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  1. $300 a week is as low as we can go with a family of 4 with multiple special food needs. This does not include eating out. ETA - if we are not being careful we can EASILY spend $2000 a month on food or more. We mainly shop at Whole Foods & Costco - the price above does NOT include paper towels, toilet paper, or cleaning products, but I spend much less on those than others do, i think. It also does not include all of our supplements. We do not buy health insurance, and rarely get sick. We watch our food more and spend more time working and using what we have well than always finding the best deals. We are aware of sale items and coupons though and shop according to them, when we can.
  2. What great advice! Thank you! You actually mentioned what Logic of English says on their website, that they suggest using AG after LoE and after thinking it through I realized I do not want to drop Fix It!
  3. I have decided to go with Fix It! and Logic of English for now. We will to go Hake at the end of the LoE years and add in anything that may be missing. The memory work/repetition of definitions will probably come from LoE...we will see on that part.
  4. I have a bit of a grammar problem. TOO MANY OPTIONS! I would like to keep it simple. simple. simple. I just started Logic of English Essentials, but we are now going back to Foundations and will speed through. I will end up teaching parts of Logic of English with both children. It seems the grammar is solid. I'm leaning towards using it, but not sure yet. With my 12 year old: We have done FLL 1 through half of level 4 Hake 4 A few weeks of Fix-it book 1, and Hake 5 With my 9 year old: FLL 1 through part of 2 I'd like to have a very CLEAR path of grammar for us using the resources (LoE, Fixit, Hake, and/or FLL/Grammar for the Well-trained mind). I have been spinning my wheels and just don't know what to do. I have liked the idea of using Fix-It along with Hake or WTM with Fix-it. Then add in some grammar discussions as we go through the logic of English... With keeping the memory work and definitions to one set/type. I'm so turned around I just really don't know which way to go. I can see SO MANY different combinations with these programs. I'd like to have a plan of consistency and not bring confusion, as in we end up doing too much grammar with no real continuity. I have not heard a lot about Logic of English's Grammar and how people have used it, I really want to love it and I may... All this to say... I want to have practical application/examples Memory work, either rigid daily review, or consistent review, in some way - to really cement the structure of our language. It is nice if it can be somewhat independent. I'd love to just teach them at the same time and then they do independent work, but do not wish to hold back my daughter, and am fine with one having more independent work all the way through the end of high school too. I like the idea of diagramming sentences too. I am weak in grammar myself, thus my insecurities and forming a final plan! It is exhausting! Things I like: Hake is independent, and has a clear path with review, but doesn't have memory work exactly LoE is laid out with our other lessons and possibly has some solid definitions/grammar cards to internalize or memorize, I think... BUT it ends only after a couple years. Fix-It has a great application of skills in editing and gradually builds in skills - i'm told it is enough on it is own...but fear or being sold on other curriculum may also be keeping me from keeping it simple (we are doin IEW too for writing) It doens't seem like the definitions are great to memorize at first glance..they seem more like they are strategies to identify the parts of speech, etc, FLL / GWTM is tempting, we have done FLL and liked it...I loved the memory work/structure to it, but i do remember getting a little exhausted by the dialog though in levels 3 and 4, but again loved the memory work (so much so that I was tempted to just use this memory work with all the other curriculum but that is JUST. TO. MUCH work. I did wish there was a bit more review, for some odd reason. My daughter, now age 12 didn't really apply or use it outside of the FLLessons so we switched to hake for her...For example, after 3 or almost 4 years of FLL she didn't remember basic parts of speech in a mad-lib we were playing as a family.
  5. Hi! So, I've had some thoughts about asking the experienced parents here about what to do when you find yourself quite behind? We are at the point in all of our curriculum where we would have been a year ago. We had two emergency moves within 1 year, toxic mold encounter, legal battles, illness, sold and bought a new vehicle and so much more, including a very personal family emergency on top of the other events listed. This past year we got 6 months behind, when in the years prior I was battling chronic illness that already had us about 6 months behind too. So, all the missed days together, and the roughest year, got us an entire year behind. I don't like being behind. This is very hard for me. I want to just be present in the moment with my kids and give them what they need as they need it. What do I do practically? I don't want to feel constantly behind. My son has had to restart reading lessons multiple times. At this point we are still getting settled into our newest apartment. It is a good safe and healthy space, but we are recovering from the family emergency too. The kids need structure so we are beginning to put that back into place. I want to get us moved in first, but I feel so unsettled only doing that b/c I have everything I'm behind in screaming at me at once. I understand it is best to only do one thing at a time, and we cannot be where we are not....I do not want to stress over this. I want to move forward from a state of rest and love and order. I just want to pick up where we left off starting with one subject and then keeping adding the next ones in. My daughter was supposed to be starting 6th grade this fall, and my son 4th, but really my daughter is more in 5th and my son is more below 3rd grade in his skills. I don't know if we should just abandon the title of grades and announcing beginning and ending grades anymore and instead just have a percentage complete before graduating high school, or something like that.... this is what i mean practically too... We tend to school year round, but in the past we have had to take time off that we would have had off in the summer and for holidays for other emergencies, except this year they were all used up and MUCH more. I'm thinking it may take a few years to "catch-up" Thanks in advance for any help. (I also posted this on Sonlight Forums, we are using Bookshark for History and Lit only) ETA: Daughter just turned 12 last week and son is 9.5 years old - we are ready to work consistently
  6. Excited to read these comments. We are doing Hake grammar, but my daughter requested we do Fix It! Along with it. We just received SWI - A in the mail too. Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  7. I came on here, to see if others were using both. We are currently using Hake, and it would be hard to walk away from that, but will be starting IEW this summer and thought I thought of trying out Fix It!. My daughter said, "Why don't we do BOTH, Mom?" And I thought... that might not be a bad idea if it truly only takes 5-15 minutes and is a practical application of grammar... But i'm also curious if we should drop Wordly Wise, too, if she is getting vocabulary from hake, and IEW writing, and IEW's Fix It!?? She doesn't want to drop Wordly Wise...but I have to think we should not be over doing it.
  8. So, it seems Hake 3 will be out this year! It will have 100 lessons, and have a daily meeting book, unlike the other levels. Lesson 1 has only 10 in the review set, and it grows to more later.
  9. I'm follow this as well. Curious. We are in level B though 2nd edition.
  10. This gives me a good perspective. I'm learning all of this, a re-education for myself. I just got through high-school and some college, and didn't truly succeed in these areas, but I'm changing that now. I also want my children to become better communicators than I was. Thankfully homeschooling tools today, make that possible. Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  11. Great paper. That is pretty incredible output! Sent from my SM-G920V using Tapatalk
  12. ooh! this is good information to have. That is what my daughter has done. WWE 1-2, and then lots of copywork. Dictation exercises... she did some of them in hake, but would memorize them almost instantly for prepared dictation, and she holds what she wants to say in her mind for a long time, so, I just have her do daily copywork for now before her hake grammar lessons, and she does some free write/journals until i was deciding on the next writing plan. We had tried a few other writing books and resources, but they just weren't working.
  13. your post caught my eye, b/c my son is 8 and is also slow. I am now doing AAR (20 minute session a day, no more, no less) and AAS (20-15 minutes) a day, consistently now, and it is working. We have been using sonlight, and are now switching to book shark, this is supposed to be my son's 3rd grade year, and he is supposed to be at a 4th grade level in the fall, but we just are not there. I just got out all my books for level 3 bksk (hist/lit package D in sonlight) and have plans to read everything aloud to him, including the readers he is supposed to read. and since his sister isn't doing that level she gets to hear them too. I've just decided that he will learn when he is ready. Yes, still get his eyes checked, etc. But prior to this year I have heard SO many stories of boys specifically taking longer, or slower to read. If there is another issue going on, that does need to be addressed. But i realized that my son just needs very specific, regular, consistent lessons in a very systematic and thorough way using all senses, in a way that he learns all the phonograms, etc. and using both AAS and AAR in an open and go format for myself, and on both sides of skills for him, but in different sessions, so it doesn't feel like he is being forced or doing reading all the time. His confidence will slowly build. Honestly, i even stopped trying to get him to read the sonlight readers, or even other readers, we are using some Bob books bellow what he is learning, but i realized that prior to this I was trying to teach him from multiple angles and multiple lessons a day, and it was too much and too confusing, so i chose one method and will just be consistent, and am doing it 5-6 times a week year round. once a day. we even use a visual time for him to see home much time it is every day, so he knows what to expect. and can grow in other skills while his reading is coming along. So i'm just helping him with reading the content subjects that he needs me to for now. no pressure for him to perform above where he needs to be. ETA: My son is not SLOW. He has been slow and resistant to learn to read. That is all.
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