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  1. Mom2bee, this has been more than I hoped for as far as details, things to use, sequence, etc. Thank you so much! This is for my oldest son, who will be in sixth grade next year, and my youngest daughter, who will be in eighth grade next year. We are part Italian, and have relatives that are as well, but we don’t have any Italian speakers to hang out with. Al though we do have many people that speak Italian in here in our state, I am sure. So perhaps we can look for those opportunities. Thanks also to everyone who replied and for sharing your experiences. I know that many times what w
  2. Thank you for this great post (sorry I am just getting back here.. it's been a long weekend). Learn to read it first..okay! I agree with attacking language from many directions, and using different mediums. But some of what you mentioned I haven’t even heard of or thought about.. at all. We have done a little of this with Spanish over the years. My oldest in high school just wants to take German online for language, but I am sure some of these ideas will also help her in her studies. That website ielanguages.com is invaluable. Making up our own to match a scope and sequence sounds much b
  3. I have a couple of middle school kids that want to take Italian... starting now and continuing through high school. What did you use? If you used Rosetta Stone or Tell Me More... how did you count the credits? Can we do something like count the last two levels or so of either program, along with a program like The Berlitz Self Teacher, and call it Italian 1 and 2 for high school? How did you do it? Any outsourced classes or other ideas would also be appreciated. Thank you!
  4. Oh yes, specifically the US history core…I found three books in the Lit section I would assign. I hear you on that core. I will have to redo the lit completely. But I don’t mind. Also, two of my kids are fast readers and do have time to do many other things, as well as read many other books. I have to assign my oldest less volume, although she has really built up to reading literature books with great depth (after years of twaddle, historical fiction, and great classical literature as well-lol). Without the fun books, she would not have progressed quite so nicely. Just adding my two
  5. Personally, I like to use both. I mean I do try to limit twaddle when my kids are young. But I never feel/felt the need to eliminate it completely. The same thing applies to historical fiction when they are older. I agree with this statement- good books lead to more good books. We use Sonlight some of the time (as in certain kids, certain years, and I TWEAK), but I never rely on them for all of the books my children read. There are too many good classics, so naturally I would want to include them as well. I have never thought of building my homeschool based completely on historical fiction.
  6. This is nice. It would be nice…but I think we have been working on ourselves, and we have had minimal success, at best. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to try harder though.
  7. So did mine. I mean, I can’t even reply to that post. Well, I could, but I am not going there. Seriously, OMG! :svengo: :leaving:
  8. I love the Nutribullet! Best points- the ease of use (including cleanup), and the fact that you get all of the nutrition from the fruit or veggie (there is no waste). You can make enough for two people in the large cup. But you can also buy extra cups (they are inexpensive) if you like. That way you can make one after the other easily and quickly. We use ours every day as well. It’s a great way to get things like kale into a kid’s diet (like in a blueberry, banana, and kale smoothie) without them even knowing it. I also feel better physically when using it to drink my veggies wi
  9. That's what I said when I read it too...WOW! :smilielol5: ;) :D
  10. Oh, this looks super lovely and divine. Just scrumptious. LOL! I have been looking for a good educational read! Thank you. :cheers2:
  11. Possibly Language Lessons through Literature- this looks awesome! or we may wait until next year (meaning 3rd grade).. This kid is my youngest of four that I homeschool...the baby. And he has been babied :laugh: ...I have LLATL Red (and MANY other LA programs) but, snoozefest.. I am sooo tired of them now! LOL. I need a change. I am also playing around with the idea that an "LA Progam" is not needed at this age...I don't think it is. We don't do spelling at this age either; phonics is sufficient. Spanish- La Clase Divertida Reading- various readers Handwriting- Zaner Bloser Handwriting
  12. I love this! Thank you for this reminder. There is no need to stress over paperwork (even at the high school level). :) ETA (Although, I still think that if you gradually require a little more output from them, then they will not be so overwhelmed later on. There should be a balance.)
  13. I haven't read all of the replies yet. And without going into too much detail....yes, we have done this for years (but we always used curriculum as well, lightly). My oldest is in high school now (homeschooled) and she is fine (doing great, actually). If you want them to take a typical course in hs, you may want to have them buckle down a bit more a year or two beforehand. Good luck and enjoy!!
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