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  1. As a single, working (part-time, thankfully) Mama I cannot afford to outsource much, but would love to, honestly. Wondered if I could even find a local Mama to swap this service with.
  2. How do you all make sure your kids are actually doing what they're assigned? Without too elaborate a system set up, too much time take up, or damage to your relationship? I've often thought it would be great if my kids were accountable to someone other than me...that then they'd be more likely to get their work done, and it would help them take more ownership. I wasn't sure what this would best look like...maybe meeting with someone in person once a week to go over progress/work done? It would not be tutoring...more like the advising you pay for with College Plus (now Lumerit/Unbound). They do phone calls, but I would think in person might be best over email or phone. Do you all know of any providers of this service? Or thoughts on how it might best work and what a good cost for it would be?? Even I as a mom could use an advisor/coach to keep me on track doing the things I feel are important with my younger ones....
  3. What is a good max number of kids to have in a small-sized elementary class? Looking into local live options for elementary science and history for my kiddos. Thanks! Cyndy
  4. I'm not sure what board to put this on...found a code via Pinterest that lets you get this program for free: http://www.frugalhomeschoolfamily.com/2013/10/06/free-typing-instructor-for-kids-program-save-13-99-limited-time/ Worked for me but I'm not sure how long it lasts. Cyndy
  5. I appreciate all of your thoughts. I put an ad on Craigslist for before/after school care thinking maybe that is a better fit for homeschooling?? Right now I'm selling things on ebay but it would be nice to have a regular amount I can count on... Will keep thinking about this all...
  6. Hmmm...I was thinking it would not be too hard to do, but it seems otherwise. So for some it works better to take younger ones instead of 3 and up, and for some it works to take only older kids? I am a single mom and trying to think of ways to still be able to homeschool while earning an income... My 16 year old can do all his school on his own, the 10 and 12 year old need about 1 1/4 hours/day of my time total, and I also have a 4, 6, and 8 year old, that I'm considering putting into public school as I'm thinking it would be too hard to homeschool them, too, unless I could find more computer-based things. I thought about trying to run a preschool 3 mornings a week instead of in-home daycare...thinking that might be less hours but equal pay? Not sure if I could start that up and have enough students at this point in the year, though... Maybe I should get a morning-only job so I'm home in the afternoons to school, and my 16 year old can watch them in the mornings?? Or I could work evenings/weekends... Right now I sell things on ebay but when I'm out of things to sell at the end of the summer that won't work unless I find a source of inventory. I wish I didn't have to work...
  7. Thanks for the thoughts...I will check out the curriculum suggested. Should I use FIAR or BeforeFIAR with ages 3-5?
  8. I wondered if my first grader could do math completely on the computer?? SOS/Monarch/TT are computer-based but don't start until 3rd grade. She is not a good reader yet so it would have to be something with auditory lessons. Could Mathseeds or Time4Learning be complete math programs?? I know there are math programs like Jumpstart learning cd-roms, but I assume those would be supplements... TIA
  9. I need to earn an income and wondered if it's crazy to think of doing in-home childcare while homeschooling? I did meet a lady who used to do that, so I guess it has been done before.... I really want to continue homeschooling, so that is one idea I thought of that would allow me to still stay at home with my kids. If you've done this before I'd love some of your thoughts/tips! TIA!
  10. I'm considering teaching a preschool class 3 mornings a week for 2 1/2 hours and wondered if FIAR or any other curriculum would lend itself well to that, so I don't have to reinvent the wheel. It does not have to necessarily be open and go, although it can't take more than a couple hours prep time each week to prepare. It would not have to take up the entire 2 1/2 hours of time, as there would likely be snack time and free play and potty breaks in there, too. Any ideas?? TIA!
  11. Looking forward to going! I haven't had any experience with their lab intensives.
  12. This looks like a great value for only $25, which includes lodging, meals, and supplies! Would love to meet up with some of you there at the one close to Cinci! LMK if you end up going. http://www.landryacademy.com/mom.html
  13. I just wanted to share the awesome song my (future) son-in-law (the red-head in the video) and his friend wrote and sang together as January Catalyst: Any of you or your kids have any YouTube movies you'd like to share? Cyndy
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