Now that I am settled into my new home, and the crazy sickies have all disappeared, I can be more active in documenting my homeschool experience. I am super excited about it! So I have started a support group for homeschoolers in Davis County, UT. So far they have been great! I hold them at my home every last Tuesday of the month at 8pm. For those who may start to follow my blog, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for an address if you are interested in attending.
My husband set up a website for homeschoolers in Davis County. It is www.daviscountyhomeschoolers.com , and that is where I would usually post my notes about the meetings. But we are experiencing some server issues so I will post the notes here and my husband will set up a link on the website to this blog. Sorry for the confusion everyone. I will only post notes from a meeting if it seems helpful. Not all meetings will have notes posted.
I started the meetings in January and due to a snow storm, not many were able to attend. This last meeting we had quite the turn out and from several cities! Bountiful, Farmington, Layton and Syracuse were all represented this last meeting. It was so fun to meet all of you and I hope to see you at future meetings.
Here are the notes from this last meeting!
Conferences and Forums
March 15-16 Family Forum (Tjed) I have been to one of these and loved it! www.familyforum.co
June 14-15 UHEA convention www.uhea.org
Advice and other Homeschooling support
Track your homeschooling for college transcripts. You can use this tool www.homeschooltracker.com
There looks to be some cost involved, but not a lot. The most important thing to track is service hours!
Teach with the spirit. Have a family devotional to get started with the spirit. If things get rough, stop what you are doing and get the spirit back.
Mississippi GED is commonly used for military kids, possibly the easiest and can be used by anyone. I do not have more details on this, if anyone else does, please share.
If you want your kids to have good penmanship, teach them to knit!
Some kids have a really hard time writing fast enough for their thoughts. Have them dictate to you what they want to say as you write it. Then later they can type it up.
Kimber Academy also mentioned. Very Christian based curriculum also looks like it is very LDS influenced. I didn’t know about Kimber Academy but seems like it is worth looking into. Any other thoughts on Kimber Academy please share.
Da Vinici Academy
Capitol Hill Academy all mentioned as well. You can google any of these for more information.
Latter-day Learning –The Family School www.latterdaylearning.org
Bob Jones University www.bjusuccess.com
Michelle Duggar’s books
Charlotte Mason Companion
Well Trained Mind
Where to go for good stuff
www.ldfr.com (Latter-day family Resources) They also have a store in Payson,UT.
www.homeschoolclassifieds.com (selling and buying used books)
www.homeschoolreviews.com (you can read reviews for various curriculum)
Preach My Gospel
New LDS youth Curriculum
A House United by Nicholeen Peck www.teachingselfgovernment.com
See Hear Do www.seeheardocompany.com This is for teaching letters and sounds.
Words in color (google it) I think this was for spelling as well.
“Teach Your Child to Read in100 Easy Lessons”
“Ordinary Parents Guide to To Teaching Reading”
Institute for Excellence in Writing www.excellenceinwriting.com
Getty Dubay www.handwritingsuccess.com
www.activityvillage.co.uk for printable writing paper
Writing Workshop (I didn’t write enough notes on this. Anyone want to expound on this?)
Knitting can be useful for helping with penmanship! So teach your kids to knit if you want to be able to read their writing!
Life of Fred (just google this, you can get it on amazon.com and they have a facebook page)
Teaching textbooks www.teachingtextbooks.com
Use quad paper. You can get it at Walmart and such.
“America the Beautiful” and “We the People” by Charlene Notgrass
Christen based history curriculum you can learn more at http://www.notgrass.com Looks like they have a lot of good stuff there.
“All Through the Ages: History through Literature Guide” (you can get this through amazon.com)
“Story of the World” (you can get this through amazon.com)
www.konos.com Based on Character Traits
History Odyssey (just google it)
Apologia Science www.apologia.com
Christian based science program. Teaches about the creation more than evolution from what I understand.
Www.noeoscience.com another Christian based program.
Muzzy language course for children (google it)
Netflix (Spanish channel)
amazon.com (Sesame Street in Spanish)
Free Museum and Zoo days
Please list any other activities you know of, especially if they are low cost or free!
Possible Learning Disabilities or Learning Enhancement Resources
National Association for Child Development www.nacd.com
For Fine motor skills follow Melanie Hill on Pinterest (I hope I got the name right. Couldn’t really read my writing.) She also suggested things like play dough and using a water bottle to water plants.
As you can see, we had a very productive meeting. Please comment any other suggestions or resources you know of. I will try to list them on www.daviscountyhomeschoolers.com as well.