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  1. It has been years since I have posted on the forums! My last child is going to be in 8th grade starting June 1st. He will be the only one still homeschooling as my oldest graduates this year and the middle is at private school. He will be doing: Math: Algebra 1 with a private tutor Maybe Jacobs? Maybe AoPS? I am still deciding if I think he can handle the AoPS History: I have basically created a shelf of books that go from Ancient to Modern History. I expect him to start with Ancient and then just read through at his own pace finishing by 11th but possibly as early as 10th. After that he will dual enroll Literature: I am mixing this in with his history. This year he will do Progeny Press Literature guides, but that will likely change as he gets older Writing: This is the one thing I am not sure about. He asked to do Cover Story. I am going to have to work on making it more rigorous, but I want him to be excited about writing, and this program has potential for that. I will have him do Easy Grammar as a grammar review. He doesn't really need a full on grammar program at this point. Science: Novare Physical Science. Because of how his year falls, he will probably also make a start on Earth Science. Electives: Robotics with EV3. My brother is zooming this class with him Spanish with a private tutor Logic. I already owned the Jason Lisle one and its pretty basic, but does the job. I am back and forth about even messing with it this year, but I think we will try and see how it goes Over all I am pretty happy with this and even happier to be on the homestretch of homeschooling!
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.

  13. We have been using Life of Fred. My daughter is only technically in 5th (but a bit ahead as she is very math oriented), but she is enjoying the casual nature of the LoF book and I feel like it's a good introduction.
  14. I grew up on Abeka. They are definitely not Calvinist, but they also aren't strictly Arminian. Frankly, they were so vague and taught practically no deep theology at all so by the time I graduated and started studying other theological view points I kind of had to study and figure out what the Bible actually said myself. Anyways, my point being that you could probably get away with Abeka if you really wanted to. I think it's a dreadful curriculum in terms of academics though. We are I guess described best as right in the middle of Arminian and Calvanist (anything that attempts to explain God and how his sovereignty works is probably going to be at least a little off) and I use a mix from Memoria Press, Apologia, CLP, R&S and many others. I just make sure my kids and I talk about theological differences as they arise. I don't find it's ever a good idea to rely strictly on a curriculum to teach world view.
  15. 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


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

  16. 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.
  17. We jumped in at 4. There has been virtually no diagramming and what is there is very basic.
  18. I did forget to put in our fun stuff :) Both girls are doing summer camp with our church. I may let one of them do a STEM camp thing she is interested in and we plan to spend LARGE amounts of time at the pool. We are taking a Disney Cruise in Sept so we are having to watch our expenses right now.
  19. I am having my son finish up Learning to Read and then we will go through the LA. It was just too much for him all at once and I figure I can use the LA to reinforce while giving him a chance to branch out beyond the readers that are provided with the program now that he is officially an early fluent reader.
  20. I probably won't be much help since we have never done that level of EG, but I have never thought EG was a very comprehensive or difficult grammar. We use it supplementary to CLE.
  21. We are going to be wrapping up some of our regular school work and then prepping for CC challenge A. Finishing: CLE Math and LA Uncle Sam and You by Notgrass Wordly Wise Lit studies for The Bronze Bow, Treasure Island, and The Trojan War Starting: Biology Acts and Facts cards Latina Christina Cover Story Writing Plenty of Literature Geography My son will just continue on to the next thing in Phonics, Math and Reading.
  22. I'm going on my 8th year of homeschooling. This should be second nature to me by this point. Sometimes, I wish all of the choices would go away. It would be so much easier if I only had the choice of this or that. But then I guess I wouldn't really be homeschooling, would I?
  23. We just cut out competitive gymnastics which was about 15 hours a week. I have had to fight hard not to fill the time up with something else, but we are having such a great result with having our time back that I'm getting less and less inclined to make us busy again. You will miss it for a little bit, but slowly, that will fade!
  24. Every time I sit down to finalize stuff for our next year, I end up just sitting and staring into space. I can't seem to finalize anything! I am normally quite on top of it all, but for some reason this year, I just can't seem to get it together. Is it because I have a middle schooler this year? Maybe, I am suffering from a tiny bit of burn out? I DONT KNOW. It's driving me crazy though. I am a planner and the idea of not having my stuff together so I know what we need for next year is starting to drive me batty.
  25. I am just now getting around to responding to this :/ We work year round so we will probably be ahead of the normal pace. That makes me feel better knowing Algebra doesn't start until 9th grade. I have a child who will probably end up taking advanced maths so she needs to be head of the game. I think I will do as suggested and have them take placement tests after we finish with our current level so I can shore up gaps and see where they would be most appropriately placed.
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