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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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"?
  7. 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.
  8. At the convention I attended last year, RR paid sales tax and gave free shipping to orders placed at their booth.
  9. 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.
  10. Louise Vernon has written several books on some of the Reformers. I know she has one on Erasmus and Martin Luther.
  11. Did you do America's Story 1? How did you like it? I'm seriously considering using this for my 3rd and 6th graders.
  12. Oldest DD will be starting 6th grade. My baby's growing up! 😢 Bible-PAC Running the Race (she's doing the 5th grade book, Possessing the Land, right now and really enjoys it), SCM Scripture memory system, devotions with Daddy, personal Bible reading Hymn Study-Mr. Pipes books, Then Sings My Soul Poetry-undecided Art-I reeeeally want to use Creating a Masterpiece but have another art program sitting on the shelf that she ought to finish first. We'll see... Math-CLE Math 600 Grammar-CLE L.A. 600 or CAP Well-Ordered Language or ??? We've used CLE since 1st grade but it seems like she could use some more review on some of the basics. I also really want to focus on writing this year so we may have an easier year of grammar review. Writing-IEW Not sure where to start with this but want to look at it at convention next month. History-Notgrass America the Beautiful or Master Book's American Story or ??? Science-God's Design or BJU or ??? Piano Lessons
  13. Oh, fun! Books are my weakness, too. Would you mind sharing some of the titles you purchased? I love reading and gleaning from other people's book lists.
  14. Detailed curriculum reviews, but only on curriculum that you've actually used. One of my pet peeves is trying to find opinions on a product and dredging up reviews that are basically letting everyone know that blogger was sent item free of charge, all opinions are her own, and... oh wait, she actually hasn't used it for longer than two weeks, but it's a great curriculum and the blog reader really should buy it! 🙄
  15. I'm not sure if this counts or not since I did teach my daughter the letter sounds, but she basically taught herself to read by looking at Dick and Jane books. I heard her reading them one day and was shocked that she knew what the words were. I had never done any formal phonics program with her.
  16. I love this and think DD would too. I don't think DD has any intuitive sense of grammar at all. She reads very, very well, communicates well and has an advanced vocabulary, but also tends to shut down when faced with new, or in her mind, challenging, material. But I know, grammar is challenging! I guess I just want to make sure I'm doing my best to present it in an understandable way. Does anyone have any suggestions for games or supplements that would help?
  17. ...what do you do? My DD is doing CLE Language Arts 500, and while she can easily spot a noun, pronoun, verb, etc. she has great difficulty figuring out whether a noun is a subject, direct object, indirect object, etc. or if a verb is a helping, linking, or being verb. Any advice on a better explanation for her to really understand? I don't want to move ahead without her comprehending, but I also know that she'll study this again in later grades.
  18. I've had mine about a year. I tried all sorts of entrees in it at first, but after a while I've figured out in what ways it really shines and just use it for those things. I use mine almost daily for: boiled eggs - BEST boiled eggs ever yogurt - I make this about once a week. Very, very simple and the end product is thick, rich Greek yogurt that isn't full of sugar and doesn't cost an arm and a leg. brown rice - very simple and perfect texture mac n cheese - super quick and perfect for kids' lunch soup - You can achieve the flavor of an all-day-simmer-on-the-back-of-the-stove chili or soup with a just a few minutes in the IP. chicken stock - Throw a carcass, some veggies and water in there and you'be got rich, golden broth in a half hour. It's been totally worth it for me.
  19. Papaya enzymes, Tums, and unsweetened almond milk (organic tasted the best) helped me. Avoid spicy foods, ice cream, tomato-based dishes, etc. Don't lie down right after eating. I've had it pretty badly with all six of mine, but my last pregnancy wasn't as brutal as the others. I drank a lot of almond milk this past time, especially before going to bed and it really seemed to help.
  20. I was homeschooled 2-12. Some of my memories: That brand-new book smell. I loved opening a new school book and feeling the smooth, shiny pages. Mom taking my brothers and me shopping for new school supplies. This was a yearly tradition. Getting to add a sticker to the chart for making a 100% on a test. If we got 5 in a row, Mom would let us choose a slip of paper with small rewards on them from a jar. My favorite reward was a parfait from the local yogurt shop. Weekly trips to the library. We'd stop by the library and then go to the grocery store. I'd always take my book in and try to read while keeping a hand on the grocery cart. Loathing Saxon. 'Nough said. Loving history. Knowing how to plan and cook a full meal by the age of 12, which I did regularly. Asking for and being given the responsibility of planning a week's worth of meals and getting dropped off at the grocery store around age 14-15 to buy groceries. The list could go on but those are some of the highlights.
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