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    Default Looking for recommendations

    I've decided to take the plunge and homeschool my rising 5th grader next year who has struggled to maintain a C average up to now.

    Looking for recommendations on a curriculum that would work well for a struggling student who hates to read (although he can) and is weak on comprehension.

    Since I'm new to homeschooling I like the idea of some online instruction to help me out; especially since I don't have the highest confidence in my own math skills.

    Thanks in advance for any advice!

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    Check out Build Your Own Libray, Oak Meadow. Look through the Rainbow Resource catalog to see if there are subjects you like and whether the description fits your approach. I would advise you not to buy anything just yet! I know it's a little like jumping off a cliff, but, I can almost guarantee that what you think you need now will CHANGE! So, don't spend too much until you figutre out your philosophy by checking books out from the library. You can do search on the forum about "best homeschool books", I think.
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    Thank You so much!!!

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    Heres that link Luv2HS suggested:

    And welcome! Yeah, dont buy something all new and shiny, and voices of experience say youre not going to have much learning going on with the online stuff.
    Also, IEF (a member here) has said that going through math with her kids helped her math confidence more than adult ed and years of therapy.
    One of the things I love about homeschooling is getting to learn alongside my boy. As adults, stuff written to be understood by elementary school kids is pretty easy for us to understand, even if it wasnt when we were 11.
    There is nothing on the other end of an online program that is going to capture the "ah hah!" or the "what you sayin?" moments that you would get as a human looking at your son. Yeah, online programs might give tests for mastery. but if the student isnt understanding it, how is that anything but frustrating?
    Visit he library, check out some homeschooling books, set down any book that makes you feel uncomfortable (there are a zillion ways to homeschool, no sense getting put off because some recommended book advocates math drills and Dante for 8 year olds).
    Ask questions here, share your vision of what youd like your homeschool day ro look like, and we can help you pick curriculum.
    Lots of new homeschoolers like the idea of their first year being one where everything is laid out for them, but all in one box curriculums prey on this. You will end up overpaying for things you dont want / use, and end up piecing things together and *gasp* deciding on your own schedule anyways. Comfort yourself with the idea that even if you dont finish a years worth of curriculum from Sept-June, you still have the summer months.
    Also, if you read around on the forum, those of us who start our school year thought in September are finishing up things already. (Ive done a year and halfs worth of math, just going at our own pace (and we arent an overachieving homeschool family by any stretch).... thats the beauty of homeschooling.)
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    Mosdos is back in business, so that would be one potential reading curriculum. Moving Beyond the Page could be another - they do lit units.

    There are a number of literature based programs - like Build Your Library - but there aren't a lot of reading curricula out there for the purpose you're talking about, honestly. There are literature programs. There are workbooks for practicing the type of reading comprehension that kids do on tests. And there are programs that focus on reading mechanics, like Logic of English, for example. If you want a program for the type of comprehension work kids do on tests, Evan Moor makes some workbooks and Reading Detective from CTC might be good - CTC has a few things that might fit the bill, actually. And I wouldn't count out the idea that there's some underlying reading mechanics issue - Logic of English has a good program that could remediate that.

    But I would be hesitant to use Build Your Library or Book Shark or the like with a kid who simply doesn't like to read and is struggling with it. It could be great... but it could be a nigh on disaster. Like, you hate to read, well let's do nothing but READING then! And those programs are built around a concept of a kid who does like to read, or at least enjoys books.

    What *does* he like? I think, to make the homeschooling successful, I'd center your day around *that* and then look at ways to build in the remediation in reading comprehension.
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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    What *does* he like? I think, to make the homeschooling successful, I'd center your day around *that* and then look at ways to build in the remediation in reading comprehension.
    This is my suggestion.^^^^^^

    First figure out what he likes and how you can create fun projects around those topics. I have a resistant reader and we play lots of games. It helps build confidence and the work, math and reading, are in short spurts.
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    Does he like to be read to? My DD hating reading and really struggled with it, so we read aloud all the time. I read her science to her, I read story of the world to her, we used first language lessons because it is all parent reading to teach it. She was able to learn and retain this way and now is able to read to herself without any difficulty and would stay up all night reading if we let her.
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