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    We are kind of new to homeschooling. I currently have no kids homeschooling at this time (please don't take me off the site), but we plan on homeschooling our daughter after she finishes kindergarten in May. We live in NE Ohio and it is great to find a secular site to discuss homeschool issues. We are Christians, but are homeschooling for secular reasons. We think school should be a little less structured and a little less busy work. I also want to put more of an emphasis on arts, logic, and hands on activities. We also have a 12yo 7th grader. I am leaving it up to him whether he homeschools next year. We pulled him out of public school and homeschooled him during 3rd grade. He tested gifted in every area they tested him, but would not give him anything challenging, just a bunch of busy work -drives me nuts. He was in montessori for preschool and we love that philosophy for education. He is in public school now, but has skipped a grade and is in the advanced/honors level classes. He seems to be happy, but is always complaining that he doesn't have time to do the projects he wants (coding, photography). Once our daughter is homeschooling, we'll see if he changes his mind. I am an attorney, but not practicing. I also have a fashion design degree and worked in the corporate fashion industry for 8 years. I'm looking at MBTP for our main curriculum, but also considering Classical Conversations to supplement. For reading/phonics: Spelling to write and read as our daughter has been more interested in teaching herself to write and spell than to read. We have rightstart math, but am considering singapore. If anybody has any suggestions, please let us know. Anyways, glad to be here . Julie

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    Hi and welcome to the forum! No advice on your curriculum choices other than to say we've enjoyed Singapore math with Math in Focus as well as using an eclectic mix of math materials. I'm sure some others will chime in, though prob not a lot of CC people roaming around SHS haha. I think the main suggestion is to ease into it and see what your kid is into before making a lot of big curriculum purchases, so hold off as long as you can Any good groups by you?
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

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    Welcome! We are in NE Ohio as well. I've been homeschooling for 17 years and still have 3 kids learning at home.

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    Wanted to mention that my daughter taught herself to read and she started with writing (typing really) and spelling. She wanted to text me when I was out, so she would ask us all the time how to spell things. I guess this helped her to decode words and by the time she was 3, she was reading. She's now 5 and reads around a 6th grade level and types 45-50 wpm. I never would have thought asking to spell things would help, but it apparently did. As long as I've been homeschooling, the youngest child really keeps me on my toes and I feel like a new homeschooler with her. LOL

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