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  1. 29 minutes ago, KrissiK said:

    Good Morning!!!


    Friday Eve!!

    Oldest DD is getting her wisdom teeth out this morning. That will be lots of fun. 

    Slashie, your trip looks like fun. Personally, I would skip San Francisco, unless you were just going to drive through it. I’m not sure what the traditional tourist traps are like (Ghiradelli Square, Pier 39j, but it has developed quite a reputation for rampant homelessness, needles and feces on the sidewalks, even in the nicer areas. Do some research.  I would drive down to Santa Cruz, hit the beach drive up through the redwoods in Felton and go on the logging train, see Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park and hunt for banana slugs.  Then cross the Valley and hit the train museum in Sacramento and maybe Sutter’s Mill on your way up to Lake Tahoe. If you actually stop in Tahoe City, Front Street Station Pizza has the best pizza ever. We have it at least twice in the week we are there.

    Krissi, you really would be an excellent travel agent!

    Redwood forest is amazing. Reminds me of how small I am compared to some of God's most amazing creations. I feel this way about the ocean, too. As for San Francisco: The only thing really fun for me in there was driving over the Golden Gate Bridge a half dozen times before continuing to travel on through. I'd never seen a bridge that you could literally SEE through! 🤣

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  2. 1 hour ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    I don’t like one of my crafts. I tried one version yesterday. It didn’t work for me and definitely wouldn’t work for little hands. I went to Joann’s fabrics today and got stuff for a second try. I got it to work but it’s tedious. Sigh. Plan C?  

    What are you attempting? Sorry, I haven't had time to ketchup.

  3. 43 minutes ago, barnwife said:

    If you scroll down on this page, there is a link to WOP. It's by Don Potter, and honestly has been a great investment for us. I can't remember who was the first poster I saw mention it here, or I would thank them. 

    The rest of the stuff you mention is stuff we cover during morning time/RA. I was actually just thinking about getting a notebook and choosing a focus for each week (or two or whatever). Then I'd have our oldest 2 (11 and almost 10) write down examples they find in their own reading and DS7 could tell me any he hears during RA (has dyslexia, so not reading independently at that level yet). I could even make it fun by giving them a ticket to a raffle for each example they find on their own and have a weekly drawing for...their choice of extra TV show or a candy bar or something. Now you've got me thinking about ways to hold myself accountable to covering those things more consistently.

    Ah, I have heard of Don Potter before! I'll look, thank you. I need open and go, structure, and clear lesson plans or I panic. I live in a high reg state.

  4. 19 hours ago, Anne Elliot said:

    We're using Mosdos this year. I didn't get the Teacher's Manuals but we are using the workbooks. I like the look of it so far. We just started yesterday so I don't have too much to report yet 🙂 

    I've heard of this but haven't actually looked at it yet. I'll go look, thank you!

  5. 1 hour ago, barnwife said:

    Have you thought about using something like Wise Owl Polysyllables? My 2 independent readers read a bit from that a couple times a week now. It allows me to see/her them decoding words, it doesn't take long, and since each entry uses the word in context, theoretically it could help with vocabulary too. 

    Without a little more info. (How old is this child? Is it just vocabulary that concerns you? Making inferences? etc...), I'm struggling to be more helpful. I hope you find something you are happy with!

    I've honestly never heard of Wise Owl Polysyllables but I'll look it up because I'm curious now!

    Oldest is 10 going into 5th. He's always read above grade level and reads constantly. I noticed that his vocabulary isn't exactly where I thought it was and he's mispronouncing many unknown words because he just doesn't want to take the time to break apart the sounds if this makes sense. As for comprehension, he's very black and white so does great with recall or looking back to find answers but struggles with inferences and such. In addition, things he used to know well (homophones, metaphors, similes, antonyms, and synonyms) get confused or he asks me to remind him again. Not a big deal, but he used to know them like the back of his hand and now he doesn't. I really want that stuff back in his schoolwork to be regularly practiced or I absolutely will not remember to periodically go over it while chasing down my 1 and 2 year olds!

  6. 11 hours ago, Lovinglife123 said:

    There are so many options.  I was looking into this for my son and am just not sure he can do formal reading curriculum yet since he is doing formal science and a literature rich history and it might be too much.  He has been doing easy peasy reading since the beginning - so also thinking about getting the physical books so I can have him do the assignments as is vs him just reading online (it’s been a great course, but there are vocabulary parts that I’m sure he skips 🙂 ).

    We did formal reading curriculum (CLE) from the very beginning. Last year was the first time I let him just read read read. Oldest loves to read, hates to write. Lol


    10 hours ago, Kiara.I said:

    Okay, so...

    Does your student need to look up unfamiliar words or ask? Or can they acquire vocabulary from repeated exposure? That's how we're hardwired to learn vocabulary after all, it's how we all learn language as babies and toddlers.

    I've avoided reading curriculum so far, for that reason, and because all the ones I was exposed to in school seemed mostly to make children hate reading.

    Yes, we need a curriculum again. When he has read a book multiple times (he rereads books he enjoys many times over) and then cannot tell DH what several words mean that he should've been able to figure out based on context, there's work that needs to be done. These are simple words to figure out such as the word quench. I also miss the simple things like literary devices and terms that he learned along the way when we used a curriculum. 


    8 hours ago, barnwife said:

    Every time I think of using a literature/reading curriculum, I can't find one I like for a variety of reasons. Then, throw in the fact that DS almost 11 has generally read some/almost all of the books in any I have liked, and I decide to go with what we are already doing - reading lots of good books and discussing them. FWIW, my top picks generally come down to Novel-ties and Treasure Trove of Literature (by CHC, a Catholic company, so there are mentions of the Bible and saints). The online sample of Treasure Trove does have at least one mention of good character (truthfulness, I think, and that's where a connection is made to the Bible and a saint). 

    Also, and I say this as a former PS teacher, I really think many reading/literature curriculums make student dislike reading. It becomes a chore and something to get done. Instead, around here, it's "hey! look at this great book!  I think you are going to love it because (fill in the blank)." And then he reads it. I ask questions periodically throughout and/or after. 

    Finally, why does it matter if he won't look up unknown words or ask about them? FWIW, my kids do ask about unknown words during RA, but not usually words they encounter when they read. This does not bother me. It's not like I look up every unknown word I encounter in print. Honestly, the only times I do is if the story or article doesn't make sense without a good definition. Otherwise, I use the "make a educated guess with context clues and stuff" strategy and call it good. I like to think my kids do the same, but even if they just skip some words, I am not worried about it. 

    You bring up things I have thought of too. I certainly don't want to kill his love of reading. This is why I thought something like CLE would work because it's a reader full of short stories rather than full books. On the other hand, I thought maybe using Novel Ties for individual books would work well, too, because he'd see the vocab words used in real books. And now I just cannot make up my mind either way. Lol

    As for your last paragraph, I had the same mindset all last schoolyear and ran with it and have seen little growth in his reading which was reflected in his test scores at year-end. It could just be that he was so far ahead of his peers in reading last year and now they've somewhat evened out, though. 🤷

  7. I need an open and go reading curriculum for fifth grade. Oldest won't look up unknown words or ask so a curriculum is a must this year but bonus points for one that emphasizes good character too. I really like the simplicity of CLE and R&S but am very unsure because I remember lots of conscientious objection in the CLE readers. I've also considered Novel Ties study guides for some of the literature books we'll be reading along with Notgrass From Adam to Us. Any suggestions or others I haven't thought of that might work? I really need to make up my mind asap because I have to report what we plan on using to the school district soon. 

  8. Believe it or not, I'm considering CLE Reading for Oldest. Again. Why? Because of all the options, it appears to be the one that might actually get done and still accomplish the skills I'm looking for. It's CLE, R&S, or Novel Ties for some of the Notgrass literature books in From Adam to Us. I need a box curriculum for reading this year. Just letting him read lots of books isn't an option because Oldest won't look up or ask for the meaning of unknown words. Help!

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  9. 20 hours ago, hippymamato3 said:

    Why would this need a disclaimer? 

    Some do not allow their boys to get their ears pierced.

    In our case, my son was genuinely confused when he read that part because he's never even heard of a boy his age having their ears pierced so he thought it was a misprint that belonged in the girls book. I just told him some do and he responded, "Um, okaaay. If you say so."

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  10. 16 hours ago, My4arrows said:

    We used The Talk series by the Gilkersons. I liked it a lot and it was easy to use. It allowed us to be age appropriate and go as in depth as needed for all our boys. The youngest was 5 and the oldest 9 at that time. We did one book at a time, the first all together. Then we did the next two as the aged and needed that info. 

    Thankyou! That's the series I mentioned that I'm looking at for my 3 boys! I haven't purchased them yet because I can't seem to find any sample pages to view at all.

  11. It might help if you specify age and what you want covered. Some books discuss physical and emotional changes only, while other books also discuss sexual stuff and girls. I am currently researching the same. I had my DS read a book called Guy Stuff last year with DH which is not from a Christian viewpoint but it was mostly about physical changes, hygiene, and nutrition although disclaimer: there was one small blurb about taking care of ear piercings.

    I'm currently looking at a 3 book series by Luke and Trisha Gilkerson that is for both boys and girls.

    Also, The Ultimate Guys Body Book by Larimore


  12. Rod and Staff, hands down. CLE does not give enough practice on the new part of their lessons, IMO because the concept gets brought back around in the spiral later on. This led to frustration and tears here because it didn't click with my DS the first time around. I know CLE teaches more stuff earlier than Rod and Staff, but this is so that the basics (arithmetic and math facts) are learned WELL before the other stuff comes into play. Once the basics are mastered, everything else is easier to learn.

  13. 17 minutes ago, Jean in Newcastle said:

    Good morning. One of my brothers flew out to see Mom96 and she’s being recalcitrant. But my impression is that she’s recalcitrant about everything now. Getting really old isn’t for sissies. 

    I need a dictionary for this. I'm much stronger in phonics than in vocabulary and I'm trying to quit coffee which makes me a little slower in comprehension, too! 😂

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  14. I told my mom I'm giving away some of the baby stuff Newbie no longer needs. Things like the infant carseat cover and newborn insert thing, wipes warmer, teething toys, bibs, ect. My mom said, "Oh no. Please don't. Last time you did, you got pregnant again!"  😂

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  15. Lots to read today and I made it back! 

    @Slache Oldest read Where the Red Fern Grows this past schoolyear and cried. Then he got mad and said we should just "extinct all the mountain lions!" Later, he decided Summer of the Monkeys by the same author is a much better book. Especially the part where the monkey steals the boy's pants. 🤣



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  16. 15 hours ago, Slache said:

    Snakes usually come out ready to fend for themselves. They may be ready to hatch.

    What are you giving him? I'm struggling with ideas.

    He doesn't really NEED anything and we have more toys than a toy store, so we're just putting money in his savings account and the older kids are going to help me make and decorate a birthday cake.

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  17. My phone let me back in and I come back to snake eggs?! No. If I found snake eggs, I would not be watching them. They'd be sling-shotted as far away as humanly possible. I scared of snakes, Critter. Has nothing at all to do with having a boa constrictor wrap around my neck and squeeze Jungle Book style once upon a time. Wait, yes it does. And where's Mama Snake, btw? THAT is the million dollar question. I'm not against snakes, I respect them. I just prefer to keep them at a safe and greeeeaaaaat distance.

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