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New and nervous!!

Postby momof4 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 11:48 am

Hello all!

I have four children ages 9, 7, 2, and 1. This fall will be my first year at homeschooling. This summer we are going to begain with 3 days a week to show my husband that we can do it and it will be fun. My husband is very unsure of me homeschooling but we have come to a decision that it would be good for the children. I am a little nervous how to handel it all. I have heard that the first year is pretty tough.
I will be teaching 4th, 2nd, and 3-4's preschool. I am a little nervous how I am going to get my youngest two to play nicely while I teach my oldest two. I would love to hear any ideas that anyone has.
I am also a little nervous on keeping the kids on track. Having good attendence and completing all the school work. Thanks for listening!!
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Re: New and nervous!!

Postby elliemaejune » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:15 pm

momof4 wrote:Hello all!

I have four children ages 9, 7, 2, and 1. This fall will be my first year at homeschooling. This summer we are going to begain with 3 days a week to show my husband that we can do it and it will be fun. My husband is very unsure of me homeschooling but we have come to a decision that it would be good for the children. I am a little nervous how to handel it all. I have heard that the first year is pretty tough.
I will be teaching 4th, 2nd, and 3-4's preschool. I am a little nervous how I am going to get my youngest two to play nicely while I teach my oldest two. I would love to hear any ideas that anyone has.
I am also a little nervous on keeping the kids on track. Having good attendence and completing all the school work. I have a friend that is currently HS her daughter and doesn't complete all of the material. Like there is somewhere around 130 lessons for the year ( I am not sure how many lessons/days in a year) and she only competes like 80-100 or so. Is that noral?? Also on some of the math and writing work she only completes half of each page assigned. Do you complete the whole page for the day or do you pick and choose which ones to do??
Thanks for listening!!


It would be very helpful if we knew what teaching materials you're using and what state you live in :-)

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Postby momof4 » Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:43 pm

Hello!

I live in Indiana and I plan on using Abeka. I have a friend who is going to loan me the teachers additions for 2nd and 4th grade for all subjects, so all I have to purchase is the workbooks. I am interested In Bob Jones and may purchase it the following year.

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Postby 4given » Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:08 pm

Hello, momof4! Whatever curriculum you use, don't let yourself get boxed in by it. We use AOP Lifepacs and start out every year with a game plan. The game plan is just there to keep a goal in front of us. If a child needs extra time in a particular area, that trumps the game plan. If he is extremely interested in something that I planned to cover in a week, we will jump on it-even if it means staying on one topic (ie. Civil War) for a month. When I first started HSing, I wasn't comfortable enough to make these changes. I ended up making my oldest child (my guinea pig) dread school. Thankfully, the damage has been reversed but not without some big changes. He struggles with reading comprehension and I just pushed him and pushed him because we HAD to finish all the lessons. Now, he loves school more than all the rest. If I sense that one of them is taking advantage of our flexibility, guess what...they end up with more work.

Hope that helps some,
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Postby 4given » Mon Apr 23, 2007 1:08 pm

Oh, I forgot to mention....I live in Indiana, too! Small world.
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Re: New and nervous!!

Postby momof4 » Tue Apr 24, 2007 8:06 pm

elliemaejune wrote:
momof4 wrote:Hello all!

I have four children ages 9, 7, 2, and 1. This fall will be my first year at homeschooling. This summer we are going to begain with 3 days a week to show my husband that we can do it and it will be fun. My husband is very unsure of me homeschooling but we have come to a decision that it would be good for the children. I am a little nervous how to handel it all. I have heard that the first year is pretty tough.
I will be teaching 4th, 2nd, and 3-4's preschool. I am a little nervous how I am going to get my youngest two to play nicely while I teach my oldest two. I would love to hear any ideas that anyone has.
I am also a little nervous on keeping the kids on track. Having good attendence and completing all the school work.
Thanks for listening!!


It would be very helpful if we knew what teaching materials you're using and what state you live in :-)

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Re: New and nervous!!

Postby gardening momma » Wed Apr 25, 2007 10:01 am

momof4 wrote:I have four children ages 9, 7, 2, and 1......I will be teaching 4th, 2nd, and 3-4's preschool.


I'm curious why you feel you need to do 3-4's preschool for your 2 year old? My girls are 1 1/2 and 3 1/2, and we're just started some informal preschool a few months ago, but there's a lot that she can't do yet.

I understand if you want to find something for your younger ones to do...blocks, toddler toys, etc...

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Re: New and nervous!!

Postby momof4 » Wed Apr 25, 2007 5:15 pm

[I'm curious why you feel you need to do 3-4's preschool for your 2 year old? My girls are 1 1/2 and 3 1/2, and we're just started some informal preschool a few months ago, but there's a lot that she can't do yet.

Hello there!
My 2 year old little boy will be turning 3 in June. So I plan on continuing teaching him his shapes, tracing, using scissors, and gluing, ect. He already knows his numbers, alphabet, and colors so three or four times a week I plan on working with him. What are you working with your daughter on?

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Postby gardening momma » Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:35 pm

For a while we used alphabet flash cards to teach her ABCs. We haven't done that in a while, and I recently realized that while she can verbally say the alphabet, she still has a few letters that she gets wrong if I show one to her and ask what it is. Most of these are lowercase letters.

She knows the common shapes: square, circle, rectangle, triangle, oval, heart, star.

She counts from 1-14 almost perfect, and tries to go up to 20, but usually skips a number or two. Visual number recognition needs to be worked on some. She gets 8 & 9 mixed up. We haven't worked on visually identifying 11-20 yet.

She has a few simple puzzles that she works on from time to time. It takes a while before she can do one without my help. Other times she just gets this attitude of "help me, I can't do it" or "you do it" when she's perfectly capable.

She knows several colors: white, black, blue, brown, purple, red, orange, yellow, green, pink, gray.

We have an assortment of inexpensive preschool workbooks that I pick up at places like Walmart. I usually need to work with her on them (in an attempt to get her to actually do what she's supposed to do on the page, rather than just color the whole thing one color). We usually do one page at a time, then put the book away and pull out something different.

I've printed out a lot of free stuff from online, pre-writing practice pages, etc... She sometimes likes to do one of those. Her enthusiasm for them is waning, but I found that if I take 4 pages and staple them together along the left side, and tell her I have a new book for her, then she'll do a page or two, and we show the "book" to daddy when he gets home.

I've made a couple of file folder games from ideas I got from a library book. It took a long time to make (lots of glue sticks). One of them I accidentally made too hard, but she likes the other one, which is a big construction paper necktie that has 10 1" circles lined up down the length of the tie. I cut out 10 1" circles from a contrasting color, and numbered them 1-10. I laminated the whole thing (tie glued to the file folder, and each circle), then put velcro dot stickers on the back of each circle and on the circles marked on the tie. Her job is to put the circles on the tie in the right order.

The main things we're working on right now are:
>>trying to get her to do more coloring (to strengthen hand & finger muscles, and develop some fine motor skills)
>>puzzles--trying to get her to look at details, such as what color is at the edge of the puzzle piece, and where it should go (where is another piece with that color, or if the puzzle has a border, look at the colors there)
>>alphabet--visual recognition
>>numbers--learn 1-20 (verbal) and visual recognition
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Re: New and nervous!!

Postby gardening momma » Thu Apr 26, 2007 2:36 pm

momof4 wrote:Hello there!
My 2 year old little boy will be turning 3 in June. So I plan on continuing teaching him his shapes, tracing, using scissors, and gluing, ect. He already knows his numbers, alphabet, and colors so three or four times a week I plan on working with him. What are you working with your daughter on?


Oh, I forgot to say, that answered my question, thanks!

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Re: New and nervous!!

Postby StellarStory » Fri May 04, 2007 5:53 pm

momof4 wrote:Hello all!

I have four children ages 9, 7, 2, and 1. This fall will be my first year at homeschooling. This summer we are going to begain with 3 days a week to show my husband that we can do it and it will be fun. My husband is very unsure of me homeschooling but we have come to a decision that it would be good for the children. I am a little nervous how to handel it all. I have heard that the first year is pretty tough.
I will be teaching 4th, 2nd, and 3-4's preschool. I am a little nervous how I am going to get my youngest two to play nicely while I teach my oldest two. I would love to hear any ideas that anyone has.
I am also a little nervous on keeping the kids on track. Having good attendence and completing all the school work. Thanks for listening!!


First, try to relax. People "burn out" because they try to do too much.

Schools waste a great deal of time each day. Very little time is actually spent instructing.

Home school allows you to rethink how to learn. You can mold it to fit your kids, you, your husband and your family instead of molding your life to fit the school and it's schedules or demands.

Every day the kids are in your home they are attending. Only worry about the record keeping required by your state and/or that which you want for your records.

Try to pick curriculum that you do not have to instruct every little thing with. You should be there if the kids need instruction but the older kids should be able to do some work on their own.

Likewise, the younger ones should be taught to play and much of play can be learning on their own.

Even better you can let the older kids learn certain things by helping or teaching the younger kids some of the time.

Some materials are for multiple grades and levels. You grade differently depending on age and ability with them.

If your kids are happy with DVD's and/or computer things, there are some instruction materials they can watch or do by themselves. Even audio tapes or CD's from the library can help in some areas with instruction.

Some kids do well learning while on the move. You could be, say pushing one younger child on a swing while an older child swings themselves and recites or answers questions.

My son does memory work best while riding his bike, jump roping and that sort of thing for instance.

You don't have to be sitting at desks or around a table with a chalkboard to learn.

For many children the very best way to learn is by doing things hands on.

I favor a mix of that and literature based learning.

Most of all keep researching and asking questions. That's the way you find the best ideas.

My husband was terrified of home schooling. He was sure we'd be at each other's throats and that the kids would miss something critical. He just knew we'd ruin the kids futures.

He was so bad about it, we made a deal. He wouldn't have to have anything to do with it other than when I couldn't figure out math or something and HAD to ask him. Otherwise it was ALL on me and the kids.

I resent it sometimes. I'd like to have a full partner to talk to about curriculum and such. He says it makes him sick to talk about. Still it's worked well for us.

I've said it before, POC4U was a great buy for me. $20 or so. It has helped me learn my kids learning styles AND suggested the best ways to teach them. The best curriculum for various subjects for their learning styles is covered too!

http://www.edudps.com/poc4u.html

Stellar

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Postby napper » Thu May 24, 2007 12:32 pm

the best advice I can give you is go on plenty of field trips, it won't matter to the young ones yet but for the older ones it is a good and fun way to learn.
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