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    Smile Newbie from Orange County, CA!

    Hi all!
    My name is Lu... I'm a mom of a 15yo girl and two boys, 13 and 9. I'm preparing to homeschool my youngest son, Aidan, for the first time. Ever since my daughter was a baby, I have had a desire to homeschool but it seemed like such a daunting task (I am not a planner!) and then I needed to find work to help with finances so it just never happened. My youngest has always been behind in school... he's had reading intervention from the start and is finally now at grade level. Math is MUCH easier for him. He struggles with paying attention in school and is frequently in trouble for fidgeting and talking in class. My husband was the same way back in his school years so I guess the apple doesn't fall too far from the ADD tree. I believe he's very intelligent and just needs more flexibility than public school offers.
    Initially, I was thinking about doing K12 but it seems that it is really just school-at-home rather than homeschool. The amount of time they're expecting a child to spend schooling seems excessive. I guess the fact that it's all planned out was appealing to me.
    I'm still kind of set on using a prepackaged curriculum just because I'm not really sure how to get from point 'a' to point 'b' on my own... actually not even sure what point 'b' should be! And that's why I'm here!
    Looking forward to learning more and getting to know you all.

    Cheers!

    Lu

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    Welcome! I'm brand new, too. I'm in Texas now, but did quite a bit of my growing up in Orange Country.

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    Welcome Lu Speaking as a mama of an ADHD son who was always behind in school, I think that he is going to love it!! And you and hubby will see him go further ahead in some areas because of homeschooling! I always say I wish I had pulled him out sooner! I can tell you that we use Time4Learning and have always done along with that a literature based lessons, also with Singapore Math. This year I took the plunge and bought Moving Beyond the Page for my youngest 4th grade year, its has history,science and literature that you pull from each story. A bit on the pricy side unless you can get some of it used but since my oldest will be in high school next year I am going to need the extra time with him at least at first! Please feel free to ask away we are a chatting bunch who loves to let any and every one know what we think about different curricula Have a great day!
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    Homeschooling two boys (17 and 12),3 dogs, 3 fish, 2 goats, 2 guineas and one grown man in NC since 2008! AND proud mama has 6 Rhode Island Red girls!!
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    Thanks for the welcome!
    @Panda I was going to give Time4Learning a try over the summer as I think the interactive aspect would be good for my DS. I figure at $20 for a month I can't lose. MBtP looks amazing... i do like the literature based curricula and the way they tie all the lessons together. I look forward to hearing how it goes for you!
    @virgoddess, thanks and welcome to you too! I'm not from OC and honestly wouldn't mind leaving asap but our 15yo is adamantly opposed to that idea. :\ oh well, at least the weather's great (just way too overcrowded for me... can you say introvert?!).
    How's the San Antonio area? My father was born there but I've never been.

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    I am with you on the too crowded thing!! DH works in the video game biz and has had several offers to go to CA. Something at this point I am not willing to deal with

    I can tell ya that both my boys love T4L and I will let you know how the MBTP works out, right now my youngest is chomping at the bit to get started since he seen all the things he is going to get to do!
    Be sure to stay in touch and let us know what works for you all
    Pandahoneybee -
    Homeschooling two boys (17 and 12),3 dogs, 3 fish, 2 goats, 2 guineas and one grown man in NC since 2008! AND proud mama has 6 Rhode Island Red girls!!
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    http://pandahoneybeeshomeschoolingad....blogspot.com/

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    Welcome to homeschooling! We live in Orange County too and homeschool our 11-yr old daughter.

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