View Full Version : Who is here from ABC Teach?

06-27-2004, 11:34 PM
We could do the "who are ya, where are ya from, etc like we've done in the past on the other site? Look forward to seeing who all is here, Thanks :?: Merryyon

06-28-2004, 01:19 AM
Anne here!

Belated introduction: (I don't think I ever did this on abcteach.)
I'm a missionary wife working in Europe, my dh and I have one son, who is 6 1/2 and going into first grade this August. We've got one year of HS under our belt and we are anxiously awaiting our first grade book shipment! :wink:


06-28-2004, 06:12 AM
I'm Brenda

We live in New Brunswick, Canada - and have three boys 12, 9 & 5 (almost 6). We began the home schooling venture with our 9 year old in March. I am an LPN and work casual at the local hospital. We will be celebrating our 10th anniversary in October.

Welcome Anne and Merryyone :D


06-28-2004, 07:31 AM
I'm Heidi, also here from abcteach.
My husband and I live in central Pennsylvania with our two daugthers, ages 10 and 4. We're looking forward to starting 5th and K with them this year.
My books are all here, organized, and ready to go!
This was a good idea to "regroup".
Heidi :)

yankee girl
06-28-2004, 09:09 AM
Hi-My name is Tammy Lynn and I live in NC. I am finally getting to hs my 9 yo son. I read a lot of your post on ABCteach but didn't reply much because I was not hs yet.

looking forward to a posting
Tammy Lynn[/u]

06-28-2004, 10:04 AM
:lol: Boy, it's nice to see everyone here again. I was on ABC teach too and loved it the people there are so wonderful I love them all. They could always answer your question if you had any. Going to miss it alot. But, I am hoping and praying we can get this one up and running like we did at ABC teach. I homeschool my little girls who are my life they are Ages 9 and 11 going into 4th and 6th. We are planning a fun year. Can't wait.
Well welcome everyone and hope to hear from alot more. We live in Texas I use to go under the user name KRISTX but couldn't get it to work so just re enter under another name.

06-28-2004, 10:06 AM
I'm here from ABC. I'm Marcia from Mississippi, otherwise known as Homebody. Still looking for Deena, Trish, and Lorna. Where are you ladies??????? Glad that TinaTX was here when I got here!! :wink: (She's a real encouragement to us newbies!)

It's good to see the rest of you from ABC. I didn't come right over in May...I just lurked around for awhile thinking ABC would start back up. I'm glad Amanda started another place for us! 8) Thanks a million Amanda!

06-28-2004, 12:39 PM
:lol: I am here. I am Trish. I live in upstate SC. I have one daughter whom I homeschool. She is 6 years old and will be in 2nd grade. I have been married 19 years.

06-28-2004, 01:37 PM
Jackie from Ohio. I've three kids DD10, DD8, and DS 4. I've been married 12 years, and also have two grown DSS. Also from ABCTeach. Went to our Conference this past weekend, and am ready and rearin' to go for next year!

06-28-2004, 03:16 PM
Tandy in Arizona typing at ya!

Welcome to all and hopefully we won't have to move AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My husband and I have been married almost 11 years and have a dd6 and ds4 1/2.
We will be in 1st grade and pre-school this next year. Homeschooling really began at birth but we have been "schooling" for about 1 1/2 but learning for 6.

Happy to see names that I recognize.

Happy Day to you all,

06-28-2004, 05:17 PM
donna from Missouri. Retired teacher helping with the homeschooling of grandchildren. Loving it !

06-28-2004, 07:04 PM
Hi all ~
I'm Shaina in Southern California! I've been married for 9 years and we have DS 8, DD 4 and DD 2. We'll be starting our 4th year of HSing with 3rd grade and Kindergarten in the fall. I wish I could say I was organized and ready to go - but I'm not.
I can't tell you all how much I appreciate the support and encouragement I get from all of you ladies! What a blessing!

06-28-2004, 07:28 PM
I'm here!!!!! I'm here!!!!! :lol:

I'm Tina, from abcteach. This will be my 5th year of homeschooling!!!!! I have all boys! I have taught PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd....I will be teaching 4th this year and 1st AGAIN :roll: :P

The boys are 9,.7 and 4.

We homeschool year around so my curriculum was already in place about 3 months ago :roll: :P I just go right into the next year whenever I get ready!!!!!!! I'm not BTW. LOL

Let's see what else!!!! Oh yes, I have been married 15 years to a wonderfully supportive husband!!!!! and

well Sheila who is here also, and myself are hosting an openhouse/homeschool night on July 20 for more than 200 people. :shock:Its for newbies and encouragement for *oldies* LOL......I went out ALL last week to collect money from local vendors in support of our night....

I was so surpised by the genuine warmth,respect and admiration. On more than one occasion, I spoke with managers who were homeschooled themselves, and Yes I got lots of money too. LOL

Anyway, now She and I are worried about enough room...we may have standing room only!!!!!!! So she and I will speak along with our guest speakers! We are so UN shy that way!!!!!!!!! :lol: :lol: :lol: :P


06-28-2004, 08:23 PM
I'm Becky, I was at abcteach too for about a year. I have a 17 year old, a three year old ( who act very similar most days!!!), and my husband. Yeah, sometimes it's like having three kids, and my son and husband are the teenagers! We're from Maryland.

06-28-2004, 08:37 PM
Hi, I'm Jo from Queensland Australia, married to dh Steve.
I have a 2 1/2 year old dd who I will home school, and a baby boy due early October.
I didn't post much on ABC teach but I always read the board. :)

06-28-2004, 10:17 PM
I'm Brooke. We live in IL just outside of a sleepy little Mississippi River town. I have an 8yo ds and a 5yo dd. We have public schooled and homeschooled....then public :roll:.....and now homeschooling again :D . We have had a stressful few years, but with the Lord's help and chastening, we are back on track and tying up loose ends. My 8yo ds has Tourette's Sydrome (and supposedly ADHD, but his doc took him off meds and he is doing well...coulda been a look-alike condition). Anyway, anyone needing to chat about those special needs feel free to ask....the door is always open!

We are very relaxed with homeschooling, but I am thinking that we all need more organization so structure will be introduced as part of our curriculum this year :wink: . I have most of our books, except history and science, but I am pretty sure I know what I want and need to order them.....in the meantime, my household is busy doing the "Clean Sweep" thing in preparation of their arrival!

Ummmm, let's see.......I will be married 9 years in August to a wonderfully supportive husband. We take the teachable moments, so tonight at 9:30pm my dh was sitting on the floor doing multiplication facts with ds cuz ds was wanting to. It was such a precious thing to see dh taking an eager and active part in homeschooling....I am truley blessed.....so anytime any of you hear me complain about something with our home, remind me of tonight and multiplication tables, okay. :D

06-29-2004, 09:05 AM
:cry: I want to come too TinaTX!

Wished I was visiting Texas around that time!

That is sooooo good to hear of ya'll doing that! ...and for all the support that you've gotten! I wished you lived in northern Mississippi! :wink:

06-29-2004, 09:46 AM
Tammy here from abcteach now living in the Mid-west. I've got two great kids and have been homeschooling for five years. My dd is going to be ten in a few days and ds is seven ~ feeling at least ten. And I'm married to my sweetheart almost twenty years. :D

We moved last year and just completed our first year homeschooling here. This is a more regulated state than my last one :shock: . The year worked out fine and now I'm preparing for a few changes for next year. I need to have everything ready for 'review in the fall.' :oops: So, for now I'm planning, organizing and getting exceited about next year. :P OR wishing I lived in Texas! Texas has the best hs rules. I working real hard to love what I got.

Our home is 'homeschooling' year around but with a summer schedule. We enjoy our summer reading program and take lots of art, music, poms, T-K-D, and swimming classes. :D

Happy, happy summer everyone and thank you ~ Amanda! :D

06-29-2004, 10:31 AM
Hi! I only posted a few times at ABCTeach. I shared with TinaTx that I was uncomfortable with that msg board b/c it was designated for regular school teachers and I didn't like the feeling there. Tina told me don't worry about that, etc, but I much prefer msg boards designated specifically for those of us who are homeschool teachers. Boy was I surprised when I checked ABCTeach and found out about this new forum. Yippee!! I'm hoping to cozy up here with you folks now that we've got our own "spot"! I'm StacyTea and right now I'm still wavering btwn using my own curric choices and going with Calvert again. I've got to poke around here later to figure out the boards. I'll e you guys later.

06-29-2004, 03:42 PM
Hey Marcia.....I wish you were here visiting around that time too!!!! :D

I have had so much fun actually getting this home school night together. We have received so many generous door prizes from the vendors that weren't able to give money. Frankly, I was shocked at the generosity. Like 50.00 door prizes :shock: Can you believe?

Believe me, I kept the roads hot while the boys were taking a summer architect class with legos,blocks,etc. I had 2 hours to myself and I collected $$$$$$$ Hee Hee!!!! I posted flyers in parts of 3 counties....

Oh well, from the way things are going...we will probaby need to have annual meetings since homeschooling is growing so fast here :D

Hopefully some day, some of ya'll be in my *neck of the woods*.

06-29-2004, 04:04 PM

Are you back??? :P :)

Yep, I don't mind where I post because I AM a teacher!. :P Some teaching public, others teach private or following tutorial methods (thats us home schoolers)...

Ok....but yes I understand how some newbies still don't like ps teachers advising them. :wink:

I guess I always don't mind: Let see is it informing, enlightening or just *arguing and debating* with certain ps teachers that think ps is the only way! :P :lol:

Well I can say that I certainly don't like conflict. It does come up with a subject that is so controversial like education. Let alone, private or public, christian or secular..

Oh well, I guess I thought you already bought Calvert :o or are you still finishing your Rod and Staff?

I hadn't bought it either. I'm on no deadline....I wanted to do somethings this year that I had picked out so we'll probably order the end of the year or beginning of next year. I stil like their writing the best.

It just stil bothers me how everything has to *stay together* and well you KNOW how I feel about their lesson manuals.. YES, heavens I saw all the posts about the *manuals*...that has been one subject that repeatedly sparks controversy. :roll:

I just keep thinking if your still *waffling* about it, then put something you want together and try it. Good gracious your son is only in 2nd grade right? :D You have plenty of time, if you find that you want something different. You have an *only*. So its not like you have to take care of newborn and have some other toddlers hanging off of you. :shock: :D If you have the time, money and mental....GO FOR IT!!!

Stacy this will not be the first nor last year you go through this. Each year is different. What most people start off with, they don't end up with. I too like a mixture and have ALWAYS added way more and have NEVER done all of Calvert. I will NOT be dictated to that way.

I have always been a *pick and choose ingredients style*, even on boxed curriculum. However, I have other children, so curriculum in the long run won't get wasted.

On the other hand, since you have an ONLY, you don';t have hopefully :wink: so tight a budget crunch as some with 2 or more children. So there is latitude for you.

Oh wel, blah, blah, blah......

Let me know if your still *waffling back and forth* and hope you check in once and while.

We just love our new spot. I always say we are SO IMPORTANT with our own website :P :lol:


06-29-2004, 08:23 PM
If you have children, you're a teacher in my eyes. (That was something I had told the school in March wehn they questioned my ability to teach Andrew). I told them it doesn't take a genious to teach. If I can teach my children to walk and talk and hold a bottle and a spoon and ride a bike the other stuff is a piece of cake (although somedays I wonder why I ever taught Noah how to talk - he was blessed with the gift to gab :wink: )

I don't think that it takes a degree to be able to teach our children. We know them better than anyone else does and we can teach them things and in ways that public school will never be able to match.

Welcome aboard!


07-01-2004, 03:29 PM
I posted some on abcteach but was a late-comer. I have a 7yo girl and a 3yo boy. We are going into our second year of homeschooling and I love it! I did teach kindergarten for six years so I knew I would enjoy teaching my kids full time at home.

I am taking the summer off from homeschooling. I figured we would be busy doing movies, camps and such. I was wrong. DD broke her leg at gymnastics camp about three weeks ago and now has six pins in her leg. She has an outside fixator device to hold the pins in place and not a cast. She is learning how to get around on her bottom and also uses a walker. It has been very rough but she's getting much better. She'll have to wear the leg device until the end of summer. Hopefully, we'll still be able to take our vacation when she gets it off. So, our summer is a little bit blown. She's done lots of arts/crafts, writing, reading, tv watching, game playing and such. I hope I can keep her busy for six more weeks!


Missy (HS Mom to Avery/7 and Preston/3)

07-01-2004, 09:01 PM
I'm so sorry to hear about Avery's leg. I had been wondering where you have been. I've always thought that summer must be the absolute worst time to break a bone! There's just so much stuff to do in the summertime.
I hope that everything heals up fine and that she's back on her feet again soon.

07-04-2004, 01:07 PM
Finally checking in. :D

Been busy getting our Homeschool Open House ready, starting a Smoothing the Way www.smoothingtheway.com program in our area for new homeschoolers, vacationing, keeping the house some what clean and when we have a spare moment we do fun stuff. HA!

TinaTX is right about our event. The President of Texas Home School Coalition, Tim Lambert and his wife Lyndsay are coming. We've got a program book, prizes, handouts, freebies, guest speakers, snacks and.....the list goes on. :wink: You are all invited!!! :P

We use Calvert 1st and add in....whatever we feel like. HA! Just because it comes with a teacher manual doesn't mean you are bound by it. SHESH! Most of the time on the math we just do the pages - if we are having trouble with a concept..then I'll read. I guess I approach it like I do computer software. Play with it and when all else fails. RFM

If you like the math, just buy math, like the reading get a Houghton-Mifflin catalog and order away. There is always a way. 8)

Ok...I'm off and running.


07-05-2004, 09:09 AM
:D Glad to see a lot of you here! It is good to be back together, I hope the others find their way here. We are awaiting the arrival of our new Abeka curr, watching our pumpkin patch grow, working wheat ground and getting hubby Jerry ready to go back to work. Spencer and Cale are now 5 and 7, Spencer will officially start school when it arrives! You might pray for us, as he just isn't very interested in school. Hopefully he will come around when it arrives. Hope you all have a good day! Mary
ps, we are outside of the huge metropolis of Cyril, Oklahoma

07-05-2004, 05:56 PM
Wow TinaTX and SHe where in Texas are you having the homeschooling open house and when? I am from Texas and would love to attend if I can.

07-05-2004, 10:28 PM
Hi Kristy....

Are you going to be near Bryan/College Station on Tuesday July 20?

I thought you lived outside of Dallas? is that right? You are very welcomed to come, we absolutely love to meet ya and any others here that have a jet that can make it down for the evening! :lol:

Seriously, we both have been frantically working, and I know I have been thinking Geeze wouldn't it be nice if some of our friends here could be there?So we are a little sad :cry: about it.

Oh well, we are waffling back and forth about posting this website on our program. Should we? should we not? Should we? should we not? I mean this purely from the standpoint that we BOTH will probably get tons more questions. We kind of like coming here and getting a nice *breather* KWIM? :wink:

Oh well, we might just have to so that the newbies and not so new know what a nice place this is to come and visit!!! :D

07-07-2004, 07:56 AM
Isn't Kris in Corpus C.? That would be a drive. :P

I recently heard about a couple of groups down there. Kris did you get plugged in?

I think there is even a Smoothing the Way group down there. I can double check if anyone needs me to.

07-07-2004, 11:51 AM
I am glad I finally found everyone. Between computer problems and VBS I haven't been able to log on. I am glad to see so many from ABC and A to Z here. Lorna did you get the post card we sent?
Terry in TN

07-08-2004, 03:18 PM
Welllllllll apparently I've missed all the conflict and stuff, but someone emailed me to give me the heads up.

I'm Kathe, from New Brunswick, Canada and this August would have been one year for me at ABC Teach.

I'm homeschooling my five, who are 13, almost 12, almost 9 and the twins are almost 7. None of my children have ever been to public school, so I've taught K to 7, and ready to start grade 8 shortly. The almost 12 year old is a DD; the rest, boys.

We school through the summer at a relaxed pace and scaled down scope, but I'm tutoring my girlfriend's daughter, which is requiring some juggling. She needs intensive one on one, but we're working it all out.

This seems like a great place, although I've not had time to look around. I have to say, though, that sharing the former place with PS teachers did NOT intimidate me one little bit. :lol: They can learn mountains from us regarding classroom management IMHO. :P

Go in peace, all. :wink:

07-08-2004, 03:35 PM
Crystal here from PA. I posted on abcteach for a year or more. Summer is a very busy time for our family so I am not on much. Come fall I will be back more often. This will be our third year hsing. I have seven awesome kids. Four girls and three boys ages 5 to 12. We hit about every grade from K to 7th.
I am looking forward to talking with you all!!


07-08-2004, 03:52 PM
Miss awhile, miss alot, Kathe! :wink:

07-08-2004, 04:04 PM
Miss awhile, miss alot, Kathe! :wink:

Not necessarily .... and definitely NOT when some of it was conflict !!! :P

Who has time for THAT cr*p ???

:wink: :wink: :wink: :wink:

07-08-2004, 04:14 PM
I am here now. Better late than never. We have been busy. Trying to unstress during the summer. After my brother died suddenly we had a hard time getting through the last few weeks last year. Then I had surgery. What a month or two.
Maybe next year will be better. I don't plan to start until August.

07-08-2004, 04:34 PM
:D Lorna !!! How are YOU feeling ???

07-10-2004, 07:42 AM
As far as the surgery, I am fine. The lump in my breast came out fine and I go back in 6 months for a recheck on it. As for my brother's death, I know from my mom's passing 14 years ago that time and prayer are the only things that help much. Mother was sick for a while and that helped with the grieving process. We knew she was passing from ALS. No cure for that. With my brother I had talked with him at 2 pm and got a call at 3 pm to get there he was seeing his last hours. I don't know if he ever even knew we were there. He never responded but they said he could hear me talking. He died at 6:10 am the next morning. I was at his side. Thanks to the Lord for that. Please keep me in your prayers. My twin boys have had a hard time understanding the passing and the suddenness of it all.

07-13-2004, 06:32 AM

So sorry to hear about all of this! What happened to your brother?

We've all missed talking since ABC closed down and we've lost touch on things that have happened.

07-13-2004, 09:36 AM
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Blessings, Tammy

07-15-2004, 07:46 AM
Well, we don't actually know what was wrong with him but he had a liver problem. (Didn't drink). It was swollen and they drained 1 liter of it. Then did a bioposy of it. He had internal bleeding, went into seizures and everything started shutting down.

Jimmie Lu
07-16-2004, 03:00 PM
Me too I am here. well I was in Mexico but am back now.

Thanks for a great board we fell at home on!!! :wink: