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  1. #11
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    Hi there!
    Happy to have found a secular forum!! Work at home mom with a just turned 5 year old. Starting K/1st this fall and totally new to looking into materials. Interested in Project based, Reggio Emilia inspired learning. Currently deciding what types of curriculum will be a fit in my search. Excited to get ideas and advice here!

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    Hi all,
    Glad to have found this group. We're in Illinois. I'm a former school teacher. We pulled our kids from school and started homeschooling last school year. My kids are going into 5th and 8th grades this year. Still trying to figure out the best way to do everything. Taking it day by day.

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    Welcome to the forum, slappan and 68kelly2007.

  5. #14
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    Hello All! I've been a fan of this site on FB for awhile and finally got around to joining and I am so glad I did! My daughter is 5 1/2 and my son is almost 2. We'll be formally starting our homeschooling journey this fall so I am doing my best to get ready and feel prepared. Lol! Like everyone else, I am interested in finding the best curriculum, and I'd also love to connect with others in my area (southern TX).

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    hello everyone!

    I'm a father of two and we have been homeschooling for a while now. I found this forum, like most of you, looking for secular homeschool information. We are in a homeschool group but the religious influence is strong (they seem to not notice), and will be increasing as our children get older and go into other classes. One of the things I plan to look for here in this group is information about this Ė some way to find others like-minded in my area. Thanks for reading!

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    Hello everyone

    My name is Marie. I've got four kiddos, ages 17, 11, 7, & 2. We live in the US on the East Coast.

    Though my children have never gone to a public school, I still have no idea what I am doing as a home educator. We've spent over ten years using Christian-based boxed curriculum kits because I thought the formality was necessary for a 'proper' education.

    A few years back my family decided to recognize religion for what it is. That left me homeschooling on my own, with no organized kit and "guide" (I use that term loosely here) to live my life by, I've tried a few other things, but it has been a few miserable years. We chose to leave our co-ops and local spots that were highly religious and have yet to meet other secular homeschooling groups locally.

    As a new school year begins, I've just about lost my children's love for learning all together.

    I went 'googling' around for secular homeschool sites and came across this one.

    I've spent the past three days reading on the internet about families that have had success in educating their children without mixing religion into it. This has been a refreshing and fear-enhancing discovery.

    Now that I realize the overabundance of highly educative, secular materials I still do not know how to narrow it down.

    My children's comprehension and ability levels run the full range. One child has a mom-diagnosed learning disability (undiagnosed by a medical provider), one needs way more physical/busy than book work, another is a curious mind fully of crafty creativity (which I am not full of, so I need help in guiding her in constructive educational ways that enhance her natural abilities and talents) and my last little one is so hyper active that I'm considering a helmet for her head. She refuses to keep her feet on the floor and is still, at age 2, not aware that she can not fly!!

    I want to teach them everything, anything and all of the rest. I feel overwhelmed because they are interested in different topics, range in age and are on different levels. I don't want to spend 12 hours each day homeschooling them, but am not sure how to combine their learning.

    Mostly, I am just a mom wanting to give my four children the best available so that some day (hopefully, not too long from now) they'll all grow up to be successful and financially well off and take care of me

    I really do look forward to getting to know you all and gaining a better view of what homeschooling looks like without the religious blinders on.

    Marie.

    ďA room without books is like a body without a soul,Ē words of Roman philosopher, Cicero.
    DD: Popcorn, age: 2
    DD: Firefly, age: 7
    DS: Kite in mid-air, age:11
    DS: Antique train on an electric track, age:17
    Mom: Lead circus clown in the tiny mobile, Care taker of all troubled tummies, and voted most likely to both wake up first n' the morn' AND be the last to sleep at night; age: some point up the hill, but not quite over it yet
    Dad: Didn't they pass a law about working extended hours???

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    Hi there from Phoenix, Az!
    I'm a 44 year old first time mom, working full time as an l.m.t. My husband has been disabled since 2007 and stays home with our only child who is a 5 year old girl with classic autism.
    I've been in great debate on how to pursue her education although homeschooling was our plan since before she was conceived. Autism has put an extra twist in our planning. I'm leaning a lot toward unschooling. We have been using mother goose time, extremely modified, and timberdoodle (what she can do)and abc mouse. She really learns best through games and apps and tv shows due to the repetition.
    She currently receives 45 hours of therapy a week as well including child lead aba, music therapy, speech and occupational therapy. Working all this in plus working full time has been challenging. Finding play dates for social is nearly impossible.
    I'm looking forward to meeting other parents, especially working ones, and gaining some insight on my journey ahead.
    44 year old, Full time working mom, homeschooling one child with classic autism in kinder
    mother goose time
    timberdoodle
    abc mouse

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    Hi I'm a 29 year old mom I have 2 kids one is 8 and the other is 1 I work full time but try my best to keep up with things. This is my first year homeschooling, Because I don't trust the public school in my area. I'm still nervous about it and sometimes feel like I'm failing at it. I have been using the Time 4 Learning and it seems to be working she does it while I'm at work then we review when I get home. I also got her some workbooks that I correct and go over when I get home. She seems to struggle with reading comprehension. Any words of advice or recommendation's are welcome.

    Stefany

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    Hi, I'm a teacher at a detention center who has worked in the public schools as a substitute teacher. I think I chose the wrong profession, and I want to become a private tutor / teacher for busy homeschooling parents. I'm hoping this forum will provide me resources and knowledge on where and how to get started.

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    Hello everyone, I'm a saxophonist and homeschool my 10 year old. This is his first year at homeschool. We recently moved out of state and thought homeschool would be a better environment for him. He also has A.D.D.. So, teaching him can be a challenge. I just discovered this site and plan to check in everyday. Thank you.

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