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See Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Curriculum here.

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See Our 2013-2014 Homeschool Schedule here.



A book I highly recommend to helping to schedule your day is “Managers of their Homes” by Maxwell.


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  1. Jennifer says:

    So – is there no math for young kids – like 5/6 year olds? Just trying to figure this out as we will begin our first year of homeschooling in August – with my oldest who will be a kindergartener . I was thinking we would use Math U See – move through Primer quickly and get on to Alpha. Does the mode you use not suggest math? I may be missing something :) Also – is Story of the World appropriate for young kids like 4/5/6 year olds? We have been considering that as well. Thanks for your insight!

    • genamayo
      Twitter: ichoosejoynow

      I’ll answer these questions as soon as I can. Am recovering with my newborn at present!

    • genamayo
      Twitter: ichoosejoynow

      Finally getting to this!  I’m sorry I’m so late since you started homeschooling last month.
      I do not do formal math until my kids are older–so far they have been at least 8 or 9.  There is so much better use of your time at the younger ages than to have them do math pages (see the Ten Things to do Before Age 10) listed above.  Math-U-See Primer is unnecessary in my opinion.  If you’re doing normal life and homeschooling them in other ways, they will know all of that by the time they’re 8.  I only do Alpha so they learn the unique features of the Math-U-See curriculum.  If you wait until they’re older, they can easily go through 2 books a year and then will be “caught up”.  My oldest is in 6th grade this year.  He’s finishing up Epsilon and will most likely compleste Zeta before next fall when he’ll be ready for pre-algebra in 7th grade.  He did no formal written math until 4th grade.  Search through my blog if you’d like for ideas on informal math in the early years.

      Yes, I would say Story of the World is appropriate for 4-6 year olds–if you start with volume 1.  The author wrote the series to increase in age level with the child.  So, srecommends not using volume 4 (Modern Times, lots of war) with a child that young.

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  2. Thanks for the idea of penciling in alone time for mom. Often times we tend to forget that.

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