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  1. Thank you, thank you!!! I will not lose it again!
  2. I haven't had the time to read and reply. I look forward to it, thanks for all the replies ladies!
  3. Someone posted a complete list sorted by categories a year or so back and now I can't find it. Can anyone help me out?
  4. My oldest (3rd grader) is currently using vp self paced history and that is working well for us, but I have been thinking I'd prefer to be a bit more hands on with the fun subjects like science and history. I'm not 100% sure I would switch what is working for him, but I am considering a different path for the rest of my kids as they get older. I LOVE the idea of doing history chronologically, but I was never quite sure how that worked when the family did history all together. I have never looked at the The Good and the Beautiful at all, but I saw a youtube video today describing their history course and I thought the approach was genius. I then learned that some Christians are apposed to using it? I honestly know nothing about what Mormons believe. So, if you are Christian, if you have used The Good and the Beautiful, what are you thoughts on this? Any other pros and cons with The Good and the Beautiful history curriculum. Thanks
  5. I just struggle with good enough when it comes to my kids. I feel guilty knowing he is so much more capable than good enough. I'm not sure I expect math majors, I don't expect anything of him really. I just don't want to fail my kids. I don't want them to be in college one day struggling with something because I made bad homeschooling choices.
  6. I am using FLL level 3 this year. First time we have used FLL. It has clicked SO we'll with my son and me. It is short, effective, enjoyable and I can do it even with the baby climbing all over. With this said, if FLL is your style what other curriculum is set up like this?
  7. Thanks for taking the time to reply. I always feel uncomfortable with my curriculum choices at the beginning of the year. I always feel better as the year goes on and we get used to everything. Right now I feel panicky. We really do like BJU, just somewhere in the back of my mind I'm worried I'm failing them because I won't torture myself with something rigorous like Singapore. I worry BJU is just good enough. Bleh. I am starting up my fourth year of homeschool and I still can't find the confidence I need.
  8. We tried Singapore, the boys did I fine and I hated it. I crave scripted and handholding and Singapore left me feeling at a loss knowing what to say to my boys. I also dislike the many supplemental books. We are now trying BJU math. The boys are doing great. They love the fun characters. I like the scripted lessons. It feels good to be, BUT I feel the lessons are a bit overkill. Like, the boys are giving the final answer as I'm sitting there talking through each VERY detailed step of the lesson. I feel the lesson are just overkill for them. I can and do cut out what we don't need. I'm just looking for something that might suit me better. My 3rd grader is doing distance learning online and we are both happy, BUT I just feel neither Singapore or BJU is perfect for us. Any suggestions?
  9. If you use MP Literature Guides (for 3rd grade specifically) how do YOU do them? My 7 year old (turning 8 at the very end of September) just started his 3rd grade year. We read and did our first chapter for Farmer Boy today. We took turns reading pages. We enjoyed reading together, the reading was easy for him, the answers in the literature guide for him was easy for him to answer and enjoyable, but the writing was exhausting. I wish I had timed him, he worked diligently, but it was a slow process for him. He never complained, but I could tell he was worn out when he was done. It took up quite a bit of our afternoon. I originally intended to do them orally, but thought I would see if he was able to do them. I just wonder if I should do 3rd grade ALL orally or have him write some of the answers. I just wonder if I "let him off the hook" for 3rd if he will be able to do the work when he is older. Should I slowly increase his amount of writing this year. For example have him do Farmer Boy orally, the 2nd book 1/4 of the writing, 3rd book 1/2 of the writing or something like that to build it up. I seriously struggle to know what to expect out of my oldest. I know he is not ready to do all of it, but I'm just not sure how to modify it and have him still benefit and grow and learn.
  10. My soon to be 8 year old and his brother love using my video camera or phone to make videos of the things they are playing or doing. They like to do unboxing videos of new toys they get like people on youtube. They have been doing this pretty solid for a while now and he really enjoys doing this. DH and I discussed getting him a GoPro for his birthday. He loves gadgets and so far has done well taking care of his Nintendo ds, tablet and digital camera. I saw there is kid one, but I don't want really crappy quality because he really does notice for instance my camera takes better pictures than his. So, I don't want one for a kid, but on the other hand we don't need top of the line either. I am clueless when it comes to any sort of technology and dh is unsure too. I was hoping for it to be around $100 give or take. Does anyone have any recommendations? Also, I know there are brands of these cameras that are not GoPro and I guess that's would be more of the budget I am looking for. I just wasn't sure what they are called. Any suggestions appreciated.
  11. I was going to suggest MP Enrichment too. I am only doing the preschool right now, but if JR K is anything like preschool, it will be awesome. We are in love with MP over here!
  12. We just took our car seats out to clean them and discovered my oldest son's expired 2 months ago. We have a Graco My Ride 65. The height limit for it is 50 inches and the weight limit is 65 lbs. My 7 year old is 48 inches and 43 lbs. He was about to outgrow it on the height anyway. WWYD? Buy a car seat until he completely outgrows car seats or is it just time to get him in a booster? DH is leaning toward getting booster. I am thinking if he can still be in a car seat then he should still be in one. My baby is still in her infant seat, so it wouldn't be a waste if he outgrew it soon, we would just pass it on to her. WWYD?
  13. Hits Abeka Phonics K5 (Each year I do it, I streamline it a bit more. I know what to include and what to leave out) Zaner Bloser Handwriting- My boys prefer this to anything we try. You can scan a QR code to see a short video of how to form the letter and this tiny detail has made my boys not mind handwriting. BJU Math Grade 2 (Singapore math just stressed me out completely. I am so glad to have found something that feels right to me. DS loves it too. He loves the stories for each chapter. I worry he is missing out not having Singapore math, but my sanity is more important. sorry. Veritas Press Self Paced History Old Testament & Ancient Egypt - DS LOVE this, looking back I may for the future save this for 3rd grade for my kids rather than 2nd, but still, we enjoyed it. I HATE history, so not teaching it is a plus. PLUS I'm learning things with him I never did. Don't remember a thing about history from my education. MIsses Abeka Grade 2 Phonics - It wasn't bad or anything, but to us it seems completely a review from first and it was not needed for ds. We did the lesson for a while, then we went to just the seat work, then we dropped.
  14. Judging myself too harshly is just what I have always done. About everything. It's not that I have a problem with my relationship food, but I just struggle with balance in all areas of my life. If I am doing something I want it to be 100% or I feel like a failure. Sometimes when I feel stressed about something like this, I just post about it to see how other people live and to remind me normal people don't get things 100% perfect. I don't stress about food daily or often, just one day I will feel worried I am not cooking healthy enough and I just feel really bad and that I am failing my kids. I have these mini panic episodes about nearly everything. You should have seen me when I started homeschooling my oldest. I have calm down a lot. I spent his whole kindergarten year in a panic that I was ruining his life. I only have this thought occasionally now. My mental health, I don't know what to say about it. I have a lot of issues, but I am surprisingly happy and content with life. I'm just a worrier. If I'm not overthinking something, well..I just wouldn't know what to do with myself.
  15. Thanks everyone for the encouraging words. I guess I am ok. I pretty much serve a lot of fruits and veggies with whatever else we have and hope for the best. lol I just feel so lost sometimes. For instance, my 5 year old asked me if spaghetti was healthy. Well, some people don't think ground beef is healthy. Some people don't think pasta is healthy. My jarred pasta sauce isn't as healthy as pasta sauce could be. Sooooo...I mean what do you say? No spaghetti isn't 100% healthy, but it's what's for dinner. lol I struggle big time with perfection. I don't know what else to say.. You are so right, my kids eat better than I did, I am healthy, they are healthy. Perfect eating is overrated and my kids metabolism is amazing and they get good exercise, so I guess we will survive!
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