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    Hi! Super newbie here ☺️ I have a 5 and 3 year old and I’m considering homeschooling. I’m a teacher who’s not teaching at the moment (military spouse) so I’m trying to sort out curriculums. That’s why I joined the group and would love your feedback on the following:

    Math- Singapore ( I’ve used it as a supplement before but at a prealgebra level and loved it)
    Writing- Handwriting without Tears (used in early year education sporadically but I was never trained on it)
    ELA- Alice Nine (again used sporadically but attended a few trainings and “think” it could be great)
    And I’m totally open for suggestions for science and social studies and any other subjects!
    Thank you all I’m advance ☺️

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    Welcome!
    I think one of the largest of the secular homeschooling demographics is previous educators!
    (Your other post was in the moderation queue, I decided to keep this thread instead because it had more specific details about curriculum.)

    You seem to know that you will adapt the curriculum to your kid(s), my general advice would be to look for inexpensive products.

    Math - Ive used Singapore with both my boys who seemed to intuitively understand it. (We only bought the student workbooks. Ive seen the teachers manual which has additional activities in it, but never used it.) One thing to note is the Standards Edition is ^better^ than the US edition. “Standards” is for California Standards, I dont know what makes it so, but when I received the US version, I was underwhelmed. (That was 3 years ago, I cant remember why.)
    Handwriting Without Tears - We had great success with it. It is what is used in every OT office my youngest has ever visited. The workbooks provide instruction, its pretty easy for the parent to follow along and model where necessary.
    Alice Nine - When I googled this, up popped a rock band. Ive never heard of it as a curriculum, but if it interests you, go for it. If it doesnt work, you can always change. For Phonics, my oldest did fine with Explode the Code workbooks. My youngest needed something without any writing components, so we tried about everything else. I didnt really like any of them, but then he did learn to read. We are now doing spelling to make sure his reading is fluent, and using All About Spelling. They have an All About Reading, but it was too much prep work on my end.

    For science and social studies, go with what interests your kids! There are lots activities and topics they can learn about together. If youre interested in generic “what should I teach”, you can look at “What your Kindergartener Needs to Know” (and the series), or look at your state’s guidelines. Or do what you find exciting. Make holiday and nature unit studies through the year. BuildYourLibrary has an Around The World yearlong study that does as it promises, and is full of resources for each continent that you can choose among. (My favorite part was making food from around the world!) It lists A LOT of picture and lower elementary books to choose from, so depending on the quality of your local library, you may have more or less success with it. (Definitely dont BUY the books that you use for a week!)

    Im assuming that youre going to be focusing on your older one, letting your younger participate as much as he / she / they is interested in.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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