Hello! Ages of Your Homeschoolers?

  • Lindsey

    Member
    September 4, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Hello! We have a 17, 14, and 12 yr old.

    Our style is more relaxed, and the children lead their educational learning based off their interests. We do a lot of unit studies, and try to take field trips associated with what each kiddo is learning, when time allows. (Usually prefer doing so when other kids are back in school! Ha!)

    Our main focus on learning is character building, life skills, survival skills, helping others in the communities around us, and entrepreneurial leadership.

    Hope to see lots of people join this group! We love the Homeschool Life!

  • KramitDreams

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    September 4, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    Hello ๐Ÿ‘‹! We have an 16yr, 13yr.(autistic), 12yr,10 yr, and a 9 yr.;)

    We work better on what I call a relaxed schedule ๐Ÿ˜†. We have a mixture of books that I’ve picked up at Christian school book sales, homeschool group book sales, and library book sales (usually for 1$ a bag). We work from 9- 12 Monday- thrusday. We take Fridays off for a longer weekend ๐Ÿ™Œ. Bc we work thru locals fairs and most holidays that society celebrates (we do take off for Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving) we are able to take off whenever for a field trip, or family fun day and sometimes it’s just a snow or rain day bc daddy is home;) I love the Freedom. It doesn’t always stay like this sometimes we just change it up completely;) we learn every day, even as adults ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  • americanroots

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    September 4, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    Hi Everyone!

    My name is Jessica and I am currently a middle school teacher in a public school. I teach music and computer coding. I have a special education and general education degree along with a culinary degree and am excited to be a resource for anyone that needs it! Please let me know what I can do to help any learning journey.

  • Ken.l.wells

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    September 5, 2022 at 1:20 am

    Our oldest is a toddler (2.5 years old and a newborn), but we’re already looking into it. Does anyone have any good advise for starting out?

    • HilltopHomeplace

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      September 5, 2022 at 2:44 am

      My kids are out of school and I did not homeschool, but I’m still very interested in it in case my daughter ever wants to try it for my grandkids. However, I wanted to say that I’ve watched several wonderful videos lately on youtube on The Texas Boys, Our Story channel. They have 5 kids of all ages, and they go in detail to discuss the curriculum they’ve settled on and their approach to lesson time and everything and it is so interesting. The kids are creative, hardworking and so very smart and kind. Would be a great place to get some good information. https://youtu.be/LrNJTIrF79g

      • NSP

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        September 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm

        I will check that out today. Thank you for sharing

      • NSP

        Member
        September 10, 2022 at 3:14 pm

        WOW. That was great. So worth the time to watch and write down their curriculum. Thanks a bunch for sharing.

    • NSP

      Member
      September 10, 2022 at 1:59 pm

      Grandmother here 3 year old and new sibling this week.

      I purchased the preK curriculum from funshine express, fireflies.

      I loved it. I paid 100 dollars a month for the 3 months curriculum. I received a box for each month. I attended the virtual class for teachers which is free.this is the curriculum that preK schools buy.

      The summer edition is a review of the entire year. So I did not pay 100 dollars for 9 months. It was very very easy and it worked with my grandchild.

      At the moment I spent money on swimming lessons, went every class with the idea to learn how to teach swimming. Done that. With the economy sliding down much faster than I had anticipated I am now reviewing other curriculum. It has to be free (I’m tying up my money in solar for the house)I came across Easy Peasy. I started down loading and copying the literature, read through their web page. Today and tomorrow I will price the accompanying books she has on Amazon.

      My goal is releve my good children so they can work. At the same time each grandchild will learn to read write and have competent math skills.

      I did learn when I homeschooled my children that after the age of 9 or 10 they are exhausted of your voice. The parents must have the support of aunt uncle grandparents. Time away in a good environment does help the children.

    • soma_farms

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      September 13, 2022 at 2:28 am

      I started out with Montessori which you can start from day 1. I am not strict with it, but it is amazing to see how much they can do and how it really does make for less frustration and tantrums.

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    • NSP

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      September 10, 2022 at 2:00 pm

      Same as my granddaughter

  • FortElswyrFarm

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    September 5, 2022 at 3:24 am

    We’re pretty relaxed schoolers here, too. Life skills, character building, scripture studies, work ethic, and the basic three Rs. I also try to follow what the kids are interested in.
    Ages are 14, 12, and 9.

  • KramitDreams

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    September 5, 2022 at 5:00 pm

    Just learned today how to get permanent marker off of a dry erase board. you use a dry erase marker on top of the permanent marker and then erase it it actually works!๐Ÿ˜†

  • FaithK

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    September 5, 2022 at 8:56 pm

    I graduated my almost 25yo, and currently have 17yo twins. One is severely autistic and mostly non-verbal, so things look different for him. But our girl-twin is has been unschooled (the 25 yo was mostly unschooled).

    Feel free to reach out with any questions.

  • LamplightCS

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    September 6, 2022 at 5:01 pm

    I have 4.

    19yo (special needs)

    15yo

    9yo

    7yo

  • KramitDreams

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    September 6, 2022 at 5:11 pm

    BJU press one of my favorite history books for young readers. โค

  • GuerrillaProvisions

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    September 6, 2022 at 5:40 pm

    We have four boys (9, 7, 3 & 1). They are unschooling. We don’t use a curriculum at all just life. ๐Ÿ™‚ Both my 9 & 7 year old boys are avid readers already. It really works so well to just facilitate their interests.

    • FaithK

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      September 6, 2022 at 10:21 pm

      Whoohoo! Unschooling for the win! (Okay, for some of us, but still… lol)

    • soma_farms

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      September 7, 2022 at 6:52 am

      Unschooling is what we pretty much do too! I wish my parents did this with me!

  • NSP

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    September 10, 2022 at 10:04 am

    Homeschooled my children with calvert. Now I am starting with my toddler grandchild. Who just had a sibling born this week. I’m slowly gathering curriculum for all the grandchildren. Does anyone have a preference in regard to curriculum ?

  • HoneysGarden

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    September 10, 2022 at 1:31 pm

    @NSP I turned 70 this week; it’s worth noting that my parents started me with the Calvert Correspondence Course 65 years ago! (We were in McKinley Park, Alaska with no public schools.) While I’m sure the curriculum has been adjusted over the years, I would hope they might have retained most of their standard of education.

    • NSP

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      September 10, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      High education, it was tutor material for the children of embassadors in foreign stations.

      I’m from Banff by the way. I live in Florida now.

  • Goodie

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    September 10, 2022 at 1:33 pm

    We’ve always homeschooled our 8yo. Happy to be here! We use a Charlotte Mason approach and some unschooling mixed in.

    • NSP

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      September 10, 2022 at 2:04 pm

      What is unschooling ? I have never heard of it.

      • FaithK

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        September 10, 2022 at 8:27 pm

        We’ve unschooled (20ish years now). LOVE it. It also helps teach the kids learn the rights and responsibilities of freedom by giving them that freedom. It doesn’t mean I’m totally hands off. It’s just that we’ve mostly been led by whatever they want (or don’t want) to learn.

        But as young children, we read read read read. From baby-hood until they pretty much stopped listening to me reading at about 11yo. Soooo much reading. I believe that it’s my responsibility to teach my kids how to learn, and to help guide them in that direction.

    • NSP

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      September 10, 2022 at 2:05 pm

      Im a grandmother forgive the ignorance

      • HilltopHomeplace

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        September 10, 2022 at 8:12 pm

        Me again, lol. I didnโ€™t know that either until I watched another great video on The Texas Boys channel. Iโ€™ll link it here, but it explains everything by a young lady who was unschooled. Eye opening! https://youtu.be/kFeqqEFFPXchttps://youtu.be/kFeqqEFFPXc

      • NSP

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        September 11, 2022 at 1:01 pm

        Excellent. Thank you the last one you posted was very helpful.

  • HoneysGarden

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    September 10, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    It’s a form of education outside the formal school curriculum. Homeschooling can be a part of it, but it relies on a child’s natural curiosity and desire to learn, and allows a more unstructured learning experience. It wasn’t formally recognized when I was growing up – but my father used to take me to his lab at the university and let me examine microscopic plants and animals under a microscope, explaining what they were and how they fit into the ecosystem. That might be one example.

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