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Susan in TX

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  1. Susan in TX

    Homeschooling and losing self

    This. A long time ago I banished the word "should" from my life. I decided that "should" is not a good enough reason to do anything and if I cannot think of a better reason to do something then I am not going to do it. I think this has saved me from burnout. Often the reason people burn out is because they are trying to meet goals and live up to expectations that are not their own. Susan in TX
  2. I wouldn't do either one. Do phonemic awareness pre-reading skills with the kindergartener and for the 9 year old start Rod and Staff English 4th grade either in 5th or 6th grade. I would not use any other writing program before 7th grade. Susan in TX
  3. For some of my kids who were avid readers, just letting them read good books was enough. But a few of my kids really struggled with learning to read and they needed the support of a reading program to learn vocabulary and to have reading that gradually increased in difficulty. They also resisted reading and pretty much refused to do any reading that I didn't make them do, so having a reading program helped me make sure that they were reading. I do like CLE reading. It doesn't take a lot of time and does a good job of teaching vocabulary and literary terms. Some people don't care for the stories but my kids liked them. The other nice thing about CLE is that starting in 4th grade the reading is only takes half the year so there is plenty of time for reading good books. Susan in TX
  4. Susan in TX

    Spelling that gets done

    We use Soaring with Spelling. I tried a lot of spelling curriculum with my son who is on the autism spectrum. He really struggled with spelling and with schoolwork in general. This worked for him. (But the thing that really improved his spelling was when he got a phone and started texting. ? ) Susan in TX
  5. Susan in TX

    this is not working...7th grade

    I agree. And when I said consequences that was probably not the right word to use. I don't mean being punitive. But there needs to be something to encourage the child to do their work. If the child lacks self-motivation then the parent/teacher needs to find a way to motivate the child. If there is an underlying problem such as ADHD then other support needs to be given as well. Susan in TX
  6. Susan in TX

    this is not working...7th grade

    I think what you have is a discipline issue. You need to be more disciplined about checking her work and making sure she gets it done. She needs consequences for not getting the work done in a reasonable time, saying it is all done when it isn't, and dragging her heels in the mornings. I would start by streamlining the work that you are asking her to do. Drop all non-essential subjects. I would focus on Math and Language Arts. Focus on getting those things done and checked every day. After you are consistently getting that done add in science and history. Give each subject a set block of time. For example school starts at 10am. Math is from 10am to 11am, writing is from 11am to noon etc. Set a timer. Check her work at the end of the time for that subject. If the work is not complete in the set amount of time then she gets some sort of consequence. Susan in TX
  7. Yes. My older kids all went to public school. Two started in 8th grade, one in 10th, and the others in 9th grade. I am currently homeschooling my 8th child for high school and she does do some subjects independently (math with Teaching Textbooks, Biology with Apologia, and history) but she is also taking classes at a homeschool co-op. Susan in TX
  8. I have always had my children work as independently as possible. I choose curriculum that facilitates independent learning. I spent the most time hands on teaching in 1st/2nd grade, but in my experience once a child can read independently, they can do their schoolwork independently. I give them their assignments and I check their work and help with anything they don't understand. I am there to make sure they keep on task but I don't hover. I have successfully graduated 7 children from homeschooling to public middle school or high school. They all did well. Three of them are in college, four have graduated and have careers they love. I do not think that self-education is an inferior way to learn. Susan in TX
  9. Susan in TX

    Need help managing grandparents re kids Christmas Lists

    Gift giving is about the giver. Thoughtful people try to give something the other person would like but it is really all about what the giver wants to give. Demanding that the giver not give too many gifts, or certain kinds of gifts is controlling and rude. You either accept the gift or you can outright refuse it but it is not the place of the person receiving a gift to tell the gift giver what to give or put conditions or other demands on the giver. Once the giver gives the gift, it belongs to the receiver and the giver should not try to control what the receiver does with the gift or put conditions on the receipt of the gift. That is controlling and rude. So I would not tell the Grandparents what the kids want unless they ask. I would not expect them to get what is asked for. I would thank them for whatever gifts they give and have the children thank them. Then I would do whatever I wanted with the gifts. If the gifts belong to the children then I would let them decide what they want to do with them. If the grandparents choose to be upset about what you or the children choose to do with the gifts, that is their problem. Susan in TX
  10. If he is reading and getting math, science, and English done then he is likely getting a better education than he would in public school. If he is working at grade level you can almost skip middle school entirely. Most of middle school is review of previously learned skills and just giving kids time to mature. So if he is happy homeschooling I wouldn't put him in school. Susan in TX
  11. Susan in TX

    S/O -- What do you keep on your kitchen counter?

    Toaster, box of Cheerios, coffee maker, coffee grinder, sugar bowl, spoon rest, baby bottles, container of formula, sometimes wine, and usually bananas. Susan in TX
  12. Susan in TX

    Toy Storage Advice

    Many years ago when I had many young children I turned my linen closet into a toy closet. We stored all the toys in that closet. Since I had a bunch of little kids that would get into it and pull everything out at once, I had my husband put a lock on it. So there was a key and I kept the key. Nothing came out of that closet without my permission and a the end of the day all the toys were picked up and put back into the closet. There were a few toys that were kept out of the closet but nothing that could cause a mess. Susan in TX
  13. My daughter took Algebra II and Geometry the same year in ps. She was in Algebra I 9th grade and took both Geometry and Algebra II sophomore year so she could get on the AP track. She then took PreCal junior year and Calculus as a senior. Susan in TX
  14. In Towards a Philosophy of Education Charlotte Mason writes: "For the mind is capable of dealing with only one kind of food; it lives, grows and is nourished upon ideas only; mere information is to it as a meal of sawdust to the body; there are no organs for the assimilation of the one more than of the other. What is an idea? we ask, and find ourselves plunged beyond our depth. A live thing of the mind, seems to be the conclusion of our greatest thinkers from Plato to Bacon, from Bacon to Coleridge. We all know how an idea 'strikes,' 'seizes,' 'catches hold of,' 'impresses' us and at last, if it be big enough, 'possesses' us; in a word, behaves like an entity. If we enquire into any person's habits of life, mental preoccupation, devotion to a cause or pursuit, he will usually tell us that such and such an idea struck him. This potency of an idea is matter of common recognition. No phrase is more common and more promising than, 'I have an idea'; we rise to such an opening as trout to a well-chosen fly. There is but one sphere in which the word idea never occurs, in which the conception of an idea is curiously absent, and that sphere is education! Look at any publisher's list of school books and you shall find that the books recommended are carefully dessicated, drained of the least suspicion of an idea, reduced to the driest statements of fact." So in the teaching of children she advocates nourishing their minds with ideas, not just facts or information. Susan in TX
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