and your name is on the list. Are you sure you didn’t receive a ping? If you didn’t, I’m afraid now I might’ve cut off a whole bunch of people. Sorry, I’m going cross-eyed after all the typing.


30 posted on 09/23/2009 1:08:44 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Thanks for the massive amount of work that looks like it took.


31 posted on 09/23/2009 1:10:05 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom

I was just wondering because it might give some indication how many freepers do homeschooling. Don’t know if there’s ever been a poll. Come to think of it, I haven’t seen a FR poll in quite a while.


32 posted on 09/23/2009 1:10:46 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast ( If you have kids, you have no right of privacy that the govt can't flick off your shoulder.)
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To: panthermom

It’s just a once-a-year ping. :-) I will ping your name and everyone’s name here next year when we do this again. In the meantime, if you’re on the Homeschool Ping List run by Metmom, then you’re covered.


33 posted on 09/23/2009 1:13:47 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

WOW!! Thank you so much for compiling all of this. I see a lot of resources I already use and some I can’t wait to check out.

We’re trying a new system this year that works with any curriculum. It’s an organizational thing for me. It started here http://www.workboxsystem.com/ but if you google workboxes you’ll find a million different versions, free printables, etc. I modified ours and use small stackable drawers instead because I was able to fit them into our cabinets so the little ones couldn’t get into them. It’s working quite well! My kids (11, 9, and 4 are on the system) know exactly what is expected of them each day and can visibly see what they’ve accomplished and what’s left. Hope someone else finds this useful! It’s sure helped me stay on track!


34 posted on 09/23/2009 1:18:56 PM PDT by samiam1972 ("It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."-Mother Teresa)
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To: metmom

It’s far more text than work, really. I just started it the weekend when you reminded me, and then I worked on it a bit at a time, now and then. But it was enough work that my hand is hurting from using the mouse. I’m glad to have it, though, because there were interesting suggestions homeschoolers here gave that I never knew about. I have to go now. I’ll try to check back later tonight.


35 posted on 09/23/2009 1:21:08 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes
Whoo boy ... what a nice thread. We finished our homeschooling 5 years ago, but I'm always interested in what's going on in the homeschool world.

With that said, I am trying to get a book that I used way back several years ago to teach music theory to little ones. I cannot remember the name, but it was a yellow book, with comb binding.

It taught kids musical note values by first getting them to associate note values with colors:

quarter notes: pink
eighth notes: purple
half notes: blue-oo
whole notes: red-ed-ed-ed

LOL. If any of this makes sense, you might know the book I'm talking about. Please FRmail me if you have any idea what I'm talking about.

It is so encouraging to see so many more resources available to homeschoolers. When we first did homeschooling back in the 1980's A Beka would not even sell to home schoolers. We had to hide our kids in the house all during school hours, and make all sorts of explanations if we took them for a field trip during school hours. By the time we finished in 2001, homeschooling was an acceptable way of life. I miss it, I'll be honest. But I am heartened by the number of families choosing this route, and know that our country will be strengthened by the children raised through homeschooling. Blessings to you all.

36 posted on 09/23/2009 1:53:20 PM PDT by RightField (A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Bump for later reading


37 posted on 09/23/2009 2:56:07 PM PDT by Dr. Thorne (Buy Gold and Guns Now!)
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To: JenB

High five to second generation homeschoolers!

Homeschooled all my life, graduated college and now homeschooling my own ones.....


38 posted on 09/23/2009 3:00:52 PM PDT by mockingbyrd (Sarah speaks for me!)
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To: mockingbyrd

You’re a couple years ahead of me then but we’re on the same course. Funny how when we were being homeschooled, it was weird and people thought it might be illegal (and was in some places) and now it’s so common people start making excuses for why they don’t homeschool!


39 posted on 09/23/2009 3:04:49 PM PDT by JenB
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To: Tired of Taxes

Great list. My first go to website when buying anything homeschool is www.libraryanded.com then rainbowresource.com. Things listed that I recommend:
Spell to Write and Read, Mystery of History.

Things I recommend but didn’t see:
Right Start Math www.alabacus.com
God’s Design for Science www.answersingenesis.com
Ancient Civilizations and the Bible www.answersingenis.com


40 posted on 09/23/2009 4:49:02 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: christianhomeschoolmommaof3

“www.answersingenis.com”
That should be www.answersingenesis.com


41 posted on 09/23/2009 4:54:15 PM PDT by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: metmom; 2Jedismom; AAABEST; aberaussie; adopt4Christ; Aggie Mama; agrace; AliVeritas; AlmaKing; ...
This ping list is for articles of interest to homeschoolers. Metmom holds both the Homeschool Ping List and the Another Reason to Homeschool Ping List. Please freepmail Metmom to let her know if you would like to be added or removed from either list, or both.

42 posted on 09/23/2009 9:47:18 PM PDT by Tired of Taxes (Dad, I will always think of you.)
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To: Tired of Taxes

Ping


43 posted on 09/23/2009 10:02:30 PM PDT by WWTraveler
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To: Osage Orange
Being an X HS'er......I'd be happy to answer questions or help any new HS'ers out there.

OK. Try this one.

I'm an atheist. But I'm not rabidly against all religion. I sent my son to a church-related preschool last year. It was wonderful and I was happy with the level of moral instruction and even the exposure to the Bible that he received. But I couldn't in good conscience teach him from a religious home-school curriculum. So my question is, are there good HS curricula out there that are not tied to religious instruction?

44 posted on 09/24/2009 12:00:33 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: wideminded

http://homeschooling.suite101.com/article.cfm/secular_homeschool_curriculum


45 posted on 09/24/2009 6:02:09 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: wideminded

For math there is Saxon Math. The vast majority of homeschoolers love it. You will find some who don’t.
But it’s not worth investing in the grades 1-3 curriculum, IMO. I think it is priced way too high.

For spelling, you can use flash cards and work on word families.

One resource for some English is English from the Roots Up. It covers the Latin and Greek roots that make up a lot of the words in English. Another for teaching writing is Writing Strands. I don’t recall any particular religious influence in that but you’d have to check for sure.

One resource we used that we found worked well for just having a curriculum to put down on our reports to the schools, was workbooks that we picked up at Sam’s club. They have different subjects at the earlier grade levels that essentially covered what the pricier homeschool curriculum covered.

Teaching kids the basics of math is not difficult. Reading kind of comes mostly from doing it with them. Read them a lot of books. I thought that these workbooks for science and social studies were actually better than what I got from Abeka, for the first few grades.

The real big plus was that they are very inexpensive.

This can at least buy you time to find other sources for curricula for the later grades.


46 posted on 09/24/2009 7:03:28 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: wideminded

A friend of ours who’s not particularly religious, used Switched On Schoolhouse by Alpha-Omega Publications for her 14 year old and they both loved it.

I don’t know how you feel about using the computer for a child as young as yours.

My opinion, and it’s got nothing to do with religion, is that the less exposure they have to TV and computers at that age, and the more to books, the better.

You might want to read *Better Late Than Early* by Drs. Moore and Moore about early childhood development. It’s a fascinating book.


47 posted on 09/24/2009 7:07:38 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom; wideminded

Switched on Schoolhouse doesn’t start until 3rd grade


48 posted on 09/24/2009 7:12:58 AM PDT by netmilsmom (Psalm 109:8 - Let his days be few; and let another take his office)
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To: mnehring

ping


49 posted on 09/24/2009 7:22:00 AM PDT by Frogtacos (Who filled the box of chocolates with turds?)
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To: wideminded

Where do you live?

The best thing for you to do would be to go to a homeschool convention and wander the curriculum fair - go around to booths and look at what people are offering for curriculumn. There are a lot of secular/non religious options out there. My family was very Christian but Mom used a lot of secular materials for us - especially for things like math and grammar where the “Christian” stuff was just injected in on top and seemed stupid. Check your area for secular/non-religious homeschool associations (there are often these around though they can be sort of liberal).


50 posted on 09/24/2009 7:31:38 AM PDT by JenB
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