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Melissa in Australia

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  1. LMD writing it out helps me as well. And I really enjoy reading other people's plans. It helps me analyse my own plans.
  2. breakfast is exactly the same every single day. we have spaghetti once a week pasta bake once a week steak and veggies once a week and the other days vary. always with lots of veggies, it might be sausages and veggies, veggie fritters, baritios, roast and veggies,curry or stir fry
  3. Started out as a busy but normal day Was thrown a curveball. Will have to see how life plays out in the next few days.. weeks.... certainly threw my day plans out the window
  4. thank you, you are so kind. I have had 17 years of planning practice. The problem I have is slowing down enough for my students. I get so envious of people who have children that are reading thick novels for fun and teaching themselves.
  5. Phonics - a combination of things all reassembled by me into small books of 30 pages. includes Abeka phonics 1 plus phonics from Critical thinking co. plus LEM ( an Australian phonics ). This is a review and helping to consolidate learning. it is a book I can give one twin to do almost independently while I do AAR with the other twin. Explode the Code twice a week Spelling - AAR 1 we only do 4 words a day and are using Word Wizard app . We are also going to give Spelling You See a trial as a combined penmanship plus word reinforcement Writing - WWE 2 plus we do Narration daily from a book chosen form Usborne reading library for confident readers. I do the reading they do the narrating I write it down and they draw the picture. we also will some copywork a few times a week from Homeschool Downunder Penmanship- a combination of different things including Print wacky sentences, something that I haven't found yet and maybe Handwriting Practice jokes and riddles Music - will just involve listening. we listen to classical music every day while we do our schoolwork craft is covered by respite worker 20 minutes of numeracy and literacy apps on ipad as a reward We will also be doing exercises and tasks recommended by OT and speech pathologist I think I have everything covered. Edited to add Language/grammar a combination of FLL plus Abeka Language 1
  6. He isn't hoping to study anything. he has become completely disengaged. So while he works out what he wants to study he is enrolling in a Certificate 3 in Conservation and Land Management. If by the end of next year he still hasn't worked out what he wants to do he will go in to do the Diploma of Conservation and Land Management like 2 of his siblings did.
  7. We will be doing the Modern Age for 2020. History - SOTW Science - The twins learn really well by making lapbooks and having a display table We are going to concentrate on teh first half of the year doing rocks, minerals and fossils. I have a range of science activity kits, we will do some rock collecting and classifying and make some charts. We will hopefully then move onto a short unit on weather and I haven't completely decided on what for the last part of the year. I keep thinking I will do Adventures with Atoms - I used it with all my other children but we will see. Mathematics - we will be moving into Saxon 2 - as well as something I call fun math which is a printed by me book that has a collection of math reasoning by critical thinking co. plus Fitzroy Math at a level below what they are at; very basic addition and subtraction, dot patterns, shapes etc. We are also using Usborne Numbers , which is basically dot to dots and learning how to count. and reading eggs Mango Reading- All reading programs move too fast for these guys so we spend a few months on AAR2 then switch to Fitzroy readers, back and forth. We also do reading eggs will post rest of plan after I have done afternoon school with my kids 🙂
  8. I have 3 children who can only do schoolwork when I am sitting right beside them
  9. We are thinking that ds16 will be going to TAFE next year. We are just waiting to complete the application process. So I am only planning on homeschooling the twins, they will be in grade 2 next year. I like planning as well. I have almost completed my planning and purchasing.
  10. not brave at all! swarms of bees don't usually sting you . I did have a bee hat on as I hate getting bees stuck in my hair
  11. I think I remember that add from when I was younger
  12. Hear from ds24 that he is doing OK. - normal he told me. I am so relieved a fellow worker was killed while ds was at work on the weekend - Firefighting a bushfire had trouble getting the twins up so I could drop ds16 off at work early this morning. one ended up having to have breakfast after we came back twins schoolwork disaster at swarm collecting of escaped bees 1 load laundry respite worker in afternoon working with twins. pick ds up from work planted 2 trees cooked tea - party-pies and veggies - I know pretty lame meal but I am just feeling so hassled today still to go shower twins clean kitchen fold laundry lock up geese - all 12 half grown goslings were taken by a fox while I was in Melbourne on the weekend evening course I am undertaking - ABIA therapist - starting to enjoy the course now
  13. Year round homeschoolers, how are you plans for next year going? have you started planning yet?
  14. I found some emergency hidden away out of sight dark chocolate.
  15. well It was a few years ago ( 10 year or more) and technology has advanced a lot since then. There are also a lot more options of curriculum now then there were because I didn't know what I was doing I followed The Well Trained Mind as closely as I could with adaptions for Ds disability. He was 10 when I started homeschooling him We did critical thinking and logic puzzles. He really shone at this- I almost always came out with the wrong answer . The only drawback on teaching your child logic is they then win any argument hands down. telling me all the falicies that I was using etc. was great practice for him I guess. We used Saxon Math for math - right the way through to advanced math. though he didn't complete advanced math as he started Open University courses when he was 16 as his pathway to University ( Australian universities don't do transcripts you have to prove that the student can work at university level) We did the whole series of How things work- readers digest were the publishers, for middle school science , I read and scribed for him through the whole lot We did Apoligea Science for high school - which we both hated, but I couldn't find /didn't know where to look/ for something that was secular and a homeschool option. We just skipped some paragraphs. It also had a funny way of rounding numbers for the chemistry book that drove ds bonkers. I ended up contacting the publisher over it and they gave me some long winded response that meant nothing to either of us. I read the whole lot to him. we did mostly discussions for answers in the biology etc, and he never had a problem with the writing of math so I was happy just accepting math only answers for the physics and chemistry with oral discussion. ( I have to say I have regretted strongly not recording myself reading as I had to then read the first 2 Apologia books to my next 4 children. they are not thin books) for History we did it completely wtm style. in middle school with SOTW combined with Kingfisher History Encyclopedia plus reading list that corresponds with it. I found abridged books for as many as I could and read aloud the rest. for highs school we used Speivogel Western Civilization - me reading it all aloud. we used the discussion questions as writing topics, me scribing. We dropped history at 16 and just continued on with the literature great books as we ran out of hours in a day when he started the University level units. We also did a course of great books of famous mathematicians/scientists starting off with Euclid , Archimedes and so on - ds absolutely loved this I couldn't understand how he could firstly read it and secondly understand it. but he loved it. Interestingly enough he started being able to read about then and read these to himself. I am sure there are audio books of these available now. Someone on this forum told me there is a service available which will have volunteers read and record texts etc for students with disabilities . I don't remember the name of the service. somebody on the forum may know it though
  16. I haven't read any of the replies. so the thread may have changed direction. and I hardly ever come to this section of the forum as I feel too inadequate but I had a very similar situation. A child with an IQ way higher than mine. Who was very quick to grasp math/ science things and who loved physics, a under-educated me ( left school after year 10 ) who had never even taken physics. I also had to do a lot of scribing and reading aloud as he has Dyslexia and Dysgraphia I taught my son how to learn. He had to teach himself. He had to teach me. The most effective way to learn something is to have to teach it to someone else. He did that. And while all the year 12 physics he taught me went straight out my other ear. he retained it. We had a math tutor for exactly 2 sessions, just to help ds with a particular thing. It was when he was studying a university level unit to get into University. It was a frustrating time for both of us. Him frustrated at the wanting to learn at a faster rate, me frustrated by my inadequacies He use to say that he got to university in spite of me. But now that he is working he has said that he realized at university that most other students didn't now how to learn, they were use to teachers telling them and struggled at university because of that.
  17. for my ds16 at the moment we are doing a subject blizs. Just concentrating on 2 subjects a day to finish them off before the end of the year. We have managed to finish spelling ( forever) and IEW. We are now focusing on Maths and Science. I am in a bit of a panic because ds will probably be going to TAFE next year so this will be his last year of being homeschooled and I really want him to have some things tidied up
  18. just about all kitchen sinks in Australia have a stainless steal drainboard attached .
  19. how did you know I was rummaging the pantry for chocolate. the only thing I can find are Fredo frogs 😞 not the same
  20. ARGH The bees swarmed. a lovely big swarm, positioned perfectly in the apricot tree, balled up so nicely. twins were busy on ipads. ( cannot leave them unsupervised for a second and DH is overseas having adventures so home alone) I made a made dash out positioned the empty hive right underneath did the classic sharp pull on the branch and jerk the the whole swarm hit the ground about 2 cm away from the hive - ARGH leaped up into the air and who knows where they are now 😪 I now have that feeling of jumping up and down or smacking my head into a wall I am so hopeless when it comes to dimensions - in fact I am pretty hopeless at everything
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