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    I would second and third, Homeschooling Year by Year by Rebecca Rupp. It is a helpful outline. Most of the recommended websites and things are out of date, but the meat of it is still good. I was recently flipping through and discovered that I forgot about teaching my girls to skip count... So I asked my 6 yr old if she knew what skip counting was, and my 4 year old started counting by 5's... I have no idea where she picked it up... counting by 1's she is lost at 14, but 5's she's good.

    I'm sure you will find what works for you and kiddo. We have some structure with regard to math, phonics/ reading... but the rest is mostly play and child interest lead. Right now we are having a lot of fun with Zoology. My girls wanted to do "animal stuff" so I found a good fit for them. At this point I really try not to do more than an hour of table work. We will add more as needed.

    Welcome! I hope you will find what your looking for. Luckily in the day of the interweb, you can tryout a lot of stuff before you commit.
    Playing and learning as we grow! DD1 12/17/2008 DD2 12/15/2010
    Math: Horizons Handwriting: Handwriting W/O Tears
    Reading: All About Reading Science: Sassafrass Science
    Spelling: All About Spelling Art: Artistic Pursuits
    History/ Social Studies: TBD Language Arts: First Language Lessons/ Writing With Ease

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    Hi and welcome!

    I've been all over the map for homeschooling: my kids never went to school, and I started off very informal. As they get older, I try to make sure that the basics (reading, writing, and arithmetic) are covered well before worrying about much else, while making sure they get plenty of creative, physical, and social play opportunities along the way.

    However, for math, after a personal learning journey that took me through researching constructivism, Liping Ma, taking a few MOOCs myself on mathematical thinking and logic, and using Khan Academy for a spine plus using a Soroban Abacus curriculum for primary arithmetic, I have now arrived at Math Mammoth and wish I had had a crystal ball, to start with that from the beginning, at least for my daughter.

    I came close enough to creating a curriculum myself, to recognize the merits of this one. In it, conceptual understanding must come before rote algorithms, and she does a really nice job of explaining things spatially. Matter of fact, I actually hand-drew many of the same spatial / manipulative explanations, on graph paper, for my daughter, that I found in Math Mammoth. I could have saved a lot of time and trouble, and covered the concepts in a much more organized fashion. But how could I have known any sooner?

    We'll see how it goes after this summer, but so far, it was what we needed to discover and fix the areas of weakness.
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    I think you should start by sketching out what kind of rhythm you'd like to have to your year, week, and day.

    Some families school year-round, with a pattern like six weeks on/one week off; others follow the local school calendar; others reverse it, working through the summer and taking a winter month off, etc.

    Some like to get out and do something planned every afternoon, with music lessons on Mondays and dance on Tuesdays and library on Wednesdays and grocery shopping on Thursdays, etc., keeping the school day compact with a hard deadline when it's time to leave in the afternoon. Others like the school day to be fluid, with one "town day" to do all the out-of-the-house stuff.

    Some families want to start each morning with a mile run and a shower, then math. Others will ease into the day with cocoa and silly poetry, saving challenges for later in the day.

    What do you want your days to look like? These kinds of decisions will shape the curricula you choose (or create!) and how you implement them. I used to teach school also, and homeschooling is so freeing that I'm sure I will find it hard to eventually go back after having gotten used to owning the whole framework, the schedule, the curriculum choices, everything.

    If you want to tell us more about your child's age and interests, we can suggest particular resources to check out.
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    My child is too young to really start yet. However, I taught my niece reading and early math.

    However, I have been thinking about how I want to approach things for awhile.

    My plans are to focus on reading, writing and math early on. Once she can read, she can read what she is more interested in and cover science and social studies that way. We will go to external sources for music, art and sports.

    Later on we will study for standardized tests so that she can be compared by colleges (ACT/SAT/CLEP/AP). She will also start taking some community college classes early (like at 12 years old), so she will be a transfer student when she is ready to go away to college.

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