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  1. I didn't understand WHY they taught casting out 9s at first but it was neat and different. When it combined/proceeded with using digit sums to check multiplication instead of doing a whole other math problem, I saw the value.... Much faster way to check your work. I showed it to DH and he's never seen it done that way either. Oldest wasn't overly impressed and I doubt he remembers it anymore because of the switch to R&S a couple years ago. It's in CLE 4th grade math.

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  2. EdPo:

    I found a new home for some of the curriculum I needed to get gone. Of course, then I flipped through the CLE math textbook we have again and still can't make myself get rid of it. Why? Because it taught me some stuff I never ever learned in PS that I think is totally cool and I keep watching to see if it pops up in R&S, but I don't think it will. Now I'm wondering if that stuff was CLE specific or the norm in many math curriculums that R&S just doesn't have. It's not anything necessary in math education, but... casting out 9s and checking long multiplication problems using digit sums is AWESOME!

    End of EdPo

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  3. 2 hours ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    Banana wo aratte imasu. 


    2 hours ago, Slache said:

    I can pronounce it but had to google the middle word.


    36 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    Are you going to put Servie out of her misery? 


    5 minutes ago, Slache said:

    Jean was speaking Japanese.

    I wasn't sweating it. It's a foreign language and I do not know any foreign language. Honestly, I thought it was Spanish because of the comment earlier from Carolina Wren about plants and washing bananas and how Spanish class was going. 😂


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  4. 1 hour ago, Slache said:


    Siggy updated. For Servie:

    Together: Bible, SOTW, Astronomy
    John, 5th: Saxon, IEW, Drawing, Piano, Violin, Greek, Latin, Spanish, Japanese
    Mary, 3rd: Saxon, Dictation, Drawing, Piano, Greek, Spanish
    Alex, Kindy; Phonics Pathways, Singapore, Home Art Studio, Spanish
    Isaac 1 year: Causing a ruckus

    I thought you were using OPG. What made you decide Phonics Pathway? Yes, I'm researching way early for the youngers cause that one little sample of WTM flipped my world upside down. Lol

    55 minutes ago, Slache said:


    I can't get rid of this box. Sorry.

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  5. 55 minutes ago, Slache said:

    It's not terrible. His schedule changes daily and he often forgets things and that stresses him out. Today his says

    6 Yoga?



    9 -------------------------------





    2 Errands




    6 Chicken Salad




    The lines indicate inspections but he does inspections at different times every day so he will often think "I will do X at 2" but he's busy at 2 so that doesn't work. That was frustrating him so now he sees it and can plan. He has ADD, but I don't know if that's him having ADD or just him being a man. 

    Then the right page is blank so he can get his brain on paper and stop stressing about it all. I told him to write his errands down because he keeps complaining that he needs to go like 5 places but "I won't give him the time" despite the fact that I keep telling him to on his way home! He leaves the house every day. I'm not stoping him, he's stoping himself by not figuring out what he needs to do so I told him to figure it out and write it down.

    Right now he has two jobs and school and he's really flustered, and I'm struggling with tring to get basic school and chores done so I'm writing all my stuff down too, and hoping this will mean more sleep and getting more done and less sitting around stressed because we have so many balls in the air.

    Ah, now the picture is getting clearer. I thought you were implementing and he was rebelling. Haha. I hope you can help him find a system that works for him. I can see how that would be frustrating. DH gets overwhelmed when he already has a full day/week scheduled and then something comes up with a customer (emergencies happen) that HAS to be addressed and we have to reschedule EVERYTHING.

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  6. 40 minutes ago, Slache said:

    I use Google Calendar for those things, this is an hourly breakdown.

    I usually pick the books that Sonlight and Beautiful Feet have in common. I also have Timeline of The Classics which is a booklist that's in chronological order...

    HOURLY?! 😱 I would leave that planner at home too! Or die 😂

    I look at SL alot and BF when I remember to, but I had no idea Timeline of the Classics even existed. Thanks! Off to Google...

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  7. I'm looking at reviews on more books for Oldest. The ones that go along with history (that I bought Novel Ties for) I think are going to be read alouds this year so I can be more involved. So I thought I'd order some new books for him to just enjoy. If he likes a book alot, he tends to want to read aloud to us, so.... More books, books, books.

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  8. 9 hours ago, Slache said:

    Matt says he's on secret double probation and you should know what that is. I hope that's funny.

     I wasn't sure how to react. Laugh or cry. So I laughed because I totally get it. 

    We keep a big wall calendar in the kitchen and anything that gets scheduled (dr appts, out of town commitments, visitors coming, ect) go on this calendar or they do not exist. I do have to check the big desk calendar in the office, though, before scheduling stuff if I need DH for any of it so he can try to plan his work accordingly.

    We have friends who use an online planner or app (not sure) where the whole family (husband, wife, and the kids old enough to have smart phones) can put stuff on it and it syncs from all of their phones. No need to remember a physical planner.

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  9. I found/bought WTM first edition and I can't wait to read it. I think I finally figured out the progression of some of the curriculum recs that have confused me for years. Breaking every little piece of language arts apart into its own curriculum is one thing, but then changing names of the curriculum at each stage of the trivium too?! Yeah... I once was lost, but now am found; was blind, but now I see.

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  10. 2 hours ago, Renai said:

    First edition. Why? Because it's not about the resources, it's about the how. If you know how to do what you want to do, you can use whatever resources to fit your goals and your children.

    Case: With my oldest, my goal was to homeschool bilingually. There were 0 resources in Spanish at the time to homeschool at all, let alone in a classical manner. But the book told me how to do it. So, I could create some of my own stuff, like copywork. In fact, that foundation is what I use to create materials to sell in Spanish today.

    If WTM had just been 'what I can use,' I would not have gotten very far. Because it gave me tools (not specific brands and resources) to homeschool, I could build my own program in any language.

    Thankyou! THAT'S what I needed to hear. I just canceled my Amazon order because it hasn't shipped yet and I'm going to read the first edition from my local library while hunting down a copy to buy.

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  11. 9 hours ago, KrissiK said:

    The first edition is the best, actually.  I still refer to it.

    The only reason I didn't look for first edition is I thought maybe some of the suggested resources would be outdated or better options might be available now. Is this not the case? My local library actually has both editions. I looked after you mentioned first edition being better.

    It's a "What's your favorite edition of WTM?" Booyah! 😁

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  12. 3 minutes ago, Another Lynn said:

    (((Susan))). I’m so happy to read your post, to hear you are well taken care of, surrounded by those who love you, and with a bit of normalcy thrown in for the kids. So.many.hugs in my heart for you guys. ❤️❤️❤️

    This. I just couldn't put it into words as well as Lynn.

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  13. 49 minutes ago, Another Lynn said:

    Servi, I would not buy curriculum to try to align to WTM, but rather: 1) see how what you’re already using accomplishes the same goal and/or 2) decide if you want to use curriculum you already have in a different way to more closely resemble WTM methods, if it appeals to you. The first edition was written without all the WellTrainedMind Press products, so it can be done.  

    I think the sample I read was from first edition but the book on its way is whatever the current edition is on Amazon. I'm not sure if it's the WTM or just the classical model itself with chronological history that is drawing me in. I'm excited to actually read a book again (for the first time in years!) just because I want to.

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  14. My order arrived! Squeee!

    Nothing is damaged! 🎉

    Couple of last minute add-on books are a little disappointing and I wish I wouldn't have ordered them because Oldest will read them each in under 2hrs, but if that's the worst thing, we're good. 

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  15. Reassure your son that "failed quizzes" are not a sign of failure. They are simply saying that he's got things to learn, and that's fine. Don't panic. It's okay. 

    It's not unusual to struggle more at the outset of something new, and it's not abnormal to "not get it" when the concepts are fairly new, and/or involve things that haven't been previously mastered. 

    It's also (sadly) not uncommon for a young man at a certain age to struggle with recall of things that they absolutely "knew" the day before. Remember to spend lots of time reassuring your guys that their brains aren't broken, simply short-circuiting at times, and they will get through this if they are patient and willing to "relearn" things when they need to.  

    -- Critters words of wisdom in raising & teaching boys (2019)

    Thankyou, Critter! I reflect on this often.

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