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    i found you on secular homeschool. we are in milton as well. our son is six (seven in july) and in the 2nd/3rd grade. we are desperate for other families in milton to network with. find us on facebook, please. jennifer higdon... oh and as a heads-up...cause we are still talking about milton...we are a lesbian couple, with an african-american adopted child...i really hate to just throw that out there, cause in my mind it shouldn't matter...but this is still milton...can ya tell i grew up here too? thank the gods it as changed a lot though.
  2. Hey everyone, my computer at home is nonfunctional right now - I hope to get back in sync after it's fixed... whenever that happens. Talk to you later.
  3. Eventually, I hope to create a kind of worksheet or I-spy for a few of them. I am not sure how to do it for the ones that i haven't been to, though, because I don't know anything specific about the exhibits. Anyhow, let me know if you get anything going. Oh, and I am not very active on facebook, but I would like to add you if you have one, if it is not too forward to ask. Some people are very private so I won't be offended if you aren't comfortable with adding me as a friend.

  4. Field trips would be great! Let me know if you get something planned, we would love to join you. I know my schedule may be inconvenient for a lot of homeschool families because I still work, but through the summer semester (I work at UWF in Pensacola) we conducting a pilot of a 4-10 three day weekend. I am starting early; from this week on I will be off Friday-Sunday and so I will be available those days for any activities. Could you remind me of your kids' ages? It will help me describe to Tori who we are meeting ahead of time, should we get the chance to go somewhere together.

    You may already have a source for things like museum information, but here is a website that I have been using that has been most helpful:

    It lets you look through lists of museums with links and information about each one by state and city or by type of museum.
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    Part two -it cut me off at 1000 charactersAt most just assemble any neccessary components for science and art. (they also send you all the items you need for every class- a full science kit, an art set, etc. so you don't have to find all those items) I would just read through the upcoming weeks lesson plans to make sure I had everything we needed and we were ready to go most mornings. It was also a pretty good mix of computer/written lessons. They say they offer field trips as well, but during our year there was only one field trip two weeks before the end of year- and that was after lots of urging on my part. I do remember meeting a family from milton that was using FLVS with a gifted student, I believe he would be going into 5th or 6th grade this coming school year. Right now I am trying to find a few more secular homeschool families in my area to get together for field trips and park and beach days. I'll let you know how it goes
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    You can see I'm bad at the response times too, lol. My email is [email protected]. That one I do manage to check. If FLVS is still using the curriculum they used while we used them it was served by Connections Academy online and they used curriculum that was mostly from calvert. Very challenging above grade level from our experience which was good for really getting kids to stretch their abilities- rather than watching the brain atrophy in a slow moving classroom. Everything is completely laid out and step by step for every lesson. That was one of the things I loved about it- the parent really didn't need to prep a lesson.
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    Hi Ashley,
    I just wanted to ask if you had curriculum picked out for next year yet? This year was our first year of actual homeschooling and we went through a few different unit studies type approaches. The previous year we used connections academy via the Florida virtual school-we didn't care for it because the teachers were still all about teaching for FCAT only which was what we were trying to avoid by leaving public school in the first place. I'm trying to decide what I'm going to use for next years curriculum, it will be 5th grade for my son, and I saw that the florida virtual school now offers home schooling options for 6th through 12th grade- you can pick and choose which courses to take. I thought I'd send you a link to it in case you were interested in their program, I know for myself I am all about looking at all the options!
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I have decided to homeschool my daughter (11). The scary thing is that not only is homeschooling new but our family still has to work full time. I have felt so helpless as I watched my daughter's interests and grades drop. She is finishing out the school year and we are going to try FL Virtual School. My daughter is very apprehensive about not having friends. I want to show her that being homeschooled does not mean that you never leave the house. I know that lifestyle philosophies are an almost unavoidable topic when you meet people you could potentially be spending a lot of time with them. Itís a little awkward to admit that the closest religious convictions you have are reserved for the Flying Spaghetti Monster.
So, that being said, any advice is welcome!
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