Monday, October 12, 2009


Hi everyone,
I write today in hope that expressing my frustration will enlighten a solution. We have been using a computer program and I absolutely love it for homeschool however what I love is not important as what my son's learning. He is not good at independent study and I struggle to be involved with it as it is not lessons I planned so I am going back through the well-trained mind and my printouts on teaching the trivium I think he did so much better at this. Now the math program on the computer is really working well so I will stick with that however what do you all do for History, Bible and science. I used the Well-trained mind language program last year and it worked however we got it late in the year and did not finished so I think we will resume that. My son learns best from me reading with him, and from reading aloud together and things he can participate in. I want to find something that involves little princess too when she has the patience to sit still, worksheets work well. I need to get more organized as this is 5th grade year for him and pre-k kindergarten for her. Can you tell I am stressed and unfocused today so we finished our history for today and are taking the rest of the day off to regroup any suggestions... I think a packaged curriculum is not working for us so those of you that use a bit of everything or parts of some curriculum how do you organize your lessons, stay on track and make sure you get everything the state needs while keeping the kids on track and learning fun... I dont want the fights anymore I want learning to be fun for them and me:) they are smart kids I just need to find what works. this is only our second year homeschooling and starting after public school has been a challenge. Thanks for any input you can share.


Anonymous said...

To be honest with you my oldest is very independent. I mean I really want to be more involved but he would rather me give him the work and let him do it. He retains all his lessons and passes all his tests. I do use a packaged curriculum with him. I am pleased but most of the problem is that I would rather be more hands on and involved. So, I try to incorporate ways to be so I can make sure he is really on track.

I understand fustration though. I hope you get some great tips.

My issue is planning things with my younger (pre-k) I am not consistent with it. I know I need to train her and myself to be used that for Kindergarten next year.

I struggle with letting my kids be independent workers (I know) but I read other mama's and they have table time, projects, and all kinds of togetherness.

I need a balance. So, I am kind of fustrated too.

prayzgod said...

History, Bible, and Science...

For history, we are doing The Story of the World volumes 1-4 for grades one through four. I have the kids orrally narrate portions of the chapter each day, and we make notebook pages, timelines, and color maps. Starting in fifth grade, I'm leaning toward "Mystery of History."

Bible... We just read a chapter a day from the King James Bible. I explain words as we go, and we discuss what we learned from the chapter. We stick mostly to the New Testament, but right now we are going through Genesis, and will some of the other O.T. books.

Science... I have had a hard time finding good science, but I think I finally found one I really like - A Beka Science. It's wonderful, very Christian, and uses KJV text in the lessons. Last week we studied bean embryos, and this week we are sprouting beans.

In late August we studied (and captured) various bugs.

Hope this helps give you some ideas. :-)

If you'd like someone to "talk" to about this, we can email, if you'd like. I love talking homeschool.

Anonymous said...

Hey girl, wherefore art thou? How did homeschool go?

live4god said...
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live4god said...

I just updated my blog to give you an update...cant believe its been all week without posting. We decided to just regroup and I have taken the week off many things. thanks for checkin on me Candy:) Talk to you all soon! Have a blessed Lord's Day