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We found out last week that we're moving to Korea in November and the kids will be waitlisted for the American schools there. Right now it's a 2 yr. wait so I have to homeschool. Soooo.... where do I start?? Any websites or books for beginners anybody could recommend? I looked a bit but there's so much information and curriculums that all I did was confuse myself.
The Army gives us $5,700 in reimbursements a year a kid for supplies. Does it really cost that much?? They also give us the option of using online programs (we get reimbursed for those too so money isn't an option), are those better than using books? I'm not a total stranger to homeschooling, one of my foster mothers homeschooled me but I was only there a couple of months so I don't remember all that much.
My kids will be in 2nd grade and kindergarten.
Do you want to do school at home? Are you Christian? Google BobJones or ABeka or School of Tomorrow Not Christian? Google Calvert or K12
Do you want to branch out and do something different? Do you like to read out loud to your kids or do hands-on projects? Google Sonlight or Winterpromise.
Do you like unit studies? Google Konos.
There are a zillion different ways to go. But you first need to figure out what you want your school to look like.
There are many options and styles and it has to start with YOU figuring out what YOU believe your experience should be like. Also to what degree you are going to take your children's preferences and learning styles into consideration will effect your decision making.
I would suggest reading one beginning homeschooling book that covers the basic stuff and until you finish the book don't read anything else or you will get overwhelmed. I suggest The Homeschooling Handbook by Linda Dobson, it is a secular book.
After you have an idea of what you would like to do then find a curriculum or design your own curriculum by picking this company's math and that company's history and using real books for other subjects. Please do not let someone tell you what to do or impose THEIR opinion on you. You really need to find a good fit for you and your children. To what degree you will stray from the 'public school method and model' is up to you. There are certainly many paths that don't look like public school. And many are not boring, I hope you find a method that brings joy into your family's home education experience!!
If you are only home-schooling because you have to you may want to go with the Calvert Curriculum. I believe people out of the country have been using Calvert as a correspondence program before most people had heard of home-schooling. I believe you send the work to them and they do the grading.
I hope your move to Korea goes really well.
Totally a coincidence, I stumbled upon this article today that speaks of the parent asking themselves questions about their philosophy of education then helps the parent form a HS plan for their family and each child as a unique person.
Do you have any contacts who are already schooling overseas? I found this link doing a quick Google search:
http://home.kc.rr.com/milhmschlhq/military_general_links.htm ("army Korea homeschool")
You may need to consider the size and weight of the materials you select. I don't think you will have any problem given your budget, so actually narrowing down your selection might be more of a challenge. There are several excellent online sources for science, reading, etc. as well as sites that offer full education online if you think using a computer would be more practical than shipping books.
For your age range- you could pretty much do anything so try not to feel pressured. In the worst case scenario, if you don't have the book you think you need you can probably find something on the internet to fill in until you can order it and get it shipped. KWIM?
I keep a list of homeschool sites at www.hwtk.net/links.html Everything is sorted by category (including a general category for getting started) and most of the links are to free resources.
If you are interested in one of the online subscription based services, take a look at Homeschool Buyers' Co-op. The Co-op is offering discounts on some of the popular online services. http://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/?source=23533
But as others have said, step one if figuring out your style- not always an easy task.
I'm "eclectic" and Christian and use Math U See and Handwriting Without Tears consistently. I also use materials from Christian Liberty Press (science and history) and Five in a Row (unit studies) on a fairly regular basis. I've used lots of different resources for phonics and am using an online program right now.
Please post again when you've had a time to surf around if you have any additional questions. Enjoy your exciting new journey!
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