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September 20th, 2007, 08:24 PM
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Hello everyone
I am in need of assistance in the whole homeschool thing I want to pull my daughter out of public school..... She is loosing interest in learning all together. She comes home daily not happy about the stuff they are teaching... My daughter is 6 yrs old and has known the stuff they are teaching currently since about the age of 2! Anyhoo the prob lies in the fact that I have links and catologs and the state requirements I just need a cirricululm. So far I have found they are super expensive or they just cover the paper work part of learning....... I want to make learning fun at an affordable price and not leave out anything that shes suppose to know. I was thinking something along the lines of getting a little here and there and putting it together to make kinda my own cirriculum without breaking the bank...... Am I asking to much???

Any and all advice welcome

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September 20th, 2007, 11:11 PM
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G'day, welcome to the board.

There are all kinds of curriculum’s out there. You didn't say if you were after Christian or secular, but if you are after something more hands on, or a unit study approach, you could look at My fathers World http://www.mfwbooks.com/ or konos http://www.konos.com/ http://www.homeschoolreviews.com/ is my favourite site for looking at reviews on different curriculum’s.

Also making your own is fine too. There are heaps of free recourses online. You can buy a separate curriculum for any subject you like. We have Math-U-See (MUS) Alphabet Island Phonics and Five In A Row which is a picture book literature study.

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September 21st, 2007, 07:25 AM
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As far as cost, I look at it this way. This is my childrens' education. I am willing to spend some money for them to get a good one. That said, you can homeschool practically for free. It sounds like you've been doing a great job so far before she was ever in "school." You can definitely cobble together various stuff. You definitely don't need to buy a boxed curriculum.

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September 21st, 2007, 07:32 AM
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I was going to suggest unit studies as well. I use My Father's World. We love it here! My oldest is using their Exploring Countries & Cultures and my middle ds is using their Kindergarten (my youngest joins in where he can). As Jo said, I'm not sure if you're looking for Christian or secular, but My Father's World is definitely Christian. (Just adding here that we also use Math-U-See for math. LOVE IT!!)
I tried using Konos earlier in the summer and it didn't work for us. It may for you. I know alot of people love it. It's Christian also. It's broken into character quality units (obedience, orderliness, honor, trust, etc.), and then sub-units for each character quality (Obedience--horses; Orderliness--plant classification; Honor--Japan; Trust--ships/sailing). I loved the concept of Konos, I just couldn't do it.
My sister is one who puts her own curriculum together by picking & choosing from different companies for each subject. She likes doing it that way and has been for 10 years. I like things a little more laid out & put together for me.
Anyway, welcome to the board & I look forward to getting to know you.
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September 21st, 2007, 09:31 AM
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I am following the book " The Well Trained Mind". It gives you a guideline and you can choose the materials and cost from there. You can definitely do this and not break the bank. Just look at the local library as your best friend.

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September 21st, 2007, 12:47 PM
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I'm glad you're willing to consider pulling your daughter out of school. For our 2nd grade daughter we use Abeka. It's not terribly expensive but we won't use it again next year. I doesn't really allow you to branch out at all and it just like doing school at home, which we wanted to avoid. It has however, given me piece of mind that she was learning all she needed to for Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. I think now I'm a little more confident and am ready to try some other things, but for me it was a good place to start. If you watch on Ebay, sometimes they sell the whole package unused.

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September 21st, 2007, 04:49 PM
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I am following the book " The Well Trained Mind". It gives you a guideline and you can choose the materials and cost from there. You can definitely do this and not break the bank. Just look at the local library as your best friend. [/b]

I'm doing the exact same thing... I've saved a boat load of money then if I would've gotten a packaged curriculum. Pulse a lot of their suggestions for books and things you can by used and that makes it a lot cheaper.
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