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    Hello all,

    I am Amy, 39 years old with a super bright, amazing 8yo daughter, Parker aka PJ. She is currently enrolled in public school, grade 2. She's been a straight A student, although just this past quarter had a B in Math and now a C this grading period. And she LOVES math!

    We are homeschooling her starting this fall. The main reason is safety. I know I can't shelter her from the world, but I cannot in good faith send her to public school in this political climate. I believe she will flourish in a homeschool setting, be able to move ahead (she's at a 5th grade reading level), and enjoy the flexibility to travel and enjoy the Florida sights and activities!

    I am really overwhelmed about putting together our first curriculum. I am leaning towards a pre-made curriculum and supplementing it, only to start us off and get the hang of things. Our new house will have a room dedicated as an office/school room. I'm on Pinterest and the like always looking for organization ideas! I like to say I'm organized in theory, but not in practice

    We are moving Kissimmee, FL to a different county mid-school year, so I'm not sure if I just have to file an intent to homeschool for her current county and it'll transfer over when we move?

    Ok I guess that's it!
    A (39) + J (37) est. 11-11-06 = PJ b. 1-30-10
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    Hello and welcome!
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    Welcome!

    I, too, wanted something packaged and laid out for my first year (when my oldest was starting school). It was a rather expensive series of money-wasting mistakes. You dont need to make that mistake!

    Picking out curriculum does seem daunting, but there are plenty of people around who will hold your hand in figuring out what will work best for your situation. Spend time now getting together and dabbling with different products. See what feels like it will work, and will take you and your daughter to blissful homeschooling nirvana. Pick an easy subject first, like science or math (easy because social studies and language arts choices can make your head spin). Look at the samples, get your daughter’s feedback. Look at the table of contents, look at other parents opinions on it. Beware that secular homeschoolers dont gravitate to the same products as the fundamentalists. Personally, learning Fractions with Solomon isnt my cuppa tea, and I dont want bible quotes in my math book. Just sayin - beware where you get your reviews from!

    Search the archives here, and feel free to ask, too!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

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    I agree with everything Alexsmom said about pre-made curricula. It is just a waste of money, and it will be the same one-size-fits-all idea that the schools use. You can do much better by going subject-by-subject and selecting exactly what you and your daughter like and need.

    I wouldn't also spend too much time and money setting up, decorating, and organizing your 'school'-room. Make sure first that you are going to actually use it, because you might discover that your daughter loves doing her bookwork next to you on the kitchen counter, or that you both enjoy using your outside deck table or any other never-thought-of, weird part of the house.

    And welcome!!
    mom to 3 girls: DD10, DD9, DD6

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oksana View Post
    I agree with everything Alexsmom said about pre-made curricula. It is just a waste of money, and it will be the same one-size-fits-all idea that the schools use. You can do much better by going subject-by-subject and selecting exactly what you and your daughter like and need.

    I wouldn't also spend too much time and money setting up, decorating, and organizing your 'school'-room. Make sure first that you are going to actually use it, because you might discover that your daughter loves doing her bookwork next to you on the kitchen counter, or that you both enjoy using your outside deck table or any other never-thought-of, weird part of the house.

    And welcome!!
    Thanks Alexsmom and Oksana! So good to know about the pre-made curricula. I will take your advice and start one subject at a time with the kid to determine what'll work best for us!

    I know we won't necessarily spend much time (if any) in the room. I think more for organizing materials and a home-base. The kitchen island is nice and big, and right across the hall from the school room/office. I anticipate her spending more time there or at the couch! But I wanted that quiet space as well for her if and when it's needed.

    Thanks again for the help and welcome!
    A (39) + J (37) est. 11-11-06 = PJ b. 1-30-10
    Hauss - Great Dane (Blue) b. 3/22/17
    Buckets - Tortoiseshell (Torbie) Kitty b. 5/31/16
    Rowena - Basement (Black) Kitty b. 10/6/16

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    Adding my agreement to what Oksana says about making homeschool space in the house...
    (If you have so many extra rooms that you cant think of what to possibly do there, go ahead, have at it!)

    Stay flexible with what you commit your house to be like! Quiet time at our house is usually opposite whichever side his brother is on... Our work (“table work”) currently gets done at the dining room table... because I can keep an eye on him when Im downstairs or in the garden doing my things. We also have DS12s computer desk and a bookshelf that holds all his schooly stuff. At my computer is another homeschooling shelf of the things I scan and printout (Like Dover coloring book pages, and map worksheets).

    I suggest you designate a spot *near* your table for table work to go... or else you may find yourself eating between piles of art projects and worksheets.

    Find what works for organization, and then keep changing as your needs do too!

    There was a thread here along the lines of “show what your space looks like”... if you can find it, it may inspire you. (Dont search pinterest, those dont reflect reality.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I found that thread a while back, and also figured Pinterest wasn’t very realistic 😂 Thanks again!

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