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[–] OhRutherfordBehave 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

You could most definitely homeschool your kid entirely off of youtube. Please teach them calculus, physics, and chemistry as soon as you possibly can, it's really not that hard. When they say math is hard, that's a huge lie. Don't fall for it.

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[–] Empress 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

She should check out The Kahn Academy especially for teaching STEM.

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[–] AnarchoCapsLock 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Love Kahn, it's great for anyone who wants to brush up on general Ed, the format is like a videogame with achievements and all.

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[–] DefenderOfTruth 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I was homeschooled and love researching what I'll do with my kids someday. Even though I don't have kids yet. Haha. Here's my favorite homeschool books for you to look into. (Note that I have a Christian background and am drawn to books that promote Christian morals.)

Math
  • Miquon math series (for elementary ages). I loved these little consumable books in the first few grades.
  • Life of Fred (math through all levels). If your kid doesn't "get math," I'd give Fred a shot. I didn't have it for growing up, but I have heard great things about the literary approach to math.
  • Jacob's math. Best math for highschool in my opinion. I went trough all the books and loved the way it's laid out with humor and lots of bite sized explanations
  • 100 Sheep skip counting CD. Makes skip counting EASY with the catchy Bible themed songs. Even little kids will get ahead with this
  • Khan Academy. Wonderful online resource.
Science and History 
  • library books (free homeschool is the best!)
  • Considering God's Creation book for elementary ages
  • Dr. J Wile Science books for high school. Very solid and you'll be over prepared for college if you do these
  • Mystery of History series. Very well researched and encourages your kid to research things themselves (for example, one assignment is "research and write why you believe Atlantis is real or not"). I love the first book since the author parallels secular and Biblical history.
  • The Sonlight Curriculum puts out a free catalogue of historical and fiction grade-appropriate books. My mom used to flip to my grade level section and take it to the library to create an assigned reading list for me. When kids are little, you can go up a few grades and just do the book as a read aloud.
Writing, Spelling, Grammer
  • Writing Srands. All grades. The best writing program I've ever seen. I became a very confidant writer from this. Also the series focus on real world situations to teach you writing.
  • Easy Grammer. Pretty good. There is probably better out there by now. It's just a huge book of worksheets and did its job. I still have all my prepositional words memorized. Haha.
  • Spelling Power. All ages. Starts with words like "it" and "cat". I hated this book, but I think it was just me. Looking back, it was a great process and I just was a poor speller. It is full of great ideas to learn spelling, writing words in the sand, making word art, etc.
  • The Elements of Style. I will be making this assigned reading for my kids someday. This is an amazing book and a good compliment to any writing/grammar/spelling curriculum you choose
Other
  • Whatever Happened to Penny Candy? Good read aloud book on finance and how inflation works
  • Maps, Charts, and Graphs. Of all my peers, I'm the most confidant in reading maps. This is an easy worksheet book and fun. It also teaches you important old fashioned life skills in this GPS dependent era.
  • Look into the Woldarf and Montessori style of teaching. You'll get some good ideas from them even if you don't agree with all their ideas.
  • My mom and dad encouraged me to read all growing up. The library was always viewed as a treat and we went there a lot. My mom was good about letting us get what we wanted and don't push a topic on us or ban books. I got a very broad learning of the world from library books.

I am sure I gave you more than you wanted. Ha. I hope things go well! Don't give up! We had some hard seasons, but my mom stuck it out and I'm forever thankful. I was very well prepared for college and didn't have the baggage kids seem to get at public school these days.

One final tip, I would recommend you listen to your kids and give them a voice in their curriculum. I vetoed some books and my mom listed to me. She could have made me stick to the math book I hated (Saxon), but because she respected my learning needs, she found me a better math option that taught the way I learned. This was very empowering to me. Of course, some things I had to stick with, like spelling. No spelling book would have made me happy. School isn't about being happy all the time, but if there are options and your kids is struggling, consider swapping your methods.

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[–] grandmacaesar 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Single father checking in. I homeschooled my two youngest through the 8th grade with the K12 curriculum. I had to out of necessity, as the school system where we lived ranked in the bottom 5% of the state. Many states view K12 as a Title 1 school, same as a brick-and-mortar schoolhouse. I received boxes of books, art supplies, music supplies, items for math and science labs, lots more all free. There are online classes with teachers and other students in the virtual classroom. I was considered a "learning coach". The children sat on my lap daily and we all learned together. K12 even has religion squeezed in, in the History classes. It's like, "Some people believe in evolution, some people believe in intelligent design. The ones who believe in intelligent design believe that In the beginning God..." and then they present Judeo-Christianity. They also give some time to the world's other major religions---islam, buddhism, hinduism---and this is in the 1st and 2nd grades. (I never was taught these things in school!) And the teachers line out field trips where the kids can meet and greet. Parents are encouraged to set up field trips with other K12 students in the area as well.

The kids can go through the curriculum at their own speed. My youngest completed 4th and 5th grade in one school year. And having the kids right there in the room with me as they were schooled allowed me to interject when we ran into questionable content (such as what really happened on 9/11).

When the children were in the 8th and 9th grades, we moved to where the school was ranked in the top 10%, so I enrolled them. My kids have the highest GPAs in their grades. And there have been absolutely zero social problems. They take advanced classes, are involved with school leadership, and are very active in the high school band.

We had a blast, and I would gladly do it all over again. Find it here:

www.K12.com

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[–] Empress 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

@TinaZ may have some good resources for you.

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[–] TinaZ 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Decide what your goals are for your homeschool. Get to know your kid/kids, and work on building off of their strengths while supporting their weaknesses. Our homeschool goals look a little like this:

  1. That our children would know Jesus Christ as their personal savior. That they would have a close relationship with the triune God, and learn to present their faith in an eloquent way and intimate way.
  2. That we would know our children, and they us. That they would have a deep connection to their family, and the ability to develop strong relationships with others.
  3. That our children would understand how to communicate with other human beings - and that communication takes hard work.
  4. That our children would learn to work hard at whatever job they are given, and that they would know they are responsible for taking care of themselves and those who depend on them.
  5. That our children will continually strive to learn about the world that they live in. To view learning as a life long process, which we never finish.
  6. That our children would follow through on the projects/education that they start. That they plan for their future with the awareness that the future is both controlled entirely by the Lord, and unpredictable to them. To trust in God's plan for them, and to work hard at the tasks He lays before them.
  7. That our children would love others are they love themselves. Giving of themselves, as Christ did.

I could probably go on for a while, but this is the gist.

You'll notice academia is not specifically listed. While I appreciate a strong academic approach, I also recognize that a lot of social, moral and spiritual issues may go unnoticed if the focus is primarily academic. The truth is, your choice of curriculum is less important than the level of your participation as a parent/educator. There are many good options, and it can be VERY overwhelming. A 4 year old needs boundaries and discipline, love, safety, good food, story time, and ample opportunity to play. As they get older you can spend more time researching curriculum based on your desired outcome.

God bless!

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[–] ChapterJuni [S] 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thankyou! I've spent the last ten years in public education, so I have experience, but the current climate in education tied my hands to the point that I felt like I had no choice but to raise little brats. I do not know a child who would not benefit from working toward goals like these with their family. This will really help me verbalize to my extended family why I choose to home school.

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[–] MillstoneNecklace 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Cannot recommend the Well-Trained Mind book enough; it is its own curriculum, but also suggests a number of others while showing how accessible homeschooling can be. I've also heard good things about the Mother of Divine Grace curriculum.

The most important thing, IMO, is to focus on the trivium method of learning. Learning the trivium method will insure that the student will be able to learn on their own for the rest of their life.

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[–] ButtNugget 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Netflix , YouTube and Kahan academy are also priceless resources

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[–] ButtNugget 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

We use primarily work books and free online resources. Brain quest is a definite favorite! I try to keep a foundation of Waldorf style learning when they are littles but by around third or fourth grade my sons were over it. We have Oak Meadow books that I personally like but my oldest son said was "hippie crap."

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