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  1. This is our first year, too! My second grader is doing Dimensions 2A&B, but I had seen recommended on here ”Singapore Essentials Kindergarten A and B,” and actually ended up going with that for K (we are starting with B—don’t need A). It is a workbook that has a note on the bottom of each page as to how to use manipulatives to teach that concept, then you use the page for practice. I’m going to do 10-15 minute sessions each day with my Kinder and see how fast we finish. I’m going to warm up with skip counting (1’s, 5’s and 10’s this year), then do the suggested activity, then do the practice, and then keep going as time allows.
  2. I have never had a craft booth, but I do crochet. It can take a long time to make something! I would do this: plan on bringing things that can be used as gifts. Check out crochet earrings. They are beautiful, but they do involve a different sort of yarn/string. If she is skilled enough to crochet with that material, then it may pay off because she is doing something small, giftable, and a jewelry item (might be able to charge a bit more for her time). Other than that I would say to make a rack of scarves--scarves are very popular, and there are tons of patterns to make ones that are unique.
  3. We are doing our first year of homeschool because of COVID. I feel like no matter what the schools come up with this year will be really rocky due to the newness of everything and spikes in the virus. I want full control of the lessons and material. I used to teach so this wasn’t an insane move for me. 😂Since you have many years of homeschooling under your belt but have also gone through burn out, I would suggest choosing the option that you can most consistently succeed at next year after reflecting awhile. This may be different for each child. For instance, your senior may want to do online public school to stay connected and graduate from that school. It may be manageable to have one teen use the online option, especially since the school will have a better plan (or should) as opposed to the sudden onset of distance learning we went through. You can make very streamlined curriculum selections and homeschool your daughter at night and on weekends (have dad take over a class or two). Same for the middle schooler. It will be a very relaxed year while you are working. Don’t worry about them getting off track—any child who has a parent working with them at home will be making progress. Many kids won’t have that and will be significantly behind. It is good that you got rid of your old curriculum because now you can get something that is perhaps completely different and super easy to use. Hang in there—after this rocky year it will probably be settled enough to go back.
  4. I can see the difference. In surfing around online there does seem to be a cohort of parents who feel that giving their kids books and saying “go” is the best way, but then you hear of the grown kids lamenting how they didn’t really get the information. Their parents wanted them to and wanted to think they did, but the student was lost. There has to be some kind of follow up which shouldn’t be cut simply because a parent is busy with other things or younger students. To me I would never be comfortable with a completely hands off course for academics—that seems good for hobbies or special interests. Whatever it’s called, I don’t want to do the instruction piece for a few small subjects—just the follow up and accountability. 😅 I’m looking for decent workbooks or written instruction pieces that allow kids to read, learn, and report for clarification. I was thinking along the lines of “Our Constitution, Then and Now” for a once a week citizenship session. It has a reading, then a set of questions. Stuff like that but for Grammar and Vocab.
  5. What are some academic subjects that a 6-8 grader can self teach or resources that make a topic self teachable? (For instance, your child self taught vocabulary/roots-prefixes-suffixes using a particular workbook). I am not trying to get a child that age to self teach everything—just starting out with some small things. It would look like them working on one or two assignments in the morning while I’m working with younger kids, then we go over the their work for a few minutes before doing a math lesson.
  6. We have read 1-6, and my girls love them! Zoey uses a lot of scientific reasoning in each book—it’s not always down to one particular topic. There is a chapter in each book where she fills out her science journal working through the scientific method. Let me make a quick list here of the Main topic. First book: finding the right food for a baby dragon to eat. Second book: getting rid of mold in a monsters fur. Third book: finding out what is polluting a pond where merhorses live. Fourth book: saving the eggs of caterflies during a snowstorm (example here—uses salt to melt ice and catnip as a host plant for the baby creatures—different topics). Fifth book: finding the right growing conditions for magical seeds. Sixth book: healing a unicorn cut.
  7. If anyone managed to heal from DR I’d love to hear what you did!
  8. Has anyone found or made a good curriculum for teaching your kids how to draw the world from memory? I’d like one to use just as a family—not attached to a co-op.
  9. Building up a middle school literature curriculum using Glencoe Literature Guides. My goal is to have a large selection of novels for my children to choose from for literature studies. The guides cover a novel as well as several “related works” featuring short stories, poems, and nonfiction pieces. On Thriftbooks you can buy the novel and related works published together in a hardcover student edition typically for less than $5! (I have snagged four so far—still scoping for the others). So far I have printed the free guides for all of the novels I place at 5th/6th grade material. Rather than buy the answer key I am slowly purchasing the Glencoe student editions for them, reading the novels/related works, and filling in the free guides. By the time my kids are in middle school I will have read all of the books they have to choose from and can discuss them! There may be books in the collection that none of my children chooses to read, but I’m happy to put them on offer.
  10. It seems like a schedule (of some sort—variety of styles) is a big part of keeping everyone sane. Thanks for sharing! I’m big on schedules/routine/structure. Having something to stay accountable to helps me on days when I get the case of the blues—seems like it remains important in homeschooling. Since I’m a schedule nerd: 🤓 Right now I’m planning to start July 27th and go six weeks on, one week off (for fun and to plan the next six weeks). We are doing a M-T-H-F school week with W being a field trip/big activity/project/catch up day. I thought breaking our formal days into groups of two would help—we’ll see if the kids do better with a larger structured block. Originally I had hoped to start 7/13 so we could have a bigger break in December, but I doubt we will have as many parties or activities as usual being new to town and not joining any groups (along with shutdowns). We may need school in December to keep us from being too bored. Plus we need more time to settle in and unpack.
  11. What’s a little (or big) something you do for yourself to keep your spirits up and protect yourself from feeling burned out during your homeschool year? It could be for anything—health, hobby, sense of self, whatever. I’d like to hear the different things that keep everybody going! I learned a couple of years ago while recovering from a “motherhood burn out” that taking care of me is a way of taking care of my family because I am better at being a wife/mom. I’m still figuring it all out but now make it a priority (along with everything else going on. 🤪)
  12. Without having read any responses here—just your question—around here/within my circles the moral argument against it goes something like this: ”I’m not wearing a mask because the government is telling us we have to. Newsflash—this is America—and I can do what I want! They can’t tell me that I have to go out in public with a mask on my face! To prove how in to Personal Liberty I am, I will not be wearing one of those fascist face masks.” Said people then go about demonizing them as scary, latching on to any sort of discrepancy in reports of effectiveness, and generally grasping at any sort of idea—including conspiracy theories— that life can instantly go back to normal (which is a coping strategy—it’s scary to accept that there is a pandemic going on and we can’t just make it go away).
  13. I spent a few weeks buying/printing/organizing stuff before we moved last week since I knew settling in would take several weeks of my attention. Today I was just writing out what’s left! 1) Read through/make notes for unit one of math per kid (new curriculum—need to decide how to teach the material) 2) Order correlating manipulatives 3) Print blackline masters/cut & organize cards 4) assemble mini books for kindergartener.
  14. This pretty much sums up what I was thinking after reading the post—the pastor is doing it to fly in the face of “the government overreach” or “for liberty” or some other thing. It has been disappointing to see how some faith leaders have responded to this. My pastor/church leadership was very wise about it/followed the law, and I know most churches are that way. Maybe he isn’t trustworthy in more than the mask issue. You have just seen this side of him due to covid.
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