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  1. We are planning to attend the Great Homeschool Convention in SC in two weeks (Mar 19-21). The TX one is this weekend (Mar 12-14) and the MO one is the week after (Mar 26-28). We are all so excited, especially our kids, who are getting to meet some friends from online classes as well as some favorite authors. However, we are wondering if there is any buzz about it possibly being canceled. We have not heard anything, but with all the recommendations and other cancellations, it seems like it is not outside the realm of possibility. I tried to call GHC and got no answer. Just wondering if a
  2. Just thinking through common issues of the day, and ideas and words that are defined in lots of different ways - Education Food Normal Disability Disease Spectrum Humane Compassion Ethical Poor Rule
  3. I have toyed with this idea for literally years!! My kids and I are finally getting started. Slower than I want, but little by little. My general idea is to make their own "reference" book for the Bible. Here are the sections I'm planning to include: The Word - lists of books of the Bible, categoized by type. This will ALSO include a single page reference for each book, which will include the main info – author, date, main stories, characters, themes, general outline (hopefully color coded and visually represented, not just text) Stories – One page for each main sto
  4. We did SM through 6B and then transitioned to AoPS. DS is mathy, but I always been a part of the SM lessons, and AoPS is the same for us. Our routine is to do the lesson together. Then he does the exercise problems at the end of each section (and eventually chapter review) on his own. He has to show his work. If he isn’t following their methods, I might make him rework the problem even if he got the right answer. If he gets the wrong answer, he reworks it. In my experience, AoPS does not lend itself to being done independently, but certainly some kids could. Just not mine, LOL. There ha
  5. My 8 year old ADORES Nature Friend magazine. We have also had various levels of Highlights, National Geographic Kids, and Clubhouse Jr in the past. Nature Friend is the only one my kids have really loved. It is always filled with info about animals, but also stories, a drawing lesson, photography information, etc. It is laid out in a lovely "calm" way - not wild and overstimulating, IYKWIM - and has no external advertising. It is geared toward Christian homeschoolers, but not in a heavyhanded way. It is so wonderful!!
  6. I would put on my most genuinely cheerful and friendly self, call the other mom and say something like, "I'm so sorry! We didn't know about your party and really didn't mean to create an awkward situation for your DD. She really does not need to invite my DD, my DD totally understands and honestly is not upset. It is no big deal, and we are just going to reschedule our party for after DD returns from out of town. That way we are just spreading out the fun! Plus we wouldn't want anyone to have to choose which party they can attend, and this way hopefully both parties will have great turnouts. Y
  7. Wow, scary! I've heard of that, too, but it falls in the category of "you never think it will happen to you". Thanks for the reminder that it could indeed happen... scary stuff. Glad everyone is okay.
  8. We do a ton of Anki. It is central to our homeschool, and keeping up on our Anki makes learning new content in every area easier. I like to think of our review time as not just "review", but really "review and integrate", because making connections happens all the time! I add Anki for each subject and curriculum we do. The subjects are in different decks, and curricula within subjects are in subdecks under that. We have a zillion decks, LOL. (ok, not a zillion, but > 40, which seems like a lot but really isn't so bad, since Anki basically manages it all for me). When we review, we j
  9. :iagree: Also, as a variation on this, we like the Pomodoro Technique. We look at the assignment, and estimate how long it should take. Say, 20 min max for outlining an easy passage, IF DS11 is focused and not dragging it out. Then we set the timer for 20 minutes, and it is heads-down working on that until he is finished with the task or the timer goes off. Usually he finishes before the timer goes, but if the timer goes off first, he is usually close enough to completion that he will work another couple of minutes to get it done. For larger tasks, like a several-paragraph essay, we split
  10. Hmm, that is a great question, and I have heard many people on WTM say they take it slower. However, I don't really. I tried to start my DS at 10, and it was too much for him at that point. I considered going at half pace, but ultimately just set it aside for a year and picked it up again last fall (6th grade). It is a lot of work, but it is going great. I'm so glad I waited! We do school year round and so with WWS I tend to have him do about 4 weeks on and then 1 week off (we still school other stuff that week, just not WWS). Some weeks are harder than others, so I just figure out our sch
  11. Late night computer programming!! Seriously. I am such a nerd! I also love solving math problems or logic puzzles. I was a software developer back before having kids, and now I am getting back into it (albeit completely different technologies) so I can teach DS. I'm making some cool apps I think will be useful in our homeschool, and having so much fun doing it. It is totally my happy place. :001_tt1: Probably too crazy to add it to your list of ideas, but it works for me!
  12. :iagree: I have just introduced my youngest (3.5) to pattern blocks, and I'm so glad I've kept them for her through my various purging cycles! I printed out a bunch of free sheets online - animals, letters, numbers, etc. - and every now and then will put the sheets and blocks in her "rainbow bins" (a series of bins, each with a different activity that she gets to work on quietly while I'm working with the big kids). She didn't love them at first, but actually my bigger kids got interested in them again (the blocks have been put away for a couple of years), and that made her realize they were
  13. You can check out my Udemy rx and comments in this thread: http://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/667823-computer-science-online-classes/?p=7983227 The particular courses I recommend are not Java, but here is a Java one taught by one of the same instructors I recommend: Complete Java Masterclass This course is taught by Tim Buchalka. He is an excellent professional intructor, and it shows. He covers topics quite thoroughly and clearly. Right now I think the course is discounted to $24 - which is still DIRT CHEAP for what you are getting! - but sometimes they get as low as $10. Do not ev
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