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A Repeated Question: How do I get started and how soon?

 
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hatcher1999
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Location: Magnolia, Texas

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 2:15 pm    Post subject: A Repeated Question: How do I get started and how soon? Reply with quote

I am a mother of three great kids, their ages are 10 (4th grade), 7 (2nd grade) and 4 soon to turn 5 (pre-K). I live in Texas, north of Houston, in Montgomery county. I am interested in homeschooling my children at least until they reach the age to be in intermediate/jr. high and maybe further. I have no clue how to get started and what all I need to do.

The main reason is the kids have missed alot of school due to a head lice infestation that we have yet to find why we still keep getting them. And trust me I have tried everything execpt shaving heads. I have two daughters who are very opposed to having their heads shaved.

If anyone could give me info on how to get started, please let me know.
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Theodore
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

THSC: Getting Started
NTHEN: Overview of Texas Law

And for a list of Texas homeschool support groups:
http://www.home-school.com/groups/TX.html

On a somewhat unrelated note, one of my sisters caught lice by sharing a hat with a friend from public school, so we ran into all the same sorts of problems you have. The problem is that lice are pretty much immune to all the commercial anti-lice treatments, so nothing you buy from the store is going to be much use at all. The best way to kill lice is simply to smear a nice thick coating of vegetable shortening (aka Crisco), vaseline, or mayonnaise over the entire scalp, making sure to cover all the hair down to the roots. Then cover that with a shower cap and sleep overnight. All the nasty little bugs will suffocate and die. The only downside is it's dang hard to get your hair clean afterwards, but that's a small price to pay. Mayo is probably the easiest to remove.

Also make sure to to do a thorough cleansing of anything your daughters' hair may have touched.

A site you may find useful:
http://www.homemakingcottage.com/health/lice.html
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elliemaejune
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Location: The Fireswamp

PostPosted: Mon Jan 08, 2007 3:54 pm    Post subject: The short answer... Reply with quote

choose and acquire the teaching materials you want to use, notify the school that you are removing the dc to homeschool, and keep the dc home. There are no requirements to do anything to homeschool in Texas. The only reason you notify the school is so that no one thinks your dc are truant; it is not required by law.
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hatcher1999
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 9:21 am    Post subject: taking steps.. Reply with quote

Okay my kids have ultimately decided that they do not want to return to school. I have the letters typed up that I need to send to the school regarding their withdrawling. I have some workbooks that the teachers have sent home with my girls but what curriculm is affordable for the grades of the 2nd and 4th. I have been trying to figure all that out. My son is 4 about to turn 5 what suggestions do you have regarding what is good for him. Also do the kids need to have music, physical education and other extra classes.

I have looked at THSC and gotten many ideas from their but looking for actual parental advice.
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elliemaejune
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:07 am    Post subject: Do you want secular or Christian materials? Reply with quote

I can make more recommendations for Christian materials, but I do know of some that are secular.

Also, I live in Texas if you'd like to e-mail me.
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hatcher1999
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 09, 2007 10:11 pm    Post subject: Heres what I have done... Reply with quote

Any thing would be helpful but I am not going to be introducing any Biblical subjects. My children go to church with a friend of mine on occassion and they attend bible vacation during the summer.

I went today to a place that sells homeschooling supplies and a worker their showed me the Alpha Omega series. The problem is I have no idea where my kids are learning wise. I know that sounds crazy but its the truth. I know that my 2nd grader is having difficulty wanting to stay focused but she is at a 3rd grade reading level already according to the last time I talked to her former teacher. He difficultys however are Math and Spelling. I am thinking about just starting the whole 2nd grade Math and Language Arts from the begining with her.

My fourth grader is currently an A/B student, good in Math when she wants to be, Language arts she is good at and right now I know she is capable reading at a 7th grade level. And I welcome any idea on combined learning on History and Science.
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