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About heres_a_llama

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    Tarheel State
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    Judaism, crochet, foreign languages, reading, cooking, public policy, Latin America, hosting exchange students, travelling, history

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    Conservative Jew. Liberal Tarheel.
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    The Triangle
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    Part-time paralegal, full-time mom

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  1. Hi Enigma! My son is 5 and my daughter is 3. This year we are using: The Peaceful Preschool: early phonics, early writing, literature, gross and fine motor, mathematics, art, fully scripted, 4-day/week program Preschool Math at Home: math Mudpies and Magnets: science Hebrew Through Movement: we're a Jewish family, so I wanted to start introducing the sounds of Hebrew I threw out A Year of Playing Skillfully. I just needed more planned out, structured time. AYOPS was too overwhelming for someone like me; I'm sure the kids would have loved it.
  2. This is the approach I was thinking of reading through the thread. All About Spelling does a great way of reviewing the skills needed to decode while using the rules to teach encoding. Two birds, one stone and all that jazz. And it would be easy to find used copies to keep costs low.
  3. I went to my local homeschool store to pick up some supplies for 1st grade planning. While there, one of the staff members warned me that when she used SotW with her oldest that he was really confused by the jumping around from place to place of the text. When it came time to do it with her second and third children, she did all the Egyptian chapters, then all the Babylonian, then all the Greek, etc. I think this goes against the idea of classical history - going in chronological so students can draw connections/themes between different groups of people in a logical order, etc - but I hav
  4. For those having have issues with LOE Foundations' spelling lists, it may be that you are using them the traditional way (memorize, write them down so many times, use them in a sentence, take a test in a few days, etc). My understanding from the blog post is that they're meant to be used for spelling analysis. Hope that helps any who are struggling with it; mine is too young for us to have begun.
  5. Thank you for your insight! My son hasn't been diagnosed with Apraxia, but he'll be four in late August and we're still working on phonemes that are typically mastered when children are two (medial p and initial m!) I'd say he's only 25% intelligible to anyone other than me. Knowing that it worked well with your son gives me encouragement.
  6. Hello! We're trying to decide which direction to head in regarding an OG phonics program. I know LOE and AAR have both been used successfully for many families and I'm sure we could be successful with either one. I'm just trying to figure out from the beginning if one would be better suited to my son. He has severe articulation delays (3%ile), loves to move around, and is a bit "young" for his age (aka socially immature). I was thinking LOE because I've heard it does a better job of explicitly teaching how the mouth makes certain sounds in the beginning of Foundations, my understanding is
  7. I am planning for preK! I'm mostly planning with my son (4 at the end of August) in mind, but I know my younger daughter (just turned 2) will be along for the ride. I'm purposely picking as many play-based curriculum options as possible given that we're skewing young. My son ranks in the third percentile for articulation, which is the skill set I most want to work on; I think it's holding him back in other areas academically and socially/emotionally (such that his preschool teachers asked us to have him repeat the two-year-old program this year). MAIN CURRICULUM Monday, Wednesday, Fri
  8. I graduated from Hendrix in 2007 cum laude as a Hays Scholar (tuition, room and board 4 year scholarship) with a double major in Spanish and International Relations, and think it sounds like a good fit for your child. If he's interested in applying, and being considered for the Hays, I'm allowed to recommend students for consideration each year and would be happy to pass his name along. DM if you'd like to discuss this further. Dr. Campolo and Dr. Resinski were the Philosophy and Classics professors, respectively, in the Classics department that developed a cult following on campus while
  9. Thank you so much for all of your advice. I've tucked away a lot of practical knowledge from y'all already! I will be sending you a message to hear about the dayschool arrangement! We aren't frum either, more like traditional Conservative (in the vein of Isaac Klein and Heschel). I like both Behrman House and some Torah Aura products based on my experience teaching at a religious school. We also plan to go the private tutor route, with the final ceremony at the Egalitarian "Kotel" space. Nice to see a similar situation on the board! You may valid points here, es
  10. Shalom chaverim, We're about to embark on the homeschooling journey, but I'm wondering if I can pick your brain a bit about the decisions your family made regarding Jewish education. Did you provide a Jewish education at home? Did you send them to a Hebrew/religious school at a shul? Did you enroll them in an online religious school like the kind run by Chabad? What has it been like to classically homeschool when the curriculum is very Western- and Christian-centric and not always in line with Jewish worldview? Anything that caught you by surprise as you were educating your own child
  11. My family is very early in the process, so I'm trying to wrap my head around something that I'm hoping seasoned pros can help explain to me. I've read both the 3rd and 4th editions of TWTM. I agree with SWB and JW's ultimate conclusions that no one can follow the schedule they provided in the 4th edition (required by the publisher, is my understanding), that each family will have to prioritize some subjects at the expense of others. I guess I want to know how other families have done that in practice. When I read the descriptions of curriculum, I want to do everything with my childre
  12. I graduated from Hendrix, and which is also part of the SAA. Your description of Oglethorpe and your son sounds so familiar to me - so many of my classmates at Hendrix weren't the world's brightest, but they were passionate, humble, hard-working students that blossomed at college. So glad to know these schools still exist out there! May your son only have continued success!
  13. My husband and I started discussing homeschooling our young children roughly a year ago. We have some time to prepare, as they currently attend half-day, play-based preschool at our synagogue. North Carolina is a wonderful place to homeschool; given its popularity, the social prejudice in the larger population isn't as strong. We have lots of homeschooling groups to circulate in locally, but I am so tired of reading comments that disparage homeschoolers who use formal curriculum, stick to some sort of a schedule, and don't believe in (completely) child-led learning. There seems to be a h
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