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    Hi there. So glad I found this forum. I have 2 boys. My 8 year old is in second grade and my 2 year old is our shadow.

    We've had quite the experience with schooling so far. Tried many different schools, public, private, Montessori, and finished his 1st grade year at home. We moved from NJ to PA in Aug of last year and I was overwhelmed with the regulations in PA so started him in public school again, but just pulled him out yesterday. We are going to finish the year at home and see where it takes us.

    Luckily we moved to a school district that is very homeschool friendly. We have a neighbor that homeschools and even suggested a co-op to us. I have been able to find a lot of classes (electives) locally that I think will keep my little guy busy, having fun, and learning. We've used Outschool in the past and have really liked it.

    As for curriculum, I am going to give BookShark a try. I can go a little crazy researching and trying different things. I work full time from home so I really need something that simplifies planning, is inclusive, and we both enjoy literature based learning.

    Looking forward to meeting everyone here.

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    Good luck! If bookshark isnt as great as you hoped it would be, dont give up! There is a lot more to homeschooling, and with a lot less effort than you might think, (and a lot less money) than buying an expensive program that isnt designed for your child or your lifestyle!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    Good luck! If bookshark isnt as great as you hoped it would be, dont give up! There is a lot more to homeschooling, and with a lot less effort than you might think, (and a lot less money) than buying an expensive program that isnt designed for your child or your lifestyle!
    I am already second guessing myself. I like to piece together, but I have a habit of buying something, only trying it for a little bit, and then changing, and changing, and changing again. I think I am set in math, history, and science, but LA is where I get stuck. That is where he needs the most help and there are so many components I feel like piecing it together makes for too many pieces and time. Any suggestions for second grade language arts?

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    (The reply didnt show up until this evening... a bug with moderation!)

    Also, note that BS isnt exactly secular. Its Sonlight with most of the christianity scrubbed out, but not replaced with anything anyone would say is “science-based”.

    Language arts should be the easiest thing - where are you on reading skills, how is the writing coming along, and do you need to give formal instruction on grammar or spelling? (Not all kids need spelling or grammar at this stage.)

    Piecing together saves time, money, and most importantly, interest and happiness. Because it is made to fit. Your kid isnt exactly like every other 2nd grader, and you have the luxury of not trying to find something that will work the average best for 30 students. You wouldnt buy groceries with that mindset (hey, everyone eats, just type in the number of mouths to feed, a box of foodstuff is delivered.... imagine the waste and unhappiness that would cause!). Youre not really saving any effort, and youre overbuying, when you get suckered into a box curriculum. They prey on new homeschoolers.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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