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  1. I haven't used it yet myself but Layers of Learning would cover all three and you can choose how in depth you can/want to go for your children.
  2. I agree that people don't actually research homeschooling much. I run a homeschool library and most newbies come in wanting "7th grade". Sometimes they have looked up curriculum, but often they have no idea what their options are. Then we have to do the twenty questions game to see if there is something I can suggest on our shelves. Although, mostly I just try to suggest focusing on the basics (reading and math) while they figure out the whole homeschooling thing in general. I wish there was a current Elijah Co style catalog. They defined the different styles of homeschooling and gave suggestions for quality materials in each style. But mostly they suggested quality literature and discussing them with your children. I started researching homeschooling in 1999 and the Elijah Co catalog was the first ray of hope as I muddled through what I though was an overwhelming amount of options back then. In our area we also have the "pleasing the charter school" conundrum. You can get reimbursed for some (mostly secular, state standard pleasing) curriculum. If you want to buy and use your own history curriculum, for example, that is fine, but your assigned teacher may require that you also must check some state standard off. So I often help moms find a simple workbook to fill that need. But it means more (busy)work for the family. It can often lead to overwhelm and stress too. The whole thing encourages buying grade leveled materials. Out of the box scope and sequences are not encouraged in any way, even for kids who are unique (in any direction). Very evident in the 5 feet of Sonlight/Konos/Weaver curriculum binders we have that never get touched.
  3. Did you know she has revised the Home Learning book? It comes out next month.
  4. I am a minimalist, my kiddos and hubby aren't, although they enjoy our tidy home that is easy to find things in. Most professionals suggest starting with your own things and the communal things. Seeing the positives (in the look of the house and your attitude) may encourage them to let go as well. For younger kids offering to buy a single item or event if they "sell" their unwanted stuff to you may be the ticket to clutter freedom. It has taken a while of me not nagging and making room for hubby's stuff while reducing the rest of the house, but he has started going through his things and reducing. It had to be on his terms though. As for how to get rid of your homeschool items. There used to be a web site that gave materials to families in need, but I don't remember if they still exist or not. Is it stuff that could be used in a classroom? If so, offer it to local teachers.
  5. There are fun looking Minecraft math workbooks on Amazon. You can use CLE to teach lessons and use the Minecraft as a fun way to practice/review. (Only do a handful of problems in the CLE book or just do them orally or on a separate paper so that he doesn't see the overwhelming numbers.)
  6. Another option is to buy used and then resell what you don't want. I rarely buy new. I use the public library to see things, but we also have a homeschool library in our area which is a huge blessing. is a good place for buying used. They have a great search engine.
  7. I am doing the same history with all four that are left. Due to very different ages/personalities I tended to only pair off for subjects rather than doing it family style. But we have soo many good US history books that I want them all to hear and the dyslexic boy won't get around to reading almost all of them on his own. So I and the kids will be reading to each other. Older girls will also read some other books and create some output. Boys will be mostly oral discussion. I am also adding in a lot more videos in all subjects. I think it will be a good year if I can stay consistent.
  8. Fortunately the Milk by Neil Gaimon Very light and funny, but not animal related.
  9. Roman Numerals I to MM by Geisart is the most visually appealing book on the subject I know of.
  10. I remember seeing the workbooks that coincide with the SU math books. I think the company was Gordonville Press in Pennsylvania. It's an Amish company though, so I am not sure if you can find them online. Maybe write them via snail mail? I recently found an interesting set of workbooks by Irving Adler. Titled Mathematics - Grade X (they go up to grade 6). The way it introduces concepts reminded me of SU. I'm going to use it for my boys next year we needed something we get through all of only working a few days out of the week and have time for games and living math books. I don't necessarily do vintage, but I do like to keep the math topics narrower. I tend to do a variety of smaller workbooks. My oldest three have done fine in Algebra (9th grade), but none of them are mathy either. Edited to add: this might be the store?
  11. I just got word that these two are at the library waiting for me. Glad to hear they are good quality!
  12. I like this company:
  13. I try to sell locally first as the cost of shipping makes selling for a reasonable cost difficult. is a good place to sell. The best part of the site is its search function. You can type in all about spelling and see all that are for sale and anyone looking for them. If nothing else it will help you to see the going used price and whether there is any demand.
  14. The Science 101 series is coming out with a General Science DVD this fall (that is the plan as of now). The labs would be at home though. You might be able to find you tube videos for each lab type? My daughter read through the Rainbow curriculum in one year for her eighth grade. She just skipped the labs. But she does a lot of cooking, tinkering, etc on her own and had done many experiments throughout elementary so I wasn't too concerned for that year.
  15. The Math Art looks interesting. I went to see if it is at our library and found a couple more titles that looked good as well. Thanks
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