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  1. Wow, I have a lot of options to look at. Thank you sooooo much. Of to do internet research now. :)
  2. It sounds like you can adapt this, but maybe adapt it at a slower pace. We use a timer and we only do 15 minutes. I would not add words in if she is already struggling. I understand the visual thing. I can not take in information unless I am looking at it. Don't worry about a lesson a week. Maybe try something like: Day 1 of new lesson give her the spelling cards and set the timer for 15 minutes. Let her look, write, do whatever she needs to absorb the information. Day 2-whenever, set the timer and do 15 minutes a day of the lesson. If she hates the tiles use a dry erase pen
  3. We are going along pretty smoothly now, it only took 4 years! :glare: I was going to do Mapping the world by heart, and I just never seem to have the time. Is there an independent Geography that my 6th grader could do on his own? Just something easy that I could throw in so that he is getting something? I still want to do mapping, but I am finding that teaching 1st grade for the 1st time is kicking my tush! (we started with ds in 3rd). Thanks in advance. ETA: Update on post 18. Thanks again!
  4. My son is in 6th grade and doing Latin Prep. I do not think it is too young for a 7th grader. It is a meaty program, he might move through level 1 in a little under a year if he is really confident, but the nice thing with homeschool is that you can start level 2 as soon as he is ready. It is secular and my son appreciates the humor in the book. To me, it is very middle school boy humor. Take a good look at it. We tried a few other programs before finding this one. My son LOVES it. ETA: We also love Horrible Ray and order from him whenever possible. :)
  5. Silver, I think you can see that there are lots of us on here who homeschool with Depression. You said in your second post that you need help. Please get it. I know it is expensive, time consuming, a right pain the the tush, but it is so worth it. You are worth it! I had to kiss a lot of frogs (counselors) before I found the one that I have stuck with. It is a pain going through the history again, but even if they are not the perfect fit, they are part of the path toward healing. If you are going the medical route, try a psychiatric nurse practitioner. They are up to date on all t
  6. Like you said it is a different path for everyone. I have anxiety and depression and this is our 4th year homeschooling. For me, it is all about whether or not it is debilitating and creating an unhealthy environment. Rather than tell you what to do as there are no black and white answers with this, I will share my path and hopefully if nothing else you know there are other moms out there successfully homeschooling with mental illness. I have struggled with depression and anxiety ever since I was 14. I had ppd/ppa after both children. I have taken a variety of medication and been
  7. Just saw this and it cracked me up. First off, organization. We have one of the IKEA 5 x 5 shelves for all our current or soon to be current school books. I am able to use each cube for a subject as well as 2 shelves for teachers manuals and teachers aids. Behind the ikea shelf (it is being used as a room divider) we have 2 small 3 shelf bookshelves. I have all reading instruction, The easier version of classics like Gulliver's travels, our horrible histories, landmark history, Max Axiom books etc..... I then have an extra long bookcase, the width of 2 regular ones in my dinin
  8. We use a token system. Each token is worth 15 minutes. The kids can earn up to 3 tokens (45 minutes a day) By drinking their water bottles (both kids are really bad about fluid intake, so I tied it to screen time! :) ) They can save up for a movie or whatever. Tokens can be used after school is done if it doesn't conflict with family time. All tokens are reset on Sunday. A little complicated at the get go, but it seems to work. The kids also have to plan and save together if they want to watch a movie together.
  9. Thank you for sharing with me. I had so many people and reviews on here help me when I was starting out, it is nice to know I am contributing.
  10. Third grade was when we introduced Life of Fred. It really turned math around for us. My son has been successful with a Teaching Textbooks, Life of Fred mix. We also use Khan Academy. Best of luck, Math can be a headache, but you will find a combo that works for you.
  11. To an extent. Trial and error is the way to go. We had a small room, smallest in our house as a school room for the first 2 years and it just ended up as the black hole, although it did have a door that shut. It was small and we didn't want to be shut up all day in the smallest room. DH and I had an Ah Ha moment. We are a homeschool family. The kids and I are the ones who spend most of our time in our house, so it should be set up in a way that works best for us most of the time. We converted the "formal living room" into our living room and the family room off of our kitchen became our s
  12. We take our biggest break from Thanksgiving-New year. It is just a blah time of year. We put away the school books and try to find fun stuff to do. We take a couple of 1 week holidays in the summer, but it gets hot here in the afternoon. The kids like to be inside in the ac from 1-4, so that is when we have lunch and do some school work. Once it cools down they are back out playing. Most kids go inside during that time, I bet some are watching TV or playing video games. We just are doing something different. Once the neighborhood kids are outside, mine go back too.
  13. Sorry, I just saw these. My son was 9 when he started. Did you watch the video about the lesson, do the headset etc.... My son really liked the independence and not having to mess with all the extras (word scrambles, fill in the sentence etc...) that comes with a lot of spelling programs. I can't say for sure, but I know it was right around my son's 9th birthday that the big wave of independence hit. However, no program is right for every kid. It can't hurt to try again after AAS4. My son does like that there is no test. He just keeps doing the lesson until he gets 100% twice in a row
  14. So, I have a 6th grade boy at the opposite of this. I would start with IEW's Student writing Intensive. In the first lesson he talks about the stream of consciousness and the complete shut down of writing as the 2 poles. His course is good for both. In a clear way he explains about organizing thoughts and not rambling. You watch the DVD lesson together, and she should have her writing material with her. My son uses a tv table. Then there are 2 more lessons that you give, to reinforce what was just taught. This is pretty easy for mom. You watch the DVD, give her the forms and edit her paper
  15. Thanks for the update Laura. Isn't it nice when things get done that make sense. I understand the pull over thing. I lived in Cornwall for 5 years. The road we took out of our village you would have the hedges brushing both sides of the car, and it was a 2 way street. Countryside, so you would back up to a farm entrance when you meet an oncoming car. You had to watch out for cars coming at you forwards and backwards :). My american friends would be having kittens in the next seat when the realized it was a 2 way road we were on. :)
  16. We just started level 1 with my first grader, and we love it. We cuddle up together on the bed and do the readings. Then she takes her copywork sentence and does that at the table. So far it has just talked about Capital letters and punctuation. I have the book and downloaded the free picture study pdf. We have done the first picture study, and we both really enjoyed it. I have flipped ahead and level 2 looks to have a lot more in it, but level 1 is perfect for first grade in this house. ...now saying that, my 6th grader has started taking his break during LLTL and coming and listening to
  17. Tell me more is similar to Rosetta Stone at a fraction of the cost. We are looking at that one for when dd is a little older. Here are some reviews on it.
  18. I have a ds11. We were struggling with WWS. What we are now doing is 2 weeks on IEW and 1 week of WWS. He is much happier. He loves IEW and will do one week of WWS to get back to IEW. IEW is about content at this point, but the main thing is that he LOVES it. He is happy doing it, he laughs at Andrew Pudewa's jokes etc.... One other thing, double check. IEW has a fantastic return policy. We have gotten a lot to try from them because of this policy. Get it, try it for a month and if it does not work for your family, return it. (Do make sure that is still the policy). At the time of our last
  19. So funny reading about Arbor School and Jousting Armadillos. From my door to their door is a 3 minute drive! I am that close, and yet still homeschooling :) I am trying not to have a wish list as I am heading off to a convention in less than 2 months and I already fear I will buy too much, but.... I also want JA I have a huge Memoria Press and Classic Academic press wish list. Too much to list! Then Timberdoodle, I want all the fun sets for the sciences.
  20. We are just in level 2, but with the skills she is learning, I figure we are going to go until it runs out and then just keep going with AAS and the McGuffey's readers that we are using along AAR. McGuffey's are nice as they have the old symbols for word pronunciation. At level 2 she is also working on magic treehouse. My dh does that with her at night. She reads him the first page of each chapter, and then he reads the page back to her and finishes the chapter. So she is working on the words and seeing how it tells a story.
  21. We are in 6th grade and still doing spelling. We found and love Phonetic Zoo. Almost completely independent. Here is my in depth review of it.
  22. Just to update, we are still doing well with this program. DS is now in 6th grade and in level B. It has become even more independent this year. We are skipping the personal word lists, and we are not going over the cards again. The cards we got in level A are good for all three levels. We did the jingles, and went over them together for Level A. Once we started level B, ds announced that he can do it on his own. He just does it every day and once he gets 100% twice in a row he shows me and then moves on to the next lesson. Having spelling be totally independent has given me more time to
  23. I am a right handed mom with a left handed dd. I also agree, look at Handwriting without tears. One big thing is the letter placement in workbooks. The correct letter is normally on the left side of the page so a right handed child can look at it as they are writing. In HWT the examples are everywhere. Left right and above. It has a section in the teacher book about pencil grip, paper angling, all sorts. Seeing as I knew nothing, we are doing really well as dd is in her third HWT book. They have so many fun pre k activities. My daughter loves Mat Man and the flip crayons. Also she plays t
  24. The thing about All About Spelling is that you are supposed to do 15 minutes a day, and work at the child's pace. It is not broken into individual days as every child learns at a different rate. Could you use the program and just put a timer on to give you a stop point each day? If it really isn't working, there are some simple workbooks. Spectrum, Evan Moor are 2 of them. They give you a weekly spelling list. Activities with the words and then test on them Friday. More of a traditional spelling program, all broken up into the days, and fairly inexpensive. If you have teacher file box the
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