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  1. What are signatures? 'Signatures' contain information that you want to include at the bottom of all your posts. This might include pictures, links to your site(s), quotes, etc. No advertising If you are the publisher or author of home schooling (or other) materials, or have a financial interest in a particular program, you may answer direct questions about those materials but don't use a general query ("What science/language arts/history materials should I use?") as a chance to promote your product. When these questions are posed, we hope that parents will hear from other parents not from those who may have a vested interest in the use of a particular program. HTH,
  2. I have been through this stage with 5 children so far. Yes, it will click. When? Could be today. Could be much later... My first born daughter and my 5th child figured it out early (age 5). They put up a finger for each sound mmmm (pointer), aaaaa (middle finger), tttttt (ring finger), then made a fist and pulled it all together towards their body (imagine the motion of pulling your elbow back behind your body like you're saying YES! My team just won!). My current 5 yos shouted out the word everytime he glued it together, because it was so exciting to accomplish the task of making a word. He did that for about a month. Now he can read a full sentence very slowly, but the words are words, not broken sounds. Two of my boys would sound out each letter then clap to "glue" the sounds together. My slowest learner (he was 7 or 8 when the light came on) required extensive tutoring to read. The first thing the tutor did was help him "glue the sounds together quickly before they fell apart." She made lists of words that he could sound out and would use 2-minute timer to have him beat the clock saying all the words as fast as he could. There were 5 columns across the page with 10 words down each column (one page would have all short /a/ words or short /o/ or short /u/...). That challenged him to say the whole word, not just the sounds. That was the turning point for him. You will see quickly if any of these techniques frustrate your daughter. If so, stop using them. Many will agree that if reading isn't fun, and exasperates the child, it will be a painful process for both of you. Blessings to you in this endeavor!
  3. My mom cleaned homes for a living most of my childhood. She used a pumice stone all the time on toilets with buildup. About 10 minutes before you use it, set it in the sink with water and let it moisten up. Use it gently, in small circles, keeping it wet at all times. HTH,
  4. Umm, never mind, I'll edit this now. I started the post before you updated the board, and I finished it after. I have 20+ years of "text" knowledge of medical terms and was asking questions with a couple of photos to help steer you back for followup (including UA and possible skin biopsy as well as blood culture). Praise the Lord, she's already there getting that! Prayerfully, Beckey in AZ
  5. I can't imagine being able to pick up what my little ones destroy in just 30 minutes! Oh, those were the days. Now the big ones help a lot, but it's a pain to them each day to find everything destroyed while we were doing school... We had this conversation about 10 years ago (we'll celebrate 20 years in the spring). My dh's version was: dirty toilets, dishes in the sink, and toys on the floor. Over the years he's added: dirty kitchen table, island, and highchair; unfolded laundry on the couch; and having to step over shoes when walking in the front door... Yup. We have to do the shuffle too. Ours just takes a LOT longer than 30 minutes, considering I rotate at least 4 loads of laundry every day...
  6. Thank you. This is what I suspected, in relation to a specific program such as FIAR. (Hey, I'm actually doing that with my preschoolers this year for geography and language arts in a FIAR sort of way). However, then I read about people using encyclopedias as spines. I couldn't wrap my mind around that. Now I see how you are talking about incorporating supplements and/or multiple subjects around any "spine" to get the desired information infused. You ladies explained this nicely, thank you!
  7. Okay, so I was making this much harder than it is. I had read posts where people were referring to encyclopedias as spines and I couldn't imagine being able to use an encyclopedia to branch off of (time, being the key factor). How I'd love to have many of you as my teacher, LOL! Ahh, the days when I was a fun teacher...:tongue_smilie:
  8. I think I'm supposed to know what you mean when you talk about "spines" in reference to curricula, esp. after many years of homeschooling. Maybe I'm losing brain cells or I'm trying to make this harder than it is (too many years of typing radiological data?)... :001_huh: Will someone kindly explain to me what you mean when you talk about a history spine, for example? Thank you:blushing:
  9. We have done it simply and we have done it extended. Depends on the year and what has happened in our home/lives that year. The books can be read by the children as independent readers (as an add on to the info. they learned from the fact card), as a RA, or left out (if that's going to keep you from progressing to the next week's lesson). The jingle to memorize the events can be considered boring or silly to some. Others pick up on it right away and it becomes information they never forget. We play it in the car, when it doesn't detract from schooltime or playtime at home, and we're stuck there anyway. Pretty soon, it becomes head knowledge for everyone in the vehicle. The comprehension sheet is generally a page with a few questions to review what they just learned on the fact card, and some prior timeline info. Not excessive, in my opinion. However, what I think might keep you from using this program is the 4-year cycle. It is structured, such that it would be hard to just jump in anywhere. (I think) You would want to start with year one if you haven't already completed a Creation to Christ-type cycle elsewhere. You might want to find a noncyclical program to get in a full overview of history the next year or two (I'm not familiar with any programs like that, but it appears this board offers a plethora of information from experienced moms!). Blessings to you in your search,
  10. Growing up, I hated spending the night with my best friend because her little sister would bang her head all night until she just collapsed from exhaustion. She grew up to be normal (whatever that is ;). Having said that, I have a child who required a LOT of sensory input and the book that really showed me how to meet those needs in a more effective manner is called The Out of Sync Child (Carol Kranowitz?). If you can get your hands on a copy of this early on in his development, you may be able to nip it in the bud and see early warning signs of other sensory-seeking behaviors. Blessings to you,
  11. I like Understanding Geography, but I think "they" suggest starting in 3rd grade. http://www.maps.com/map.aspx?pid=16176 It would also depend on your 2nd grader's reading ability and prior geographical exposure. We've used a CD/map set called "States and Capitals Songs". Their motto is "You never forget what you sing." It comes with a blackline map and we sang the songs while pointing at the states. Then we used state flash cards and played a game where the kids had to point to the state on the map at random, progressing to pointing out the state on the big map and naming the capital. There are some good USA board games available to learn facts about the different states. For world geography, we read easy picture books about children around the world then talk about what we saw/learned from the story. They can look up facts about that country/continent in an atlas, online, or in an encyclopedia. They can do floor puzzles to map out the world by memory... I love geography for the younger grades ;)
  12. Thank you for posting on this. We used K12 via charter and it was always a challenge to teach multiple levels of history in a large family (sharing computers between 5 grade levels and me trying to read online subjects to 2 poor readers). If I had known this info. 3 weeks ago, 2 of my boys might still be homeschooled :( Do you have any idea which SOTW text would correspond with K12's History 4? Thanks again,
  13. We used AZVA and submitted partial vax records (I chose limited vaccinations for my children). When the intake person told me we would need to send these in, I asked, "Why?" I don't remember her response, but she kind of blew it off, like they don't really care, it's just a formality because they are publically funded. I sent in what immunization records we had. No one called or said anything about them. There are waivers available also, but since we chose to give some vaccinations and not others, I didn't try the waiver approach. I got no flack for sending in partial immunization records. I suggest you call the school in Georgia and ask if they enforce completion of the vaccination "schedule" established by the CDC. Hope this helps,
  14. http://www.themysteryofhistory.com/ http://heartofwisdom.com/homeschoollinks/heart-of-wisdom-approach-an-overview/ though I like Veritas Press.
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