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  1. I am always puzzled by posts about Horizons not teaching why. What concepts is he encountering where "why" is not being taught? (If the reliance is strictly on the boxes in the student text, it is doubtful the concepts are being thoroughly explored b/c the textbook doesn't expand on the concepts in every lesson, only briefly once in the student text.) I have taught through Horizons 5 8 times now and am on Horizons 6 with my 8th. Horizons breaks down the concepts into exercises for the "whys" long before encountering any sort of algorithm. (All those exercises using 10 rods and one rods and having them do 3 tens + 5 ones = 2 tens + 15 ones are teaching them regrouping for subtraction, etc. ) Horizons teaches simply and logically, but bc it is spiral vs. mastery, the concepts are interspersed vs. being the focus for an entire unit. A simple supplement to use alongside Horizons Hands-On Equations Verbal Problems Book.
  2. I hadn't really considered that there could have been young parents on the DP who had children being watched by others for a few days (that turned into weeks) or parents of disabled adults. It didn't occur to me until I thought about people being quarantined after flights with sick passengers or travel being restricted. Our disabled adult ds would shut completely down from anxiety if all of a sudden he knew we were quarantined somewhere and he couldn't see us.
  3. Well, we are now seriously contemplating canceling our trip. After spending time reading more about who has the most serious issues, one of our dd's has a congenital heart defect as well as an autoimmune disorder. With SF having declared a state of emergency (even though they have zero cases presently), we are also concerned about what would happen if all of a sudden we were forced to stay all the way on the other side of the country bc our Aspie, who is only semi-indpendent, would be left here by himself. Thankfully, we booked through SW, so we aren't forfeiting our tickets. We haven't hit the button yet, though. It is so hard to make the decision to not go b/c we have been looking forward to it for so long. 😞
  4. Here is an example of a conversation I had with my 10 yod today when we were reading The Silver Chair. The children and Puddleglum had just met the Prince in the underworld. He was referred to as looking like Hamlet. I asked her why she thought that was. She wasn't familiar with Hamlet, but she immediately knew it was probably a reference to another work of literature. So I pulled up a video of the scene where Hamlet's father is killed by his brother by poison but is thought to die by a snakebite. It led to a wonderful conversation (led by her) about how that was like the Prince's mother being killed by the green snake who was really the Green Lady. And how Adam and Eve were prey to the serpent in the garden, and the Prince was the prey of the Green Lady. It doesn't take much. It just takes being aware and asking questions. You don't have to even know the answers. Searching for the answers is half of the fun!
  5. In case people haven't seen this article (didn't read through the pages to see if it had been linked) 40-70% worldwide is huge. I'm not sure hiding from it (trying to prevent exposure) is going to be an effective strategy. If it is that contagious, it seems exposure is ultimately inevitable. I actually think laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, soap, toilet paper are things I would want to make sure I had enough of for a few weeks on top of basic food supplies in case you feel too sick to go out shopping.
  6. The best lit analysis you can do at any age is understanding what the author is saying by understanding why they chose the words they did. Learning how to understand allusions can make them feel like detectives uncovering clues. Simple allegories can help them develop the skills of understanding multiple levels of meaning. (The Chronicles of Narnia books are great for Christian children to see how authors layer meaning.) I wouldn't focus on reading level as much as interest level and books that lead to sparking interest in why authors do what they do. (The Imaginarium Geographica books are full of allusions. Percy Jackson books could be read in parallel with mythology, etc.)
  7. I am going to focus on these 2 pts bc they are the ones you say you struggle with. I want to encourage you to run away from the modern mindset that somehow traditional sitting-with-books academics is the best way for children to learn. Or that Kers and 2nd graders even need a long list of academic seatwork. There is absolutely nothing in primary science or history books that is going to make a single long-term difference in your children's educations. You will be in a place where they can see "history" differently, see different geographic features and fauna. Use the time to explore, ask questions, help them observe the differences they see. Get library books about things they want to know more about. Let them draw pictures of what they see and create their own special memory books they can keep forever. Make the memory books a family project that is the focus of your "school." (Writing a sentence or 2 under a picture they have drawn is plenty and yrs from now they will look back and treasure the trip and book.) For perspective, I have been homeschooling for 26 yrs and our 6th child is about to graduate. I have never done preschool with my kids. They only do phonics, handwriting, and math in K-2. (And 1 of my kids didnt even do k. We were living in Brazil. I just waited and started 1st grade.) Science and history don't even get added until 3rd. They have never filled in a workbook or activity sheet. We dont do formal experiments before high school science. And they all graduate top academic students and go on to be stellar college kids. So, deep breath. 1 semester of walking away from a stack of workbooks and textbooks is not going to impact their educations negatively. You might find that they even learn more. 🙂
  8. FiAR and math and use the library. Assign copywork from reading. That's pretty much it.
  9. Thanks @Arcadia. We are looking forward to it. For some ew, yuck..... someone on CC posted concern about the large homeless population in CA and the defecation factor and how if it hits the homeless how it will be a huge crisis bc of concern of it being spread through feces.
  10. Reading this thread has me so conflicted. We never make huge trips/special vacations with our kids. Well, months ago we planned a trip across the country to fly to CA, visit ds at Berkeley, and see SanFran, and travel around area. 6 of us are supposed to fly out in under 2 weeks. Part of me thinks worrying about it is pointless. We live on the other side of the country, but we live in a highly global business community and everyone travels constantly. I think it is naive to believe that as interconnected as we all are that where we are even matters. Just as likely to encounter someone in church or the grocery store who has been in 10 different places in the last week. Sigh. First big trip planned with our kids in 30 yrs of parenting. Bleh.
  11. Except for unschoolers, is there actually an educational philosophy that believes everything lines up perfectly with a child's interests and talents and the child experiences no discomfort? (I am not familiar with any that do bc I would reject the premise.) I'm sort of lost on how that question relates to CM. I am not a CM follower, but one view I do agree with her on is that we are responsible for helping our children train their will. (CM spends a lot of time discussing habits and training of the will. It is an illogical leap to child preferences as being the source of her educational pedagogy. That is missing context.) I am Catholic; my worldview is that man is fallen and our natures are inclined toward sin. It takes training our will to lead holy lives. That means we are all often discomfited bc we we have to turn away from what we want to do in order to do what we know we need to do. Free will requires self-control, not self-indulgence. My perspective on embracing interest-led learning and meeting a child where they are is not that they are utopian approaches for children from Perfectville but that they acknowledge the full humanity of the individual--physical, spiritual, and mental. It is about embracing all 3 and nurturing the whole child accordingly, not ignoring 1 at the expense of the other.
  12. I've gone through MUS alg 7 times now. I stopped using the videos after number 2 or 3 though and just teach directly from the TM. I dont remember any gaps, but it could be bc I understand what he is teaching
  13. I wouldn't be bummed. I'd say you are making a good call. Alg is the base for everything in upper level math. MUS is a very minimal alg program. It will only be to his benefit to go through a stronger program and solidify his understanding.
  14. This is not a homeschooling problem. All students face the same sorts of problems. My college kids have to send reminders to profs who agreed to write letters for them. People are busy. Your dd just needs to ask if they are still willing to do it b/c the due date is X.
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