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I know there is a program out there, but not sure if it is nationwide and there are also restrictions. For some areas/schools it is free and some have to pay. I guess it's lke a mixture of home school and public?
When we first started, we looking into things like that, too. The problem is that it's not "work at your own pace" and they keep attendance and stuff. It's too stressful for me. One of the benefits of HSing for us is reduced stress for the kids and me. but there are online programs out there that are great to start.
For example, we use
Time4Learning.com as our "core". It's not enough, though, IMO, so we supplement. But I like that it teaches the basic concepts in a fun way, grades them, and gives you a print out of their work for any time period (we do it every time they complete a year.)
For supplementing the Reading, we use:
How to Teach Your Kid to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (we don't follow the book exactly. We have a relaxed approach to it)
We also have some easy to read books (like Bob's books and a few others I've gotten off ebay) and have them read at least 3 of these mini books a day. We help if they need, but mostly all they need is to be reminded to sound it out. My oldest is using chapter books now, and we have him do 2 chapters a day (about 10 pages). When he reads 100 books, he gets a new nintendo DS game lol We keep a reading log for each kid.
For supplementing the Math, we use
We will be getting some supplemental workbooks, too. I want to get the one my homeschooling friend uses, but I keep forgetting what it's called.
For spelling, we use wizardspell.com for now (with the spelling lists we got from time4learning), but we are going to us the sequential spelling workbooks starting in 2nd grade. I want to see if I can find some good workbooks for this still. I haven't looked into it, mostly because my kids are pretty decent spellers just from reading, but they could still improve and still need to learn more about this.
To supplement science, we use Science Units for High-Ability Learners (developed by the Center for Gifted Education at The College of William and Mary, to offer advanced curriculum supported by years of research. The Center's materials have received national recognition from the United States Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, and they are widely used both nationally and internationally.) We also got them cut and paste science workbooks. Cut and Paste: Science: Jodene Smith: 9780743937061: Amazon.com: Books
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