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    Hello everybody,

    I am Kimmy, Mama to three wonderful children - J (9), D (8), and F (5). I am an AMS trained Montessori teacher and military spouse. We speak German at home but I teach in English and German. We are moving for a one year gig to FL and since I did not like any of the Montessori schools in the area, I decided to HS my youngest child for now. I will do Montessori-inspired HS. She is a rising kindergarten child so we will just take our time setting a foundation.

    D has dysgraphia and the two of us in the classroom is not a good combination. We did that for the past 2 years. I hope that he will be accepted in an IB program for elementary. IF not, I am not sure what I will do with him. Maybe you had a child that was just very negative and could give some recommendations.

    J is my biggest challenge. She is very advanced for her age (my old soul) and while hubby wants her to go to the IB schools as well, I feel that self-paced HS would be more her thing (she likes the idea). I already spoke with her teacher about this and she agrees that a self-paced program would be great for her. She tested on the Stanford 10 last year in 3rd grade on a post high school level in the language section on most tested subjects. The rest on a 6th grade level. That does not mean much to me since I am not a fan of testing but she wanted to do it and actually enjoyed how the testing was done at our school. I am excited to see what this year will bring. Do you guys have any recommendations for J on HS programs? I was looking into Global Student Network so she can continue her 'regular' classes and also continue to do German, Latin, and Greek studies.

    Thinking of it, I would like to HS even after our year in FL, but I am not sure I can mentally do this.

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    Welcome! It seems youre all onboard already with individualized attention and needs for your kids. I would go the full individual route, and pick subjects and curriculum to suit your family’s needs... not buy a package “grade x” kind of thing.
    For your 9yo, see where her writing and literature comprehension are, and go from there. I would avoid high school marketed products since they imply an older “emotional” age. Pick literature applicable to her (might be “The View from Saturday” rather than “Othello”), and discuss it from her level. To get an idea of how to discuss literature, you can google teaching guides, or try selecting guides for books that Bravewriter makes (we have never had a dud with BW).
    To save yourself some sanity, you can choose a theme for the year that you will go from to teach all or both your kids the same things, at their respective levels. As an example, last year, we did an “Around the World” tour of the continents using BuildYourLibrary’s middle school curriculum (I think its labeled as level7). My older son learned the names of the countries and about how the people lived, my younger son learned more about the animals, the biomes, and the food. They both watched the same documentaries.
    We also did a chemistry course geared to the older one - my youngest learned alongside, and pretty much took over the demonstrations. (That was from Pandia Press - Real Science Odyssey (sorry I just forgot how to spell).)

    I’m sorry your middle one gives you a hard time!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Hi Kimmy. Sorry I don't have much time to post right now. I just wanted to comment on your middle child issue. My oldest is often very negative/pessimistic and creates drama and issues out of absolutely nothing. Drives me crazy as I am not a super optimistic person but I am a "whats the point in bothering getting negative about it" person as it is just such a waste of time.

    Anyway, she had 3 years in public school, and I used to go in to volunteer to teach an elective for 1-h a week. She was a pain during that. However, homeschooling she has been much much better. Particularly when she gets choice in her day and we do things interest-based. So maybe your middle one would be less of an issue to homeschool than you imagine.

    For your older child, AM's suggestions are great. My oldest is gifted and she has really thrived having that sort of curriculum. Reading has always been her highest area like your daughter. However, she is almost 11 now and we still don't usually get out young adult level books for her to read because the themes are too mature. There is the odd one we have done but the bulk of it is middle grade. There are so many amazing middle grade novels that even I like to read after her.

    We do interest based for reading and social studies, RSO for science, Beast Academy for math, and a mix of Bravewriter type stuff for writing. Then we add on music (cello and ukulele practice, and SQUILT for learning about music), foreign languages, art, exercise (yoga, dance practice, or outdoor), and some nature study. Obviously we don't do all of this every day. A day is usually math, reading, writing, music, foreign language or art, exercise, and science or social studies.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    Thank you ladies. I will take a look into the programs you suggested. I have read about a few but not in relation to the children.

    NZ Mom, you actually made me feel better about HS him. I have been talking with him why he is so negative and he admitted the he is jealous about the other children. He did not understand that some children are 'parked' at school from 7.30am - 5.30pm. They don't have a parent that is emotionally involved and so we teachers become the surrogate for them. I hope we will find a common ground because I think he would really enjoy doing his 3rd year in Montessori at home with all the awesome material.

    I actually let J read Young Reader level books. However, I read them before and decided rather they are appropriate for her emotional and developmental level. I have read this year already over 35 books because we practically live at the library because all three enjoy reading. I have been trying to encourage her to read also historical books which has been not very successful. We discuss character development, plot settings and such subjects, but I feel she could go a little further than the lower elementary level I am used to discussing with the children in the classroom.

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