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About homeschoolally

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    Entering my second decade of home education and enjoying every minute.....well, almost every minute!
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    On top of old smoky =)
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    Curriculum Hopping, Curricula Envy, Holding my kiddos tight--wishing time could stand still!
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    I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Open to suggestions, lol.

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  1. I’m working with a middle schooler on remedial writing skills, trying to do a short-term intensive to get him up to speed. After researching here I got the “Jump In” curriculum and the format/pace/content is perfect (minus a couple worldview things, but academically it’s good enough for me to overlook those) but I am learning this student would do better with something less interactive with me. I’d really appreciate any curriculum suggestions, would prefer something self paced if possible. I know I’ll need to read and grade the writing assignments, I’m comfortable with that, just would like something where I’m not having to give feedback so frequently bc that’s where we are butting heads. Thanks in advance!
  2. Our online subscription recently expired and I'm wondering if there are any tips or tricks to getting a good deal on Word. Would prefer a real copy of it and not another online or subscription type version. Thanks!
  3. Thanks so much OK Bud, I checked it out and Teaching Textbooks online is exactly what I had in mind. It was only available as a disk last time I looked into it. Thanks so much for suggesting it. I have been homeschooling close to 20 years and have a pretty good handle on it, but there are always new things out there and only so much time in the day to investigate them all. Thanks again!
  4. We are unschooling in every area except math. I wouldn't say I was lamenting, lol, more that it doesn't seem very productive. Thanks for the ideas!
  5. Sorry I ha I haven't posted here in a while and can't find the button to reply directly. Square 25: My son is a perfectionist and very driven. He prefers to do math on his own using curricula that teaches to the student because he says I make it take too long and/or confuse him. He's a good student and has always been able to work above grade level in math so I've decided to keep letting him work independently as long as it keeps working. OK Bud: Great idea with TT, I'd forgotten about that one and agree that might be a good direction to go long term! I love CLE, my older children used it through middle school and there isn't much about it I would change. This particular kid is maybe better suited for something like TT in this situation. Thanks for the suggestion!
  6. We're doing a short season of unschooling right now because we school year-round. I want to ensure that we don't lose any ground in math--I'm fine with not gaining much, but want to use the time to review and target any weak areas. Want DS (5th grade) to have 20 minutes of math a day that is streamlined and productive. We've always used CLE math and will return to it when we're back full-time. He tried doing just one or two pages a day of CLE but it doesn't seem like he's getting much out of it. We've tried some online options (Beast Academy, Scootpad Math, Manga High, Elephant Math) but feels like he is doing a lot of random math without clear focus on progress. I used Aleks many years ago with one of his siblings and I'm thinking about returning to that so he can track his progress and also brush up on any weak areas. Before I purchase it I'd like to make sure there aren't any newer/less expensive options that we should look into. This will be completely student led, so immediate feedback on incorrect answers is important as well as some instruction he can read himself. Fine with workbook or computer/ipad, as long as it makes the most out of his 20 minutes. Thanks in advance!
  7. Had no idea what to call it, so that's very helpful! Looked up Spencerian writing, and yes, that's exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks!
  8. I figured out how to make it my profile pic, if that helps! Thanks again!
  9. DD saw the style of writing on an old copybook and fell in love with it. Trying to find something similar and haven't had any luck. I don't know how to put a photo here, but if you google "Gods of the Copybook Headings" it comes up with text saying "good nature like a bee, collects honey from every herb" It is simple, yet elegant writing. Would love to know if anyone has seen copywork with this style, either as a curriculum or something I could print from the web. Thanks in advance!
  10. The ones above Learn to Read, with the reader and light units. My oldest used them the way up to middle school I think. Youngest just in 3rd grade and doesn't see the old fashioned charm in such a positive light :)
  11. Love CLE, credit the reading program with my oldest doing so well on ACT reading, but Youngest needs something with more engaging/current stories. Thanks for any recommendations!
  12. I am looking to spend about $50 on a book or books for a baptism gift for a 1 year old girl. I'd like to get something super nice, the kind you'd save and pass down to your kids. When I look at Amazon it is hard to tell the quality of the books, and I'd prefer to get something more unique than you'd find on the shelf at Barnes and Noble. Can anyone recommend a resource or publisher to point me in the right direction? Thanks!
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