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  1. This is something we are doing as a 6 week intensive as a group, but studied independently AFTER initial introductions of new roots. These are the type of things that are great to do in the summer before the school year.
  2. I love and plan to incorporate her lesson books with our Robinson books...they are great. I am also having a new little the morning😁...pray it goes well. My kiddos are 15, 13, 10, 8,5,and 2 and half ...and tomorrow newborn. I love to streamline our homeschooling. You may like Our House on Youtube...Karen is so encouraging.
  3. I have a similar spread as you, and below is what I have been doing and plan to do for next year. I would add your piano as your main elective and only do 1 family focus at a time...and it is the optional part of your day. Begin with family Bible or Charcter studies/Readalouds...whatever your religion or non religion is...hope that makes sense...this is a great way to start your day and gather all children together. Math period 1st-when not needed by your olders I would read aloud to preschoolers or do workbooks with them. Reading lessons or silent required reading can be done next allowing your quiettime in the afternoon to be used for those fun crafts that you don't want the toddlers doing OR if your littles nap early this order can be reversed. I personally would quiz Spelling this summer and do direct teaching of Handwriting/Math facts allowing them to be on the backburner for fall. I would do Rod and Staff English as it is awesome and worth the time that you tutor each child. I would offer my children options to do anything else independently. You could offer reading list or assignment list for your type A kiddos...or baskets of opportunities for your more casual kiddos. My personal philosphy is to focus on Bible, Reading, Writing, Arithmetic with children and add 1 family study that can be short lived like Latin/Greek roots or long lasting like Considering God's Creation which will take us all year next year. I also tutor my kiddos each about half an hour daily pulling them out during the morning lessons...but encourage mine to do most things very independently. We are incorporating a lot of Robinson Curriculum into our homeschool this year. I like the routine, focus on reading and vocabulary, and working up to independence in math and writing. I taught myself throughout school and felt it was to my benefit in life and college, but I enjoy tutoring my children as well so I do have that time for each of a more motherly version of Robinson😉. Brenda
  4. I am planning to do the following with my little Ker this fall. Speech therapy- he has made such strides that unless you were told, you wouldn't notice. He is doing therapy with a therapist weekly and using Super Star Speech daily with me. A combination of The Reading Lesson and Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons...I plan to alternate days with these. I also have tons of letter matching/sound matching puzzles and word wheels that advance from beginning to complex sounds for a different way to work on sounds. Bob book for Beginning Readers workbook for handwriting review. A couple Developing the Early Learner workbooks for skills development. Tons of Readalouds Math-Counting, writing, and recognizing numbers to 100, practicing addition to 10 and then 18 progressively with manipulatives and followed by memorizing flashcards. I will also work on time, calendar, and measurement. This is all we will be doing. Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and a little bit of thinking skills. I already own all of the formerly mentioned things, but if I had the money I would add CLE K2 workbooks as my last Ker loved them and they are fun! MFW K has fun units as well...but I lost mine when we moved or during the flood eight after we moved...not quite sure...but I did that with my first 3 and loved it...not a huge fan of the phonics and math portions compared to CLE, but the units are great....and if I end up with just a bit extra money before fall and can find it used I would like to do it with my 2 littles together. If not I will hopefully get it for next year...I think the activities and stories are great for a wider age than just K. Brenda
  5. I really love Rod and Staff Spelling to! We have used it as my kids main seatwork/workbook since my oldest was in 2nd grade. I also use Natural Speller to find patterns they don't naturally get and recently Spelling Power to help find common words used in writing that may not come naturally. But this year thought I would take a break from extra workbooks and thus grading😉....but quiz deeply in those programs to find words that they don't know or write incorrectly into a special study list that they can study and deference next semester😀...lightening my load for next year. Rod and Staff really is awesome especially levels 7 and 8 and she is awesome about grading her own work...she takes her studies seriously😉! I hope anyone who has an extra busy next year, and needs to lighten may find working deeper now may help someone. It is working great here😁. I can now know my extra time can be spent reading aloud or enjoying our newborn😁. Thank you for your reply! Brenda
  6. I thought that I would throw out an idea that this mom is doing for the next several months to help lighten my load next fall. We are being blessed with a sweet little lady next month sometime and I as much as I love "short lessons" like Charlotte Mason for some things I have found that I prefer to go deep and well in other things. My kiddos finished my goals for them in March for the year and we teach year around, but now I have 5 and adding a preschooler and newborn next year I wanted to lighten next years load by doing somethings this late spring and summer. Here is what I have done so far and plan to do this summer. March- My kiddos were required at least an hour of reading, family Bible and readaloud period-here is the perfect place to throw in 15 minute lessons as a group😉, Math fact drillwork-we worked until truly mastered well, and phonics review using Alphaphonics with my little middles or grammar and country memory cards with olders. My olders also independently worked on Science and History. April- My kiddos are still doing 1 hour required reading, family Bible and readalouds, Spelling drills using Spelling Power-we are quizzing entire levels and studying missed words until they are spelled 3 times correctly in a row several days apart- my kids are LOVING this and it reminds me of my Spell Bowl days😁, and cursive handwriting-they are doing 2 pages daily, and I am reading LOF for math as a family. I am also drilling vocab words with my oldest and English From the Roots Up with my middles. May-My plan is reading and family Bible and readalouds, LOF as a family and Grammarland as a everything is group...until little lady arrives😁. June I am just planning Family Bible, preschool readaloud hour, LOF, and English one on one with each kiddo to get them ahead for the year. July-same as heavy focus on my oldest on essay writing and youngers on reading skills-comprehension, sequencing, inferencing ect... August-Same as above plus math fact drill one more time and thinking skill workbooks or programs for the oldest. My Ker is just doing gun workbooks like Rod and Staff and phonics/speech with me daily. Preschooler is getting 20 minutes-30 minutes of readalouds until summer and I will cut my olders readaoud period and make it an extra focus for he has a reason to cuddle mama after the new baby is born. By doing longer sessions in the above sessions with my school age kiddos than I am able to cut those subjects in the fall and focus on the baby and what I consider the most important subjects with my kiddos. So instead of daily phonics I can have them readaloud to me only for the fall...instead of juggling the two. I am dropping Rod and Staff Spelling next year so I have one less thing to grade by doing drillwork now and again if needed at the beginning of August to find the words they actually don't know or are using incorrectly in their writing. By getting ahead in English this summer then I can cut it to 3 days weekly next year...allowing them a day to focus on writing letters to friends and family and not feel behind. By drilling Math facts and all of LOF elementary with my kiddos I believe it will help them be a bit more independent next fall in math as it will be a lot of kiddos really catch on to math easily and LOF is fun😁. My youngest may drop out of the problems when they get too difficult for her, but can listen to the storyline for older middles will fit great here this summer. Doing Handwriting now will allow me to drop it from my brain until 2nd semester... So next fall I can focus on Reading, Rod and and Staff Math and English, and Family studies. So no Handwriting, Phonics, Vocabulary cards, Thinking Skill workbooks, or Math fact drill-except my 3rd grader who will begin multiplication, or Spelling. The exception to Spelling is my upcoming 7th grader wants to do Rod and Staff 7 spelling as it makes her feel like she is getting older😉 I told her that she could. All summer I am also doing Math with my oldest son to help him prep for the PSAT next fall. My oldest kiddos will have required History and Science independently next fall, but I will only be doing Considering Gods Creation as I have wanted to do it already, but didn't have time with everything else. I am thinking that this will allow me to have school done by noon with the exception of my highschooler whom I will work in the late evening after kiddos are in bed on writing and advanced math topics. I really like the time alone with him. This allows me to not just teach, but to have my whole afternoons to mother my with them, cook with them, cuddle and read picture books, or build castles...ect...and clean my house in the late afternoon while cooking supper. I want to enjoy my kiddos as the years are flying too fast. Brenda P.S. I have even thought doing 6 week units during the next year would be fun...composers...geography...picture it fit my/my kids personality..deep and then move on...with our main focus being science all year. So it would be like 2 family subjects in rotation....most likely that will wait until 2nd semester so we can enjoy our new little lady. Hope this helps other families who like beauty, but can't mentally have that many balls in the air as we have lots of kiddos or other obligations to to balance. God Bless everyones new year😁
  7. I agree that there should be a difference between unschooling and nonschooling. What I wonder is whether nonschoolers are claiming the unschooling label or are people labeling nonschoolers unschoolers...kinda like our area public school that wants to label dropouts as homeschoolers....when they have no plans to homeschool at all. Brenda
  8. I have found the exact same thing when I tutor High School math students, that arithmetic especially fractions, eecimals, and percentages are very weak. Our schools in the area are pushing algebra and geometry into elementary and middle school, but arithmetic isn't strong at all. Brenda
  9. I agree in teaching solid basics😉 as well no matter what they want to go into. I guess I thought unschoolers looked at what their children want to do with their lives and set up objectives and goals to reach it and then provided materials and tutoring necessary-but may spend a lot more time on those things than others....but I think this is what I want to think it it seems I have seen a lot of those saying they are unschooling which just means free range to do whatever they want without help in reaching those goals. That makes me sad as the kids are missing out on so much that would allow them to reach their personal goals. Brenda
  10. I guess I must really misunderstand their unschooling mentality, as I was under the understanding that unschooling didn't limit a child's education, but instead taught them and focused on their interest and if they had goals the parent helped them reach them by giving them resources. I am a math lover and require Algebra 1, 2, and Geometry....and more importantly Finance before graduation, but if any of my kiddos desired a STEM career I would push further mathematics and science studies. I am only requiring my kiddos do Health with Human Anatomy and Physiology, Physical Science, Biology, and a very basic Chemistry....but hope they go further as their interest lies. I cannot understand not requiring a simple basic framework for English, Maths, and Sciences....and then allowing them to explore, intern, or apprentice in whatever they are most interested in. It makes me incredibly sad to hear about the unschooled kiddos really being nonschooled😢. Brenda
  11. Hi hive😁, My 3 hr. testing came back great! Fasting 85 1 hr. 136 2 and 3 hour just said passed without actual numbers. I am so thrilled!!! Thank you Lord! I am so glad that I won't have to be induced at 38 weeks...which they require of diabetics in their practice. Brenda Edited to 2 and 3 hours were just posted. 150 and 135😁.
  12. Just throwing another option out there😉.you may be interested in Khan Academy...he can earn badges and that motivates many kiddos😁. Free videos, problem sets with hints, and it will test him to place him...all for free😁. Brenda When we get our internet up and running Inplan to place all of my kiddos for the summer😁.
  13. Phonics-Alphaphonics for review...Wise Old Owl Guide to Polysyllables. Reading-Christian Light Reader 3 and lots of chapter books...I will print off various comprehension worksheets to make sure she is comprehending...without having to listen to more narration😉 brain can only handle so much verbal answering😂. Spelling-Natural Speller list and a homemade family study of important spelling rules. Math-tutoring through topics similar to MFW 1st grade, but without any workbooks. I will use homemade math manipulatives and teach place value, addition and subtraction with regrouping-up to 6 digits and multilayered addition up to 5 places, multiplication facts and basic multiplication of 1 or 2 digits, intoduce division, fractions-adding and subtracting like fractions and comparing them, counting by 2s-10s and 25s, calendar work, graphs, and lots of math and logic games and puzzles. If I find a workbook under 5 bucks I will add that for seatwork, but overall I will be tutoring, quizzing math facts cold, and writing 10 problems daily for her. Handwriting-cursive introduction and then copywork of paragraphs in print or sentences in cursive. Just getting a nice new composition book. English-Primary Language Lessons 1st semester and Rod and Staff 3 second semester. Bible/Science/History/Geography as part of the family studies this year...and is all stuff I already own. We are continuing reading aloud from the Golden Childrens Bible, Considering Gods Creation for a science focused year...and reading aloud about different cultures and weekly geography quizzing for fun. I am also reading aloud many classic childrens books as a group😁....all free and on my shelf. Some things came up this year and need to keep things as inexpensive as possible...I own everything on this list from many years of homeschooling...this year I may not make any purchases outside of my Ker and making activity bags for my preschooler, but they will have a solid experience still in the basics😁. More one on one tutoring never hurt anyone😉. I will keep on the look out at dollar tree for interesting crafting supplies and make her a special box to create with for art...and let her explore using nature in art as well. Brenda P.S. I have been homeschooling for a longtime so I have so much on my having a low-spend year (100 for all books, supplies, and printables for 6 kiddos) is actually doable...I understand this isn't feasible for others who are tight😉...especially if they haven't homeschooled long...I just wanted to encourage other moms that it is ok to homeschool on a tight budget...just plan well😉 using a scope and sequence.
  14. I would buy cloth diapers soft...and just makes babies even more squeezable. I will never get a full sized crib again...our house is too small...and we mostly cosleep and only ever used bassinets. I am getting a minicrib for this lady as it is studier than a bassinet and will allow them to take naps longer than 2/3 months as a bassinet gets outgrown so much faster. My babies are big and my milk is cream😂.
  15. I personally did books, toys, and then clothes at our house as it is what needed done for sanity😂. I always say do what you feel motivation to do😁. But to truly KonMari as you do entire things, not really rooms😉. You can alway Flylady your kitchen until you are ready for a full KonMari method to prep it for the arrival of your new appliances. Enjoy your new treats😁
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