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    Hello, well we tried virtual schooling for my 7yr old daughter and found out it wasn't for us. My sister just started homeschooling her 5yr old so we decided to switch gears and join her. I'm nervous because my daughter is very strong willed (I don't think that's a bad thing, just challenging at times) and active! I know this is the right choice for us because it will allow her to get up and move when needed and not stare at a computer all day. Looking forward to making new friends and any advice. Thanks in advance.

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    Welcome!
    My advice for you woukd be to say to your daughter, “Well that online stuff wasnt working for us, lets find a better way to learn.”
    And then take your time picking your first round of products to try for her.
    Honestly, I think she could take the whole year off and not be any worse off, just a little rusty on her math and reading practice.
    Not that Im saying youre going to do that.... just that you dont have to panic and rush into some other curriculum right away.
    I suggest you avoid anything expensive, or labeled as “Complete Grade X Student”. Often new (homeschooling) parents will buy these things, and either decide homeschooling isnt for them because of it, or be unwilling to set it aside because it cost so much money.
    Its really not that hard to pick things for your child, and to do as a general routine “one lesson per subject per day”. Your home situation is unique, and youre better qualified to set pacing than some publisher who knows neither you nor your child.

    If you have thought about how youd like your homeschooling days to flow, share that with us, and we can help point you to products youre more likely to jive with. You could also do a learning style assessment (a bunch are free on the web) for both you and your daughter.... just to see if you two are on the same page when it comes to learning.

    Happy Learning!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

    Atheist.

    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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    I feel you - we're homeschooling now for the first time, because virtual schooling was not working for my 5th grader.

    Good luck getting started, and finding a path forward that works well for you and your daughter.

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