Baptist Homeschoolers

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  1. ABCJim

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    Are there many here? We've been homeschooling now for many years; my oldest is 11 and has always been homeschooled and the youngest is 6 and getting into it this year.
     
  2. I Am Blessed 24

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    There are a lot of homeschoolers on the BB. Hence, this forum.

    I homeschooled my grandson for three years, but just this month, put him in our Christian school.

    I am dealing with several health issues and he is in junior high, so after much prayer, decided this would be the best way to go.

    It is our church school and all four of my children attended and graduated from there, so I know it is a good school.

    My oldest son and his wife homeschooled their four children from day one until they graduated from high school.

    I used A.C.E. PACES for my grandson. The Christian school he is attending uses ABEKA. I am praying the switch in curriculum does not bring his grades down. He loves going to school though, so I think he'll be all right.

    Blessings,
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  3. ABCJim

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    You are a first! I'd not heard of grandma homeschooling until now, that is neat.

    I've never heard anything bad about abeka-do you know something that might make you think it'll cause a problem?
     
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    A Beka is advanced in some of their subjects - especially math. I'm using A Beka math for my 1st grader and the rest of our curriculum is Bob Jones. I'm not a fan of Bob Jones in general - but their homeschool curriculum seems awesome - I'm LOVING their phonics program - way more than A Beka.

    This is my 10th year homeschooling and I have lots of years left. I homeschooled my oldest from 2nd through 8th grades, the next one from 1st through 8th grades and now #3 has done K and 1st. I have one more who is finishing up preschool this year and will begin K in September. It's been a tremendous blessing to be able to homeschool!!
     
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    We have homeschooled all four of our children from day one. Ages 8,11,13,&14. We adopted our oldest from Bulgaria 5 years ago and because of some learning disabilities he uses ACE curriculum for Math and English. The format suits his learning style well. All my children use ABeka History, Science, and Health. My three youngest kids use The McGuffey Readers and Workbooks for Reading and Writing. These books are ancient but boy are they advanced. There are things in the 2nd grade books that I have never even heard of before. For Math we use a book called Practical Arithmetic published in 1934. I was using Saxon but it got too expensive. Practical Arithmetic is only $14.00 for a book which covers 2 years and includes all quizzes, tests, and answer keys. I love the way they taught math in these books from years gone by. Rather than learning all the multiplication tables at once they learn first to multiply by that number (say a 2), then divide by 2, and finally fractions of 2 (1/2). Then they move on to the 3's,(x3, divide by 3, then fractions of 3, then the 4's, etc. They also are required to do multiple math problems in their head in a limited amount of time. These books only go through 8th grade of course, but much of the 8th grade work would be considered to be on a college level.

    We love homeschooling and plan on doing it all through high school. My kids have no desire to be schooled any other way and are doing very well.

    My youngest 3 do school throughout the year but then have every Friday off. Our eldest prefers to do school 5 days a week then have the summer off. We don't have school on the day that the moon is full--that is the one day a month where each kid can play 1 hour of video games. Homeschooling is such a blessing and I look forward to each day (well, almost).

    I too think it is neat to hear of a Grandma homeschooling. My girls both help their little brother when needed. It helps reinforce what they have learned when they have to teach it to someone else.

    What does everyone else do to make their homeschool unique?
     
  6. ABCJim

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    OK I've never heard of ACE cirriculum before this thread...what's it all about?

    ALSO: annsni, have you ever tried Saxon math? We're using it 'cause it's popular I guess, and I guess it's working, but I'd be open to something a little different. Why do you like the abeka over BJ?
     
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    Not really, other than a change in environment and curriculum. He is used to having a one-on-one teacher and with A Becka, a TV will be teaching him. Also, A Becka prides itself on being the most challenging curriculum.

    So far he is doing just great! He has found some things he did not have in home school, but he has also found some things that he learned in home school that A Beka is just now touching on. I think he'll be fine.

    A.C.E. PACES come from www.schooloftomorrow.com That is the curriculum all my kids used through high school.
     
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    We homeschooled our children last year...
    And used ACE... I loved it.

    This year we put them in Public School.
    My 8th grader which was on a 5th grade reading level last year was tested at the beginning of this year and is now on a 12th grade level...

    ACE works.
     
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    We (well, my wife - I just seem to get in the way, so I've been told!) have homeschooled all 4 of our girls at one time or the other - mainly elementary grades. Our oldest two eventually graduated from public high school, the next (9th grade) is in a Christian school, and the youngest (6th grade) is still at home.

    My wife is a big a-beka fan and has used it for years. We have looked at some ACE to help with some science, and found some other sources to supplement math.

    Homeschool is one of the best decisions we've ever made. It's not for everyone, but it's right for us.
     
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    My kids have always used A Beka and have done well with it so far. I didn't homeschool this year due to health reasons, but we did send the kids to a Christian school that uses A Beka. A Beka math is a little hard, I think. I've heard that Switched On Schoolhouse is easier, but never looked into it.

    In our area we have a homeschool association. Every year we have a booksale to buy/sell our used books. It's a great way to check out material from other curriculums and compare it side by side with what you're currently using.
     
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    I homeschool 3 of our 4 children (my youngest is only 7 months old and we have a DS-5, DD-7 and DD-8) and we pick and choose our curriculum. We use The Weaver for Bible, S.S., and Science. I love writing strands for my 3rd grader. We usa Saxon Math although we found that it worked for us to start 1st grade in kindergarten becasue their K curriculum is VERY basic. My oldest is doing Saxon 5/4 and we purchased the DIVE cd rom for that and she LOVES it! I use Abeka for K phonics and spelling all the way up but I type their words into www.spellingtime.com and they do all their spelling online. It's a nice break in their day. I use CLP for 1st and 2nd phonics and then go language 3 with Abeka. We are big into lapbooking now. (www.handsofachild.com has some examples)That means we do a project for our major units. I think it is so fun to find curriculum. There is so much out there! Thanks for sharing what you all like. I look forward to hearing more! ~Momto4~JD
     
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    I haven't been to the BB in quite some time, but have decided recently to check out what's been going on here. So you all probably won't even remember me.
    Anywho...We homeschool our 3 boys. We are using Christian Liberty Academy this year. We usually pick and choose our schooling materials, but decided to go the more structed route this year. Last year we used Sonlight for the first time ever. I am thinking of going back to Sonlight next year with my youngest. Our older two were in public school for a time and they have a hard time detracting from that experience with textbooks to fully embrace the use of literature via living books for learning, which is what Sonlight is famous for.
     
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    I don't have kids of my own yet, but I work at an ACE christian school with a homeshool learning progam. The kids do most of their work during the week and parents bring them in two days for testing. It works really well and helps keep kids on the right track. We recently had to take a couple of kids full time because their mother is fighting breast cancer and can't handle homeschooling anymore, keep her in your prayers. Also our church hosts a homeschool orchestra program where we literally have hundreds of kids come in for different bands, choirs, and music programs. The great thing about homeschooling is how flexible it is, just thought I'd throw out what my church does to give some ideas for people to look into.
     
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    We have been home schooling for 20 years and still have quite a few years to go. We use Abeka and have always been satisfied with it. I supplement with a variety during K and 1st grade just to broaden the scope. We do extra work to focus on standardized testing. Since we use the Iowa Tests of Basic Skills, we order workbooks that are geared specifically to study for those tests and we do a few pages each day. If we encounter something we have not covered in the Abeka curriculum, we take some time to find that topic on the computer.
     
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    I believe my former preacher's wife and his SIL and BIL used A Becka or ACE to home chool their kids. Brther Rick's SIL and BIL are or were missonaries in TUrkey. Brother Rick placed his kids in public schools after his wife home schooled them
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    We are Baptists and former homeschoolers of two now-grown children.
     

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