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    Talking On this journey now... homeschool here we are!

    Hello! I am new here. After many long discussions with my partner and the local school/district board, he and I decided that in person school learning at our neighborhood school isn't safe. I have a lot of family and friends that are saying when/if our schools open in person, they will be shut down in a few weeks anyways. We decided that if the only thing we can provide in this time is some semblance of consistency with learning, then so be it. We will do the homeschool thing. We were winging it in the Spring when everything got shut down, but we are approaching it this time with a bit more organization in mind. Our local school is offering eSchool through the district, but we are going to go with independent resourced homeschool. I have an 8 yr old (3rd grader) and a 5 yr old (kindergarten).

    At first I was super apprehensive about starting this and was really hoping for practical in person schooling, but there is no way it will be safe for the kids in my area. Now I am embracing it and we will have a great year! My kiddos learned SO MUCH in the spring closure and we were just winging it with free worksheets I could find and some projects for the older kid. My 5 yr old even started reading.

    If this year goes well, we may continue to homeschool. I am researching lesson plan for my 3rd grader since she is loving structured learning. My kindergartner will be playing, counting, coloring and reading. We are converting the sun room in our house to a learning space with reading nooks and comfy seating.

    I was happy to find a collection of non-religious homeschoolers, tough to find since most recently homeschool has been used by the uber religious to educate their kids without using science (at least in the U.S.)

    Cheers everyone,

    MLE

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    Welcome! It souns like you may be a natural homeschooler!

    With regards to lesson plans for your third grader, perhaps if you think of it in terms of routine, it may be a little easier to conceptualize. You can plan to do your subjects generally in a specific order, and to do it daily. With my little one, we steadily work through our math book, most days doing two sections, some days spending some time doing something else. Its structured, but its flexible... I worry with “lesson plans” that there is a feeling of falling behind if all work isnt done and mastered. Do it daily, in a consistent routine, that should be all the structure either of you need.
    Some days you may have something so fun planned (Im looking at you, Poetry Tea) that there is no meaningful work that can get done beside it, and the best math lesson you can hope for involves cookie recipe reading. Or your kids are both so engrossed in making a model of something that youd rather sneak off and have a shower or work on some home project. Or its the first rain (snow i guess for some parts) of the year, and family tradition is that you all go outside and frolick in it. (Rain is pretty rare in my neck of the woods.)
    Just have your lesson plans be “this is the order that we are going to do stuff”, and you should be fine. Its third grade, there is no AP exam in May determining her college fate.

    Let us know if youd like help picking out sciencey stuff! Wading through religious propeganda is no fun!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    Thanks! I was feeling very disappointed in the school district's plan but feeling way more empowered after deciding to do it our own way. The kids are super excited about it and I know that helps a lot too. We will re-evaluate both the safety of public school and how we are all handling it as a family in December and see if we need to course correct anything.

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    Hi there, welcome to this forum. A couple of things: Please do not make assumptions about people's backgrounds; the people here mostly use secular curriculum but have a variety of religious beliefs. Many simply prefer to teach their religious values outside of curriculum. Second, the categorization of religious homeschoolers as people who use their religion as an excuse to avoid teaching science would be deeply offensive to the vast majority of them. While people who prefer secular science will have legitimate issues with what might be left out, it's disrespectful and inaccurate to assume that science is not taught at all. Good luck to you in your homeschool journey!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Batgirl View Post
    Hi there, welcome to this forum. A couple of things: Please do not make assumptions about people's backgrounds; the people here mostly use secular curriculum but have a variety of religious beliefs. Many simply prefer to teach their religious values outside of curriculum. Second, the categorization of religious homeschoolers as people who use their religion as an excuse to avoid teaching science would be deeply offensive to the vast majority of them. While people who prefer secular science will have legitimate issues with what might be left out, it's disrespectful and inaccurate to assume that science is not taught at all. Good luck to you in your homeschool journey!

    Wow, thats something coming from someone who hasnt posted since 2015!

    SHS is safe that we dont need to kowtow to thin-skinned religious types.
    Oh, did something about generalizing “religious people” offend? Welcome to being truly secular and surrounded by “Chemistry for Christians” advocates.
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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