16 responses

  1. Erin
    May 7, 2012

    I love that you are asking all these questions before your start! I have tried several different methods and we finally landed on one that works for us really well. There are SO many things to consider. I’m excited for you!! I would love to chat with you more about this!!

    • Donna
      May 7, 2012

      Thanks Erin – I WILL take you up on that chat! I’m sure it will be a matter of trying different styles, schedules and curriculums but it’s nice to admit that I need the discipline that some curriculums offer. :)

  2. Brooke McGlothlin (@BrookeWrites)
    May 7, 2012

    You and I have a lot in common friend. (And Erin is a wonderful person to talk homeschool with!) I have to have the structure too, have to. And I think you also have to consider your state requirements. My boys have to endure formal testing in the state of VA, so there are certain things I have to teach them throughout the course of the year.

    Blessings!

    • Donna
      May 7, 2012

      I’ve heard VA has strict rules. Luckily I don’t have to do much until Claire is 8 then I’ll have to provide a portfolio and have a review done each year. I’m glad to have a few years to get my act together.

  3. Ashley Pichea
    May 7, 2012

    “I’m learning that all homeschool families need to do what fits their family best. ” – AMEN!!

    We’ve found that we really like the “unschooling” method of learning {mostly}, as Jenny is a self-motivated and driven learner. {David will probably be much different, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.} This year we bought curriculum for all the major academic subjects {reading, spelling, penmanship, and math}, and the only one that proved to be of value to us was the math. {We also found some Bible curriculum – GrapeVine Studies – that we love doing, and will continue to do.} Thus, math is the only curriculum we’ll be using in the fall.

    The rest of our “learning” will be interest and seasonally-driven, using books as the basis {Jenny LOVES to read} and building “lessons” from the content of the books: i.e. writing a report, doing a science experiment, using Google to learn more, etc.

    • Donna
      May 7, 2012

      I love the concept of “unschooling” and the importance of learning through everyday circumstances and events, not just curriculum. We’ll also be using GrapeVine Studies, I love their concept and hey, I can draw a stick figure!

  4. Stef Layton
    May 7, 2012

    ALSO – something big to consider, all students have a different learning style (not just the teacher) AND love language! It affects the way I teach my visual/tactile – quality time boy. Obviously lapbooks are more popular with him than worksheets.

    • Donna
      May 7, 2012

      Stef, that is a great reminder. I’m sure as we work through our first year I’ll learn what Claire’s learning style is. Her love language is quality time, which is another reason we’re choosing to homeschool. I’m sure I’ll have to be very flexible in our first year and try different things to see what works best for all of us. :)

  5. Nancy M.
    May 9, 2012

    This will be my first year homeschooling a kindergarten. My oldest was in 5th grade when we started homeschooling him. I’m nervous about teaching everything and still haven’t decided to use a curriculum or just wing it since he’s so young. Have you decided on a curriculum yet?

    • Donna
      June 19, 2012

      Hi Nancy – sorry for the delay!! Yes we are using My father’s world with a few other things added in. We’ll be using Math U See, Grapevine studies, We choose virtues and I’m looking for a handwriting program.

      So far it’s going great so I guess we’ll see how things change as times goes by – We’re in week 2 and everything seems great!

  6. Janet
    May 22, 2012

    Welcome to the homeschooling family! It indeed is a journey of joy to take with your child(ren). It’s all about taking time to learn what works (and what doesn’t). We all having a learning curve when beginning the homeschool journey and must make adjustments as we go along. I needed a structure, too, and so we chose accordingly. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

  7. Nicole
    June 9, 2012

    I am SO excited to have found your blog! Our daughters are the same age and we are officially starting homeschool in the Fall! We’ve been schooling for over a year but very laid back since she technically wasn’t school aged. Now all her little friends are getting ready for their first big day at school and I’m realizing, HOLY COW, it’s about to get real up in here!
    I use a mix and match of curriculums but what I’ve learned over the past year and has saved my sanity (and wallet) is that they learn to write by writing, they learn to read by reading, and they learn science and math by doing! We are using some structured curriculums but I’m going to do themes and try to keep it light and fun. Can’t wait to follow your journey!

    • Donna
      June 19, 2012

      Hi Nicole! Thanks for stopping by. We started last week and it’s been great! We are loving it! And yes, it is getting really REAL over here. :)

  8. Kim
    March 26, 2014

    This could have been written by me! I am starting homeschooling with my almost 5 year old boy next year and am at a crossroads. I LOVE and believe in the idea of ‘learning through playing’ and part of the reason we are homeschooling is because I believe this age should be about PLAYING more than sitting in school all day. That being said…..*I* need the structure. to know what I ‘should’ be teaching. I need the outline of curriculum for MY sanity. I could probably piece together curriculum on my own to add a bit of ‘formal’ schooling time for us, but I don’t have time for that. I am so glad to see I am not the only one that has struggled with this. I am still deciding what to do so would love to hear how everything worked for you and what programs you used! thank you!!!!

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