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  1. 4 points
    Hiya guys....we stayed at Windsor hills..2 miles from Disney last Feb..loved it..they have 2-3 bdroom condos. Townhouses with splash pools and full 5 bedrooms houses with private pools...so everyone has a budget I know this place was super clean pool with slide very safe and secure..easy off site drive and cheap restaurant ...just a great alternative ...well be waiting for dates..the shortcutting drive was shorter than any Disney bus..and I think they have meeting rooms...for any classes we want to have..by the pool..so even if we don't get a hotel together..some can have some get togethers..ooh plus all have full kitchens ..we saved a ton on breakfast.
  2. 4 points
    It's official..we are going to Disney with Carolina Homeschooler this November! We are SO excited! We are trying to sprinkle a little Disney Magic throughout our whole year so we have begain our Disney Family Fun Nights! We have 1 or 2 planned each month to help us countdown until the big day. I thought this might be a good place for any of the other families to share ideas on how your family is finding your own Disney magic!
  3. 4 points
    Hi Everyone! I found out that kids can skate and bowl free all summer long. All you have to do is go sign up at www.kidsbowlfree.com and register each child and www.kidsskatefree.com and register your child. Also check your local movie theaters they are offering the summer movie express and admission is only 1$ for everyone. All movies start at 10am.Kids can watch their favorite movies for nine weeks. They will play two movies for each week. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
  4. 4 points
    Hi all! I am brand new to this site, and I am so relieved to find out the feeling of being overwhelmed is completely normal! (I thought perhaps I should post, as I went on a "like" spree, on almost every response here! lol) My son is 4, will turn 5 in January, and I really feel that homeschooling is best for him. After finding this site, and Carolina Homeschooler association, I really feel much more confident in my decision, and myself! (I was really having feelings of thinking there's no way I'm "smart enough" to completely-from-day-1 homeschool, and how-in-the-world-am-I-ever-gonna-teach-myself-to-know-what-paid-teachers-know...but after reading all the info on this site, and reading posts like this one, it really, truly helps! I'm sorry to hijack this thread, I apologize, I am just so excited, and relieved to finally feel like I'm on the right track, both for me and my family.
  5. 4 points
    Weekends, summers, midnight star-gazing and interesting discussions, catching an unplanned TV special on the Civil War, or NASA, or black holes, or the Great Depression, or whatever, counts. If you're on a trip and listen to audiobooks in the car, that counts as reading/literature. If the books touch on science or social studies topics, then they count as that, too. Learning happens 24/7, 365 days a year. Your challenge is to remember to document it for 180 days out of those 365, starting on June 1, and running through May 31 (if you're a member of my 3rd option association). Warmly, Dianna
  6. 4 points
    Dianna hit the nail on the head! All day long at school my dd was in trouble for....TALKING to her friends! The nerve of her! No talking in the hall No talking in line No talking at your desk No talking at lunch Quiet in the library! Save your questions for the end! No talking in the bathroom, be out by the time I count down from 20 No talking during recess if you didn't finish your morning work Silent bus today! It's recess time! You have 10 minutes to talk, hurry up!
  7. 4 points
    Stephanie, there are ways to deal with the quizzing issue and non-supportive friends detailed here: http://www.carolinahomeschooler.com/afaq6.html As far as the socialization question goes - the next time someone asks you that, ask them how many times did they hear "We're not here to socialize!" when they went to school. Just sayin... Warmly, Dianna
  8. 4 points
    Education. I can give my children a better education than the public/private schools can thanks to being able to tailor their curriculum to their needs/interests/strengths. The elem school near us is one of the best in the state, even recognized nationally, but that doesn't mean it's the best for my kids when I can homeschool them. I am glad we have such a good school near us though, for those who do not homeschool. That's the short answer. I stumbled into homeschooling when I realized that public kindy wouldn't work for my eldest wiggly boy who learned out of order. He was far ahead in application and analysis, but way behind in memorization. He wasn't a checklist kid. I didn't send any to pre-k since those programs weren't play-based enough. (Which is also why I'm not a fan of public kindy). As he's progressed, his behavior has changed to a point where he could handle public school - but his education needs have become much, much harder to meet. And so we homeschool! I also like sleeping in, seeing my kids, not fighting with car line, not worrying about homework, not worrying about teaching to the test or standardized testing, and being able to go on vacation when we want. It's also a huge plus that we can get everything done during the day normally, so we can just enjoy being a family when my husband isn't working. *Also, I'm a former public school teacher. So I know nothing magical happens in the classroom. I was a good public teacher and did meet the needs of my students, the best I could. But when you have 35 kids in a class, it's impossible to tailor it perfectly for every single student, no matter how good of a teacher you are.
  9. 4 points
    Welcome, Melissa G! I get the anxious thing! (I'm sure I"m not alone too!) I just pulled my oldest out of 7th grade public school in the middle of the school year and started homeschooling him in January. It sounds like we have a similar situation. He went from being a child who packed his own backpack full of books, crayons and paper just to sign up for preschool to a sullen, angry, disillusioned 12 year old. He's never been happier since we pulled him out. It hasn't been easy - we have days where we just can't stand to be in the same room as one another... but for the most part, I've gotten a lot more hugs, kisses and "I love you"s and he's beginning to love learning again. It sounds like you already have a great setup, and you've already been homeschooling without even knowing it! Getting started is scary, (I personally am obsessed with researching curriculum) but the thing I love most about homeshooling, is if you try something and it doesn't work, it's easy enough to switch! Knowing how your kids like to learn is important (kinesthetic, visual, auditory, etc) and there are sooooo many choices (which is why I'm obsessive about curriculum) that it will make your head spin. Personally, I found reading reviews to be just as confusing as helpful, because what works for one family won't necessarily work for another. If you're already taking care of all those animals and running your own homestead, being organized must be second-nature to you, and that will help. Keeping track of lessons, recordkeeping, etc. all takes time and organization. And I know you're probably thinking - I'm swamped already - but when you're not having to deal with the issues public school drops on your doorstep, you'll be amazed at the extra time you get! (Don't know what kind of schedule your son had, but mine was having between 2-3 hours of homework every night - even on weekends. Not dealing with that every day gave me plenty of time for lesson-planning and grading papers.) I will also be homeschooling a kindergartener this fall (as well as a 5th grader too). Frankly, the one that scares me the most is the kindergartener - making sure he has a good foundation and praying daily that I will be up to the task! I know one of the hardest things my 7th grader had adjusting to was his schedule at home. He was under the impression that he would send a set amount of time on each subject every day -- just like public school. So, if at the end of 45 minutes, he hadn't finished an assignment - he'd just quit (even if he'd spent 15 minutes staring out his window at the bird feeders). I explained the freedom he had now that he was at home - if he didn't have any trouble understanding the work and could finish it in 20 minutes - GREAT! If not, we could take and hour to really get it down.. and if we were frustrated beyond belief - we could skip it til tomorrow. Setting goals and accomplishing them has been our main focus -- not making sure he's busy for 45 minutes in each subject each day. Some days we do math first, some days history. Some days its a struggle to get him to do anything, other days he can't wait to read a particular history assignment or do a particular science experiment. One day a time (or sometimes one hour at a time - LOL!) has become my mantra... Sorry that I've rambled... I'm on a super-caffeine rush today
  10. 4 points
    Hello friends! I thought I'd introduce myself - I'm Robin and I live in a suburb of Atlanta. I homeschool my four boys, ages 14 (almost 15), 9, 6, and 5. We are very excited to be making our second family trip to Disney in the Fall. I am an obsessive Disney planner - complete with spreadsheets and lists. But, I'm by no means a pro and I am always so excited to learn something new. The size of our family necessitates that we stay off-site, so I can answer some questions about that. Let me just go ahead and say, I think it's the way to go if you have a family the size of ours! I look forward to sharing the excitement over this upcoming trip with y'all! Joyfully, Robin
  11. 3 points
    Hi, We will be staying at the fort, this will be the first time for us as we've only had the RV about 9 mo.
  12. 3 points
    We will be at the Fort along with 4 other families from the Dallas area. We have stayed at the Fort over 20 times and love it each time. Here are on my tips including transportation. 1. Request a campsite near transportation specifically loop 100, 200, 300 (pet loop), 400. You can easily walk to the Settlement to catch a boat to MK or a bus to MK (they change the bus and move it to the outpost some years). Also, if the big boat (left side of the dock line) is not there or has a huge line, take the small boat (right side of the dock line) to the Contemporary, walk through the hotel and turn right. It's a quick 10 minute walk to MK. In the evening we sometimes take the Contemporary boat home because the line is very long for the big boat. When the kids were little, we would run up to the snack bar and get the kids a snack so the line would shorten at the Contemporary. Be sure you ask how late the boats are running that evening. (You could also take snacks to eat inside MK while waiting for the boat line to go down.) We use our car to everything else. The internal and external bus system is slow and parking at the parks this time of year is easy (except during Food & Wine Festival at Epcot). It's also wonderful to go back to your car when you are tired and not wait in line for a bus. Since you will be staying on property, parking will be free. 2. Christmas decorations will be up at the campsites. If you have time and don't want to walk, rent a golf cart for 1 day and drive the camp ground to look at decorations (and the rigs, only campers get that) and then drive to the beach at the Settlement and watch fireworks at MK (They pipe in the music). This year they have changed the fireworks show so I am not sure how visable they will be. Maybe pick A Very Merry Christmas Party night because it is a different firework show. 3. We sometimes drive to the Poly and eat their counter service, it has fun selections. We also drive to the Earl of Sandwich in Disney Springs (aka Downtown Disney). Get the Holiday Sandwich! Otherwise I cook our dinner over night in the crock pot. Sometimes we eat it for breakfast and then warm it up when we get back. The Settlement has good pizza and a chicken meal for take out. You have to order in person (no phone calls). 4. Washing machines are wonderful at the Fort and you can use a credit card. The comfort stations are very clean and have lots of hot water. You must use your key for entry during certain times. 5. We usually get to the park at rope drop, come back to the camper at 11 or 12 eat, swim, nap and then go back to the park around 5ish. It depends on the park closing. On Epcot days we like to stay for the bands and no one is in Future World at night so we head to the park around noonish and stroll around until fireworks (and stay in the world until the people clear out). It's been over a year since we have been to Disney so things could have changed. I could go on! If you have other questions, let me know! Shelley Oh, swims late after you get back to the park are fun too!
  13. 3 points
    Hello All! My family and I will be moving to the area very soon and we will be homeschooling. I have a seven year old son, a six year old son, a three year old daughter and a 2 year old son. We started off our year using a Waldorf curriculum and now we are heading more towards an unschooling perspective/eclectic homeschooling. We are on our own timeline and aren't necessarily into following any specific curriculum but rather allowing our children to follow their interests! We are always evolving:) I am interested in finding people with similar ideals but also just kind people who are also looking for friendship. We will not know anyone in this area and it's important to me that my kids make connections. They are super sweet kids!! We would love to get involved with a group that we can see on a weekly basis. I have found REACH and the Midlands unschooling group but am also looking for families closer to the Camden area as well that could get together for play dates, etc. We love to hike, we love playgrounds, swimming, legos, exploring, animals and many many other things. We also love to garden and we love to eat fresh organic food. That is just a little bit about us. I hope there are others in the area to connect with:) Looking forward to getting to know SC and making connections!
  14. 3 points
    Disney World - Save the Date! Our next trip to Disney World will be November 11-18, 2017. We enjoy this time of year due to cooler weather and beautiful holiday decorations. If we time it right, we'll enjoy the Food and Wine Festival, too. We're finalizing details for our educational tours and workshops, group meals and events, and more, and will post an update soon. I hope you can join us!
  15. 3 points
    Hi everyone! Here is a list of some great reading rewards programs that kids of all ages can enjoy. I will post more as I come across them. Sylvan's Book Adventure Reading Program, TD Bank Summer Reading Program, Scholastic Summer Reading Program, Books a Million, Chuck E. Cheese Summer Reading Program. Half Price Book.Summer Reading Program, iRead reading program, Showcase Cinemas Summer Reading Program, Sync Summer Reading Program for Teens.Pottery Barn Kids Summer Book Club. Happy Reading Everyone!
  16. 3 points
    We got back home to Rockwall, Tx late Saturday night. What a sensory overload. This was our first time. I thought I'd share some experiences. * The Speedway gas stations on property were great for gas, hot food, and snack and prices were no more than any other gas station. We had lunch at the one outside Magic Kingdom and the pizza and hot deli sandwiches were great and significantly cheaper than in a park. * We unfortunately had a mechanical failure of our vehicle that had to be repaired before we could drive back 1100+ miles. I was very concerned where to take it. I found that the Walt Disney Resort Car Care Center was just as comparable as any other mechanic. I have worked as a mechanic in the past and in the end was pleased with the work. I wasn't price gouged either. I dropped off the van and caught a ride from there to the transit center by an Alamo van next door where I met the rest of the family for Magic Kingdom. (Or the center would call for you a ride) The whole ordeal didn't interrupt our fun. * We were unaware that there were no buses that run from the transit center to our hotels. After a very crowded ferry ride to get to the center, we learned we had to go right back to Magic Kingdom to THEN take a bus to our hotel. Took us another hour at the end of the night to make it back. * Mission Space - take Dramamine. Just trust me on this. * Turkey legs were the best bang for the buck. For about $10 (it varied) these were the biggest, juiciest turkey legs I have ever found at any amusement park/fair and was less expensive. We found it best to sit down and cut/split it up among the four of us rather than carry them around and try to finish them holding us up from doing other things. * Magic Bands made things so much less stressful. No having to carry or fiddle with wallets.
  17. 3 points
    100 Days until Disney breakfast celebration at the Drennan house this morning! Will officially be in the double digit club tomorrow. Eeeeekkkkkk! Even found a hidden (blueberry) Mickey!!
  18. 3 points
    Time for another Drennan DISNEY countdown and Family FUN Night! This time, our theme was DUMBO ! We really had a lot of fun with this one! We set up a family circus that included carnival games, food, and even entertainment. Each family member came up with their own circus act to perform. My daughter dressed up as a clown and she came up with some really funny lines. Her act ended with a pie in the face! I was the lion/cat tamer along with our golden retriever pup dressed as a lion. My hubby was the bearded lady and it was hysterical! Our games included balloon pop, ball toss, rings, and cans. Dinner consisted of roasted corn, corn dogs, onion rings, and herbivore greens (salad). We also had roasted peanuts, animal crackers, popcorn, cotton candy, and mini funnel cakes. Dumbo was such a sweet movie to share with my little one. We had a GREAT time! Any of you out there having Disney fun nights? If so, Please share!!
  19. 3 points
    We are from Rockwall too! In fact, there are 4 other families planning to go to Disney from Rockwall, Garland and Mesquite! Shelley
  20. 3 points
    Keep checking back with Disney on your reservations. When I reserved our room (at the All-Star Movie resort), I was told that we could go ahead and place our reservations and then Disney would either adjust our total for any discounts or give a refund if the bill had been paid in full. I keep checking back weekly and I'll be calling just as soon as they release the fall specials! On a side note, I grew up in Dallas and my sister and her family are still in Forney!
  21. 3 points
    This will only be our second time going, our first trip was back in Dec 2013. We stayed at Port Orleans, Riverside & had table reservations for: Boatwight (Thanksgiving night, it was just ok) Mama Melrose's -Dinner (our daughter LOVED this place, my husband & I also enjoyed it) Tuaker House -Lunch (fun) Cinderella's Castle -Breakfast - The food was AMAZING, This was my husbands fav meal. Tokyo Dining - Husband & Daughter share a Birthday so this was where we ate for their Birthday Dinner. Very nice, wonderful service, food good. Crystal Palace - Breakfast (lots of fun, I'm a big Tiger fan it was fun to meet & greet), Kona Cafe -Dinner (VERY good!), Hollywood Vine -Lunch (Ok), Via Napoli Ristorante Pizzeria -Dinner (nice place, good food), Coral Reef -Dinner (It was ok, we were alittle disappointed in this one, they seated us in a really bad table, no view and the food wasn't good.) Last time we did the dining plan but decided not to for this trip. Did some research and decided to risk rented points and will be staying at Disney Boardwalk Villas (1 bedroom). So far no problems renting & booking I have our confirmation & it is already linked to My Disney Experience. Last time we did stuff with a travel agent so they booked everything for me so I've been reading TONS of blogs preparing for the 180 mark to book table service we really wanted to try for Be Our Guest. I loved the help I got from touring Plans. http://touringplans.com/walt-disney-world/advance-dining-reservations I was disappointed to find it harder then I expected and wasn't able to get everything I wanted. 50's Prime Time Cafe' (couldn't get the time I wanted. - Fri, Nov 13th @ 3:55pm The Wave (this is when we wanted Be our Guest Sun, Nov 15th @ 6:30pm T-Rex - Tue, Nov 17th @ 2:45pm Biergarten - Wed, Nov 18th @ 6pm Be Our Guest (never could get any for dinner so I settled for a lunch Thu, Nov 19th @ 12:55pm Teppan Edu - Fri, Nov 20th @ 6pm During my research I found this and it could help someone attending a hard ticket event (such as Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party) & would like to try for dinner at Be Our Guest without reservations. http://www.disneyeveryday.com/how-to-get-a-dinner-reservation-at-disneys-be-our-guest-restaurant-without-booking-6-months-in-advance/ Our first trip we spent pretty much open to close in parks and it was an exhausting trip (our feet hurt so bad by the last day it was hard to enjoy it) So this time I've got our touring plans much lighter. Most days we will head back to the room for lunch & a break. We will be eating breakfast every day in our room also. Sorry I probably posted way too much info. Hope everyone is getting as excited as I am, Now I just hope I can get all the fastpass+ times I'd like, the count down continues! Kristi
  22. 3 points
    For our 2nd Disney countdown and Family FUN Night we did a FROZEN theme. We watched the movie (for what seems like the 600th time ). For our meal, we had: We finish each others sandwiches (regular make your own sub sandwich bar), Troll stones and snow balls (meat balls & a scoop of mashed potatoes), Olaf noses & Sven's antlers (carrots & pretzels), Melted snow (water) and we set up a hot chocolate bar. For dessert, we had Elsa & Ana's chocolates (assorted chocolates) & Frozen hearts (I used a cookie cutter to cut heart shapes out of ice cream). We also had popcorn in clear cups with Olaf's face drawn on. For our activities, we tried ice stacking challenges, colored Frozen posters, cut out snowflakes (found some GREAT templates for character snowflakes on Disney's website), worked on a new Frozen puzzle, and enjoyed a family dance and sing off to Let it Go! It was a fun night!
  23. 3 points
    Hi Leigh, this is definitely a positive. It will affect crowds only in the World Showcase, and only in the evening. I'd recommend visiting during the day, maybe right before dinner, and eat the (relatively) low-cost sample items at each of the different vendors that you're interested in, and make dinner out of it. We call this "eating around the world." Warmly, Dianna
  24. 3 points
    I jot my plans down in a student planner. (Or fill in as they get done). Like Dianna mentioned, attendance gets done easily this way too. It's very simple. I use a student planner because I want my children to take some control of their education and it's helpful if they can write things in too. I like the weekly/monthy ones from Blue Sky. For a portfolio, you just need some samples of the work. Not all - just some. You can put in a few photos of projects/field trips if you wish. Or lists of books read, etc. It's up to you! You do not need to do standardized tests under most option 3 groups. (Though I read one group that did have it at one time - but that's very rare. Just don't pick one that requires it!) No professional evaluation is needed under option 3 either. I do write up some sort of evaluation of student progress twice a year and stick it into the portfolio. This can be a report card or just a summary. As for what the state "accepts," the state doesn't look for specifics of how we kept records, and in most cases - will never ask to see our records! Still keep them, as it is the law and it's best to be covered just in case.
  25. 3 points
    There are different ways to document educational activities, attendance, keep samples for a portfolio, etc. Once your membership is completed, you'll have access to my members area and there are forms you can download to keep track. (Or you can develop your own system.) When you get a chance, read through my Record-Keeping & Testing FAQs here: http://www.carolinahomeschooler.com/homeschool-faqs/record-keeping-testing/ Under Option 3 in SC, you don't have test or submit test scores. It's completely normal to be overwhelmed and scared at first, but it does get better. I think you'll feel better after you read my FAQs (the one I linked above, and also my Beginning Homeschooling FAQ here: http://www.carolinahomeschooler.com/homeschool-faqs/ Reading through all of them is helpful, but those two will probably help the most right now. Let me know if you have any other questions. Warmly, Dianna
  26. 3 points
    We are in Mt. Pleasant as well. 5 kids- 19 yr at C of C, 17yr girl, 13 girl, 8 girl, 2 boy
  27. 3 points
    I to am new to home schooling. I am the grandparents and guardian of two grandsons, one 14 who is autistic and ADHD and one 15 who has his challenges as well and is also ADHD. They both have been bullied in the public schools with no real assistance from the school system. We, my wife and I will give this a shot and the boys are really looking forward to this. Thank you for your responses, makes me feel a little more at ease.
  28. 3 points
    Yes. All learning counts. It's important for our children to understand that learning happens all the time - not only when they're on a schedule, not only from textbooks and workbooks, not only between the hours of 8:00 am and 3:00 pm on Mondays-Fridays, August-May. If they truly understand that, they'll be in learning mode the rest of their lives - always curious, always absorbing new ideas and information. Warmly, Dianna
  29. 3 points
    And it doesn't have to be in a neat 9-3 school day either! My husband wants in on this, and he already reads with them each night and like to do projects after dinner. Building an RC car with Daddy, while he teaches them about friction, after dinner, totally counts. I'm planning to save a lot of the science and some of the reading stuff for Daddy!
  30. 3 points
    Angela, Options 2 and 3 both refer to associations, and both provide the same legal avenue for us homeschool without having to register with the school district. Option 3 was introduced (and passed) in 1996 by homeschooling moms because Option 2 was too restrictive (provided for only one association, so we didn't have any choice other than registering through the local school district). The vast majority of SC homeschooling families use Option 3 associations because most don't require testing, are budget-friendly, and allow parents to choose their own curriculum without having to approve it. Also, Option 3 mandates that parents maintain their own records, so there's less paperwork, which leaves more time to focus on learning. I hope this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. Warmly, Dianna
  31. 3 points
    I'm new here and wanted to thank everyone for the info! I've learned so much from this message board and it's really helped the anxiety I had.
  32. 3 points
    Okay - I'll throw in my hat here. I'm one of those who did start early, at 15. Texas Academy of Math and Sciences at University of North Texas. Benefit - there were 2 years of students there, 200 Jr and 200 Sr living in a dorm, so I wasn't totally with just 18 year olds in class. Graduated "high school" with 77 semester hours, and no high school classes for Jr and Sr year (all college, and not easy ones). B.S. at 19, M.S. from U of Michigan with DOE Fellowship paying for grad school at 21. Imagine being in grad school, and your class mates having to make sure wherever they were going that you were able to actually get in! If I went, they had to chose carefully. Worked as Radiological Engineer at SRS at 21. Do I regret it - NO! Because the school district I was in didn't allow me to advance. In 10th grade I had finished their math department. They wouldn't let me dual enroll. Freshman and Sophomore English were a repeat of the same books I had read in middle school in Michigan (military dad so we moved). And yet....I do NOT want my kids to go off early. Eldest will go off a few months before he turns 18 (current plan - rising 9th now). He will probably dual enroll some classes his last 3 semesters after he turns 16. But that will be to allow him to have more free and fun time in college. I never took fun classes. I never explored other options. I want them to experience a little more of life than I had the opportunity to do. So, fun jobs, summer camps, internships, volunteer work, teaching at the karate dojo (which he loves). I did raise him up to 8th this year, but with an end of Sept b-day it wasn't a big deal. In Ohio where he was born he would be finishing 8th this year. I debated doing the TIPS program with DS, and then didn't. I was too frustrated with the smart kid labels as a child that I guess I veered the other direction!
  33. 3 points
    That's the great thing about homeschooling is that learning doesn't have to fit in a box Bike riding, swimming, bowling, litle league, youth basketball, gymnastics and dance classes --- that's all PE for us. Music lessons, art classes, etc. all count as part of school too. The nice thing also is that by high school those same things can be part of your electives
  34. 3 points
    I strongly agree with this. I'm not advancing my son rapidly through grade levels. He's starting 7th grade next year and I'm deciding whether I'll count algebra as a high school credit, but I'm leaning towards not. It'll go on his hs transcript as courses taken before hs, but I don't expect I'll give a grade. There's SO MUCH available, we're not going to run out of material. Midlands Tech doesn't want students under 16 in classes. I might be able to swing it earlier but I think USC would be more likely for dual enrollment. But that's really expensive as well. MIT Open Courses and Coesura are possibilities. If he pushes to go to college early, you can always accelerate. It's tougher to drop back grades though. You may want to do some reading on the Well Trained Mind forums Accelerated Board as well. But unless your son is racing forward, dragging you behind, I wouldn't try to get him in high school early. You probably will want him to participate in talent searches... Duke TIP, NUMATS, and CTY are all programs that are available. USC has a PUPS program for kids in TIP. Start slow.
  35. 3 points
    Hi Kristina; Welcome! I can't speak to pulling out of school but I can tell you that I had one wiggly, extremely gifted, but w/ ADD-inattentive, dyslexic and dysgraphic little guy go through the public school system. But, we are talking about a different time - before Common Core -- and when parents were still invited into the public school classroom to help out. The problem for my ds was that he was bored - he hated writing - knew the material presented through 4th grade as a K5er. The schools solution was to bump him up a year, have me send in extra material, have him help tutor the other kids, send him on errands, never take away PE or recess (then they still had 2 recesses) and let him do a lot of his work orally. Middle School and High School were different birds and we had to figure out ways for him to get the material to them. All that to say, if public school is what you want, it can be done, but it will take a lot of work on your part. For what it's worth the ds I'm referring to graduated high school as an honor student and went on to graduate USC-Columbia. Jump ahead and I made the decision to home-school the other three. In that mix I have two more of the same along w/ one of them having major health problems. When my boys are under the age of 9 I do the majority of their school work sitting beside them helping them to stay focused. We do short lessons, we don't do tons of review or busy work - we cover the subjects making sure that they know the material but no boring them w/ a drill and kill attitude. They do handwriting but again we follow a quick and simple method so it's no more than maybe 5 mins and they write some of their math but other parts they simply tell me the answer. Soc Studies/History we cover history beginning w/ Ancient bec for my boys there is nothing is great as learning about the Egyptians and mummies I throw Soc Studies in by discussing monthly holidays or community helpers, people of noteworthiness , etc. but I don't spend a ton of time on it. For science we read and explore nature and do experiments -- bec my boys tend to be hands-on and benefit from touching, seeing and exploring. Spelling we use magnets and I don't stress about spelling if a child doesn't have the skills until later. Your ds is still young - he's curious and wants to be engaged in learning not sitting in a classroom -- that's understandable. As for your dh's concern -- look at his reasoning and then see what info you can help him to see a counter argument in favor of hsing v the traditional classroom. It took some doing for me to convince dh, but he's seen the fruits of my labor w/ our kids. Will it always be easy? NO! Do the blessings outweigh the struggles -- I can honestly say YES!
  36. 3 points
    Robin, I am too! I create a calendar with all the info, updated crowd predictions, classes my children are registered for, etc., and print out several copies to take with me (in case I lose one). I'd be lost without it! (Mostly because I'm over-40.)
  37. 3 points
    We have done the free dining plan, and done Disney without. The Disney YES tickets increased in price this year compared to last year. Although since I'm new I'm not sure if you get the same pricing as the regular YES programs? For families that are dead set on staying on site, have no intention of going offsite, either due to not having a rental car, or just no desire to leave property, taking advantage of the free dining is likely going to be beneficial for them. Families with 4-5 members per room, or children that are considered Disney 'adults' sometimes come out ahead on the dining plan as well in my experience. I agree with you that the Dining plan is not nearly as good as it was as when it first came out. I want my gratuities and appetizers back! One of the huge markets the dining plan attracts is the people who want to just pay everything up front and be done with it. There are so many ways though to save money on meals and snacks at Disney, several that you listed (eating breakfast offsite, bringing back the rest of the meal to eat later). There are also so many places even onsite that serve huge meals for a somewhat (by Disney standards) reasonable price that 2 people can easily share. If anyone wants any tips I'd be happy to share some!
  38. 2 points
    Hi! First time posting here. I saw your question about character dining and couldn't "not" say something. We LOVE character dining!!! It's the best way to meet characters, get autographs and pictures without standing in line. Disney is amazing at working with you on dietary issues, just call ahead and let them know. All of the menus are online, so you can check prices etc. Our favorites are: Ohana, 1900 Park Fare, Chef Mickey's, Crystal Palace, Be Our Guest. We did Garden Grill last year and although the characters were awesome, the food was kinda gross. It's a family buffet style dinner, so they bring all the food and sit it in the center of the table. There were really no chioices in what you got to eat....we didn't like it. We are going this September as a family (and my son and I will be going again in Nov. for the homeschool trip). We are trying Cape May and the Bon Voyage breakfasts this time and also the 1900 Park Fare dinner. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!!
  39. 2 points
    Welcome aboard! We are all here to help and support each other. Please do reach out to us! Diana, homeschool mom for 9 years
  40. 2 points
    I am currently homeschooling my 8 year old son (and this is my first time homeschooling!!). I am looking for other families that have children around the same age that live in/near Summerville.
  41. 2 points
    We had friends who deliberately travelled at night making sure to time it so they were arriving middle of the night when kids were good and groggy. It worked and kids were exstatic to wake up & realize they were in Disney!
  42. 2 points
    Hi everyone, Disney has just announced room discounts for our travel dates. If you're joining us for the main group dates of November 14-21, the discounts will be: Nov. 8-21, 2015: Save up to 10% at Select Value Resorts Save up to 15% at Select Moderate Resorts Save up to 20% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts If you're staying longer and will arrive by November 7, your discounts will be: Nov. 1-7, Nov 22-24 and Nov. 28 – Dec. 23, 2015: Save up to 15% at Select Value Resorts Save up to 20% at Select Moderate Resorts Save up to 25% at Select Deluxe and Deluxe Villa Resorts Usually the way discounts work is if there's a discount on your first night, they'll carry it through for the rest of your reservation, even if those days don't fall under the same discount amount. Let me know if you have any questions. Warmly, Dianna
  43. 2 points
    Thought some parents might be interested in this game for children to practice learning the periodic table. http://teachbesideme.com/periodic-table-battleship/
  44. 2 points
    Danielle, I am the daughter of a school teacher. My degree is in early childhood education. My parents were very much against my decision to homeschool. At one point they even said "you need to put those kids in school where they belong." And at some point I lovingly told them that they had their chance to raise their kids and this it my chance to raise mine. They kept the comments to themselves from then on. But now, they have done a 360 degree turn around. They have access to the grandkids 24/7. They see that although my kids are educated differently than I was they are still learning at similar rates to other kids they know. They also see that my kids have more time to dive into the things that interest them. My mom went to Italy with us when we went with Dianna's group. She is seeing first hand what our learning looks like verses what had always had to happen in "her classroom". It won't happen overnight but those people who are making noise in your life will be able to see that it is working. Not always easy but so wort it!
  45. 2 points
    Welcome to homeschooling! I'm copying and pasting from my membership page to give you more complete answers: Do you require us to mail our records to you? No. The law mandates that parents/guardians maintain their own homeschool records. However, Carolina Homeschooler reserves the right to request copies of your records if an audit is requested by any SC agency (DSS, DJJ, Department of Education, etc.). In this case, you must mail a copy of your records within three days of receiving my request. Do we have to participate in any of your activities? No, all of our activities are optional. Our goal is to enhance your homeschool experience, not add more requirements and stress. Feel free to join in as many activities as you want, and leave the rest. You asked about curriculum approval and testing: Do you require textbooks? Do you approve curriculum? Do you require standardized testing? No, I don't require textbooks, approve your curriculum, or require testing. My experience as a school psychologist (and as a parent with over 20 years of homeschooling experience) has shown me that learning happens all the time, with a breadth and depth that can't be confined solely to textbooks or accurately measured by the narrow focus of standardized tests. Please feel free to use resources and assessment methods that best meet the needs of your family. You asked about fundraising. I don't do the typical sales-type fundraising. My fundraising is Box Tops, Google Ads (when people click on the ads on my website, I get a small percentage of ad revenue), an Amazon Affiliation (if you use my Amazon link when you purchase something, I get a small percentage of the sale even though it doesn't cost you more), and Tyson Labels. I get Box Tops and Tyson Labels from non-homeschoolers, grandparents, people who've never been on trips with me, etc... just people who want to help us with our trips. They also use my Amazon link because it doesn't cost them extra and they shop a lot on Amazon so it helps us out. All that said - participation in our fundraising isn't required for members or non-members, so if you don't want to participate, you don't have to. I think this answers all of your questions, but if not, let me know. And if my answers lead to more questions, that's fine, too! I know it can get overwhelming! Warmly, Dianna
  46. 2 points
    We are in Colleton. We live just outside of Smoaks (between Smoaks and Ruffin). I have two high school age children.
  47. 2 points
    We have 3 homeschool groups in the Florence area: PDCHEA, REACH, and Palmetto Christian Homeschoolers. I have a 7yr and 3yr old. I have been members with PDCHEA and am currently attending Palmetto Christian Homeschoolers. Reach has a maximum of 75\80 families and can be difficult to get into and You will need to put your name on a list. PDCHEA is not as large but meets once a week for classes and clubs every two weeks with planned outings. The group that is the smallest is PCH and meets in lower Florence county and meets every two weeks and has lots of outings, kindergarten graduation, and the group is almost like a family. I enjoy this group. We have currently approx 20 kids attending.approx 5 kids per group/class. You can contact me through the forum and I can introduce you to the group when we meet.Writing on phone hope everything makes sense. Hard to type everything.
  48. 2 points
    We just moved to Colleton county and looking for homeschoolers. I posted on all of the Walterboro & Colleton Swap pages and got only one response.
  49. 2 points
    Hi everyone! I have put together a Google spreadsheet to help me with my planning, and I wanted to share it with y'all. It contains crowd calendars (both of which are currently public information) and park hours (including EMH). It is only for Saturday, Nov. 16 - Sunday, Nov. 24. In order for you to make changes, you will need to download it or save it to your Google Drive. I have provided links to the crowd calendars, etc. in case you need to add days to either side of the week. If you hover over the title cell with a little triangle in the corner, you will find the link to the specific website. For the crowd calendars, I have provided the overall park rating, and then for Touring Plans, I have provided the specific park crowd level in parentheses. For Josh/EasyWDW's calendar, the first park listed for "Best" is THE best, and the *last* park listed for "Worst" is THE worst. You'll notice that the two crowd calendars often disagree. I am not going to endorse one over the other, but you're likely not to go wrong using either one. Be sure to check the websites every month and compare to what I have listed because THINGS CHANGE! In particular, when I went in 2011, I noticed that about a month out, some of the park hours changed - usually extending closing time another hour. I am also including a link to the calendar/schedule I made in 2011, just to give you an example of how I used my schedule. You'll notice that I have already tweaked and changed somethings from then. Anyway, I hope you find this helpful! Click the link or copy & paste. New calendar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As3Iz_uI1qM2dDdiOEN0bG9aTUV5eFg2eFB2WHRNdnc&usp=sharing 2011 Calendar: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0As3Iz_uI1qM2dEVHbV9Lbi1iekNWQVlVaXFXM1RUbFE&usp=sharing Blessings! Robin
  50. 2 points
    We have gone twice with our large family onsite to Disney. In 2005 we stayed at the Wilderness Lodge. If your asking how we afforded a deluxe with a large family of 6 children at the time, well....my mom decided she wanted to go with us and offered to pay for one of the rooms with our kids in it! When I ran the figures it was a huge upgrade and bonus to us! (oh and she only would do deluxe acommodations...at first I kept thinking we couldn't afford it and then I realized it wasn't much more then us paying for two budgets with a huge upgrade) We loved the theming! My dad loved going downstairs and using his dining credits for bacon, eggs and coffee at the sit down breakfast while looking at the grand lodge entrance and waiting for our large family to get ready. I can't even begin to explain how spoiled we were staying there! We brought cold breakfast for the kids in the room, but the kids loved to use their snack credits for cream cheese and bagals or what not. My mom loved exploring the property. Lets just say with such a big party getting ready in the morning everyone was very happy and not bored and getting upset at people. I felt very safe with the kids going downstairs by themselves. We only stayed in a moderate (Port Orleans Riverside) one night and it didn't have any of the luxaries that we were spoiled with. For example, I didn't feel safe sending my children out of the room to walk who knows how far outside to the food, shops, pools, etc. I didn't like the bus stop for my only means of transportation and it wasn't as convenient or nice as the deluxes. I would do a budget or moderate if it meant staying on property...but we were spoiled! We had so much fun in 2005, that we went again with my parents in 2008. This time we decided for the Beach Club. It was awesome for that trip! I loved the decor!!! The pool was the best for the ages of our range of kids! We utilized it every mid afternoon. One of the greatest tips for young children is to get out of the heat at mid day for rest, relaxation and naps! It truly saves on having a fun, relaxed vacation. As the person said, kids get grumpy when it gets hot out. (not to say parents too) I am a very visual person, and could not believe how even I could get "visual overload" from being in the parks. The middle of the afternoon rest reengergized everyone. I loved the personalized character dining there. The kids loved the "happy meals" in a pail at the pool restaurant! After their meal they would take their pail and shovel and go play in the special sand beach and toddler sized themed beach for them only. It was truly amazing how they did it all. The pool area had different spots for all ages of kids. The lazy river float, the pirates of the carribean slide from a recreated pirate ship, little fun fountains that squirted the little kids, and it all felt like you were at a beach! (and walkways going over different areas of the pool) We can't forget the view of across the lake was the boardwalk and my husband and I could go for a stroll around the lake. One morning we meandered around the lake to the boardwalk to a little breakfast nook and had breakfast. The shop felt like you were in a different country. And last, but not least you can't forget the boat rides(which I love) to Epcot or Disney Studios. You can walk to Epcot and Disney Studios(I am not sure if you still can, I think we decided to just take the boat because I love that mode of travel) It probably took longer, but I always walked to Epcot and took the monorail to Magic Kingdom. I love the monorail too! I guess it is reminiscent of when I was in 5th grade and my family and my grandparents brought us to Disney and we stayed at the Contemporary. Everytime we go we ask to ride up front with the engineer, it is a highlight! I guess you can say I really like that area for the luxuries of the scenery and mode of transportation. (I like walking too! The buses are my least favorite) I didn't mention that I loved the boat at the Wilderness Lodge! We used it alot! We always seemed to have good luck with walking down and getting on quite quickly. We didn't use it for just the Magic Kingdom. I loved it so much I would take the boat, then the monorail to epcot. I tried to avoid the buses unless we were in a hurry. Early in the morning we always had great service on the buses. We did other times of day too, I just didn't utilize them as much. Sorry if I went on too much...my ramblings some might find enjoyable!
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