I'm really tired of the public school situations and the inappropriate things they are trying to force on my 7 & almost 9 year old girls. I've sent an interest form in to the GCA for next school year and am hopeful we are accepted. Any advice for homeschooling for the first time? I also have a one year old.
Have fun, make things hands on, follow your kids interests, be flexible and don't be afraid to experiment with different methods. There are many helpful homeschooling books out there. I would look some up at your local library. Remember you will learn as you go. Listen to everything your kids are telling you. Welcome to homeschooling. Also remember it takes time to get the hang of homeschooling. The first year is usually the hardest.
Don't put too much pressure on yourself. You don't have to school for 8 hours like a public school, nor assign nearly as much work. Since the children are getting one-on-one instruction and extra help all the time, they don't need to do nearly as much to make sure that they understand. Also, you don't have to do busy work, just do what they need to learn the concept. I guess my last piece of advice is to not feel pressured to keep moving, if one of them gets stuck, feel free to stop. It is so much better when you work on something until it is mastered instead of checking more topics off the list. I think that is one of the biggest advantages of homeschooling.
Remember also, that schools are only required to do 75-80% of the curriculum for the year. When I was a public school teacher, I calculated how much time was actually spent on active learning of core academics, it came out to 1 hour and 35 minutes, and that was on a day with no assemblies, fire drill, or other interuptions. That was when I decided that I could actually homeschool.
I recommend finding a local homeschool group. The people in homeschooling groups will be able to help you with deciding on curriculum and open up the door to the wealth of resources that are out there for homeschoolers.
Lastly, remember to not make any decisions about whether or not to continue homeschooling in january or February. I read an article about this before I started homeschooling and it is so true. It is easy to get overwhelmed in the middle of the winter, but keep pushing and come Spring it will be much easier.
If you have any questions, please feel free to message me. I have a 2nd grader and a K4 student this year. When we started my son was barely 2, so I know what it is like to school with a toddler in the house. Best wishes!
The GCA is the Georgia Cyber Academy. Its an online public school that is accredited but is minus the propaganda and minus talking to small children about sex. Two big reasons we're trying to get out of Douglas county schools. They specially create the curriculum for the child, there's tons of support, other ways to be social, and they'll be able to help me keep them from falling behind. I'll still be the one teaching them but I'm afraid of not having someone keep tabs until I'm used to doing it.