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Introduction & Icebreaker to Connect With Each Other

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Andrea G
Ashland, VA
9/30/2020
Hello, fellow MBTP parents! I thought it might be nice to get to know each other a little bit so here's a thread to help us get to know each other. Some questions to help break the ice:

1. How long have you been homeschooling?
2. Why are you homeschooling?
3. Why did you pick MBTP?
4. What's something that surprised you about homeschooling or using MBTP?
5. What are your hobbies or things you do for fun?

Here's a bit about me. :)

I'm Andrea and I'm in a small town in central Virginia. This is my first year homeschooling. We decided to homeschool this year because we really struggled with virtual learning in the spring because both myself and my son have ADHD. Our public school required that an adult attend all of the virtual classes with students for this year. With that requirement, we decided that we might as well homeschool so it would give us the best chance at keeping our kids engaged and we had autonomy with our time. We looked at a lot of programs and picked MBTP because we wanted a secular program that taught critical thinking skills. I've been surprised at the amount of material my kids have been able to absorb and how much I've enjoyed some of the activities. Making a musk ox out of yarn or teaching how cream turns into butter are the kinds of activities I probably wouldn't have prioritized before this. When we're done homeschooling, I enjoy painting and running my own business. My daughter makes forts out of sofa cushions and my son gets really deep into Minecraft (especially redstone projects).

Looking forward to hopefully getting to know some of you as well!
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
9/30/2020
I have been homeschooling since 2013. My family was moving to a small, isolated town across the country and we decided to try homeschooling as part of our new adventures. The number one reason I homeschool is to spend as much time as possible with my two daughters. I love being around them and feel that they will be all grown in the blink of an eye. I am very proud and feel very thankful that my family has been able to accomodate homeschooling. I picked MBTP because it was a paper and pencil curriculum and my husband and I feel that it is the most well-rounded and rigorous curriculum on the market. I have been suprised at how much I LOVE homeschooling. It still suprises many of my long-term friends that I even do it! For fun, I read, knit, cook, garden, travel, and hike.
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kathryn D
SEATTLE, WA
10/13/2020
My name is Katie and we live in Seattle WA. We are brand new to homeschooling, and though I am nervous about it fulfilling my 10 year old, I also knew that it couldn't be worse than the mind-numbing time she was spending online with school while the teachers did their best to teach. We looked online and kept coming back to MBTP. The reading and projects sounded so appealing to her and us. We are struggling a bit with the shipping delays and trying to piece together the projects, (doing 10-12 curriculum) but have been able to piece them together with what we have at home. We are in week 2, and so far she is really enjoying it. And so I am I! She is able to stay in public school for her math (her teacher is a star), and for instrumental music (the 2 things I am not comfortable helping her with). It's a hybrid model and seems to be working out well after 1.5 weeks. So yes, we are brand new!

When we aren't doing school, I am in the garden, kitchen, exercising, doing a puzzle, hiking, dealing with our baby chickens ;) and getting outside as much as I can. We also have a list of social justice books that we have been reading. Big sister and dad are also getting into the reading. It's been fun to dive into those as a family. My daughter loves to go out and ride bikes with friends, bake desserts, read, and do jigsaw puzzles. She has sewn in the past which I would love her to get back into.

So glad to find this forum. Thank you!
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Andrea G
Ashland, VA
10/14/2020
That's a really neat hybrid model. So glad you could find something that works. We've also been incorporating social justice into our curriculum.
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Amanda W
10/31/2020
Hi, I'm Amanda. After trying our highly recommended local e-school, and with a tremendous deal of disappointment, we (some of us more reluctantly than others, i.e. my husband) decided to make the switch to homeschooling. We will be starting on November 2nd. We picked Moving Beyond the Page for a few reasons. It's NOT done on a screen, our kids love to read, and it's geared toward bright learners and making connections. Our favorite "school at home" activity is read aloud time but we weren't able to do it nearly as often as we'd like with virtual learning. Our 4th and 5th graders will be using the 9-11 curriculum together. We also have a 1st grader who, surprisingly, will continue with his virtual schooling. His set up is entirely different and his teacher is great. I'm hoping that switching my older kids to MBtP will free up enough time for me to supplement the work he's doing, as well as be both challenging and rewarding enough for my older kids.

I wish I could say I had some real hobbies but most of what I do in my "free" time revolves around my kids' sports. I do enjoy being outside, whether it's exploring or just relaxing. I'm also hoping that this switch will allow us to spend more time on meaningful and fun learning activities.

I'll be spending most of the day tomorrow getting everything ready for Monday. If anyone has any hacks to share or suggestions on what not to do, I'd love to hear them.
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Angela D
La Grande, OR
11/2/2020
Hello Amanda! My two kids would do their reading for the next day as their bedtime story. They would share the reading, sit in bed together and get it done before bed. This allowed them to get up in the morning (at very different speeds) and get going on their work more independently. This was so much easier for all of us instead of trying to sit down and all read together in the morning. It was also a piece of the schooling I could delegate to my spouse. Just a suggestion...
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Dawn R
12/3/2020
Hi Everyone,
My name is Dawn and I live in Franklin, TN. I've got two boys (5 and 8). We decided to homeschool this year after trying (and failing) at online learning this spring via my children's school. My oldest child has ADD and already has difficulty with attention and parking him in front of zoom all day just didn't work for us. I wanted control of my schedule and to have the ability to break learning up into shorter segments that are easier to digest. I've been surprised at how great it's been and how much progress I feel like they are making compared with traditional school. It's taken a while to get a schedule down that works for us but we're now in our groove. We chose MBTP because I was interested in a secular literature based program and some of the reviews I read rated MBTP as the most plug and play parent friendly curriculum out there. In my spare time I love to garden, cook, read, work in the yard and play with our chickens! Nice to see everyone on here!
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Lillie C
Anaheim, CA
12/10/2020
Hello, from Orange County, CA! Like many, we started homeschooling this fall. I had already planned to homeschool my son for TK (I held him back because he has a late July birthday and I didn't think he was socially/emotionally ready for K). Our school district said it would be no problem to have him enroll in K next year if he did TK this year (otherwise they'd make him enroll in 1st.. which is crazy, but the way of the district). I didn't want him to do a real, full day TK program, so he's doing a bonus year at his preschool + homeschooling TK. We enrolled with a charter and chose MBTP because I like the idea of everything tying together, I like their philosophies, the lessons are hands-on, and it's literature based. When schools decided to start this school year virtually, I pulled my 1st grade daughter from that model and am trying homeschool with both. We ended up dropping the charter and doing the district's new homeschool program. Unfortunately, that means having to do their curriculum. I make my way through it and supplement with MBTP as much as possible, but I'm considering pulling her all together because I get frustrated with all of the district requirements and testing, etc. Fortunately, my son is advanced, and they're only 14 months apart (although 2 grades). Thus we do the level 5-7 for both.
As for me.. haven't been able to think about that in a while! j/k.. sort of :) We like to get out in nature, but schooling has actually hindered that, when it should promote it! I like to binge watch my shows at night when everyone goes to sleep. Otherwise I'm planning or cleaning. Not to mention we have an 8 month old as well. We're very busy considering there's a pandemic and stay-at-home orders!
I would like to gain/give MBTP community support however possible, especially if we decide to go full force with it in the future. Take care everyone! Happy holidays.
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Lourdes O
Las Vegas, NV
1/6/2021
1. How long have you been homeschooling?
2. Why are you homeschooling?
3. Why did you pick MBTP?
4. What's something that surprised you about homeschooling or using MBTP?
5. What are your hobbies or things you do for fun?
Hi, I'm Lourdes and I've homeschooled for over 20 years (4 kiddos are adults now, and I have an 8-year-old). I am trying a unit of MBTP because I am looking to meet my youngest where she is- she's advanced in a lot of ways and other curricula are so repetitive she gets bored. I am glad you can buy individual units- this way I can try and see if it's a good fit before I invest in a year package. I just ordered the Charlotte's Web unit and Weather for 7-9. I am surprised I have continued homeschooling even though I have a fuller schedule (in grad school full-time, working part-time). For fun, I like to read and write and dance.