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  1. Just chiming in here to say that we are also very pleased w/ the Alveary curriculum. This is my sixth year of homeschooling using a Charlotte Mason approach, so I'm pretty seasoned, and I'm still very happy with our year. I have made some changes to simplify our lives; my 2A (5th grade/10 year old) student isn't doing Latin, for instance, and I made a couple of book swaps. Instead of following their Bible plan, I use my own. That kind of thing. It's still working great. I printed out the exams for the first term today and was looking over them and was genuinely excited. I can see a lot of fruit from our year so far. And that is even after implementing the curriculum in part (with my own swaps/steamlinings) and also imperfectly (ie, some days we just don't get to everything!). *Even so* we're having a fruitful year. The big surprise for me has been how my 10 yo has responded to some of the readings and the insights/connections he's drawing. We have a book or two that we don't love, but that's par for the course no matter what we use, and I'm perfectly comfortable swapping books out after trying them for a term. So perhaps that helps answer the question about swaps, etc. There's definitely no problem making swaps! The website even emphasizes that the curriculum is a tool to be used, not something to be slavishly followed. Seeing as how I have never, not once, slavishly followed any curriculum, that reassurance is nice for me. ;) If you have any questions let me know. My kids are 2A (10 years old) and 1B (first grade/6 year old).
  2. Sorry....I just saw this! It's available once you join the Alveary; I don't think it's open to others.
  3. Little update: amber nightlight did the trick!!!! Also, he has a hard time w/ bedwetting, so we've modified our approach to that, and that has likely helped too. No insomnia here in nearly a year.
  4. Yes, my oldest is only we're still very much *together* which is, I think, his general preference. But we may be in a transition stage that I do not yet recognize. We will experiment to see how much he can handle on his own--he's a dreamy, artistic, visual-spatial child who sometimes struggles to stay on task. Reading on his own might be helpful to him, now that I think about it, because he can be in charge of his pace and ponderings. Hmm, we'll see!
  5. And this could be useful, too, for me since I'm so reluctant to let go of our togetherness-reading. Mostly it's my own deep desire to enjoy books together (I want to learn all the stuff my children are learning, because it's fun!), but I do think it's probably time for me to start transitioning my son to some independence which will probably mean that I should simply pre-read his books....then even if he's reading alone, we can share the book!
  6. I guess the other thing is....I'm not ready to hand all my son's reading over to him. I just enjoy it too much with all of us together. So that's a huge part of the struggle for me because I like reading en famille, as it were!! I know dear Charlotte would encourage me to hand it over,and he does do a little on his own, but we like it too much to break up the current routine of reading and learning together. 😉
  7. Thanks,that is helpful. I may email Jen Spencer. We stay on task but I tend to stay "on" with my older child more than my younger, which is where I feel I'm unbalanced. The good thing is, she's more interested and engaged in Shakespeare, history, and the Bible, among other things, than many kids twice her age. Anyhow, we are definitely in for next year, and I may just need to muddle around a bit to see how to balance her skills work with the rest of the feast. I love CM and we are so lucky to be in a good group here locally. (CMI is based here so we've derived some wonderful benefits from the nearness of the Smiths!)
  8. Emily, Did you use the Alveary with more than one student? I am going to be joining for next year for my son (Form 2B, I believe) and am pondering whether to try to also use it for my daughter (she'll be 1B). If it helps the analysis, I already homeschool them both using CM methods. I have pieced my own curriculum together using various resources over the past 5 years and am very well-versed on the methods. My big challenge this year, with a Year O child and Year 4-ish, has been carving out time to do the math, reading lesson, and bit of individual kindergarten reading with my younger child. We do nature study, recitation, Shakespeare, Plutarch, history, geography, literature, poetry, composer, French, artist, hymn etc as a family so that's pretty easy. But by the time I cover that, plus my older child's math, dictation, copywork (copywork is the only truly independent thing he does other than fun reading), it's noon and we have lost our steam! And I'm pretty committed to free afternoons. Just trying to determine how this would look with two students, if anyone has tried it. I adore the Mason method but, at least for us, it's really not a hands-off approach, and I do nearly everything with both children right now! I don't mind this. It's bumping up against the confines of time that is the issue. Thanks!
  9. I am very grateful to have an L-shaped configuration of built-in bookcases--with bookshelves on the top, and a row of cabinets below. That's probably my #1 thing in our house. Keeps the books in great order and keeps the papers, photo albums, preschool toys, DVDs, etc. all out of sight!! Another thing that helps a lot for us is that inside a closet in our school area I have a hanging over-the-door shoe organizer. I use it to store office supplies (binder clips, sharpies, glue sticks, post-its, pencils, erasers, rubber bands, paper clips, etc etc). Vertical storage is the best! I find that in reality we do school in several places, but having a centralized location for our supplies is really helpful. I remember reading about Joyce Swann's system (she had 10 children!) which was basically to school at the table, and then at the end of the day, each child put their school items back into a box, and took them to their bedroom closets for storage. We do so many things as a group that it wouldn't work for us (she used Calvert for each child), but I thought it was a nice, smart, simple approach if you have children working on different levels and limited space!
  10. He's about 60 lbs. I don't think he's close to puberty, but I could be wrong (geez! i hope I'm not wrong!!!). I will look into the amber nightlight. He needs a sufficient amount of light to not get freaked out (thus the room next door) but not total darkness. It's a delicate balance. He just finished a round of sleepwalking just now, too...literally JUST NOW. I don't know what is going on with this child!
  11. Can you expand upon this? I am curious as to why the automatic response. I had pediatric insomnia but no neurological issues. If there is something major or red flag here, I certainly need to know what it is. My son sees a ped neurologist already for his migraines. So a visit would be easy because we are already set up. But I would appreciate more information.
  12. Our son sleeps well through the night a few nights a week. But for about 6 months or so (maybe more), he has been waking up in the middle of the night (generally to pee) several nights a week and then cannot get back to sleep. I sometimes crawl into bed with him; sometimes this helps, but last night it did not (I fell asleep and he woke me up every half hour to tell me he wasn't asleep :lol: ). I wouldn't care so much about this except that lack of sleep can trigger severe migraines for him, so I'm sort of paranoid about his sleep. We use a Dohm white noise machine. We keep a light in the next room on, b/c last year when we kept it mostly dark (but w/ a night light), he would wake up thinking he had "seen" something. Once we kept the hallway more lit, he didn't have that problem anymore. So I'm reluctant to get rid of the light--it doesn't shine directly on him, but rather lights the hallway. (We used to leave the hallway light on--but that was really too bright!) I suffered from some of this as a child, and can't remember how it resolved itself. Does anyone have any tips or thoughts on this sort of middle-of-the-night wakefulness? He just came out of his room and said "I was awake when you left this morning!" Which means he hasn't been asleep since about 4 am. FWIW, he goes to bed/sleep around 9:30pm, and he's 8.5 years old. When he doesn't suffer from insomnia, he sleeps from 9:30pm-8ish a.m.
  13. I think I posted about this elsewhere, but right now my plan for my son (who will be 9 in June) is to do math, copywork, and reading through our (extensive!) personal library. So, basically as close to unschooling as I can get without having a nervous breakdown. He will continue to attend a science school one afternoon a week, and will continue his art lessons, and he'll choose whether to continue piano. He's taking acting classes right now, too, which may lead to more of the same next year. I don't want to make any grand project plans because I'm going to let him decide all that. My daughter is 5. My only plans for her are math and reading books and copywork.
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