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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. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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.)
  6. The requirements are usually pretty low. In most states where its required you can get away with a few simple "lessons" covering the hours requested. A better option is having a clipboard available, and just log down each time you did something "health' related (re-explained how to brush, reminded them to wash their hands, answered a question about reproduction, did a simple study on handheld vs "sterile" bread in jars, out some mcdonalds fries in jars and documented, went to a dentist check-up, learnt how to chop vegetables, learnt how to understand nutritional info on packaging, etc etc). If
  7. My ASD son is very much into 'Done two!, One more to go' type view of things :p So since we are moving onto something more complicated, I was thinking of having a clipboard chart that is like a pictorial Sue Dengate Workbox type thing, even though only a small fraction of his day is DIY, or maybe a MOTH type pictorial schedule that would include everyone for the day, with a way to add/remove done ones/change the schedule.(I can never get velcro to stick to lamination, even with a hot glue gun lol). Anybody have any ideas? I do have an IPAD (but its an original 1) but would prefer something pap
  8. My ASD son is very much into 'Done two!, One more to go' type view of things :p So since we are moving onto something more complicated, I was thinking of having a clipboard chart that is like a pictorial Sue Dengate Workbox type thing, even though only a small fraction of his day is DIY, or maybe a MOTH type pictorial schedule that would include everyone for the day, with a way to add/remove done ones/change the schedule.(I can never get velcro to stick to lamination, even with a hot glue gun lol). Anybody have any ideas? I do have an IPAD (but its an original 1) but would prefer something pap
  9. Last day to grab some bundles! I broke down and purchased three bundles: - Moms #2 (for the Luke Lists for my son) - Girls (For the American Girls History & Creative writing made easy for my eldest) - Unit Studies (the the Charlotte Mason Seminar kit)
  10. Gosh, they are all used pretty quickly! I might just have to see if I can swing the supplies from the get go. (I normally buy supplies 6-9 weeks in advance that aren't perishable) .. Thank you! :)
  11. Does any have a supply/needed materials list organized BY LESSON for this book? I just ordered it from Christian Books, but since I am overseas,, it'll take 2-6 weeks to arrive, and I'm writing up the schedule for that child now. I include supply lists and notes with my schedules, so I don't have to purchase everything at once, but have everything pre-organized. Thanks to anyone who can help. All I could find is the art supply pack, which would just tell me total stuff needed, and I don't have the money to purchase everything right now (just had to get a big load of firewood and replace th
  12. BUMP :) has anyone seen a sample anywhere? :confused1:
  13. Montessori, Unit Studies, Konos. Konos & Montessori we had to stop doing as we had to have more of a schedule due to outside sources. Unit studies I am just starting to get back into. T4L for helping me in a bad time.
  14. Mine will be 10 in December. I had tried every program with her under the sun. 6+ months ago, it finally clicked, and that was after I backed away. She's reading about a 5-8th grade (gosh reading grades vary so much by site) - or 830L+ level for more challenging reading. I seriously saw all these kids on here reading about 4,5 etc, and I was pretty much in tears, thinking I did something wrong, until my daughter started becoming very frustrated and I backed off. I keep a well stocked library of all sorts of books available, and a comfy area, and she was moved from her curennt program (Reading
  15. I did wander away from Literature based schooling, as my kids prefer to choose their own literature, and me force-feeding them lit as all of school did make them balk because of their different learning types. My eldest is project based, and after doing a more project-based unschooling, she finally settled in to that, and I went into more of a Montessori route. My eldest does best with me as the teacher, without a book, explaining stuff from my point of view or making up my own stories, similar to Steiner route (I did try Oak Meadow, but a whole long 30 minute story about a haystack, to in
  16. DH got a very poor :scared: -7! But I got a 23 :confused1: which is isted as very poor too, so I guess we are made for one another :sleep:
  17. I think we all would of had different names had our father or families not stepped in LOL. Well at least in my families case. I would of been Kerensa after some virgin in a Harlequin romance novel my mother was reading (sigh, still I probably would of preferred that name) my father stepped in and refused to have me called that. My Eldest would of been something stupid, as I came up daily with random weird names for her. I finally got an usual name for her that wasn't too weird. My middle child would of been Byron because of our Last name (A play on words) and because I knew it woul
  18. I use a Personal Planner http://www.personal-planner.com/US/for my eldest. It lists all her daily tasks, and she does them. Before that I used a Well Planned Day Student Planner, before that a simple spiral notebook. I use it right now for her independant stuff, but I was thinking of adding mum-stuff to their, so she knows what to expect. The PP one also allows customisation, so I could have special events in there, daily weather charts, places for her to scribble notes etc.
  19. I was looking at it, until someone said the readers were too hard for the corresponding levels. I didn't want my youngest to be frustrated.
  20. Math U see, Right Start Games, Learn Maths Fast, Jump Math or Math on the Level might be possible solutions
  21. -Maryann Kohl Books -Artistic Pursuits - Montessori Art Abums & Scopes - Pink & Green Mama Lessons - Project Based Homeschool & Course - Waldorf Art Stuff - Ausburg Drawing - Easy Math Art Activities and Projects - Educating the Will - Harmony Fine Arts - Meet the Masters - Creativity Express - Painting in Waldorf Education - Bruin - Teaching Painting Wet on Wet Magic of Waldorf - Coloring with Block Crayons DVD - Atelier - Fairy World Crafts - Drawing with Children - Tin Man Press -Anti-Coloring Books -Draw n Write - New Child Montessori Art Guide -Form Drawi
  22. I'm going back to Bravewriter (Writers Jungle & Jot it down, not the Arrow/Boomerang Courses, I don't like them). If eldest DD wants she can continue with her T4L LA and can do a Time 4 Writing Course, but she'll be doing Bravewriter stuff as well. I have a Grammarland subscription somewhere, and I've been eying off Cozy Grammar. Youngest DD will be using GVS, which has writing and grammar suggestions later on. I am not a fan of workbooks and prefer to teach it in as much of a real life context as possible, get in there and get down to the childrens level and get mucky :D . Workbooks are u
  23. Its on the edge of my twaddle list, and I am more open with book choices. After perusing the sad collection of books at my department store (all thats left after most of the local bookstores closed) it and two others were the only ones that would even slightly challenge my reader (and that was more to do with length than vocabulary). My girl decided she wasn't interested and got the School for Good and Evil, which again was on the edge of being twaddle. What she has really become interested in is the British Colonial rule in India. Unfortunately its practically impossible to find interesti
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