I've been on this forum and website for a while, and wanted to introduce myself. My husband and I have been married for 11 years and I'm a mom to 4 children, ds9, dd6, dd3, ds18 mo, and another ds due in September. I just completed my third year of homeschooling. We live in California, and homeschool through a charter school. My oldest son attended kindergarten and 1st grade in a public school and after praying for a long time about something we felt that homeschooling was the answer to that prayer so we started and it's definitely been a rocky adventure but I think I'm finally starting to get the hang of this homeschooling thing.
We're homeschooling for six weeks over the summer so I can take some time off when our baby is born and it's going great so far. I thought I'd share what we're doing in case you are interested. We're using Real Science 4 Kids Chemistry (love it!), Module 5 with the Early Modern and Epistles study guide (this is new to us and we like it so far), KISS grammar (using the 3rd grade book one for my 5th grader) Math on the Level (still kind of new to me, we did a little with it last year), Spelling Wisdom (AWESOME), the Outdoor Hour Nature Challenges, Mozart for our composer study, Rembrandt for our picture study (bought the SCM portfolio but won't be using it until Friday), Emily Dickinson for poetry, Handwriting Without Tears, and Mavis Beacon. Right now we're reading "The Long Winter" as a family and I'm trying to ease into doing 'summer school' and haven't given any assigned books to read yet.
We also belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (mormon church) so we do cub scouts and Faith in God. We memorize scriptures and primary songs and read scripture stories.
I love the Charlotte Mason philosophy! I feel I have learned so much over the last few years with my kids especially when I compare it to that first year when I used our charter school's recommended curriculum (houghton mifflin, harcourt, blah!).
So, there you have it. That is my family and me. It has really taken us three years to work up to being able to do this much school in one day and to find the curriculum that was a good fit for us. We've tried lots of different things and I could go on about my homeschooling journey but I will just say that it has been a refining process for me.
I always enjoy reading or hearing about other homeschoolers so I thought I would share my situation and maybe someone will be able to relate.