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  1. My DD will be going into 7th this year. She seems to have a natural writing talent, but still needs some instruction and guidance. She did IEW US History Writing lessons last year, but seemed bored by the formulaic way it was taught. I liked the program well enough, and have been eyeing the new SSS for a while, but recently began researching Writeshop and also like what I see there. Has anyone used both and would you be able to give me a comparison? Or is there anyone that really likes Writeshop and can tell me how it has been beneficial for your child?
  2. Maybe we’re related. 😊 My great great grandparents were first cousins from a small town in Alabama. Some memorable names in my family tree: Cephas Lerona Narcissa Pinkney Parrish Cornelius Worth Cleo and Leo (Twins) Collie Peyton Talbot Kirby Lola
  3. I bought IEW TWSS last year as well as a theme book to use with my DD last year. She’ll be finishing up the theme book in a couple months and while I want to continue with IEW, I’m seriously considering using the new SWI this coming year. I’ve worked through the first few units of TWSS but don’t feel like I have the time to put into it as I’d like and am considering selling it to help fund other curriculum. My question is, would I regret it? Is it essential to teaching the program even if the student is using SWI?
  4. My oldest will be in 7th this year. Tentative plans- Bible: PAC Wise Up: Wisdom from Proverbs She started this last grade but will only be halfway through so will just continue this. Math: BJU Math 6 with DVDs. She did Math 5 with DVDs last year and it completely turned around her major math phobia. Grammar: Analytical Grammar Season 2 Writing: Something from IEW, probably Ancient History writing lessons Literature: Progeny Press Study guides/ Ancient history booklist History: CLE Across the Ages Science: BJU Science 6 with DVDs Music: Piano lessons
  5. The Miles Circuit might be beneficial.
  6. I try to be in bed no later than 10:30. But I do lie down for 30-45 min. in the afternoon which really helps me make it through the afternoon.
  7. We have 6 with #7 on the way. Our oldest is 10. We school Mon. - Thurs. I try to be up by 5:30 on a school morning. I spend the first 45 minutes dressing/making the bed/having devotions. I like to be in the kitchen by 6:15 to start a load of laundry, start breakfast, pack my husband's lunch (Sometimes I run out of time to do this). I like to wake the children around 6:30 and get the older ones started on getting dressed, feeding pets, etc. We all try to be at the table by 7 for breakfast and then family devotions with Daddy. This usually lasts until around 7:45 or 8, then we clean up from breakfast, brush teeth and tidy the house until about 8:45. I also transfer the laundry during this time and get another load going. We do Morning Time from 8:45-9:30, after which I rotate my time between the 3 oldest and also try to squeeze in reading to the 3 littlest and doing a bit of Phonics and math with the 5 year old. School lasts until 12 at which point I go to the kitchen and prep lunch. We usually eat around 12:30. About 1:15 the table is cleared, the house is tidied up again, I transfer the laundry/start another load and start counting down the minutes to nap time! I put the two youngest down at 2, settle the older ones down with a quiet activity, usually reading, and then go rest until around 2:45. From 2:45-4 we finish up any remaining school. After 4, I usually head to the kitchen to start on supper, work on the laundry some more and just do general household maintenance. We try to eat around 6 or 6:30, after which are baths if needed and bedtime prep. The three youngest go to bed at 8 and the older girls are in the bed by 8:30. I spend the next couple hours tidying the house, reading, spending time with hubby, etc. A few things that seem to make our day go more smoothly: Getting up on time. Taking my shower in the afternoon or evening. I used to do a morning shower but it just seemed to eat up a big chunk of my early morning. I try to squeeze a shower in after I rest or before I go to bed. Run the dishwasher during the day and empty it before supper. Our supper dishes don't fill it and there is still room for breakfast dishes the next morning. I do not like trying to squeeze unloading the dishwasher into my busy morning. Tidy the house before you go to bed. I think this helps me rest better, knowing I'm not waking up to yesterday's mess. Keep things picked up during the week and then do a weekly cleaning on Friday. I really like a clean house but have learned to relax quite a bit with so many little ones. As long as the floors and bathrooms are decently cleaned, I'm good with that. Give yourself grace and don't feel like a failure. Parenting a large family is exhausting work and takes A TON out of you.
  8. Made lots of changes over the last few weeks. Here's the updated plan: Bible-CAP God's Great Covenant NT 1, SCM Scripture memory work Math-BJU 5 w/ DVDs Writing-IEW US history writing lessons Grammar-CAP WOL 1 (she'll do this with her younger sister; she needs a really good year of review, I think) History/Geography/Reading-Sonlight D Science-God's Design for Life Piano lessons, art lessons, care of her pets, cooking, etc
  9. I'm pretty sure it's the DVDs. It's called Ultimate Science curriculum and it's by Supercharged Science (link below). We're more of a History/Bookworm family around here, although my girls love to do Mystery Science lessons, which has been what I've used this past year. Is it time-consuming to gather all needed supplies and set everything up? I also have 3 preschoolers and need something very simple or it probably won't get done. Emails&utm_campaign= HSBC-2019-04-09&utm_medium=email&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8m27IX2X2vHPnU1hJVqAnrXruTIRamPxMSSkU6HHcL30nvyp0OucXc5EQDicClqWKyjjrmNCnF7fUB6vuiXpPPYkEdPw
  10. Homeschool Buyers Co-op is running a special on the DVD curriculum right now. It looks interesting but there aren't a whole lot of reviews to be found except what's on the Supercharged website. Anyone used this? I have rising 6th, 3rd, and 2nd graders.
  11. I honestly wonder if this is the root of her problem. I think a lot of times she can do the procedure to get the right answer but she doesn't always seem to understand the why behind the answer. Thank you all for your perspectives. I know I need to hear that it is fine to slow down, but how do you do that and not get "behind"?
  12. My Dd9 is a very young 5th grader. I was the over-zealous 1st time homeschool mom with a very eager little student, so she started 1st grade when she was 5. It hasn't really been a problem as she is very bright and really has no trouble with anything...except math. She is almost finished with CLE Math 5. Most of her trouble in math is when a new concept is being introduced. For example, yesterday her math was on short division. She's been doing long division for a while now and knows it very well. She also is able to do simple addition/subtraction easily in her head. But we both were in tears by the end of her math lesson yesterday. I feel like she almost goes into panic mode when she's sees something new. I try to help her think through the concepts on her own (after I've explained to her multiple times how it's done), but sometimes I feel that she's intentionally playing dumb to get more attention and help from me. I really like CLE and was hoping to use it at least until high school, but at this point I almost wonder if she needs someone else to do the teaching. Math is taking up so much of our morning, and I have 5 other children younger than she is to tend to. Please help me with any suggestions or ideas you might have.
  13. At the convention I attended last year, RR paid sales tax and gave free shipping to orders placed at their booth.
  14. I am using Project Passport Medieval Times right now with DDs 9 and 7. Overall, we have enjoyed it. There are A LOT of activities and projects that can be done. We usually do three "Stops" a week and stretch them over four days. I spend about an hour or so on the weekend printing out and prepping what we'll need. The other units may be different, but the Medieval Times one doesn't focus as much on historical events as it does on the culture and daily life of that time period. We have learned quite a bit about castles, knights, serfs, pilgrimages, towns, etc. but only touched on major historical happenings and people. There is a very detailed timeline with probably 25 figures/events that we do each week, so I thing my girls are probably seeing the big picture with that. I don't think PP would be a good stand-alone study for an older child, but I think it would be a very good supplement to a more traditional approach to history. I am only looking to expose my girls to an overview of the time period right now and it has certainly accomplished that.
  15. Louise Vernon has written several books on some of the Reformers. I know she has one on Erasmus and Martin Luther.
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