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    So, we recently started homeschooling not long ago. Munchkin had some issues in school and they thought he was slow. When we moved we opted to home-school instead of transfer him schools after they made him do so at the beginning of the year already for the program he was in. Turns out, by the second grade done from start to finish in three months thing... that he's actually what we said all along. Incredibly bored. He finished time4learning's second grade material in a little under three months from start to finish. He's now in third grade curriculum at home.

    We supplement for art and physical education at home but have realized that reading information is boring to him, at least when it's on the computer. Where second grade material was more interacting on time4learning we are learning that third grade doesn't have the same considerations and is thus boring to him. Oh he's still learning it but now we have to look for more to mix it up and hopefully break up the more tedious aspects coming to fruition now.

    We have also noticed there isn't a lot of practice in time4learning. In anything. Especially math. Then there is, of course, the obvious handwriting practice you need to do but cannot really happen on a computer.

    Is there anything we aren't seeing? Any advice for supplements that anyone might have or wish to discuss the viability of?

    Is there anyway I've not mentioned already anyone can recommend to compensate for this?

    Is there anything anyone here might recommend or say to new homeschoolers like us?




    Maybe a little off topic but also...

    Is there anyone in our area who would like to try and co op or do a field trip together with the kids(meet with kids and make it a group learning experience)? As said earlier, we moved and everything got all sorts of switched around for us.


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    I was not impressed with TFL and it didn't last long for us. We ended up using a mix of different curricula that we patched together based on our needs.
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    Like Rebecca, we patch together resources for our needs. Online learning has its limitations. For math I find Khan Academy to be excellent for online learning. We use workbooks from Critical Thinking Company for math and critical reading. Their language arts resources for writing are excellent. At that age kids need help with improving muscle memory, so doing paper-based work might be more interesting and helpful.
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    Our experience with t4l was that it was incredibly disjointed, brief, and far more work to supplement enough to make it worthwhile. A kid can easily go through a whole “year”’s worth in a couple weeks - and not learn a single thing. (My favorite example is that after ‘studying’ Nubians, my so couldnt identify what continent they lived on.)

    Best advice for new homeschoolers - dont go with an all-in-one or online program. Your kid needs a teacher, that would be you. You know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide well enough to teach your kid. You can read along with a science or history book geared to kids, understand the concepts and share that with your kid. There is no secret magic Teacher Pill.

    Ask for help figuring out what programs might work well for you guys!
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    Based on current experience I would say this is good advice. I wish we had known beforehand because we, easily, may not have realized this so quickly ourselves if I wasn't sitting with him making sure he did things and learned them etc. There are a lot of programs that advertise like you can just sit your kids at it and forget about it and there is a pretty rampant teacher abuse issue with the public school version(I don't know what states have it but mine does: He's not doing that. Did extensive research on it and 'scores' are the least of the issues with it).

    Mostly I just wish I knew this stuff ahead of time. We've been doing this for... maybe three months now? So new enough we're probably still wet behind the ears so to speak but enough time to realize there's a lot to make up for in the programs online. They work better as a test for what he already knows. He breezes through it that way. Some of the lessons are great on a supplementary basis but... I've noticed it's holes and am not pleased with where it lacks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mariam View Post
    Like Rebecca, we patch together resources for our needs. Online learning has its limitations. For math I find Khan Academy to be excellent for online learning. We use workbooks from Critical Thinking Company for math and critical reading. Their language arts resources for writing are excellent. At that age kids need help with improving muscle memory, so doing paper-based work might be more interesting and helpful.
    Will have to look into them. Just put "180 days of ____" 3rd grade books in for order but can cancel if need be. We put in the full curriculum plus a book on 'ready to go lessons'. That was before I saw this. I wish e mail notifications were given for the threads. Might have seen these sooner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    I was not impressed with TFL and it didn't last long for us. We ended up using a mix of different curricula that we patched together based on our needs.
    That would be what we are running into with it. It worked for a little while(with minimal supplements for handwriting and art etc), maybe the first month or two and was great. After that... we've run into some issues. He blasted through second grade but we were expecting that because he was testing 'at end of year' levels to begin with. He picked up some stuff they missed from it and filled in some holes in his learning etc. Now though... he's moved to third grade material and this is mostly new stuff to him and we are finding that, while great as a supplementary source, it's not a good primary. We've already got some books on order because of this. It's going to sting to the check book but it's necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Our experience with t4l was that it was incredibly disjointed, brief, and far more work to supplement enough to make it worthwhile. A kid can easily go through a whole “year”’s worth in a couple weeks - and not learn a single thing. (My favorite example is that after ‘studying’ Nubians, my so couldnt identify what continent they lived on.)

    Best advice for new homeschoolers - dont go with an all-in-one or online program. Your kid needs a teacher, that would be you. You know how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide well enough to teach your kid. You can read along with a science or history book geared to kids, understand the concepts and share that with your kid. There is no secret magic Teacher Pill.

    Ask for help figuring out what programs might work well for you guys!
    Thankyou. Have found this is what we are running into. We're still pretty wet behind the ears at it and have found we've hit the mark where you run into problems with programs. Ironically, websites like this didn't come up when I was researching this to begin with.

    No. There is no magic pill but despite the fact I was once a teachers aid that doesn't help me much here. Many teachers barely know what they are doing without a pre given lesson plan and some are straight told they aren't aloud to teach certain things period(usually in history or social studies). I know how to make a lesson plan but that doesn't tell me what is good per grade level. I took classes on child development in hs and got some certifications back then but that doesn't mean I know everything. So yes- it helps to find resources like books and whatnot and use those as a guide.

    I want him to be able to go to college or trade school one day if he wants to. There are certain things he has to know in order to do that. They changed the math etc so many times when I was growing up I wouldn't rely on that if you paid me, which obviously nobody is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MomHasTheHighScore View Post
    Will have to look into them. Just put "180 days of ____" 3rd grade books in for order but can cancel if need be. We put in the full curriculum plus a book on 'ready to go lessons'. That was before I saw this. I wish e mail notifications were given for the threads. Might have seen these sooner.
    If you click on settings (on the top right on my screen), then scroll down the left side of the next webpage to "General Settings" there is a place you can set for email notifications of threads.
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    Quote Originally Posted by inmom View Post
    If you click on settings (on the top right on my screen), then scroll down the left side of the next webpage to "General Settings" there is a place you can set for email notifications of threads.
    Thank you. It actually looks like I should be getting e mails, at least to this thread already and that just isn't happening. I checked my spam folder so I dunno. Did change it so now I should be notified if someone quotes what I have said now. Thank you for the advice.
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