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  1. Im going to list what we are teaching that I know are not offered at our local PS since unusual is a relative term. I suspect on this forum that most of us do these though: Latin Formal Logic Free market economics Philosophy Apologetics My children also participate in robotics classes at the moment but they are not required.
  2. I think it depends on what you are going for. You can complete the season and only compete in scrimmages. Or not compete at all. Or only compete in the robotics games. You just do that knowing you won't move on. We always compete against robot only teams during 1st round qualifiers. As for core values, I don't really "teach" those. I just insert them where they fit organically. Truthfully, if you want to have a chance at moving on, you do have to put in some time and effort, but the program is totally adaptable.
  3. Have you ever considered first lego league? It is a robotics competition that includes a research project. It runs from Sept-Dec. It is a lot of fun and very educational.
  4. It was on purpose. My middle child is "mathy" and I didn't see any reason to put her through a level of math she already had mastery of. We do classical conversations and they use Saxon. I guess I need to at least look at it. We haven't really had any issues with my oldest being in a different math, but if long term Saxon is going to be the better option I would rather know that now. I think part of me is stuck on the fact that 10 years ago, everyone I knew hated Saxon math. A lot of our local schools were using it and all I can remember is everyone talking about how incomplete it was. I realize a lot changes in 10 years, but I have been indoctrinated, haha.
  5. Now I am a little bit panicky. I had really only glanced ahead at CLE upper level maths, but my daughter just completely skipped over CLE 6 and will be starting CLE 7 as soon as it comes in. However, when I looked just now, CLE does have Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, and Functions and Trig. Am I misunderstanding what is missing or do these maths just not hit the marks for your family?
  6. I would be curious to know where you read that about CLE. We use it and I have never seen anything so I would be interested to read it.
  7. We started formal reading for all of my children around 7. Within the year they were reading at grade level and within 2 years they were several grade levels ahead. I don't know if this is typical, but three different children, 2 girls and 1 boy, and the results have all pretty much been the same. My son is only 8 now, but he is progressing at a rate that will definitely put him ahead by the end of the year. My husband is British. We had planned to take a vacation with my SIL's family (they live in the UK) and when I chose the date they turned it down because my oldest niece would be starting pre-k. I couldn't for the life of me figure out why they were so adamant that she not miss a few day of pre-k and instead go during the busiest time of the year.
  8. As a general rule, we assign 1 hour of school work per grade level until the work is capped at between 4-6 hours (sometimes it takes longer, other times it takes less time). It is hard to pin down an exact time, but my son (going into 3rd) definitely spends the vast majority of his day playing.
  9. We are currently using it. I will admit though, it's kind of something we squeeze in rather than something that we do all the time. I will probably have them put it away for the school year since we are doing CC; they can pick it back up again in the summer next year. Neither of my girls are head over for it, but I feel like it's been good. I like the set up. I think our issue was the lack of consistency, something I really couldn't help considering our summer schedule. I did try it too early last year and it bombed. I would definitely wait until you have a 6th grader, but encourage waiting until closer to 7th or 8th grade to do it.
  10. What about simply doing a read through in a year plan? We used CLE's Bible and I did like it. There were a few things that we didn't agree with since it is Mennonite, but I can't remember any of it specifically so it must not have been that big of a deal.I also really liked the Studying God's Word series by Christian Liberty Press. It has a Calvinist lean, but again, I can't recall anything major that we believed was contrary to scripture. One year, we simply went through the Westminster Shorter Catechism, once again just correcting where we felt there were errors.
  11. A week of church camp, a week of an upper respiratory infection and now a week of my cycle. Could I please catch a break? Is this TMI?

    1. mama25angels


      You have had a rough few weeks. Praying that things get better and nothing else happens.

  12. Booked our flights to MCO for our Sept. Disney Cruise. So close to having it paid off completely! This is our first cruise so I am super excited! Also, today is my 15 year anniversary. In 3 years I will have been married half of my life. Woah.

    1. Crimson Wife

      Crimson Wife

      Happy anniversary! I'm not quite to the "been married longer than I was unmarried" point but last fall I did pass the "been in a relationship with DH longer than not" point, which made me feel old!

    2. SanDiegoMom in VA

      SanDiegoMom in VA

      We went on a Disney Cruise last year and it was wonderful!! Enjoy!

  13. I had all of our books planned out for this next year and then I asked my kids what they wanted to learn about. Much to my surprise they have given me a very comprehensive list that I now feel is important to incorporate into our schooling experience. Both girls asked to try out classical conversations this next year and my MIL, in her eagerness to have me shuffle my kids off to anyone else for their schooling, has paid for it. We will use this as a springboard for covering some of the other topics the girls have chosen. I will be somewhere in the middle of CC being our core and it being supplemental. We are also utilizing another once a week co-op but strictly for fun classes like cooking and a hands on science class. Again this is at the request of the kids. Fridays the older ones will be doing First Lego League which is robotics and computer programming. Wednesdays we will work on a Frontier Girls badge with friends. Thankfully, both of those last two things are here at my house so no big deal. There are so many awesome resources for homeschoolers around us, the one catch is that everything is in different locations. My only homeschool complaint. Other than that, I plan on letting them pursue their interests within their writing and reading. We do like lapbooks so they will do some of those. My younger DD asked to do physics so I got her a LOF book she works through, usually on Fridays. My oldest wants to learn consumer math so I found one for her as well. Little man asked for airplanes. My main focus with my son is fluent reading. He is a late bloomer, but flying through it now. He is typical boy in wanting to spend most of his time playing with Lego and taking stuff apart. His daddy brings him home broken electronics regularly. He is also very interested in circuits so he plays with a kit that does that often. He's not quite old enough for FLL so his uncle who helps me teach it, comes over on Fridays and does some private build and program time with him. He knows almost as much as the 9-15 year olds who are in the FLL group LOL Mostly, I want my olders to be able to start pursuing specialty topics that interest them so they can start honing in on what excites them. I had no idea what I was good at or wanted to do when I graduated because every time I got interested in something we had to move on. I was certainly a jack of all trades master of none poster child.
  14. VBS Church Camp CORE Camp (STEM activities) Lots of free reading programs We will see how the money goes for any other camp type things LOTS of time at the pool Even more time at the pool Volleyball Soccer As far as school: Writing with Cover Story Creative Thinking Activity books Finishing their current math and grammar Science History As we finish the books I won't start the next until after our family vacation in mid-September. Timing has just worked out that we will likely be doing math right up until that week though :/ The biggest change is my daughter having dropped competitive gymnastics. That alone frees up about 20 hours per week! At the moment I am still feeling the urge to just replace that activity rather than just enjoy our new found freedom.
  15. Moments of panic as I come to terms with my oldest being a middle schooler next year...

    1. MerryAtHope


      I remember that panic! Most of it for nothing, LOL!

      Enjoy your middle schooler!

  16. I have two that will be working at about the 6th grade level and this is tentatively our plan: Bible: Pilgrims Progress Study by AIG Language Arts: CLE Writing: Cover Story Math: CLE History: I *think* I am going to cover Texas history but I might do that over the summer and move us on to World History...I am still very undecided here. Science: If we manage to finish General Science we will move on to Physical Science Other: My oldest is participating in our Jr. Zookeeper program at the local zoo The middle is taking STEM classes and learning how to do 2-D animation Both are participating in First Lego League. We are also considering some fun classes at our local co-op. I am still thinking on it though. If we do, my oldest wants to take a cooking class and my middle wants to take a writing class based on Lego.

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  19. Well we did it. We pulled her from her team after the meet yesterday. Her coach was completely uninterested in being there and sat texting on her phone instead of warming Keira up. Keira is now nursing a pulled muscle in her back. That was the straw that broke the camels back for me. I wrote the email this afternoon and this evening got "Ok, hope she feels better good luck." I don't think I could ask for much more so I am happy with that being over. I am calling the new gym tomorrow to get her situated in her new classes.
  20. Thanks :) She does work out on her own quite a bit here at home. Our gym tends to only condition at leangth during the summer. There are many many reasons why we are changing gyms though. It isn't just a time thing. Thank you for the video suggestions. Handstands is definitely something she needs to work on.
  21. I wonder if it is just dependent on the area. We are in Texas and things can get highly competitive. The main issue is though that I know from checking around when we were looking for a new gym, that every gym that I called that we compete against does at least 3 more hours a week of practice and it definitely shows. We compete placement at level 3 and higher so maybe that is the difference. I don't know, but I do know that where we are at is not sufficient for my daughter's goals (yes, they really are her goals :) )
  22. Six. Most gyms in our area train for 9 hours at this level with some training as many as 12
  23. I wish our current gym would train more hours. We are in the same position with the scores just not competing because we don't put in the same amount of practice. I guess I also am considering that my daughter is pretty serious so she wants to push through a few levels and just can't get there on the number of hours she has right now. The move to the new gym will fix that though. Everything feels so...half-hearted where we are right now. It would be ok I guess if K wasn't really wanting to do well and putting in the work to prove that to me, but it just isn't working for her.
  24. She is competing new level 3 this year, but is close to having all of the level 4 skills and most of the level 5. The big thing missing right now is her kip but that would be because her current gym isn't even working on it. She has the drive and I am sure with the right coaching could get the skills. She knows it is a long shot but is willing to put in the work so we will see :)
  25. We tried a tumbling class at the gym we are scouting and are very happy! My daughter was quite upset that we were even looking but came out of the class asking if we could totally switch gyms today LOL She looked so much more confident in this new gym. We can't completely switch until we finish our current meet season but I have talked to the coaches at the new place and they tell me she is definitely good for team so she plans on spending the rest of meet season working very hard and attempting to "skip" a level. My understanding is she has to compete at least 1 meet at the next level so she can't entirely skip it. We are kind of risking it by attending both gyms at once, but she isn't getting the tumbling she needs at our current gym (as in I don't trust the way they are teaching it and my daughter is getting hurt as a result) so in order to have a chance at making this gym's team she needs to be correcting her tumbling during the meet season.
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