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From: Webelos Dad (
Subject:         Re: Where do I even START???
Date: October 6, 2006 at 7:43 am PST

In Reply to: Where do I even START??? posted by Dana on October 5, 2006 at 12:10 pm:

Good question.

First I would suggest looking at all his school books and then work with him a bit to find out where he's at with it. Learn his skills, long suits, weak areas etc. etc.

You can purchase similar books at the larger bookstores and tailor your curriculum to best meet his needs. That's the great beauty of homeschooling and conversely, the great fallacy of government schooling is their "one size fits all" approach.

My son, the same age as yours, is attending public school this year just because he and I were both interested in knowing how he would do in a classroom environment. I also wanted to make certain things available that I couldn't provide such as band and sports.

I think we'll be back to homeschooling next semester or next year. This was kind of a reality check for both of us and the reality has become crystal clear that he's not challenged at school and although they've put him in "gifted and talented, he still isn't especially enjoying it and misses the calculus and algebra as his seventh grade class struggles with their times tables.

I've always used books I get on assorted subjects from various sources and mixed and matched stuff to suit his needs and wants. Using an eclectic mix of materials like this makes it more interesting and flexible for both he and I. We have a library of several hundred assorted books. We start with a subject and use the materials as well as the library to pursue the subject rather than letting any set curriculum lead the way.

Don't forget that what might work for me may not work for you. We're all individuals with unique talents, skills, backgrounds, needs and wants. This is why I think you should start with assessing his wants, needs, abilities etc. while at the same time assessing your own.

Homeschooling means educating and preparing your kids for life and not just getting them through an academic regimen just for the sake of doing it like the government schools do.

Feel free to email me as I have lots of materials and such I'd be willing to share. I might even have some ideas or suggestions...but maybe not LOL.

Just take the words NOSPAM out of the email address listed above. I generally don't put my email address out like that because when I do, there are email farmers out there that will flood people with all manner of offensive and unwanted nonsense...and they send all their junk to me first, it seems.

I wish you all the best and will have you in our prayers.

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