Help with homeschooling

I need all of you homeschooling moms to give me advice on how to teach my 4th grader, and kindergartener. I don't have any idea how to go about it, to be honest. Any help would be appreciated.

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7Kimberly AcordGlen Fork, West Virginia
    05/05/15
    Are you looking for curricula or tips?

    I get a lot of free stuff on Pinterest, but we did opt for buying a teacher's guide for preschool because I was lost and seem to do better with a set schedule.

    The first step is to check state law-some states are hands-off, some states require you to fill out a form, and some states require you to submit curricula (although there's apparently some exemption to that). I'll help where I can. We're just starting out, but I can ask on Facebook from other, more experienced, homeschoolers. There's a ton of groups there, too.
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    05/05/15
    7Kimberly Acord
    I am looking for both. My daughter starts kindergarten next year, and to be honest, headstart has wiped her out. She seems exhausted. My son is going into 4th grade and has asked if I will homeschool him next year. Plus I have looked at his work, and it is terrible. They aren't teaching them the basic things that he needs to know. I appreciate any help.
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    05/05/15
    Well, first off i would check the state laws-see if you need to do anything to make the state happy. Then you need to decide what kind of curricula you want to use-Christian based or not-that will really narrow down the choices. There are a ton of free resources available, too. Once you decide what you want to use, you need to figure out where each of them are to start them off. And remember what works for one child, might not work for the other-one might need more individual attention than the other.

    My favorite site is freehomeschooldeals.com. The blogger puts out a ton a free resources every day and also has them archived on her site. Pinterest also has some great resources. There's a ton of Facebook pages, I'm sure you could find some local groups.

    My five year old is doing Pre-k/K work this year. It's really easy to find free resources for those years especially because it's just learning the math. As they move on up, I'm planning on getting guidelines to what the state teaches the public school kids and make sure we are somewhere close, simply because I work better with a guideline.

    For him, school lasts about half an hour. Practice writing, name, letter of the week, Bible story and craft... Then (depending on the day) we watch some school cartoons on YouTube and Netflix. (Agapeland character lessons, LeapFrog, Little Einsteins-you get the idea) And there's even more that the fourth grader could use, How The States Got Their Shapes is the one that comes to mind, but I know there's more.

    (going through my bookmarks now, please excuse if it's a little jumbled)

    allinonehomeschool.com is a free K-12 curricula I believe it's all online, but haven't looked into much. I know some moms who use it just for science and math, and other moms who use it for everything-it keeps tracks of grades too.

    Math worksheets-freemathworksheets.net worksheetworks.com mathfactcafe.com math-drills.com

    Reading-do you have Kindle app, local libraries are a homeschooler's best friend lol, gutenberg.org has seemingly everything published before 1925-the copyrights have expired so it's legal to get and print. McGuffey's readers are my favorites as they have beginning reading with spelling, grammar and phonics all rolled into one.

    printablepaper.net has all sorts of printable paper-from graphing paper to yathzee cards and everything in between

    tlsbooks.com has a ton of resources for k-6th

    twistynoodle.com is a site where you can print off and customize letter learning pages

    handwritingworksheets.com lets you customize pages with print, D'Nealian or cursive to help your kids learn to write neat, or simply their name-also customizable.

    One of the biggest helps for me is that I print off a page of their names (3 year old has to get in on it too, lol), then stick in a clear page protector for a three ring binder and give them a dry erase marker. Then we can use the page more than once. having them laminated for real will do the same, just erase after every use.

    I have a ton more on my Pinterest. pinterest.com/twoodyhidalgo

    I just start googling when I need something I don't have, but I would really suggest you check out Free Homeschool Deals, she has A TON of information and most of my google searches seem to go back to her. Please feel free to probe me more and I will try and help.

    I have to get off now, school time has arrived since everybody is awake. :)
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    05/05/15
    7Kimberly Acord
    Thank you so much! This really helps... :)
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    05/05/15
    So glad its helpful! The math sites came from public school teachers where my daughter goes. Its what they use to get their worksheets. :) lol If it's one thing I learned is that anything can turn into a school lesson. Baking-math, walk-learn about nature.

    I read something this morning that hit home. Every mom 'home schools', some just do a little more than others. We teach our children every minute of every day. By how we act, interact and simply by them watching. Some moms choose to take over the classroom aspect as well. :)
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      05/05/15
      I homeschooled my daughter when she was in fourth grade. (I pulled her out of school shortly after the school year began because of the problem the school had with head lice.) I used K12, an online homeschool that is accredited in every state. It was great! They planned all the lessons, sent all the books, worksheets, etc. They even sent art supplies! It was a lot of work, but I wound up learning a lot of history (my worst subject)!
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