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  1. Oh, great suggestions! If I am able to continue homeschooling in the fall, it will be our 12th year! I also start searching for new stuff AFTER I look at what I already have on the shelf available. It saves $ to reuse what you can if you’re on a budget (like I am as a single Mom). I also make a list of core subjects, write down what I already have…search out possible free or low-cost on-line sites for additional curriculum…and then see what’s left to purchase. I stick to those things because it’s so tempting to get so much more! LOL

    1. Great tips. I definitely do most of those, too. There was so much I could have said in this post, I just couldn’t get to it all! 🙂

  2. This is an awesome post Kim! Pinning 🙂 Can I use it for my Considering Homeschool Round Up?

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  4. Thank you for this! We are moving (hopefully by the end of he year) to Africa with our 4 kids. What we have has worked well here but won’t there. And because of space and financial restraints, I am limited to one 50 pound suitcase for materials for 4 children for at least 2 years (no internet and limited printing ability, too). It’s making me nervous in ways I have never been before!

    1. It will be an amazing adventure! Have you looked at Gather Round? You could print out student books ahead of time for several units, or if you have individual devices like IPads, you can use the digital version and an app like Notability to work right on the digital copy!

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  6. My husband and I are new to the homeschooling idea, but are very adamant that we are going to homeschool our youngest child. We have 2 boys, age 15 (16 in July) and 2 (3 in Nov). The oldest only has 2 more years of school and I wish I had been able to homeschool him. He is a very gifted man and traditional school didn’t challenge him like he needed and he became lax no matter how hard we tried to encourage him. Our 2 year old has a very large vocabulary already (mostly tools and things like that… thanks to Daddy), but no patience whatsoever. Granted he is 2, but he gets so easily frustrated it’s difficult to get to refocus. We are trying to get a jump on his education and doing research for a good Preschool Curriculum, but I feel so overwhelmed with all the choices out there. We may also try to find someone that may be willing to take him on as a student in their home since I work full time and my husband is the stay at home parent and not sure if he is up to the task. Any help or guidance you might be able to provide would be super greatly appreciated.

    Thank you so much for this posting.

    1. I would strongly suggest you wait at least another year before starting any kind of formal curriculum with him. Honestly, it’s easy to get burned out if you start too early, especially with boys. Yes, there is a lot out there, but the best thing to do right now is learn about the world. Go as many places as possible and talk about it. Go to the library every single week and get great books. Read as many books as possible together!

      When my kids are ready to sit down and do “school” I buy the Rod and Staff preschool set.

      I love this set because it requires little prep work on the part of this busy mom, but it makes them feel like they are doing “school.” I typically start it around age 4, but I’m laid back and never force them to work in the books. If they’d rather play, no problem! There is much to learn through play, so don’t feel like it’s wasted time.

      Another good option for you would be the Five in a Row Series. That’s actually what I did with my oldest because I was anxious to start something with her and we loved it! (I think she was 3 when I started.)

  7. What great advice! Luckily there are so many different curriculums available so every family is bound to find the right curriculum for their children. Even in the same family, at the same ages, two children can be using two completely different curriculums!

    You won’t find that kind of diversity in the public school classroom! Also throughly enjoyed your mentioning to consider MOM’s needs. How true that is!

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  10. I love getting your emails everyday. I was at teach them diligently Atlanta this year and sat in one of your sessions. I too walked the exhibit halls , made some clear decisions . Now that I’m home I still find myself second guessing myself. Cost is a big factor. I have 4 children 8th grade- 2nd grade .
    Honestly for me I wish there was a person or a questionnaire I could take and then it would generate curriculum for my family. I’m still very nervous about next year as I will have a high schooler . I have 2 boys that struggle with spelling and reading. Thank you for all the encouragement.

    1. I have thought about offering a consulting service to help parents choose curriculum like that. I know it can be so frustrating. Keep praying and trusting God, my friend! I’m praying for you as you make these decisions.

  11. This is a great article! I’m in my 5th yr. of homeschooling and I’ve just realized some of these same things. I have to say though, what really stuck out to me was the fact that you are (or were) in FL! Do you mind me asking what area? I’m in Sarasota and would looooove to meet up with you if you’re near by.

    1. I’m not in Florida anymore, but I was born and raised in Tampa. My whole family still lives there so we visit often! My sister works in Sarasota. 🙂

  12. Great post! Teaching your children at home enables them to work at their own pace. I am using online curriculum for my kids. My 8th-grade son was academically advanced and liked to learn at his own pace. So I decided to enroll him in an online school.

  13. I did homeschooling this year with my grand daughter who is 5. We did kindergarten but were not necessarily needing to do it because where we are she technically doesn’t need a letter sent to school board until she’s 6 before August 1. All that being said to also add that because of COVID I worked from home which freed me up more than working on an office 4 days a week 10 hours a day. My employer is calling me back. I am not sure i will be able to adequately home school her and work 40 hours a week or if the home. She is young enough that i feel she needs hands on attention. How do i do this?

  14. I’m looking for something hands on for my 8th grade son. He has autism/adhd and gets bored easily, but he loves hands on learning.

  15. I love reading all of your post! They are so informative and helpful to this new homeschooling mom. I do have a question when you mentioned the curriculum “To Every Nation” covering multiple subjects, do you mean this specific curriculum would take place of writing, geography, Bible, etc.? Meaning i would only use this curriculum to sum up all other subjects listed above?

    1. Hi Bri. Yes, depending on what you hope to cover for the year, To Every Nation has the potential to cover several subjects.

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