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Homeschooling for Beginners
My Little Homeschool
Hi Everyone! Are you looking to homeschool your children but not sure of what curriculum to buy? That is so common to families who are contemplating homeschooling. In my case, I was so interested in homeschooling since my child was born. Meeting a lot of people at church who homeschooled their children, also the freedom to select your own preferences of curriculum; gave me a desire to pursue that path when my child was ready to be taught. It was not easy at first, I do not know how to teach (I thought). I had only 2-year spent in the University for a Certificate course in my native country, the Philippines. But the more I read about homeschooling and learning from other people, the more we desire to follow that direction - my husband and I decided to homeschool our daughter. It was not that hard to teach at all! First time is always scary. Like what I am doing here right now. This is my first time to write about homeschooling and first time in Squidoo. The thought also of being with my child, to train her the way we want her to grow - to be a loving, dedicated, respectful and responsible, godly person, inspired us to start homeschooling.
Updated: May 30, 2014 - It's almost three year now since I wrote this page. Our daughter just finished 7th grade today with online streaming with Abeka Academy.
Looking for a curriculum...
We started to experiment curriculums when she was in kindergarten, some of the curriculum does not fit to my teaching style and my child learning style. My husband taught Arithmetic, we found Math-u-see to be interesting. He used Math-u-see for a year - it did not work for us. I did get frustrated but the secret is to keep on trying. We found Abeka Books to be more traditional. I like the teachers' manual and the teacher's guide - it was easy to follow. My daughter loved her student's text. Abeka curriculum was just right for us. Each homeschool family has their own style of learning and teaching, you have to really dig through all the curriculum around to see what works for you and your family. My husband made it easy for me by teaching Arithmetic and function as our principal. Math is not my cup of tea, so he made himself available at night so that he can teach our child. My husband's support is very important in this endeavor.
Every family is different. You have to know your child's learning style and your teaching style as well. I did not know it before we started, until we experimented with a few curriculums. You might be asking - "which part of the house is most convenient to have my child do her school?" My answer is, anywhere in the house! I started teaching her in the kitchen, sometimes in the living room then my sister-in-law gave her a desk - guest room was vacant, we made it into our school room for a while. This is homeschool, you can teach where ever you want, as long as you do your work and your children are learning. Some family would like to have homeschool in a specific room with computer desk and stuff. It all depends on your preferences. Whatever is good for you will work.
My favorite Bible Curriculum from 1st grade to 4th was Christian Light Publication, Light Unit Sunrise Edition. It was divided into 4 booklets with student readers and activity page for kids to answer the questions on what they have learned from that lesson. I chose this instead of Abeka because this is much more cheaper and just as good. You can visit them at www.clp.org. to learn more. Now, our daughter is in 5th Grade - we are venturing into a new world of homeschooling through Abeka Academy. It is a set of DVDs that your child will watch via PC or TV. They have master teachers instructing your student on DVD. It's pretty much like a classroom setting. Our child loved it! She enjoys participating in the class and so pleased every time the teacher calls on her to answer the question. This requires very minimal supervision - I still have to give her tests and quizzes and grade them. It is more convenient, all I have to do is see to it that everything is working. Everyday checking of the lesson plans, checking homework, etc.... My child develop an attitude of an independent learner. She will do what it takes to figure out things on her own. There are two sets of program to choose from: Program 1 is fully accredited, where Abeka Academy keeps the student's records. The second one, is a none-accredited program, where the teacher/parent keeps the records. I am using the none -accredited one. Abeka Academy website is: www.abekaacademy.org.
I just published an article about this on squidoo. It's about homeschooling using a video program.
PE - Tennis
Home schooling also gives the freedom to choose your schedules: what month to start; what subject to be taught first; when to have field trips and so forth. In our case, we pretty much follow our town's school district schedules, except for, maybe a week earlier - to cover for sick days. Some family are homeschooling all year round. Some do unit studies on any subject they preferred to tackle that year. My family just like the traditional way of school, that is why we choose Abeka. For Physical Education, our daughter have tennis, swimming and last summer was a softball lessons. We incorporate vacation with field trip too.
Have a success in choosing the best homeschool materials that suited to your family needs. Have a good day!
Our cooking class...
Another homeschooling experience in the kitchen....
My daughter was making a pizza dough - instead of putting pizza sauce, we put brown sugar and grated cheese and bake it in 350 degrees fahrenheit for 30 minutes. The pizza dough has already been half bake for 10 minutes then we added sugar and cheese. We were just experimenting a recipe, it turned out to be a good pizza dessert or whatever you may call it, lol!
Abeka Spelling and Poetry - Poetry
One of our daughter's favorite Poems from Abeka Book. I hope you'll enjoy this selection. Thanks for your time.
One of our field trips
At the farm...
Our child was so excited to see some animals such as: horses, dogs, and cats. We cannot own any pets due to I have an allergy. The only pet she could have is fish. This is really a treat to her holding those cutie kittens.
Another Poem from Abeka Spelling and Poetry.....
Recommendation.... - Useful information...
For beginners, I recommend to read the book, "Absolute Beginner's Guide to Homeschooling" by Brad Miser - this book will give you alot of information on how to operate your homeschool. Also join the Home School Legal Defense Association (HLDA) a none-profit organization to defend constitutional right of parents to homeschool. Their website is www.hslda.org. Know what your states requirements before you start homeschooling. God bless!