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  1. I have this problem too, with 6 kids. I have two systems: one for school-related papers, and one for artwork/doodles. For school stuff, I have a very large bin (drona from Ikea) and everything goes in there. At the end of the year, I pull out only the best to save in my files and toss the rest. But the advantage of this is that I can easily go back and figure out where we left off if we haven't gotten to something recently. For artwork/doodles: this may not sound like much of a "system" but I use a three-stage process. In the first stage, I say "thank you!" and gather up all the pic
  2. It sounds to me like you are pretty well set on going to college as soon as possible and finally fitting in age-wise. It sounds like you just really feel like you need to do this. The reason you are getting push-back is that college is a very expensive method for trying to fit in -- we have all been there and it works best when you use it to get a useful degree. You can't help your feelings and desires, but you can take a step back and ask yourself seriously if your feelings are being dictated by the "high school bubble" that makes people want to buy letter jackets and class rings. I would say
  3. I like CHC's Behold and See science, especially if you do all the experiments and projects. I also like CHC's hands-on geography stuff and their hands-on religion program supplements, like Preparing to Receive Jesus, Growing with Grace and Wisdom, etc. Their Language of God is also fairly good but might move too slowly for some; but again this is something where doing all the dictation assignments and extra writing practice (included) helps with that.
  4. Forgive me for butting in, but I just wanted to link to this story from Andrew Pudewa (about his son who didn't read until 12) which I just always think is nice when your kid is struggling: https://iew.com/help-support/resources/articles/the-work-of-a-child While he was dealing with those years of phonics, he had his son memorize poetry and prose, and listen to read alouds and high-quality audiobooks, and he really learned to excel as a writer (as he has said since in interviews). He wasn't standing still! He was learning all that time.
  5. Oh I forgot! There are these graphic novels that look so good, https://shop.catholic.com/amp/graphic-novel-series-pack/
  6. I'm so glad you are getting into some apologetics for your kids!! I was raised Protestant with a "blind faith" mentality, and it drove me to atheism, because I had questions that no one could answer that in retrospect had plenty of good answers. One of the things I love about Catholicism is it is so reasonable! We marry faith and reason -- we love "both/and"! I haven't done online religion yet. But Homeschool connections has live classes with Trent Horn and Tim Staples from Catholic Answers! That's so amazing to me. My kids aren't old enough yet though, but I would do that in a heartbeat!
  7. Lol I have no experience at all, except to say what I'm sure you already know, which is that most of Jane Austen's works are squarely in Regency England. If I recall correctly, the site Republic of Pemberley had a ton of background info on Regency times to help explain customs, food, dress, servants, money etc so that the books could be more comprehensible by the reader. Ah, here: https://pemberley.com/?page_id=12315 And of course the movies would be fun, and the popularity that still remains high means it's easier to find costume ideas than it might be for more obscure time periods.
  8. My understanding of CAP's logic sequence is it goes Art of Argument, Discovery of Deduction, and the Argument Builder. Art of Argument is valuable info to know and a very fun read with lots of fake ads. I am doing it with a 5th grader and he is loving it and breezing through it quickly. With a 9th grader it could be very quick and fun and you could move on after only a month or so to Discovery of Deduction, which many people say is much more difficult and probably age appropriate. Have you see the James Madison logic course from Critical Thinking Company? This was recommended to me by pe
  9. If you're Catholic, which it seems like maybe you aren't, but there is Classically Catholic Memory RC History's Connecting with History TAN's Story of Civilization Rev Furlong's series (How Our Nation Began, Pioneers and Patriots, et al)
  10. If I can piggyback on my earlier post, does anyone have reviews of Theology of the Body books or curricula to share? I see a ton of resources for all ages online, but I can't tell which ones are actually worthwhile. Sometimes these things can try to be...cool or something, and come out awful, you know?
  11. Bah! You have a 2 and 4 year old empty the dishwasher!? I definitely have had my young kids "help" with the dishwasher, and I try to steer them toward the plastics, and try to rescue the plates and glasses... But I can't imagine them doing the whole thing.
  12. This is probably a stupid thing to mention, but where are you roughly located? I'm sure you've looked all around at your local options, but you mentioned that live would be best. Sometimes there are places IRL that offer extension classes for kids, like through companies that serve homeschoolers but also through local universities, or through tutoring companies. That might be an avenue to revisit.
  13. If you are serious about using W&R you might listen to episode 14 of the Classical Homeschool podcast, where they interview Paul Kortepeter, the author of the series, and specifically ask him about skipping books. I don't think they asked him about just picking a few books, though, but I think he might have talked about an accelerated schedule for older students who don't have the luxury of time to catch up. I haven't used IEW but I wonder if that might be a better fit. My understanding is that IEW has a bigger focus on training the teacher to teach writing. Perhaps IEW folks can ex
  14. Yes, I would not have done any of this voluntarily. When you have a big family, you have to get your kids doing a lot because they have hands and the messes are too much for me, so I feel grateful for that, because otherwise I would not have bothered dealing with teaching them to do these things. However, I would say there's a big difference between a 6 year old and a 10-12 year old! I can't wait until mine do a better job with the bathroom. And I'm not doing a great job teaching them because I hate doing it and just want to get it over with.
  15. Wow, this is a big list! A lot to cover. Are you looking for a package with plans, or to assemble all your own pieces? Did you read WTM, and if so, does it mesh well with your style or does it not really feel right for you? For math, you might consider just moving slowly and deliberately through whatever resource you choose. That might help her get the most out of it and not feel so drained. This is a hard question, in part because you only want to HS for a year. A lot of good programs really build on each other as a series. For writing and language arts, you may need a real crash c
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