Adventures Begin: Geek Teaching Mini-geek
Nov01

Adventures Begin: Geek Teaching Mini-geek

My husband and I have made the plunge and committed to homeschooling our daughter, age 7. She went to public school on October 24th not knowing it would be her last day of public school for a while, if ever. Our initial plan was to start in January at the beginning of the “semester” which would be more of a natural cutoff/start-time. The more I researched and thought about it though, after committing to homeschooling, it’s really not about starts and stops in the concrete sense anymore. I might not have all my curricula yet (we’re waiting for mid-Nov for the big buys), but we had already decided upon using Time4Learning.com (T4L) as a supplement, so we’re going to start with it for some review of what she’s learned so far in 2nd grade. Why wait? Texas, which I’m repeatably told – by both my aunt who homeschooled her two adopted daughter and folks at a great community I joined called SecularHomeschool.com – is awesome for homeschoolers. We have no testing requirements or strict rules. We simply have to have a bona-fide instruction plan with visual curriculum on the basic subjects of “reading, spelling, grammar, mathematics, and good citizenship.” I have that all already and plan to go beyond (to a point) what she would have learned in PS with more history and science, which she loves. I know she’s already about to jump ahead to 3rd Grade science because she’s already devoured what T4L had for 2nd graders. There are so many great resources for homeschoolers, it’s almost overwhelming. Trying to choose between one curriculum and another has been daunting, but I’m confident in what I’ve chosen so far, and if it doesn’t work, no sweat! I’ll change it! We live in Houston, and there’s a Homeschool Store about 15 minutes from where we live. My husband and I visited it earlier this week, and were very impressed at the atmosphere. I honestly was expecting a lot more pro-Christian sentiment to permeate the air as we walked in, but the staff – homeschooling moms – were actually very friendly and helpful when we explained that we were going for a secular curriculum. We didn’t purchase anything, but it was extremely nice to get a hands-on look at some of the books, including Singapore Math (which we decided to go with) and Story of the World (which we know tends to be biased towards Christianity but we’re going to use it with other references). Our Curriculum: Math – Singapore Math with manipulatives and flash cards Science – Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding, supplements and labs of various sources Language Arts – Spectrum...

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