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  1. "No one blames Miss Alcott for any evil intention in writing Little Women." Ouch... My dd 7 and I started a Christmas Eve tradition of watching the movie Little Women. I also purchased a very nice illustrated version for us to read together. Oh, my evil intents!
  2. Unlike my oldest son, my younger son did not have the desire to play ball on a competitive level. He disliked the win-at-all-costs tactics by the coaches. He played for two years in a program called Upward Bound, sponsored through a local church. It's what rec ball used to be: for the kids. He had fun, made friends, and never felt pressured or ridiculed. If your son wants to play, keep looking. There is a team out there for him. I do want to say though, that quitting Little League will not scar your son for life. He has so many wonderful things ahead of him. We can't always control what happens, but we can try to give our kids the most positive, healthy, environment available.
  3. Yes, I believe in second chances and forgiveness. Whether or not people can change, I don't know...sometimes the changes that I want to see in other people are just that. The things that bother me most about them, but might not be significant to them at all. We are the only ones in the family with younger children, and my in-laws rarely have contact with them. It bothers me because it hurts my kids, but I don't think at this point in their lives it makes a difference. They're too busy doing their own thing. I forgive them, but I don't think it will ever change.
  4. You are blessed! What a wonderful gift that your children can treasure for a lifetime.
  5. 1. Computer and printer 2. falsh drive 3. index cards 4. post its stuck in various places that say I love Mommy, with hearts and kisses in pink highlighter 5. 5 color highlighters 6. camera 7. WordSmart program 8. library card 9. chaptstick 10. about 10 pencils that have no lead
  6. Oh, the days... I haven't had caffeine in 12 years. One of the hardest things I've ever done. Very thankful for Starbucks and their decaf varieties.
  7. When our nieces or nephew would go on these trips, they would send out a letter to family and friends. The letter outlined the trip, its purpose, their personal goals by attending, and a request for a small donation if it could be afforded. This is a timely post, as my son was just invited to a conference. It sounded great, until I located the price tag. Way out of our league.
  8. I'm just starting Salting Roses, Lorelle Marinello. I had to play catch up this week (spring break) to be on track...:D 12. Salting Roses, Lorelle Marinello 11. The Well Trained Mind, 2004 Edition 10. Night, Elie Wiesel 9. Last Light Over Carolina, Mary Alice Munroe 8. Homeschooling, A Family's Journey, Gregory and Martine Millman 7. Time is a River, Mary Alice Munroe 6. Commencement, Courtney Sullivan 5. The Redemption of Sarah Cain, Beverly Lewis 4. Thursdays at Eight, Debbie Macomber 3. The Three Weismann's of Westport, Cathleen Schine 2. Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier 1. The Search, Nora Roberts
  9. Each kid is different. My oldest used Saxon exclusively during his private school 6-8th grades. He did fine with the Algebra 1/2. DS 14, however, absolutely floundered with it at home. He was frustrated by having to look up lesson numbers for concepts he had forgotten. He just wanted "this is what you need to do, this is how do it" approach. We read the reviews of Teaching Textbooks, liked what we saw and ordered it. He has been very self-directed ever since he put the first lesson in. Absolutley loves it! I don't expect him to go into a math field either, but you never know. At least he now has something that is working for him. I am actually looking forward to Algebra I and Geometry. Hope this helps!
  10. Ironically, the book I'm currently reading is the last and only book I will ever put on hold. The Well Trained Mind, 2nd edition. At the time, I reserved it online; I never realized that there was a fee for putting a hold on the book. It took over two months for this book to be returned from the time that I put the hold on it...:eek:
  11. To Kill a Mockingbird In Chapters 2 and 3, Scout's experiences at home and at school are invaluable. The part where Miss Caroline comments about Scout's reading ability: "...your father is teaching you all wrong...I'll try to undo the damage..." has stayed with me for a lifetime. Reading is a journey; we need not choose the same path to get to the destination. The Great Conversation (Mortimer Adler) How to Read a Book (Mortimer Adler, Charles Van Doren) The Essential 55 (Ron Clark) Maybe not necessary for some of you, but this is an excellent resource for student expectations and behavior in the classroom.
  12. I just finished Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier. I love the movie, but had never read the book before. Very descriptive quality to the writing. I really enjoyed it; read it all in one sitting!:001_smile:
  13. I voted for 9-10 hours a day, but it is probably more. DH's business closed down. For us, it turned out to be good timing. Our ds was begging to be homeschooled, and we made the decision to bring him home for 7th/8th grade. I really wanted to be the one home with him, but in this economy, I am grateful to still be working. We read together, work on vocabulary, etc. while DH does the science and math. Overall, it's been a blessing.:001_smile:
  14. We chose to bring our ds home halfway through 7th grade. He definitely was not having a positive experience. He chose to stay home for 8th, but really wants to return to ps next year for high school. His reasons are purely social. He wants to be involved with ASB, go to football games, etc. He defines social butterfly. If we were to let him try next year, there would be some conditions regarding grades, etc. There are no do-overs in high school. Once those grades are there, they are forever...:001_huh:
  15. No pun intended, but I agree with it feeling "boxed." Every time I considered homeschooling ds 14, and looked at curriculum, Calvert was always at the top of my list. It had everything that I was looking for. The problem was, however, that my son didn't fit in the "box." The structure is great for those that desire it, but it was too much of the same reasons that he left public school.
  16. I think the overall biggest shock was the total cost. If ds # 1 (private school grad) test scores had been higher, he would have qualified for in-state tuition for some of his out-of-state choices. Also, it is never too early to start looking or planning. College Confidential is an invaluable tool when it comes to admissions information. Pay close attention to your state university requirements, as they change frequently. We planned visits starting the summer of 8th grade, and tried to make 2-3 during the year. Hope this helps!
  17. In our local ps Algebra I is offered at the 8th grade level. If "successful" they will take Geometry as a 9th grader. Our high schools do not offer pre-Algebra classes. My 8th grade son is currently using TT pre-Algebra program, and I'm glad that we made this decision. Math skills have to be mastered; they should never be a race to finish. In this case we chose what was best for our child. If he decides to go with the higher math classes, at least we know he has the foundation. Regarding the PSAT, it has both Algebra and Geometry questions on it, if memory serves me correctly. The 9th and 10th grade year are a sort of test drive, the junior year is the one that counts for National Merit Scholarships. If you did start Algebra I as a 9th grader, you would still be on track.
  18. Not necessarily related to the play... Read Francis Bacon's essay "On Revenge" and compare it with the scene in the Great Hall. Is revenge ever justified?
  19. Recent ones that we considered "family" movies and enjoyed: The Tale of Despereaux Dreamer Secretariat Percy Jackson and the Olypmpians: The Lightning Thief Despicable Me The Karate Kid (was prepared not to like it, loved the original) Facing the Giants Letters to God
  20. Originally Posted by jenr 1) How important do you think piano (or other music) lessons are? Important, for many reasons. Some of the most beneficial reasons are that learning to play an instrument requires learned patience and problem-solving. Reading music is akin to learning a foreign language, especially if you venture into other instruments that require the different clefs. 2) Would you sacrifice some other activity to have your child take these lessons? If it was baseball, no.:tongue_smilie: It would depend on what the end goal is. I would like my kids to learn to play as part of being well-rounded individuals. 3) At what age to start? Most studies say the earlier, the better. I learned to play both organ and piano at a young age. I did not stay with it, but can still pull out the sheet music and play if I want to. I played percussion all through high school and college. I still have fun with it occasionally. 4) Did the lessons ever "do" anything for your kids? N/A. I know that my own piano teacher was quite mean, but I did learn to play. 5) Are recitals vital? Yes, and no. Recitals give a chance for students to build their confidence, learn from mistakes, and present themselves in a professional manner in public. If you have a shy child, there really isn't a need to force him/her to participate until he/she is ready. I know that sometimes it is just as beneficial to sit in the audience at a recital and watch the other performers. 6) Do you think actual lessons with a teacher are needed or are there some online/homeschool programs that do just as well? There are great teachers and bad teachers. If the teacher does not have the same heart and goal as you do for your child, it is not going to be a good match. There are lots of wonderful self-teaching programs out there. It is most definitely a personal decision. If there is not an experienced musician in the family, I would recommend starting off with some basic lessons and see how it progresses from there.
  21. I read this and felt compelled to answer, simply because it spoke to my heart. 7 year olds rarely come up with these things by themselves, as others have pointed out. Stay strong in your convictions of what is right for your own children, not the masses. You don't get second chances to go back and have a "do over." There is a reason that you chose to homeschool your children. Share that with your children, no matter how young they are. On dealing with the issue of "what grade are you in," how about talking with your kids about why these books or curriculum were chosen for them. Have your son say, "Well, right now I am on Chapter 7 of Treasure Island. Have you read it? Don't you think that Stevenson's characters are terrific?" People often criticize what they do not understand. Or perhaps, maybe, you are able to give your kids the life that that someone else dreams of. :)
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