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  1. Did you end up getting the guide Rosie? I am umming and aahing over buying "Our Whole Lives K-1' by Barbara Sprung. There's not any samples that show the layout of the lesson, etc, and the only site doesn't even show post costs to Aus,, but I am over awkwardly flapping around this area. I just have a feeling I will fork over a chunk of money for a book that has under an hours total lessons. I wish they just had online versions of this :(
  2. I think it pretty much suits anyone who likes classical or formal CM style curricula. My eldest is just sensitive and gets frustrated easily/has anxiety. The book you read is pretty okay (our Australian Story), and it has questions, cut and pastes, dictionary work/alphabetising, additional book suggestions for the history/reading side, all the usual cm stuff (copywork, dictation, narration), it has little Picture Studies, Art/Lit/Poetry Study, Researching etc. I do like that its Australian and works through Australian history and is CM. In my personal opinion, the age its correlated to is
  3. I love my proclick. I like that it makes circular holes, thus making the edges wear more evenly, rather than cornered holes that tend to rip. I also love the proclick snap coils, they help the spine stand straight and not schlump, easy to edit, fold back upon itself, pages don't come loose or rip out. its the only time/reason I have considered getting anything of the sort. I'm actually planning to purchase another one. I've had mine for about 4?ish years.
  4. From the past year (we school year round) LOVES Dynamo Math (really cementing things for Atlas, who really needed it - dyscalculia) Story of the World + Activity Book (of course) KONOS (Love this, I use it my own way/as a framework) Math on the Level (Love this, allows me to do math our way, at individual levels) Bravewriter etc (Love, I use the main manual and ideas from things like Jot it down etc, its a lifestyle rather than "lessons" for us though) Creek Edge Press Task Cards (I use as a framework) General Handwriting Book (used for eldest, just picked up locally, I get her to d
  5. I use homeschool tracker and print out their task lists (i'm a list girl). I don't get all overinvolved in it. Like the Math Lessons are literally stuff like MCRuffy Math Lesson 1, Lesson 2, etc. It holds me more accountable, and I never used to like that sort of thing preferring to handwrite out, but I spent more time playing with the planners than actually using them, lol. If I was a person who was already ontop of things, a simple spiral notebook could work as a planner, Blog She Wrote has details on that, or if I wanted to go all fancy, Well Planned Day. Otherwise for the rest of my chaoti
  6. Here's what we are currently using (we work round the year): Atlas: Dynamo Math Daily Writing Prompts Tin Man Press/Anti-Coloring Books + Puzzle Books (Sudoku, Crosswords etc) Chaos & Eve: Reading Eggs/Eggspress McRuffy Math Family: Right Now Media (Bible Studies) Story of the World Math on the Level + Living Math + Math Fun etc Konos What I'm planning to add in Soon + In the Future: Kids Cook Real Food Ecourse/Classes by Kitchen Stewardship (already have it, just gathering some stuff I need) Creek Edge Science Task Cards (I'm using these as a base to create my o
  7. I was about to say Mcruffy 1st would then get you into TT3 quite nicely, but OP beat me to it. I second the McRuffy motion :iagree: :laugh:
  8. I think the previous mom who lived here had that cut. The bathroom walls are a swirling marble print that remind me of guylian seahorse chocolates and the kitchen has these awful barnyard/farm curtains I still haven't gotten around to replacing (5 years later lol, hoping to do it in the next couple of weeks since I have been overhauling the kitchen.). My mother had 501 various shaped tiny bathroom soaps everywhere and last time I saw her had that cut. LOL. I normally just hack mine off when it gets annoying, I think my last passport photo looked like I was rather masculine with a sligh
  9. This year I'm using a mix of my own for actual planning, and Homeschool Tracker for scheduling (with paper scheulers, I end up re-writing things I already wrote or having to arrow back to another day, as we school year round as days off just appear, we don't get much notice for them, lol. Basically my full life system (as homeschool intermingles with it everywhere) is: -File Crate System (set up like Dawns, clipart and sayings on outer sheet have been customised for me (by me, lol), inside folders contain pieces for that week like bills, tickets, etc, PLUS a set of sheets I use each we
  10. LA: Bravewriter Lifestyle + SchoolhouseTeachers Math: Dynamo Math + Math on the Level + Cyberchase + Living Books Science: Chcs Behold and See + BFSU + Random unit studies (science loving kid) Unit Studies: Dipping in and out of Konos. History: Story of the World Bible: SchoolhouseTeachers Plus random other bits and pieces, and things,Ive probably forgotten, lol
  11. My plan actually starts now. I am in Australia, so start in January/February. So I'm always posting on some 'tween thread, that is never actually the right timeframe. So by the time I'm "planning" my following year, there are no threads on current curriculum as people have only started their school year (in about Oct is when I slowly start figuring out following years plan)
  12. Math: Singapore Math Standards Edition + Challenging Word Problems + Fan-Math Language Arts: YOUNGER TWO: Homeschool Australia's Learn to Read, Write & Spell Kits. Bravewriter Lifestyle + Jot It Down. OLDEST: Bravewriter Lifestyle + Partnership in Writing. History, Science, Social Studies etc: KONOS Volumes Aboriginal Studies/Australian History: Crackerjack Education Art: Discovering Great Artists by Maryann Kohl Health: Healthy Living from the Start (Oak Meadow) Home Ec (Eldest): Lessons in Responsibility for Girls Technologies (Eldest): Digital Camera + Photo
  13. Maela, Sorry for the late reply! I've include the list of books I'm reading as part of our Family UU Studies, they are just books I feel the kids are ready for and suit them at their current level. As for GVS, this is my first year with it, but I love it, it very much suits us. Here's my new layout: Family * Oak Meadow Circle Time (Verses, Poetry, Movement etc) * My UU Studies Booklist (these reflect our values, studies, beliefs and interest in other religions): - Many Ways: How Families Practice their Beliefs - Accept and Value Each Person - Picture Book of Louis Braill
  14. I second Logic of English Foundations. Its between those two, has the feel of Writing Road to Reading, but is fun and perfect for little kids, it also has a couple of moving activities, and moving=remembering :) Only reason I didn't end up using mine was the thing that gets me on most Phonics programs - pronounciation and letter sounds (i.e. a has 3 sounds in american english, 5 in australian english, and goodness know how many in my mixed up accent, my accent isn't stable, so it stuffs up phonics programs for my kids lol, I have to outsource.)
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