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From: Alice in INdy (
Subject:         Re: Needing serious advice here!
Date: September 24, 2009 at 10:29 am PST

In Reply to: Needing serious advice here! posted by Jane on September 5, 2009 at 9:09 pm:

I have been homeschooling for 11 yrs. If I were in your shoes this is what I might do.
I'd get Modern Curriculum Press math for them at their level. I'm sure you can find time to do a lesson a day with each kid. My struggling daughter was doing well with this and then I looked at Saxon and ABEKA and feared she wasn't getting enough...I should have just stayed with it!!!! Go by where they are in ability, not by grade level.Tell them math is a must 6 days a week 52 weeks a year.
I would drag tons of books from the library and mix in science and history with fun stories. Then as a family I'd read an historical book Little house books, American Adventure some kind of series and start getting them to understand different time periods and how people lived. I would do this for 2-5 nights a week. It is easier than you think. Can hubby read to them, or high school neighbor?
Then for spelling/grammar/handwriting have them copy sentences/paragraphs from books at their reading level DAILY. They can copy words they don't know, in a book and practice those words in sidewalk chalk outside or write them in the dirt. Another fun thing we did was buy chalkboard paint and painted a part of their bedroom walls then they did school work on their board and you can write lessons on the board.
Then there is a great DVD/Video Grammar/Punctuation course that maybe your library has. Mine does !!!! you need to go to the web site and look around and watch this lady's videos. If you cant get them to load I think some of her videos have been put on
when you find the "Prices" on the left click on it and don't have a heart attack with the prices. The ones at the top of the page are packages ( actually if you used it for a couple years and for several children they are good prices. However, scroll towards the bottom and find the individual courses. When I did a search I found the below link that takes you to a PDF of her workbook that goes with her Basic Grammar course.
Hopefully you can find some Youtube videos to see what they are like and look at the link to see what the workbook looks like. There are 27 lessons for the Basic Grammar that would be one lesson per week then you could help them find that info in the sentences/paragraphs they copy.

Sorry to ramble, hope this helps.

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