New York Homeschool Help Needed!!
by Kelly Abashaar
(Queens, New York)
New York Homeschool Questions and Help Needed
New homeschooling mom of four has some New York homeschool questions. Please help if you can...
I have already sent in my letter of intent to homeschool and recieved my packages for my four children. What I am wondering is how do i go about choosing their curriculum and finding the books and so forth. I am totally at a loss here and really have no idea what to do!!! PLEASE HELP ME!! Thank You!!Hi Kelly!
Choosing curriculum isn't always easy, unfortunately, but I would love to try to help you. I am posting your questions to my website so others can help too.
A couple questions:
How old are your children or what grade are they in?
Are you looking for faith-based or secular materials? Or does it matter?
Children learn in different ways. What works with one may not necessarily work with another.
If your children are close in age, you may want to teach them together through a unit study approach. Unit studies usually take more involvement from the parent, but its worth the time investment – you can teach all your children at once! With the unit study approach, all subjects - history, science, language arts, etc. revolve around a main theme or time period. Subjects aren't isolated from each other; instead every one works with the other.
Some great homeschool unit studies are:
A Row (ages 5-8)/Beyond Five In A Row (ages 8-12)
My Father's World (K-8 and High School)
World of Adventure (Middle School)
Prairie Primer – uses the Laura Ingalls Wilder books
Tapestry of Grace
Sonlight is also another popular homeschool curriculum where you can teach multiple children at once.
You can also modify traditional curriculum to work with any type of learner, but it takes a little extra work on your part.
Some more traditional, teacher-led homeschool curriculum programs include:
Rod and Staff
Christian Liberty Press
Oak Meadow is a hands-on secular homeschool curriculum you and your children may enjoy.
Teacher-led, literature-based curriculum
Robinson Self-Teaching Curriculum
ACE – Accelerated Christian Education
Alpha Omega homeschool curriculum
Christian Light Education
Some online homeschool curriculum options:
K12 Homeschooling Curriculum
Some great places to buy curriculum are:
CBD – Christian Book Distributors offers a LARGE selection of homeschool products with great discounts.
Rainbow Homeschool Resources also offers a large selection of homeschool curriculum and products at great prices.
I hope this helps you, Kelly! If you have any other questions, please feel free to ask. Other New York homeschool parents may post some additional help for you too!
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