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    Default We never thought we would be here.

    We have a 7 yo girl and an 8 yo boy and are starting the homeschooling journey today. I hate to be negative but we are here for a reason. We bought a house in a specific district so our children could go to the "best" school around. It has been classified as a "Blue Ribbon" school. By all accounts and claims it is supposed to be one of the best elementary schools in the state.

    The problems are too numerous to name. Suffice it to say that the school is absolutely abysmal. The education our children are receiving is virtually absent. Their only concerns are happy feelings and 'give us more money'. The audacity of their constant need for teacher worship is unbearable, narcisistic, and embarassing.

    With the recent forced homeschooling via the coronavirus, we discovered that our kids were getting a far better education at home than they could ever hope to at their school.

    We are here for some guidance. We will need help finding a curriculum.

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    Hugs to you, and sorry to hear about your disappointment with the local school.
    With the kids only a year apart, you will probably want to school them together as much as possible. Pick curriculum that lets you do this! If they are at widely different levels for math, or one of them isnt a fluent reader yet, you may need to tend them separately, but everyone will probably be happier if they can work together.

    What sort of homeschooling do you envision? Styles are all as individual as you are, on a spectrum from chaining them up to the kitchen table to fill out endless worksheets to spending every day out in nature, journaling, doodling, and waiting for divine inspiration to make them want to tackle algebra or world history on their own. Most people end up in the middle somewhere, doing what works for them.

    As far as curriculum recomendations go, its hard to offer any without knowing what you really would like - there is no generic one size fits all curriculum, thats the point of homeschooling! Avoid anything expensive, with shiny marketing materials promising that with no work on your part and minimal effort on theirs, your kids will be running MENSA. Avoid all-in-one curriculums that have every subject matter covered.

    Finding a good curriculum match has a lot to do with your learning style as well as theirs.... we have experience with a wide range from finding stuff thats currently working (or not.... it changes!), so let us know more about how you imagine the homeschooling life to be.
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    Alexsmom, as always, has given you some great advice. You are where I was about 15 years ago. My two were in 1st and 2nd grade in a "great" public school when we pulled them out to homeschool. The school was not abysmal, but they were soooooo bored. We figured they could do any "regular" school work in a short amount of time and then explore to their heart's content.

    Definitely school them together, if possible. Especially in subjects like history, science, etc. Even in "language arts" my kids were reading/were read to from the same book. I only kept their writing and math separate, as they were at different levels.

    Give them choices. What historical time period do they like? What kind of science-astronomy, animals, plants, the environment? Do they have hobbies? Let them explore. A fixed curriculum isn't necessary at this age. Websites, books, documentaries, and field trips make the learning far more enriching than worksheets.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Thank you so much.

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    I thank you. We need all the good guidance we can get.

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