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  1. On 9/18/2021 at 11:15 AM, Gil said:

    The physical size/tiny print is a negative, but each of The Boys have a MW Every Day Reference set. I love the Vocabulary Builder in that set. We used it extensively.


    I'm pretty sure I had that exact set (previous edition) when I was in middle and high school back when dinosaurs roamed. Lol. They are why I quit using most references altogether. I have poor eye sight and cannot read tiny print even with my reading glasses pulled down my nose. Terrible headaches. 

  2. On 9/16/2021 at 3:22 PM, Servant4Christ said:

    These were a bust. Pretty or not, he just won't use them willingly and I know it. So I returned them both and ordered the combined American Heritage Dictionary & Thesaurus which I really think will be all we need from here on out. Right now, he's enjoying looking up every word he can on his new mp3 player. If it's not in there, this book will be the next step.

    Ugh. I've never seen a book with such tiny print! That won't work at all. Back it goes. I think we're just going to have to suck it up and make a trip to B&N to see some IRL before purchasing again. This should NOT be so difficult.

  3. On 9/16/2021 at 5:16 PM, Ellie said:

    So, you're using the fifth grade text even though you say he's "in fourth grade"? That might be part of your problem.

    Also, IMHO, those kinds of writing assignments are useless. Writing a story about a personal experience is one thing; having to go through that kind of process is another. I would probably not require my dc to do it.  Or if I had them write about a personal experience, I would not require them to go through those steps first.

    He's in fifth grade. Just started at the beginning of September. He is 10, almost 11 years old. 

    I helped him brainstorm for a topic. He chose one. I then had him give me sentences about it and I scribed each sentence for him on post-its, which he then could physically manipulate into whatever order he thought logical and eliminate any unnecessary ones before writing them on his paper. It worked. Turns out he had 2 hangups. One was coming up with something worth writing about, and the other was that when he saw that he had to write a story, he thought that meant a book. 😂

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  4. On 8/31/2021 at 10:01 AM, Servant4Christ said:

    I went ahead and bought the American Heritage Student Dictionary and matching Thesaurus. In theory, this will work for all three children until they are in high school.

    These were a bust. Pretty or not, he just won't use them willingly and I know it. So I returned them both and ordered the combined American Heritage Dictionary & Thesaurus which I really think will be all we need from here on out. Right now, he's enjoying looking up every word he can on his new mp3 player. If it's not in there, this book will be the next step.

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    Fifth grade: Following the Plan. Lesson 5: Written Practice. Looks like it was writer's block because he couldn't think of what to write about. I gave him a few ideas to get his brain running and left him to brainstorm for a few minutes. I told him not to think about all the other stuff that comes later. Just pick a topic. He did. Then we discussed what type of questions he should answer about his topic and I scribed his questions for him. No answers, just the questions. His job was to write down answers to his questions. Tomorrow, I'll have him cut apart his answers (full sentence answers) and arrange them in a logical order to get him started and have him add more info as needed. This seems to be the only way to get him through a writing assignment. Is this normal? 

  6. 9 hours ago, Ellie said:

    Well, the worksheets are not intended to be a substitute for the written assignments. And the grammar/mechanics lessons are supposed to build up to the writing lessons, which is one of the reasons they should all be done on paper (except for the oral lesson, of course).

    Is this is his first year doing R&S English?

    And you say he's "reluctant" with everything?

    You could go a couple of directions. One would be to be gently consistent in requiring the writing (all the R&S lessons, all the other subject writing, all.the.things).  The other would be to ditch R&S English and doing Writing Strands/Easy Grammar, maybe a little Easy Writing thrown in for good measure. I would not do R&S only for grammar (even though I know some people do it and are happy doing it). Neither one is better than the other. 🙂

    Worksheets are rare here. I used them once last week because there were only four sentences in the textbook exercise and it is review from last year. We're only 2 weeks into the new school year here. I had a Dr appointment and needed seatwork for Oldest to do (with DH lightly supervising) while I was gone. The worksheet was the exact same material, just more of it. Lots more. Lol. This will be our third year using R&S English. I don't mind continuing the grammar because I have it, but I'm open to switching if need be. The writing/composition has to change, though. I don't know if it's an issue of him not wanting to write (physically), writer's block, or what. DH told me to try again before running out and buying something new. If more guidance is needed, I'm the teacher, ect. I really struggle here. I didn't like composition as a student either because it required more than just remembering or looking up answers and the correct answers weren't black and white. But I would've done alright with this curriculum as a kid because the steps are very clearly laid out and examples are given in full. Pray for me. I'm going to try again today and hope it goes better. 

  7. 46 minutes ago, Ellie said:

    If you want something separate just for grammar, I wouldn't use R&S. I'd use Easy Grammar.

    Also, *everything* counts as writing with R&S English. All of the assignments require writing of some kind, even if they are not the official writing chapters. If your dc does most of the assignments orally instead of writing them, well, that might be part of the problem. 🙂 R&S's English is a lot of work, though. I'm not sure my dc would have liked it, either.

    We do the oral lesson part aloud, but the written work is usually on paper or the white board and occasionally I trade it for the corresponding worksheet if I think he needs the additional practice. He doesn't mind the grammar lessons and I have the textbooks through next year already. It's the composition lessons that induce tears. He is a very reluctant writer across all subjects. I just wasn't sure if skipping the composition lessons in favor of something like writing strands would work better or if I should be ditching R&S English entirely. Maybe if it were more interesting and had more handholding it would be less tearful.

  8. On 1/18/2020 at 11:37 PM, Ellie said:

    Of course, I am definitely prejudiced: I knew Dave Marks, and his wife, Lee. Not well; I met them at a convention where they were exhibitors, and I loved WS right away, and we talked, and I fell in love with them. Later I did a couple of conventions for them, and we talked for hours.

    Would Writing Strands work well with R&S English for grammar? The R&S writing assignments are just killing us. Oldest is in tears at every writing assignment. I'm wondering if WS would maybe be a better fit for writing since it progresses daily and just keeps building on itself rather than the once every few days assignments in R&S. 

  9. 8 hours ago, Slache said:

    Matt's not working so no school. They went to a park and shopping while I slept in, now they're painting, later a movie. I have REALLY been enjoying this song lately:


    How was it?

    I made 2 deep dish pies. There is none left. Lots of compliments.

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  10. 23 hours ago, Servant4Christ said:

    I'm making Slashie's steak and mushroom pie today. Building pie dough for it now.

    DH came into the kitchen, looked at my recipe, then commenced to verbally altering my recipe to the point it was obvious; He wanted a pot pie. I asked and he confirmed. He said wine is for drinking, not cooking a good steak in. Svengo.

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  11. 57 minutes ago, Critterfixer said:

    Good morning. We got rain. Also found a new leak in the roof, so we'll have to investigate that after rain stops. Probably around a vent and it's been so hot and dry, things like sealant might need to be reapplied. Oddly, I don't think it rained in around the chimney--a chronic source of trouble. 

    On rats--I did one have some success with an electrified floor trap. I wouldn't do poison either, although the exterminators were pretty mad at me about that. But, I'm not entirely sure that all the success was due to the trap, or the fact that we also have some pretty good snakes around the house who love a rat. Hard to say. 

    Eek! Rats are bad enough, but snakes!

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  12. 32 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    So. . . there are rats outside.  They trip our deck lights at night and Juliet chases them off.  It doesn't help that our neighbors are hoarders and their backyard has various levels of trash piled there.  It also doesn't help that we saw those very same neighbors carry a rat back to their backyard in a box and let it go.  (Yikes!  I honestly do not understand these people.)  Anyway. . . we can't do anything about them (tried that, didn't go well) so we are waging rat war on our end.  Dh has found what he has termed two "rat Al-Qaeda tunnels" leading from the neighbor's yard to ours.  He has tried blocking off the tunnels with cinder blocks.  He's put baited traps down the tunnels.  The rats have moved the cinder blocks (!) and taken the bait without tripping the traps.  Thus Rats 2, Dh 0.  And yet we persevere. . . .

    Seriously?  A booyah for this?  We'll call this a "call to arms" booyah. 

    Poison? You'd have to keep any pets out of harm's way in the meantime, though. Another alternative would be professional exterminators but I don't know how the pros could actually prevent them from coming into your yard without addressing the root of the problem itself (your neighbors). Ick! 


  13. I don't do formal history for that age. I have them learn about local stuff such as community workers and safety and if they are interested, a little geography (continents and oceans) and basic cardinal directions. Otherwise, their focus is on fine motor skills, prereading/ prewriting activities, and early math concepts. I believe there is a coloring book that goes with SOTW, though, if she wants to join the older children. 

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  14. 14 minutes ago, Slache said:

    To anyone who responded confused.

    My husband is in school for home inspection. This will increase our income while decreasing his workload. He used to work 60 hours a week but this will be 40 with more money for quality food and some fun stuff. I used to work part time but that's no longer an option.

    He's been juggling his two jobs and school and taking care of the kids and taking care of me and it's just been so much for him with his zilllion classes and tests and everything. This brings him so much closer to simplicity and stability.

    So, practicum, test, work. Go!

    Thanks. I thought I remembered that's what he does but couldn't figure out why he was in school for something he already does, if that makes sense. It's awesome that this will reduce his workload and increase his income! Double win!

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