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  1. I'm doing this this year at our weekly homeschool co op! I have twelve first, second, and third graders. I called my class Primary Picture Book Art, so we're mostly looking at and getting our inspiration from children's book illustrators. I'm also relying heavily on the blog, units, and overall philosophy of Deep Space Sparkle. So far we've done chalk pastel self-portraits, some painted paper, and then several weeks on Eric Carle, which culminated in an underwater scene with a seahorse.

     

     

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  2. I just wanted to jump in and post quickly from my phone a big thank you to those who responded. Your suggestions and commiseration have already made me feel better. Today I actually engineered the schedule to include an hour after lunch for EVERYONE to rest, especially me. That was nice! I'm not sure I would've done it if I hadn't gotten so many affirmations that I'm doing this right and it is just hard with so many ages and stages. ✔ï¸ðŸ‘ðŸ¼

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  3. Hello, everyone--

     

    This is my first year to really feel the crunch of schooling three children at different levels (and with the ever-present baby/toddler/preschooler tagging along).  Here's the rundown of ages and materials:

     

    13 yo girl, grade 8:  BYL world geography, AOPS Algebra I, Power in Your Hands composition, Daily Grammar Practice, physical science class taught by dad  nights/weekends, Bible study and speech class at co-op

     

    11 yo girl, grade 6:  BYL world geography, Singapore math, Latin for Children, Bravewriter-ish writing assignments from mom, Bible study at co-op, physical science class taught by dad nights/weekends

     

    The girls and I also have a geography/history related read-aloud and we are also working on a Greek and Latin roots interactive notebook together.  

     

    7 yo boy, grade 2:  BFB early US History, FLL, RS Math, HWOT, copywork/narration/dictation, mom-made human body study, read-aloud

     

    We also have a circle time right after lunch that includes Bible, memory work, hymn study, composer study, and art study.

    4 yo boy:  mostly just playing and keeping me hopping :-)

     

    Our days go something like this:

     

    9-11:30:  I focus on working with my 7 yo.  We do all of his work by 11:30 most days.  It could probably be shorter, but that's how long it takes us.  It feels like the right amount of work.

     

    11:30-12:00--Latin or math with the 11 yo

     

    12:00-1:30 ish:  lunch and circle time (includes everyone), read-aloud for the 7 yo

     

    1:30-4:00 (or later):  Checking work with the big girls, read-aloud with them, and Greek/Latin roots study.  Unfortunately, the 13 yo often gets the leftovers of the day as she often comes in very last because the 11 yo swims on a swimteam and has to leave for practice by 4:00.

     

    I am SO EXHAUSTED by the end of the day from being "on" all day long.  When I first started this journey almost a decade ago, I was determined that we'd have a quiet rest period daily.  I kept it up for many years, but adding the boys to the mix has really weakened my ability to stick to a schedule.  I feel like reclaiming some rest time during the day is going to be KEY for me to continue homeschooling successfully.  This is, of course, ignoring the obvious fact that I'm really doing NOTHING with my baby, a fact that almost keeps me awake at night.  I don't think formal preschool is necessary, but he eats up attention and loves to be read to.  I love to read to him, but I just can't figure out when. 

     

    If you've made it this far, thank you.  What I'd like to hear from you are any little tweaks you see that I could make to our schedule, or perhaps just commiseration that this is indeed exhausting.  I know to do it well I have to be all-in, but mama needs a few moments every day to clear her brain.  How do I get that?  


  4. Lori, Thank you SO much for your lengthy response.  I'm always amazed by your responses when I read here to try to solve my homeschooling dilemmas.  You are so generous with your time and knowledge!  I have decided to purchase WttW with the Pike syllabus and Power in Your Hands and work toward doing them both over the next year to year-and-a-half.  How does that sound?  Overkill?

    I was also going to suggest doing Windows to the World program before EIL -- or at least the first few units, which teach annotation, and then how to use your annotations as support in writing a literary analysis essay. The step-by-step instruction of how to write a literary analysis essay is some of the clearest and most easy to grasp writing instruction I've seen. :)  It worked very well for both my math-y / logical / black & white thinker (DS#1), and my visual-spatial intuitive thinker-but-struggling-writer (DS#2).

     

    WttW was written by Leisha Myers, who also wrote The Elegant Essay. WttW focuses on 6 short stories, and is a 1-semester high school program, but you could make it a 1-year program for 8th grade just by adding a few novels of your choice, or add the Jill Pike Syllabus, which schedules WttW, but also schedules Teaching the Classics -- but you could skip doing Teaching the Classics and just use the material for the adding of the 3 longer works: To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, and Hamlet.

     

    Another option is to set aside just the *writing* in EIL entirely for a few months and use a solid writing program to learn how to write essays of various types, and then start incorporating the EIL assignments.

     

    Sharon Watson's The Power in Your Hands is written to the student, and has clear step--by-step instruction, and doesn't move too quickly. It is a 1-year program, but you could go for just the essay-writing units for this year and intersperse with assignments from EIL, and then complete the program next year. Power in Your Hands covers:

     

    process

    thinking/planning

    essay structure

    proof-editing

     

    persuasive

    persuasive essay tools and structure

    3 types of persuasive essay (logical; emotional appeal; moral-ethical appeal)

    persuasive compare/contrast essay

    a devotional

    literary analysis essay

     

    expository

    letters/email

    process essay (how-to)

    position paper

    newspaer writing

    definition essay

    expository compare and contrast

     

    descriptive

    descriptive essay

     

    narrative

    biography

    personal testimony

    interview into narrative

    personal narrative

     

    DS#2 here was a struggling writer (mild  LDs in spelling, writing, math), and he did very well with Sharon Watson's middle school program, Jump In. Power in Your Hands is her very thorough high school program, written in a similar style -- it came out too late for us to use with DS#2, so I don't have any personal experience with the high school program.

     

     

    Another possibility, similar to The Elegant Essay in that it is about general essay writing rather than specifically literary analysis essay writing -- is The Lively Art of Writing and the free workpages created by WTM board members StillWaters and mjbucks1

     


  5. The Elegant Essay was no help here to my reluctant writer (who loves math). 

     

    I think you are on the right track with the scaffolding. I can't help you with the process, but I hope someone else will chime in. I'd definitely start with talking out the assignment & getting her to brainstorm ideas out loud before even touching pen to paper.

    Thank you for weighing in.  This is sort of my fear--that she'll completely balk at the whole notion even with another resource.  We've tried Write Shop and it was a bust.  I've always just put her back into Writing with Skill but we have yet to finish year one!


  6. My eighth grade daughter is one month into EIL year one.  The first module is short stories, and so far it is has been good.  However, this week she is supposed to write her first essay, a comparison/contrast literary analysis of two of the stories.  This has really thrown her for a loop.  She has done a fair amount of writing, though it has all been narration, summary, etc.--nothing critical or analytical.  I feel like I need to provide her with some scaffolding for this leap.  

     

    I have always avoided IEW writing curricula due to my own personal prejudice against it, but now I'm beginning to wonder if I missed to boat for this particular child.  She balks at writing and loves math, so I think the IEW formula might appeal to her.  I am considering jumping in with The Elegant Essay to help her move into essay writing.  However, I am open to suggestion and would love to hear from anyone who has successfully navigated these late middle/early high school waters.  

     

    (I'm cross-posting to the highschool board.)

     


  7. My eighth grade daughter is one month into EIL year one.  The first module is short stories, and so far it is has been good.  However, this week she is supposed to write her first essay, a comparison/contrast literary analysis of two of the stories.  This has really thrown her for a loop.  She has done a fair amount of writing, though it has all been narration, summary, etc.--nothing critical or analytical.  I feel like I need to provide her with some scaffolding for this leap.  

     

    I have always avoided IEW writing curricula due to my own personal prejudice against it, but now I'm beginning to wonder if I missed to boat for this particular child.  She balks at writing and loves math, so I think the IEW formula might appeal to her.  I am considering jumping in with The Elegant Essay to help her move into essay writing.  However, I am open to suggestion and would love to hear from anyone who has successfully navigated these late middle/early high school waters.  

     

    (I'm cross-posting to the K-8 board.)

     

     


  8. My seventh grade daughter, age 12, is working through AOPS pre-algebra right now.  She is a good math student and enjoys math. She aspires to be an engineer some day.  She is frustrated daily by AOPS but is loathe to switch programs. I think she might benefit from a supplemental text to offer a little more practice and more explanation when the discovery method fails her.  Thoughts?  Suggestions? 

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