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About WTMindy

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  • Birthday 03/28/1968

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    I've been married for 25 years, mom to 19 yod and 17yos and twin 6yos.
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    Spokane, WA
  • Interests
    reading, digital scrapbooking newbie, singing, laughing
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    I teach part time at our school district's homeschool co-op.

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  1. Woops! I'm not teaching Algebra 1 this year. :-) Just Algebra 2 and Advanced Math. Hopefully I'll get him next year.
  2. If you switch to Saxon I'd be his teacher! :-) I'm happy to take him if WTMA says its OK. :-)
  3. I have twin almost 7-yo boys adopted from the foster system, and one of them has serious impulse control issues. So, I feel your pain. I don't have much great advice other than just to encourage you that the fight is one worthy of fighting! :-) Whenever I think that I can't do this, I know how much worse off he would be in a regular classroom. I know he is learning, it just isn't the FUN journey that homeschooling the big kids was! :-)
  4. This past summer I searched everywhere to find a good resource to use with the What's in the Bible DVD series. When I couldn't find one, I decided to make something up. And, I thought I would share in case someone else wants to not have to recreate the wheel. I don't have any affiliate links on my blog, so I'm not trying to promote anything. I'm also posting Story of the World stuff, but all the WIIB posts are tagged with What's In the Bible. You will need the DVDs and I bought the coloring book, although I think you can download all the coloring pages for free on their website.
  5. Here are a couple of great websites to give you some free templates. Notebooking can be ANYTHING that you want it to be! They can be simple with writing and pictures, or you can add lapbook foldables as well. I think of the notebook as a scrapbook of the things we have learned. I include pictures of projects, foldables (that I either design of find somewhere on Pinterest), copywork (or narrations, depending on the age), etc...

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  7. It has been a long time since I did grammar stage history. We used the VP timeline song the first time around, but I didn't love it. Wondering if there is anything else out there.
  8. Some experiences from a variety of sources. 1. My son (after being homeschooled from K-9) went half days to public school last year. (I needed to make sure he could perform for other teachers better than he could perform for me before he went to Running Start this year.) I was able to hand-select the courses he took (not the typical 10th grade classes) because I didn't care about meeting the graduation requirements. The counselor at the school was MORE than happy to work with me and my goals. I explained my goals to each of his teachers and they were wonderful about working with me. I was actually surprisingly impressed with the rigor of the courses and the their willingness to keep me in the loop. It was a great experience and he did very well; it was the perfect bridge year before he started college this year. 2. I teach in a 2 day/week public school co-op for homeschooled kids. I find that most parents are happy to be hands off once they know someone else is teaching their child. As a teacher, I wish it was more of a partnership since I only see them twice a week. 3. In teaching at WTMA I find that there is a higher percentage of parents who are pretty directly involved, but many prefer to be hands off. It does take quite a bit of effort to stay involved in the classroom when you are not the primary teacher because (surprise, surprise) the students don't usually give parents/teachers all of the information. :-) I'll be interested to hear your synthesis of this info!
  9. Oh great! I've only been back 5 minutes and I'm already jealous that I am only an Apprentice Bee Keeper! where are those posts we used to do to bump up our post count?!?
  10. Patty, you always have been a great hostess! (Do you have brie and wine here?). Truth: I no longer look as you g as I did in that picture but I still use it! I found the boards in 2000 and found the most amazing support group I could have imagined. The first time I read WTM I was sold. Our dd graduated last year after homeschooling until she did Running Start at the college. She is studying to be a teacher. Our son will be starting Running Start this year. And because life wasn't crazy enough we adopted twin boys five years ago and we are starting totally over this year with Kindergarten! I can't wait to use all the PHP stuff that wasn't around the first time through. Two in college, two in Kindergarten... my own personal reality TV show!! I also have the privilege of teaching math for The Well Trained Mind Academy. I'm loving that!! I'm looking forward to some old familiar faces here. You all have no idea how much I relied on this group back in the day. I may have to come back more now that I am starting over! My next two have some learning issues that the first two didn't have. It turns out I wasn't nearly the wonderful homeschooling mom that I thought I was...I just had easy students the first time around.
  11. I missed a lot of the great PHP materials when I homeschooled the older two and I've been excited to use them the second time around. One thing I've noticed when I look at all the pieces that fit together (FLL, WWE, SOTW, science, etc...) is that there is a lot of narrations/copywork for all the different subjects. If I am trying to follow each of the curriculum as written my poor little boys will keel over and die. I would love to see (and, maybe somebody has done this and I just haven't been around for a long time) a lesson plan that combines them all so that the writing is streamlined a bit. WTM probably isn't the best place to do this, but my dream would be to have lesson plans using all the pieces like this with all the PHP resources. (I know, I don't want much!) :-) My boys are in K, so you have until September to complete the first grade plans. No pressure!

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    Intro to the Classics-Music Masters on cassette-entire set of 18 (most unopened)-$10ppd I ship media mail. Insurance ($3) and/or tracking ($1) will be added if you would like that. Please email me if you are interested


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    Traditional Logic


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    Traditional Logic (book 1, answer key, DVDs) $40ppd I will ship media mail. If you would like insurance ($3) or tracking ($1), that is extra. Please email me with questions at



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    Student book $14 ppd I will ship media mail. If you want insurance ($3) or tracking ($1) that is extra. :-) Please email me with any Thanks!



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    Apologia Chemistry (book, solutions and tests, multimedia companion CD) $50 Apologia Advanced chemistry book $30 DIVE chemistry $20 I will ship media mail. If you want insurance ($3) or tracking ($1) that is extra. :-) Please email me with any Thanks!


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