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  1. Show off. ;) My DS refuses to even try Huck Finn unless I order it (which I intend to eventually). I don't know why he thinks it will be so bad. It might be because our copy is old- like a 1930's edition, and it looks old fashioned, but he read our old Black Stallion and liked it.


    We were running out of room for books, so ds got a kindle for his birthday last year. Huck Finn and Tom Sawyer were free to download. We can even borrow books electronically from the library on it. If it helps, my son will not read Gulliver's travels! :)

  2. Eragon, by Christopher Paolini, is the most poorly written book I've come across in a long time.  I don't know if it would be the right age range for you guys, but wow, is it bad.


    Someone gave this to my ds one birthday. A ton of his friends really like it. He keeps trying, he thinks the story sound interesting, but for some reason can't get into it. :)  (However he just plowed through Huck Finn and LOVED that)

  3. It is really hard to use the cards with 2 kids at once, as soon as you get the program you will see why.




    I would just get the one set. Just do it with dd, she really will fly through the program. Have ds in the room coloring or something or watching if he is interested. When dd finishes you will have an idea if he is ready to start then, or later. If dd is taking awhile going through the program and ds seems like he is ready you can always order an extra set of student cards later.


    To give you a guideline. The recommend starting AAS1 after they have finished AAR1 and before AAR2. Look at the readiness tests for those programs to see where your ds is in his reading. (the readiness tests also give goods ideas to supplement OPGTR.



  4. I love the idea of using the library, I may have to steal this idea. I don't mind the park, but right now it's too cold.


    Steal it. A lot of libraries have conference rooms. That way the kids can be loud, and run. With 27 kids in a conference room, most of us moms leave with headaches, but it is so worth it. It is incentive during the week to get work done, and the kids leave exhausted. 

  5. I bought Junior Maths 2 for one of my kids but decided not to use it; I stuck with MEP. It is very direct and covers one topic at a time. For a review, you'd have to revisit past chapters.


    The Math is great, but read the intro. You need to spend a little more time planning before using it. It is divided into topics so that you can find each topic. You are not supposed to start at the beginning and go through the book.


    Here is a direct quote from the forward of the book. " It is not laid out in any teaching order but rather by topic.The author envisages a chapter being revisited during the course of the year."


    You are supposed to skip around. Just to give an example in Junior maths 1:

    ch. 1     Place value: Units, tens, and hundreds

    ch. 3     Addition, pairs that match up to 10

    ch. 4     Subtraction from 10

    ch. 9     Writing sums of money

    ch.1      Writing numbers in words and digits.


    So, you start with one part, then you go back and do the next part of that topic. If they have forgotten it, you quickly review and then teach the new part.


    We Love GP. We use Latin Prep as our main Latin and I will use Junior Math again when my dd gets to it age wise. 



    ETA: This is specifically for junior Maths. I believe when you get up to the 10+ SYRWTLM you go in sequence.

  6. I found that as we left traditional school at 2nd grade, we were already plugged into traditional activities. We did not do a lot with other homeschoolers, for a lot of the reasons you mentioned. That was great for the first few years, but then I realized that the kids and I both needed to spend some time with others who were experiencing this life.


    As much as homeschool is growing, we are still a bunch of social rebels out on a limb. I talked to another homeschool mom and she had the same issue. Last spring we started a homeschool recess. We started a FB group, very local as most homeschool activities seem to on the other side of town. We picked a day and met at the park once a week. As it got colder we talked to local libraries. Most wanted to charge, but one gives 2 hours free to any non profit children's group (not registered non profit, just no sales). We meet and bring board games and such.


    We have stayed away from organizing anything. If one or 2 families don't show up, no biggie. No one is relying on anyone. It is purely a time for the kids to play and the moms to talk. Just a thought as it was really not much to set up, and now it just happens each week. 


    Other than that, we do stick with traditional activities. TKD and Dance are great ones. We also have a middle school boys choir that my son does. The director is great with working with them as their voices are changing.

  7. Can cheese fondue be made without alcohol or that "winey" flavour... So that it still tastes like cheese? Or is that pretty much the flavour profile of the dish as it should be?


    It can be, but the original alcohol in cheese fondu was always kirsch. From what I understand Kirsch and swiss cheese go well together digestively as well as taste wise. It is a lot of cheese and the kirsch helps break it down so it is easier to digest. 


    I think you can make it any old way you like though. Maybe a small amount of chicken stock to just thin out the cheese.

  8. I have all the Melting Pot ones in my server manual when I worked there.  Is there a specific flavor you like?  


    I would love the Wisconsin trio and the traditional swiss please.

    I LOVE the melting pot.


    ETA: Sorry for the hijack, that was just way to good of an offer to pass up. :)

  9. So many great books! 


    I will try not to repeat.


    My son much preferred Huckleberry Finn to Tom Sawyer


    The Septmus Heap books (Magyck) is a favorite at the moment


    Enid Blyton: The Famous Five and the Adventure series.


    Calvin and Hobbes




    Watership Down


    He likes young people biographies (Walt Disney and Albert Einstein are two favorite ones)


    He plowed through the Hunger Games this year. LOVED those (The 11 year old, not the 8 year old for that series)

  10. We were having major problems with this very thing. My daughter is eight. I bit the bullet and got her All About Reading 3, though I was worried it would be too much review for her. It has made a world of difference. I posted about it on my blog including a video of her breaking a word into syllables. 


    Part of the problem was that I didn't know what I needed to know to help her. I am feeling much better with my skills and can help her out now.

    We just bit the bullet and bought All About Reading 2, my dd is 6.

    There are placement tests on the site, if you are considering it, make sure you get the right level.

    It has made a world of difference here. My daughter loves the games, and has a positive attitude towards reading now. For me, that makes the program worth it.

  11. I was reading an old post that got bumped. It was February 2013, I just didn't notice the 2013 part. There was a wise post from Kay and now I am crying. I clicked on her profile. 2 days before she stopped posting. Sorry, I am being silly. Crying over someone I never *knew*. It just hit me hard.

  12. So, from what I understand Singapore K is a book that was written by someone else to cater to the American market.


    The 1-6 is the meaty math program. You said you were only using the workbook. Is there also a text? We used miquon and did some math things from the videos on education unboxed for kindergarten and then moved into Singapore 1A. We find that the text book is very important to use with the workbook. The text book really explains the method of Singapore math and the workbook is practicing what the textbook taught. I find the teacher manual to be helpful, but then I am not a very mathy person.


    A friend, who is much more into math explained to me that Singapore does make some big leaps that some kids do fine with (my daughter is excelling with it, my son was in tears over singapore), and others struggle with. I heard that Math in Focus is very similar to SM, but doesn't make the big leaps. It breaks everything down more. I just wish I had know about it when my son could have used it.

  13. I would sit down and talk to your son. Explain that he does need to learn certain things, but ask him how he wants to learn. Listen to him. Compromise and make the decisions together. Obviously you are the parent, and make the decision in the end, but try change the course. The two of you together are an education team, and the team is not working at the moment. My children and I butt heads a lot less when they feel that they have some say and some control in their lives. 


    Also, as for the weather, DANCE PARTY! We will blare music and just dance. If you are not up to it with the pregnancy, you would be amazed how happy they can be just having you watch and applaud them. 


    We also use a timer so that we were only sitting for 15 minutes at a time at that age. Then we would do 5 minutes of something. At the moment, they pick, but when we are stuck inside I would have them do jumping jacks, do bear walks around the kitchen island. If you have the energy hide things around the house and then give clues for your son to go find them etc...

  14. Ok, I am late to the game, but this thread has me cracking up.


    I am not a baby person, but I LOVE teenagers. Stick me with one or  2 littles for a couple of hours and I am hating it. Put me in a room with 78 teens for 4 hours and I have more energy than when I went in. I will even dance around and sing about what the fox said. :)


    I love Jane Austen movies, HATE reading her books.


    I am not a huge fan of Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon, Ryan Gosling etc... I think Ewan Mcgregor is dead sexy!


    I love having Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant. DH and I are both great cooks, but we like to go out for Thanksgiving.

  15. We just started IEW SWIB with my 6th grade son. It is a DVD that you sit and watch together while he does the assignment. My son LOVED it. This guy is great for boys to listen to. My son was laughing and really enjoying writing. I am going to use it as a carrot. We are doing 1 week of WWS, followed by 1 lesson (about 2 weeks) of SWIB.


    Institute for excellence in writing. Student writing intensive level b. 


    You don't need the whole expensive DVD program if you go this route.


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