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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 think it is extremely rude. We had a pastoral candidate spend the night with us and he did the same thing. My husband was appalled. Unless there is an emergency, there is no reason to be constantly texting in a social situation. You effectively say to your dinner companions "I would rather be elsewhere." I would never correct a person on this, but I also would not invite them back. What's the point...clearly they're not engaged!
  10. I am in season 2. I quit during season 1 because I was so annoyed with the characters but kept plugging along later because of the max storyline (I have a son on the spectrum). I have to say I love Amber right now. Was trying to read carefully up thread because I didn't want to read any spoilers....!! So I skipped a lot of commentary. I do not hate any of the characters at this point. I really enjoy the twists and turns of family dynamics because it feels authentic to me. I am sticking with least until someone ticks me off.😄
  11. I guess I do not know exactly what 'typical' is (& this would surely vary from region to region?!). I do not know anyone who is like a magazine mom,but I also don't read the magazines. I think most people are pretty quirky,really,once you get to know them!!!
  12. When my son turned 6 he was impossible for a while. I just remember telling my friends that he was impossible but I don't remember when it got better....I will say that he's 8 now and pretty awesome, so it did improve. I tend to parent with a lot of empathy and attachment, which I realize is not how everyone prefers to work. That having been said.... My own way of dealing with this would basically be to say "I'm sorry you don't want to put the box away. You have a choice: either put the box away now, or we're going to put it on the shelf and not use it for a week. Your choice." The impertinence I tend to deal with in a different way--by asking what's wrong. in other words, go off script. I don't get into power struggles with my children if I can help it. Instead of giving the scripted mom answer (don't talk to me like that/go to your room/now you're grounded) I would say "that was pretty rude and made me feel upset. Is there something wrong? What's making you feel like you have to slap the box out of my hands?" And then we'd talk about it, b/c 6 is old enough to have a quick conversation and try to track down the "why" of something (I wouldn't do that with a 3 year old, obviously...) No discipline will ultimately be truly effective without a strong foundational relationship, so I would suggest making sure your attachment to her is intact. Be sure you guys have plenty of fun time together. Listen to her; look her in the eye. You likely already do--just my reminder! Do the best you can, be empathetic, don't fly off the handle or engage in a power struggle, and remember to spend lots of time looking her in the eye and making her feel known. And this too shall pass!!!
  13. Freedom to go where we want, when we want--this week we are heading to Charleston SC to see my dad and stepmom, and we could not do that if my kids were in public school (there's no extended spring break in our district!) The desire not to send my children away from me during the day-I like these people! I like them a lot!!! A vision of education that is more holistic than having us all learning/doing different things, in different places, every day. We learn together and that builds our family culture. Intuition about the needs of my children and how they can be better met at home in our case (social and educational needs). My son w/ ASD is thriving, big time, and I think homeschooling is a HUGE boon to him. The desire to foster my children's creativity and intellectual curiosity at their own pace--let them absorb their own interests, in their own time--not squeezing it in after homework but before bedtime.... The vision of a family life that is sane and quiet--we keep lessons etc to daytime, so we eat dinner together each night and aren't running all around! we have a fun family life...just tonight the kids and my husband (I had a meeting) played outside, visited the new cattle in the field behind us, and played "let's do acupuncture on Daddy" (b/c my son had an acupuncture treatment this afternoon)....all very laid back. no homework, yippee! Learning life skills together. I could go on, really, but these are the top things that come to mind.
  14. *Sally Clarkson *Julie Bogart *Charlotte Mason That's my personal triumvirate!
  15. I will lay out the details of our morning for you, and perhaps that will help: *I get up earlier than my children...most days....and get dressed etc. *they get up around 8 *between 8-9 they have breakfast, I put in laundry, I wash up the dishes, they get dressed, brush teeth, and make beds/feed pets. I might fold laundry, return a phone call, tidy a room, quick-clean a bathroom--whatever! *around 9-9:30 our morning chores are done and we gather on the sofa to read books together. This time typically lasts about an hour, and includes poetry, Shakespeare, history, biography, Aesop, literature (but not all of those subjects every day!!!--for instance, today we just did nursery rhymes, Charlotte's Web, a chapter of CHOW, and a chapter of reading a biography of Paul Revere) and whatever else we're wanting to read. *then we move to table time (math, copywork, sometimes grammar/spelling, writing....) And that takes us to lunchtime-ish and then we are done, with the exception of piano practice. ETA: this is the basic setup of our school day right now:
  16. Casual nature study, library books, simply observing the world: that's science for a first grader, in my book. ;) You have my permission to Just Not!
  17. :grouphug: I lost my mom 15 years ago on Easter. Both of my grandmothers were surrounded by family when they died (I diligently tried to stay all night with my maternal grandmother in August the night she died, but she outlasted me) and they both died literally within minutes of finally being left alone. It's like being alone gave them the freedom to leave. I am so sorry for your loss. I hope and pray that this week surrounds you with love and good memories.
  18. Holy smokes. As an attorney, who is friends with many attorneys, I have never, not once, ever, NEVER, seen someone post anything about a case/client on Facebook. The actual details and content of the situation aside (an attorney must act as an advocate, whether they like their client or the situation or not--which is one reason I steered clear of certain types of work), this is so supremely unprofessional that I can hardly stand it. Wow.
  19. I basically use the Socratic method, but not because I want to use it as a means of inquiry; it's just a natural way of talking to my children. When they ask me a question I ask one in return, to get them to think about it (b/c often they can puzzle out the answer themselves). I mean, it's totally organic for me. And the other thing is I just talk to my children. A lot. I was public schooled, but my parents talked to us. A LOT. We had discussions about everything. And this, more than anything else, is what makes kids ask meaningful questions. They will not ask meaningful questions if the parents aren't asking them, know? It's just a way of life.
  20. I am just coming back to this thread after listening to two of Julie Bogart's phenomenally good periscopes on "what healthy looks like" (a list of 11 things). this is precisely what I was saying in my brief "emotional maturity" response above. I had no idea she was going to post periscopes on what it is to be a healthy it was pretty cool timing to find that she had done two scopes on this just a few days after we had this thread! Here is the first periscope: And here in the second:
  21. I felt queasy the first time I ate shellfish but otherwise, no. I was vegetarian/vegan for years (I tried both at various points). Now I eat anything but am picky about the quality and source of my animal products. I eat very little red meat, in spite of living on a beef farm. Mostly a little fish or chicken, and I like local eggs, local milk (delivered to my doorstep!), and some cheese and yogurt. I did not go from veganism to paleo...that kind of switch would have been too much for me. I started by eating some fish and then much later adding in some chicken and a decade later actually eating beef at times....rare times. I don't like pork much. Husband is currently vegan, though!!!!
  22. I like all the other responses so far but I would also say emotional maturity. Being around children 24-7 is not easy and if a parent is emotionally immature he or she could truly wreak havoc on the child/family. Knowing when to pause and take a break, prevent burnout, draw healthy boundaries, teach kids communication skills/coping mechanisms....really ALL parents need this but the homeschooling parent really, really does.
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