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  1. Background: DD will be 6 in mid-October, so she'll "officially" be a kindergartner this fall. We currently are 3/4 of the way through MEP Reception, which is going okay. She likes the pictures, but isn't fond of the mental math exercises. We also use Miquon on occasion. I think I'd like to keep using both of these as supplements. I'm 90% sure we're going with Singapore, but I'm confused on which version to go with. Do I get Earlybird or Essentials? And what are the "have-to-have" items? On the other hand, it would be wonderful if I could use MEP as our main program, since it's free. Is it thorough enough to do that? I'm also curious about Math Mammoth and CLE math. What can you tell me about these two programs? Thanks for helping this newbie out! My head has been spinning the last several days as I have been researching and trying to narrow my choices down before convention next month! Lana
  2. I'd have to get a "real" job if I didn't homeschool. Lana
  3. What a great idea! I love it! I vote for no snow, and if I may offer another suggestion, crop it in just a bit tighter. I'm a bit distracted by the Santa on the left side. Could you crop the left 1/3 of the window off? I think it would draw more attention to the boy peeking in.
  4. Add 1/2 avocado to whatever smoothie recipe he likes - it adds extra nutrition, and it can't be tasted! Just adds some extra creaminess! Lana
  5. One of my favorite salads is a little bit of feta cheese, craisins, and slivered almonds with poppy seed dressing. A really decadent salad has chopped apples, walnuts, crumbled bacon, and golden raisins with an orange-curry dressing. Add some grilled chicken and this is a meal in itself! In the summer I make spinach salad with sliced strawberries, almonds, and poppy seed dressing. I also have made topped salad with mandarin oranges, almonds, green onions, toasted sesame seeds and an asian-style dressing. If you want a broccoli salad, chop up the florets from one bunch of broccoli, a head of cauliflower, add some frozen peas and maybe some chopped red onion, then lightly dress with ranch dressing. Other things you could add: sunflower seeds carrots fresh mushrooms cucumber slices hard-boiled eggs frozen peas I found that we are more likely to eat salad when it is served in individual bowls rather than one large bowl that everyone serves themselves from. Also, don't forget a sprinkle of pepper, that seems to jazz things up for some reason. Making homemade dressings is really easy and we have found we prefer them over store-bought! Also, vary the type of greens you buy - skip iceberg, try a field green mix instead of your usual. You'll be surprised how much a different texture can change up a salad. Lana
  6. I'm getting Sequence for Kids for my 5 yr old. It has really good reviews on Amazon. My 3 yr old is getting a honeybee/tree version of Kerplunk. What about Operation, Perfection, one of the Cranium games, or Apples to Apples? Bananagrams or one of the spinoffs? Looking forward to hearing others' suggestions! Lana
  7. You've gotten some great suggestions here! I plan on using some of these ideas myself. My dd just turned 5 last month, and she is 37" tall and weighs 28 pounds - WAAAYYYY off the growth chart and has been for most of her life. Some things our pediatrician suggested for us: - Replace milk with cream: in smoothies, mashed potatoes, etc. Even breakfast cereal can have 1/2 milk, 1/2 cream. - Add oil or butter to all veggies. - Add a couple Tbsp coconut oil to smoothies or milkshakes. - Stonyfield baby yogurt is wonderful! You can also find whole-milk yogurt at a health food store. - If you make your own yogurt, use cream instead of milk. The result will be very thick. - Mashed avocado can be added to lots of things without being detected. The raw choco-nana pudding that was posted is really yummy, too! - I think flax seed is pretty calorie-dense, and it can be added to lots of things too. Good luck! Hope your boy is feeling better soon. Lana
  8. What ages would this be appropriate for? Is it okay for an almost 5 yr old? We are very cautious about the movies our girls see. As a general rule, they can see G-rated only. Lana
  9. Thanks! I attended a mom's night out with this group a couple years ago when I first started thinking about homeschooling. I was under the impression that members were welcome to take classes or not, but my dh is convinced that we are expected to enroll in some of the classes. The first meeting is Thursday night, so I'll find out then! Lana
  10. I'm sure this is a really silly question, so go easy on me! :D When you join a co-op, are you expected to take some of the classes offered? Or can you join just for the field trips, park days, mom's night out type of things? This is my first year of homeschooling my 4 yr old dd . I am not really interested in the classes offered for her age group (cooking, art, and PE). So would I be committing a major co-op faux pas if I don't enroll her in any of the classes? Thanks, Lana
  11. Two weeks left of "summer" for us, we will start kindergarten on August 9th. I finalized our school calendar this weekend, we will do a modified year-round schedule. I'm planning to do 4 weeks on, 1 week off, with the full month of July off before we start back next August. I'm working on our circle time board that we will use each morning (calendar, days of week, months, letter/number of week, etc.). I have most of it printed and laminated, but still need to attach velcro and lay it out on the board. Still finding/preparing activities to keep my 2 yr old busy while I have one-on-one time with my 4 yr old. Most of the first week's lesson plans have been written. We will be using the Bible curriculum from Hubbard's Cupboard, OPGTR, MEP, and Miquon everyday. We will hopefully do social studies and science 2-3 times a week. I still need to sit down and finish the math plans and find more library books to complement our other subjects. I'm still debating on whether I want to add Explode the Code at first, or wait till later. DD's fine motor skills have just in the last week or two progressed to the point I think she might be ready for handwriting. I spent most of the last year researching the various aspects of hs'ing, so to see it all coming together at last is so exciting to me! Lana
  12. That makes sense to me, and that is what we'll do for phonics and math with my oldest. This year, I'm using as much free stuff from the internet as I can, so I'm compiling stuff from multiple sources. I need to put it all in one place so I don't forget all the cool stuff I've found! :001_smile: Lana
  13. Now that I have all my curriculum figured out, I'm starting to plan lessons for my K'er and 3-yr-old's Tot School. Just out of curiosity, how do you plan lessons? Do you start with one subject and plan the whole week's worth? Or do you plan one day at a time, figuring out each subject before you move to the next day's plan? Not sure if I'm making perfect sense here, sorry! Lana
  14. Glad I'm not the only one whose mind went a silly direction! I could only think of "Baby Beluga." :lol: Lana
  15. I'm new at homeschooling, so I am not familiar with all the sizes of different readers. But, would a CD organizer -- the kind that looks like a binder with divided sheet protectors -- work for the BOB readers? Seems like they might be close to the same size. Lana
  16. What color is the floor? Is it real wood or laminate wood? I'd try Old English first. Depending on the color of the wood, I've had good luck masking scratches on wood furniture with a brown Magic Marker - the basic Crayola kind! Good luck! Lana
  17. Thanks for the help! Since she is so young, I am taking a very laid-back approach to this year, so slowing down will be just fine with me. Lana
  18. Hello, I am new to homeschooling and I have learned so much from reading these forums! I will be starting pre-k/K with my DD this fall. She will be 5 in October. She already knows how to count to 30, understands the concept of more/less and other comparisons, understands 1:1 correspondence. We have been working on counting backwards from 10. I was thinking that she seems ready for Year 1. Does this seem about right? Is MEP typically on grade-level? Thanks! Lana
  19. I'll be starting pre-k and some K stuff with my DD (will be 5 in October) this fall. I'm trying to do research on the various curricula before I go to convention this month, and I was wondering which manipulatives are used with which math curriculum. I know RS uses the abacus. Miquon uses Cuisenaire rods. What else? Thanks! Lana
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