View Full Version : New to this in Minnesota

08-01-2010, 09:34 AM
Hi my name is Chrystelle and I am going to be officially home schooling for my first time with my 2 daughters ages 10 and 6 this year. We did a virtual academy last year which didn't work out. I am still feeling kind of lost in the whole planning of my children's education. I could really use some help and guidance on what everyone does for math and language arts. If anyone would be willing to help lead me on a path that doesn't cost very much that would be fantastic. We did the whole public school thing the year before last and it was a disaster for all involved and since my oldest daughters dx of type 1 diabetes I wouldn't feel safe sending her back to a public school ever. Not to mention she was so far behind that I was in shock. She seams to have moved up some from being in the virtual school last year but I wasn't thrilled with the way the curriculum was written for it. It was way to text book and not enough hands on, which is a biggie for my oldest she is all hands on. So if anyone could maybe lead me to a few ideas or sites that might work for us I would be ever so grateful. Thanks.

08-01-2010, 10:31 AM
Welcome to the group! I am also new to this we are starting with our 4 year old this year so I dont have too many ideas for good resources for you. We are going to use Starfall (http://starfall.com) a free site with letter and reading work and readers this year for Lucys reading / language arts. We are also going to be doing a daily journal with just simple questions for now and I will help her sound out her answers let her write them down and draw a picture if she would like. Depending on the story we are reading I might pull words out of it if she asks what they mean to have a bit of a focus on for "vocab". As far as math we dont have as much of a set plan. LOL I am sure everyone here will help you out! They are awesome! Look forward to seeing you around the boards!

08-01-2010, 12:29 PM
Welcome to the site, I hope you love it here as much as I do.

I posted on your Math Mammoth thread with my favorites. As for LA there is progressive phonics, starfall, Primary Language Lessons (http://www.hillsideeducation.com/PLLanswerkey.pdf) ( The only free link I could find was straight to the PDF file ) this in my opinion is where the idea for First Language Lessons ( FLL ) came from. I find a lot of thing from Old Fashioned Education (http://oldfashionededucation.com/) , yes they are a religious site but much of the curriculum can be secularized. There are also McGuffey readers for free on Gutenberg (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/www.gutenberg.org/) . There are a million other place, and we have a few threads in the curriculum forum.

It seems many of us are searching for free stuff constantly !

08-03-2010, 10:23 AM
Welcome Chrystelle! Glad to have you here. I'm sorry the virtual school didn't work for your family...the great thing is that you were able to recognize that and are willing to restructure things to find out what does work. One thing that my younger son has really done well with for language arts and math is Time4Learning (http://www.time4learning.com). It is an online multimedia curriculum that is very interactive and standards-based but also costs less than $20 per month per child for the whole curriculum. It might be worth checking into. I know you will get some great advice around here...and be sure to look through the threads on the Homeschool Curriculum forum for even more info. Best of luck with everything!!

08-03-2010, 10:33 PM
Welcome to the site, Chrystelle. I'm changing tacks this year with our curriculum, since the "school in a box" one we used last year didn't seem to be the best fit for my son. I'm still new enough to the whole thing that I can't give you much advice, but there are a lot of knowledgeable people around here. Browse through some of the other forums here, ask lots of questions, and I'm sure you'll get some good answers. I've found Rebecca Rupp's book Home Learning Year By Year: How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool through High School (http://www.amazon.com/Home-Learning-Year-Homeschool-Curriculum/dp/0609805851) a helpful (and secular) resource with a lot of good information.