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    Cool Ahoy there.

    I'm Charles. (This is where you say, "Hi, Charles.)

    I am 52
    - Fort Wayne, IN
    - I am a "Unicorn" ala minority of homeschoolers, I am a Secular
    homeschooling DAD.
    - Retired U.S. Navy
    - U.S. Navy board-certified Master Training Specialist
    - Father to two awesome kids
    - - Only one child lives with me
    - Divorcing a wife that cheated on me about a month after my last chemo, last year. April 10, 2019, was my last chemo.

    I just finished a year with Monarch/AOP. It was the only choice I had in the time I needed to get "something" that would produce reports because I was going through such a rough time. The site is abysmal. As a professional Typographer, I couldn't bear to look at it. Spelling error, IN THE LANGUAGE ARTS AREA, Math errors, it also does NOT meet the Americans with Disabilities act criteria for a website. As a Multimedia graphic designer that can do websites, combine with my quals as an MTS, this is really abhorrent for a site that is supposed to be a "LEARNING" site.

    I came to this site to meet/network others that want to homeschool a similar way. It is NOT that I am against Christianity or religion in general, but religious indoctrination should NOT be part of the curriculum. That's for whenever you do to where ever you might decide to worship whatever. I freely talk to my son about all religions, as I've seen many across the world. I just want him to be informed so he can choose, or not choose, his own informed path.

    Sincerely & respectfully,



    Charles R. Williamson Jr., Owner/op
    CR DESIGN Solutions
    https://www.facebook.com/CR.DESIGN.Solutions/

    EW1(SW/MTS) USN(Ret.)
    A.F. & A.M., L.M.I.P.

    P.S. I apologize for the wall of text.

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    Welcome!

    Being secular isnt quite as rare as a unicorn in the woods. There are even dads who homeschool.
    Im not sure what that Monarch is, but Im glad that if its not working for you, that youre not feeling stuck with it, and are able to move on. It sounds like youve had a lot of upheaval in your life, although you dont need to justify your actions to anyone.
    Let us know if we can help you with organizing next school year’s approach, or help finding curriculum that might work for your situation. Or if youd like to vent about difficulties in finding secular materials or homeschooling peers.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    Welcome! I am/was? a secular homeschooler, also in Indiana, but the other corner, in NW Indiana. My kids have flown, but I am still involved with my local homeschool community through math and physics classes that I offer to homeschooled high school students.

    How old is the homeschooling child? Like Alexsmom said, ask questions. There is a TON of experience here.
    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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    Hi, Charles! (in chorus with everyone else)

    I'm just starting a homeschooling journey with my son, but I wanted to tell you that spelling errors in curriculum would drive me absolutely nuts. In my pre-kid life, I was an English teacher, and finding errors in educational materials makes me scream inside!

    I hope you find something to switch to that is more aesthetically pleasing, and appropriately proofread! Good luck!

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