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  1. I have an 8 year old who does that... Just yesterday he was doing a job - mowing the lawn (that he asked to do because he's trying to save up money). Dh gave him very explicit instructions, twice, because after the first time he immediately went off to do it incorrectly. So he does about half the job very well, then starts to daydream, and completely ruins the last half of the job. Instead of paying him, dh fined him for wasting the petrol. No advice, just venting and commiserating... Though I do use a timer for math now. A year or two ago the timer freaked him out, now it really helps.
  2. Honestly, it's the teacher (you!) who will make or break a program. You can make almost any program fun by the way you teach it. Short lessons and no pressure. The program doesn't have the power to make your son do anything, it's a tool to help you teach. Trust your instincts, pick something and jump in. FYI, I taught my oldest to read with a phonics book from the supermarket (before I knew about homeschooling curriculum). She's an average/bright kid, but phonics are phonics, whatever you dress it up with!
  3. The readers are pretty integral, even in red. I really liked red, have fun!
  4. This is my life right now. My 3rd child was so difficult for a long time, and dh frequently works on Sunday, so it's all on me. Many times both child and I end up in tears, the discipline required would be more distracting and is difficult to administer when I have other kids to watch too. My fourth isn't much easier and stopping him from being too noisy/boisterous is impossible on my own. It is abundantly clear that I suck at this parenting gig and can't control my toddler...
  5. I thought that the no food thing was in case of needing surgery... I vomited in all my labours, a sign that it was kicking into gear. I was always told (by my midwives) to eat and drink as necessary. I have friends with bullying ob stories and they don't see it, 'he saved my baby!' - maybe if he hadn't induced you over a week early because he was going on Christmas leave, he wouldn't have had to save you...
  6. This this this! And add his dad's instincts in too. My DD, nt, wasn't really into friends until about 7-8. She was just shy and I refused to push her. Now she has some good friends, makes more wherever we go and is well liked by everyone. I really wouldn't worry at 6. Family, Sunday school and play dates are truly enough.
  7. You know, if this is someone that you want to build a relationship with then I'd be very honest. Like, "you're very sweet to think that, but I silent scream in the bathroom as much as anyone. Life is just hard sometimes. We're both moms doing our best and I like you too much to get stuck in the mommy wars with you, you are more than a working mom and I'm more than a homeschooling mom." Then *change the subject to something other than work or kids!*
  8. I haven't seen anyone mention the Fairyland series by Valente, DD and I loved it: Alice in wonderland? Phantom tollbooth?
  9. Hi everyone, Trying to get my head around writing for my 5-6th ish girl. I've listened to swb's middle school writing recording, twice, and I'm having a hard time articulating to myself the difference between a narrative summary sentence and a main point outline sentence. Can you help? FYI, this year (jan-dec) DD is doing narrations from A Midsummer nights dream and main point outline sentences from her history readings. I'm needing to clarify this in my mind so that I can make sure her assignments are appropriate. Thanks!
  10. I've seen that movie! Honestly, the whole anti dance thing is so bizarre to me. The churches I was a part of tended to view it as a joyful expression. I had no idea that people really banned it until footloose!
  11. This parenting gig isn't easy! We have all been there. I find that doing your due diligence with research takes you only so far. In the end, it's just you and your children at the table - trust your judgement! The teachers manuals are like enhanced versions of the student books - same text but with answers/prompts/exercises etc. Many people just get the teacher books.
  12. I use fll 2 days a week and MCT 2 days. If a topic overlaps then I skip it from one.
  13. Don't skip sentence island! We loved it! I agree with pp, grammar and practice island are about analysing other sentences, sentence island is more about how to craft your own sentence. We enjoyed music of the hemispheres in a similar way to what you describe. Low key is totally fine. We liked it but it often fell by the wayside with time pressures, don't think we finished it... I think choosing to enjoy poetry without a curriculum is more than fine. My DD is also a much more intuitive learner than my son, who requires more specific instruction and practice. He's very bright and loves to read, but his spelling and handwriting were atrocious! We are spending time remediating that! Both love the grammar island series. I don't recall any religious stuff in the books at all. You sound like a conscientious parent, trust your instincts!
  14. Sounds good to me too. Maybe give him a chart afterwards so he can think it over and jot down ideas? My DD and I have a note book where we write to each other.
  15. I'm drawing out our BA time with human endeavour that alte veste linked above, and life of Fred preA series. DD loves all of them.
  16. I think beast is a perfect fun, deep and problem solvingy math to supplement Saxon. But my 6th grader is doing (and loving) 3 different math books so maybe don't ask me!
  17. You know what I think is a better reason for homeschooling? Wanting to! Sleeping in and no school logistics are big bonuses! X100 when the little ones come along. If you want to do it, then own it! Homeschooling is a valid choice, you don't need an excuse.
  18. So jealous! When are you coming to Australia SWB? :D You're a real asset to the homeschooling community, thanks for everything you do! Also, just have to join the 10yrs/4kids club.
  19. We totally had parties when parents were away... Just about every weekend there was a house party or two. That was how we spent year 11 & 12, school, part time job, party! Not much sleep though. Amazingly, we didn't get up to anything too crazy and all graduated with decent marks, we were otherwise good kids and most of our parents didn't really care.
  20. Looks fine to me too, trust your instincts! Have a great year!
  21. My dh works a rotating roster (1 week morning shift, 1 week night shift, 1 week afternoon shift). We have more of a daily routine rather than schedule. We just shift the routine an hour or so earlier/later as needed. It is tough. He used to work all nights and if we had sent the kids to school he would never have seen them, he was asleep by 3 and not home from work until 9 or so...
  22. Enjoy! I found it thoroughly inspiring! You will find your feet and gain confidence in time, we were all confused and nervous beginners once!
  23. My dh to a tee. Super introvert. He has friendly colleagues and acquaintances, and his dad and brother. And his sons, especially as they're getting older. That's more than enough for him! He did have a group of friends when we met but they all drifted apart and weren't especially close anyway, he doesn't really feel a great loss about it (one was a groomsman at our wedding!)
  24. Yes! I read awakening close to reading Anna and it is interesting! I actually really liked Edna in a lot of ways, I loved the scene with mademoiselle reisz checking her shoulder blades... But the theme of leaving or seeming not to have much affection for your children deserves, I think, a contextual consideration.
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