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    Hello! My hubby and I are new homeschooler's in Palm Coast, Florida (little town between St Augustine & Daytona Beach). My oldest is in 10th grade at the local HS (he's debating on HSing too though), my middle 2 (13yo girl & 11yo boy) are doing a private/homeschool combo with a local academy (kind of like a homeschool-at-school) and my youngest (9yo boy) is full time at home w/me (and sometimes dad). I was soooo excited to find this group! We have very nice, helpful homeschoolers locally but everyone seems to be connected with some kind of Christian-based group, which is just not our thing. Makes it kinda hard to get curriculum advice (especially for science & history)! My youngest has really struggled in traditional school (they all have to a point) and this last year I think he spent all his time trying to not get in trouble (or being in trouble) that he forgot to learn! He's "supposed" to be in 3rd grade, but is not there with many things academically. When he started crying about going back to school saying "but why do I have to go - I'm stupid!!!" we knew it had to change. Which led us to finding the "school" my middle 2 attend which is a perfect fit for them. Everyday in a classroom of sorts (17ish kids 5th-12th grades) with good social interaction but we helped choose the curriculum, they aren't stuck in a "grade" and very flexible with no stress! It's been a miracle for them. I'm really struggling w/the little guy. He's ADHD and (diagnosed at the moment) autism spectrum. He's a 100% kinesthetic/tactile learner and I (mostly visual) have no idea how to teach to that! I'm hoping for some curriculum/teaching tips here.

    Whew! What a crazy, long winded intro! If you're still here thanks for reading!!

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    Welcome! Im sure we can relate to your struggles!
    Your youngest really sounds like he needs some “deschooling” time to rebuild his confidence in himself. (I dont mean let him play minecraft and fortnite all day.... more like have learning activities heavily disguised as fun activities.) Have you seen Tinker Crates? They nay cumulatively be a little pricey, but they are very kinesthetic and teach some mechanical science in a fun way. (My 7 yr old loves the full size ones, the hydrolic claw and electric motor are his favorite of the recent two.) My little also loves RangerRick magazine. Those two cover “science”, my guy isnt really ready for a more formal curriculum (he has language processing issues). There was also a book we used, “Paper Models that Move” where my oldest son learned about gears and levers.
    For language arts, could you read him stories, and have him make (cell phone quality) movies out of them with his LEGOs? If he narrates it, its a great skill for him to develop. Under the guise of making it to show his siblings, it wouldnt even look like schoolwork. Mad Libs, too, if you feel the need for covering some grammar.
    For math, can you disguise it with cooking? “Whoever made this recipe mustve only had one kid that ate like a bird! We need to double it, how many cups of flour, oz of butter, cups of chocolate chips do we need?” Take him grocery shopping with you, build his fluency with adding and simple multiplications and divisions. No worksheets or tedious practicing required! (There are also fun mathy apps disguised as games... Dragonbox has a couple we really like, that the boys will play just for fun.)
    I would focus on that sort of thing with him first instead of plopping him into curriculum. Add some time to develop some hobby of his (one that makes things, or produces some creative output, that has skill that can be improved), and his confidence will be at a healthier level. Then start torturing him with curriculum about ancient babylonians and stuff he has no interest in. (Not saying the babylonians werent interesting or that your DS despises them, just that theyre hard to compete with Pikachus.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Hi ma'am! We live in Port St. Lucie right off of Gatlin, I just started my second year of homeschooling with Time4Learning. I stay at home full time and there isn't many kids in my area, nice to know someone who's at least in Flordia and their forum isn't from four years ago lol. I'd love, if possible, to try to make friends with your daughter! Have a nice day.


    Ashlyn
    Currently homeschooing! (Mother/Daughter Shared Profile) Looking for suggestions and overall being a lurker

    -Ashlyn

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    Hi ashlyn, just sent you a PM. 😁

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