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  1. What do you have planned? I'm supposed to be making my shopping list right now, but I'm having one of those weeks the usual just isn't sounds good.
  2. Can you suggest a sturdy book shelf that isn't too expensive. I'm tired of the garbage from Walmart. I have looked at the ikea bookshelves I hear so much about, but the closest ikea is 6 or more hours away and I just tried to buy one until I found out the cost of delivery would be $199.
  3. I'm honestly not sure what made me take a look at it, but I did and LOVE the idea of the family learning cycle. I haven't taken a close look at the language arts that is added on and such. Just wondering what others thought about MFW. Do you add on the language arts they suggest or you own? I don't have any questions really, just if you use it, tell me more. Also, I never really considered what I would do with my younger ones, but I would just be concerned about them having to learn history not in chronological order. I mean, that's just what it like being the second or third, right? sigh.
  4. No suggestions ,but I hear you! There are 6 of us living in a 1000 sq ft house. I am SO ready to move. The only thing I say NOT complain about is at least all of my kids are young right now, so no one cares except me.
  5. Since the weather is warming up, I have something on my mind. Last year mosquitos were terrible at our house and we spend a ton of time outside. I cannot stand to use bug spray, dh put it on the kids last year and the overspray literally killed the grass. Yikes! I also cannot stand being covered with mosquito bites, scary. Is there a natural repellent you ladies make or buy that works? Anything safe for a 1 year old?
  6. I got Apologia's Exploring Creation with Astronomy for science next year. He was really excited about it, so we already started this year, the end of his second grade year. He loves it so far, I love it so far. Here is my problem and wanted to see how other handled this. I have been told by many it works best for 3rd grade and up and I agree. So, that bugs me. I want to use Apologia, I want to do all the courses with him, but how do you fit in each course if you only use it from 3rd to 6th grade. Also, how do you make up for the fact that they leave out earth science? Where do you fit that in and with what curriculum. Is there anything else left out I'm not thinking about? I know up to 6th grade it is no big deal if we don't cover everything, but it does matter to me and ds. We like to do it all with everything. Not an issue with my second one, he just does what school I put in front of him, but my first ds, he sees there are such and such courses to cover and he wants to do them and so do I.
  7. I decided to get song school latin for my sons to do together next year. I do not know latin. It says in the teachers manual you can choose between classical or ecclesiastical pronunciation. Which pronunciation you choose to teach your children and why?
  8. If so, can I ask you a few questions? The best I can tell, it basically a more conservative boy scouts?? Right? How often does your group meet? What do they do on a regular basis? I see that the main focus is the father in this group, do mom's do anything? There is not one super close by, I wanted to see about starting one in my area (or having my dh do it anyway). It needs to be affiliated with a church? Is that right? If you have ever started one, was it a very difficult process? Any thing else I might need to know?
  9. I am still working out what to do with my son for next year. I have never really considered AAS, but since he will be done with Abeka phonics for 2nd this year, I thought AAS might be a good option for spelling since it reinforces phonics rules. I was wondering though, since he learned phonics with Abeka, will AAS mesh well with this or will it be confusing in some way? I just didn't like the thought of a workbook for spelling, I'm trying to lighten up on workbooks this year. My second son is working on Abeka Phonics K. Would reading eggs be a fun supplement for him? I just don't want anything that might confuse them with the way they are learning phonics with abeka. Any thoughts on any of this is appreciated!
  10. Background: planning for my son's 3rd grade year, he will be a young third grader. He will be 7 2 months of his third grade year. He has done fine working at this grade level, but we are feeling a bit of burn out this year. This was the plan I was aiming for for next year MP literature guides Something for grammar?? R & S spelling ZB cursive Writing - I am torn. I am looking at CAP W&R, MP & IEW. As I look at mp, the things they have for third grade say they are for grades 3-4, cap writing and rhetoric tables is for 3-4. I was thinking of putting off these plans until his fourth grade year and trying out ELTL as a bit of a gentler year. I feel he is so young I just am not sure either of us are ready. I don't know, as I plan, it just looks like a lot, it looks hard lol. I guess I am asking "permission" to slow down a bit for third grade. Do you think ELTL would be the gentle year I am looking for? Do you think the plans I have made will be fine to pick up in 4th?
  11. So glad you asked! I'm not sure. I like the idea of it, but I can't get a good feel for what a days work would look like. I'm a bit intimidated by latin and if it takes up too much time I just can't. My 3rd grader is my oldest. I will have a 1st grader, a wild, crazy, demanding 3 almost 4 year old and a 1.5 year old next school year so...yeah I'm feeling crazy just teaching the basics to my boys, I'm not sure I can do latin even though I would love to.
  12. Thanks. I was considering FLL. I Have not taught grammar formally yet. He knows what a noun, verb, adjective adverb is from doing mad libs stories, but that's it. From what I understand, I should be able to jump in at FLL 3, would you agree?
  13. Can I ask what you are using for grammar? That's the other subject I just can't decide on.
  14. I'm making the same decision. I have an upcoming 3rd grader with no writing background. I am really drawn to mp these days and I am really interested in introduction to composition especially since it ties into the lit guides we will be using, but I am more drawn to cap so, idk. I am not at drawn to iew, but still have it on my mind. Also, just feeling really nervous because he will be 7 for the first 2 full months of school, he is a very young 3rd grader. Sigh. I think I will do mp intro to composition for 3rd and then start CAP for 4th, BUT the mp dvd's sway me toward choosing mp though.
  15. I have used abeka phonics 1 and 2 for my first son and am halfway through k5 with my 2nd son. I love it, it works for us. I modify it some to make it not so busy for us. I know not a lot of people love abeka, but we do. Anyway, I was just curious what other abeka fans do to make abeka work for them. Also, do you use the language along with the phonics. I just feel the letters and sounds, language and spelling all flow wo nicely for grade 1, but I'm just not sure I will have ds 2 to do language 1 workbook, maybe just the lessons as it was pretty basic ,stuff and quite repetitive the best I can remember . Thoughts? Do you do tests? If you don't do you skip the workbook that day too?
  16. Great. This is what I was hoping. He won't be going to private school until 7th grade at the very earliest if at all.
  17. I have hesitated asking, but I must ask you all about this. I cannot decide on writing curriculum. I have always been a traditional homeschooler. I never really looked at the classical approach very much. How I ended up on these forums? I'm not sure. lol Anyway, recently I have been looking in to CAP Writing & Rhetoric and MP Classical Composition and IEW. These programs look much better to me than what I had been planning on. Here's the thing. I just honestly don't understand the big picture of it all. I have looked at the lower 3 and 4th grade levels and it looks great to me. The part I am unsure is how this approach compares to how kids would do things in school. For example, if I decided for my son's 7th grade year, if I enrolled him into the local Christian school (which has been my plan all along, just homeschool k-6, but who knows) would he be able to jump right into a traditional curriculum with no struggles or should I include typical writing assignments too like book reports and such. Are book reports and research papers and typical school papers included in classical writing curriculum like this? I guess I just can't get through all the levels and really understand what all is covers. Like I said, I apologize for being so dumb, but I am NOT a writer. I hated writing in school and struggled. I just don't really know what all he needs to know. All I know is he needs to be a better writer than me. lol Thanks I hope I was able to get my question out clearly. I am sure CAP and MP produce great writers, but I just wasn't sure if it was a slower and more gradual approach than what is typical for schools. I just want my guy to not struggle if or when he goes to private school.
  18. BJU Math 1 Abeka Letters & Sounds 1 Abeka Readers Abeka Spelling 1 ZB Handwriting I am unsure if we will do Abeka Language 1 work book each day, I think I may just go over the lesson orally. Memoria Press First Grade Enrichment and additional science, history and geography books, but nothing formal. Song School Latin 1 (I am not sold that first graders must have latin. I have started with my older son 2nd/3rd grade doing song school latin and will continue to let my first grader work through with us. Heck, the 3 year old is also learning latin!) My kids love it! He will be tagging along sporadically with my 3rd grader for some subjects, but he is not required to. It's great I have been there and done that, I feel so much more confident going into first grade. It seems so easy and doable for us. I was so stressed out when my oldest was in first grade. sigh.
  19. Math – BJU Math 3 DL Language Arts – MP Literature Guides (completed orally) MP Introduction to Composition FLL 3 Spelling Workout C ZB Cursive History – Veritas Press Self-Paced Course New Testament, Greece & Rome Geography – EM Geography Workbook (maybe) and continuing to work through Little Passports + supplementing Science – Apologia Exploring Creation with Astronomy P.E. – Twice a month homeschool gym days Bible - AWANA & Daily Devotions Song School Latin 1 - He may be considered too young?? BUT he is loving it, so I don't really care.
  20. I keep thinking grammar might not be a high priority for us right now. When do you suggest picking up grammar? What does an ideal third grade look like to you?
  21. Thank you!! Just what I needed!!! The one subject I am hung up on right now!!
  22. I just took a look at this! This may be what I am looking for!!
  23. Yeah my third grader is my oldest of 4, so yeah...
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