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Angela Beshears

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  1. Great! I was hoping someone else would find it helpful. I love the scheduling concept behind Managers of Their Homes, but I just didn't see myself using a bunch of little pieces of paper or post-its and didn't feel like creating it in Excel (although I was close...)
  2. I just got the update on the Tiny Polka Dot. I'm really excited to get it this fall. I'm curious, have any of you used their lessons from their blog? http://mathforlove.com/lessons/
  3. In case this helps anyone... I had been looking for something like this for a while- I love the MOTH concept, and although I haven't actually read my book, I tried to use schedulebreeze or whatever the online companion site was, and just didn't care for the set up. I wanted something easier, and finally found a website that allowed me to make a schedule easily for my family, color coded, etc and it's FREE! http://www.teamup.com/ (Not affiliated with this company in any way.) I'm not sure if you can see mine, but here is our calendar https://teamup.com/kscd15c7769d9bfb50 - I plugged in our schedule on April 30th, so you'll have to go back to that date to see our schedule. I use the scheduler view to see everyone at once on the computer, but when I print everyone's schedule, I use the List view. Everyone's schedule goes in a sheet protector on a clipboard, with a dry erase marker for them to mark off as they go. The schedule for our family and school day has been a game-changer! And I love how easy it is to tweak it online. :)
  4. What about volume I of Learn Math Fast or some Math Minutes books? I haven't used them personally, but am looking into both.
  5. Thanks, you all have given me some more to ponder. And I just recently stumbled upon the Read Aloud Revival, so I am catching up on those podcasts now, and have the Circe podcasts ready to go when I am finished. Texasmom33, is there a particular schole thread on here that you're referring to? I definitely like the curriculum suggestions, yet I also love hearing how others create that atmosphere in their home, in everyday occurrences. It's a great reminder to me- to not stop answering their questions (even when it can be tiring!) and to ask more of my own.
  6. Great, let's share some resources. I'm sure there are others who have suggestions on where to go to learn more about using the Socratic method. I saved some things a while ago, so let me dig around and see what I can find. Just found this talk (probably from a conference) and am listening to it now, so I'll keep you posted as to its helpfulness. Maybe you can google it to find it, as I don't remember where I downloaded it from, but if you have any trouble, I'll see if I can figure that out as well. Grant Horner - Socratic Literary Exploration How To Teach Dialogically.mp3
  7. That's interesting, I have the book Socratic Circles on my shelf waiting for me to read. Here's another article, about incorporating a Socratic discussion based on the priority questions they come up with in the QFT method. Curious what curriculum you switched to that you thought would help facilitate this for your daughter? How is it working?
  8. Another thought- this article made me think about perhaps incorporating some time each day in looking at something and generating questions. I still like the QFT method, and I like that it's flexible. It can be used in any subject. It can simply be a famous quote or a photo of something you want to study in science, but then having the kids generate the questions, helps them to drive the learning.
  9. My children are young right now and are naturally full of questions. As children grow older and some of that natural curiosity dissipates, what do you do to encourage it? the drive to know more, to seek out answers, to take initiative in their own learning? I loooove classical education, as well as many aspects of the Charlotte Mason method, but it is this issue that always makes me think about unschooling, problem-based learning, and the like. I recently read this in a book- ''My mother made me a scientist without ever intending it. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school: 'So? Did you learn anything today?' But not my mother. She always asked me a different question. 'Izzy,' she would say, 'did you ask a good question today?' That difference - asking good questions -made me become a scientist!'' -Dr. Isidor Rabi, Nobel laureate in physics This prompted me to see what resources I could find related to encouraging this kind of inquiry. I ran across this QFT method-and you can actually see video examples in a school classroom on this website: http://rightquestion.org/ I know that this is all in the context of a public school classroom, where the rules are necessary in order for kids to feel safe in formulating questions. So maybe this all won't be necessary in homeschooling, but I like the focused time on only generating questions. I think this method could be used in a variety of ways, and the examples on that website are helpful to see. I may simply use it once a week to help with self-directed research projects (that's probably the closest to unschooling as I will get...). What else have you all done that encourages inquiry? I am interested to know about any activities you do, or curriculum that leans this way.
  10. We have a group of kids that we got together to practice singing Christmas carols at a local nursing home, and everyone wants to do more, so we are hoping to practice some songs and hymns that relate to springtime. Can anyone suggest some? Or point me in the right direction?
  11. Thanks so much for all the feedback. We purposely don't discuss names with friends and family, because we like the name to be a surprise, and we don't want to hurt feelings if we decide not to use a family name that we were considering. But I definitely needed some feedback on this! It would probably either be Nora Helen or Lucille Ann, and I just did a search and found out that Nora is derived from Helen, they both have the same meaning. I think with the poll and our feelings as of late, we will go with Lucy. We will have to talk more about whether to just use Lucy or stick with Lucille and call her Lucy or something like Lucia. Do you pronounce that Lu-see-ah or Lu-shah? Is Lucille really so awful?
  12. Yes, Ellie is short for Eliana. If we went with Lucy, we would name her Lucille, because that is her grandma's middle name. Thanks for the feedback!!
  13. Thanks for the reminder about The Jesus Storybook Bible! We bought the deluxe version for the kids for Christmas but hadn't tried it out yet. I think we will start out with that, and if it goes well, will move on to Thoughts to Make Your Hearts Sing. I will also check out Keys for Kids- that looks really neat! Here are a couple other ideas I found in case others are interested- Uncle Rick Audios (Bible stories and commentary) http://characterconcepts.com/store/category.php?id_category=123 Wild & Wacky Totally True Bible Stories (Frank Peretti) out of print, but can be purchased used
  14. I'm looking for an audio devotional we could play during breakfast each morning before we start school. Any suggestions? Looking for tracks that are 3-10 minutes long for shorter attention spans. Our children are ages 3-7- I would also consider a good audio version of a children's Bible. I am fine with a CD, mp3 file or audible recording.
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