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    Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 12:54pm

I work full time and my son is just starting 1st grade. Do you think it is possible to homeschool him at night? Does it give us enough time? My husband has a very flexible schedule so can do daytime field trips and activities.

I am interested in hearing from others who have much more experience than I (which is none so far!)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 1:30pm
Yes, very doable at night. Our homeschool plan takes a total of 3-hours. We strive to do this during the day, but we have put in our 3-hours from 5-8pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 1:32pm
By the way, I homeschool our kids (the DAD) because I have a flexible schedule. Another reason is that my wife felt she would be 'butting-heads' with our boys.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 1:37pm

Jack--You ROCK~! I know my husband will help where able, but he is more of a hands on, active type parent, where I am more the organizer/scheduler/planner. So I think we will be a good team :)

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 1:41pm

Awesome!

Have you decided what you will use for materials in your homeschool?

Are you registered with your state?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 1:51pm

Nope, not yet. We just started looking into this. I went to an ACE school for much of my life so am very familiar with those materials and probably leaning toward them. However, very open to suggestions. My son is 6 and academically well grounded. Not super smart or ahead, but reading relatively well and learns quickly. Doesn't have attention or behavior issues which need to be considered at this point. He is considered a "joy" in the classroom.

For us, the main reason for homeschooling is to escape the liberal and political agenda force fed our kids daily and equip them with the primary truth for their lives: God's Word.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 2:01pm

Amen sister :)

What is your home state? I will send you a link about homeschool law for your state if you like.

There is a lot of experience on this forum with school materials, so I am sure others will chime in with some suggestions.

If you are comfortable with ACE, then may be your best bet to get started and go from there.

For starters, check this HSLDA page:

http://www.hslda.org/earlyyears/default.asp

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 2:11pm

We are in the lovely state of California. Thanks so much for your help.

 Following God's leading is not always easy. Simple yes. Easy no.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08/Sep/2010 at 2:32pm

Here is the HSLDA page for your state homeschool law summary. Check it out and let us know if you have questions. We are here to help:

http://www.hslda.org/laws/analysis/California.pdf

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/Sep/2010 at 12:01am
Of course you can homeschool at any time of the day or
night. Learning is 24/7. I know sometimes both myself
and my 8 year old have problems sleeping. I'll be up at
either 2 or 4 in the morning and my daughter will creep
up unable to sleep. After we snuggle on the couch for a
while if neither of us can sleep, I'll pop open the
laptop and we'll sign into Time4Learning and we'll do a
little bit of school work.

So can you?? Absolutely! The best time to learn is
during your child's peak time. If his time is a little
later than most, so what. It's your child, your home.
If it works for you, I say go for it. I do!   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/Sep/2010 at 5:03am

When we lived in Wisconsin where there was a lot of shift work, I knew many families who homeschooled at night...in the same amount of time that others were spending helping with homework!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 29/Sep/2010 at 5:43am
Maybe you could even split subjects between you and your husband if he is willing. If he could do math with them during the day that would even help.

It only takes about 2 hours to homeschool a 1st grader (at the most) so doing school in the evenings is very doable. Like HistoryMom said, lots of people spend 3-4 hours doing homework each evening with their public school kids.

You son will learn a lot just interacting with your husband during the day or at a babysitter if that is where he is.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02/Oct/2010 at 7:48pm
I think that for 1st grade this may be very do-able, but keep in mind that the amount of time you'll probably need to spend with your child on schoolwork will increase as he gets older.  Of course, it would still be possible if your child did school a bit on weekends, maybe, and it could be that evenings would be enough too - just depends on what else is going on in your lives.  You're very ambitious to try homeschooling while working full time, so kudos to you!  Best of luck!  
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03/Oct/2010 at 5:57pm
I agree "whitewombat" (love the name by the way, lol).
It's very doable. I'm a stay at home mom with just two of
mine homeschooling. I can do one child earlier on in the
day, then the other later on in the evening. OR... If I
can get my husband to split the hours and the kids are
just having a fun day, I'll let em wait til later, and
just have my husband take one child on one side of the
room with her school desk, and I'll have the other on the
couch beside me. Learning can happen any time, anywhere.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25/Nov/2010 at 11:43am

My son, who's in the fifth grade, has his best hours of performance at 10-12 then again at 6-8. Works out good for us and we can pack alot of schooling into that short amount of time.

There isn't a 'spelling' category on here or I'd save this...but...yesterday my son discovered a new app on our Android phone and he loves it. We played with it for hours. He has slight dyslexia (which is why I took him out of school). It's a phonetic wordspeller 'Ph=f '. Just thought some of you might want to know since my son is the one who likes it!

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Welcome to the forum!

My son likes to play Scribblenauts on his DS and he has to do some spelling for that. It seems to help.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: 07/Dec/2010 at 6:16am
Homeschooling at night worked great for one of my girls. Somehow, after
a few hours of struggle during the day, her brain just kicked in after
dinner and she was off to the races. We finally just adjusted her schedule
to accomodate what worked for her.

There will be days when you are worn out--so be ready for those days.
ACE will make that part much easier as the learning can go on without
you on those days when you don't have as much to give.

If you want some help for your first year (not always needed but for some
a blessing) check out
Bridgeway Academy.
You can use the ACE curriculum and combine it with the instructor's
guides to give the kids some extra fun (such as links to educational games
that correspond to what they are learning, interesting picture books,
historical fiction, and biography to enrich each topic, and science
experiment and craft ideas). Might be a bit too much extra for you, but
you can pick and choose what you like.

You can also purchase ACE for a discount at
Curriculum Express if you
prefer to do it on your own. They have the best prices for the ACE
curriculum.
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