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  1. Also, I haven't started putting their book lists together yet. A lot of the meat for the older three comes from their extra reading in history, science and lit.
  2. Graphic novel study sounds interesting MissLemon! Your unit studies sound great Evanthe! I'm back to update about my younger kids and stuff I forgot 😄 My kids all do nature journals, we live on 20acres so they just go, observe, write and draw. This is actually a big chunk of DS9's writing and I will pull his spelling lists from it using ABC's and all their tricks. They have to make 5 observations: weather, animal, plant, natural interesting and maintenance. Write their observations (1 sentence each item for DS9, more than that for DS12 & DD14, I scribe for DS6.) We have one car school day a week when we travel for music lessons, in the car we'll listen to apologia zoology 1, sotw4 & foreign language podcast/folk songs. While waiting for their lesson, the kids complete maths, assigned reading & grammar. We all do bible together in the morning, followed by memory work. I may have the older two do a proverbs study but undecided. Once a week we read Genevieve Foster history & do picture study. We do the zoology activities during the week as well. During the week all the boys together will do handicraft projects (probably starting with embroidery or crochet), drawing and brush drawing. We take a mid school break for tai chi/movement. Once a week we'll listen to a composer, I may try to sync this with our history period. DS9 will do WWE/FLL3 and continue with Beast Academy 3. He'll do map drills twice a week, Rosetta stone &duolingo Russian & history biography reading. DS6 will do LLATL, whiteboard writing with LEM phonics, Miquon maths. We'll work through 'tales' as per the wildwood curriculum (Aesop, Beatrix Potter, Fairy tales). DS12 & DS9 will read through Plutarch with me twice a week. DS6 should finish by 12.30 each day (+ music practice in the afternoon), DS9 will finish by 1.30 (+ music practice and some reading in the afternoon), DS12 & DD14 by 2.30pm ish (+ music practice and some reading) It sounds complicated, there's a lot of moving parts! But there's a rhythm to the days that makes sense and should work well. Oh, and we'll try to get swimming fortnightly. My youngest needs to learn and my olders need to keep up their skills. Add in homeschool group meet ups and excursions and it's busy!
  3. That sounds like a wonderful plan for the twins Melissa! Well done. So far, my plan is to go a bit more Charlotte Mason-y with my boys and to focus my energy on the youngers, while the olders work on being more independent. I found wildwood Charlotte mason curriculum (secular) quite inspiring, combined with good old AO. My 9th grader is already quite independent, the only thing she's slack on is output/writing. She has decided to work through Writing With Skill 2 next year, which I think is a good decision. She'll probably do AOPS algebra, I think, because I already have it and she likes aops. Though I want to get my hands on some other books to look at so she can choose. I'd like to get a copy of dolciani & Jacob's & an Aussie 9th grade maths book - but, money! 9th grade gets expensive! Other focus for her will be music & music theory. She's working on ameb grade 8 and joined an orchestra, so her theory needs to catch up to her practical skills. She's got two other books she wants to work through, a baking book from the French Culinary Institute and a book on Neuroanatomy. The first she may end up doing with her grandmother once a week or fortnight (my MIL thought the book looked amazing and wanted to horn in on it. 😄) History is not her favourite, so she'll just have some assigned books and/or an easy textbook. We're finally up to the modern age - it's taken us 8 years to meander 3/4 of the way through one cycle! I haven't decided whether to require a language of her next year. My 7th grade boy really likes to be independent and cross off his checklist. It's just a matter of scheduling in the subjects that he still needs me for. He'll still tag along with some of the younger boys stuff - art/craft, history and science etc - as his base and then extend it with independent work. He will do WWS1, possibly killgallon grammar, & mapping the world with art. I'm not sure what maths for him, we may end up just using an Aussie 7th grade text and supplementing with bits and pieces (jousting armadillos, life of Fred, key to...). He's a capable, can-do kid, an avid reader and deep thinker, so I don't worry too much about him. He'll keep going with his music too. I'll come back to add my younger too a bit later. Sorry for the novel, writing it out helps me think.
  4. Yes! I have! I had to send off registration for my youngest, which now must include a learning plan, so I was forced to start planning. I've got most of the plan thought through. I like planning. 😁 I'll have 9th, 7th, 4th & 1st graders in 2020.
  5. Thank you for saying this! My kids take longer to get through the aops books, some of it is me not wanting to push a math pace that destroys the fun, but some of it is just hard! Is this where I admit that my daughter took over 2 years in the pre-alg book... worth it, and I try reaaaaaaally hard to not care about grade levels and shoulds... Eta- again, my kids aren't accelerated. They are average bright. Aops pre-alg coincided with emergent teen brattiness so a lot happened in those two years but I have faith in the aops process and she likes it (though finds it frustrating) a lot.
  6. Can you recommend any resources lewel? Do you like any nz textbooks? I'm in Aus and most of the stuff I see here is fairly ho-hum. My kids' music teacher is a year 12 maths teacher too so I often ask her advice but she admits it's very procedural and fast paced. She had nothing when I asked how she teaches negative numbers conceptually, for example. She's a great teacher, there's just no time to explore maths like that. Tangentially, dh has our kids doing lots of woodworking type stuff as part of their school work to support their maths. Building shelves and boxes etc. Ds12 spent hours last week measuring and cutting plaster (we're currently owner-building our house). He and I had a maths education that came from different angles, I did the procedural, higher level stuff but avoided the icky physics (because I was intimidated), he did lots of the hands-on physics stuff (especially electrical engineering) but his maths wasn't good enough to continue due to conceptual gaps. He uses maths up to and including trig regularly, but it is jury-rigged all the way down and quite frustrating for him!
  7. Yep, one school we were zoned for required iPads from K, to use their 'apps across the curriculum' in community (k-3 & 4-6) classrooms. The parents I spoke to were not impressed. It seemed to be mainly unsupervised iPad time all day, with added inappropriate sharing from older classmates. So I have a bit of a visceral reaction to math instruction on the computer, even though I quite like Khan academy for older & motivated learners (like myself needing to brush up ahead of my children!) What do you guys think about the dragonbox apps?
  8. Sorry Lewel, didn't at all mean to imply you didn't teach conceptually. Honestly, I drink in your posts and consider it a great privilege that you share on these boards. I have some of your posts bookmarked (the science ones). I can see the wisdom in getting the drill out of the way. I tend to be big picture first and stall on procedural stuff that I can't yet understand the meaning of, so I teach from what works for me. And my kids, so far I just got a little excited about the early conceptual maths talk 😄 My kids are decidedly average scholars, but I love seeing the lights go on and they feel competent, which is a huge priority of homeschooling for me.
  9. Loving this thread! I'm more with you square_25 I adore teaching elementary math and conceptual/hands on is where it's at, in my very amateur opinion. I'm not a teacher or mathematician, I didn't do any formal maths after grade 12. I did quite well in school but maths was very procedural and a couple of truly abysmal teachers meant I tapped out and instead focused on humanities. I love maths though, and I love it more having now had the chance to get down into the sandbox with my kids and get my hands dirty making it conceptual. I can't say with authority whether it works best though, I've only got one kid through aops pre-alg so far! One thing that inspired me (other than miquon, Singapore maths and aops) is math circles and specifically this book
  10. 'Bougie' just screams middle class kids who don't actually know what Marxism is...
  11. Dh and I giggle about warehouses being built near somewhere we often travel to. The sales sign says 'bespoke' warehouses! We think that word does not mean what they think it means! Identical concrete warehouses are not at all individually designed 😄 Artisinal is more akin to master crafted. It is made by an artisan - someone skilled in the craft, as opposed to mass produced. Similar to bespoke but more focus on the producer/production, whereas bespoke is more on the uniqueness of the product.
  12. I totally relate to you, emba. I really don't like excessive touching. At church, I usually have my hands full or am on my way to helping with something (so I'm moving too fast to be hugged). I'll hug my best friend, more for her than for me. After about... 8 years old? I sort of lose the huggy snuggly feeling. I still adore my kids, just don't have that instinctual bonding need to hug a lot. I do still hug of course, when asked or at bedtime. I do try to consciously do a shoulder squeeze or an arm touch or playful shoulder bump or hair ruffle. I am needy re: touch with dh though. Honestly I think I may have some still-packed baggage around this issue. It's a vulnerability thing I think, like he's also the only one to see me really upset/crying. He'd say I'm emotional and cry a lot (true!) but everyone else thinks I'm quite stoic.
  13. Oh gosh, so sorry MedicMom. It's not fair.
  14. Oh yes, it starts with everyone sleeping a little later in the morning. No wait, it starts the night before, when dh and I stay up later than usual because he's off the next day 😄 The only way it somewhat works, in my experience, is if he also has a consuming project. Bonus points if he has to leave the house. 😳 (I adore him I really do!)
  15. One of the best loved gifts I've given for boys that age is a rock/minerals collection and magnifying glass.
  16. Wow 36 is crazy! The firefighters really do such an amazing job.
  17. Very close but the wind was in our favour. Pretty common around here this time of year.
  18. Glad you have power again Rosie! We are all enjoying the cool change and the stillness, it was blowing a gale all day. We had 2 small fires within 5ks today, one at either end of a connecting road. No danger though, the local fireys were on the ball.
  19. LMD

    Who does Keto?

    Yes, that will definitely send you into ketosis. If you can hang on past day 3 it gets easier, I promise!
  20. LMD

    Who does Keto?

    How long have you been on it? Day 3 ish is usually the worst, called 'keto flu' After that I feel great on keto. We do very low carb <30ish grams (only from vegetables basically), but plenty of people do 50-100ish carbs instead. Carbs are for high physical activity and special occasions. I do miss bread & sweets - dh is a baker by trade, currently working in a literal chocolate factory - but it's more of an emotional craving than physical. I enjoy good bread on special occasions. I have PCOS and it's the only way I lose weight.
  21. Yes, this is what I do too. We go our own way a lot with math. I've seen enough k-6/7/8 math sequences now that I'm pretty confident of the skills needed before algebra. That means I'm no longer beholden to the number/sequence on the books. I can jump between beast academy and miquon and singapore and mep and math mammoth and life of fred and khan academy and homemade worksheets (I could go on, I have more on my shelves 😂...), depending on what skill we're working on and how my child is grasping it. E.g. for math today with my third grader, we went through an old math competition paper. We worked the hard problems together, with manipulatives, and he ended up making an octahedron out of paper (we needed to make a clear distinction between counting edges and faces in a stacked octahedron tower). Todays main skills to practice were, general arithmetic, problem solving, careful reading and understanding of word problems, geometric and spatial sense, and persistence. Again, I care more about them having a good sense of mathematical concepts and being able to apply them in real life. I don't care one bit about finishing books or tests or grades. I want them to feel confident in their own skills, in their growing abilities to affect change in their world. Okay, I do care a little about tests for one of my kids, because he needs to practice the skill of calm under pressure 😂
  22. I agree with the previous posters, they need time. If their days are packed with school and structured classes, they don't have time to be out of the box. I really don't care at all about grades. Not one bit. It's family priorities and thinking of your child as a whole person. What I want for my children is, yes, an excellent education, but not at the expense of an excellent childhood. Each family has their own unique strengths. How we are out of the box, we live on 20 acres and my children spend a lot of time outdoors. They chop wood and look after animals and do plenty of farm-y chores. We are off grid and still building our house so they get plenty of interesting experiences. I try to keep our school day short-ish (done by 12/1pm for anyone under 10/11, done by 3pm for everyone else). We severely limit afternoon/evening activities so that they literally have hours every afternoon to do whatever they want, we only have one evening commitment a week and that is new (my oldest, age 14, does orchestra one night a week) I guess the way I think about what's important to me, and how I divide up our time, is, 1. Excellent and efficient schooling. Charlotte masony, short lessons, rich feast. 2. Real work and responsibilities. Character development, part of a family, meaningful work etc. 3. Free time. Time to think, try, explore, play, follow interests, etc. Leisure and depressure.
  23. Yes, this stuff is great. Worms are totally not a big deal here (we had it once and the choc medicine did the trick very quickly and easily. All my kids were fine taking it) But, to the op, I get pretty cranky about people bringing sickness into my home. I'd probably be upset at their rudeness but too chicken to cancel, maybe we would come down with a sickness of our own and cancel...
  24. My 8th grader does around 5 hours a day. We are... sort of rigorous? I do count music practice as school time because it is not optional in our home and also because she wants it to be a priority. She pretty much does her list in the order she chooses, but basically it washes out to (roughly) an hour each for math, LA and violin. Then about 40 mins on 3 other things like science, history or another elective subject. She is very independent minded though so wants a lot of control over her subjects. I say sort of rigorous because I have high standards but have to deal with the moody teen in front of me 😄
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