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  1. We liked Elemental Science. Fairly open and go, along with an encyclopedia the course recommends for reading, plus an experiment a week(out of a Janice VanCleave book). My girls enjoyed it last year and have been enjoying Astronomy and Earth Science for the year thus far. It is "neutral" so nothing about intelligent design ... nothing about evolution either. It's just open for you to make work for you.
  2. 100% here. I hate reading out loud in general, I don't mind doing it for little kids who can't read yet though. But once you can read, here's you a book, Mama has her own book, let's grab a blanket, warm drink, and read quietly together. I can't even listen to audiobooks, they drive me bonkers! Just hearing it spoken out loud messes with me in general. I like to read a couple of paragraphs, pause, reflect, then repeat. I'd constantly have to pause and restart an audio book every few paragraphs and that's just too much work. Subjects that just haven't been successful here: Nature Study of
  3. And to address you OP --- no. I don't think taking away guns is going to help with this. This is a cultural, societal problem, something that can only be eradicated with time, education, open hearts, and a desire to want to change. Look at how Ronald Reagan passed gun laws in California, it was only because he was threatened by Black Panthers having weapons. We make laws against guns, especially in the realm of seizing them, is going to disproportionately target minority groups like Blacks, Jews, Muslims, etc.
  4. I'm going to echo SeaConquest here, though we are not a Jewish family. (So I do not know much of the Synagogue attack, and my prayers and heart cries for your pain) and people love their bubbles and hate to explore outside of it. And if you don't fall in line with that bubble you are immediately not part of the community. Civility exists as long as you fall into the right crowds, at least by appearance if nothing else. People's words in person, on Facebook, even in passing can be extremely cruel and harsh, especially if you are in an area that doesn't see much diversity. And it seems unfor
  5. This is the first year I didn't go the GHC in Cincinnati (I live 20 minutes away from the Convention Center) and I usually buy all my curriculum then. I love to browse through all the books and games, find things that I never considered to bring home with my girls, and get some roasted almonds! But being on bed rest with this pregnancy I couldn't go to take advantage of 20% off sales or free shipping. I'm pretty sad about it, as usually it's a great time for me to refuel the tank with fresh ideas. I don't listen to any of the speakers, I ask homeschool parents all around me. Though last time I
  6. I only use mine in the summer and various warm days. I don't like all the excess heat from the oven in my house to filter out on those days. But I pack it up and put it away come cooler days and winter. Then that's heat, plus soup bread, or coffee cake, or whatever. I make a lot. So do I think it's worth it? Every July when I want some fresh bread and apple butter, ya better believe it! All joking aside, I paid $30 for mine brand new several years ago, so at this point I think I got my money's worth in preventing higher-A/C bills. But for most people I wouldn't say it is worth it, especial
  7. We had debated between AAR and LOE here and ultimately went with LOE because (1) I was taught whole language and really did needed my hand held navigating phonics (2) It tells me where my mouth should be for most of the sounds, and as someone who is partly deaf and on occasion verbally destroy whatever word I want to say, this helped (3) It was an all-in-one program. I didn't have to hunt down other studies for at least a couple of years! My daughter fell in love with LOE. We split it up as A&B for Kindergarten, C for first grade, D for second grade however she had plans of her ow
  8. I absolutely love the Kirkland Pacs. I didn't have to use rinse aid until I moved to a different part of town, but I think it is because the water is harder out here. Either way, not complaining about that since Costco either has the Rinse Aid as a BOGO offer or discounts it down to $4 a bottle which lasts about 2-3 months here. But we also do anywhere from 3-4 loads of dishes a day. I don't do much in scrubbing before throwing it in the dishwasher. On the rare occasion it hasn't cleaned it effectively, I just let it run again with the next batch of dishes. Always plenty to do!
  9. I'd have to agree with smarson here. I don't remember exactly where it got more challenging in C but I found myself splitting the lessons into two because of how long it took. We are almost finished with D and we still have them split into two. I think if we did an actual entire lesson in a day it would take us a little over an hour in D because there are reading books attached to it among everything, which I feel is too much for a first grader. I will say, since separating the spelling and reading from the grammar and phonics study, she has became a much more efficient speller.
  10. We eat breakfast together every day, and even when my husband is at work, the children and I eat dinner together. Lunch is a free-for-all lol. Days my husband is off, we eat breakfast and dinners together, with sometimes lunch being together, sometimes not. But when I was kid, when we did have food in the house, I don't recall a single family meal. Even on holidays, people grabbed a plate and then just went elsewhere. My husband's family didn't really eat together either. When they did on holidays, it was strange on how none of them talked and just ate. I always thought there was chatter w
  11. I think my second child will be starting Kindergarten this year ... we'll have to see. I am hesitant, because she's ready in a sense of sitting down, sitting still, her hand to eye coordination (from coloring and counting) is fantastic, but something feels off. Like she's not 100% ready. But we shall see. September is a long way away, so she may be ready by then! If so, this is the plan. Phonics: Logic of English A. MAYBE B, if she progresses fast. No pressure, no one to impress if she gets there or not. Math: Singapore Essentials A and B. Same guidelines as Phonics. Science: Elementa
  12. I don't have a review of it yet -- but we went through homeschooltestingservices.com to use a Stanford Achievement Test. We haven't received it yet or used it but it was affordable, and up to date. According to the directions, she takes it, I seal it up and send it back for it to be graded. Untimed test (a big plus here) but she has 2 weeks to get it done once we receive it. Figured I'd throw that option out there.
  13. We got about the same amount back as we usually do, but I adjusted our with holdings in February of 2018 when the notice was put out about the surprise that may await most people at the end of the year. We're very low income, so I didn't want to get in trouble for the extra $20 every two weeks we got. I don't trust Politicians, especially rich politicians to look out for me, and I know anything they 'give' back to me, they'll want back, plus more (interest, fees, fines, etc) But then this goes back to the point up above, why do we prefer a lump sum back versus breaking even? Well --- we do
  14. I said yes but it is a very measured yes. We've only done a couple of lapbooks. One was for addition facts to help them stick. She liked having a tab say 2+7 and then 'quizzing' herself. The other ones have been for Science only so far. It's been great in helping her review simple terms and definitions. (Like a skull protects the brain, nothing too egregious, she's only 6) But as far to the extent I've seen some people do them? No. Once we finish our human body study and lapbook, I plan on having her use it to start building very basic public speaking skills, with pictures and a simple sent
  15. Still working on figuring things out here ... 1st grade was a bunch of surprises where she accelerated in some subjects, slowed down in others, and when my husband looked through the curriculum and her strengths/weaknesses, he offered some great suggestions so this will more than likely get adjusted. But so far ... Math: Singapore Standards 1b & 2a. Right now fact memorization is a struggle despite her knowing the concepts and the ability to figure out answers just fine. So we'll keep moving forward and just review 0-20 facts from the 1a series. Language Arts: It was supposed to be Logi
  16. I am trying to figure out what to do once we finish Logic of English Foundations D, (pretty certain it'll be either ELTL, or maybe a mix of FLL/WWE) in the next six months when she finishes. My daughter will just shy of 6.5 years when she finishes, and is pretty intuitive like yours when it comes to English. Anyway, I am posting to say, if you can afford it I'd definitely do D. We're about halfway through it (I split the chapters in 2). It much more grammar, spelling, and reading intense with increasing challenges in reading. There are pop-up games to make sure phonograms are remembered, but
  17. 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
  18. 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 young
  19. 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.
  20. ^^^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
  21. 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
  22. 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 m
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
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