This is what I use personally. It is totally animated and tutorial; my 13yr old son loves it.
A little on the pricier side and a lot more extensive. If you have a genius and can afford this... this is the best bet...
Our Nation watched in horror when the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting occurred on December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, when 20-year-old Adam Lanza fatally shot 20 children aged between 6 and 7 years old, as well as six adult staff members. Evil came for the most vulnerable among us. The damage was already done before anyone could do anything about it. I remember watching the news feeling shocked and horrified. I felt such heartache for the families and at the same time a sense of relief and of thankfulness that I could tuck my own in that night.
This is great for Christian Perspectives in Education. If you contact the Home Schooling groups in your area; you may be able to purchase used books-curriculum at a cheaper price.
Home School Legal Defense Association
This should be your very first phone call after you've decided to Home School your child. For a minimum fee to join; the HSLDA will tell you step by step what to do to legally pull your child from the public education system. They will be there for legal support if you run into any issues with your School District.
Normally, you would simply write a letter to the Superintendent of your School and TELL them you are pulling your child from the School District to Home School them.
One School told me I needed to meet with a Home School Liaison who I THOUGHT was going to assist me in Home Schooling; much to my chagrin this man was a verbal bully on Staff at the School District trying to strong-arm me into keeping my child in their Schools.
Music is still required. I would recommend contacting your local church and find out who gives music lessons; whether instruments or voice and sign your child up.
I am a big advocate for Home Schooling and talk to many about the benefits of it.
I hear so many parents say, "Are you kidding me? I look forward to my children going to school, it gives me a break."
I imagine if those parents could turn back the clock and choose to home school their children or even having had the choice to keep them from school that day; I would guarantee you everyone of them would have. The problem is; we never know when or where it may strike next.
Do you really want to take that chance with your child? It's not a matter of 'if" it will happen again; it's a matter of "when" and "where".
The Lord spoke to me a few years back about our children. I saw some children who were being raised in homes that were non-Christian; I saw something happen to those non-Christian parents and saw those children turned over to Christian relatives who would raise them up in the Lord. I also saw in prayer many School shootings, even of elementary age children and child day care centers, and as I prayed and asked the Lord why this would occur...
He spoke to me that, "We are too close to Christ's Second Coming and He cannot afford to lose another generation Eternally." As He spoke this, I felt in my spirit the Lord showing me things occurring to young children so they would return to Him while still under the age of accountability. What we as Christians parents have to look at: Do we want our children caught up in that? These listed above are just a few of the reasons you should consider home schooling your child. Especially now more than ever we are seeing an increase in School shootings, school violence, bullying, the education system and even Teachers steering the children's belief system away from what we as Christians are trying to instill in our children.
Home Schooling requires Physical Education and the YMCA offers groups and classes for Home Schoolers. Some also offer Art classes; painting and pottery-ceramics classes. Check pricing as well. There is a sliding scale for low income and discounts for Military. Make sure you ask if you qualify.
Extra-curricular activities and athletics such as; dance, basketball, softball, baseball, and football may qualify for the Physical Education requirements, but again; please check with your local School District.
If you follow Prophecy; there have been many who have spoken that School Shootings would become the norm.
The Common Core is a set of high-quality academic standards in mathematics and English language arts/literacy (ELA). These learning goals outline what a student should know and be able to do at the end of each grade. This truly needs to be done away with.
Mass shootings: There were 372 mass shootings in the US in 2015, killing 475 people and wounding 1,870, according to the Mass Shooting Tracker, which catalogues such incidents. A mass shooting is defined as a single shooting incident which kills or injures four or more people, including the assailant.
Mass Shooting Tracker
School shootings: There were 64 school shootings in 2015, according to a dedicated campaign group set up in the wake of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut in 2012. Those figures include occasions when a gun was fired but no-one was hurt.
An Article in the Washington Post listed 8 Problems with Common Core Standards
One: Standards shouldn’t be attached to school subjects, but to the qualities of mind it’s hoped the study of school subjects promotes. Subjects are mere tools, just as scalpels, acetylene torches, and transits are tools. Surgeons, welders, surveyors — and teachers — should be held accountable for the quality of what they produce, not how they produce it.
Two: The world changes. The future is indiscernible. Clinging to a static strategy in a dynamic world may be comfortable, even comforting, but it’s a Titanic-deck-chair exercise.
Three: The Common Core Standards assume that what kids need to know is covered by one or another of the traditional core subjects. In fact, the unexplored intellectual terrain lying between and beyond those familiar fields of study is vast, expands by the hour, and will go in directions no one can predict.
Four: So much orchestrated attention is being showered on the Common Core Standards, the main reason for poor student performance is being ignored—a level of childhood poverty the consequences of which no amount of schooling can effectively counter.
Five: The Common Core kills innovation. When it’s the only game in town, it’s the only game in town.
Six: The Common Core Standards are a set-up for national standardized tests, tests that can’t evaluate complex thought, can’t avoid cultural bias, can’t measure non-verbal learning, can’t predict anything of consequence (and waste boatloads of money).
Seven: The word “standards” gets an approving nod from the public (and from most educators) because it means “performance that meets a standard.” However, the word also means “like everybody else,” and standardizing minds is what the Standards try to do. Common Core Standards fans sell the first meaning; the Standards deliver the second meaning. Standardized minds are about as far out of sync with deep-seated American values as it’s possible to get.
Eight: The Common Core Standards’ stated aim — “success in college and careers”— is at best pedestrian, at worst an affront. The young should be exploring the potentials of humanness.
Scripture says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." Proverbs 22:6
"Train Up" in the Hebrew is chanak and is translated: to train, to dedicate, to discipline, as to his manners and habits, to initiate a house that is to dedicate or commence to use.
Being a parent is THE most important job in the world. The Lord entrusted YOU with the privilege and honor of raising and influencing another human being. It behooves us to to make sure they have the best chance at life and at an education.
It is SOLELY our responsibility as parents to protect their minds from societal influence and their physical bodies from harm.
What we are seeing in our education systems today is Common Core. We have the Education System CHOOSING to teach sexuality and sexual preferences in health classes for Elementary School age children. They feel it is their right to teach on sexuality; even if it goes against the beliefs of the parents.
When we look into Middle & High School age youth we find public schools teaching students to believe in Evolution and to question the faith of the average Christian. My son was a volunteer for the Children's ministry and he had an experience with the Holy Spirit at a Christian Youth Camp. He had taken a course in High School Science and it caused great confusion to him as he questioned, "Mom, how do we know we have the right beliefs?" Even though he was raised in a Christian environment for over a decade, something happened to him from taking that High School Course on World Religions. I am unsure what happened, all I can tell you is to this day, he still has lost faith in even the existence of God.
I had enrolled my youngest who is now 13 in Public School about four years ago. I decided to walk to school one day and walk home with him as we were a few blocks from the school. He was 9yrs old at the time. The other young boy who was his age and walking back towards our block began speaking expletives and telling girls to perform sexual acts on him. I was appalled. Our Society has gotten so far away from teaching and modeling morals and values to our children and what was even worse; this young boy didn't seem to care to speak that way in front of an adult. That's not the influence I want in my child's life. At all.
In 2001 we had the No Child Left Behind Act where our Education System taught; you don't have to do the work, you'll simply get promoted. I do believe that helped influence the 'age of entitlement' we see in our Youth & Millennials.
When you factor in these issues, now let's look at Safety....
You don't have to stick with just one source of curriculum and/or materials.
You may choose from each as long as you are instructing according to the School District's requirements for the grade of your child.
You can also make up your own curriculum using the NYS syllabus and library books as well as unit studies.
NYS LEAH New York State Home Schooling Support Group | Christian Homeschooling
LEAH is offered here in New York State. I am not aware of what Home Schooling groups are available in your State but your School District may be able to tell you who your local contact would be.