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Cynthia
08-19-2010, 11:09 PM
Hi everyone. I am so glad to have found this group. There is nothing like first hand advice from those who have been there. I live in Nashville TN and am about to start homeschooling my 10-year-old. We hadn't really planned on this, so we're not really prepared to begin the school year. Nevertheless, we're excited for this new adventure. I'm sure I'll be back here with lots of questions and looking for advice. Thank you in advance!! I think it will be lots of fun once we figure it out. Anyone with advice for advice about how / what to cover in middle school - I'd love it. Right now I'm planning to cover the public school curriculum - just do it better and with more fun.

- Cynthia

Shoe
08-20-2010, 12:29 PM
Welcome to the site, Cynthia!

You sound like you're in a similar situation to the one in which I found myself last year. We pulled our son out of public school in October somewhat unexpectedly. We decided to use a complete boxed curriculum since it was easy to jump into with minimal preparation, but this year I'm using a variety of different resources.

You might check out 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), as it somewhat covers curriculum found in the public schools.

Cheers.

AshleysMum
08-20-2010, 05:02 PM
Hi Cynthia! Welcome from just down the road in Murfreesboro!

I don't know anything about middle school (yet), but we're new to homeschooling and I put EVERYTHING we've done on our blog (can see link in siggy). We just started homeschooling our 7 yr old in the middle of her 1st grade year and love it.

Topsy
08-23-2010, 01:48 PM
Welcome, Cynthia. I'm thinking you might enjoy parts of the "Accidental Homeschooler" article (http://www.time4learning.com/homeschool/accidentalhomeschooler.shtml) at the Time4Learning website. I often recommend it to folks who come to homeschooling through the back-door, so to speak. Middle school is a great place to start homeschooling, though. There are SO many resources available for middle schoolers - - even secular ones. Check out our curriculum list (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/content/204-Secular-Homeschooling-Curriculum), if you haven't already, for some good ideas. We also have a site group for those homeschooling middle schoolers (http://www.secularhomeschool.com/group.php?groupid=13)that you might like to join and start some conversations in. I look forward to seeing your posts in the forum!!

InstinctiveMom
08-29-2010, 01:59 PM
Hi Cynthia! Welcome to the group, and to homeschooling. My kids are still in elementary, but it sounds like you have some great suggestions to get you started. You might search for homeschooling groups or blogs written by homeschooling parents in your area. I find it interested and very enlightening to see what other moms 'here' are finding to do with their kids.
Warmly,
~h

CMW
03-25-2011, 02:20 PM
Hi Cynthia...I am in a very similar situation to you in Nashville. I'd love to hear how your year has gone so far...I am about to start homeschooling my just turned 11 year old so will also be middle schooling. Hopefully we'll meet at a group event or such!

CMW