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  2. This looks super interesting to me and my daughter....but my question is this....what else do you use on the years you are not using this? For high school, one year could be byline and another OYAN....but what else would you use?? Thanks so much!
  3. This sounds amazing! I had never heard of this...so thank you!!!!!
  4. I'm totally open to online. She needs a challenge..so I will look into this! I have never heard of it...so thank you!!!!
  5. Hey all! I haven't been on the forums for years, but I am back and asking for help! MY DD13, somewhere in that 8th-9th range, is needing something for writing. She is very writing oriented....especially fiction. We have done IEW for a few years and she has done well...I just feel we need something...more. Different. Any ideas? Thanks, all! Carrie
  6. This is such a helpful thread! We are getting ready to dig into IEW this fall! Thank you all so much!
  7. Good point! I had been thinking about this too. Thanks for all the feedback...I think switching for now will be the best fot for my little man!
  8. Goodness do I have myself in a tizzy trying to determine what I am going to do with math this summer and heading into next year. My DS is 7.5, doing mostly 2nd grade stuff, though Saxon 3. He is good at math. He loves math. But I am afraid that Saxon 54 will be tough with having to copy the problems down. I was thinking of switching him to CLE until he is ready for Algebra, then going back to Saxon. (I used Saxon personally and loved it for Algebra). Thoughts? I was Looking at CLE's placement tests, and I am not sure he should do the 400 series, though. It feels more advanced? Maybe Saxon 3 is really going to kick it up over the next 70 lessons? My daughter is exactly one year younger and doing Saxon 2. Again, very good at math. And again I was thinking that CLE might be good for her....making her a little more independent? And now I need to start my 5 year old on something more intentionally....and my nearly 4 year old wants to do school too. So I was looking at CLE's kinder II program for those two, adjusting as needed for their levels. Anyway.....would love thoughts here! Thanks!
  9. I need to know how to delete! I defected about a year ago, haven't looked back...but it irks me that I could only deactivate. Can you send me the lionk on how to delete? Thanks!
  10. That's what I have been doing...adding in another curriculum. We use Saxon as our base (though we do Saxon in K and Saxon 2 in 1st grade) and I supplement with Singapore...I went through and lined up lessons in Singapore with lessons in Saxon. So when we start one concept, I actually teach it from Singapore first, then reinforce with Saxon. So far, I think we like it. My son is rounding out more in the conceptual stuff. There is just no such thing as ONE perfect curriculum...they ALL have their strengths and weaknesses! Good luck!
  11. Absolutely moving. A powerful song that is made all the more powerful through sign language. A beautiful gift of praise to the Lord! Thank you for sharing!
  12. Great post! Thanks for sharing! Will be passing this one along.
  13. That's what we did and they are working just great!
  14. Ohhh...I love this thread! My mom and dad are avid book collectors and they definitely passed it on to me! DH has a huge collection on the history of Africa. He loves Africa. And also economics. When I was 13, we lived in a small coastal town with a really small library. I had no friends and I worked by way, nearly book by book through the shelves of the library. That has inspired many of my collections. I am always looking for Miss Billie books. I won't "cheat" and buy them online....gotta find them like treasures in bookstores. =) Also....Gene Stratton Porter books...old ones. And DH and I enjoy adventure adventure/hiking/backpacking books.
  15. I was the token MAYBE. We and our neighbors have a similar relationship...we have both watched each other's pets over the years. So there is no obligation either way. I would take it....UNLESS I knew finances were really tough for them or the reason they left town was something not related to pleasure...a funeral, for example. But other than that, I have been learning that depriving people the opportunity to express THEIR gratitude can be seen as prideful and selfish, even when that is not your heart's intent. How blessed they are to have neighbors like you!
  16. I have both. I like both. :D They have different strengths in my mind. OPGTR...I used and continue to use this with my son. He is nearly 6. The progression of lessons is well done. The speed is nice and slow. BUT...the vocabulary is often WAY above him. I know that this could be a time to introduce him to new words....but frankly, he needs success and confidence that the word he is trying to read he already knows. I often skip words that are just not going to help him. I use PP to work on stuff he is struggling with PP....I continue to use this with dd. She started wanting to read REALLY early. I knew the vocab in OPGTR would be beyond her. PP has moved nice and slow for her, but developed her fluency and confidence. I will probably switch her over at some point to OPGTR. I like them both....and I think that for my kiddos, using a blend of them is good. HTH!
  17. We finally started AAS this week.....kids are BEGGING to do spelling!! I know I have seen people link to a printable progress chart for AAS....can someone help me with that? My kids thrive on placing stickers on charts....if only I was so motivated by stickers. Wouldn't it be lovely if a sheet of stickers would provide all the needed get and go to fold 5 loads of laundry!? Thanks!
  18. Time for me to sneak into my kiddos' rooms and snuggle and kiss them. Life is fleeting. Come quickly, Lord Jesus!
  19. You know, I think perhaps part of the issue is how we define and implement the term of "passing judgment". If we are all completely honest, we all judge all the time. In and of itself, it's not a problem. We HAVE to. To look at a situation and JUDGE it. Now the issue comes in how we CONVEY that judgment. Now, I have never even heard of the show in question, but we can all come up with something to fill in that blank "I can't believe you let your kids____________________!" As a Christian parent, I convinced it is my duty to judge (gasp! I said that!) the goings-on around me...be it community issues, differences in parenting styles, whatever....and evaluate what things are majors and what things are minors. I will and should make decisions for my children that may put them in a place of being influenced in a way that I do not see fit. Or I may decide that just because there is a chance that this friend may put on that show while my kiddo is with them, no big deal. BUT....we carry healthy judgment/discernment into legalism and hurtful territory when we ASSUME that everyone should have the same expectations as us. If it is a major, talk to the friend with love and concern. If it is a minor, let it go. No matter what, I am learning that to keep my heart from becoming prideful, I need to do a heart check....sure maybe I don't let my kid watch THAT show, but do I let my kid get away with speaking rudely to an elder. A lack of hypocrisy makes that "passing of judgement" alot easier to swallow. And by the way....I am not pointing fingers and the OP at all or anyone else...I just thought perhaps the term of "judgment" was perhaps being used in two different ways.
  20. We are getting ready for our first year of TOG this fall, so I am NO expert:D, but my initial thoughts...... I think TOG is definitely do-able at your kiddos level.....but YOU will have be able to see ALL the wealth of info and resources and let stuff go. For me, that can be hard. Once I started looking at the curriculum, I had to embrace the fact that we won't do IT ALL. And that's ok. ;) If you will have a hard time not doing it all, I would wait. Your kids and YOU do not need that kind of pressure. I had thought about starting this past year and decided to wait because my oldest turned 5 in the summer. I have 3 younger than him. NOw, however, I feel really ready. We focused on reading this year and now my nearly 6 year old is reading really well. My nearly 5 year old is reading well too. My 3.5 year old knows most of her letter sounds. So I feel better going into it this year. I DID think about waiting one more year, but I have 3 other friends all starting it, and I feel the benefit of having the support and fun of doing it together tipped me in favor of it now! Good luck!
  21. I found that adding a little bit of extra gluten - called high gluten flour, or just gluten - or even a little extra yeast helped alot when I went 100% WW. HTH!
  22. My DH is now gluten free and I am nearly gluten free. WE are working on moving the kids that way. I used to grind my own WW flour, and rarely used white. I also used WW for sauces and gravies. I even made baked goods for others using wheat! If I didn't tell them, they didn't mind! =) Now I am relearning how to make breads, cakes, etc gluten free! In fact right now I have bread "rising" using a mixture of sorghum, millet, buckwheat, coconut, and potato starch. I found that if I kept white flour and now gluten flours, in the house, I would use them.....and it just made things harder, so if they aren't around, we won't use them!
  23. This is HILARIOUS. Seriously.....I can see one of my kids saying something like this! And this thread rocks. I haven't had so much fun reading a thread in some time! I seem to prefer more teA than DH these days. Poor guy has to take some medications that seem to impact his desire for teA. We are both getting tired of it! :) But...I manage to convince him a few times a week that he does like teA! Heehee
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