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  1. POC
    Since this subject has shown up a couple of times in the last couple of weeks, I thought we might like a place to talk about things.

    We have a 6yo girl, Bella. We started HS lastyear when she would've started Kindergarten. We are using "Sing Spell Read and Write".
    My father is a retired teacher and principal. He supports me and my sister in our homeschooling efforts.
    We're members of the "Acorns to Oaks" homeschool group. Primarily Orange County, but there are members from other nearby counties also.
  2. NordicHeathenVinlander
    Beautiful. Currently I have a (Female) 1 year old (16M), with another blessing (Male) on the way, with many many many more to come - HOPEFULLY .

    I would advise on the following.

    1). Sign Language is a MUST, we use the book "Baby Sign Language" - A Practical guide to signing with your baby.

    Purpose: I believe it has helped bridge, what would otherwise be a massive communication gap, between a baby and an adult. Some are against anything which ISNT standard, or can translate into the universal sign language, eitherway, this is easy and does help.

    2). We've also used "healthy" (Happy music) to help gain some exposure, following along the baby einstein route. I cannot say conclusively that it works, however, our daughter is far beyond her level in all aspects, but that could just as well be genetic's or parenting, as I dont believe in "caging", but encourage explorative desires.

    2b). I've also pushed my daughter, physically, and she has never disappointed, as I believe most babies desire to please the "big me's", as long as they have the support,they will be fearless - I've also tried to downplay aspects which are of no real concern, such as simple falls; We experience little crying, but do experience temper tantrums at times - Which may go hand in hand with the encouragement of being explorative or hitting the terrible 2's.

    3). Cards....Cards.....Cards.... I cannot stress how useful cards are. I started at 7 months, and was floored when I my question was met with the correct answer each time. Name the card, seperately 1 at a time, in sets of two, then ask baby to grab the card which corresponds with the name, ie. tiger, triangle etc.

    4). Reading is great, when I read, I point to the word, I choose mainly celtic, or Germanic sagas as they relate to the folk memory.

    5). Music, I encourage Classical, Disney, clean/healthy(Happy) country. However, I also stress foreign music, such as Gortaz A Ran, Estonian etc. I also enjoy folkish music and dont mind some of the more 'iffy' picks.

    6). T.v. is HIGHLY regulated, enough said.
  3. DHolder
    Thanks for the invitation! My wife and I have HS'ed for 4yrs.5th -7th, Pre-K thru 2nd grade. Please, feel free to exchange ideas. We have had some great experiences, field trips that make learning fun.
  4. Protest
    Thanks for the invite. Been involved in the home education community since 1985.
  5. 88GT
    Hot diggity dog! We're not HSing yet, but the oldest starts kindergarten next year so we're going to have to make a decision pronto.

    Oh, yeah, NHV, the real temper tantrums don't start until 3 or so. I thought we had missed the terrible twos because G was such a good kid. Now there are days I wish child slavery were legal.
  6. darinb
    A homeschool group on INGO cant believe I didnt think of this before. I have a 6yr old boy, 4yr old girl and a 1 yr old boy. My wife nor I were homeschooled. We really started to seriously look into homeschooling when our then 2 year old son started to read. We just read books to him and my wife worked with him a bit introducing some letter sounds and what not. One day we say him looking at his little bible story book adn moving his mouth. I asked him what he was doing and he said "dreeding" then he read almost a whole sentence to us. We thought about it and realized that he would be learning basic letters and sounds into 1st or 2nd grade and basically he would sit there being bored antil other kids caught up. We believe educating your child starts when they are born. You all have some good ideas and several we have or still use. We dont use tv at all in our education and dont even own one. Our oldest is a reader he just loves it along with being outdoors learning about history. Our little girl really in good at math but is not a reader as must as her brother. Our 1 year old is well a 1 year old who keeps us busy to say the least. I am glad to see that there freedom and child loving parents on here. I am looking forward to learning from all of you. God bless you all.
  7. 88GT
    Got this in an email listserve. Interesting at the least and more than debunks the "socialization" stigma associated with homeschoolers. Just thought I'd share.

    This article may be published on web sites and in publications as long as
    reproduced in its entirety, including the resource box at the end of the
    article. Thanks!

    College Professor Critiques Homeschoolers
    copyright 2009 by Greg Landry, M.S.

    I teach sophomore through senior level college students - most of them are
    "pre-professional" students. They are preparing to go to medical school,
    school, physical therapy school, etc.

    As a generalization, I've noticed certain characteristics common in my
    who were homeschooled. Some of these are desirable, some not.

    Desirable characteristics:

    1. They are independent learners and do a great job of taking initiative and

    being responsible for learning. They don't have to be "spoon fed" as many
    students do. This gives them an advantage at two specific points in their
    education; early in college and in graduate education.

    2. They handle classroom social situations (interactions with their peers
    professors) very well. In general, my homeschooled students are a pleasure
    have in class. They greet me when they enter the class, initiate
    when appropriate, and they don't hesitate to ask good questions. Most of my
    students do none of these.

    3. They are serious about their education and that's very obvious in their
    attitude, preparedness, and grades.

    Areas where homeschooled students can improve:

    1. They come to college less prepared in the sciences than their schooled
    counterparts-sometimes far less prepared. This can be especially troublesome

    pre-professional students who need to maintain a high grade point average
    the very beginning.

    2. They come to college without sufficient test-taking experience,
    with timed tests. Many homeschooled students have a high level of anxiety
    it comes to taking timed tests.

    3. Many homeschooled students have problems meeting deadlines and have to
    to that incollege. That adjustment time in their freshman year can be costly
    terms of the way it affectstheir grades.

    My advice to homeschooling parents:

    1. If your child is even possibly college bound and interested in the
    make sure that they have a solid foundation of science in the high school

    2. Begin giving timed tests by 7th or 8th grade. I'm referring to all tests
    students take, notjust national, standardized tests.

    I think it is a disservice to not give students timed tests. They tend to
    better and score higher on timed tests, and, they are far better prepared
    college and graduate education if they've taken timed tests throughout the
    school years.

    In the earlier years the timed tests should allow ample time to complete the

    test as long as thestudent is working steadily. The objective is for them to

    know it's timed yet not to feel a time pressure. This helps students to be
    comfortable taking timed tests and develops confidence in their test-taking

    3. Give your students real deadlines to meet in the high school years. If
    difficult for students to meet these deadlines because they're coming from
    or dad, have them take "outside" classes; online, co-op, or community

    Greg Landry is a 14 year veteran homeschool dad and college professor. He
    teaches one andtwo semester online science classes, and offers free 45
    online seminars.
  8. kybares
    Thank you for the invitation. I hope I can be an asset to the group. We have three kiddo's, spanning from Kindergarten, Middle School, and one in High School. We reluctantly started our first two in public school and quickly realized our mistake. Being new to homeschooling we home schooled only one the first year. We were sold immediately. We joined a home school group locally, found that most were using the ABEKA curriculum. Seven years ago, we (five parents) started a Private Christian School utilizing that curriculum, and now have a little over 120 students. That being said, we have pulled our middle child out of our own school, and are thinking of Home Schooling our oldest as well. The amount of material available today is amazing. The options used to be pretty limiting, now if anything it is overwhelming. My wife and I have spent a tremendous amount of time finding the curriculum that fits our childs needs, but that is one huge positive about this, we are able to prepare them so much better as we know how they learn best. The two oldest have tested in the 95th. percentile nationally, and our K4 read 78 little books last year. Let naysayers rant all they wish.
  9. NordicHeathenVinlander
    Do you guys give "breaks" or practice HS Year round? Aside from holidays etc.
  10. POC
    We stick to a "standard" school year.
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