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    Hi everyone! I have an 8 year old son who has finally agreed to try homeschooling next year. Yay! Iíve always given him the option but didnít want to force it. We are a military family so he spent kindergarten in Texas, 1st grade in Kansas, and we just moved to Okinawa, Japan last summer. Now that we will stay put for maybe 3 years and he has friends in the neighborhood he thinks he wants to stay home.
    There are plenty of homeschoolers in the military but most are super religious so Iím so glad to find this group!
    Iíve been researching homeschooling since he was born, and supplementing his ps since he loves to learn. Iím nervous and excited and canít wait to get started! I really like classical education like ďThe Well Trained MindĒ and am wondering if anyone does something like that, and if they have any advice. Also if anyone has input on making the transition from ps to staying home, Iím all ears!
    Thanks for reading!
    Lisa

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    Welcome!
    There is plenty of transitional advice here, as well as military family advice. Dig around un the archives.
    As far as WellTrainedMind, I think they used to at least have their own forum, and I think it may be more religious (depends on your level of allerjesus).

    There are secular versions of literature-based curriculum, but I cant think of any as heavy as WTM (WTM has 2nd graders reading Dantes Inferno and unabridged shakespeare, i think.... Too much for my boy!)

    If youd like help sorting through the overabundance of choices to find the secular stuff, we can help! Just ask.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Thank you for the welcome!
    Yes, WTM is super religious, but I just ignore that part and take what I like from it. I figured most of the good stuff would be like that since so many homeschoolers are religious. I just donít want to limit my options. Iíll look through the archives and see what I can find.
    Thank you for putting this group together, itís great to feel like Iím not alone on this journey!
    Lisa

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    Well, just dont think you have to compromise and get religious propeganda disguised as curriculum! There are plenty of secular options for about everything.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome to the forum, Leesaa.
    I've got one of those WTM (yes, super religious) books; it was way too rigid for my daughter. You can always glean anything helpful from it and discard the rest unless your child is really into it.
    How to make the transition from ps to homeschool? Just relax. You can always play games to work on math (monopoly, etc.), if he likes chess, card games, watch educational movies for science, or do fun age-appropriate science experiments if he's into that, work on spelling and math on the fly, have discussions about Fill In The Blank/Everything educational or not, spend quality time together, etc., etc.
    You said that you've been supplementing his education; just continue with that until you decide what materials you're going to use for his school year if you're going formal. It definitely depends on what your child likes: structured or unstructured.
    You can always check out Rebecca Rupp's book Home Learning Year by Year (How to Design a Homeschool Curriculum from Preschool Through High School) to get ideas. If I remember correctly, it's pretty much secular.
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    --Kelly--Atheist/Accidental/Alternative Homeschool Mom to one great daughter in southern Iowa since 3/1/10. Tenth Grade: Saxon Algebra-2, Holt World Geography, Holt Biology, myPerspectives-10/Creative Writing, Spanish-2, and Computer Science.

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