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    Default Hello! New from Metro Detroit, MI

    Hello all! On Friday, we pulled our daughter from school after several disappointing decisions by our school district. We had always wanted to homeschool, but our family pressured us into the public school system. We decided to take back to reins and moved forward. I'm a work from home (and for myself) mom of 3 girls - 5, 3 and 1. Our oldest is Kindergarten and we plan on reviewing this week to see where she's at, and I'll build us a routine and curriculum over "Spring Break" to use for the rest of the year. Things are financially very tight, so I'm hoping to build the next years as well to keep costs as low as possible. The only thing I'm struggling with is a list of what should be learned by each grade. I think I was able to find a good assessment for Kindergarten, and I'll build off of that. Then the only other concern I'll have is finding a good social group for my oldest, that I can accommodate while having the other young ones as well I look forward to interacting and getting to know you guys! I am sure I will find your knowledge invaluable!

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    Welcome! Learning to ignore naysayers about our kids educations can be hard at the beginning. Really though, we can give a far better education to our kids one on one than in an institution that breeds boredom and horrible social skills.

    You may want to look at “What your Kindergartener Needs to Know” book.
    And the library really is your friend.
    You may take a longer spring break than the week you had planned to decide what youre going to do. (You’re homeschooling now! You pick the schedule! You can always tell the naysayers that you can continue schooling into the summer.... which you may want to do anyway, because its so fun!)

    You can look at the four core subjects - language arts, math, science, and social studies.... and find what you want to cover for each of those. And remember, you can pick how you will address them! You dont have to do all of them every day, or even every week!

    Finacially, homeschooling can be of a very high quality without costing more than a library card, and a couple inevitable workbooks. Educational apps are often free or nearly free, and can provide quality learning experiences in a game-ish format that keeps younguns attentions.
    Dont buy glittery, expensive packages, or be tempted even by them - its overkill at this age. You dont need a teachers manual or instructions on how to do basic addition and subtraction, or how to form letters. A kids workbook will suffice, with you adding in supplements that you come up with.
    Search the archives here for “kindergarten math”, “kindergarten reading / language arts”, “elementary science” for the usual suspects. If you have special needs, ask (and search).
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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