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  1. Just a shout out warning to those making homemade detergent (powder) ... if you do so with Fels Naptha or Zote as the base ... it can build up soap scum in your washer and eventually have that scum build into a tube that leaks and destroys your motor. And, if your luck is like mine, GE will then inform you that using homemade detergent violates the extended warranty and now all that money you saved is now buying a new washer. *sigh* I know people that haven't had issue, but I seem to run on a good run of bad luck so if you're like me, just avoid it. Things I do do that are homemade -- most of the meals here are from scratch. It's so much cheaper to buy basic ingredients in bulk from Costco and just mix what I need together, be it bread, soup, flavoring, side dishes, desserts, you name it. I used to make clothes for my children from discounted fabrics at the fabric store (and buy up elastic when they did their annual 60-75% off sales) but since Hancock's went out of business out here and moving into a tiny apartment, I just don't have space for it anymore. I used to do homemade deodorant, but my husband put his foot down on it because it wouldn't last all day and since he works 10-12 hour days, he needs to not stink. 😂😂😂 We also do our very best to avoid plastic bags. We use the collapsible crates for Costco. We recycle. Cloth diaper. Make our own baby food. Just little stuff like that.
  2. So far I have kept LOE and Artistic Pursuits. Both are insanely expensive yet deeply loved here. Plus my kids are all close in age, so when they look over each other's shoulders and get excited for that work coming to them, I am definitely keeping it. I think SOTW will be kept,but we will see. We're only in Ancients anyway, but so far it looks insanely popular with my children. As far as science books, it's the only thing I struggle with. Science is constantly changing and updating, so even with my four very close in age, I don't want to use outdated information between the eldest and youngest. It's not like phonics instructions or math where things are (for the most part) pretty consistent. Even History is still finding clues about the past to have a clearer picture or corrected information, thus my hesitation on SOTW. So in your shoes, I'd keep things that are not likely to change, and discard those that more than likely will.
  3. We start off with review and light dipping in this past week before heading in full force on Monday. But I also have younger kids, so it's more of the training back up to handle studying more than anything. Plus for us, January is one of the trickier months. Coming off a high from Christmas, then a birthday following in a couple of weeks is a bit harder. But that's why we school year round, so January isn't as pressing.
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    Article: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    ^^^This right here. I described earlier how hard I started working at 15 because as a child I grew up in the depths of poverty, and was desperate to escape. I have a fond memory of the Food Store driving up to our home, bringing turkey, sides, and leaving us excited for Thanksgiving since just minutes before we were trying to split a loaf of bread between the four of us at the time, and half a pound of sliced turkey meat. I didn't want that for my future and did go to college, graduate from full time at school while working two jobs, so that way my children would never know what it was like to grow up without food or have clothes that didn't fit. While we are a delicate balance above that, I am miffed that we didn't escape the poverty circle. I thought we worked hard enough, I thought more education would help. And that's where I, and so many of my peers, are so very frustrated.
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    Article: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

    Despite the verbosity of this article, and the strange structure, one thing is right; We work so hard, harder than we can possibly handle sometimes to the point of tears, and we get NO WHERE it seems. I'm 31, my husband is 35. Before I stay at home to raise children, I worked no less than two full time jobs, and have been working that way since I dropped out of school at 15 to support and raise my little brothers so they could eat and have clothes. My husband always works, and constantly stays on call, and is always available to go in or travel, even when on vacation (when he does take them) --- and he is no where near Ph.D status. It's absolutely exhausting to see him work so hard, and continue living in poverty. And we have no debt beyond student loans! Yet live in constant fear of just one illness/medical issue robbing us of our very, very delicate balance. And that constant, constant stress does have it where little things slide. But I think it has so much to do with socio-economic status versus generational.
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    Anyone else ready for Christmas/Winter break?

    Yes! We have our family Christmas party on the 23rd, travelling out of town for the 24th to visit Grandpa and Nana, so the week before is about taking it easy. We have a couple of ideas lined up, mostly just doing fun activities that have to do with Ancient Greece and a bunch of Christmas-y Science projects. Something that is light and fun to do to help ease the excitement of Christmas for the younger ones, while allowing me to get cleaning/cooking/wrapping presents accomplished. But nothing too deep or serious, we'll save that for after Christmas. Right now is just having fun and waiting for seeing family we don't usually see.
  7. Heyyyy, that's going to be me in a few months, only my kids are slightly younger than yours with 2 years apart for them all. 1st grade, PreK, 1.5 year old, and I'll have a newborn here in a few months. I can tell you what we do for now, but I do recognize I'm only advising with only having 3 kids versus 4 yet. We follow more a structure versus schedule like so many others. With a toddler running around and pregnancy being exhausting, sometimes we don't start when we should, and other times if the toddler is more cooperative than usual, we start earlier. Give yourself grace and realize you may not hit everything like you'd want and on those days, prepare ahead of time by address which subjects matter most to you. I drop Health, Geography, and History on harder than usual days and keep Math, Language Arts, and Science. We decided Science made the 'needed' list as it is a blend of math and language arts so it's reinforcement but it's easily the favorite subject here -- so fun reinforcement. We also don't have a separate room for homeschooling --- we live in 850 sq ft 2 bedroom apartment. We have a corner 4 tier rack area dedicated to holding tons of readers (Bob, Level 1 & 2, and various other books that are school only to make them special), art supplies, and science supplies. We do everything on the table, and with the couch only literally only a few feet away, we do all our reading there. We keep the toddler distracted by either turning on Preschool Prep, setting up a few toys for her, or we just let her sit in her chair, and "color" and participate as much as she can. She does best with a dose of Preschool Prep and finishing up by joining us for some craft or art at the end of school. You'll find the groove for your 3 year old. She may be like my PreKer (who is about 3.5) and just enjoy color matching colors in her aBeka 2 year old-3 year old 'Numbers' book, using the desire to be like big brother/sister to just include. And then be blown away when you hear the 3 year old retain a lot more than expected LOL.
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    Language Arts Curriculum Questions

    Thank you very much, this looks like this is exactly what I wanted! I actually like that the first two levels are gentle, to allow time to adjust from Logic of English style to ELTL/RLTL. Appreciate it Home Again!
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    Language Arts Curriculum Questions

    Thank you all! I am deeply impressed by the ELTL/RLTL, I absolutely LOVE how reading intense it is. My only question is will it give me an idea of how to go about teaching the lesson? I struggled very hard with Language Arts in school, so I'm wanting to make sure my struggles (and admittedly, some intimidation) don't come out and I can sort of follow someone else's guide. It doesn't necessarily have to be scripted, but given a guided direction.
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    Top 5 must-read books before high school

    Two I'd like to add, that's more of a deep thinker than a challenge reading is "Maniac MaGee", "Bud, not Buddy" definitely come to the top of my mind. They have deep thought provoking things happen to the main characters that it gets you wondering.The other three everyone else hit.
  11. Okay, so here is the back story. I started my daughter in Logic of English Foundations. She has done amazing well .. and finishing up D a full year sooner than I had planned. I had intentions of starting her with Logic of English Essentials after finishing D but her maturity at where she is, I don't think she is ready for Essentials. Plus I had some doubts because it doesn't look as reading heavy as Foundations was. So I was debating on what to switch to for a year (maybe longer if I like it enough) for the time being. I heard Phonics Road to Reading is really good, and introduces Latin later, but I didn't see any evaluation if I should start her in Book one or Book Two. Learning Language Arts through Literature looks really nice (so far she is between Red and Yellow. I imagine as she finishes I may go with Red unless she tests more solidly into Yellow) because it has a lot of reading to go with it, but when I googled the old forums in here, it seemed hit or miss, and it has been upgraded since then. Which would you go with? Or maybe you know something better? For what it is worth --- she is a young first grader, she'll be just shy of 6.5 when she finishes up D. I'd prefer an all-in-one because I'll be dealing with a newborn on top of two toddlers when she finishes Logic of English. But if you know a good assortment, I could be convinced ....
  12. About 1/5 of the way through B they suggested (wasn't required, but I got them anyway) starting with BOB Readers 1. There's also a suggested order that they give you in the Teacher's Manual so that the rules they are taught in the program correspond with the reader for additional practice. Now that we've finished C, we have gone through Set 2 and Set 3 in different order to the rules. There was an additional suggested reading list on their website (https://www.logicofenglish.com/foundations/book-suggestions) and we got the "Now I'm Reading!" sets they suggested on Ebay for about $4 used. I personally printed off the suggested additional reading list (that list has B and C included) and taped it to the cover of each of my Teacher Manuals to stay on top of. You certainly don't have to have them, but I was okay with buying them for additional reading practice on top of the readers that come with the program because there are three more children behind my oldest that will need to eventually learn how to read. But it is suggested frequently through out the course and of course, even further as you can see on the suggestion list. Sorry it took so long to get back to you --- been crazy here!
  13. I have used Logic of English from the beginning so I don't have much experience outside of it, so I'll try to be as fair as I can be in my answers to you. We are also about to start D. A is pure phonics of the alphabet and NOT in order, which I loved a lot. Like the phonogram 'd' was one of the first letters introduced, and 'b' was introduced towards the end, completely keeping the ever common 'b' 'd' swap up at bay, at least for her. The teaching of the writing strokes is amazing, but after it starts getting towards dictation (towards the end of B), my daughter hated it and I have changed up the writing a bit. B is the start of blends and digraphs with silent e. It starts focusing on sentence structure at the very basic core (capital letter at the beginning, punctuation, raise your voice for a sentence that ends in a question). Like A, there are a mess ton of games and you really don't need much beyond the flash cards. Sometimes it's hopscotch to the right sound, hide-and-search for the correct sound in the room, flyswatter the correct sounds, bingo, tic-tac-toe sort of games. They also have cards in a smaller size for card games like "Fox" and "Memory". We liked the cards for drill, but my daughter is much more active than a still child so the hide-and-search games were favorites. Also the readers they use with that program are the BOB books if that makes any influence on your decision. I elected not to do cursive first for her. I felt it was easier to build up hand strength with simple strokes you could stop in the middle with ease if needed. Cursive is a little more difficult to pick up in the middle of letter formation. Plus, I almost always write in cursive so while she doesn't write it, she reads my shopping lists to me at the store which are written in cursive. I plan on teaching cursive later when she can write a couple sentences with ease with the rules she does know about spacing, punctuation, indention, etc. But she's started asking so I may teach her sooner. So I don't really have a dog in this fight, but it's the reason I went with manuscript first. Hope this helps.
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    Should I try out Math-U-See or am I fine?

    Thank you for that information about brain development Lori D. I hadn't thought it like that (I'm still trying to shed that public school mind set) and that makes more sense. Good to know this is more of a normal thing than it is something to be worried about! Also --- thanks for the resources to check out, some of those I never heard of. I'm glad you stumbled across my question!
  15. Yeah Logic of English has been worth every penny, and has turned my daughter into an amazing reader, and a pretty decent speller. It has changed my viewpoints immensely on how to learn to read. Another curriculum that has been worth every penny is Elemental Science so far. My girls just love the projects, mini-crafts, experiments, and the books needed with it. (I ordered PDF of the coloring pages. I wouldn't say they are that well drawn, but they love coloring it and since coloring helps build up hand strength ...)
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