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  1. I use Trello for lesson planning and google docs for High school transcript record keeping. Trello is free, user friendly, and highly customizable. I've tried some of the ones you've listed and none were as easy or flexible as trello.
  2. I have it bookmarked and refer to it often. Here it is, I agree with the others, 13. Oof. It was the hardest parenting year for me. I dont have a ton of advice because I don't know that much really "works" but I would say try to find common ground somewhere. ANY topic you can both get excited about learning. We are big book nerds so we did a lot of reading the same book and watching the movie, which led to a lot of great discussion. OK maybe not a lot, but some great discussions and I called it a win. I don't know if this is mentioned in the pill thread but Maria Montessori believed that young teens or middle schoolers should be working on a farm all day. I have to say I agree. If she isn't getting regular physical activity, it may be another thing to try. Mostly, just here to nod along that yeah, its a difficult age and what you are saying is something I went through too, and my oldest homeschooled from kindergarten. My DS is 14 and seems to be coming out of this stage, thankfully. I have 10.5 year old twins that are about to start though!
  3. We often eat with just the 5 of us due to my oldest’s food allergies, and then go celebrate with family after. We don’t love turkey so we get a standing rib roast. There are a couple of other sides we do but we don’t make it a giant affair, it’s too much for my husband and I to cook ourselves. We’ve also been vegan or vegetarian some years and done wildly different meals. this year we contemplated doing a bunch of appetizers but my kids still want the expensive meat. Lol I hope you have a great day, and find ways to still make it enjoyable. I ordered us all new pajamas to wear all day since we aren’t leaving the house and I’m very excited about that. 🙂
  4. Yes! They have done some of those, but most of them aren't exactly geared toward 5th graders. 🙂
  5. knitting, hiking, lots of movies and puzzles. We've been mostly isolated since march, aside from doctor visits and 2 social get togethers outside, so not much will change. I'm leaning into hygge hard this year. More twinkle lights, candles, blankets and tea. I'm mainly trying to figure out how to keep my kids physically active. We live in a Great Lakes state so it will be cold. I have a peloton but my 10 year olds are too small for it.
  6. My kids would have loved the "thinking cat" too! Are you just printing these out? Yes it takes very little at this point to excite any of us 😂 I'm glad your wrist is getting better! It's got to be frustrating.
  7. Well, we just finished our first week, and dare I call it a success? I've only abandoned 1 curriculum! Redbird online is just....no. We lasted 2 days. We did Math Mammoth (one page at a time) and Dream Box instead and this seems like it's going to be ok? I don't think MM is at all a great fit for dysgraphia in general but DD seems to be fine so far. The only reason I tried it is because I have it and also Singapore shipping times are nuts. Cursive Logic! I REALLY like this. The whole "say this" part is great. DD will first trace with her finger saying the cues and then write with a pencil saying the cues. I love that it's multi-sensory. We are having to work really hard lightening her grip and her pressure but today her progress was great. I'm really liking this. It's only been a week though so I'll have to update after we've used it for a meaningful amount of time. BYL 5 - she loves this. She narrated a whole Ted Talk worth of info about Tuberculosis. We are listening to children of the longhouse and she can answer the comprehension questions so that is encouraging. I did have her write a history summary, which she typed. It was about 10 sentences with zero punctuation, just one giant run on sentence. She said she forgot where to put the periods so that's something to work on. 😆 It was decent content and only a few misspellings that spell check didn't catch so again, calling it a win. I just finished the Rooted in Language Phonics & Spelling class. It was a ton of info, over 10 hours of webinars, so my mind is a little overloaded. I have a plan though and we are going to start on Tuesday with phonics. My high schooler ended up signing up for a cool camp thing so that threw a wrench in our schedule and also triggered his teen 'tude so that was fun. I had a ton of work for my grad classes too, it's been a week. All in all it was good! @PeterPan I hope your wrist is getting better! Hope everyone else had a good week!
  8. I hated navigating yahoo groups! My TWJ is in a 3 ring binder though. 🙂 I agree, I much prefer forums to FB groups. I'd get off FB completely if I didn't need the groups!
  9. You would just name the body part without giving it a gender. (I'm not an expert on any of this, just a fairly progressive person trying to figure out how to not be hurtful to a group of people who have called this kind of stuff out. I'm definitely still learning and for all I know could be way off base. This is my interpretation as a cisgender woman.)
  10. You wouldn't label them as male or female, you would just name the body part.
  11. I really love the meetings. They ask me every time how I think it’s going and if I want anything to change. It’s refreshing after experiencing the opposite in public school! 😂
  12. I've been around since 2010. I know how the discussions go. 🙂
  13. Yeah I don't think this part of the discussion can go any further without turning political unfortunately. I am reminded, yet again, why I generally avoid the chat board. 🙃
  14. It's not recognizing differences in anatomy; the labeling of them is trans-exclusionary.
  15. Yep to allll of this. The secular groups are over run with questions from PANICKED Covid schoolers. And I get it, two of my kids were in PS when this all went down, so that’s absolutely not a judgement. But they are very nervous their kids will “fall behind,” and as home schoolers, we understand grade levels are arbitrary and even if they did nothing this year most kids would be “caught up” by 18. (I’m skeptical kids in school will learn much this year anyways but that is a topic for another day.) I don’t know, I am not seeing any of these extremes anyone is talking about, and it still seems academic to me. It’s possible I’m part of the problem, I’ve gone as far as saying that Covid homeschoolers should just take a gap year! 😂
  16. All of this! I have recently returned to these groups and found them extremely helpful in general. I was someone who used McHenry Cells & Botany with my oldest because people HERE called them secular, only to find out that it wasn’t truly secular. I was really upset because I’m not a STEM person and it’s not like it said anything about Jesus or a bible story to jump out at me. It was information omitted in order to remain YE. (Before anyone asks what was omitted, I don’t remember and I no longer own the book.) when I first started reading this thread I didn’t think you all were talking about SEA because I have seen any of this. I appreciate when they call out what isn’t secular. It doesn’t feel extreme to me at all, but I really truly want to know if there is a chance something can be misinforming me and my children due to the religious content included OR omitted. I use BYL and don’t mind that they don’t want people recommending the levels that aren’t secular. Personally I would just leave books out, and that’s easy with BYL, but it’s not easy with other curricula and I see the value of consistency. When they call out BYL they are very explicit as to why and very consistent including that most levels are secular. I used SOTW, and explained the biblical chapters as “some people believe” because 8 years ago that is really all there was for history if you aren’t religious. We just had to make do. Now I just won’t use a curriculum if I can’t find something secular. Maybe the McHenry thing radicalized me. 🤷🏻‍♀️
  17. I misspoke, I meant she could hear the sounds. phonological processing isn't the same as phonics and I interchanged them
  18. Her working memory on WISC was high, her visual motor integration was low. I don't have a visual memory score, but she's for sure allll over the place. Developmental Test 0f Visual-Motor Integration (VMI) Age Equivalent: 7-6 VMI Percentile: 32nd VMI Scale Score: 93 Developmental Test of Visual-Perception (VP) Age Equivalent: 8-4 VP Percentile: 39th VP Scale Score: 96 Developmental Test of Motor Coordination (MC) Age Equivalent: 9-8 MC Percentile: 68th MC Scale Score: 107 WISC Working memory index- digit span: 13 (84%) picture span: 15 (95%)
  19. I'm all out of order with these responses, but yeah I didn't mean to say that we would just do the VMI work for a couple of weeks. I was thinking like more of a jumpstart and then continuing on less intensely. I'm not sure I would even do that, I'm just spitballing over here 😆
  20. This is such a great idea. My oldest has read all of Kwame's books. She mostly has dyslexia, maybe a little spatial. She has a difficult time staying on the lines when she's writing more than a couple sentences. We are going to attempt soap carving next week! I think it will help dexterity, even though she's not necessarily weak, I figure it can't hurt to strengthen fine motor. (OT's have tested her and her fine motor is good, but it's in our BYL plan so I'm going with it!) Anyways, when I mentioned it she asked if we could start this week, which I took as a good sign. so I am all for them picking what they want and having that excitement about the activity. I'm sure you have TONS of stuff to accommodate what he wants to do! I don't even know what a padlet is!
  21. Yes, this is where I'm focusing my energy. I can't really teach her anymore how to spell "much." She's obviously using phonics, so to continue to drill those doesn't seem like the wisest way to go about all of this. I could use flash cards, maybe? I'm not going to make a dysgraphic child write the word over and over, not that I even think it would help! Anyways, yeah, it's a gray area. Lots of therapy has helped me be able to accept gray areas. lol We will continue to work on everything, but I think I see the end of the tunnel with remediation at least as far as spelling. I'll have her keep practicing but I'm not going to spend hours a day on it. I want her to be able to use accommodations to the best of her ability so that some of this levels out a little.
  22. This thread is gold! My oldest is easing into 9th grade as well. He declared his history class too difficult because he got an 80% on a quiz about the syllabus 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄🙃. He then went on to do an actual lesson and quiz and got a 100% and realized that taking the whole summer off does make you a bit rusty. Spanish we just added in this week and he told me he had no idea what his homework says. (He’s in HS level 3 so that was definitely an exaggeration.) he’s not yet 14 and still in the throws of puberty so I’m blaming his brain fog on that. I will mention that SOMEONE told him he might be better off spacing things over the summer and continuing Spanish at least one day a week like he’s always done but he didn’t want to hear it. Now he’s singing a different tune! I’m trying to figure out how we will add in his other two classes, English and OM environmental science. His history class is over in March and his linguistics class is over in December, so I’m considering just making them semester classes and doubling up. Either that or spreading the English out over the summer. I think he can do OM in a semester.
  23. This is what I just did the other day, and I plan on doing just once a month. I'm not pregnant though, and if I were I would ask them to bring the books outside. (Our library is offering this for high risk, and I would assume that they would extend the courtesy to pregnant women.)
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