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From: JoDawgie (
Subject:         Re: New to homeschooling- several questions
Date: June 28, 2008 at 11:58 pm PST

In Reply to: Re: New to homeschooling- several questions posted by Mary-Jane on June 27, 2008 at 11:40 am:

Thanks so much! You can reach me at MissHarleyJo@ It'd definitely be great to chat with you and get more direction.

We've been working on those large workbooks for her math, and she's picked cats for her first unit. I was thinking of doing one unit a month covering everything related to cats, like the history of cats- including extinction of the Sabertooth Tiger and development of domesticated breeds, geographical info on certain cat breeds, anatomy of cats, book reports on cats, care of cats, sizes/ weights/ jumping distances of cats, spelling tests related to cat words, making projects about cats and coloring pictures of cats, and ending up with a field trip to the zoo to view the large cat display and talk to the cat keepers there. I make candy and have some candy molds in the shape of a cat from last Fall, so we decided we'd make kitty-suckers for a yummy project.

We're getting catnip seeds tomorrow so she can grow catnip, learn to dry it, then we'll sew little pouches to put it in. We don't have cats (I'm allergic) so she's going to give them to her friends who have cats. We got the ideas and some curriculum from the conservation webpage's teacher guide. They have Cat Facts and Camo-Cats projects that look fun. I printed out extra coloring pages for my son to work on while she and I are studying and working on her own projects.

The hardest part I've found so far is wanting to do everything at once-- I'm trying to set up a realistic daily/ weekly/ monthly learning plan, but it's hard to plan that far out when I'm not sure if she'll go slower or faster than what I set out.

I did find the letter of intent to homeschool I needed on someone's CO webpage so I've sent that off already. I definitely felt empowered putting that stamp on that envelope :-)) It was like, "We don't have to take it anymore!"

Thanks again! I look forward to hearning from you!

Be well,


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