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    So, some of you know I was married a little over a month ago. I am now the ridiculously proud stepfather to three girls, aged 14, 10 and 7. My wife and I are talking about switching from public schools to homeschooling, but there is so much information out there, we are kind of twisted on where to start. We'd love some feedback from you all.

    Thank you in advance.

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    Sending this down the active list one more time...

    Here's hoping...

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    • #3
      Wish I could help, but I currently have no children.

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      • #4
        One suggestion I can make is read, read, read! You and your wife should read whatever you can find on homeschooling. And, encourage your step-daughters to read anything and everything.
        They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. -- Isaiah 40:31

        Vegetarian - Indian word for lousy hunter


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        • #5
          This should be a well thought of decision. I have been homeschooling my two sons quite successfully for about two years. What I've learned is that the most important thing is time management, which seems so easy in school where the class times are fixed and organized. Its a lot harder to do by yourself. Read and learn as much as you can about homeschooling, it has advantages and disadvantages. Good luck

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Mr. 5020 View Post
            So, some of you know I was married a little over a month ago. I am now the ridiculously proud stepfather to three girls, aged 14, 10 and 7. My wife and I are talking about switching from public schools to homeschooling, but there is so much information out there, we are kind of twisted on where to start. We'd love some feedback from you all.

            Thank you in advance.
            I would start by getting connected with other local homeschool families, if you can. If you decide to buy entire curricula look to buy used. That stuff is expensive! We found some of the best "study guides" for particular subjects at Sam's Club. Check the library as well.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Mr. 5020 View Post
              So, some of you know I was married a little over a month ago. I am now the ridiculously proud stepfather to three girls, aged 14, 10 and 7. My wife and I are talking about switching from public schools to homeschooling, but there is so much information out there, we are kind of twisted on where to start. We'd love some feedback from you all.

              Thank you in advance.
              Yes, getting your girls home is a great idea. Yes, there are many choices of what to do.

              One thing to do is consider how you learn and teach and to consider how they learn. That will help narrow down what absolutely will not work.
              For example, some people out there think that rearranging the backyard into a colonist settlement is fun, fun fun, and the most exciting way to learn about Jamestown. I am not that person.

              Here are some popular trends that I have noticed
              • self-paced learning-School of Tomorrow, Alpha Omega Life Pacs, Alph Omega Switched on Schoolhouse (basically lifepacs on the computer)--student is given a workbook to complete (paces or pacs depending on what curriculum you are referring to). They complete the workbook taking a test after each pace and also after each unit. Think of school days when you had to take the weekly quiz, the mid-quarter test, mid-terms, etc.
              • unit studies--more than I can list, but here are some off hand: KONOS, My Father's World, Prairie Primer, Further up Further In,--you read a book, for example Little House on the Prairie, and from there you branch out to learn many different topics thus covering multiple subjects/courses
              • textbook for the homeschool-Bob Jones Press, A Beka--School publishers that noticed they can market their curriculum to the home educator. Lots of textbooks and workbooks
              • Virtual public school at home-- many of these are done via a program called K12Inc. I gave this a try and have a strong opinion on it. HSLDA can explain why they don't cover people that opt for this sorta schooling.
              • the above mentioned should not be confused with distance-learning, online classes, etc.--Many big publishers will offer an online option. The student is assigned a teacher that looks over their work, grades it, the student watches lectures, logs on to the classroom, etc.
              • literature based learning--Charlotte Mason, Sonlight, Thomas Jefferson Education--read good books and great literature and glean from it. Copy the greats to learn.
              • unschooling, child-led learning, relaxed schooling-- depending on who you talk to this can simply be a "throw it out there and hope something sticks" approach, the child knows what is best him/her, or an anti-rigorous approach
              • Eclectic-think alacarte take some of this and some of that and make it fit your style
              • one room schoolhouse- literally changing a room in your house into a schoolroom and teaching just like the public schools (many people think that this is what home school. silly people)


              Hope that doesn't add more confusion.

              Have been educating my children at home for some time now, so let me know if you need more information.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Delmar View Post
                I would start by getting connected with other local homeschool families, if you can. If you decide to buy entire curricula look to buy used. That stuff is expensive! We found some of the best "study guides" for particular subjects at Sam's Club. Check the library as well.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by QueenAtHome View Post
                  YOne thing to do is consider how you learn and teach and to consider how they learn. That will help narrow down what absolutely will not work.
                  For example, some people out there think that rearranging the backyard into a colonist settlement is fun, fun fun, and the most exciting way to learn about Jamestown. I am not that person.


                  Now I'm wondering if Adam is that person...

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by QueenAtHome View Post
                    For example, some people out there think that rearranging the backyard into a colonist settlement is fun, fun fun, and the most exciting way to learn about Jamestown. I am not that person.
                    and I researched the middle ages and what it would entail to dig a moat and build a draw bridge around our house. Then, of course, there was the time and I started planning to build a catapult.
                    They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up with wings as eagles. -- Isaiah 40:31

                    Vegetarian - Indian word for lousy hunter


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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Mr. 5020 View Post
                      So, some of you know I was married a little over a month ago. I am now the ridiculously proud stepfather to three girls, aged 14, 10 and 7. My wife and I are talking about switching from public schools to homeschooling, but there is so much information out there, we are kind of twisted on where to start. We'd love some feedback from you all.
                      Start here: Texas home school requirements.
                      The instruction must be bona fide (i.e., not a sham).
                      The curriculum must be in visual form (e.g., books, workbooks, video monitor).
                      The curriculum must include the five basic subjects of reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.

                      For mathematics I recommend www.ixl.com.
                      You can use materials from www.abeka.com for spelling and grammar.
                      So they took him and killed him, and threw him out of the vineyard.

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                      • #12
                        Thank you all!

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