After spending a year trying to use K-12 online public school to homeschool our oldest son and finding it to be a communication and organization nightmare we have decided to try traditional homeschooling.
Our daughter has decided she would like to try it too so we are jumping in with both feet and going to try and homeschool both now.
I am feeling somewhat better with my CFS and Fibromyalgia to try this but not enough to make out lesson plans etc. so we will be trying to use curriculum that is mostly self taught.
If you have any of these and would like to trade for our books or e-books please let me know.
I am looking for the following textbooks:
Teaching Textbooks Algebra 1 – I want a set that has the CD’s with it so she can mostly learn on her own.
Teaching Textbooks Geometry- same as above.
A.C.E. Paces- Grades 4-9- A long shot I know but I have specific ones that I am looking for if you might have some you didn’t use or lightly used.
Easy Grammar Plus
Several people have asked why we don’t just rely on the public school and, just so I don’t have to explain later, here are our reasons. (This is not meant to cause a debate. It is simply a statement of our experience.)
Our problem with public school is that after relying on several public schools for 9 years in 2 states, we discovered that our kids are testing significantly below their grade levels even though one is getting straight A’s and both are in the upper 10% on state assessments.
We became concerned when it became obvious that they were not able to do basic math, spelling and grammar and that they were completely unaware of a lot of basic historical events like who is George Washington, what are the American Revolution and the Civil War and, after a year of World History and Geography, one of my kids asked, “Where is England?”
We spent so much time trying to fill in the gaps that we realized homeschool would probably be easier and more efficient. I am tired of our straight A daughter spending 1-2 hours a night on homework that she doesn’t appear to be learning much from. We want to make sure that they have the basic skills to succeed by the time they graduate but we’re not confident that it will happen on the current path in public schools.
We do know that there are some good public schools and a lot of good teachers but after having had our kids in 2 different states in 4 schools described with phrases like “high test scores” and “the best schools in the state” we are disappointed with what they have learned so far. We are not as concerned with high grades as we are with the quality of what they learn.
We really wanted to make it work in the public school and tried to make it work for 9 years, but we feel that it is ultimately our responsibility to make sure that our children are well educated. Our oldest two are in high school and approaching high school and we feel that if we don’t take action now, it will soon be too late.
We don’t want to get into a debate about the virtues of one type of schooling over another but a number of readers asked why we don’t just leave them in public school and those are our reasons. We encourage you to do what you think is best with your kids.